Date Joined: 06/03/04
Pros: Great sound at low volumes (as others have stated). Crisp and handles power without distortion. For the price, this was a great buy. I use this center, 2x polk monitor 70's, and 2x polk vm-10's, in my back room, to listen to vinyl. I am happy with this buy and this setup continuously causes my wife to come in the room and turn the volume down lower (this isn't an issue for me).
Cons: It is a big center. I didn't check the weight and size of this prior to receiving it. If you don't have a lot of space for a center, don't buy this one (I was able to make room). If you have small l and r speakers, you setup will look strange.
Overall Review: I told the wifey to crank up the onkyo/polks/epik setup, in the den, to combat the greatness coming from the back room. Strangely, she didn't find my statement funny.
Pros: * Great, solid hardware RAID solution
* Affordable for what you get
* Easy to set up
* 1Gb on-board cache
* Tons of raid levels
* 6Gb/s Sata III
* No fan, but passive cooling is just fine
Cons: Instructions are there, albeit in a strange order and you find yourself jumping around a bit to look for login default password (for me anyway).
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend Areca raid controllers to my colleagues.
Pros: Crossfire was a breeze in Windows 8.1 Pro x64. I installed the second card after running a single card for a few weeks, and after one restart the card was initialized and a crossfire textbox popped up and asked to be enabled. It was that easy. I am running eyefinity at 5760x1080 @144hz and these cards shine on BF4. I have most of my video options set to ultra and am getting well over a minimum of 100fps in games with 64 players. On load, in a HAF X case with excellent airflow/fans, my cards usually run 73-83c. I couldn't be happier.
Cons: The stock blower coolers aren't the best and the fans can get loud if you don't have good airflow in your case.
Overall Review: I am currently using Catalyst 11 9.2 beta drivers and newer games are running very smoothly for me. I have both of these cards set to the second bios setting that is closer to the front of the case, if mounted normally with the connector plate on the rear of the case. This allows the fans to run at 55% on load, which offers much better temperatures over the quiet mode 40% fan speed. The cards can get hot, but they are rated to be okay to run at 95c. The heat and fan noise are not issues for me when the fans are running on load because I'm either using headphones or have my speakers turned up. The cards are quick to cool and return to a quiet idle state during non-taxing activities.
After testing a single card and making an earlier review, I will say, at this point in time, that two of these cards are the best thing since sliced bread. I think AMD did a really great job on these cards.
Once again, make sure your mobo bios and drivers are updated. Get the latest Catalyst beta drivers from the AMD site. Remember, this is a new card and the driver support will only get better but is already pretty solid. BF4 has known memory leak issues that should be resolved soon, but I have played 30+ hours on this particular title with minimal crashes to desktop. This is a DICE issue and no fault of these beastly cards. Either way, take my review for what it is worth. Buy one or more and love them, or don't.
Pros: * 4gb GDDR5
* Single card runs eyefinity 5760x1080 on CS:GO, BF3, BF4, etc at 144hz at moderate settings and is highly playable
* Card responds well to good case airflow.. it hasn't broken 70 after 6+ hours of gaming.
* crossfire without a bridge
* new drivers are pretty solid and I expect even more improvements to follow
* costs less than competition's similar card and offers great performance
* the color black/red looks great in my black/red build
* paired perfectly with a 4390k, 32gb ram, ssds, evga dark and three monitors for an amazing experience
Cons: none so far
Overall Review: *I will be getting a second one of these for crossfire, after testing this one
For those who are having issues, you should read up on the system requirements and understand which driver to get BEFORE you complain.
*Get the latest driver:
AMD Catalyst™ 13.11 Beta7 for Windows®
* 750 Watt Power Supply is required for single card (1000watts for dual and possibly more needed depending on what cpu, ram, etc you are runnning).
* PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.
* 1X75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express power connector is required.
* 1X150 Watt 8-pin PCI Express power connector is required.
This card is a beast. Make sure it can fit in your case.
Pros: Portable, on/off power switch, usb 3.0, compatible with sata ssds/hddsand ide 2.5"/3.5", adapter cord is long enough for me
Overall Review: I use this adapter to test all of my new ssd and hdd drives, as well as to transfer data from older or failing drives to a new location. Others have mentioned that it needs a strap for the heavier hdds, however, I just lay the drive itself on a anti-static pad and pop this adapter in (I leave the actual adapter lip hanging off the edge of my workspace) . This works extremely well for me. For ssds, you can just leave the drive in the upright position because there isn't much weight to concern yourself with.
Pros: All three worked out of the box and passed testing. Lucky me (due to cons below). 128mb cache is nice on these drives and causes a noticeable performance (esp. when comparing to a 32mb cache) improvement. Good 5yr warranty.
Cons: *Cons are only about shipping*
Bubble wrap could/should have been better (was completely popped) as the sides of two of the drives were pretty much against the box when they arrived.
Overall Review: Bought three of these for a raid 5 on an Areca card. ES drives are the way to go for storage raid, imo. I have been using Seagate for years and will continue to do so.
Pros: Reliable and it has probably saved me a power supply or two in the equipment I have hooked up to it. Between tornadoes and power grid outages during from the resulting storms our power grid was up and down quite a bit. This puppy never let me down. I'm very satisfied and it doesn't make any buzzing or loud noise that I can detect over the 2 x intel i7 pc's, 2 x flat panel led monitors, printer, xbox360, ps3 (you get the picture). I like the new PowerChute program and the "history" of how the APC handled the outages. I also like the LED display on the front of the unit and the ability to turn the display off while it runs thus saving power and the killing the glow.
Cons: none. It is 1500 va - it is supposed to be big enough to house the included batteries so I knew what to expect but really it is as slim as it could be.
Overall Review: Get the new PowerChute v3 proggy from the APC site.. its worth its weight in gold. ahha
http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=SFPCPE30 (the link to v3)
Pros: The card works.
Cons: Doesn't make pizza.
Overall Review: People who give out 1 star because they "checked everywhere"... (BUT on the manufacturers website) greatly annoy me. All cards in the 6700 series by Sapphire at this time are 128 bit. Yes there are higher bitrates - but that isn't a reason to give it a 1 star rating. Mine works.
Pros: It was easy to set up out of the box. Manually configured it and had the firmware flashed and all of my components connected in 15 minutes. I have networked my home with cat 6 drops (for gaming systems) and between those and my wireless devices (printer, iphone, kindle, blu ray player, and 3 laptops) I have not had any issues with it.
Cons: It has to reboot after making any big changes which is annoying but meh it only takes a little longer than I am used to waiting. I thought the signal strength would have been a little stronger in my outer rooms but it does cover my 2000 sq ft home by being positioned in the office located in the middle of the house.
Overall Review: I've always been a linksys fan but decided to try this routing solution and it worked out. It is definitely faster than my old router.
Pros: Great board with functionality. Easy overclock. Nice Bios options. I like the Express Gate technology. Shipped with 8/2010 bios and recognized G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (PC3 12800) ram with perfect timings.
Overall Review: Newegg delivered this entire build the very next morning and I paid only $9 for shipping - that's with all components, case and monitor! Awesomeness. Did I mention that ASUS and Newegg both rock?
Pros: Price. You can't beat the processing capabilities of this chip with respect to price. It's a beast. I can run GIMP, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Media Center, Online FPS games, and burn dvd's/clonedvd without any hiccups. Great value. So if you want to blow your $$$'s buy Intel - if you have a brain, AMD makes great 6 core chips.
Cons: none. It doesn't make breakfast or walk my dog. Sigh... Guess I will have to wait 20 more years.
Overall Review: Very easy overclock. I went higher with no problems but I decided to let it sit at 3.26GHz and it has been stable for months. After overclock, in Windows 7 Ultimate 64, the network adapter had to be reinstalled in order to pickup the correct settings - but this was more of a motherboard issue.
Pros: have installed 8 of these burners and have had nothing but exellent perfomance out of all of them. i have burnt over 300+ dvd's on mine and i love it.
Overall Review: wish they included a headphone jack on the front panel but for the price it doesnt matter
Comments: this memory is sweet plain n simple. my cpu runs better than ever and no errors like i have had with my previous kingston ram