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Jay S.

Jay S.

Joined on 09/06/07

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Most Favorable Review
PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity AX6970 2GBD5-2DH
PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity AX6970 2GBD5-2DH

Pros: * Blazingly fast. I haven't yet found something to make two of these slow down. * Large, but not too large-- they don't protrude over the end of an ATX motherboard (but they do come right up to it). * Efficient cooling.

Cons: * Dinged an egg because the heat pipes at the front end of the card interfere with the placement of the second Crossfire bridge. It still fits, but it's pressed rather tightly against the bridge, and I'm not sure if that's good for long-term durability. * Fans get loud when the card heats up. * Fans dump air back into the case, opposite the flow direction of most air-cooled cases (downward, assuming your intakes are at the front and you're exhausting through the top and back).

Overall Review: With two of them, core temperatures under load reach about 65-67C in a fairly well-ventilated case.

Most Critical Review

Cools well, pain to install

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler

Pros: * Cools a standard-clocked i5 2500k with no trouble at all: temps don't exceed 54C in stress testing. * Looks pretty good. * Looks big, but doesn't really interfere with anything in a full tower. * Quiet.

Cons: * Huge, huge pain to install on an ASRock Fatal1ty P67 professional. The mounting hardware included wasn't tall enough, and I was only able to get a diagonal pair of the four nuts to tighten to the point where they're actually helping.

Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: * Very roomy on the inside. * Excellent ventilation. * Intake fans are filtered. With an additional intake fan installed on the side panel, it's possible to run at a slight positive pressure to prevent dust intrusion. * Enough cable management space and cable ties to make it possible for one person to close the case. * CPU cutout, almost a must these days.

Cons: * Missing mounting points at the front end of the case for an ATX motherboard. While installing RAM I had to put a hand around the back to steady it through the CPU cutout, or else the motherboard would flex alarmingly. * Reliance on 120mm fans means they have to spin pretty quick, which leads to some noise. Fairly quiet, though.

Overall Review: Great features for the price. I didn't want something quite this showy, but I couldn't find anything else that matched it for anything close to the same price. Red LEDs match the color of everything else in my build (which was entirely accidental).

Quality product

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: * Well laid-out, with labels on everything on the motherboard. I didn't have to look to the manual for too much. * Graphical BIOS * Handy features like a power/reset button mounted to the motherboard and a numerical error code display instead of beep codes. * Large enough to mount a Scythe Mugen III. * Easy controls for overclocking and voltage.

Cons: * It would be nice if it had two real PCIe 16x slots. * If you have two video cards that are long, you can't really get at the power/reset buttons and error code display.

Overall Review: Purchased this and an i5 2500k after AMD's Bulldozer got delayed again. Pretty happy with my purchase. Had to overvolt RAM slightly to get four sticks to work.

Awesome card for the money

HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H485FN512P
HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H485FN512P

Pros: Quick shipping as usual from Newegg. I can't say enough good about the card--I don't have all that much in the way of graphically intense games, but it absolutely crushes STALKER: Clear Sky, Portal (with portal rendering depth cranked up), Empire: Total War, Sins of a Solar Empire, and Demigod at 1440x900. The fan is whisper quiet and very effective--idle temperature is about 36C and load temperature hasn't cracked 40C yet. Got it for $80 with a rebate and a sale.

Cons: Can't think of any yet. Allegedly the rebate is hard to get.

Good for cheapskates

MSI GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card NX8500GT-TD256E OC
MSI GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card NX8500GT-TD256E OC

Pros: For the money, probably the best you can do. Runs Supreme Commander playably if you don't mind low resolution, is DX10 compatible.

Cons: Is not blazing fast, will not handle modern games at high resolutions.

10/12/2007