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Alin A.

Alin A.

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Most Favorable Review

Very Impressive

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100312SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100312SR

Pros: Very quiet, even under load Good performance, especially in Crossfire configuration Drives 3 monitors (30” 2560x1600 through DL DVI, 28” 1920x1200 through HDMI and 28” 1920x1200 through DisplayPort Through adapter) Works great with SAPPHIRE Active DisplayPort Adapter 100924 DisplayPort to DVI Interface. This is a Single link DVI (1920x1200 maximum) but requires no USB connection and costs below $30. A dual link DVI Adapter costs over $100 and requires a USB connection for power. Eyefinity works with monitors of different size (I can run eyefinity on configuration above if I run the 30” on non-native 1920x1200). Have I mentioned quiet?

Cons: The crossfire bridge that came was too short for me (read below)

Overall Review: I am upgrading from Sapphire Toxic 5870 to 2 x Sapphire 6950 CrossFire. Some disappointment on installation that the crossfire bridge provided with the cards was too short (intended for cards placed one near the other). On my Asus Rampage III with 4 slots I am using slots 1 and 3 (for bandwidth and better ventilation); I had to use the crossfire cable provided with the motherboard rather than the one coming with the video cards… note : The cable provided with my previous Sapphire Toxic 5870 WAS long enough. The card was surprisingly quiet, even in the crossfire configuration (note: I have them in slots 1 and 3, extra space). On my previous 5870 I had to use a custom fan profile to keep it quiet… on 6950 it is quiet without any changes. The cards runs a little hot under load (80F); this is probably because the fan does not ramp up (at 80F the fan is at 40% load) . All this makes the card very quiet (on trade of heat) and this is the best scenario for me (case : Corsair 700D).

12/18/2010
Most Critical Review

From Asus to MSI and back to Asus

MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7970 Lightning
MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7970 Lightning

Pros: 4 x DisplayPort, 6 monitor support Good OC Looks great 2 slot design (vs Asus 3 Slot) Lots of accessories

Cons: -Does not have DL-DVI (which is well stated on MSI site), so you have to use an adapter; however, my Accell active DP to DL-DVI adapter is not working with this card. When I activate my 4th monitor (30 inch), the monitors start blinking continuously. -It is louder than my Asus 7970 DCII

Overall Review: I am running 3 x 1080p (120Hz) and a fourth 30" monitor at 2560x1600 (which did not work in the end). with only 3 monitors, the performance is great. Even HD3D Eyefinity works great. But I cannot fully use the fourth monitor. I already did this with my Asus 7970 DCII (which has issues also - got to use the adapter as the DL-DVI has hoise artifacts); so I will return this to get another Asus 7970 DCII (the lesser of two evils). I give this card 3 stars because it works in most common configurations; it lost 2 stars because of the fan noise and DP adapter issues.

Finally, a memory that works

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M4A2400C14
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M4A2400C14

Pros: - Works out of the box at states speeds. No need to tweak (just change to XMP Profile 2) - Low profile - Runs at standard voltage

Cons: - None I could find so far

Overall Review: - I am running this memory with AMD ThreadRipper 1950X on MSI X399 board. After testing several other memories (GSKILL, Patriot) that have higher speeds, I found out that in my case I cannot boot the system stable with memory speeds over 2400 (regardless of voltage or other tweaks). This is probably due to running 4 DIMMs of DS memory to get to 64GB. So, instead of spending extra money on higher speed memories, I got a memory at 2400. As a plus, it runs at standard voltages.

Great value board for the ThreadRippers

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Worked ok out of the box, after adding all the components - Works great with 8 HDDs, one M2 nvme SSD, 4 DIMMS for 64GB, Windows 10 x64 - USB ports galore - 8 SATA ports (a lot of other board have 6 SATA only)... may not affect you - under CPU and GPU stress, no issues with the board.

Cons: - I cannot make 4 DIMMS of memory boot over 2400. A lot of this is CPU dependent since the controller is in the CPU; but I wished the documentation was better - default BIOS did not have virtualization options. There is a beta bios that has a virtualization option that can be enabled - I had some issues on booting with C0 errors that cleared after a while. IT feels like the BIOS needs a few more revisions to make it stable. This is expected for a new platform;

Overall Review: Overall a good performer (paired with a 1950X). No major issues, but a lot of smaller annoyances makes me give it 4 stars instead of 5. The build quality seems solid. I had great experience with MSI products in the past. Updating after about 3 weeks of usage: The system is stable. I had to tweak the Core Boost initially, which was fixed in the latest BIOS release. Except for the speed at which I can run 64 GB, everything is great. Yes, I will buy MSI in the future.

Works... most of the time

Patriot Viper Elite 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model PVE464G280C6QKR
Patriot Viper Elite 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model PVE464G280C6QKR

Pros: - quad channel - looks good

Cons: - I could not make this memory boot over 2400. This is a combination of memory, CPU and mobo, so not all the fault on memory. Using 1950X. May be an issue with having 4 DIMMS of DS memory. - Even at 2133 speeds, I would get occasional crashes. tested with different memory and worked ok. Spend some time investigating then decided to move on.

Overall Review: I have returned this memory for a different brand. Still cannot boot over 2400 (CPU/mobo bound), but at least it is stable.

BD Drive

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST
ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST

Pros: - EAsy to install - works great

Cons: - none

Overall Review: - comes as base drive - great to watch rented movies on my computer