Joined on 11/30/05
Great for Eyefinity
Pros: This card is an excellent value for the money and will leave you with lots of flexibility for future upgrades. It seems like a vast improvement over the previous generations of AMD graphics cards, and I would definitely recommend to someone considering the cheaper 5770 cards. I think this card is at an excellent price point for the value, despite being a brand new product.
Cons: The whole displayport issue is a bit of a pain, especially for those who are trying to use three monitors with this card. I'm using an active displayport to vga adapter, which is considerably cheaper than the displayport to dvi active adapters. However, I'm not sure this is ideal because I'm experiencing some problems with that particular monitor. Of course, I don't think any cards have three DVI slots that work concurrently.
Overall Review: Other reviewers have covered a lot of the pros and cons about this card. It's really an excellent deal, but I wanted to focus on the Eyefinity experience in particular. With just one 6850, I'm running Starcraft 2 and WoW at the highest settings with a 4800x1200 resolution (three Dell 2007fp in portrait). That's pretty amazing for the cost. Yes, Starcraft 2 works with Eyefinity (at this resolution, fullscreen mode--others may not work). WoW is really a completely different experience with Eyefinity. I debated for a few weeks whether to go for a cheaper 5770 that I could crossfire if necessary, but I'm really glad I went for the new 6850. The prices are comparable, especially when comparing the cost/power ratio. This card will also give you much more flexibility with upgrading. If you want to crossfire, this card will scale much better than the 5000 series, and will require less power and create less heat while doing so.
Great Board, Excellent Price
Pros: This board seems to be at the current "sweet spot" in pricing and performance. There's not much else to say about it--it's a great value and does the job. I'm using it for an all-purpose and gaming PC. Very pleased.
Cons: It may not have specialized functions that some users want, or it may not do them well. For instance, some people report issues with RAID setups. I believe that comes with the price. No on-board video, but again, I prefer that to an extra $10-20.
Overall Review: I give this board a 5 egg rating despite the fact that I had to buy two--one was defective, and was freezing the system quite frequently. I could deduct an egg for that, but ultimately I realize that all purchases carry the potential for a defect. I would recommend that if you suspect this board, send it back within the return window. I give it a great rating because the second I purchased has performed admirably. Also, Newegg is incredible. I got this 22 hours after buying it. I had paid for 3-day shipping, only $3! Amazing. I don't expect it, but it has happened twice with Newegg.
Pros: This monitor is sleek, very wide, and larger than I expected 18.5 inches to be. I really appreciate the brightness next to my clearly dimming laptop LCD. I also like how it's very low sitting, the screen starts about two inches off the desk. The power "button" is actually a touch sensitive surface, which I know is almost irrelevant but at the same time very cool. The screen works great alongside my differently sized laptop monitor, but I have to admit it would be even better with two of these (dare I even suggest three?).
Cons: It's not adjustable, but that doesn't bother me. Apparently the aspect ratio is troublesome, but it currently is working just fine with my laptop, which has a different screen size.
Overall Review: I initially expected to use this alongside my laptop, but since getting this I think I will mostly use it as a replacement monitor and stashing the laptop under the desk, and using an external keyboard and mouse. Consider whether you'll really be able to use this alongside your laptop, if that is what you plan to do. It can be awkward having to stretch one's arms to type on the laptop. I also don't see why this should be targeted at laptops, it seems like a great monitor in general.