Joined on 11/04/01
Fast Eyefinity Goodness
Pros: - Amazing performance. All my games play smooth as silk. - Nice looks. I love that it has the back shroud. - Trivially unlockable to a 6970, and has a dual-BIOS feature so you don't even have to worry if you have a hosed flash. You will always have a bootable, stock BIOS available. - Solid build. It doesn't sag at all in my case. - 2GB RAM allows antialiasing at higher resolutions than even the GeForce GTX 580.
Cons: - Gets a little hot, and the fan can be a little noisy at times. Mine will max out at around 88C or so when running OCCT, and mid-80's for actual gaming. It idles at ~60C, which I believe is due to the overclocking only letting it drop to 500MHz core. - Gotta get an active DP->DVI adapter to run 3 monitors off of a single card. Just another $25 or so, but still not free or included. You need a more expensive adapter if you want to run a display larger than 1920x1200. - Due to this adapter, there's a little bit of tearing and hiccuping on the display connected to the DisplayPort at times. I think I want a second one of these cards though, so that should fix it ;) - LONG. Make sure your case has room for a card that's 10.5" from the PCIe slot wall. I had to mod my case. It's worth it, but still something to be aware of.
Overall Review: This is an awesome card. I play Left 4 Dead 2 maxed out at 5760x1080, and it doesn't even hiccup. Eyefinity takes some tweaking to work with many games, but it's so worth it. I have also unlocked mine to the 6970 BIOS, and I have found that overclocking isn't worth it.I just added +10% to the Catalyst Overdrive power settings and it added about about 30% performance with no clock speed changes. Overclocking after that hasn't seemed to change anything. As for performance, I'll get about 7-8FPS in Unigine Heaven at DX11, normal tesselation, and everything else maxed at 5760x1080. This is also a VERY long card. It's 10.5", give it 11" to be safe. I stuffed mine into a CoolerMaster Storm Scout case along with an i5-2500K@4.4GHz and 16GB RAM, but I had to modify the drive bays a bit to make it fit.
Tough camera, decent pics
Pros: This is a tough camera. I got it to replace my old one that dropped onto the concrete and broke open the battery compartment. It's got a pretty good optical zoom, nice wide-angle lens. I haven't taken underwater shots, but it holds up well to submersion, taking pictures around and in the pool. With adequate light, the pictures are fairly sharp, and the color is good. Not much color haloing when taking pictures of brightly backlit objects, either. The manual adjustments of aperture and such are adequate, and add a little more flexibility than some cameras. It also includes an adapter to use MicroSDHC cards, so you aren't stuck with the size limitations of xD. It recognizes and uses my entire 8GB MicroSDHC which will hold over 3000 pictures at 10MP, over 1000 with minimal compression, and hours of decent quality movies.
Cons: Low light performance is only adequate, a little grainy. Flash can really wash out images if it's even slightly hazy. It's a little slow on initial boot up, and there is a significant shooting delay, probably a second or so. It's my main complaint with it, but it's a reliable delay so you can get used to it and "lead" your shots a bit and get decent results.
Huge portable drive
Pros: Huge drive. It's pretty fast, faster than my previous 160GB drive was. It's amazing that half a terabyte can fit into a 2.5" form factor. Worked fine with my external drive that claimed to only support up to 120GB, as well as with my older Intel 945PM chipset in my laptop. It should work in most any recent laptop that has an SATA drive connection.
Cons: My first drive caused a lot of fsck runs on the Linux install, so I ran the Samsung test utility from a FreeDOS bootable USB stick (I recommend keeping one around for BIOS updates and system tools like that) and found a ton of errors on the drive, hence the 4 egg rating. Newegg did a great RMA turnaround for me though, got a new drive within a week or so. It's annoying that I had to pay $8 or so shipping to finally get a working drive, but it's still cheaper than buying the drive locally.
I'm a happy camper
Pros: Fast, works well with my Canon Vixia HF100, seems as physically tough as any other SD/SDHC card I've owned
Cons: Sticker looks lame, have to upgrade my old non-SDHC compliant USB media reader
Overall Review: I was put off by some of the negative reviews initially, but I'm quite happy with my purchase. Can't shake a stick at the fast storage for the price... I'm going to buy a few more soon.
Pros: Big screen! I love the higher resolution, no dead pixels, beautiful colors, great for playing games. Not brilliant for video, but I could easily watch a movie on it.
Cons: Gaudy stickers that needed to be removed post-haste. Clean black frame is a must. Definitely gaming-tuned.
Overall Review: The monitor is light, but feels solid. Has a nice button on the side that switches between VGA and DVI so I can use it with the laptop.