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ORICO 25AU3-FU External USB 3.0 to 2.5-Inch SATA Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure Case w/ Exclusive Sleeve - Pink
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gorgeous, Absolutely gorgeous finish, neat carrying case. Very appealing to the eye.

Cons: Slot load device feels cheap and is difficult to lock into place. I dislike slot load external enclosures in the first place, and this one is particularly bad.

The circuit board on it is very weak. It constantly disconnects during large data transfers. I moved 440 GB of data off of it and the drive flat out disconnected from my computer logically about 17 times. Within seconds it was reconnected and I simply hit "retry" on the data transfer and it picked up right where it was when it was disconnected but it was extremely annoying. I would definitely not recommend this product for any kind of continuous backup. Actually, I wouldn't recommend this product for anything. And yes, I am certain that the drive I used is functional, I've been using this drive for months, moving large volumes of data off it and onto it again, there is nothing wrong with the drive I used.

Other Thoughts: Had this product been the full 50 dollars, I would've been very mad. Like furious, by how low quality this device is. Given it was only 10 bucks, the cost in shipping to return it makes it not worth the return. Definitely never buying from this brand again and I recommend no one else does either.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price performance ratio! Price performance ratio! Price performance ratio! I believe after rebates we paid 315 for this card. For 315 this card is almost a steal!

Secondly, World Class Customer service. EVGA is the best for graphics cards. Oh sure, Some select ASUS or MSI cards might perform better (Sometimes), but the warranty support is bar none. If the difference in performance is less than 3% (MSI Lightning Vs FTW+) but the customer service is worlds better, why even consider MSI? And don't even get me started on how awful ASUS customer support is. Eugh.

Thirdly, Features! the SSC version, I honestly feel, is the best value for the dollar as far as GTX 970s go. The dual bios and power phase ensures you maximum over clocking performance. Slap a backplate on it (Ours came with one for free, thanks Newegg!) and you'll have one powerful, sleak card. I was able to over clock my card high enough that it was reaching 10.5k on 3DMark Firestrike and was within 15% or so of lower end GTX 980s. Very good card. Though I recommend adjusting the fan profiles, the card can run a bit hot when over clocked, which effects stability. Making those fans work harder is their job tho, so go for it!

Cons: Elpida Memory Modules and the 3.5GB "Issue"

So everything I wrote in the Pros section wound up being true, but only after the card was RMA'd. The first card we got suffered from frame stutters and frame drops and general draw errors when going over 3.5GB of vram. It was pretty difficult to pinpoint. My girlfriend couldn't tell the difference, but I could. It would be at 60FPS but still look a little stuttery.

I contacted EVGA about this, and first they offered me a step up option. But I declined, and instead optioned for an RMA. Sent the card in, and they sent a brand new replacement.

While the RMA process was still underway, I did a bunch of research on this issue. I've owned two 970s, and my first 970 did not have the issue that the one we bought for my GF did. My original 970 had Samsung Memory Modules, the one we bought for my gf had Elpida, and the one EVGA sent back to replace my GF"s 970 also had Samsung Memory Modules. Several people I spoke to online reported Elpida Memory Modules as being generally no good, with SK Hynix and Samsung being superior.

So if you get one of these cards and it has Elpida Memory, you should probably test it pretty rigorously. if you can't see any issue, then there's no issue, but if you can, then you should probably RMA it.


Now then, My thoughts on thye 3.5 Issue:

GTX 970s do only have 3.5GB of high speed VRAM with the remaining 512 being slower, but it's not something you should really notice. Firstly, the GTX 970 doesn't really have the horse power to drive and fill a full 4 GB of vram. What you'll find is, you're going to wind up pushing resolutions to 4k or cranking the settings up way high in order to get close to that (Side note: this is in regards to games made in and prior to 2015, I can not speak about the future). What this results in, is much lower frame rates. Dragon Age Inquisition was filling over 3.5Gb of vram but the frame rate with the settings required to do that was in the low 20s, occasionally dipping into the teens. Shadows of Mordor and GTAV are a similar story. You can fill the Vram up, but you'll be getting sub 30 fps in most cases. Some people can play like this, I cannot. I need higher frame rates. So to each their own.

The point is, with the frame rate that low, even if you do see stuttering, it'll most likely be a non issue. It's only in cases where the vram is full and you're getting higher (60~) FPS, that the stuttering and frame drops become super apparent, and even then, in my experience, having owned 3 different GTX 970s, it's only rarely apparent.

I'd bet good money that every reviewer out there that reviewed GTX 970s and witnessed some kind of anomaly in performance over 3.5GB of vram were using GTX 970s that had Elpida Memory Modules.

Other Thoughts: For what it does, the GTX 970 is the go-to card for casual to hard core gamers. If you plan on sticking with 1080p and 60FPS, then there's no reason to not get the GTX 970 if you're buying Nvidia. 960 is a good card but ehh, spend a bit more, get 50% more performance. 980 is a good card, but ehh, spend 200 less and get 80% of the performance of a 980. Nvidia almost shot themselves in the foot with this card.

We are unlikely to see it's like again for a long time.

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Logitech K350 2.4GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard - Black
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Don't Buy If you're a fast typist/gamer 03/10/2013

This review is from: Logitech K350 2.4GHz Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard - Black

Pros: The design is amazing. I wish they had more of these pseudo-Ergonomic designed keyboards.

Cons: Constantly misses keystrokes when I'm typing fast. Functionality is especially limited for gaming, simply because if I press more than 3 buttons at a time, the fourth and beyond simply aren't registered.

Other Thoughts: I have owned other wireless keyboards before this one that did not have the problems this one does. The software that comes with it is okay when it runs, but for some reason it constantly crashes on my machine, I've tried several fixes, and I'm fed up with it.

If I could get a refund, I would. I'm not bitter or anything, Just dissapointed. I would recommend this keyboard to anybody who casually uses a computer, the design and build are ROCK solid, I can see this keyboard lasting years before finally giving out, but if you type at 85+ wpm or are a gamer, do not buy this keyboard.

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Date Joined: 01/13/08

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