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richard l.

richard l.

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Most Favorable Review

Does the job

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354OC-2L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100354OC-2L

Pros: Fast mid range card, reputable company, great price (got it at $190 shipped for a promotion), nice bundle of games (though I owned two of four already).

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: I upgraded from a 7770ghz to this; 7870. A pretty decent performance increase, and I can say that I'm overall very happy with the card for the price. But... now that the nvidia 760 came out and only $50~ more than this card (this card currently lists for $215 as of this review), I kinda wish that I had waited. I'll probably keep this card for 6months or so. My MB supports crossfire, but from reading about all the problems people have with dual card setups - I doubt I'll be going down that road as an upgrade. Unless drivers and such get better.

Most Critical Review

It is what it is

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P (rev. 1.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P (rev. 1.0) AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: four memory slots (32 gigs), supports up to fx-8350, sata 3.0, supports drives larger than 2TB, cheap (goes for $60+ as of this review).

Cons: - VRM throttling. (do a search on it) - 4+1 phase power The VRMs on this board can't handle the load that the high clocked 6 and 8 core FX processors require. The bios will throttle back the cpu frequency to get the VRM load under control. This results in a lag of cpu response. I saw it first hand by putting all six cores of a fx-6350 under full load with prime95 and watched the voltage and frequency constantly drop with HWiNFO64 monitor. I guess it's better than crashing or freezing, but this board should be listed as supporting those higher TDP/core/clock processors.

Overall Review: If you don't care about performance, then this board should be fine. It's cheap now, but I paid over $130 for this board a year ago. It's not the only model of Gigabyte boards to have vrm throttling issues (their higher end boards are having the same problem). They refuse to acknowledge it (and just make new revisions to the boards without helping out the customers that paid for the older revisions). I've owned Gigabyte boards in the past, but after this problem and reading about all the others having problems with more expensive versions; this will be my last Gigabyte board - sadly.

11/10/2013

Piece of junk

ENCORE ENEWI-2XN45 Wireless N300 Adapter with Two 5 dBi antennas, IEEE 802.11b/g/ n 2.0 PCI Express Up to 300Mbps
ENCORE ENEWI-2XN45 Wireless N300 Adapter with Two 5 dBi antennas, IEEE 802.11b/g/ n 2.0 PCI Express Up to 300Mbps

Pros: Good range, decent price, fast speeds - if it works.

Cons: stopped working after a week; won't connect to wpa/wpa2 setups.

Overall Review: Originally, it wouldn't connect to my router with anything stronger than WEP encryption (router was only a year old). I replaced the wireless router (brand new model netgear) and had awesome performance (300Mbit connects)... for about a week! Then it started doing the same thing again. I tried direct drivers from realtek's site, etc. Nothing. Waste of $20 and a waste of a lot of hours trouble shooting this.

Dead

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BPVT 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BPVT 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: none?

Cons: I owned this drive for about 2 years. Bought it new, to upgrade a net book. It lasted about 100 hours total, before the thing completely died (and out of warranty). A hundred hours... And you wonder why HD manufactures started limiting their warranties to 1 year (used to be 3 and 5 year back in the day). What's next, 90 days? Wouldn't surprise me.

Piece of junk

Western Digital Scorpio Blue RFHWD2500BEVT 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue RFHWD2500BEVT 250GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: ??

Cons: I've only used this drive for about...100 hours, and it's now dead and out of warranty. Thanks for nothing, WD.

This isn't complete

Arduino Nano V3.0 ATmega328P-AU Microcontroller Board With USB Cable
Arduino Nano V3.0 ATmega328P-AU Microcontroller Board With USB Cable

Pros: It's cheap. The build/assembly is good.

Cons: Just about everything else. No documentation. No software. No link to software or manual. I've coded for embedded devices and applications before, so I have experience. But I'm still at a lost as to what pins correspond to what ports on the chip. How and where to supply voltage. And what software package I'm supposed to use. A simple sheet of paper giving even the most basic answers would have been fine.

Overall Review: Be warned; this is not a KIT. You get nothing but the board and usb cable. You have to figure out EVERYTHING else out on your own. Having known that, I could have spent additional money for one that does. Now I have the most joy-est experience to look forward to, in hoping I don't damage this chip trying to figure out which ports are input/output/ etc.