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Fallout 4 - PC
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3 out of 5 eggs Great graphics, but slow load times and overly complicated and confusing user interface. 09/29/2016

This review is from: Fallout 4 - PC

Pros: Like most current games, the graphics are stunning. The open-world concept is great, but it does tend to lend itself to a lot of aimless wandering. The game can be highly customized through use of mods.

Cons: After installing the game from the included DVD, I then had to wait many hours for it to download another 20+GB from steam. Then, after that, it had to download a patch. It was actually a full day from the time I started installing this game until I could actually play it!

The constant waiting while content is loaded when you enter or exit a building or zone is maddening. I am running an i7 with a gtx970 and an SSD, so I certainly didn't expect to wait 24 seconds to start a saved game from the main menu, or 11 seconds to enter or leave every building or zone.

I was disappointed to find that only 16x9 and 16x10 format monitors are supported. If I attempt to run the game in full screen (non-windowed mode) for a fully engaging experience on my 21x9 monitor, the image is stretched significantly, and things like lock picking don't work at all. This means the only way to play the game on a non 16x9 or 16x10 monitor is in windowed mode, leaving the right third of the screen with your desktop showing. which totally kills the experience.

The giant step backwards in interface technology that Bethesda took from Skyrim to Fallout 4 is nothing less than shocking. TAB to close a pop-up window? Really? They really tried to cram too much into your little portable computer called a "pip boy" which has a rather small screen, so everything, including maps are tiny. I imagine that after a while, you will get used to it, but when starting out, the UI is a huge hindrance.

As with all Bethesda games, there are no instructions - even with the boxed version. Just start playing and try to figure it out. Remember to save the game a lot...

Other Thoughts: Overall, this looks like it is going to be fun for a while, but I can see it getting old pretty quickly. It really just doesn't seem very engaging. Hopefully it picks up.

This is really more of a FPS than an RPG.

Seagate BarraCuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs High performance, but small 09/19/2016

This review is from: Seagate BarraCuda ST500DM009 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: From what I can tell, this is a smaller, faster version of the old Barracuda drives with a green label that makes it look suspiciously like a WD green drive.

Even under load, it stays cool, unlike the old Barracuda drives that got really hot unless they had a fan on them.

Performance is excellent for a mechanical hard drive:

CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T=10) : 180.111 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T=10) : 171.412 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T=10) : 1.723 MB/s [ 420.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T=10) : 1.719 MB/s [ 419.7 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 235.747 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 236.352 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.623 MB/s [ 152.1 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.661 MB/s [ 405.5 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [F: 0.0% (0.1/465.6 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/09/19 10:34:08
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)

Cons: None that I ran into while testing.

Other Thoughts: Why even bother making a 500gb drive anymore? There is no physical size limit at or around 500gb, so what is the point, especially when its 2TB brother (which will work in any computer that can recognize a 500gb drive) only costs $27 more?

But, if you're looking for the cheapest possible drive for a build, this is a pretty good performer for $50.

HATCHBOX 3D PLA-1KG1.75-BLK PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Black
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Pros: Pure black. Excellent quality. Vacuum packed and on a nice solid spool with multiple filament tie-off tabs so it doesn't unwind when you're not using it.

I am about half way through the roll and have had no problems at all.

Cons: I too would like to see more available colors.

Other Thoughts: Flows very well at 210C, and sticks great to the print bed at 60C.


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Display Name: Steve F.

Date Joined: 06/27/05


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  • Last Review: 10/20/16
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