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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 100382NTOC-2L 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Tri-X OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very capable card.
Edges out the 970 at the same price
great cooler
myriad of display options

Cons: Power consumption

Other Thoughts: This card is amazing, especially when looking for a good bang for your buck. Not only does it beat the similarly priced 970, it also has the added benefit of future performance increases due to DX12 (AMD cards get a much bigger performance bump from dx12 than nvidia cards). AMD cards also give the user more options for the future. Since this card has 8 gigs of vram (not the 3.5 like the 970) it will be a capable card for 4k at moderate graphics quality. Not only that, but in the future, since I plan to add another card in my rig, this card will scale much better with CrossfireX than with nvidia's SLI. It's hilarious that crossfirex gives 60% better scaling per card. Since crossfire/sli only allow you to use the vram on one card, if I had gone with a 970 instead, I would be shooting myself in the foot since it only has that 3.5 gigs of precious vram.

Truth be told, if I hadn't done my research, I would be writing a review of a 970, but after paying attention to reviews, benchmarks, and other stats, there was no way I was going team green in this price point, and at this point in time.

If you're looking for a card in the 300-350 dollar range, look no further than this. Just make sure you've got a nice power supply to keep the magic pixies flowing into it ;)

ASUS Laptop N61 Series N61JQ-X1 Intel Core i7 720QM (1.60 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 16.0
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast, can run basically any game at high settings (except resolution) pretty good speakers for a laptop.
has usb 3.0, making portable hard drives transfer crazy fast. Had the computer for about 3 years by now, everything still works pretty well.
upgraded to 8 gbs of ram, and there was a noticable difference once I told the os not to use pagefiling. (WARNING: DON'T DO THIS IF YOU LIKE YOUR DATA, IT SOMETIMES CAUSES UNAVOIDABLE CRASHES/FREEZES THAT REQUIRE A MANUAL RESTART. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAPTOP.)

SOLID build quality, the corners don't bend, even if you are holding all of the weight of the laptop with two fingers.

internal bluetooth works well with my wireless mouse (RAZER Orochi), even though most of the time I have it in wired mode (ultra high polling).

When the battery worked properly, I got about 1:45 out of it, which is pretty good considering it only has a dedicated card.

very good drivers for the graphics, switches properly to and from HDMI.

Cons: BATT went out, expected with lithium ion batteries.

After I reformatted, Ive been having a little trouble with the wifi, if I turn it off, and turn it back on, the system does not recognize it until I restart. Probably a driver issue.

I HATE how the media buttons feel squishy, and not well defined. wish there were next/prev song buttons.

THERMAL MANAGEMENT. This computer runs very hot. and when I say hot, i mean HOTTTT. when I received it, I was getting temps of about 65 C on idle. upon load, it would often hit 93,94 C. I took it apart, and I put some extra heat shielding in, as well as blew out the heat fins and oiled the fan. now it runs at about 52ish C. one of the cores reads at 57, but I think it is reading wrong. Soon I will reapply thermal grease, and see if that does anything.

Keyboard/palmrests get hot.

after 2 years (or my reformat.. hmmmm) the audio chip blew (mic muffled, even if using external mic). does not affect audio output. i use a usb mic and i

Other Thoughts: Overall, this laptop has served me well, and will probably go on to live another 4 or 5 years. It is a great little machine, and has been pretty durable (candle wax poured in it, still works great).

Although I do wish the thermal design was better, and wish it had switchable graphics (for batt life), this laptop is probably the best one I have owned.

After buying this laptop, I recommend asus products to all of my friends, and family.

Wish the bios wasn't locked..

Haven't used the headphone jack as a s/pdif jack as of yet, but I only really noticed that it had the capability about a month ago (great feature if you are into audio).

I mentioned the audio chip going out, but for the output, nothing has gone bad.
Supports high quality sample rates, which makes it great for djing or recording.

I wish I had a bigger HDD, but meh.

questions? email
I could help you choose a new laptop as well. just tell me what you want to do with it, and what siz

V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Metal Headphones in Gunmetal Black
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Well worth the $ 09/20/2011

This review is from: V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Metal Headphones in Gunmetal Black

Pros: Everything about these headphones are perfect, save aesthetics, but those are based on your thoughts. The design flaw that causes the crack in the plastic(above the earcup) is not anything to be worried about, all you have to do is loosen two screws on both sides (4 total screws) and there is nothing to worry about. Overall durability is fantastic, the metal plates on the sides may get a little scuffed up, but that is nothing to worry about. v-Moda's patented dual diaphragm design has proven itself to me with these headphones, with crisp highs, deep lows, and an overall flat frequency response from 5Hz all the way to 30Hz (human ears can only hear 20Hz to 20Khz, if your ears work perfectly). The bass literally shakes the headphones on your ears. I have my computer's equalizer set to be specific for my needs, and these headphones reproduce the sounds I want to hear PERFECTLY. If you have the 75 bucks to buy them, get them. I got them on E. for 120 bucks. these are a steal.

Cons: The only thing i can think of is the small cracks that may form because of the screws above the ear cups, and this can be easily remedied by loosening the screws (already said it earlier).
This wasn't necessarily a con for me, but some people may not like the fact that the cord is a) cloth covered, and b) one of the plugs is at a 45 degree angle.
If you don't like the cord, you can always buy a new generic one from wherever.
I guess one con COULD be that you don't like the way the look, so look around online for pictures of them, I personally saw these in an apple store, for 300 bucks mind you, and i fell in love with them. 300 is too much though IMO.

Other Thoughts: at the 75$ price point there is no question. These are the best headphones you can possibly buy for this little money.
Sure, you can be one of those fruits walking around with skullcandy or beats headphones that sound terrible, but then you wouldn't be reading this.

P.S. these headphones are also semi-earmuffs. They keep your ears warm during harsh winters, but also during the summer, so if you don't want to sweat alot in the sun, get some earbuds.


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Date Joined: 04/23/10

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