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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Can be used with a Low Profile computer
- Well written installation guides
- Easy to use software with a good interface

Cons: - Software has issues on my computer
- Card did not fit well in my system

Other Thoughts: Let's start with the good. This card can be used in a low-profile case, and comes with a low-profile bracket. The instructions and guides are well written, easy to follow, and unlike a lot of products I deal with, have good grammar. The software is easy to install, works well, and surprisingly has a decent user interface.

This leads me into the cons. The software has some serious issues with my computer. Even when minimized to the system tray, the program hijacks focus every 2-3 minutes. This prevents the screen-saver from working, and can also be very aggravating while gaming. Closing the software fixes the problem, and I have no problems managing the card from the Windows Network and Sharing Center. The reason I took an Egg off though is because of the fitment inside my case. When properly seated in the PCI slot, the other end of the card and bracket sit about a quarter inch in from where they need to be. Now, this is easily remedied by pushing the bracket into place, but I do wish that the fitment was a little bit better.

In terms of range, it could be better. I get one bar less than full strength about 30 feet from an access point through a couple of thick walls and with a lot of interference. That may sound good, but my other wireless card has full strength under the same conditions.

Overall, this is a solid card that performs as it should. If this card is what you are looking for, I see no reason not to get it.

Perixx MX-2000IIB Gaming Laser Mouse - 8 Programmable Button, Weight Tuning Cartridge, Omron Micro Switches, Avago 5600DPI ADNS-9500 Laser Sensor (Black)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Adjustable Weights
- Adjustable DPI
- Changeable LED Color
- Fabric Covered Cable

Cons: - Can only change some LED colors
- Non-adjustable LED pattern

Other Thoughts: This is a great mouse for the price. It has adjustable weights, DPI adjustment, and you can even change the color the logo and wheel glow. I have found this to be a very sensitive mouse, so the DPI adjustment doesn't do me much good, I tend to keep it in the lowest setting. Nonetheless, it is nice to have. My biggest complaint about this mouse is that while you can change the color of the logo and wheel, the DPI setting LED is always green. It is also a little annoying that you cannot adjust the fading pattern that the LEDs pulse in.

Overall, however, this is a good mouse that I enjoy using. I am glad that I purchased this mouse.

MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Will Obliterate Most Games
- Runs Cool
- Quiet
- Easy-to-Use MSi Software

Cons: - Heavy (but not too bad)
- There are some things that even this cannot handle
- Core Clock Throttling

Other Thoughts: I used this card to replace a GTX 660. Very big difference.

Time for some gripes. Under extreme loading, the card will approach around 75 C. At this point, it will actually start to throttle the clock speed, with the card fan at about 50%. While this keeps it quiet, I would like to be able to change this setting easily, but it is not possible. That being said, this occurrence has never happened to me while gaming, only during benchmarking have I had this happen. While the card is heavy, I am not worried about it snapping off in my case, and I am a very paranoid person. Now, as good as this card is, it cannot handle everything. For example, in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I had to turn down particles and anti-aliasing to avoid stuttering in some scenes. This was at 5760x1080 though. In 1920x1080, I don't think a game out there could stop this card.

Now time for some good things. The MSi software is easy to use; launch it, click a button, and voila a faster card. Or, you can click a different button and have a quieter card. How it is possible to get quieter than it already is, I am not sure. The MSi afterburner application makes monitoring the card easy. Now, I claim this card runs cool, and 75 C might seem a little high to be cool, but for a card this powerful, with the clock rates this thing holds, in this form factor, it is good.

When looking for a new graphics card, I was trying to decide between this card and a R9 290X. I ended up with card after looking at some charts of power usage. At idle, with three monitors, this card uses significantly less power than its competitors. That is what sealed the deal for me.

Time now for some quick numbers. These tests were performed in MSi's Overclock Mode and at the highest settings in 1080p possible. Unigine's Heaven 4.0: 63.6 FPS, Unigine's Valley 1.0: 70.4 FPS, BioShock Infinite Benchmark: 116.73 FPS. If you would like more numbers, just Google it, they are out there. I have noticed decent performance gains from further overclocking, however, they were at the expense of noise.

This is a very good card, and while it has its faults, nothing is perfect. This may not be the right card for you, and at this price, it is a large decision to make. If you enjoy graphically intensive gaming, and are looking for a card that can handle most everything thrown at it, this may be the card for you. As for MSi's build quality, it is top-notch and I definitely recommend MSi.


Matthew J.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew J.

Date Joined: 08/02/11

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  • First Review: 08/04/11
  • Last Review: 03/03/14
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