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Michael D.

Michael D.

Joined on 08/30/03

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warranty period incorrect

XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Good specs, likely higher-binned. Reference slot cooling should remove heat out the back.

Cons: Newegg is usually pretty good with listing proper specs and warranty info - can't ding the product for this.

Overall Review: I was about to order this as it appeared to be the only reference-design, overclocked card with a lifetime warranty. I checked the XFX fine print because I was curious about registering the lifetime warranty. I found out this card only carries the 2-year limited warranty. The following Graphics Cards are eligible for an extension of the standard two-year limited hardware warranty: ... 2. XFX Radeon HD 7000 Series Graphics Cards with 10-digit model numbers ending in “R” (example: “FX-797A-TDFR”) ... Feel free to check for yourself. Newegg needs to update this so other customers are not misled.

Good adapters

1ST PC CORP. 8" CB-PCIE8-Y PCI-E PCI-Express 8-pin Female to Two PCI-Express 6+2-pin Female
1ST PC CORP. 8" CB-PCIE8-Y PCI-E PCI-Express 8-pin Female to Two PCI-Express 6+2-pin Female

Pros: Heavy cabling, nice construction, no issues with over a dozen in use so far.

Cons: Not the cheapest of this style adapter, but the quality and zero issues make up for it

upgraded from AMD 1100t

Intel Core i7-3820 - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73820
Intel Core i7-3820 - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73820

Pros: I replaced an AMD 1100T in the 790fx chipset with this CPU in the Asus Sabertooth x79 board. My driving factors were Battlefield 3 multiplayer, World of Warcraft and folding@home. Those two games are one place where the 2011 chips still offer noticeable advantage over 1100T. The 3820 CPU is far more efficient for the physics calculations in 64-player Battlefield 3, raising my minimum FPS across the board. My 7970 load is still 99% as it was before, but I do not take minimum FPS hits when there is a large load placed on the CPU. I can't say for sure there are large improvements over 1155 socket Sandy/Ivy Bridge setups. In fact a 3770k likely beats this chip in IPC at stock clocks. But I knew going into the 2011 socket, that I would be overclocking now and also looking for the Ivy Bridge-E chips in late '13. With the 3820 still being a 32nm process it was expected to overclock easily and stay relatively cool. I was not let down. I was aware of the partially-unlocked overclocking methods but thought I would just take it easy at first. Currently set to 4.3GHz at 1.3v (100MHz bus) - would probably be stable on stock voltage too based on official reviews. Temps currently max around 60c under full folding or prime95 load. Using a Cooler Master 212 Evo cooler - fantastic cooling/cost ratio. At stock clocks, my 3dmark11 score went from P7367 with the 1100T to P8667 with this new CPU. Bumping to 4.3 GHz only took me to P8789. Now with AMD's Catalyst 12.11 beta drivers and the 7970 at 1100/1525 GPU/mem speeds I'm getting P10418 in 3dmark11. I realize with 1600MHz RAM I'm not maximizing the quad channel memory controller but I already had 2x4GB sticks and picked up another matching pair to see how it ran. Other than synthetic benchmarks I'm not currently motivated to swap them all out. I'm getting around 38GB/s of the theoretical 51.2 possible per SiSoftware Sandra. This is still nearly triple what my 1100T memory controller could do with the same ram.

Cons: - none so far

Overall Review: - betting on socket 2011 longevity - wish I would've come back to Intel sooner - purchased Intel's "Performance Tuning Protection Plan" for peace of mind when overclocking further Build: intel i7-3820 asus sabertooth x79 intel 520 180GB SSD cooler master 212 evo 4x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 xfx 7970 - reference design black edition corsair hx850 psu antec 1200

10/23/2012

great mouse, great support

RAZER Naga Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Mouse
RAZER Naga Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Mouse

Pros: useful for every game, from MMORPG's to FPS, great design, ergonomics, looks etc.

Cons: began to have issues after 2 years of heavy use - meh

Overall Review: After nearly 2 years, a single left-click began returning a double-click action, very frustrating! Some brief google-fu indicated a somewhat common issue related to wear/tear and possible dirt on the button actuator. Luckily I had about 2 weeks left of my 2-year warranty and RAZER support was quick to issue an RMA after I indicated I am on the current firmware and drivers. Sucks to be without an awesome mouse for a week or two till my replacement arrives but I can't complain about great Newegg and impressive RAZER support.

Good so far

Drobo FS DRDS2A21 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port Network External Hard Drive
Drobo FS DRDS2A21 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port Network External Hard Drive

Pros: Easy setup, flexible. I was able to start with 3 drives and add 2 more. No need to format the partition since it is a NAS. Add drives and it expands itself. It streams media fine. For all intents and purposes it looks and feels like local storage in that respect. The packaging is very nice, few companies put this level of effort in the overall fit and finish from factory to doorstep. Very Mac friendly. This will be primarily a windows-environment network share device but easily serves as a timecapsule backup location.

Cons: Performance is less than desirable for a GigE link. I suspect this is partly because of the RAID5/6-like performance reductions due to writing parity bits but it seems there is a hardware bottleneck somewhere inside of the Drobo-FS drive or network controller.

Overall Review: I've experienced about 15-25MB/s while transferring files to the Drobo-FS from my RAID5 array. I have yet to experiment with Jumbo frames, that will likely help a bit. You can fill this NAS with enterprise-level drives, but it will still only give consumer-level performance. In general, if you're just interested in a massive, redundant backup box this is a good solution. I justified the price premium over lesser NAS solutions because of the BeyondRAID technology that allows me to expand storage as needed and Drobo Apps. The Oxygen cloud app looks particularly interesting. The Drobo-FS is a very future-proof device.

Great!

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great price per GB. Newer firmware so no need to update. No issues so far. Used it to back up 1.3TB array while expanding it, great transfer speeds while doing so.

Cons: none