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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

Joined on 12/05/04

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Most Favorable Review

very fast gpu, does not run hot if you use your own catalyst profile

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100242L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100242L

Pros: Fast, get 100-200 fps in half-life on max settings/resolution. Allows you to play in 4:3 aspect ratio with black bars on the side if you don't like widescreen. Heat issues can easily be fixed using the catalyst drivers profile.

Cons: My box didnt come with a manual... Don't use the card's default fan speed settings and make a profile. 7% speed... ouch.

Overall Review: This thing does not run hot as other people say it does. The heat issues come from ati's fan controller that slows down the fan when you are not playing a game. And even when you're playing a game, it does not run the fan at high speeds. The fan is not even audible for the most part. To fix the heat you just have to create a catalyst profile which sets the fan speed to 50-60% at all times. At 50% fan speed you can barely hear it and the card is running 38 degrees cooler, at least for me. 80C->42C.

Still holds up after 2 years

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support BLACK EDITION GAMING Video Card, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED 11G-P4-2281-KR
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support BLACK EDITION GAMING Video Card, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED 11G-P4-2281-KR

Pros: * I mostly bought this GPU for playing VR, works well on every native VR game. Some of the heavier VR mods require lowering graphics. * With Precision X1, I was able to easily overclock it +200 Mhz core, and +600 Mhz memory, with stock cooling. * 2 years later, I am glad I got a 11 GB memory card. A lot of games use high VRAM now.

Cons: * Power target is limited to 112%. Research the GPU part# you are buying whether it supports the higher power limits if you want to get a little more performance out of the card

Overall Review: Bought this GPU a few months before half-life alyx was released in order to play VR games (before chip shortage / panedmic, Feb 2020), which kind of sucked because 3xxx series cards were announced in September that year, but by then GPUs were selling out everywhere, so this card actually ended up being very valuable and I was glad I at least had a good card. Performs very well, don't plan on replacing until 4xxx cards.

Nice layout except for SATA ports

GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Ambient LED is pretty cool -processor installation (Intel Core i5-6500 6M Skylake) was easy

Cons: -I did not notice that the SATA ports are plugged in horizontally rather than vertically down into the board, before I bought this motherboard. This made it difficult to plug in SATA cables in my case. Half of the ports are directly under the graphics card (which makes it required that you plug them in horizontally). I prefer the SATA ports from my old motherboard that you can see from a top down view. Layout on this board might be different because of SATA express. -Audio / ethernet were broken until I installed the drivers from the CD ( I have windows 7) These were minor inconveniences, but I do not think it deserves losing a star for them..

still works after 8 years

CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS
CyberPower Intelligent LCD UPS CP1350AVRLCD 1350 VA 815 Watts 10 Outlets UPS

Pros: haven't had to use the backup that often, but it detected / protected against spikes / drops during thunder storms. still works after 8 years.

Cons: none

great noise reduction

Rosewill 5.1-Channel Vibrating Gaming Headset- USB Connector - RHTS-8206
Rosewill 5.1-Channel Vibrating Gaming Headset- USB Connector - RHTS-8206

Pros: *filters ambient noise, makes it great for playing games *Fairly comfortable (after stretching it out)

Cons: Might be a bit tight wearing them for the first time if you have a large head.

Overall Review: I have a pc with a lot of fans, but can barely hear them with these headphones. The headphones were a bit tight after I first opened them, I spent several days stretching out the headphones before wearing them.

...vista not xp

ThinkPad Laptop R Series R61(8920B6U) Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.20GHz) 1GB Memory 160GB HDD NVIDIA NVS 140M 15.4" Preloaded with Windows XP Pro and comes with Vista Business upgrade CD and product key
ThinkPad Laptop R Series R61(8920B6U) Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.20GHz) 1GB Memory 160GB HDD NVIDIA NVS 140M 15.4" Preloaded with Windows XP Pro and comes with Vista Business upgrade CD and product key

Pros: Nice very high resolution for 15.4 inch Came with Xp, but a bit confusing to install/downgrade non integrated graphics card, doesn't use up your memory

Cons: Mine was preloaded with Vista, not XP. And there is no xp cd /upgrade cd. It came with 3 rescue and recovery disks and a windows xp conversion manual which wasn't very clear and was also outdated to the recovery software provided. I just put the cd's in that it asked for and it didn't really give me any options or tell me what I was doing( I didn't know if I was reinstalling vista or downgrading to XP). All it said was Full restore to the factory setup or something like that. Fortunately at the end, it ended up with Xp installed, even though I saw neither "Vista" or "XP" during the entire setup process. Maybe the newer releases of this laptop don't have XP preinstalled because of Microsofts discontinuation of it.

Overall Review: Upgrading the Ram to 2x2gb crucial pc5300

12/29/2008