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Pros: Excellent upgrade card on a 4 year old mother board
Allows me to play doom with zero lag on Ultra settings across the board. I get 150-200 FPS (V-sync is turned off)
Software installation was EASY
Hardware installation was just like any other, had some bumps - but if I was actually prepared it wouldn't have been a problem at all. So my fault. (covered in Cons)
Cons: Even though I am going to give this card 5/5 eggs - there are some things about this card that just completely caught me by surprise. It's my fault for not investigating more thoroughly, but still these things just shocked me when I got the card.
1. The card is a mammoth sized card. It almost didn't fit into my case
2. The card weighs a ton! I couldn't believe how heavy it is, all of the weight is from the massive heat sink it has. I am afraid it might wrench itself from the motherboard so I will be checking periodically that it is still in the right spot. If anything I will have to prop it up with a piece of wood or something - I am not joking.
3. The card bellows out heat like crazy. Playing Doom for a while on ultra settings got it up to 67*C and I could feel my legs getting warm from all the heat being pushed out under my desk. Unreal man! Like wow!
4. The card requires two 8 pin PCIe power connections. Again - wow... like #(*@$(*&! seriously? My fault for not checking, but when I got the card I wasn't expecting this. I couldn't use it for three days because I had to get a 6 pin to 8 pin adapter. Luckily I did have two dedicated PCIe outputs - but this really threw me for a loop.
Other Thoughts: After you have everything connected together, I strongly recommend on your first power on - only connect one monitor! I made the mistake (again - I did this on my last card too by mistake) of plugging in all of my monitors on the first go around. This may result in a black screen - don't freak out, just turn off your computer, unplug the other monitors (I have 3 in total) and just plug in one monitor. Start up your rig and let it boot into your OS. When you are actually in your OS, you can plug in your monitors now - but you should probably install the drivers and stuff first anyhow. After installing the drivers, make sure to reboot otherwise you may experience lag. Should run flawlessly afterwards.
If you are playing Doom and you get locked in at 60 FPS - open up the card's management console and TURN OFF V-Sync. This will allow you to get 150-200 FPS. I don't care about tearing, plus I still haven't seen ANY tearing whatsoever. Runs like a champ.
This review is from: Seagate 500GB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBU500100 Black
Pros: Excellent price for a nice sized drive using USB 3.0
Cons: Segate should really not use a propitiatory connector! Hence the 4/5 Eggs and not 5/5. I hate it when companies decide to get cute and introduce connectors no one else uses.
Buyer beware - this device uses a propitiatory connector. Had I realized this sooner, I would have thought twice about getting it.
What is wrong with the regular USB mini cable that the rest of the planet is using right now?
Pros: Bought this for a client. Reliable GSkill RAM at a great price.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW