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SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Editing my prior review... Good card. BUY IT! NOW!

Cons: Have 2 of these in crossfire. The card on top reached a high temp of 112C running 3dmark06! I about fainted when I saw this and immediately modded my case for two more high power fans. Placed one exhaust fan outside of the case right over the PCI slots, and another just in front of where the heat pipes meet blowing cool air into the cards. This helped incredibly! Now they idle around 40C and have reached a high temp of only 81C!!

Other Thoughts: DO NOT try to add fans right after running 3DMark!! This card was HOT and I got a nice little burn on my wrist! ouch!!

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LITE-ON Black 4X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X DVD+R 4X BD-ROM SATA 4X Blu-ray Burner DH-4B1S-08
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Overall, ok. Not impressed. 04/04/2009

This review is from: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-R 2X BD-RE 12X DVD+R 4X BD-ROM SATA 4X Blu-ray Burner DH-4B1S-08

Pros: Burns and plays BD (barely just what I expected though). What else is there to say?
Came with latest firmware and powerdvd.
25GB capacity is good for data backup.

A decent value but...

Cons: Shoulda gone with the LG.. Similar price but better as follows:
Only 4x compared to 6x
Single layer (25GB) support only, compared to dual layer (50GB)

$6 per disk!!

Other Thoughts: All I have to say it that HDCP and DRM in general is a PITA!! Had to install powerdvd plus 3 updates (about an hour to download and install) before it will play anything. Took about 3 minutes to start playing BD (my computer was frozen for the 3 minutes). Same thing happened multiple times. It's funny how when you illegXlly download a movie, it always works well, fast, simple, easy... But when you spend a ton of cash on a BD drive and disks, nothing works!!! (I don't download anymore by the way, I want to support the industry).

I would recommend waiting a few months to spring for one of these, until the tech gets a bit better and DRM issues are worked out. Until then, watch your movies on your fanastic PS3!

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ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Nice.. 04/04/2009

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

Pros: Effective cooling. Decent price for what you get. Zalman quality. The thermal grease is easy to apply and works well. Decided to use AS Ceramique on a few and seems to cool a bit better, but harder to apply. PITA to install on an AMD board, but fairly easy on an Intel (It's easier to get a screwdriver between this and my NB heatsink than it is your hands)! Good airflow pointing right out of my case. I bought 3!

Cons: Knocked off an egg because although the cooling is more effective than stock cooling, it is still not quite up to par as some other aftermarket coolers I have used.
Still highly recommended, unless you plan on aggressive overclocking.

Other Thoughts: Got this along with a Raidmax Smilodon extreme black (green light accents) case and a mushkin PSU (you can't tell from pics, but mushkins have green leds inside). Topped it off with some green LED Silenx (80mm) and Antec (120mm) case fans. Beautiful system inside and out, and this cooler adds a perfect effect.

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Display Name: Ben S.

Date Joined: 01/02/09

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  • First Review: 03/31/09
  • Last Review: 04/06/09
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