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PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This chip is quite impressive, being that it's essentially a 7930 with massive overclocking potential it can be pretty difficult to take issue with this card's performance or value. However the team who designed the chip at powercolor may have been a little bit rushed or nonchalant when addressing some of the finer details of the Tahiti Core. Overall it is fast, surprisingly quiet and cool, and was ridiculously well priced, this is a hard card to beat.

Cons: The chip is shipped 20% power shy of being truly stable and over-volted by nearly a full .2 v, on top of this the chip has become notorious for simply ignoring programs such as afterburner, trixx, or any other card-customization utility, in favor of doing its' own thing. For many owners this unfortunately entails constant throttling between the "normal" 925 clock speed and the "boosted" 975, killing performance and dramatically increasing the load temperature of the card. The reality is that for a fair number of owners out there the only solution will be to flash the bios with updated clock, watt, and voltage settings, which honestly isn't very difficult or time consuming and once performed can dramatically lower temps, power consumption, and thankfully decibels; whilst simultaneously increasing the performance of the chip by a wide margin.

All things considered this is still a great card, and though I fail to understand how Powercolor managed to be so far off the mark with their own hardware, it isn't really difficult for more experienced user's to resolve any issues that crop up.

Other Thoughts: What in the world were the people at Powercolor thinking and or doing when they came up with the stock settings and dynamic clock adjustment profiles for this card?

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Diablotek PHD Series PHD850 850W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs I was mistaken 08/25/2011

This review is from: Diablotek PHD Series PHD850 850W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply

Pros: Might work alright for a little while

Cons: I was mistaken in my previous rating of this product and have provided it with a 1 star to balance it out. It just doesn't do what it says it does, and if it does not for very long.

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Diablotek PHD Series PHD850 850W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Good so far 08/21/2011

This review is from: Diablotek PHD Series PHD850 850W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply

Pros: It runs my system Perfectly. I must admit all the negative reviews made me extremely hesitant to buy this PSU and kept my finger on the return button. But I have yet to witness the source of all this negativity, infact, upon further research I found that roughly 50-75% of all the negative reviews for this product are word-for-word identical across 10-15 sites! Unfortunately I was really shaken when I did get a dreaded random system reboot, but I was clueless as to the true source as I was only running IE and Itunes. So I decided to put the PSU to the test and ran enough programs to bring my;
AMD Black Edition - AMD Phenom II X4 3.4 GHz Processor to roughly 55-75% (this was freaking hard to do lol!)
Raedon HD 6870 1g Vram to 80% (Also pretty hard to do)
and my 8gigs of ram to 90% (don't ask...)
and proceeded to let my system rip through it effortlessly for 30+ minutes. By then I was more than satisfied with this PSU's ability to perform

Cons: Can get hot @ 600+W if you don't have a fan running right underneath it to help it out.

Other Thoughts: Maybe I just got lucky, but I hope this review helps any potential buyers. I do advise caution and cannot speak for Diablotek's customer service or anything else.

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Date Joined: 08/11/11

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