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Gregory G.

Gregory G.

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Most Favorable Review

Works well, as expected

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 2.2 Slot, ATX Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card 100382NTOCL
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 2.2 Slot, ATX Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card 100382NTOCL

Pros: * Quiet, I can't notice it at all * Remains under 68°C while in the most intense games. (73°C for Furmarks) which is acceptable for AMD. * Really good for 1440p gaming. Can play games on Ultra and maintain an FPS above 50. * Really good for the price. If you're looking for a $300 card, GTX970 is probably the best way to go for 1080p gaming. But if you're gaming at 1440p+ I'd look at the R9 290X or the R9 390.

Cons: Didn't include any bonus games as a far as I know. No Dirt Rally code. No AMD Rewards code. I registered on Sapphire Select Club for their Gold membership but got nothing for it. :-( No GPU backplate. Not the end of the world there.

Overall Review: Card length is actually 12.1 inches long. I got nervous when I saw Newegg list it as 13.25inches after I ordered the product. But the first thing I did was measure it. Its just over 12 inches long. It runs very similar to an R9 290X if you can't find benchmarks and need something to reference.

Most Critical Review

Good, but stopped working with Windows 8.1

Razer Surround Personalized 7.1 Gaming Audio Software - Download
Razer Surround Personalized 7.1 Gaming Audio Software - Download

Pros: Worked better than my previous Virtual Surround Software. Little gimmicky with their little demo, but it actually does do a good job.

Cons: I used this software since it was released with Windows 7. Worked fine on my Windows 8 machine. But since upgrading to Windows 8.1 it no longer works. I log in, and it just says "Updating from Razer Synapse 2.0 - Razer Surround."

Overall Review: I found others with the same issue. Razer's response was please contact razersupport.com/contact-us/ I did that but got no response from them.

Mine is running much hotter than others report

EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING Video Card, 08G-P5-3663-KL, 8GB GDDR6, Metal Backplate, LHR
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC GAMING Video Card, 08G-P5-3663-KL, 8GB GDDR6, Metal Backplate, LHR

Pros: Performs well Compact size

Cons: Runs hot Gets loud

Overall Review: Can't really complain right now given the GPU situation right now, but I'm still not thrilled about this card. I heard this card usually tops out at 68° to 70° C... so I was surprised when I started playing and was hitting 78°C. 80°C at times. Kind of unheard of from this model. Thought maybe it was an issue with my PC, or ventilation... but I stuck it in my old PC with a big case and lots of fans... Even when the CPU was bottlenecking the GPU so it could only reach 1700 Mhz, it was still hitting 75°C. Applied some MasterGel Maker in place of their thermal paste, and it had no change. Kind of think its just a poorly binned chip. Bad luck. EVGA ensures me that its a safe operating temperature, but I'm not thrilled about such a big leap in expected temp. As an, at least temporary solution, I've undervolted the card and added two case fans along with an increased fan curve on the GPU. Now I keep it to 72°C, but its a bit loud now. In the future I may consider a 3rd party VGA cooler that is quiet and more effective.

Excellent ~$200 tablet

Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 53019415 Qualcomm MSM8940 (1.40 GHz) 3 GB Memory 16 GB Flash Storage 10.1" 1920 x 1200 Tablet Android 7.0 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1 (US Warranty)
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 10 53019415 Qualcomm MSM8940 (1.40 GHz) 3 GB Memory 16 GB Flash Storage 10.1" 1920 x 1200 Tablet Android 7.0 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1 (US Warranty)

Pros: - Excellent build quality while remaining thin and lightweight. - Design matches my Google Pixel XL well. - 1920 x 1200 screen looks nice - Fast for general use and videos, as expected from a Snapdragon 435 / Cortex-A53 - Downloads fast. Put a bunch of movies on my MicroSD right away

Cons: N/A

Overall Review: If I were to try to list off some cons, they just wouldn't be fair. - Only 16GB of storage. (About 6GB free). My list apps use about 2GB so I have about 4GB free after that. And my downloads go to my MicroSD. There isn't a lot of bloatware, so that just is what it is. If people have a problem with 16GB storage, this is a 16GB storage device. That's not a con. That's just what they bought. I could say, it could use better specs all around (CPU, RAM, Screen resolution). It could have better gaming performance... But in my opinion you have to rate the product for what it is and what it is spec'd out to be. As a $200 media tablet, this one sores and checks off a lot of boxes. -------------- One other "con" I can't con it for; I own and watch a lot of movies with the VUDU app. This tablet doesn't seem to support HDX video playpack, only SD. But again, I can't really fault the tablet for this, because I believe this is on VUDU to add support for the M3 Lite. Because it is a 1920 x 1200, I doubt its on Huawei for that. Most other streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Movies Anywhere seem to be playing HD well. That's my primary use of the tablet for me, video streaming. Though more often MLB and NHL games.

I don't recommend this. I wish the warranty was 120 days, then I could send it back.

Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller - White
Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller - White

Pros: -Feels nice when it works. -Superior feel over the Xbox360 controller -But not as durable

Cons: -Battery drains much faster than the original XboxONE controller -Just like the original XboxONE controller, my left analogue stick broke after.. ah... 4 months. Right after the warranty is up. -I stopped using the bluetooth because it was being interferred by other wireless devices like my Wifi adapter.

Overall Review: Not as durable as an Xbox360 controller. Doesn't have the battery life of the original XboxONE controller.

Best 23/24" 1080p/60hz Monitor I've owned

Acer KN242HYL 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz DVI HDMI VGA Built-in Speakers WideScreen Backlit LED IPS LCD Monitor
Acer KN242HYL 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz DVI HDMI VGA Built-in Speakers WideScreen Backlit LED IPS LCD Monitor

Pros: -Excellent picture quality (I didn't notice any ghosting or defective issues while playing games. No dead pixels) -DVI, HDMI, and VGA options

Cons: -Does not come with a DVI cable (but comes with a an audio, VGA, & HDMI cable).

Overall Review: I'm sure the speakers are garbage, but I never plan on using them. I have good speakers and headphones. I wouldn't take away for a presumably poor feature that I wouldn't plan on using good or bad. I already use my GPU HDMI for HDTV and I wouldn't consider an VGA cable even if that was an option on my GPU. So its a bit upsetting it doesn't come with a DVI cable. Luckily I do have some extras. They probably did this because a lot of people may have preferred HDMI because it also carries sound. VGA is more common to see on laptops than DVI... So DVI may be the odd man out... But would have been nice to get a cable. But for the price this sells for, I shouldn't complain. Overall I'm very happy with the product. I've owned 1 Acer LCD monitor in the past, and it was very dull in comparison to my other monitors so I kind of stayed away from Acer monitors... Probably because its an IPS panel, but this one is really nice.

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