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SAPPHIRE 100352MAC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card MAC Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The card works fine in my mac when booted in OSX or Windows. Gaming performance on the PC side is as good or better than my failed 5870 and the video representation is as good or better on the OSX side.

Cons: There is one issue with the card that has made me give a 3 instead of a 5. I have a two monitor setup one in a horizontal position (primary) one in a vertical position (secondary). When moving windows across the screen on the monitor in the vertical position I would get lines across the screen. They would stay until I forced a refresh by re-clicking clicking a window or object. Very annoying but not a show stopper. I tried all ports DVI, Mini, HDMI and still had the same issue. I rotated the screen to horizontal. Figuring it to be a problem with the firmware that was overlooked in manufacturing and contacted Sapphire. Their conclusion was, it was artifacts and I should RMA the card. On the chance they might be right I did, Newegg was wonderful about doing it and I soon got a new card back. As I suspected the new video card has the exact same issue. Not wanting to spend $100 more for the geforce card that would go in an old system, I am keeping the card and have placed my secondary monitor in a horizontal position. Hopefully a fix will come for maybe a new driver or firmware. The issue does not seem to exists when booted into Windows, but that hardly matters since the secondary monitor is not on when I game.

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Acer HN274Hbmiiid Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The monitor is bright with good color representation. The monitor is reasonably well constructed and has many features like the built in 3D transmitter, accompanying 3D glasses, built in speakers, that cost a lot more with other monitors. Acer even includes an HDMI cable for connectivity.

Cons: Very noticeable buzzing noise from monitor when brightness set below 100%. My understanding is, depending on the type of circuitry the brightness reduction can sometimes result in oscillation, which is the buzz or occasional high pitched whine that occurs when the circuitry has to 'sink' unused power. This problem can occur in groups of monitor because of mass production. I saw this occur in a batch of five - 23" Viewsonics that were ordered at work. Rather than end up in a possible loop of lost shipping charges I returned the monitor for a refund.

Other Thoughts: Newegg was very gracious in their help with the return, it is that kind of service that makes me the loyal customer that I am.

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SilverStone FP55B Aluminum Front Panel 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High Quality part; Matches my Corsair 650D case very well;

Cons: The Picture is upside down. If you look closely you will see the screw holes for a 3 1/2 inch device in the side rail. if you were to install a card reader in this you will notice that the whole unit needs to be flipped over if you want the writing on the face of the card reader to be in proper orientation.

Other Thoughts: The Corsair 650D has no 3 1/2 bays. I purchased this to adapt one bay for a card reader. It looks nice and is functional. It a hair sloppy in the 5 1/4 bay so the tool-less bay lock does not work very well. This is easily overcome by putting screws in both sides of the cage. Better quality than most bay adapters I have seen but could use some slight improvement.

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Newell S.'s Profile

Display Name: Newell S.

Date Joined: 07/23/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 10/03/11
  • Last Review: 07/29/13
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