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SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Upgraded from a GTX260 core 216 OC card from MSI. This one is about the same length if not a few mm shorter. I use it for gaming and for some bitcoin mining on the side. The 260 card could run Borderlands 2 on minimum settings at 1280x768 and still froze every 15 min or so until I CTRL-ALT-DEL and cancelled to get back to the game. This card is running the game at max settings on 1920x1080... insane!

Obviously mining is way faster with ATI vs NVidia... went from 40Mhps to 470Mhps easy at stock speeds.

Built in 75Mhz overclock "boost" on the card vs stock 7950 cards.

GREAT control over clock/fan speeds and such with the OverDrive featurs of the Control Center (under Performance tab).

Cons: Fans are a lot louder than the 260 had when mining (100% GPU use).

Running BL2 at max settings the fans didn't go past 45% speed and the temps stayed in the 40s. Mining kicks temps up to 76c and the fans to 71% or so which gets loud. Think "loud" as in, what a CD drive sounds like when spinning at max speed. Anything past 55% or so on these is louder than the 260 card I had.

Other Thoughts: I bought this with a deal for Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3, and FarCry 3... a card came with Bioshock and Crysis all over it, nothing for FarCry 3. I'll have to see what happens when I use this card, but I'm guessing I'll have to do some legwork to get my FarCry license. :-(

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Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/60G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Super speedy small drive for basic system. Installed 8 with no duds. Using for a kiosk and boot times are great on Win 7 x64.

Cons: No bracket included for 3.5" installation in a desktop setting.

No upgradable firmware (or if there is, nothing is on Kingston's website for it yet).

Blisterpack/Clamshell packaging... really?

Other Thoughts: Love me some Kingston. Just wish they would have thrown these things in a box like most vendors and skip the "slash you to shreds" plastic packs.

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ASUS P8B75-M LX PLUS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Budget friendly board. Bought and installed 8 with no duds. Had to update BIOS on all. The included cables seem to vary by date of board manufacture. All included 1 SATA 3Gbps and 1 SATA 6Gbps cable, but some were straight cables and others had one end with a 90 degree bend on them.

LOVE the ASUS UEFI BIOS. I wish it had an XMP feature for memory changes, but letting me select a quick clock speed for the RAM is fine too.

Cons: The faceplate for the case was very flimsy and some had to have tabs bent manually to clear the components of the board. Not a big deal, just be careful on installation. A little pressure is required to secure in place against the plate, but I mean LITTLE. If you are not seeing screw holes at least half-lined up with no pressure, you're caught on something. Frequently the issue was the bumpers on the DVI port or ethernet port... just make sure they aren't catching the front of the ports and preventing you from sliding the board forward all the way. The DVI port's ones in particular could LOOK like they were clearly on top of the port, but then had to be lifted further to clear the second bump on the port.

Other Thoughts: Impressed with this little guy. Due to the form factor or maybe just ASUS's design, the CPU doesn't sit in a spot that works with the plastic air divider (Partition Plate Cooling Technology) in the InWin BL631.300TBL case. I just chucked the divider in the trash and moved on. I have used that divider with other boards without issue, but there was no way to make it work on this mobo.

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Display Name: Brent P.

Date Joined: 08/09/04

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 05/30/08
  • Last Review: 04/27/13
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