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EVGA 012-P3-1570-RX GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Does everything it should, I like it a lot. Well made. Evga did a great job, except for the poor cooling performance. Good value for the refurb 570

Cons: 1. Runs hot. It runs 150-156 deg F, or 65 to 69 Deg C consistently on a normal workload. (Not Overclocked) I was not used to seeing those temps, so got the ARCTIC COOLING Accelero XTREME Plus II GPU cooler. Wow, now It runs around 100 Deg F/ 38 Deg C, on the same workload. Should have a better chance to last longer. 2. Long - especially now it has an even longer and wider cooler attached. Three slots wide now, and almost 12'' long - I was lucky it still fits in my PC case.

Other Thoughts: great video quality for the price, thus very good value, even with the cost and trouble to install the GPU cooler. I have now read in other forums that these 570/580 video cards do run hot. I still would have purchased (probably with a cooler for it at the same time as well) but would think twice before considering an SLI setup with these heaters. A single EVGA GTX-570 in my system runs great on a 630W PC Power supply. I'm convinced Most of the power used by the PC is consumed by this card.
Fan noise level with and without the GPU cooler seems similar. Not too bad IMO.

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iolo System Mechanic Professional 08 Up To 3PC
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Nagware Queen 12/02/2009

This review is from: iolo System Mechanic Professional 08 Up To 3PC

Pros: Seems to do the job. Too bad the marketing gets in the way of a technically competent product.

Cons: This program places annoying nagging screens "update your subscription" every time the computer boots. These started in earnest a couple of months prior to the expiration date. Plus I have been getting repetitive and annoying emails for almost the entire year I have had this program. (I made the mistake of registering, now I get many notices of the upcoming renewal requirement into my email). This nagging behavior started within a few months of the install date.

Other Thoughts: By now I have been subject to hundreds of nagging "renewal" messages. Who needs or wants this kind of behavior resulting out of a consumer choice? I am eagerly waiting for my subscription to SM to expire so I can uninstall it, and promptly purchase a non-Iolo product, any non-Iolo product. Only two weeks left!

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ONKYO HT-RC160 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Sound, Great Control 11/27/2009

This review is from: ONKYO HT-RC160 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver

Pros: Excellent unit for home theater. You can mix and match speakers from different manufacturers or use a matched set of 7.1 or 5.1 speakers. The HT-RC160 includes lots of codecs, as well as a healthy variety of options and selection choices. Once it is set up, it is easy to use without excessive distracting effort when you just want to watch a movie or listen to a CD. Plenty of power. Use the included microphone and Audessy auto setup for initial speaker settings. It works great. I have the Onkyo hooked up to a HTPC, a DVD player, VHS player, Nintendo and an XBox, all managed w/ video out to my TV, plus audio out, in a variety of appropriate formats, respectively, to the 7.1 speaker setup. If you are a knowledgeable enthusiast, this unit is fun to setup and fun to use. It has excellent sound.

Cons: This unit is not just a simple or basic amplifier. It has multiple complex control and connection features that will challenge the not-so-techy buyer, however it comes with a hefty manual for setup. If you are like me, you will probably need to refer to the manual quite a bit during setup. If you need assistance setting it up, you can call Onkyo support, but also consider asking a technical friend to assist: any HT or audio enthusiast with some experience would enjoy helping set up and testing this beauty.

Other Thoughts: Once it is up and running it is straight forward and reasonably easy for a non technical person to use, including my 8 year old grandson. I think this unit is a real value for the excellent job it does in a Home Theater setup.

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Date Joined: 11/27/06

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  • Last Review: 04/04/12
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