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Brad C.

Brad C.

Joined on 05/17/07

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Most Favorable Review

Very Solid Card

XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-697A-CNFC
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-697A-CNFC

Pros: Great performance in games. I just bought another one for crossfire and eyefinity. Skyrim auto-detected ultra max settings and it looks beautiful. Other games all run on everything maxed. Very solid card, feels well constructed. Looks awesome in the case.

Cons: Runs a little on the hot side, after exiting Skyrim after a few hours of playing the card is sitting at 85c. It's also a little on the louder side, nothing that really bothers me, but it is noticeably louder than other 6970's I've owned.

Overall Review: I've owned the Sapphire HD6970 and PowerColor HD6970. The PowerColor was by far the quietest of the bunch and the only one I overclocked. I had to RMA both of those cards, this XFX one works perfectly. The PowerColor one gave me all sorts of headaches, it wound up being faulty memory. The Sapphire card and the XFX card seem identical. I bought two of these for crossfire and eyefinity5. Unfortunately Display Port 1.2 isn't available yet (I couldn't find it), so I settled for eyefinity3 instead of the limited resolution from the DP 1.1 technology and eyefinity5. If I could do it all over again, I would. In fact, I did... I bought another one for crossfire.

Most Critical Review

Terrible Keyboard

Kensington Pro Fit Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Slim Desktop Set
Kensington Pro Fit Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Slim Desktop Set

Pros: Volume adjusters on the side of the keyboard are handy. Has all of the buttons you need. Construction seems above average. Haven't had any battery issues.

Cons: Keyboard become unresponsive. When I start my computer up, it takes the keyboard a few minutes to really start up as well. Until then, it misses 1/10 keystrokes. After it seems to get going, it still misses 1/100 keystrokes. It will also go through brief periods of complete unresponsiveness. The mouse doesn't feel right in my hand.

Overall Review: Don't buy this keyboard.

Satisfied

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: Runs cooler than I expect, Runs quieter than I expected, Plays nearly every game at maximum possible settings (I don't tolerate any lag, if I see that frame rate drop even the slightest, I turn the settings down).

Cons: I hate dinging eggs for things that aren't the manufacturer fault, but for a while I had two of these in crossfire and it was completely unusable because of the drivers. I also had major driver issues for one card up until the most recent update (11.11). The card also feels pretty flimsy, when it's sitting in my case the end of it hangs down enough to rest on my one of my sata cords (which occasionally hits the fans making a pretty loud noise).

Overall Review: Overall a solid card, If it wasn't for all of the problems I had with the drivers I'd be very happy.

Awsome card for the money

SAPPHIRE Radeon X1650PRO 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 100174L
SAPPHIRE Radeon X1650PRO 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card 100174L

Pros: Great card for the money, definantly an improvement to any onboard video or generic card. Great for someone looking for a card that will allow them to play almost every modern game at reasonable settings, that doesn't want to spend all their money. plays cs source perfectly at near highest settings. relatively easy install.

Cons: AGP is getting old but its always easy to improve an old computer by putting a decent video card in it. I'm not sure if newegg made a mistake or sapphire but the instructions in the box were obviously written by someone who has no understanding of video cards. It told me not to put the installation cd in, but instead use the windows xp cd? I must have been hallucinating but it also wanted me to restart my computer after every instruction step, really confusing. I just said screw it and ghetto strapped the card in, McGivered the installation and it worked... after a try or two.

Overall Review: make sure you uninstall your previous video card drivers before you install this card, it most likely will cause problems.