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SAPPHIRE 100354OC-2L Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is great V/C for the price, runs games much better than my previous XFX GF8600GTS SLI pair (which over-heated). No complaints on the performance yet.

Cons: I got denied on the rebate, UPC number on the box did not match the number on the rebate form. I don't know who's to blame but I'll sure look closer next time

Other Thoughts: I probably would have given it 5 eggs if I would have gotten the rebate

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AeroCool DoublePower VGA Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs you get what you pay for 09/08/2013

This review is from: AeroCool DoublePower VGA Cooler

Pros: Looks good - as though it should work. Fits the card well, nice speed control, quiet, very inexpensive for what you actually get

Cons: Memory heat sinks are worthless as the adhesive tape supplied with them won't hold them on long enough to install the card. Even though I cleaned the memory chips thoroughly (not mentioned in the instructions by the way), they all fell off despite any attempt to keep them on. For that reason, I couldn't get a decent heat test but without them the temp was 61C at idle while the stock cooler ran 50C. No help there.

Instructions are poor as you will need a magnifying glass to read them and the hardware doesn't match the procedure (extra parts that can confuse a novice). Thermal compound is sub-par but plentiful.

The size is huge and will render the neighboring PCI slot useless and possibly the next slot too unless it is a really short card. I guess that depends on the location of the GPU chip on your card.

Other Thoughts: My V/C are two XFX 8600 GTS in SLI config and have always run extremely hot to the point of interrupting game play under heavy use. In hindsight, I'd probably been better off to buy different video cards rather than trying to improve these.

As it will cost about half what I paid to return this junk, maybe I'll try what another reviewer suggested and stack a small fan on top the GPU heat sink, assuming I can find a way to keep the memory heat sinks on.

The heat pipe concept seems to have failed in this design so I think the product was not properly tested, at least under extreme conditions like mine. Maybe that's the reason for the low cost but don't be fooled like me, this is another case of "you get what you pay for"

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Acer Aspire AS5740G-6395 NoteBook Intel Core i5 520M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Plays some games really well for a notebook. Plugged a 23" W/S HDMI monitor to it with good (but not great) results. Handles networks (LAN, WiFi) beautifully. Sound is awesome with good headphones. 4 USB ports, 2 video ports, audio, LAN & modem; everything I need. Keyboard is OK even for someone with 3X hands like mine. Touchpad works good, but I'll go wireless mouse ASAP.

Cons: Shiny screen reflects glare in lighted conditions. CD/DVD burner is slow, slow, slow! At 1st, the computer repeatably stalled then the display went black and everything froze up. After installing all the Win7 updates, new ATI drivers, Intel drivers, sound drivers and updating BIOS to latest version, it runs smooth with no crashes. Battery is small and it runs at reduced speed without power supply plugged in, so mobility is far less than expected. Junk software as expected but was easy to eliminate with RevoUninstallerPro. One egg off for the aggravation of the crashing. Wish I knew exactly what caused it so I could pass it on. Naturally I got it on the weekend and Acer Tech was closed. Odds are they wouldn't be much help anyway.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if it's the new i5 Intel, Win7 or what, but this may replace my desktop! I really didn't expect such performance from a laptop. As this is my 1st one and I feel like I made a good choice. Makes me wonder what twice the money could possibly offer. Only thing missing is Bluetooth and it would be nice to have more memory and hard drive space.

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Display Name: George C.

Date Joined: 12/17/02

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  • First Review: 02/18/04
  • Last Review: 10/08/13
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