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SAPPHIRE 100352OCSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Factory overclocked card, VERY quiet under load, effective cooler. At 950 MHz, it's almost as fast as a 7970 for much less. Coming from 5850s in Crossfire, this card is spectacular, even loaded the old Crysis to see what I was missing with. It played that on 1920x1080 Very High and 4x AA beautifully (proc is I3-2120 Sandy Bridge).

Cons: Not really a con, but if you look at the pictures on Newegg, you'll notice that it has 6-pin AND 8-pin power connectors not the dual 6-pin listed or like 95% of 7950 cards (making me wonder if its based off a 7970 board). The 8-pin connector means more power and overclocking headroom for enthusiasts.

Other Thoughts: Other reviewers note instability with these cards. Interestingly enough any overclocking, even 25 MHz would cause instability and crashes. Opened Afterburner only to find that Sapphire undervolted the card (1.03 mV vs 1.093 mV for stock 7950). Once you bring the voltage to stock, 1050 MHz is easy, and if you push it to stock 7970 1GHz Edition voltage of 1.2 to 1.25 mV, I'm sure you can hit 1100+ MHz easily. Bottom line is that this is a fantastic card, stays cool and quiet, and when properly overclocked, can match or beat a GTX 680 (depending on the game) for much less. Imagine the possibilities if Crossfired!

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EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Cream of the crop for the GTX 570 series, custom PCB
- Good performance at 1920x1080 resolution
- Stays relatively cool despite a noncustom cooling solution
- EVGA warranty and step-up program

Cons: - software drivers

Other Thoughts: Despite all the different fixes I tried, I was unable to correct the video stutter in 3D games (check various video card forums, the Nvidia stutter bug has been around for awhile). I tried beta drivers, the latest 301.xx official driver, using VSYNC, nothing worked. In the action MMOs that I play, that stuttering seriously screws up activating different clickies and skills. Returned the card and went back to my trusty 5850 crossfire setup.

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XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included dual fan push pull compatible LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installed easily in my Gigabyte Z68 mobo with an i3-2130 CPU and DOES NOT interfere with the RAM slots which is a big plus. With the stock frequencies, the i3 does not get hotter than 44 C while set on low speed during prolonged heavy gaming, but I do have a HAF mid-tower case which has great circulation.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Fan is quiet on the low setting. This CPU cooler should be able to cool the future 22nm Sandybridge socket 1155 quad core CPUs with moderate 4-4.5 GHz overclock.

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Display Name: Anthony A.

Date Joined: 12/13/07

  • Reviews: 30
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 01/23/08
  • Last Review: 07/11/12
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