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AMD FirePro W4300 100-505973 4GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low-profile design fits SFF and full-size ATX chassis Workstation Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - 4GB of memory!!!! WOOOOOTTTT!!!
- Powered through the PCIe, so no power cables from the PSU!
- super low power consumption
- the small form factor works well with my budget mITX computer
- Very efficient, quiet fan
- Single-point performance is unmatched at this price point. The comparable NVIDIA card (Quadro K1200) is 1.08 TFLOPS vs the 1.42 TFLOPS on this card-- most like attributable due to the W4300 having 210k more core transistors
- 768 Shader units, 96 GB/S memory bandwidth & OpenCL 2.0 support (K1200 only has is 512, 80 GB/S & OpenCL 1.1)

Cons: - The screw that attaches the board to the backplate is located in a barely accessible location. It ships with the slimline bracket installed, and I switched it to the full-size bracket, which took a frustratingly long time
- fan ducting requires regular cleaning. Not a big deal, as some canned air will clear out the dust, but it does start to throttle when it gets clogged, especially due to the size.
- Slightly higher power consumption than the Quadro K1200

Other Thoughts: - Drivers for the AMD have come a long way; their recent overhaul of catalyst and the pro support you get with this is a far cry from years past. Not perfect at all, but still very good. For example, the drivers thinks this is a W5100 (maybe it is, just without double-point float support? not sure...)
- If you are utilizing CUDA cores, then obviously you'd choose an NVIDIA card, but for most of us rendering or CAD on a budget, this card will provide way more performance.
- I use a GTX 780Ti in my other playing build, so I wouldn't consider myself a fanboy of either company-- it all comes down to performance per dollar, and this little guy is phenomenal.

- This is matched with:
an i5-3570k from a previous build on
an ASRock Z77 mitx board with
2x8GB 1600 DDR3 dual channel memory,
a Lian-Li T100B case with
a Corsair H55 water cooler and
a Silverstone 450W SFF PSU
making the graphics card the most expensive part of the build.

Obvously not an ideal Xeon with 6 channel ecc memory, but this was part of a build where I scraped together a lot of parts to make a small workstation in a tight schedule. Renders for 3D assemblies was cut from hours to a few minutes at higher quality, and support for photo-realistic effects barely made this card blink. I'm very happy with the purchase.

Techpowerup has a good summary of both of these cards if you want more details.

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Dell UltraSharp U2312HM IPS-Panel Black 23
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - FANTASTIC viewing angle
- Much more accurate color reproduction and contrast compared to TN monitors
- USB ports galore, multiple input options, and a standard power cable
- Good power savings
- No Dead pixels and VERY LOW backlight bleed (very impressed with this)
- Tilt, swivel AND ROTATE to portrait mode!
- Vesa compatible without modifying the monitor

Cons: Honestly, I can't think of one reason why to get another monitor. period. Maybe you don't like Dell, but that's a pretty bad reason since I'm not really a fan either... until now.

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased 3 Dell P2311H, which is the non-ISP baby brother to this monitor, for a crossfire set-up. One of them failed after about a year of use and couldn't process digital (DVI) signals. Since they got the warranty, I contacted dell for a repair/replace. As they don't produce the P2311's any more, They sent me the immediate better, aka the U2312.

All I can say:
I wish I could replace the other two. This is amazing. I use the monitors in portrait mode, and the viewing angle becomes immediately apparent with the IPS. I can move my head around and the picture doesn't change, whereas the TN screen gets darker and lighter as my head moves from side to side. No more moving my head back and forth to better see darker images and video :)

But the U is also more vivid, warm and genuinely nicer to look at. The TN's seems more harsh to look at now that I have something to compare them to. I can't tell the difference in refresh rate between the monitors, and once I messed with the brightness and contrast settings, I got this monitor to look beautiful. The power efficiency is great due to the LED back-lit tech, and the design updates from previous monitors with the rounded corners and cleaner stand really stand out.

If you're looking for a new monitor and don't want to wait for a fancy (read expensive) 4k monitor to hit mainstream, this is THE monitor for you.

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Scythe SCKMRK-5 Kama Rack 5 Mobile Rack for two 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - all ports work, including the microSD one, which is awesome!
- I finally have memory stick support on my desktop, and a front-facing esata port just in case
- no hard-to find drivers or controllers needed, just plug and play!
- Uses only one sata power for two drives helped with cable management
- black plate matched my system perfectly.
- Install took maybe fifteen minutes, mostly because I needed to thread the cables.

Cons: - The pictures didn't show this, but the hdd/ssd sticks out of the slots about a half inch. I understand you need this to remove the drives, but I wasn't expecting that when I ordered it, so now you know
- I have three sata cables going to it, plus a usb cable, and a sata power cable. It helped with cable management but also complicated it at the same time...

Other Thoughts: I have my main OS ssd as well as my linux distro ssd in the two slots. To back-up my OS disk, I simply remove the linux distro (it's AHCI enabled and as such hot-swapable) and plug in another drive to mirror the os onto it. It then goes back into the safe. No extra cables, adapters, or external enclosures with power bricks that I need to keep track of. It's the fastest way to do a back-up, and it's also the cheapest and easiest!

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