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Kingston SSDNow KC300 120GB 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap, decent speed. My netbook is quite fast for everyday use.

Cons: Every now and then, I have tried to boot out of hibernation and instead got a message saying that my computer cannot boot from the hard drive.

Sometimes taking the battery out fixes it, other times opening up the laptop and removing the drive from the SATA connector and reconnecting it has worked.

This problem is more likely to occur if I have not used the computer for at least a few days.

More recently, I found that my silverlight installation was corrupted and that I cannot delete the corrupted files even with a number of file deleting utilities. I cannot reinstall or repair silverlight, and so in order to use it I will need to reformat. What a pain.

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MSI R7870-2GD5T/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought this to replace my XFX GHz edition 7870, which ran extremely hot (75-85C depending on whether the heat was on in my house). This card won't break 54C with the heat on, and it overclocks like a champ.

Also, came shipped with a Displayport to HDMI adapter. Awesome.

Cons: None, it's quiet, doesn't vibrate, runs cool.

Other Thoughts: Now that I know my case isn't the culprit, I have decided to replace the cooler on the XFX 7870 and X-Fire.

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XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: HD 7870 is a great GPU. Two DVI outputs is nice.

Cons: Runs hot. Runs at 75C on load with 100% fan, and gets up to 85C if the heat is on in my house.

Fan is not quite centered in the chassis. This must have caused the fan blades to hit the chassis very slightly, eventually breaking one of the blades off and causing an eccentricity that makes the fan extremely loud as it cannot avoid rubbing loudly against the chassis.

Voltage is locked, so even if I get an aftermarket cooler, I may not be able to achieve a high overclock.

Red metal strip at the top of the card vibrates endlessly unless a small folded piece of paper is wedged between it and the chassis.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to sell the card, but now I can't because the fan is broken.

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Brent S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brent S.

Date Joined: 08/18/11

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/05/12
  • Last Review: 05/01/14
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