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Christopher A.

Christopher A.

Joined on 08/17/03

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Most Favorable Review

Followup regarding eyefiniti "tearing"

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21197-00-40G
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21197-00-40G

Pros: A couple of reviews have made mention that with Eyefinity you will get screen tearing, due to having to make use of the different display port types. Of course, none of these people are using Eyefinity, just spouting random rumor only. I can confirm that is complete nonsense. I am running 3x25" Asus LED LCDs using the DVI port and the 2 mDP->DVI adapters. I have ZERO screen tear in BF3, Dirt 3, Crysis, Skyrim...you name it. I know personally 3 other people running a similar setup with these card and no eyefinity issuses.

Cons: none

Overall Review: reviews on newegg are really going down hill. Half of the people don't own the card or just repeat mis-information...such a shame...

Most Critical Review

Poor Qualitity - Sapphire support is a JOKE! - Do not risk it!!

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Pros: Fast card, until a resistor falls off and turns it into a $300 paperweight

Cons: Within a month, the card was unable to be detected by the PC. It simply was not in the device manager. I did all the typical troubleshooting, and it turns out the card is bad. I finally looked at the card up close and personal, and noticed that a resistor near one of the ram modules had fallen off. I've since opened 2 Sapphire support tickets... neither of which were answered and how now seemingly been deleted. What a JOKE, I will never buy from these guys again. I have two other of these cards currently in crossfire and am looking to unload them before they die as well.

Overall Review: Go but a different brand, not worth supporting these guys even should you luck out and have no problems.

12/25/2011

Best gaming laptop I've used/owned

MSI - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M - 16 GB DDR3 - 750GB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (GS70 2OD-001US )
MSI - 17.3" - Intel Core i7 4th Gen 4700HQ (2.40GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M - 16 GB DDR3 - 750GB HDD 128 GB SSD - Windows 8 - Gaming Laptop (GS70 2OD-001US )

Pros: Small footprint (smaller than the Razer Blade) Solid build quality Ridiculously fast I've had this laptop for a few days now and have used it for everything from programming to gaming. It has far exceeded my expectations on all accounts. The screen is a good quality, much better than the first Razer Blade (i owned one briefly). The keyboard works well and the LED backlighting is well done IMO. Many people have complained about the trackpad, I don't know if mine is a fluke but this is one of the better one's I've used. Windows 8 has some weird gestures and "reserved" areas of the pad on the right side. If you aren't away of that and are triggering them by accident, I could see how you would think the pad was bad though. All of those "features" can be turned off in W8 however. My last two laptops were a Samsung and an Asus G75, I thought they were both far worse with "ghost" reads. On to the good stuff... Temps are a little "high", but this is some very powerful hardware in an extremely small case, to expect low temps is a little naive. I idle in the 40-50c range with the CPU at will speed. Gaming...BF3 for instance... I get into the high 70Cs on the CPU and mid 70Cs on the GPU. Now if you run prime95...of course you're going to see the 90s...but you're never going to see that kind of load with your typical apps. I've played BF3, MP3, FC3, Skyrim, Diablo 3, Starcraft II on it, all without issue. I have lightly played with O/Cing the GPU and was able to run +100mhz on the GPU without going up more than a couple of C on temps. The O/C isn't needed but interesting nevertheless.

Cons: Runs a little hot, but like I mentioned above, not badly and not unexpectedly. Opening the back cover voids the warranty, has a sticker and all on the seam. I had it when Manf. pull this garbage. If we want to install a different HDD, etc... where is the harm in that. If there is no physical damage to the hardware, the warranty should not be voided.

Overall Review: I've owned about half a dozen laptops over the last 3 years. The Asus G73, G75, Razer Blade, MSI GT70, Lenovo Y500, just to name a few. For me personally, the GS70 blows them all out of the water and with relative ease. For the few of you with DOAs, give it another try...it's well worth it.

Another excellent product from Corsair

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Pros: Reasonable price and it just plain works. Plenty of connectors

Cons: It's not modular...but it that's really a priority...buy the modular PSU ??!??

Overall Review: Currently running a i5-2500K @ 4.9GHz w/ 7970 Crossfire, 4 HDDs, 1 SSD, Liang D5 waterpump, numerous fans.....and this PSU keeps chugging along like nothing is happening.

Great board, painless O/C

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good price SLI/Crossfire

Cons: None

Overall Review: Currently running a i5-2500k @ 4.9GHz and 7970 Crossfire, system is a beast and never had a problem. Have a second system with this same mobo running a i7-2600k @ 4.7GHz and 6970 Crossfire. Highly recommend this board...

Fast...Fast...Fast

ASUS Laptop G73 Gaming Series Intel Core i7 1st Gen 740QM (1.73GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit G73JH-BST7
ASUS Laptop G73 Gaming Series Intel Core i7 1st Gen 740QM (1.73GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit G73JH-BST7

Pros: Fast. This processor and GPU make for an excellent desktop replacement system and great for on the road (providing your on AC power). Build quality is nice, laptop was in great condition when it arrived. No cosmetic damage etc...

Cons: The touchpad had the random "move" / "click" bug, it was consistent and really unusable. I'm guessing this was why it was RMAed initially. ---The Fix... PRO --- Instead of crying about it, I realized I had a high performance laptop at a cheap price. So I opened up the case and removed the "silver tape" from around the track pad (youtube G73JH disassembly)...this solved my touchpad problems. Have been using it HEAVILY for two weeks and not a single issue. While I was at it, I replaced the CPU/GPU TIM with IC Diamond 7 thermal paste, this dropped CPU/GPU temps by about ~10-15C. I also upgraded the RAM to 4x4 GB DDR3 1333. Then I got bored and ordered a 1080p LCD panel and installed it. So I spent a total of $1000 on this laptop. Have a fantastic LCD, more than 2x the ram, it runs flawlessly...and I saved several hundred dollars off of a similarly speced laptop...epic...

Overall Review: I have since added the following: 1920x1080 LG LCD ($110) 4x4GB DDR3 1333 ($70) Repasted the cpu/gpu with IC Diamond 7 ($5) Next: Bluray drive... ~$70 Don't be afraid to take this laptop apart. It is insanely easy and cheap to upgrade. Battery life isn't great, but that's to be expected of this type of performance...so if you buy this laptop and aren't happy with the battery life, you should probably visit a shrink.