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This review is from: Ducky DK9008G2 Pro keyboard w/PBT Dye-Sublimated Caps (Brown Cherry MX)
Pros: - High quality construction
- Very durable and solid feeling PBT dye-sub keys
- Cherry MX Brown switches are excellent and well rounded
- Nice addition of red WASD backlit keys - hot swappable
- NKRO or at least 6KRO
- Very handy quick keys on the top right
Cons: - PBT keys took a little getting used to coming off of cheap ABS plastic
Other Thoughts: To start, I really disliked this keyboard at first. Immediately I noticed the solid construction and quality make but I disliked typing on it. It didn't take long for me to get used to the feel though and now I love it. PBT dye-sub keys (for those who haven't tried them), feel more solid and a bit more "stiff" than ABS keys, but they will last you a world longer without that annoying key shine that most keyboards get! I game on it with the red WASD keys and really enjoy typing on it with the Cherry Browns. Never before have i owned a keyboard of this quality make, and I can tell you, after coming from a Razer Blackwidow, this mechanical keyboard puts that one to absolute shame! If you want to make a good investment in a keyboard, give the Ducky PBT a try and allow yourself the chance to get used to them like I did. Highly recommended for either gaming or typing.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Excellent performance
- Great control utility
- Outstanding cooler
- Overclocking headroom
- Very quiet
- Quality packaging and contents
- Solid construction
Cons: - Very large size (trust me, its big)
Other Thoughts: After a failed XFX video card upgrade, I did some solid research to find a reliable replacement. Newegg offered an amazing deal on this HIS IceQ 7870 and after reading good reviews, I decided to give it a shot. This is my first outing with HIS and if the first three days of constant use are any indicator, it will not be my last!
Right away I noticed the packaging. It features incredible design and aesthetics both inside and out. The item was well packed and included all sorts of goodies including a Crossfire bridge, a video adapter, a HIS case sticker, install manual and software/driver CD. Typically the software is something I don't install, as I prefer to use CCC. In this case, I decided to give it a go though and I am glad I did! Trust me, the HIS utility is outstanding. It is compact, uses minimal resources and allows for full control over your card: fan, power, overclock, monitoring - you name it! I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of the card though and had to shuffle a hard drive to another bay to get it to fit in my case! The IceQ cooler performs well but it is a monster! Be sure you have some room, because if you have a crammed PCI-E area or a smaller case this card may be a no go for you.
I proceeded to test the card with Furmark and some games, including Tomb Raider. The performance was excellent! It scored well and posted very reasonable temps, never going above 70C during full load while gaming. Using the HIS utility I gave the card an overclock to 1100 on the core and 1275 on the memory. The performance increase was quite nice! The Furmark burn-in score jumped nicely and my FPS went up about 5 on average.
As mentioned, this is my first HIS Radeon card. I can't speak to its longevity yet but this is an outstanding start. If you're looking for a quality performer that is currently bundled with some amazing free software (Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite), this card is worth checking out! HIS has delivered what seems to be a winner.
Pros: Aesthetics, packaging and variety of connections available on the card. That is about it
Cons: Everything else.
Other Thoughts: Initially I was very excited to receive this card and put my old 6850 to rest. Upon plugging this card in and testing it, I was immediately appalled by the temperatures. I ran Furmark to see what this card could do and found the temperatures were climbing to over 104 C under load!! I checked to be sure the fan was working, and it was. While gaming, the card was nearing 90 C. Those kinds of temps are unacceptable and XFX should be ashamed to release a card with such a junk cooling solution! I inspected the cooler, and there was zero copper to be found via the naked eye. No copper pipes, no copper heat sink, notta.
Not only were the temperatures bad, the performance increase between this and my old 6850 (overclocked) was negligible, as proven with Furmark and gaming results. Within two hours of testing this card, I had Newegg on the phone requesting an RMA. What a joke! I will never buy an XFX card again. Absolute fail.