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Galaxy 78XNH5DV8PXV GeForce GTX 780 HOF 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - Retail
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is one of the only cards that advertises the use of binned GPUs. For anyone who doesn't understand what that means, it literally tells you right on the back of the box. Galaxy selects only the best GPUs for these cards. You're practically guaranteed anywhere from 1250-1300mhz core clock without much issues.

This was a big deal for me and probably for anyone else who is into overclocking and benchmarking. The other premium aftermarket cards don't guarantee any overclocking.

In my opinion the cooler on this card is efficient and sounds much quieter than the GTX 780 reference cards that I owned. Performance of the cooler is good, however, the card still runs at around 80-85c with full load when overclocked with a fairly aggressive fan curve. The cooler takes up about 2 and 1/2 slots.

The PCB is white and very unique. Hall of fame logo has a white glow that pulsates when powered on.

Cons: This card is by far the WORST card I've ever owned when taken right out of the box. Why? Because it doesn't even function properly. The card has some serious throttle issues.

With certain games and 3d applications, the card downclocks itself to around 600mhz for no reason at all. The only way to fix it is by pressing the button on the back which enables the card to stick to its normal clock speed. The only issue is that when the button is pressed down it keeps the fan at 100% the entire time, which is just not suitable for anything other than benchmarking.

These issues are most certainly caused by poor engineering with the card bios. When flashed with a custom bios the card performs perfectly. These issues have been confirmed and discussed on computer enthusiast forums.

The problem with flashing the card is that it usually voids your warranty. Wouldn't be such a danger normally, but there have been a few reports on forums that this particular card has just died on people for no reason.

From what we know, Galaxy has warrantied those who have had that problem, but also noted that flashing the card generally voids the warranty.

Other Thoughts: This card is really difficult to review. It's honestly the best card I've ever owned after flashing it, but before that it was also the worst card I've ever owned.

I knew of these issues before I even purchased it, but I am an enthusiast and love overclocking. This card definitely fit my needs and much more, but those who are not willing to invest extra time and risk should definitely look elsewhere.

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CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks nice, I even bought the white modular cable kit,

Cons: Didn't power on properly. Would turn on for a split second then turn right off. I have jumped the PSU outside of the case with only a fan connected and it did the same thing verifying that it is dead.

Other Thoughts: NewEgg won't even give me an RMA because I shipped the UPC code off for the rebate. Now I have to deal with Corsair. Hope their customer service is proper.

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BenQ RL2450HT Black-Red 24
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I was looking for a monitor with little to no input delay for playing competitive fighting games on. The stuff the community uses is fairly old technology (Asus V236H).

I did my research and stumbled upon the BenQ RL2450HT. I read a German test/review and the response time is actually one of the lowest on a readily available LCD monitor in North America. It features a very robust 24" screen and is LED backlit.

Let me tell you, this monitor did not disappoint. The stand is the best I've ever seen out of all the monitors I've owned. It allows for very flexible customization which includes, height, angle, and orientation. The picture quality is great, although i can't really comment on color reproduction since my main focus was to get a low input delay monitor.

Overall I'm very satisfied with the monitor. I'd buy another two or three if I really needed them. They really are fantastic monitors.

Cons: Not really a con, but just know that there are no speakers. Anyone using this for console gaming must realize that. I simply purchased $25 dollar 2.1 Logitech speakers from New Egg. They're way better than anything you could get on a monitor anyways!

Other Thoughts: The first BenQ product I've purcahsed has become the best monitor I've ever owned. I really mean that.

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Display Name: Glory L.

Date Joined: 07/04/02

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  • First Review: 05/03/11
  • Last Review: 10/16/13
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