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Brian T.

Brian T.

Joined on 11/03/03

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Awesome graphics card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100243L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100243L

Pros: I accidentally posted this review under the Powercooler 4870 and I'm re-posting it here because this is the card I purchased. My review would be the same for the Powercooler since they're both reference designs anyway: It is EXTREMELY fast. I upgraded from my Geforce 8800GTS 640MB and it's a huge improvement especially in Crysis, NWN2, WoW, CoD4 and Assassins Creed. I was surprised when I started up Assassins Creed and was able to run it at 1920x1200 with all the settings on max and it ran very smoothly. Blu-ray/HD-DVD and standard DVD's also look a touch better than they did on my 8800GTS.

Cons: I have two complaints about this card. First of all I run Vista Business x64 and the drivers kept crashing on me. I even have the hotfix drivers installed. Sometimes it crashed over and over until Windows crashed all together. I read around the web and found that I could try uninstalling the ATI Display Manager. After uninstalling it I've not had the driver crash since, so I'm hoping I fixed it. It's not crashed for a couple days so my hopes are high that this fixed it. It's also a VERY hot card. I had the fan tuned to run at 40% with Overdrive in the display manager, but now that it's uninstalled I have to wait for ATI Tool or alternative app to support this card, or for an updated Display Manager to bump the fan speed up again. Oh, and if you run duel monitors make sure your primary monitor is plugged in to DVI 1 and your second is on DVI 2. Save some annoyances and set them up like this first.

Overall Review: All things considered, I love this card! It was a significant upgrade over my old G80 8800GTS 640MB. If these driver crashes stop happening I would say that this card is darn near perfect. System Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.6GHz, 6GB Corsair xms-2 DDR2-800, Asus p5e, Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, Pioneer Blu-Ray, xbox 360 HD-DVD. As a final note, I need to give props to Newegg. Great price, great service and fast delivery. Newegg is always my first choice. And as an update from my first review, uninstalling the ATI Display Manager has so far completely fixed my driver crashes, so I now give this card a 5/5.

Absolutely amazing

Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440, 21:9 UltraWide, 100 Hz Refresh Rate, 1500R Curvature, Tilt/Height Adjustable, HDMI x 2, DP, USB 3.0
Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440, 21:9 UltraWide, 100 Hz Refresh Rate, 1500R Curvature, Tilt/Height Adjustable, HDMI x 2, DP, USB 3.0

Pros: This thing is gigantic. I'm "upgrading" from a 28" Samsung 4K with a TN panel and the image quality between the two are night and day. It was more than worth going from 3830x2160 to a much more eye strain and graphics card friendly 3440x1440. Things are much easier to read and games perform much nicer. Gaming is a real joy using this monitor. The curved ultra wide screen is really nice while playing just about any game that supports it. Productivity is also really nice. After doing work on the 28" 4k for about a year I've come to appreciate the work area it offers, but I don't find myself feeling cramped or limited in any way with this monitor. If anything it feels like I have even more space to work with due to going from 28" to 34"UW. I have zero dead pixels on all colors and no backlight bleed that I can see. It doesn't have OLED quality blacks but it's significantly better than my old Samsung 4K and the many IPS screens I've used in the past. Setup and use is simple, though while testing the monitor out on a different machine that couldn't handle the resolution and refresh rate over DP, I kept getting an annoying setup message in the bottom right hand corner. I haven't seen it since moving it to my primary machine, which uses a GTX 1070. I absolutely love this display so far. I've only had it for a couple of days now but it's already one of if not the best monitors I've ever used. Windows desktop @ 100hz is pretty nice.

Cons: The price. It's a lot of money to spend on a monitor but after seeing it and using it for games and productivity I can say it was definitely worth it. Newegg was also $100 cheaper (at the time of writing this review) than anywhere else I could find that was selling it new. You'll need quite a graphics card to play games at it's native resolution and at 100hz. If you plan on using it for productivity then any graphics card that can do 3440x1440@100hz on either DisplayPort or HDMI then you should be find.

Overall Review: I have a nVidia GTX 1070 and this monitor only supports AMD's FreeSync. I knew this going into getting this screen. I was looking for a G-Sync screen but all of then in this size with these specs were $150 or more. I was worried about screen tearing, but with a nVidia GPU with Fast Sync support you can eliminate much of the screen tearing. I haven't noticed any with Fast Sync turned on with this monitor.

Totally worth it

ASUS Laptop Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 15.6" Windows 8 N56VJ-DH71
ASUS Laptop Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3630QM (2.40GHz) 8GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 15.6" Windows 8 N56VJ-DH71

Pros: I upgraded from an old Asus F50VT-x6 (Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz) and this machine is a screamer in comparison. I've got a Core i5 2500K desktop that has barely been used since I got this laptop. The screen is fantastic, there's a little bit of issues with off-angle viewing in the vertical direction, but it's not a big deal. I was worried that 1920x1080 on such a small screen would be an issue, but it's been perfect so far. Fonts can be small but the screen is so crisp it makes everything easy to read. The sound quality is fantastic. The included subwoofer works pretty well. The only thing I will mention is that to my ears the laptop sounds significantly better without the Maxx Audio features turned on. Having it boost bass and treble just sounds off to me. The graphics card is plenty fast for what I've played on it so far. It runs the alpha of 7 Days to Die really well even at 1920x1080, Skyrim runs pretty good at 1080p with everything on high but I was getting a little bit of choppiness from time to time so I put it at 1280x720 and it runs beautifully and smooth. Neverwinter Nights 2 also runs great at 1920x1080 with everything cranked up. It's not exactly a modern game, but it still runs great. The keyboard is the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. The buttons are just the right size and spaced just the right distance apart for my sized hands. The trackpad is a little bit wonky, but once I disabled the Windows 8 and Asus specific gestures it's pretty nice. It's a little weird to get used to but now that I have I like it. I'd still rather have a real mouse when I've got the space to use one. Battery life is also pretty good. Compared to my old laptop that never got more than an hour on battery even when it was brand new, I've had this thing running on battery for around 4 hours while watching youtube videos and browsing around the internet. I still had an indicated 30 or so minutes left before I plugged it in to the wall. While playing my games the laptop never really felt hot either. You could feel significant heat coming out of the vents on the left hand side, but that's to be expected. The keyboard and wrist areas never got more than barely warm. Instant On from sleep is also fantastic. It takes 1-2 seconds from being in sleep mode to being up and running. It's pretty impressive. And finally, the laptop just looks awesome. It's got a fit and finish that I would not have expected from a $1000 laptop.

Cons: First and foremost the hard drive is a bit slow. But what more can you expect from a non-hybrid 5400rpm drive? Most of the time it's not very noticeable. The only times I do is when booting up, or moving large files. My second gripe is the inconsistent boot up times. Sometimes it'll boot surprisingly fast. Sometimes it takes an exceedingly long time. I'm not entirely sure what's causing the discrepancy, I haven't spent much time investigating it. Thirdly, Windows 8. Yes, It's a complete pain if you're used to Windows 7. But once you install an app that'll bring the start menu back it's not THAT bad. But for the people who love Windows 7, they still need to be aware of how wonky Windows 8 can feel. Lastly, I haven't figured out yet if this is a UEFI or a Windows 8 issue, but I've not yet gotten grub to be able to boot Windows 8. The nice thing is though, with Grub installed on sda and the Windows 8 boot loader on I believe sda4 you can pick between boot partitions inside the 'bios' or from the boot menu (pressing escape at POST). So until I figure that out, it's a bit of an annoyance. But once in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04 x64) it runs pretty great.

Overall Review: Great design, great performance, sweet screen, awesome sound and a really good price for the quality of hardware. Highly recommended.

I love this laptop

ASUS Laptop G Series Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium G50VT-X6
ASUS Laptop G Series Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium G50VT-X6

Pros: It's very fast and powerful. It plays games great. I can do 3D modeling with relatively complex assemblies using Inventor Professional and it runs flawlessly. I also love the keyboard and it's layout. Zero dead pixels. The restore DVD is also very nice. The laptop also runs VERY cool. All the heat is effectively vented out the vent on the left hand side and the rest of the laptop stays relatively cool even after doing a lot of gaming; though the vent can get pretty darn not. I also think the 1680x1050 screen resolution is great. The machine looks great and I'm very happy to have it.

Cons: The screen has a bit of backlight bleed along the left and right edges. It's no big deal after getting used to it though. It's also a complete fingerprint magnet. I have to wipe off the fingerprints every other day or so. The DVD drive is also a little noisy during seeks, but not too bad. It's also gigantic. I had to buy a significantly more expensive (but also higher quality) laptop bag that was made for 17" laptops. The battery life is very short. I'd have to check which power management settings I have enabled when on battery power, but i can literally sit and watch the battery power go down 1% every 75 seconds or so with the machine just sitting there doing nothing.

Overall Review: This is by far the best laptop I've ever owned or used. Even though I've owned several Asus motherboards in the past, I was a little worried about getting a Asus laptop. Those worries have turned out to be totally unfounded. It's a very high quality laptop and I couldn't be happier with it.

Awesome card

PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX4870 512MD5-H
PowerColor Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX4870 512MD5-H

Pros: It is EXTREMELY fast. I upgraded from my Geforce 8800GTS 640MB and it's a huge improvement especially in Crysis, NWN2, WoW, CoD4 and Assassins Creed. I was surprised when I started up Assassins Creed and was able to run it at 1920x1200 with all the settings on max and it ran very smoothly. Blu-ray/HD-DVD and standard DVD's also look a touch better than they did on my 8800GTS.

Cons: I have two complaints about this card. First of all I run Vista Business x64 and the drivers kept crashing on me. I even have the hotfix drivers installed. Sometimes it crashed over and over until Windows crashed all together. I read around the web and found that I could try uninstalling the ATI Display Manager. After uninstalling it I've not had the driver crash since, so I'm hoping I fixed it. It's not crashed for a couple days so my hopes are high that this fixed it. It's also a VERY hot card. I had the fan tuned to run at 40% with Overdrive in the display manager, but now that it's uninstalled I have to wait for ATI Tool or alternative app to support this card, or for an updated Display Manager to bump the fan speed up again. Oh, and if you run duel monitors make sure your primary monitor is plugged in to DVI 1 and your second is on DVI 2. I think this is a common oddity with ATI card that I never ran in to with my nvidia cards.

Overall Review: All things considered, I love this card! It was a significant upgrade over my old G80 8800GTS 640MB. If these driver crashes stop happening I would say that this card is darn near perfect. System Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.6GHz, 6GB Corsair xms-2 DDR2-800, Asus p5e, Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, Pioneer Blu-Ray, xbox 360 HD-DVD. As a final note, I need to give props to Newegg. Great price, great service and fast delivery. Newegg is always my first choice.

c2d E8400

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400

Pros: The c2d E8400 is extremely fast. I upgraded from an AMD Athlon x2 4200+ @ 2.4GHz and the e8400 completely kills it in everything. Game frame rates are much higher now, benchmarks are higher, system performance seems "snappier", video encoding times are significantly less. I've been an AMD fan since the original Athlon 500MHz on Slot A, but I cannot deny the speed boost the e8400 has given me.

Cons: Newegg was out of stock :( I had to purchase it from another vendor. I was quite bummed out since Newegg offers a better price and I trust Newegg a lot more than the company where I purchased it form. The stock cooler for the e8400 is very small and very quiet. Not very good for overclocking but offers near silent operation at the stock 3.0GHz

Overall Review: Running the E8400 on an Asus P5E at 3.8GHz with a 1.2v vcore, 55C at full load with 2 instances of F@H running completely stable. Using a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler I purchsed from Newegg. I'm sure it will reach 4GHz if I up the vcore and memory voltage, but haven't attempted it yet. I am very happy with my purchase, I just wish Newegg would of had them available when I went to purchase it.