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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

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Excellent, but beginners beware

OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G
OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G

Pros: Blindingly fast Small form factor perfectly quiet

Cons: Disk tray adapter could have had more options for different configurations. **The things below aren't "cons" but they are very important depending on how your going to use your drive and I didn't have room in "other comments". *IMPORTANT* These disks MUST be updated to the latest firmware (at least 2.11 if you intend to install an OS). *IMPORTANT* If you intend on using the SRT caching feature AND running your OS on the same flash drive you MUST run Intel's Intel's rapid storage tool on the drive FIRST. NOTE** You will only be able to create an 18gb cache when OS and cache are on the same drive. You're saying to yourself, how can I configure SRT with Intel's Rapid Storage tool BEFORE I load the OS?? You can't you must connect a spare disk, load windows, configure your flash drive for SRT using Rapid Storage, then load Windows. Google it before beginning, your sanity may depend on it. If your new to building PC's I would advise two separate flash drives for SRT

Overall Review: The the reviewer below that claimed it was complex, it's not. Download the "OCZ tools" and wait for the software to discover the drive. Hit update, twiddle your thumbs for 10-15 sec, presto. The problem is that if your firmware is old you must update the drive on another PC before you can install windows on the drive. Also for those using a portion of the drive for SRT cache (a feature of the Z68 chipset), you cannot load the OS on the drive first, but it can be done. The firmware update is not an option. As of this writing 2.11 is the latest and fixes many of the issues that have caused complaints listed in the comments here some of which are the result of users who don't know how to use the drive. All and all the technology is still fairly new at the consumer level and SRT is still in it's infancy, though very worth the result if you have the knowledge to make it work. I can't knock egg's off because it's hard to use in some situations as that has nothing to do with t

Excellent product if it fits

Koomus CD-Air CD Slot Mount Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone 6 6+ 5S 5C 5 4S 4 iPod touch Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 4 Nexus S Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx
Koomus CD-Air CD Slot Mount Universal CD Slot Smartphone Car Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone 6 6+ 5S 5C 5 4S 4 iPod touch Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 4 Nexus S Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx

Pros: -Solid and easy to use. -Great product IF IT FITS YOUR CAR. - -By far the best solution I've ever found for mounting my phone on my dash. -I can put in and take out my phone with one hand. -Very durable

Cons: None (see below)

Overall Review: Bottom line is that it wedges into you're CD player slot. First, if you use your CD a lot and you are loading and unloading CD's, might want to think twice before you buy. Next there is a very real possibility that this will not work with your car. It would be really helpful if the product had a webpage that people could say if it fit. First when fitting. remember that you can try it and if it doesn't work, turn it over and try again. For my part it works one way in my 2013 focus ST with the Sony 10 speaker stereo It does not work in wife's 2008 Honda Pilot

Best, but still has minor quirks

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.30GHz 1GB Memory 10.1" 1280 x 800 Transformer Prime - Gray Android 3.2 Honeycomb Platform (upgradable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.30GHz 1GB Memory 10.1" 1280 x 800 Transformer Prime - Gray Android 3.2 Honeycomb Platform (upgradable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)

Pros: Thin, Light, Micro SD port, Mini HDMI, bright enough to use outdoors, responsive screen, awesome color, 1200x800 resolution, excellent battery life, memory capacity Solid build quality The ability to use a fully functional keyboard with standard SD and USB slot brings this tablet 80% of the way to the functionally of a laptop. Not Apple

Cons: Can get laggy. Though it wasn't a constant problem, there are times when it gets The quality control on my unit was poor. My original unit had several bright spots on the screen. Like other reviewers GPS is almost non-existent. WiFi acceptable. Asus product launches leave something to be desired, but this review is about the product not about initial quality problems or launch issues. You need to decide how this effects it's rating, I'm rating a working product.

Overall Review: Overall I love it. If you can handle potential initial quality problems (I returned my first unit) then I recommend it. It has a few quirks and definitely is not a 100% polished OS, but the potential is there.

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PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG

Pros: Fast, reasonably quiet, all in one solution

Cons: Pulls more juice then two 6870's. These types of cards are getting really heavy and should have something to relive the stress on the MB slot. I jury rigged mine.... Not really a con, but the card is long 12" and wont fit in many mid tower cases without modification.

Overall Review: I'm a verified owner.... Most of the time this card is plug and play, no problem. But CF setups can be difficult to setup and it can be difficult to solve installation issues and those with little knowledge might find themselves challenged when dealing with problems. PC did a great job packing 2 cards into this form factor. At $400 it's a pretty good bargin. Don't let the negitive reviews scare you away. It's no more complicated then any other CF setup. Also, driver issues often associated with ATI/AMD have been non-exsistent. I run (3) 23" screens and I've had zero issues. Eyefinity works great, with only a few games having issues (the issues were with the game not the card or drivers).

12/30/2011

Eggscellent

ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)

Pros: Color reproduction is good for a TN panel. Very bright HDMI and DVI Good looking

Cons: There are two that crop up here over and over.... Solid black screens reveal light bleed on the top and bottom. Not something that a non professional would notice or care about, but since it is a problem I'm gonna take off an egg, but, having said that, I think it's an excellent choice when on sale. Buttons are hard to push.

Overall Review: Contrary to several reviews the panel does tilt forward and backward. With a round base, left and right is accomplished by turning the whole monitor. I think it's a bit silly to complain about the buttons on the monitor. They do what buttons are supposed to do, granted they are hard to push, but it's not a keyboard it's a monitor, how often are you pushing the buttons on your monitor? When on sale (mid one-hundred dollar range) this monitor is excellent for the price. People that complain about height adjustments and swivel options want their cake and eat it to, not going to happen in this price range. Anyone that complains that the monitor is too bright out of the box is just looking for something to complain about.

Amazing

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Where to begin. *First looks fantastic, I mean it just looks classy. *2-200mm case fans w/ white LED's, 1 120mm fan. *Case fans are reasonably quiet and provide lots of cooling. Lot's of room, It's huge! Soft rubber inserts for cable management though baseplate (where MB mounts). *Rear CPU access for mounting heatsink *Just enough flair without screaming "hey look at me I'm 12!". *Top panel access with amazing configuration options Top fold out door is amazing Tons of room for hard drives *Tooless hard drive caddies *I would guess that this case could accommodate a 13" vid card and if you remove one HD caddy (leaving 3 in case) you could fit 1 card of over 18" *filter for front 200mm fan

Cons: There isn't a single major con, but in an effort to help others I'll name off a few things that could be cons to others. *Did I mention it's huge? Seriously, it's a large case so if space is an issue for you, look at the spec sheet carfully. *No 2.5" drive holder (My 2.5" SSD came with a 3.5" adapter). *Bottom mount PS holder does not hold the PS tight, if you move your case around youl'll want to screw the PS into the case. Pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: This case made installation a breeze, fantastic. i7 2600K 3.4 6870X2 8GB Corsair Vengeance 120gb OCZ Vertex 3 ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Enermax Modu87+ 900W PS Corsair H60 Heatsink 600T case