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NVIDIA Gift - Assassin's Creed III Game Coupon
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Free game, no problems activating 01/24/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA Gift - Assassin's Creed III Game Coupon

Pros: I followed the instructions given on the little sheet, and followed the links and prompts on-screen in the browser. I had zero problems activating, and later playing the game. It's a little convoluted; you enter one code to receive another code to enter elsewhere, etc. But it all works.

Note that this is a review of the free code, not the game proper - I haven't played enough of it to comment on that, but if/when I do I'll review the game on its own PC game product page.

Cons: Just make sure you do everything at once - some reviews mention issues activating when they stopped and went to do something else.

UPlay blows - but hey, even Steam buyers have to go through UPlay, so it's no big deal really. And once you're in the game it basically stays out of the way.

Other Thoughts: This was free, and although I haven't played much of it (or any other AC games), it seems like a lot of fun. Really, it's a nice gift for buyers of GPUs that include it.

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EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I have been using this card to play lots of games, including several recent ones. Note that I'm not a multiplayer person, so my experience is only with single player.

I'm not obsessed with absolutely bleeding-edge graphics unlike some PC gamers. That said, my experience with the card is definitely beyond current consoles (I've played lots of 360 and PS3). I've been running most games, including 2012 titles, on High details with very rare slowdown, and very smooth performance overall. I run all games at 1440x900 native through a 19" VGA monitor (Acer X193W) using the included adapter, usually with VSync.

Here's a short list of games I've been playing, and they all work quite well: Dishonored, Sleeping Dogs, Assassin's Creed III, Batman AA, Sonic Generations. I've played a little of Witcher 2 and that seems to work quite well, though I had to disable VSync for that one (you may not have to, if you lower a larger number of settings from High).

Cons: None, really, so far. The price is right if you want to play current games at High settings, and I suspect this card will provide enough power for most games for the next 3-4 years.

In a few years, you may need to tune down to Medium settings, but gaming is about gameplay, right? Believe me though, I love pretty graphics. This will nail game graphics for most players.

I've owned this for 2 weeks - if I have issues later, I'll update. Also, FWIW I haven't tested the HDMI output yet.

They could have included a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter along with the DVI>VGA, but that's not a huge deal IMO.

Other Thoughts: I personally recommend enabling VSync unless your game has noticeable, consistent slowdown (I've only experienced this on a few titles, and only because I wanted some fancy features left on). VSync really makes everything have a much smoother feel. On old games you'd better make sure this is on - my experience is lots of tearing on old games with VSync off.

Here's my configuration:
MB - ASRock H61M-DGS mATX
CPU - Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz (really, it's much like a Core 2 Duo)
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB GDDR5
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 1 x 4GB DDR3
PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W
Case - Fractal Design Core 1000

Monitor - Acer X193W 19" 1440x900 (VGA input)

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Rosewill RNX-N150PCe, Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, (1T1R) Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates, PCIe 2.0 Interface, WPS supported
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It does work, and I am pretty sure I haven't had any trouble with connections being dropped. I've downloaded large files several times with no trouble, opened tons of tabs, etc.

Note that I went out and found the most recent driver for the Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 (found inside this card), instead of using whatever came with this on the little disc.

I believe Windows installed something automatically before that, and the reception was not as good as it was after finding and installing the driver mentioned above.

Cons: The reception is only about 75-85% of what I get on my old Mac unibody laptop, but it's still quite good.

Other Thoughts: If speed is more important than convenience, I'd say go for ethernet. If you really want the wireless capability and are okay with the slight drop in speed, I think this is a good choice.

If it helps, here's my configuration:
MB - ASRock H61M-DGS mATX
CPU - Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz (really, it's much like a Core 2 Duo)
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB GDDR5
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 1 x 4GB DDR3
PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W
Case - Fractal Design Core 1000

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Colin J.'s Profile

Display Name: Colin J.

Date Joined: 08/18/08

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 01/11/13
  • Last Review: 01/24/13
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