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PowerColor TurboDuo AX7790 1GBD5-TDH/OC Radeon HD 7790 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price/performance ratio is very good for this card. It plays BF4 on all medium settings with minimal AA @ 1920x1080 with frames around 45 fps most of the time and crysis 3 at high settings with the same frame rate and resolution. If you customize the settings on WoT with all medium settings and level of detail, draw distance on maximum it does very well with frames in the same 45 fps average territory. Thats not bad for a mid-range card at this price range. The heatsink has 6 copper heat pipes and does a very good job cooling this card. I never saw temperatures go above 65 deg C on full load for hours on end. I have the card in a cooler master HAF 902 (the cube case) and all of the fan slots are occupied so there's excellent ventilation. I am sure that helps the temps at least some but still, the fan/heatsink is not a cheapy and is typical of what you would find on any decent brand of video card thats mid-range and up. I have not had any problems out of this card. I used the drivers off of AMD's website instead of what was on the CD. I hardly ever use the CD drivers unless there's a specific problem with a driver/game where I need an older driver version.

Cons: none for the money....considering you're not buying a 7990 or something crazy like that

Other Thoughts: This card is long for a mid-range card. I guess to fit in the dual fan cooler.
Display port, Dual DVI and an HDMI are very nice if not standard features.
A lot of people beat up on Power Color but I have had good luck with their cards. I did a build with a 7770 from Power Color a year ago and that little card is still going strong.
I think people are just used to a certain brand. Consider that many of the parts are made in the same factories in China/Taiwan and the difference is mainly the quality grade of the parts the brand/company elects for the manufacturer to put on the PCB such as Japanese solid caps or cheap Chinese ones or will the card have a cheap fan or a good fan? Assembly, PCB boards, silicon all come from the same places in common with the other brands.

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Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: There are many cool things about this case such as the hot swap bays, filter for the power supply, the ability to house really large 900W+ power supplies, great ventilation etc etc

Cons: If you install 140mm front fans like the description says you should be able to, the plastic on the inside of the front bezel will interfere with the fitment and will prevent the front bezel from snapping into place. I had to remedy this by cutting out a long thin plastic ridge on the inside of the case. Also if you install a 200mm fan in the top, you won't be able to close the top if you also have installed a tall HSF. The one I was using was the cooler master Hyper 212 plus. You would think that they would make their products compatible. Also the metal brace on the inside of the case serves no other purpose? Why isn't this also functional for holding drives or something. I checked to see if 2.5 or 3.5 drives will fit and neither will. I found this strange and took it out because it was blocking airflow. Also while routing all of my wires I found much to be desired of the cable manage tie down locations and lack thereof in other locations. I needed some along the sides leading up to the top of the case. That would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: The concept of this case is a great idea. It really seems as though they realized it was a cool idea without actually checking it out much and rather rushed it into production instead. I think if there were a few touches added like filtration for the front as well and the aforementioned details remedied this would be a very nice case. As it stands in my opinion its an unfinished product. Nice features and concept but poor execution of the details.

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SYBA USB 3.0 2-port PCI-e Controller Card, VLI VL80x Chipset, with On-board 20-pin HeModel SD-PEX20122
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Finally front USB3.0 ports! Cost is reasonable for this one. Crazy fast speeds with external USB3.0, 2.5inch, 7200rpm, 16Mb cache, 200Gb drive. I am sustaining 65-70Mb/s with small files and sustaining over 100Mb/s with large contiguous files on this card.

Cons: Doesn't carry any more power over the front USB3.0 ports than a front USB2.0 port does. I was hoping for a power boost on front ports as well but no such luck.

Other Thoughts: I HOUNDED Newegg for weeks to get this offered. I am the one who pointed it out to them about two months ago but they replied they had Silverstone cards with front USB3.0 ports and did not look closely enough at my submission to know this had both despite I mentioned to them the front 20pin header and rear ports on one card. I had to point out to them that THIS was the 'be all end all' card everyone was looking for and then they took a second look. They would not however tell me if/when they were getting them in so I got frustrated and bought the card from E__bay instead (cheaper too). One week after I bought mine Newegg finally offered it. I am glad that my efforts are helping so many other people! All of the other solutions out there are very much inferior.

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Display Name: Brian J.

Date Joined: 06/15/03

  • Reviews: 45
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  • First Review: 06/25/05
  • Last Review: 12/17/13
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