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PNY VCGGTX9704XPB GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card (G-SYNC Support)
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: • Nice looking card (not flashy)
• Blower type- so hot air is sent out of the back of the case
• Reference-style connections (3 DP, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI)
• Overclock +225MHz Core no problem.
• Fan can be set to run fairly silent, but at a cost to temperature.

Cons: • Temperature gets to about 80c during benchmarking and mining, then throttling occurs
• Fan at ~45% (the automatic setting speed that occurs at ~80c) is not very quiet, and keeping the fan low leads to the temperature reaching 80c and then throttling. I'd need to set the fan to come on stronger, increasing the noise but lowering the temperature and lessening the throttling.
• Monitor connected to DP does not show PC BIOS POST- the monitor only shows information when the video driver is loaded in Windows. The secondary monitor (oriented in portrait, flipped) shows the BIOS power-on password to the side This monitor is connected using the DVI out. I haven't seen a way to change this yet.
• I don't see a utility or bios update for the card on PNY's website. Drivers for PNY redirect to Nvidia's website.
• DisplayPort output needs be active on power-up, not only in Windows. This feels hacky to me.

Other Thoughts: At today's rates, GPU mining is dead- it'll take decades for the 600+ MHps to pay anything, if ever. (Not a failure of the card in any way).
The serial number is quite long with two sections, and is not (ironically) the number on the sticker that says "S/N: ...". This is only for registering online for the lifetime warranty.
At first, while benchmarking and only while benchmarking, the display connected via DisplayPort showed lines and tears in the video and the screen would blank out for seconds at a time. I was going to swap DP outputs but it seemed to be the cable- slightly loose. I need to find a decent cable that won't dislodge or connect improperly. Once I fitted the cable again, the display output was rock solid.

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OCZ Vertex 3 V3LT-25SAT3-240G 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Worked right out of the box. Cloned a 120g Summit drive onto the Vertex 3, then expanded the volume size to utilize the rest of the volume. I noticed random write performance has improved significantly. Seriously, no hiccups or slowdowns or any trouble at all in the process. Drive came with the latest firmware that has been discussed in the OCZ forums: version 2.06. The summit drive would get slowed down with random writes, but not anything as bad as the performance of the original Core v1.

Cons: OEM drive didn't come with anything other than the drive itself in a static-free bag- no cables, paperwork, mounting hardware, or anything (not that this is unexpected).
Reading on the OCZ forums, this drive does not use 25nm Nand, it uses 32nm Toshiba Nand which has slightly less performance. I'm not sure if this is a con or a pro- the larger-process Nand might have benefits in lifetime usability. The specs haven't really been published.

Other Thoughts: The pictures of the box are a tiny bit misleading. I thought it would be a brown box of a normal size. The box is just about an inch larger all around than the 2.5 inch drive itself. It's a tiny package.

I haven't had the time to really test it. I'm running it on a SATA2 connection at the moment but with the possibility to keep it viable for SATA3 in the future (either a new motherboard or a cost-effective PCIe add-on board). I upgraded and up-sized my boot drive in Windows 7 64-bit. I used Acronis 2011 Home version.

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Razer RZ02-00420100-R3U1 Scarab Expert Hard Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Stiff, textured, Comes with nice case 02/02/2011

This review is from: Razer RZ02-00420100-R3U1 Scarab Expert Hard Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: It is reasonably thin, Reasonably large, textured but still fast to use (not an unreasonable amount of friction), and it came with a nice padded case with elastic corner holders and closes with Velcro. I had no trouble with the Razer Naga. Responsiveness was just absolutely perfect.

Cons: I need to find a place to put the case when I'm not transporting it... it's kind of large and ... where do I put this?

Not sure about longevity yet, but it seems better textured than the Z-mat World of Warcraft pad it replaced, so I expect this will last much longer (not a con).

Other Thoughts: The predecessor became worn and smooth in the center, it was not made by Razer. At first I thought this was causing unresponsiveness, but I later found a tiny hair at the optical sensor and not the mat after all. This is very minimalistic, a light color with only the Razer symbol on one corner, understated but good quality and a better design overall.

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PATRICK H.'s Profile

Display Name: PATRICK H.

Date Joined: 05/12/05

  • Reviews: 30
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  • First Review: 03/02/06
  • Last Review: 09/30/14
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