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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Joined on 07/03/02

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Most Favorable Review

ubb3r

Microsoft XBOX 360 Live 4000 Points Card
Microsoft XBOX 360 Live 4000 Points Card

Pros: 4k points, what else is there to know?

Cons: saw it for about a dollar cheaper at a retail store

Overall Review: no need to give M$ my CC info to buy points there, lol.

12/17/2008
Most Critical Review

Loses Connectivity

Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure - Model NST-210S2-BK
Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive / SSD Enclosure - Model NST-210S2-BK

Pros: Very sturdy aluminum enclosure, very affordable, and securely mounts the HDD with foam pad inserts.

Cons: The USB interface is very sensitive and if the drive is bumped even ever so slightly, the drive loses power and is no longer recognized by the computer. Sometimes, the enclosure loses power all on its own without the enclosure being agitated. Usually, this is when I'm transferring a large file such as an ISO image or a large amounts of data such as when doing a data backup of client computers which consists of documents, pictures, music, etc. I've tried various USB cables and the issue persists.

Overall Review: I would like to get a working replacement, but the cost of shipping alone for an RMA is half the cost of a new one...

Beauty!

PowerColor PCS+ AX7970 3GBD5-2DHPPV Radeon HD 7970 VORTEXII 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PowerColor PCS+ AX7970 3GBD5-2DHPPV Radeon HD 7970 VORTEXII 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Adjustable fans, solid build, and it overclocks some still. I bought two of these to run in Cross-Fire for use in my Intel i5-3570k build. They have been solid since day 1 when I got them 6 months ago. These cards give me some some solid FPS never dipping below 40 FPS with everything maxed out running 1920x1200 resolution on just about everything.

Cons: People who complain about theirs not working. #1stworldproblems

Overall Review: I bought mine from an online place that references a large South American jungle.

Awesome Card

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready) AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready) AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E

Pros: This card plays pretty much every game I throw at it at 1920x1080 resolution at max settings without a problem. The card's build is very solid especially with the fact that the shroud is aluminium instead of plastic. Since the PCB and shroud is all black, this makes the card look aesthetically pleasing. This easily outperforms all other 7870 cards, and with a mild overclock, it performs essentially identical to the 7950 in my other system. The price point of the card is excellent and is really the reason why I chose this over the 660Ti I was considering especially since this card and the 660Ti have nearly identical performance.

Cons: It does run a little warm, but it's nothing to really be concerned about as it's still within specification. The fan noise is about average when the card is under full load, but it's nothing to really complain about. I know it's not PowerColor's fault, instead it's AMD's naming scheme. Like others here, I think this card should have been named something else and not be part of the "7870" series. IMO, it should have been called a 7930 since it uses a Tahiti based GPU found in the 7900 series cards.

Overall Review: Intel i5-3570k, ASUS P8Z77V-LK, 16GB Kingston HyperX 1866, Kingston 240GB HyperX SSD I received this card as a gift.

MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Price, features, and rock solid stability.

Cons: Onboard GPU cannot be disabled through BIOS. The BIOS gives you the ability to choose which GPU will be the primary GPU, but the onboard GPU will not be disabled.

Overall Review: -1 Egg for the onboard GPU thing, otherwise this would have been a 5 Egg review.

Good board!

MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've purchased several of these boards before in the past and I haven't really had any issues with them. They've always been solid boards to build systems out of.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Like I said int he Pro section above, I've purchased several of these and haven't had any real issues except for once when a board was truly DOA. One bad incident still has not turned me away from returning to these boards because I know that issues happen from time to time. My other incident with another one of these boards was that it needed a BIOS flash to support a CPU. But that really isn't an issue as I was able to resolve it w/o the need of an RMA. Other than these two things, this board has always been flawless. I will keep buying these boards until MSI phases them out.