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Pros: Tahiti Pro is an amazing chip, the XT on the 7970 almost feels like only a marginal upgrade if you OC a 7950. Games that my 6970 strugged to run ran flawlessly on a 7950 at 1920x1200, Bitcoin mining hit 480 mhash/s if you're into that. 4 free games is also a pretty great hook. The only glaring and obnoxious problem was the surrounding PCB and everything on it that WASN'T the GPU
Cons: Irredeemable and abhorrent support, from BOTH ends. This brand-new card died mid-game, treating me to an eternal black screen from each output, and it's a month and 5 days old. The RMA option for it was greyed-out, because one - it was 4 days past the RMA period, and two - the UPC is missing due to a rebate, a terrible policy considering the average user will be cutting it off BECAUSE of the rebate, not knowing they'll be needing to return it
I know I still have a warranty with Sapphire for 2 years, but on Sapphire's warranty page, it states this verbatim:
"Sapphire VGA products carry a 2 year warranty with all enquires carried out through your initial place of purchase"
I open up a live chat in Newegg, stating this fact, which I'd imagine shouldn't come as a shock considering they're retail partners, and this is a pretty clear indication on where honoring the warranty falls, because why else put this as the focal point of your official warranty page? Newegg gives me an automated stock message about how their RMA policy is 30 days and I don't qualify, and also telling me to call Sapphire not even acknowledging Sapphire's policy and how it points to them, and when I write an email hoping for an actual response, I get the same stock response, only in an email
Calling Sapphire's number just gives me a response that they aren't even able to take calls currently, and instead point me to the website to open a ticket, despite the fact I'm so far doing everything required as far as trying to claim a warranty goes. I'm currently on day two of waiting for a ticket response, with testimonials indicating that not only will they be processed by an entirely-different company, I'll be paying for a chunk of it, as opposed to a free replacement I should be expecting here
Other Thoughts: Consider getting to know how manufacturer partners handle their warranties, say, if they have a statement on their site in the warranty area that "all enquires carried out through your initial place of purchase", ACKNOWLEDGE THIS, or better yet, when the manufacturer states that a warranty will be carried out by you, the initial place of purchase, don't give qualifying products a 30 day window of return, completely making the manufacturers 2 year warranty impossible to claim as they've stated. It almost feels like fraud, and this is probably my last time buying Sapphire, and potentially Newegg if I keep getting sent in circlesREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCW-616 Laptop 2.5" to Desktop 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adapter Converter
Pros: Does exactly what you'd expect - threw two 2.5 hard drives at it and both recognized in Windows without issue
Cons: Cheaply-made, and the molex power converter was the worst aspect, as the pins aren't braced or backed against anything, and just hang loosely inside, so it'll probably take a few tries involving you holding the wires so the pins match up with the PSU connector to make a solid connection, but for $3, it's what you should expectREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Optical Quantum 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 50 Packs Spindle Logo Top Disc Model OQDPRDL08LT
Pros: Cheap DVD9's, where Verbatim's are almost $60, these are a reasonable alternative if you're not ready to drop that much on blank discs of all things, you also get 50, which is pretty nice
Cons: Disc quality is all over the place, Out of 50, I had 15 coasters, 6 of them being really horrible burns, like, a 0 on DiscSpeed horrible. When you get a good burn, it's generally in the 85-90 area. As far as usage goes, these are great for games and movies, but I wouldn't trust them with data you plan on holding onto for a decade or so
Other Thoughts: These don't burn at 2.4x, but if you change the media code from RICOHJPN-D01-67 to MKM001 using a firmware media code editor, they can be burned at 2.4x with zero problems, which is highly-recommended given the iffy burn qualityREAD FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Christopher H.
Date Joined: 01/15/05
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