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Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Laptop dead on arrival.
Have to pay for shipping for warrantied repairs.
Cons: This is a sub-par laptop with inadequate cooling, very low amount of RAM (4GB), a horrible OS, and unusable Crossfire graphics.
-The cooling on this laptop is terrible; The laptop's APU(CPU+GPU) features Turbo Core, which automatically increases its speed when there is enough thermal overhead to allow it. Any games that require heavy CPU usage will eventually (sometimes within a minute) lower the clock speed to its normal state (1.8~1.9GHz).
-The 4GB of RAM (1600MHz DDR3) that comes stock with this laptop is inadequate for gaming.
-Windows 8.0-8.1 is horrible, even for mobile devices. The overall amount of clutter and inability to quickly access even basic programs (such as Calculator, Run, Search) is almost absurd.
-The dual graphics that is advertised is not true "Crossfire", but a hybrid that is load balanced. This load balancing throttles the dedicated 8570 GPU to match performance of that of the integrated 8550, and as a result, lowers the overall performance of the graphics system. Low performance is due to both GPUs trying to maintain access to the system RAM. There is no way to disable the integrated GPU and solely use the dedicated GPU, which would be of greater performance result. The Catalyst software only allows for the dedicated GPU to be disabled.
Other Thoughts: -Investing in a second 4GB, 1600MHz stick of RAM is bittersweet. It does provide a 20~% increase in performance due to enabled Dual-Channel mode, but is bottlenecked by the high temperature outputs and inability to fully utilize the APU+GPU graphics system.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I performed a mix of Uningine Heaven Demo/MSI Afterburner (I am only using Afterburner because of the diagnostic abilities i.e: temp graphs, clock graphs, fan graphs, etc..) and the result is as follows:
Core/Mem: 959 MHz @ 1125mV/ 1401MHz (completely stable and artifact-free with three runs of the Heaven Demo scoring 594 w 23.4 avg fps)(with below specs)
But the AMAZING THING IS that while watching the pretty Heaven Demo I popped back out to Afterburner and during the 99% GPU usage, the core temp NEVER WENT ABOVE 64*C at this voltage!!!
This card will last forever folks, and Sapphire's Vapor-X cooling technology is definitely worth investing the extra money in.
Other Thoughts: Buy two for Crossfire and they are faster than one 5870 by far!
Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7600) 64bit
CPU model: AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 550 Processor
CPU flags: 3800MHz MMX+ 3DNow!+ SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4A HTT
RAM: 3GB Gskill 1333 MHz DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24
HDD: Corsair Reactor Series 60GB SSD, [250MB/s,150MB/s]
MOBO: ECS 790GXM-AD3 Black Series
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