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Patrick M.

Patrick M.

Joined on 01/21/10

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Most Favorable Review

Great card! Best I ever owned.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology 100297L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology 100297L

Pros: -Works great. I can run games like STALKER Call of Pripyat and Red Alert 3 with full Resolution, AA and DirectX 11 lighting no problem. Games such as Crysis and Fallout 3 run at full settings smoothly as well, albeit with Anti-Aliasing turned down or switched off completely. -Quiet (for me, at least). Didn't increase the noise of my PC noticeably. -Came with a free 16GB flash drive and a new sticker to put on my tower! How can you go wrong there?

Cons: -It is a big card. I had no problem fitting it into my case (I did have to remove one of those little metal plates in the back to make room for the second DVI port, and my case is quite large), but it could be a problem for those with smaller cases. -Instruction manual is completely worthless.

Overall Review: I made a stupid mistake when putting this thing in that I want to make sure no-one else makes. When hooking this thing up to the power supply, make sure you have two power cables (preferable two cables already built in to the power supply labeled "PCI-E" as is the case with my power supply). Otherwise, you won't be powering the whole card. I say this all because the instruction manual doesn't bother to. Plus, I read one of the 1-star reviews saying that the card arrived DOA and the fan was "screaming." It could be because only the outermost socket on the card was plugged into, as was the case with my failed first attempt to get it working. The fan screamed and I got no display signal because only one was plugged in. When I plugged both in, the display signal worked fine and the fan was MUCH quieter.

Amazing performance boost.

Intel Core i5-4670K - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670K
Intel Core i5-4670K - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I54670K

Pros: Runs all of my games at the highest - or pretty close - graphics settings.

Cons: Pricy

Great card; highly recommended

ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: -Great build and easy to set up -Runs super quiet and cool for the amount of performance it cranks out -Even with a gimpy CPU (AMD Phenom II X4), it runs any game I throw at it on max settings (including Witcher II with Ubersampling) at 1920x1080 with a smooth framerate

Cons: -Promo for free copy of Metro: Last Light didn't start until literally the day after I received my card. I am waiting to see if NVIDIA customer support can help me out. -Lousy rebate ($20 is great, but not on a prepaid AmEx card you have to wait 2 months for)

ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: the BIOS and other included drivers work great, core unlocker and turbo key especially. HDMI, DDR3 and AM3, for a great price

Cons: Only one PCI Express 2.0 slot, so no Crossfire support.

12/21/2011
AMD Phenom II X4 925 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HDX925WFK4DGM
AMD Phenom II X4 925 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HDX925WFK4DGM

Pros: Great price Mated with a decent, $150 video card and 16GB of DDR 3, this processor puts forth serious power

Cons: Heat sink not included. Thermal compound not included.

12/21/2011