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4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic card for the price, but showing its age(2016 update) 06/13/2016

This review is from: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 DirectX 11 AX6670 2GBK3-H 2GB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: -Low power needs
-Quiet fan
-Reliable graphical performance on the majority of modern games I've tested it with
-Runs the majority of games in my library on "High" to "Ultra," including titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Cons: -A bit underpowered for running many brand-new games with high graphical requirements on anything but Medium, or perhaps High, if you run at lower resolutions. Going to Ultra will result in a moderate to severe framerate hit
-Showing its age a bit, seeing as it's an HD 6000-era AMD card, which was almost 5 "generations" ago(2011)

Other Thoughts: The card I had been stuck with before this was a Radeon HD 4350, and this card was a HUGE step up. Being that it's a low-cost, low-wattage card, you shouldn't expect to max out very many Triple-A titles at 1920x1080 resolution or higher, but otherwise it gives great performance for a decent price. Just turn Anti-Aliasing and perhaps Ambient Occlusion and/or shadows down or off in the game's graphics options to squeeze out a higher framerate, if necessary.

SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 100384ITXOCL 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 2 slot, ATX, 170mm for ITX chassis ITX COMPACT OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
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Pros: -Reasonable price
-Lots of power for its size and price range
-Runs anything I throw at it on Ultra or near-Ultra settings, even at 1080p and higher resolutions
-Very quiet, even with a custom fan curve applied
-Stays nice and cool, despite its smaller size and correspondingly smaller cooling system
-High quality construction, being from Sapphire

Cons: -2GB is not a lot of video RAM by modern standards, and this may cause issues with some games, such as GTA V

Other Thoughts: This card is a beast. It runs nearly any modern game I throw at it on Ultra, or near-Ultra settings, but you want to back it up with a good, modern CPU. If you're packing an old Core 2 Duo/Quad or an Athlon II, as I was at first, then you're gonna have a bad time, with lots of obvious bottlenecking. With any kind of an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or AMD A10/Modern Athlon chip, however, it'll run like a dream, pulling a solid 50-60fps on games like Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Dying Light and numerous other titles.

The one recommendation I'd make is to look into the 4GB model of this card, too. If it's not priced too much higher, then it'd be the model to go for over this one, because 2GB of video Ram, as stated previously, is a bit lacking when it comes to modern games. Very soon, 4GB will be standard for anyone looking to play games on anything approaching decent settings.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit
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5 out of 5 eggs Solid OS with a slightly bad rap. 05/12/2016

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 10 Home - 64-bit

Pros: -Faster and lighter than both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
-Better, more cuztomizable Start Menu
-DirectX 12.0
-Universal Apps

Cons: -Searching from Start can be hit-or-miss, though a fix for this issue is coming in June
-Can cause problems if upgrading from Win7/Win8; a clean install is always best
-Some have reported missing drivers for certain pieces of hardware after upgrading to 10
-Collects telemetry data to improve services like Cortana, even if you opt-out, leading to NSA-related conspiracy theories

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this product to anyone with a semi-modern system who's looking for an OS that runs lighter than Vista/7/8. My early impressions of the OS(before official release) were less favorable, but after 10 months with Windows 10, I've come to enjoy it more than my time with 7. Compared to 7, for me at least, 10 runs smoother, has more features, is more stable and is generally more reliable. I've seen fewer crashes and other issues in nearly a year than I would within 3-4 months of typical use on 7. The only things I truly miss are the "Aero Glass" appearance option from Windows 7, and better color customization of menu windows, as seen in both 7 and 8.


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Display Name: Ronald T.

Date Joined: 05/02/12

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 03/07/13
  • Last Review: 06/13/16
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