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Pros: As predicted, Patriot has come through again!
-AMD Black Edition Ready
-Fast Stock Timing Clocks
*See Other Thoughts below
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Purchased to match an older Patriot 4GB set in stock timing and voltage. Since I had already set the recommended voltage and timings for the older pair in the bios (as my mobo defaulted them to 1033/1.5v) it was essentially plug and play. Just make sure you check your bios, and set them to rated timings and voltage if needed (or be adventurous and overclock if you have proper cooling!). It appears this set is an updated version of my older pair PDC34G1333LLK which has been excellent! Upgrading or first time build, I can definitely recommend this series.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I couldn't find any reviews yet of this particular series or model, but I am an avid Patriot fan and have never had a problem with any of their products.
- AMD Black Edition Ready (rating pairs with my 720BE)
- Price (about half of what i paid for my current 4gb set back in 09'!)
- Matched the rated timing and voltages of my current ram (4GB Patriot Extreme Performance - PDC34G1333LLK)
Will complete review after I install and test this evening!
Other Thoughts: -n/a-READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Powerful, Quiet, and Cool.
This card will run any current game or application with ease, even at higher resolutions like 1080p, and there is enough head room to spare, even at stock speeds. It's slick design houses an excellent heatsink and a fairly quiet fan, and doesn't consume alot of power, which equates to low temperatures, even under heavy load in comparison to most other cards (with proper case ventilation being a bonus to those numbers, I imagine it would run hot with poor case ventilation since some of the heat is dispersed out the back of the card). It is capable of being overclocked nearly 25% higher than stock speeds, up to and beyond the Turbo edition, using software or even flashing the GPU Bios (but at your own risk, of course) The construction seems sturdy on the heatsink and board. Also, the black and blue color scheme went well with my case.
Cons: None so far...
Other Thoughts: Benefits of opting for the (+$25) Turbo edition include: a copy of Modern Warfare 2, slightly higher bios clocks, and MW2 sticker on the GPU. If these aren't of great importance to you, and you are savvy with overclocking (if even necessary), i would highly recommend this card to you. If you are planning on getting MW2, definitely go with the Turbo edition. I found this to be the best 5850 on the market (and seems to be a favorite of professional reviews, ala Guru3D) so if you are looking for a upper-mid to lower-high range card, this price and quality can't be beat.READ FULL REVIEW