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MSI GX Series GX60 1AC-021US Gaming Laptop AMD A-Series A10-4600M (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7970M 2GB 15.6
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Radeon 7970M - tied with the 680M for performance (within margin of error in either direction)
Radeon 7970M - same silicon as desktop 7870 - can be overclocked to match speed, safely runs at 940MHz core/1450MHz mem on stock voltage.
A10-4600M - most times I can play my games on about 3/4 of maximum using just the A10-4600M processor and it's on-chip Radeon 7660G
Room for 2 full SATA HDDs
Plays Far Cry 3 at maximum EVERYTHING at over 40FPS, usually 50-60FPS - on stock clocks.

Video Card AND Processor are both slotted - i.e. easily swapped out for next gen.

Cons: A10 processor can at times be a bottleneck. ArmA II CO requires draw distance to be turned down from 10000 to about 4000-6000 depending on map to get above 30FPS (you can go ahead and leave everything else at absolute max). Guild Wars 2 in WvW cripples gaming desktops, so that is no surprise here. And I have heard complaints about Battlefield 3 as well - again, all this on stock clocks.

A10 is also NOT overclockable AT ALL. This is an A10 thing not a bios thing.

Other Thoughts: Turn it up. Thinks like anti-aliasing and high quality rendering are butter smooth at maximum, the 7970M is absolutely not the limiter here, it is the most powerful single-chip mobile graphics solution on the market, tied with the twice-the-price 680M. The A10 processor gets picked on for being weak, but with AA off and otherwise max settings, you can shut the 7970M off completely and play Skyrim on otherwise max settings on the INTEGRATED card at 1920x1080. Try that with any intel processor ever and integrated intel graphics....

When running on the 7970M, the A10-4600M hardly ever throttles down since it's heat design includes heat output from the integrated 7660G which is powered off/unused - and also the cooling power of this laptop is insane, I've gamed with it on my lap and it doesn't get too hot at all provided you position it to not block any vents.

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Drobo Mini 4-bay Portable Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB3.0
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs NAS with no N, just AS 12/01/2012

This review is from: Drobo Mini 4-bay Portable Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB3.0

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: For the low price of $650, you can buy 5 external drives (one of them mSATA with a mSATA to SATA adapter), a USB 3.0 HUB, and duct tape them together. OR, you can buy this Drobo, with no drives in it for the same price.

Other Thoughts: I have yet to see the point of owning a NAS (network attached storage) unit with no network interface. I mean hey, maybe you want to have all your external drives duct taped together in a pretty case, and you hate having money (daisy chain FTW!). If so, by all means, this DROBO is for you. Just don't forget, you are paying $650 for a USB hard drive case, you still need to put drives in it.

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Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series MKNSSDAT240GB-DX 240GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fast shipping, great service from Newegg.

Cons: Ships with Micron memory NOT Toshiba memory (at least, mine did) - Toshiba is faster more reliable Toggle NAND Flash (and is what is in the product picture, AND every product review of the Atlas Deluxe). Micron is Asynchronous NAND Flash. Micron, for example, is what is used in the slower, higher failure rate (and cheaper) Crucial M4 SSD.

Other Thoughts: I checked before even removing it from the package, Newegg had a shipping label and RMA number in my email in less than 5 minutes - with this item being a strict NO REFUND item, I was worried, however Newegg went above and beyond as always. Very satisfied Newegg customer, very DISSATISFIED Mushkin customer. Mushkin - I realize most people won't realize you are shipping an inferior product, however you should be ashamed at the deception.

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Display Name: Andrew L.

Date Joined: 08/23/05

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  • First Review: 12/19/05
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