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Kristoffer B.

Kristoffer B.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card

HIS IceQ X Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H787QN2G2M
HIS IceQ X Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H787QN2G2M

Pros: Disclaimer: Please read other thoughts for my system setup. My Pros are all relative. * The card only takes up 2 slots, unlike some hefty 3-slot cooling options. * Really quiet, but the default setting for the fan is 20-30%. * I don't hear a coil whine * Plenty of OC headroom. I OCed it to 1100/1450 first go and ran furmark for 15 minutes on 1080p settings. No issues. * Great cooler, overall. During Furmark, the temps reached 70C before hovering around 67-68C for the rest of the test.

Cons: * Requires 2 PCI-E 6-PIN connectors. If you plan to XFire, be sure you have enough connectors. * $350 price-tag is okay. For a non-reference card & cooler, it is a great buy.

Overall Review: I have only played a handful of games, which aren't going to stress the card too much (and I forgot to change some settings). Blizzard games aren't worth stating since Blizzard makes it easily accessible to anyone (max settings on a 5770...c'mon...). I'll be testing mostly on BF3 & Napoleon/Shogun Total War. I have already noticed improved FPS on previous settings for those particular titles. System: Case: Antec P280 Case Fans: 2 120MM intake on the innermost brackets controlled by Mobo, 3 120MM output set to high CPU Fan: Hyper 212+ EVO with 2 120MM fans in a vertical push-pull configuration, controlled by Mobo. Motherboard: Asus 990FX Sabertooth

Most Critical Review

Terrible!

D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2.0 32-bit PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2.0 32-bit PCI Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: * It arrived in 3 days (I'm in VA, it shipped from Delaware) * It turned on?

Cons: * The CD installation came BENT. Couldn't use it at all! * Powered on, but despite having both the 1.6 drivers and 1.7 drivers for Windows 7 64-bit, it took me 5 or 6 hours trying to get it to even detect nearby networks. * Its range is incredibly small compared to my aging WMP300N. * I cannot play any games because the card cannot send/receive packets appropriately. * Their "Support" consists of a heavily accented woman in India with a LOT of background noise...and a dropped call. Useless.

Overall Review: I have a Win7 64-bit Home OS. I have it installed in an Asus 990FX Sabertooth and connected to an Asus router. This product does not work correctly. It received 20-30x as much data as it sends, telling me there is some issue on my end. Its good enough for web browsing, but this is an Xtreme Adapter, it should be good enough for gaming. I intend to get this sent back to NewEgg and buy an adapter from a local store.

12/10/2011

Great looks, sucks on Quality

RAZER Lycosa Keyboard
RAZER Lycosa Keyboard

Pros: * Its flashy with the backlit keys. * If you use it, the peripheral ports for mic/headphones + usb * Programmable keys

Cons: I've had this keyboard for 3 years. This is not a keyboard that you will want to keep for a long time and here's why: * However they etch out the letters isn't of long lasting quality since over time, that black film stuff ends up chipping away. I game a lot, and after 3 years, my WASD keys are not very noticeable. * The keys virtually stick. What happens is that there are times when you press the key and it will appear on the computer that its still pressed. I have had this issue from the very beginning. Tapping that key again seems to "reset" the key's position, but it gets annoying. * Not an easy board to clean. The spaces between the keys are small, but I'm afraid to see how much dust and debris I've accumulated over time.

Overall Review: I got this gift as a Christmas present years ago. I've enjoyed the gift, but its disheartening when I look at it now and realize how "worn" it is. It can last me a couple years, I'd hope, but if I had the money, I'd replace this keyboard for something of higher quality and most likely NOT a RAZER product. RAZER is the Apple company of PC Gaming - lots of flash, high premium, screwing its customers with build quality.

Spoiled by P280

NZXT H2 H2-001-WT White Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis
NZXT H2 H2-001-WT White Steel / Plastic Classic Silent ATX Mid Tower Chassis

Pros: * Nice design * Spacious * GF loves it. * Handy drive bay on the top * Side foam feels nice? * The front fans come out without opening the side of the case (making installation of after market fans a breeze).

Cons: Oh, where to begin... * The rubber grommets for the cable management are annoying. They came off too easily and are hard to put back on. You might as well run all the cables you need before trying to put all the rubber grommets back in place. * The hard drive bays are not intuitive at all. Yeah, they're tool-less, but you need to slide them back in from the front of the case (why? I do not know) and that's after bending the tray itself so you can put those pegs into the hard drive. It was a little more than frustrating to deal with. Since I have to connect the drive to the motherboard anyhow, why even bother with front-panel access? * The rear slots' screws were hard to unscrew. Despite knowing they're tool-less, you're going to need a screwdriver. * There should be more space in the back for cable management.

Overall Review: I bought this case for my gf who wanted a white case. I chose this one because many reviews put these as silent and great to work with. It certainly looks nice and it was pretty spacious, but there were a lot of little things that made it frustrating for me to work with. Hard drive bays not being intuitive, the rubber grommets continuously coming off whenever I tried to route a cable, the rear slot screws, even screwing in the motherboard stand-offs were frustrating. Compared to my Antec P280, this case is completely about form over function. Yeah, its white, its pretty, but it isn't worth my blood. I'd definitely tell others to find another silent case.

A Viable Alternative

TRENDnet TPL-401E2K Powerline 500 AV Gigabit Adapter Kit Up to 500Mbps
TRENDnet TPL-401E2K Powerline 500 AV Gigabit Adapter Kit Up to 500Mbps

Pros: * Works just about anywhere. * Easy setup, just plug the two adapters into the outlets and hook them up. *The LED lights will tell you what's connected. *The software utility that comes with it is a nice indicator of the rate of your connection. *I have a steady connection of 100 Mbps

Cons: * It won't get you at 500 Mbps. Like most networking data rates, its theoretical. * One of the ethernet cables it came with didn't work. Luckily, I had a spare lying around (as should we all). * The adapter can be a little large and if you have a power strip that has one of those awkward "diagonal" plugs, you're going to have a bit of an issue sharing that outlet.

Overall Review: I bought these at a retailer for $30 cheaper than what you find them here. I only went with these items because of my issues with Wireless N. I couldn't maintain a steady connection that would allow me to play games such as Battlefield 3 or APB Reloaded online (yet, Starcraft II was just fine...go figure). So, I went with these adapters. I purposefully bought the 500 Mbps model, due to the fact that I was expecting at most 20% of that performance. I wasn't too far off as I'm getting 100 Mbps, which is fast enough for online gaming. One thing I would like to point out is that I don't know how much an additional adapter can affect my data rate. It could very well be possible there may be a slightly slower connection if I added a 3rd device.

Great Monitor!

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz HDMI VGA DVI-D SPLENDID Modes Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 60Hz HDMI VGA DVI-D SPLENDID Modes Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor

Pros: Large and bright monitor without any noticeable lag issues. 16:9 ratio makes it nice to see. Everything seems to pop out and the box came in prime condition. It was also very easy to setup and the stand itself can be a little "wobbly" but nothing to worry about.

Cons: I had a stuck pixel when I first turned it on. It disappeared in a couple minutes. The stand is a little weak, imo. In fact, as I'm typing on my Lycosa, the monitor shakes a little. I would consider getting a monitor arm instead...if I had the money to get a decent one.

Overall Review: Stuck pixel made me freak out, but otherwise good. I owned another Asus monitor before this one and it was fine, just a little small for my needs. This was priced at $160 when I bought it so for me, this was a steal.

12/29/2011