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Pros: -GTX 660M GPU Means I can run everything on high for the most part
-Great Cooling system
-All USB ports are 3.0
-Solid i5 CPU handles gaming and virtualization well
Cons: -Factory HDD is slow (5400 RPM)
-Only 1366x768 display resolution
-HDD bay not easily accessible
Other Thoughts: Overall this has been a great purchase. I got it as a B-grade (scratch and dent) refurb, but when I got it, I couldn't find a scratch or dent anywhere. Very pleased about that.
Before I even powered it on for the first time, I upgraded it to 16GB of RAM, though 8 is likely more than enough for most gaming use.
I've played most of my game library on this machine, and everything performs admirably. Here are a few examples of what settings run well (consistently above 30 fps) for me:
Fallout 3 - Ultra
Fallout NV - Ultra
Fallout 4 - High (With a few settings lowered, mainly lighting effects and shadows)
Minecraft - Max Everything
Crysis 2 - Ultra
Crysis 3 - High
Borderlands 2 - Ultra
Borderlands Pre-Sequel - High
Metro 2033 Redux - Ultra
Metro Last Light - Ultra
GTA V - High
Bioshock Infinite - High
Skyrim - Ultra
Mass Effect 2 - Ultra
The only thing I really noticed performance-wise was sluggish boot times and long load times in games; both due to the slow HDD. After having the stock HDD in for about a year, I finally took the plunge and dismantled the laptop to install a new 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Yes, you have to take apart nearly the entire laptop to do this. It's not tough, but I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you are comfortable servicing laptops and their components.
Once I got the new drive installed (and expanded the partitions to take advantage of the additional storage space), I noticed huge improvements to both boot times and load times in games. It gave the laptop a second wind, and I will probably be using it as my primary gaming laptop for another year or so.
All-in-all a great machine, especially after the RAM and HDD are upgraded.
Pros: 2GB GDDR5 w/ 256-bit bus
1280 stream processors
Cons: Touchy with overclocking (See other thoughts)
No games? (Other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a fantastic card. The 1280 stream processors make GPU-accelerated hash cracking a breeze, I can run about 2million hashes/sec with this, not even using all of the processors. As for gaming performance, it is outstanding as well, provided that the card you have remains stable at the factory clock speeds. By default, this card come set to run the GPU core(s) @ 1150MHz and the memory @ 1250MHz. Unfortunately, when I was using these settings, my games (all of them) would constantly cause the graphics driver, and sometimes even the entire computer, to crash. I was using Catalyst 12.10 originally, but I have since backdated to the version that comes on the driver CD (Catalyst 12.3). I still have to underclock the card a bit (my current stable core clock is 1070MHz), but it is now quite stable. Even at a lower clock with older drivers, this card still runs Borderlands 2 @ 60fps on Ultra, New Vegas @ 60fps on Ultra, Deus Ex: Human Revolution @ 60fps on Ultra, need I go on?
As for the games, I saw no hint of a coupon code or anything in the box or the packaging. If I somehow missed the deal, fine, but I was looking forward to testing Far Cry 3 on it :D
All-in-all, fantastic card, just wish I could run it at full speed.
AMD Phenom II x6 1090T @ 3.7GHz (overclock)
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Motherboard
24GB GSkill RipjawsX RAM (1333MHz)
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition (This product)
1x1TB 7200rpm HDD
2x500GB 5400rpm HDD
Raidmax RX-730SS 730 watt modular PSU
Pros: -Runs very cool.
-Very decent GPU for an integrated card.
-Stable Overclock to 3.0GHz
Cons: It wasn't free?
Other Thoughts: I run this as the processor for my minecraft/application server box. This APU is running in a Mini ITX build, and has been running very, very close to 24/7 since I put the build together. I am running it in this motherboard: Item=N82E16813157273 with this case: Item=N82E16811108196 . All-in-all, I am extremely impressed with performance, especially for the price.READ FULL REVIEW