Joined on 07/04/06
good video card
Pros: It's a 4850. Those buying their own video cards know the reputation of a 4850 and the good value it offers. Also very nice to have an integrated hdmi and vga port. That way no adapters are needed for any kind of monitor. Not many people need dual dvi ports for dual screens anyways. Also, it's shorter than regular 4850's so it will fit in smaller cases.
Cons: Fan gets slightly whiny when under load, but its tolerable.
Overall Review: Bought this card to crossfire with a previous 4850 I got. I was a bit skeptic to buy this card at first without any reviews even though it'd been on newegg for a few weeks already. Temperatures are about 37C idle, 50C load, but then again my antec 900 provides generous cooling.
Pros: looks really cool
Cons: shows up as PC5300 in PC wizard and CPU-Z....and does not run anywhere near 1066mhz
Overall Review: i could not get it to the rated 1066mhz, but maybe its just me. tried to raise speed in BIOS but that caused it to freeze during boot. i have a foxconn M7PMX-S mobo, im exchanging this for something else
Pros: I just wanted to make the first review on this product. It's a really great unit with lots of features like USB input which no other radio in the same price range will has. There is also a MAGNA BASS EX setting to really boost bass for systems without subwoofers. Sound is better and louder than stock radio. The preset sound settings of "excite", "impact", etc, actually sounds pretty good, but of course custom is always best. Overall speed of the unit is pretty fast, doesn't take much time to read from usb or CD.
Cons: When I first put this unit in, I had NO IDEA how to use it. The controls are not easy to understand at first, but after reading the manual one time, everything became really easy to understand. Still, even if you know how to use it, some simple functions like bass/treble adjustments take too many clicks to access. Also, radio quality is a bit worse than stock, but with the ability of usb/ipod/aux input, who needs FM radio anymore? The sound also gets kind of distorted nearing the max volume, but I'm not sure if that's to be blamed on this radio or my speakers. One last con, I don't know why but if you take off the faceplate and put it back on, as soon as it's attached, your CD(if you have one) will automatically eject.
Overall Review: The wiring harness that attaches to the back of the radio is absurdly long(about 12 inches), so unless you cut some off, you're going to be jamming quite a bit of cables in the back. Also, some of the wires on the harness had "crimps"(I think that's what it's called) on the ends, which I found to be completely useless so I just cut it off. Lastly, the unit looks really good on my car(2003 sentra), but that's just me xD
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Overall Review: after using this card for about 2 months, it suddenly BSOD and after that the card would not post anymore. It was out of newegg's 30 day return policy, so I emailed sapphire about it. their service was great, returned my emails within a day and i actually did a local dropoff for my defective card because the warehouse was nearby. I was expecting to simply drop it off and leave, but they told me to wait about 15 min, and i got a replacement card right there! Props to Sapphire for such good service!
good customer service
Pros: This is an update to a review I submitted earlier. I sent the 4850 that died back to HIS, and in 2 wks, they had sent me a brand new retail packaged 4850 using overnight shipping =)
Cons: still never got my rebate
Overall Review: good customer service, always replied to my emails within a day.