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William W.

William W.

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Most Favorable Review

incredible!

ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" 2ms HDMI Swivel & Height Adjustable Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D 120Hz Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 w/ 3D glasses and speakers
ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" 2ms HDMI Swivel & Height Adjustable Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D 120Hz Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 w/ 3D glasses and speakers

Pros: basically everything... no complaints about this product what-so-ever!

Cons: NONE!!!!

Overall Review: I was originally going to purchase the BenQ XL2420T for $389 because a friend has one, and I was blown away by it. But, after looking around the site a little I stumbled on this, but open box for $372. I the 3D didn't really appeal to me because it gives me a vertigo feeling, but the few extra inches was an attraction. Honestly, I was little hesitant on purchasing an open item that I can't physically open and examine myself prior to purchasing. I decided to just go with it. I have NEVER had a bad experience with newegg, so I figured worst case scenario is I return it for Open Box policy. It actually came a day early, which was a plus. (I wish I could give a 6th egg for that.) Everything was in there. Everything was neatly packaged, and everything was is in perfect shape. As for performance. I got this specifically for the 120Hz for gaming, but I am finding myself sitting at my desk more than my TV to watch movies because of how beautiful the picture quality is. The various modes do make substantial difference depending on what you're doing, and they all look sharp, crisp, clear, and absolutely stunning. Asus truly makes an amazing product. I have no complaints about any of the items I own from them, ranging from 2 G series notebooks, a motherboard, and a few GPU's over the years. This thing is awesome. I'm not sure I would have spent the full $600 on it if newegg didn't have an open item in stock, but that is merely because I am not a fan of 3D anything. If you are, go for it. This product is incredible. I have no qualms with purchasing open items from newegg now because of this purchase. I hope my words helped you decide. Cheers - Liam

10/18/2012
Most Critical Review

what bad luck?

MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC
MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC

Pros: Roughly 8% less performance than a reference GTX 680. Relatively good price. Plays pretty much anything at max with all eye candy cranked up.

Cons: I got 3 defective units... Read more below. I would buy GTX 680s, or if you can't afford those get EVGA GTX 670's because they were giving upgrades to 680s for defective units. I don't know if they still are, but I wish I went with EVGA. (This is the FIRST time I have had a problem with an MSi product, and I do still support them-Because of one staff member and his ambition to satisfy an MSi customer. Read more below.)

Overall Review: So, i ordered a pair of these back in October of 2012. It's now March of 2013 and I have gone through hell with these GPUs. The original pair I ordered from NewEgg had some bios issues, and it couldn't communicate with the memory. So, I kept getting that "Red Screen of Death" that a lot of 670 owners have been experiencing. (google GTX 670 RSoD and read about the theory that Nvidia damaged a large number of GPUs by severing a processor core on the GK104 chips.) I bench tested both GPUs on 4 rigs. 2600K on Asus P8Z68V-LE, 3570K on MSI Z77A-G45, 3770K on Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 and AMD FX 4100 on Asus Sabertoooth 990FX. All rigs experienced problems with both GPUs individually and in SLI on Windows 7, and Windows 8. I RMA'd them out to MSi in CA, and dealt with Henry. He was fantastic. Very caring about the issue, and was ALWAYS polite. If you ever have to deal with MSi USA's RMA dept. Go with him if you can. He's awesome. More on why further in. So, the first RMA was in November of 2012. The test team in CA found "Nothing wrong with either card" despite my own test results and notes that were given to them. Oddly enough, both GPUs ran through Kombustor, Heaven, 3Dmark 11, and Furmark without a hiccup. It was only when the GPUs were in game that the RSoD would happen, which I made sure to tell the folks over there at MSi so they wouldn't waste their time on that. Regrettably, they tested with the former mentioned Benchmark software. Why? Standard procedure. Okay-fine. I got the cards back, tried the new Nvidia drivers that released while they had the cards. Nothing worked. By this point I had tested each card with 4 different drivers-individuality and in SLI(3), on all 4 systems on Windows 7 and Windows 8. That is 96 tests(4x3x4x2=96), and at this point, one card worked on the AMD system with most recent drivers on Windows 8... but that's not the system I built for these cards... that was the system I built for a friend. I RMA'd them out again... same thing happen. So now we're setting up the 3rd RMA for the same problem. Finally, talking with the guy mentioned above, Henry, he said "You know what? Lets just swap them out instead of shipping them back and forth." So, he put word in that they needed replaced. Cool. Finally, on the replacement cards. Refurbished, as usual. I don't expect a brand spankin' new card. Nobody ever gives a brand new GPU-Sadly. One of the GPUs was wonderful. I love it. It's the system now as I type this. (Just spent like 14 hours playing Tomb Raider on it.) The other GPU looked like the guys in the warehouse got drunk and played Hot Potato with it. The HDMI port was damaged, there were scratches all over it, and the I/O Bracket was dented. So, I emailed Henry, and he was quick to reply with a shipping label and another RMA, and in this one it said that the replacement is to be sent to him for testing before shipping. The GPU arrives in CA today, and hopefully I'll have the FINAL replacement in two weeks.

get something else...

LEPA B850-MA 850 W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
LEPA B850-MA 850 W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: cheap?

Cons: This is a cheap PSU, poor cable length, and sleeving. Pick something else.

Overall Review: It's a good PSU, but the cables are just terrible. They're loosely sleeved, and very thick. I put this in a BitFenix Ghost and it was a complete nightmare with the wiring. Between this having very thick, loosely sleeved cables, and the Ghost only having a half an inch behind the MoBo tray it was just an awful 3 hours of wiring. If the case you have, or are planning to use has minimal space behind the MoBo tray go for a different PSU with high quality tight sleeving, or something with a flattened 24pin cable, because this one was about 3/4" thick, and a real hassle. These cables are pretty short too. The sata power cables could barely reach from the top HDD bay to the Optical drive. The 24pin could barely fit behind the MoBo tray and out the grommet to the connector on the board. The wires are hideously black, yellow, and cheap sleeving as well. All in All, I should have bought another SeaSonic, but I chose to save a little money.

a little less than I expected, but could be easily improved.

BitFenix Ghost BFC-GHO-300-KKN1-RP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BitFenix Ghost BFC-GHO-300-KKN1-RP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: sleek, elegant, simplistic, dust filters, silent.

Cons: tight, bad packaging

Overall Review: Got this case for my new built, which was with an eATX board, and dual 670 in sli. If you don't have an individually sleeved PSU, or a PSU with a relatively flat 24pin cable this might be a pain to wire. I spent about 3 hours on wiring alone because there is only about 1/2" of space behind the MoBo tray. the packaging was very cheaply executed. Both of the clips on the top dust filter were broken when I pulled the case from the box, and most of the hard foam was cracked, with many small pebble sized pieces floating through the box. If they switch it to a soft it'll fix these issues, I'm sure. If they make a revision of this case I'd like to see them give an inch behind the MoBo tray, and it'd be really great if they heightened the case another half inch to add in an eighth PCI bracket. Also, move the grommets over about half an inch for eATX boards to have a little more room.

satisfied

BUFFALO LinkStation Live 2 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X2.0TL
BUFFALO LinkStation Live 2 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X2.0TL

Pros: large capacity for the home without building a home server. fast and simple setup. surprisingly small form factor compared to my last NAS. (about half the size)

Cons: Not much info in the box. Had to look around the buffalotech site for about half hour before I found what I was looking for. personally not fond of the cloud layout.

Overall Review: I gave it 3 eggs because I felt like the instructions could have been a little better. The actual in depth setup with multiple users and levels of security is more complicated to setup than other devices I've used. Once you get through it the device is great. does everything it needs to. I got this as a storage drive for media in the home. I didn't want to build a media server because of the level of cost, and this was my next option. All in all I am satisfied. I'd just like to see Buffalo improve the in depth setup.