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Pat G.

Pat G.

Joined on 10/21/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card, Great Price

SAPPHIRE Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100186L
SAPPHIRE Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100186L

Pros: Extremely Fast. Overclocks well. Mine runs at XTX speeds all day long using ATItool 0.26. Highest stable frequency obtained was 730GPU/1196MEM (used aftermarket cooling). Not too shabby for the price! Runs every game I own well, especially at higher resolutions. The bigger the monitor, the more this card shines!

Cons: Provided cooling is LOUD. If you stick with the stock cooler the GPU runs a little hot at around 74C. Higher if you overclock.

Overall Review: Aftermarket cooling solutions will dramatically raise the overclocking potential of this card, and keep the noise down as well. All in all a GREAT value.

Most Critical Review

RISKY BUY!!!!!!!!!RISKY BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 3850PE3512O
DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 3850PE3512O

Pros: good specs..?? It took me two tries to get one that works properly, and even that one has to be underclocked to play Half-Life 2 Ep. 2.

Cons: THIS CARD IS A RISKY BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!------ If you read some of the more recent reviews of this card, you'll see a recurring theme of similar problems. The card crashes while gaming, and seems generally problematic. Buggy drivers or buggy hardware? no one knows... Not Diamond, Not Newegg, but I think its' a quality control issue with Diamond, personally.

Overall Review: If you have doubts about any of this, just read some of the other reviews from the last four months.. You'll see..

Great for the price!!

Matsunichi 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model DM256-BK-1TB Black
Matsunichi 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model DM256-BK-1TB Black

Pros: Fast transfer via USB 3.0, large storage capacity. Drive has performed flawlessly since I began using it several months ago. I use it as a bootable drive for general IT troubleshooting and image creation/storage. It lives a rough life being run all over our building.. it gets tossed around a bit, but no problems so far.

Cons: Cable is short, but honestly that's barely a con for me. I'd rather have a short cable than an excessively long one.

Overall Review: Great buy, it's fast and reliable. What more do you want??

Addressing the Temperature Concerns

PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX6970 2GBD5-2DHE
PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX6970 2GBD5-2DHE

Pros: I just want to mention that AMD specifies the maximum temperature for this GPU at over 100 degrees C. It's not uncommon to see these cards run over 90C when running benchmarks, especially FurMark which is an unrealistic benchmark in the first place since no gaming activity will stress the GPU at 100% continuously. Don't be scared of the heat, at least not as far as burning up the card. It will run fine well into the 90C range. You may have to make some special arrangements for removing heat buildup from the case, but that's more to protect other components in the case than it is to protect the graphics cards themselves.

Cons: None, just addressing previously mentioned heat concerns

Very nice and simple universal cooling solution!

Titan TTC-NK35TZ/RPW/V5(KU) 95mm PWM Z-AXIS Universal CPU Cooler
Titan TTC-NK35TZ/RPW/V5(KU) 95mm PWM Z-AXIS Universal CPU Cooler

Pros: I bought one of these to cool an FX-8320. These are known for being pretty warm chips, and the included cooler isn't so great. I was seeing temps between 34 and 70 deg. Celsius with the factory cooler at stock speeds. A bit too high for my taste.. As I shopped for aftermarket universal coolers I noticed that the vast majority are intended for installation BEFORE the motherboard is installed in the system due to various custom mounting schemes. As I didn't want to disassemble my already-built machine I REALLY wanted one that came with the standard AM3 clip. I did a bunch of research online and this was the only universal cooler I could find that Micro Center stocks that uses the standard clip. There may be others, but I didn't find them. As I felt like my options were limited by my requirements, I wasn't sure how this would perform. It's neither the most expensive nor the most well-known cooler, so it seemed like I *could* end up disappointed. BUT NO!! Temps have been nothing short of excellent since this cooler was installed. 25 up to 54 deg. C no matter what the load. No complaints here.. I highly recommend this unit for those who don't want to be bothered with special mounting requirements often found when choosing aftermarket cooling solutions for AMD processors.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: Did not buy from Newegg (sorry newegg, found lower price)

Sweet chip! Sweeter price!!

AMD FX-8320 - FX-8000 Series Vishera 8-Core 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor - FD8320FRHKBOX
AMD FX-8320 - FX-8000 Series Vishera 8-Core 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor - FD8320FRHKBOX

Pros: Cost/performance ratio is the biggest "pro". First off I want to say that I'm closing my ears and eyes to the constant bickering, superiority complexes and other mess that seems to follow this topic everywhere. Sure, Intel's high end would seem to trounce anything from AMD in terms of consumer level single-core performance based on various benchmarks. Great! But I don't really care about the .05 ms difference in processing time that I might gain for the (possibly considerable) extra expense. This processor is BEAST, it laughs at every attempt I make to stress it out. It runs stable at 4.0 GHz all day long with the multiplier set at x20 and cool & quiet and APM disabled to prevent any changes in bus speed/voltage. This is the maximum "turbo" speed that the processor supports, so it's not really an overclock, more of a maximized usage of available resources. There is more to grading the performance of a processor than simply relying on numbers generated by synthetic benchmarks. Since it seems like there is some variation between reputable benchmarking and review websites I often wonder if the wording of the review, the opinions presented, and even the numbers themselves aren't sometimes skewed in favor of whatever the reviewer prefers. Who knows? Because of the variation my research always includes real-world usage as a primary review point. My real-world experience has been stellar with this processor, as have the experiences of many others judging by the reviews here. For the cost I have absolutely no regrets buying the FX-8320.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: The stock cooler isn't the best, but that's old news in these reviews. Easily fixed with a decent aftermarket cooler. Also,