Joined on 01/04/13
One of the best deals on Newegg right now
Pros: Honestly, this should be worth about $65. It's a tank; has the performance of a mid-range water cooler. My FX-6300 @ 1.5V (that's REALLY high for those of you who don't know) never goes past the 70s. Most people will never need an overvolt/OC that big. At stock clocks/power it's more like a 35ºC maximum. Installation went just fine for me, nothing missing or broken. I mean, it's AMD sockets only, if you're running Intel then go find the Freezer i30 (for $50 lol). An absolute beast, probably double cooling power than a 212 EVO in a single-fan configuration, so for $30 this thing is a STEAL.
Cons: THIS IS NOT A CON. It's big, but whoever took eggs off for that reason is an idiot, since you didn't do your research. Probably a no-go if you're running macro ATX or mini ITX, since it's bound to cover up some or even all of your DIMMs/PCIs. For regular ATX or larger you'll be fine, mine doesn't even come near my RAM or GPU. Of course, the other is the thing's height, 161mm to be exact. My case had room for up to 163mm, and it really does come right up to the glass. Other than that, there is no reason to dislike this product.
Overall Review: The $5 shipping is kind of a bummer, I was able to buy it without that. Still, I'd say it's worth it.
Solid board, clunky BIOS
Pros: Worked. Sorry to hear DOA problems from others, but mine booted the OS and all just fine. My whole thing was to run a big CPU overclock, and yes, I got my FX-6300 to 4.4 Ghz @ ~1.5V (thank you beast cooler). North bridge stably clocked to 2.4 Ghz without a hitch, even though it doesn't matter too much.
Cons: BIOS program is a bit iffy. Lack of precise control for voltage and clock speeds... I could not get a successful boot unless my overvolt was a multiple of 0.05 (stock 1.2625, volt to 1.3125, 1.3625, 1.4125, etc). Also, you have to find a precise balance between changing the actual voltage number (e.g. 1.3625V) and changing the voltage boost (e.g. +0.150V). They are additive; I'm not sure what the root of the problems are with interchanging them, but whatever. I suppose I got it figured out in the end. My point is, BIOS configuring and overclocking will lead you with more CMOS-clearing adventures than most BIOS setups will.
Overall Review: My attempt at RAM overclock crashed and burned. Not sure if it was the board's fault, so I'll leave it in "other thoughts." Whether I was trying to lower the latencies or get it up to 1866, I got no-boots and blue-screens left and right. I gave up eventually, I didn't really need a RAM overclock anyway lol. Overall I'd say I'm satisfied.
Nice budget card
Pros: In case you haven't heard, this runs on the 7900 series' Tahiti architecture, which is an upgrade over the 7870s. Basically it's a 7930. A decent card for a decent price. Some say there is little difference between the 7870XTL and the 7950, but I say there is a rather significant one. The 7950 sports ~17% more stream processors, 50% video memory bus, and an extra gigabyte of video RAM. So, if you've got the extra money, fork it out for the 7950. In my opinion that is the better choice. But, I understand money problems, and if you're working on a budget, with GPU prices as they are, then this is an excellent choice.
Cons: I won't lie. If you're looking for 60+ frames on the highest settings of a new, demanding game (i.e. Tomb Raider) you won't get it. Even overclocked I can only get 30~35 for TR on everything ultra. But then again, CPU power matters as well, and mine is a little lackluster. For me I need at least 45~50 frames to see smooth motion, and so just turning everything down a notch (ultra to high) as well as
Overall Review: At least it's an AMD card so you can experience the beautiful TressFX of Tomb Raider without destroying your GPU.
Solid gaming mouse
Pros: -DPI adjustment -Accurate -Very comfortable in your hand (right hand only) -Cheap (from other retailers)
Cons: -3600 dpi may not satisfy hardcore FPS gamers -A little on the light side -Cable is a bit short, I feel like it might get strained near the USB connector -Accelerating scroll, which personally I don't like -They say 8 buttons, but really your only extra "gaming" buttons is the page up/page down for your thumb. You've also got your standard LMouse, RMouse, and MMouse, and the other three are DPI adjustment and another button in the center that's really not in an ideal placement for any fast-paced game.
Overall Review: Seriously though, buy from somewhere else, it's cheaper than the $50 newegg has it listed here. That's why I'm technically not a "Verified Owner."