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PowerColor AXR7 250 2GBK3-HV2E/OC Radeon R7 250 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Bought a refurb of these work fine no surprises 12/04/2014

This review is from: PowerColor AXR7 250 2GBK3-HV2E/OC Radeon R7 250 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Works find for Kaveri Dual Graphics mode using A10-7859K APU
Super cheap price 50 bucks free ship can't beat that
Looks and works like a brand new graphics card, not a mark on it

Same Iron Egg guarantee return policy as a new one.

Low power runs entirely off the PCIe bus slot.

Silent fan can hardly hear it.

Cons: Just a plain brown box with the card inside a silver static bag no frills. Just pointing that out not a big con.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to implement dual graphics formerly known as Crossfire X, using the on board graphics of the AMD Kaveri A10-7850K API and this card. The Kaveri onboard graphics engine is actually faster than this graphics card but they pair nicely. AMD seems to have worked the kinks out of Dual Graphics and boosted the performance. It installed in my BIOS settings without a hitch completely uneventful. I did install the newest AMD Catalyst control center off their web site and rebooted the PC. When it came back up and I reran Catalyst the Dual Graphics was already on. I have played this with the following games: Battlefield 4, Skyrim, Rust, Diablo 3. No other games yet. However if makes a drastic improvement with 2 video cards in all these applications. Even with the integrated graphics on the APU all these games were playable but with the Powercolor R7 250 installed it was a huge boost not just framerate but in smoothness i.e. no noticeable lag. I am not going to run benchmarks my benchark is game play. Best fifty buck upgrade I had spend in years. Recommend. Watch the prices they go up and down on these. Recomment.

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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent home server no complaints here 12/04/2014

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX

Pros: Fantastic Black Friday price 30% off current price.

Fast processor, silent operation, All the cables are included and already installed in the drive bays. Nice BiOS though old style non-GUI. Completeness of the package, just add a hard drive, keyboard and mouse. Very fast boot even with traditional hard drive. Includes integrated sound card nice for a server.

Cons: Having trouble getting the DisplayPort output to play sound throw a HDMI monitor/speakers. Normal sound through back panel headphone jack works though. Trying to work out that glitch might need a different cable.

Other Thoughts: First of all the price: You could not touch this price in a used or refurbished machine, and this is brand new production that just came out of the Lenovo factory. Not sure how they can make any money at all on these at the Black Friday price I paid unless they count on the fact most people forget to do the rebate form on time.

If have installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition. This is an extremely fast machine. For the price paid I have no complaints at all. Includes removable card cages for 2 hard drives but has internal space for 4 drives. It is fair to call it a low end server or a workstation but is also fair to call it a high end workstation since it supports 32 GB of memory and has 4 DIMM slots.

It supports network boot as well as many other boot options you would expect from modern UEFI BIOS: Can boot from the network, and also from a USB thumb driver, USB hard drive or DVD as well as the internal DVD burner.

Only 280 watts but that seems to be plenty and the case is spacious almost empty, the power supply connector wires are slim and don't fill up the case. Very fast boot from this system and I do not have a SSD drive on this one, instead a Toshiba 2GB drive. It boots extremely fast. No SLEEP function but who cares? This is a server. Intel i3-4130 is a surprisingly robust CPU since it has 4 logical cores. No it is not an I5-3570 but really does not need to be. Build quality exceedingly code no sharp edges inside the case at all. No need for a box of bandaids. Everything installs by hand without tools. Recommend to anyone especially if they are on sale.

Running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter it only had 1 file that needed to be installed, and Intel chipset driver .inf file. Actually worked fine even without that. The BIOS does support VM by the way people, the feature is just turned disabled by default: you have to go into BIOS settings and enable it.

Not a gaming machine but the Integrated HD4000 graphics is more than sufficient. The image quality is quite good it just lacks the oomph for gaming but like I said this is a server.

I am not sure what people were complaining about the PCIe being only 8X because mine is 16X

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs These disks are junk don't waste your money 12/01/2014

This review is from: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Cheap? Is that a pro.

Cons: Complete waste of your money Cyber Monday or not.

Other Thoughts: The only Seagate drives any good are their NAS drives.

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Display Name: William N.

Date Joined: 07/18/01

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  • First Review: 02/07/04
  • Last Review: 12/04/14
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