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OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0720 PCI-E 720GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazing! HD has always been the weakest link, not anymore! 7.9!

Cons: Expensive!

MSI N580GTX-M2D15D5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very fast, 7.9 Windows Experiance, I installed two of these (SLI) and it blew away my dual core 5870 card I had previously.

Cons: Runs HOT!

ASUS ARES/2DIS/4GD5 Radeon HD 5870 X2 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The customer service at Asus tried to be helpful. The card does run cool and scored a 7.8 on WEI.

Cons: I went through 2 of these cards, thinking my first was defective. The card (or at least the drivers) had all kinds of compatibility issues. AVCHD files caused the drivers to crash (I tried this with 2 of these cards, 2 different machines), other video files played slow and choppy, unusual streaks would flash across the screen randomly, but rarely (with both cards), Battlefield BC2, the only game I tried, crashed immediately after the title screens, You need to spend another $100 for an active displayport to DVI adapter if you plan on using 3 monitors without a displayport connection.

I eventually switched this card out for 2 NVidia GTX580s (SLI). The NVidia cards are much faster (and yes, hotter no doubt). 7.9 Experience Index, which doesn’t tell much, but one benchmark program that I ran played a 3D animation and clocked the ARES card at 570 FPS and the 2 NVidia cards at 1,680 FPS. Not to mention, the best thing about the NVidia cards is that EVERYTHING WORKS!

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this card, it looks cool, runs cool, takes up less room in my PC (I have 3 other PCI ports occupied with 2 SSD drives and a sound card so things are very tight now). Too bad.


Adam V.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam V.

Date Joined: 11/30/04

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/14/10
  • Last Review: 12/14/10
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