Joined on 03/23/07
Pros: Phenomenal cooling! I am 1hour into running a Prime95 stress test, and it has level'd out at 51c/52c @ 4ghz on a 955BE 1.42v
Cons: None, whisper quiet. Not designed for small cases, recommended for aftermarket computer cases.
Overall Review: Doing exactly what the product's name implies,Overclocking! 4Ghz on air, gaming stable,furmark stable, Futuremark11 stable. Normal 4ghz idling is in the low 30c. Thermaltake has earned a lifetime customer, thoroughly pleased.
Gaming & Folding
Pros: The top-end AMD solution throughout Q1/Q2 & probably Q3 of 2013. AMD has made it clear they are not worried about releasing a successor more powerful than the 7970. Anything released in 2013 will not be as powerful as the 7970 and will remain the flagship GPU through most if not all of 2013. AMD has taken a different stance this recent generation of GPU's, instead of slapping together a product and hoping it preforms well in the real world gaming situations, they are working very closely with gaming deverlopers and are poised to have ALL the next gen console hardware supplied by them via their lucrative APU's. What this means is the 7970 will be 100% adequate to run ANY game of 2013 hands down, no questions asked.Games will be designed to run on consoles that feature AMD hardware,which will be pre-tweaked to be successful on AMD hardware. This in turn results PC gamers recieving Console to PC ports that do not get poor ports, they get native ports with full feature sets of DX11. Early reports of whats going to be under the hood of the PS4 and Xbox 720 both being AMD APU's , you would have to be insane to buy the next best thing (Titan) considering you DONT NEED MORE PROCESSING POWER THAN A 7970 FOR 2013 / THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PS4/XBOX720'S LIFETIME. The console's hardware will REMAIN STATIC AND YOU'RE LOOKING AT EASILY THE LIFETIME OF PS4/XBOX 720 BEING SUPPORTED ALSO FEEDING PC GAMES THAT THE 7970 WILL RUN WITHOUT QUESTION. It has phenomenal GPGPU performance, I can run MilkyWay@Home AMD workunits in average of 30-45 seconds @ 200ish credit PER WU.
Cons: None , this is the ultimate future proofing videocard for the next 4 - 5 years (The life span / support for PS4/720) Currently PS3/360 ports to PC are usually garbage due to the large generation gap. The generation gap for the PS4 and 720 vs the current top end gpu's (7970 / 690 / Titan) are more powerful than the gpu's that will be featured in the next gen consoles that haven't even been released yet.
Overall Review: AMD is about to go critical in 2013, and with HSA looming over the corner, any Graphics Core Next purchase is a good idea. AMD has big plans and they are basicially positioning themselves to where all they have to do is lay the groundwork for PS4/720 which they have almost completed doing. They need not do anything except focus on supporting the game dev's while they churn out near-identical quality games for PC/PS4/720 consoles. The weaker consoles of the next generation that aren't even on the market yet, that won't be as powerful as this 7970 released in 2012,make it a no brainer. AMD is going to be the supplier of the hardware of all these game developers is definately making 2013 the year of AMD. "The way its meant to be played" is really meeting its match with "Never Settle" , I'm sure AMD will continue to offer different named "Never Settle" promo's with 2 free games throughout 2013. As soon as BioShock Infinite releases, look forward to a new offering to be in the works. Free Pre-Order games really is another unbelievable reason to go with AMD in 2013. I've enjoyed Crysis 3 immensely, and WOW BioShock Infinite comes out THIS MONTH (3/26/2013 , thats 14 more days)
Pros: Monitor is crisp, base is sturdy. 1080p on the cheap, would be great for eye finity with overlaping the bezel's. The monitor has a tool-less Monitor to Base install,which on the surface is nice.
Cons: Installation for the base of the monitor is an absolute nightmare.
Overall Review: Great product, if you know how to adjust the monitor correctly the viewing angle DRAMATICALLY increases. Out of the box, the viewing angles are horrible. Tweak brightness and Gamma / video quality settings to improve the viewing angle.
Pros: Two $60 games for purchasing a leet AMD 7series card. AMD really knows how to take care of their faithful customers,and lure Team Green advocates possibly to Team Red.
Cons: Games aren't already released yet.
Overall Review: Crysis drops Febuary 19th, im going to be mad if my email doesn't arrive promptly on the 19th.
Nice Sound System
Pros: Cheap , Good quality sound , Bass & L/R speakers are enough to immerse yourself in explosions / gameplay. Evem audio dialouge comes through crisp with this system.
Cons: No individual Bass speaker & L/R volume controls. Requires tweaking to sound okay without over pushing the woofer.
Overall Review: In Windows 7, go to Enhancements under Audio settings and turn on Loudness Correction and Bass Boost, set Bass Boost to 50hz +3dB. This is optimal setting for these speakers and anything above this you risk damagine the coil or other parts of the woofer.
Pros: Lightweight, easy on the wrist during FPS gaming. DPI switch is on the fly and has very noticable differences.
Cons: For 7 dollars, the only con would be if you didn't buy one. I've usually bought the $10 cheapy @ a local store,and never again. This mouse is easily worth $20
Overall Review: I've never owned a high dollar Razer or equivalent product, so maybe my expectations for a $7 mouse was very low or I don't know the benifits of a high dollar mouse. This clearly is a great product though,and isn't as weak as some reviews would have you believe. Maybe if you suck at the game you play and throw your mouse, sure you'll break any mouse,this one maybe slightly faster. Learn self control and take care of your products to get the most life out of them.. Omicron sucks