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Dennis N.

Dennis N.

Joined on 04/02/08

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Great new but issues with aging

OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120
OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120

Pros: Very fast load times Reliable within the first year Overall with routine maintenance (see cons) it is still reliable, going into 17 months.

Cons: Even with a listed confirmed compatible MB, after about 10 months the drive started to have corrupted files including the file system causing Windows to not load. 16 months of use I had to repair Windows 3 times due to the corruption. I have found that this is avoidable with monthly chkdsk on the drive to fix all the corrupted files.

Overall Review: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0) - OCZ listed as compatible with RevoDrive Intel Core i7-970 @ 3.2GHz G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) Crossfire 3 GPUs: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB & XFX Radeon HD 6870 2GB NZXT 1000W PSU Windows & BF3: OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCI-E x4 Drives for other games & software: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB SATA III OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III General Storage: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA III

Great set, OC stable with XMP timings

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH

Pros: Great stability with OC to 1600 Trimmed timings down to match the XMP profile (speed at 1333) of 7-8-8-23 but at higher speed, 2 passes of Memtest no errors. Incredible set manages low timings at more than 20% higher than the XMP profile speed.

Cons: Could use some more surface area for the heat sink fins for better cooling, but it's adequate.

Overall Review: EK Waterblock watercooled system Gigabyte X58A-UD5 Rev.2 Intel i7 970 @ 3.2, OC to 4.2 (EK Supremacy watercooled) PowerColor 2GB Radeon HD 6870 X2 (2x EK VGA Universal Supremacy watercooled) XFX 2GB Radeon 9870 (stock fan cooled) Samsung 840 SSD 500GB (OS + most played games) OCZ Agility 3 128GB (Other games) Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB (Most used software)

Great card

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: 2 GPU crossfired on one card Heat piped heat sinks and large area fins Temps are good under heavy load, typical at idle Considering there's 2 GPUS on one card the fan noise is pretty good

Cons: A long card and heavy heat sinks makes the card sag downward towards the end. I don't like seeing a card bending, maybe could have put something to make it more rigid. Using the power cables at the end to prop it up so not that big of a deal.

Overall Review: 3 GPU crossfire with XFX 6870 2GB memory for total of 4GB, runs smooth and no problems with compatibility between 2 different brands. GPU above the XFX card runs 10C higher than GPU at the front with open space. Having more open space for the fans really helps it cool better but can't do anything about that.

Great card

XFX Radeon HD 6870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-687X-CNFC
XFX Radeon HD 6870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-687X-CNFC

Pros: Lifetime warranty Fast and stable, runs well under heavy load 2GB memory instead of 1GB found with other 6870s

Cons: Bit louder than I anticipated Revodrive right under it so the fan has to pull air through 0.5" space, might be reason fan is running higher than it normally would if it were wide open

Overall Review: 3 GPU Crossfire with Powercolor 6870 X2 2GB memory for total 4GB memory Runs well even at 8x speeds due to bus bandwidth sharing with 4th PCIx slot housing Revodrive.

It's a cable

Nippon Labs DisplayPort Cable, DP Cable 6ft. [4K@60Hz, 2K@165Hz, 2K@144Hz], Display Port Cable 1.2 High Speed DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable Compatible 3D, Laptop, PC, Gaming Monitor
Nippon Labs DisplayPort Cable, DP Cable 6ft. [4K@60Hz, 2K@165Hz, 2K@144Hz], Display Port Cable 1.2 High Speed DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable Compatible 3D, Laptop, PC, Gaming Monitor

Pros: Good length for the cost compared to other brands.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: On my case the thin strip of metal that separates the slots come close to the edge of the DP port on my V.card resulting in the cable's plug not being able to clip and lock in so it can pull right out like an HDMI cable.

Works but Caution

Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Hard Drives Docking Station
Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Hard Drives Docking Station

Pros: Fast easy connection to esata port for faster speeds than USB. Two HDD bays for dual loading drives and transferring files between external drives. No case to open, just pop in and out. Good length esata cable included, looked at others that were shorter.

Cons: Power button is too sensitive, you push all the way to turn on but barely push to turn off ... Be Careful not to touch it when in use. Does not say in description you need "port multiplier" feature on mobo for esata port to use both HDD bays. I got lucky with my mobo but freaked out when I first read it on the quick guide card. Did not know if my mobo had it and manual for mobo did not state it or on their website.

Overall Review: Remember you need "port multiplier" feature on mobo for esata ports to be able to use both HDD bays. Beware that the power button is sensitive to turn off. Consider facing a house fan on it when using, HDDs get very hot when writing/reading a lot.