Joined on 12/25/03
Good solid card
Pros: Runs FarCry 2, Supreme Commander, Fallout 3, Eve Online very nicely at 1650x1080 on my 22inch LCD at 8xAA and 16xAF. Very nice copper pipes and cooling for the video card, even came with several game demo's, crossfire, component, RCA-SVIDEO, DVI-VGA and DVI-HDMI cables and connectors. Also came with the Advanced full version of 3dMark Vantage. Ordered it on Friday got it Tuesday afternoon, as usuall good job on newegg's behalf.
Cons: The card is big, about 9 1/2 to 10 inches in length, it may cover up your RAM slots or SATA ports so double check before buying. The fan can be loud when running past 70% in catalyst control center. By default the tempurature idles are high as the fan only kicks in when temp goes past 55-60Celcius so i changed the CCC profile to keep the fan at 30-40% and the card idles at 41Celcius and goes up to 52Celcius when under full load. The new catalyst 9.2 drivers have been causing issues with fan control speeds for users of the 4850 and 4870, i had to uninstall, reinstall and reset to defaults under CCC to re-enable manual fan control.
Overall Review: Make sure you have a good power supply with a decent +12V rail, this bad boy draws twice the wattage as my previous Radeon 3870 512MB version. My setup: (790FX) MSI K9A2 Platinum Mobo Phenom 9850 Black Edition 4GB DDR2-800 memory 320GB 7200RPM WD SATA Hard drive 2x DVD Drives Vista Home Premium 32bit SP1
not worth it
Pros: Got this game as a gift. Somewhat decent story, multiplayer can be fun (When you can stay connected), kicking cars into peoples faces can be quite satisfying. Game runs smooth even on lower end systems.
Cons: After waiting for several years, this game is not what i expected. All the hype about how amazing the A.I., the graphics and enviorement are were just smoke and mirrors. Level design is rigid and linear not like the island and jungle maps. Lack of any DX10-11 support at launch. Clearly showing that this was made, developed and optimized for consoles, hell they had to release a patch to get rid of "hit the start button" on the menu screen. Grpahics, textures and sounds are outdated in the game. Weapons sounds are miniscule compared to what they were in Crysis and Crysis Warhead. I am having issues with some horrid texture pop-ups even with everything maxed out in the game as well. Multiplayer server stability is spotty and I have had several disconnects and issues trying to connect, very annoying.
Overall Review: I didn't have to pay for this game since I got it as a gift, but if i were given the option to get something I would have. Save yourself the money and just go and get Crysis and Crysis Warhead, crysis wars is still quite fun to play online. My system can run everything at Hardcore setting as well with forced AF at 16x and 8x AA via catalyst control panel at 1680x1050 resolution. My Specs are: MSI K9A2 Platinum Crossifre Mobo Phenom II 965 3.4 GHZ Black Edition Quad core (O.C. to 3.6 GHZ) 4GB DDR2 Ram HIS 2GB Radeon 6950 with bios Shader Unlock WD 320GB Hard Drive Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Good product, and excellent cooler
Pros: Wow...I have not seen Idle temperatures like this in years. My rig consists of a MSI K9A2 Platinum MB Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (Stock 3.4 GHZ) O.C to 3.6 GHZ Radeon 6950 2GB 4GB DDR2 RAM 320GB HD Idle temps went from 40-45 Celcius Idle and 55 Celcius full load to 29-33 Celcius idle and 39 Celcius under full load. The fan is very quiet even at max speed and i can definately feel the increase in air flow coming out of the case as well.
Cons: Installation can be tricky and for those with patience. Had to completely disconnect everything in my tower and actually Unscrew and take out the Motherboard so I could affix the AMD Plate to the back of the Mobo as an ancharing point for the cooler. Manual is awful with instructions, one word sentences and diagrams that are as small as my finger are printed on there. Be prepared to squint and strain your eyes as you attempt to figure out just what is on there. Took a few trials to get the back plate on correctly, afterwards i was able to chug along just fine. Be prepared to set aside a chunk of time to do this.
Overall Review: I knocked down an egg for the manual and confusing instructions.. This is my third thermaltake CPU cooler and by far my favorite. For the price I paid it is definately worth it, especially for O.C. enthusiasts and people with temperature issues. THE THING IS MASSIVE! Make sure that if you do have a side case windwon fan that it does not interfere or cover up the Cooler like mine did. I had to flip the acrylic window around so my case fan was sititing lower as it literally was sitting ontop of the CPU Fan since it stuck out so far from my mobo. As the other reviewer said this thing is BRIGHT... I have no issues since it sits out in the living room but the LED's are bright vivid blue and whether you enjoy them or not, be forwarned they are quite bright if you have a glass panel on your case.
Get this card!
Pros: Unlockable 6970, good cooling, ability to unlock shaders only if you do not want to risk re-flashing with a 6970 bios which has higher voltages. Upgraded from a Sapphire Radeon 4870 1GB and I can definately tell a major improvement in FPS, especially playing on my 40inch Samsung HDTV. Just installed Dragon Age 2 with the high rez pack and it looks gorgeous, tempted to reinstall Crysis to run on my HDTV now at full resolution. In addition ambient temps are lower then my 4870 when idling which is nice, at 40% fan speed its at around 38-40 Celcius. DX 11, Shader 5.0, and Open GL4.1 unlike the GeForce 5XX series with Open GL 3.2, did I mention Eyefinity also? My windows experience score went up from 6.9 to 7.8 for Graphics and gaming Graphics in Windows 7 experience index.
Cons: Fan can get loud if you push it past 70%. I cranked it to 100% just to see how loud it is and it literally sounds like a jet engine, can be loud if you have fan speeds running constantly above 70%. CARD IS HUGE, approximately 11 inches or so long and about 2 inches thick, luckily it fit into my case but others check dimensions before you buy. No Physx support either :-(
Overall Review: My setup is: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit MSI K9A2 Platinum Crossfire mobo Phenom II 965 AM2+ cpu 3.4 GHZ (OC to 3.6GHZ) 4GB DDR2 320GB WD 7200 RPM Hard Drive HIS Radeon 6950 2GB (Shader Unlock Only at this time no OC yet) If you do consider unlocking to a full fledged 6970 bios I suggest unlocking the shaders first and seeing if it is good enough for you. The Risk and Reward tradeoff is not there for me at the moment because with the Shaders unlocked it runs great. The RAM on the 6970 is different then the 6950 therefore the timings and voltage are different and can cause the 6950 to poop out if you push it to hard, OC can be done succesfully on HIS Radeon 6950 and so can the Bios reflash, but id rather not stress the issue yet and when prices come down ill get a second one in crossfire mode.
Pros: Very easy setup, i decided not to install the utility software with it and upon reboot windows automatically connected to my router. I have a gaming dekstop and the wife hates my ethernet cables upstairs. The router is in the basement and I am on the 2nd floor of the house and I get a full 5 bars, bandwith tests run great also. This bad boy also picked up wifi signals a few houses away and seems to be pretty good at catching weak signals overall. I play lots of online games such as Eve Online, Arma 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and a few others, latency is low and I have not had a dropped connection as of yet, highly recommended for those that may have a weak signal from their router. I have the following system Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Phenom Quad core 965 Black Edition OC to 3.6 ghz 4GB DDR2 Ram MSI K9A2 Platinum Mobo Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Cons: Nothing really, only downside may be for those that have limited USB connections, this thing requires 2 spare USB slots for power so If you have a lot of external USB devices hooked up just make sure you have at least 2 free USB ports open.
Good laptop bad customer support
Pros: Good laptop for websurfing and homework got it as a gift for my spouse, excellent battery life, and runs quiet. Very nice screen and good speakers for their small size.
Cons: Whoever was the idiot that put the onboard intel and nvidia gpu's needs a talking too. Even with default fatory settings the 2 gpus constanltly would cause my apps to crash even when i disabled powersaver and even disabling the NVIDIA onboard gpu. Asus drivers did nothing to help and caused even more issues. HDMI out refuses to work and switches back to the Intel GPU which does not support HMDI out and when I try to enable the onboard NVIDIA Geforce 105M it refuses too and re-installing, formating..nothing works. Recently the laptop died on me and i called to get it fixed under asus warranty. Horrible customer experience, after 5 tries to get an RMA number for my laptop they either hang up on me or forget my order, never send me an RMA email and ignore my requests to even talk to a superviser, its like pulling teeth trying to get an RMA number from them.
Overall Review: I have been buying Asus products for almost 5 years exclusively, this is my last. I surprised for a company that makes such good laptops your customer support is horrid. Nothing against Newegg, great service as ever but I don't know I would want to be associated with such a bad laptop manufacturer. I am giving this laptop 1 egg due to shoddy service and peformance.