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Jack B.

Jack B.

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Most Favorable Review

All in all it's a great gaming monitor

ASUS VG278HE 27" 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI , D-Sub, Dual-link DVI-D (Support NVIDIA 3D Vision) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ASUS VG278HE 27" 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI , D-Sub, Dual-link DVI-D (Support NVIDIA 3D Vision) Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: About four years ago I was at watching a friend play an MMO and could not figure out why his game seemed so much smoother and cleaner than mine. I finally realized his monitor had a slightly higher refresh rate (75 Hz) than mine did & ever since then I’ve wanted a monitor with a high refresh rate. Now I can finally enjoy that smooth game play higher refresh rates bring. Honestly I could care less about 3D gaming. I bought this for straight up 2D experience. Now despite already knowing what a higher refresh rate can do for gaming I was still a bit shocked when I fired Guild Wars 2 up. The picture just looked so vivid and real. It almost seemed like I could reach out pick my little Asura warrior up and set him on my desk. It looks that real. Now this is also due to Guild Wars 2 being a very good looking game and have the rig to run it on ultra-settings, however, after playing this game for the past few months on a 60hz monitor & now on this one I can tell you there is definitely a difference. Beyond the refresh rate the monitor performs pretty much like I expected it too. I already had two Asus VS247 monitors so I knew what I was getting into as far as picture quality and settings go. I also really like that fact that this monitor and the two I already have looked almost identical not just in picture quality but also the bezels are almost identical with the exception of the power button. I’m pretty weird about having my monitors match & since Asus doesn’t have a 144Hz 23.6 monitor this was the next best thing.

Cons: My only real complaint about this monitor (besides the price & no free shipping) is a bit of a double edge sword. That being the resolution is a bit low for a 27” monitor. Now if this is going to be your only monitor you might not notice it as much, however, since I have two smaller monitors (also 1080p) on each side I definitely see the difference. On the flip side if this monitor was say 2560x1440 I would have had to invest into in a second video card to run SLI. Not really something I want to do after spending $500 on a monitor. If I was a truly lucky man Asus would have made a 23.6” version of this monitor but I must admit I do like having the larger screen for gaming. So all in all I can’t really complain about it & I’m sure it wouldn’t bother most people to the point of being unacceptable.

Overall Review: Don’t use an HDMI cable with this monitor for two reasons. First, you have to use a dual link DVI to get your 144hz with this monitor. It’s a must. Secondly, using an HDMI cable to hook this monitor up to your computer results in a washed out faded picture. Same thing happens with my VS247 monitor’s. You can change your settings inside Nvidia’s control panel to stop this from happening but don’t bother just use the dual link DVI cable that comes with the monitor. I should mention this is only a problem when hooking a PC up to this monitor. Anything else like a cable box or game console look fine with an HDMI cable. Last thing I want to mention is make sure you manually set the monitor to 144Hz as your video card will not do this by default. Simply right click on your desktop, select “Screen Resolution”, click “Advanced settings”, & under the Monitor tab you can change your refresh rate from there. I noticed that when I did this under NVidia’s control panel it didn’t actually change it. So I have to do it this way. If you want to make absolutely sure your refresh rate is at 144 then you can always hit the Menu button the monitor, go to “System Setup”, and then “Information”. That will display your resolution & refresh rate. I’ve also noticed if you ever change your display settings to the point that your screen goes black for a few seconds sometimes the refresh rate will reset to 60Hz. So you will have to manually change it again.

12/12/2012
Most Critical Review

Looks better than it performs

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX670-DC2T-2GD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX670-DC2T-2GD5

Pros: Looks nice...pretty quite...err I got it from Newegg?

Cons: Crashes after 10-15 minutes when playing graphically intense games. Even caused complete system crashes a few times.

Overall Review: Well it was a nice upgrade from my XFX 6950 until I played some graphic intensive games. I originally just played SWTOR on it for the first week or so. Temps were low, she ran quite, and the game was smooth. Then I tried Skyrim with some added texture packs and the crashes began. BF3 & Civilization V were also no no's for this card. I didn't want to deal with an RMA so I tired various solutions such as a reinstall of windows, manual fan adjustments, and even underclocked her. However, it was all in vain as she continues to crash. The 670's are no joke but after dealing with this bugged card I'm wishing I had just dropped the extra coin & gone with the EVGA 680. After the RMA is completed that's what I may do depending on when the MSI 670 Power Edition comes out. So yeah my advice to anyone reading this is get the EVGA 680 if you can swing it, wait for the MSI 670 Power Edition, or get any other 670/680 that doesn't says Asus on it.

Failed after 5 months

XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C
XPG SX900 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASX900S3-256GM-C

Pros: Was a nice little SSD & I got it on sale last October so it was a good value at the time.

Cons: Worked without any problems until last might. Started getting windows error messages about an immanent hard drive failure. After some testing & a process of elimination I'm sure its the SSD. I filled an RMA ticket with Adata & I will update my review after that process is finished. Just hope there RMA service is more dependable than this SSD turned out to be.

Overall Review: Wishing I had just gotten with another M4.

Very Nice Card

MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC
MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

Pros: Pretty quiet, very good performance, low temperatures, and most importantly stable operation.

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: I had a XFX 6950 which is a nice card but decided to upgrade to the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II. I had to return it because of constant game/system crashes. So I did an RMA and luckily for me the model came out right after I filed it. Very happy I decided to return the Asus card. It's much more stable as in it runs like it's suppose to and games that use to make my 6950 cry are just a light workout for this card. Love it and would recommend to anyone considering it.

Very nice sticks

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: Very fast sticks. I've ordered 3 sets of these for three different builds and all worked out the box flawlessly. The low heat sinks are also a big plus if you have an after market cooler

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: The only thing that is a better deal than these is when they occasional go on sale.

Nice

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: Looks awesome, Led matches case fans, very quite, & most importantly it works very well. Keeps my i5 2500k (O.C. to 4.5) temps nice and low. Intel burn test never pushed my temps above 63 Celsius & they usually stay around the low 40's when gaming and low 20's when idling.

Cons: Pain to put together but if you read the directions carefully and don't rush it's do able even for the inexperienced.