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SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High resolution, completely adjustable, 27", PLS display. Minimal backlight bleed for an LED (which is very difficult to come by now).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I was expecting a lot from this monitor, and I set my expectations a little too high.

Unfortunately, it's really as good as any LED monitor can get, which isn't anything great. Compared to other LED and LCD monitors, this one definitely ranks at the top of my list.

I have experience with Dell's Ultrasharp LED's, Samsungs 120hz LED panels, and now this, and at the $560 price point I got this monitor, it was absolutely well worth it.

Under $700, this monitor is a great buy, any more you're better off spending the extra $100 on an Apple Cinema Display. The glossy panels really do make all the difference in the world. I hate reflections and glare in my monitors as much as anybody else, but having a matte screen makes what could be an amazing monitor, just a good monitor.

I'd recommend this to anyone as long as they can grab it for $700 or less, otherwise, not worth it. Definitely much better than my Dell Ultrasharp 27", though.

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SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Small and Lightweight compared to the 5970's that this replaced. Very fast

Cons: Runs very hot, even at stock clocks. The fan is loud, but much better than the 6970, and about 10x better than the 5970's I had.

The price is a bit extreme. Honestly, I'd peg these at about $450 - $500, not $550. Regardless, it's worth it if you have the money.


Oh, and one of the largest cons for me - no backplate on the PCB? This is a major step down from the 5000 and 6000 series. The backplates give a huge boost to the looks and cleanliness of your build. For an enthusiast, looks come a close second to performance, it's sad to see no backplate on these cards.

Other Thoughts: I'm running one of these in 5760x1080 eyefinity. In BF3 on Ultra Settings with 2xMSAA, I'm getting an average of 30fps. For one card, at this resolution, that is AMAZING.

I'll be throwing a 7950 in when they come out, but until then, with one card playing games like BF3 at playable fps, maxed out, I'm impressed.

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William Z.'s Profile

Display Name: William Z.

Date Joined: 11/25/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 01/14/12
  • Last Review: 03/01/12
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