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GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Absolutely blows through anything that you throw at it. Before this card I had a 1GB HD5870 that didn't cut it for me. I haven't even thought about lag since I got this card. Everything is maxed out with no problem. This is by far one of the best investments I have made for my computer.

Cons: This card generates a TON of heat. The card itself and the Ati program do not regulate the fan speed automatically whatsoever. Whenever I play any game I have to manually set the speed above 50% (usually at 75%) or else my computer will display a brown screen and shut off. The other issue that some people may have is how large this card is. I knew it was going to be bigger than the 5870 but I was still stunned by its size. Luckily I just bought a new case that has plenty of room.

Other Thoughts: One final issue I had was that I could not get a driver to install properly for this card at first. Repeatedly it would give an error saying that no device was installed that fit the description. Originally I was using the HDMI port but ended up using a DVI-HDMI adapter which magically fixed the problem.

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NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Beautiful case. Even when on high, the fans are extremely quiet. NZXT includes all the hardware you could possibly need. I was happy that they included all the motherboard standoffs (painted black). I was suprised that the only parts of the case that are plastic are the top and front pieces, although they are made of a high quality plastic. There is plenty of ventilation throughout the case and a fair amount of fans to move air. Cable organization is great. They took the time to organize the wires for the dual 120mm side fans as well as the additional 200mm side and front 120mm fan. I was surprised that the ""tool-less" design actually works on this case (always a plus when their ads for the feature actually work). This case is perfect for someone who needs to fit big graphics cards (i.e. 6990 or 5970) or someone who has a huge CPU cooler. Almost forgot to compliment them on their nice fan controls on top.

Cons: Some people may be annoyed that there is no USB 3.0, however I don't have anything that utilizes that feature so it's not a problem for me. The other small problem for me was that the USB ports are all on the top of the case which is a slight inconvenience since my computer sits on my desk. This issue is not worth knocking off an egg since all I have to do is just stand up to access the ports.

Major distraction from studying for my finals.

Other Thoughts: At the moment my case houses:
AMD Phenom II X6 1075 w/ Zalman 9500A
Asus M4N98TD EVO <-- will be swapped out to do xfire
8GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX
ATI HD 6870 1GB
Seagate 500GB 7200rpm HDD
550watt Cooler Master eXtreme Power (Didn't realize it was a 550 until I swapped cases so this is also being replaced)

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ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I got this for an amazing price (somewhere else =( ). The fan is dead quite while idle unlike the Palit GTX460 I bought a while ago. Looks great since it doesn't have ugly stickers on it.

Cons: I have tried multiple drivers including the ones off of Nvidia's website and the included disc but no matter what I do, I get a BSOD instantly on start-up of Windows 7. The computer is perfectly fine before I installed the driver as well as when I start-up in safe mode, but when I try to run Windows normally I get the same BSOD. I tested this on a different computer and got the same result. All of my other ASUS products work fine so I am unsure as to why this one doesn't.

Other Thoughts: I am going to RMA this card and hopefully get one that works. In the meantime I have to use my noisey GTX460 (which worked perfectly after taking out the 470 and reinstalling 460)

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Eric C.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric C.

Date Joined: 08/01/08

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 08/24/08
  • Last Review: 03/23/11
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