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AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs 2nd Card not as good as 1st 10/11/2012

This review is from: AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon

Pros: This is a follow up to my previous post about my 2nd purchase of this card. See cons for updated CONS

*** Big fans, but no irritating fan noise
*** Runs our newest games at full detail
*** only 1 PCIx power needed (vs 2 on my 9800gtx)
*** HDMI option included
*** Dual Monitor support
*** Great packaging (Box within a box - then Newegg puts it in another)

Cons: Which I had to RMA via gigabyte (slow/bad communications) I got the card back...without any explanation of what was fixed. I called and they told me they replaced a CO chip or something. Regardless, it worked again after that...but it worked just like it did when I got it...flickering when just loading web pages with videos, or embedded flash. It was unbearable.

Gigabytes RMA was pretty easy...a little too easy because no communication. They said they received the card...then next thing I know...I get an email...it's being returned. Not saying it's fixed or what was done...then I open the box and it's the exact same card.

Other Thoughts: I tried SEVERAL 64bit drivers for windows 7....several version 11's and 12's...even the latest. with no luck.

I however...found something that works PERFECTLY...it's a work around...but it completely stops the flickering. The card has HDMI ports...so I plugged a TV in..as my 2nd display..and I mirrored it so I wouldn't accidentally drop icons or anything over there. I dont turn the TV on, but the card senses the TV there...and for some reason that stops the flickering. I tried disabling the HDMI on the card, but that didnt help.

Good Luck with this card everyone... I have a 50% success quality rate.

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SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great SSD - Loaded with ease - Fast 08/20/2012

This review is from: SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: For the price, you can't beat it...on sale for $79.99 when I got it...all the SSDs have been fluctuating a lot in the last few months. Seems their jockeying for position.

Benchmark in ATTO consistently writes around 200MB/sec and reads around 250MB/sec (using default settings on ATTO)

This is on an older Dell 755 with only SATA II. With all the updates on win 7 - 64 bit, this thing boots in less than 30 sec from power on to desktop. Another example of how fast it boots. I normally access this box remotely. So when rebooting, I lose approximately 4 pings, 5 max...then I can log in.

Speed and pricing are getting very tolerable. (I've been going nuts buying SSDs...this is my 3rd Sandisk...I have a few other brands...only 2 of the Sandisk have failed...but those were the SATA II versions...the new SATA III uses the newer Sandforce controller - no issues with those)

Cons: Newegg packaging (normally great)
Packaging was the small SSD box in a bubble envelope and I was scared when I opened it, but it was fine.

Sandisk (This model only) casing for this is plastic, VERY flimsy...yet again...surprised it was ok in the bubble envelope. Other Sandisk Extreme models are aluminum casings...feels cool and sturdy...this version is plastic and feels like a cheap kid toy. However...the performance/price/size far outweigh how it feels and looks...so no egg taken.

Other Thoughts: If you find it on sale, as I did, buy it...you wont be disappointed.

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GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great improvement over older 9800 GTX's I had. I'm able to play Skyrim on ultra at 1680x1050 and no noticeable FPS drops. It's much more quiet than my old XFX 9800 too.

*** Big fans, but no irritating fan noise
*** Runs our newest games at full detail
*** only 1 PCIx power needed (vs 2 on my 9800gtx)
*** HDMI option included
*** Dual Monitor support
*** Great packaging (Box within a box - then Newegg puts it in another)

Cons: This is my only con, as everyone wants any card they buy to work out of the box, without tweaking. Sure this card is over-clocked, but if they sell it like that. It should be stable with current drivers.

This is my 2nd one in the exact same build...but I had to tweak the 2nd one to work correctly. I didn't notice it on initial install because I went straight to Skyrim and it played without an issue. However in 2D mode and we browsing (looked like flash enabled sites). There was very noticeable and irritable flickering.

None of the drivers I had old and new fixed this issue. I even manually down clocked the card from the Catalyst control center...but it only allows you to down clock the 3D. I had to modify an XML file to fully correct it. It works perfectly now.

All 3 of my PCs have the same stuff, all purchased from Newegg. Case/power/mobo/ram/cpu...all bought here and the same models.

Other Thoughts: To fix your flicker issues in 2D (not allowed to post links...) ...just find it on the web. It's not too bad...and I just bumped mine up slightly from the site I found, because this card is faster than what they tested with.

Do a search for "ATI Overdrive low 2D clocks causes screen flicker - FIX"

It should be the 1st in the list. - Good Luck!

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William R.'s Profile

Display Name: William R.

Date Joined: 08/10/04

  • Reviews: 27
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  • First Review: 10/03/06
  • Last Review: 10/11/12
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