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Timothy M.

Timothy M.

Joined on 12/04/06

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

Pros: Good specs.

Cons: Bios did not recognize this RAM to have 777-21. Instead it recognized 999-24.

Overall Review: It allowed the override to 777-21. HMMM

Solid Card

DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 3870PE4512SB
DIAMOND Viper Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 3870PE4512SB

Pros: Installed 2 in crossfire. Benchmark went to max with an Intel DX38BT MOBO. Had 2 2900 XT in crossfire originally and it blew them away. Running 4GB of RAM for Window XP Pro 64bit but runs games better in Windows XP 32bit. Drives my 24 inch HD monitor fine (HP w2408h) HDMI. When Benchmarking the entire system, these cards helped the overall performance dramatically as opposed to earlier cards. Very few issues with the ATI\AMD recent drivers, but the drivers that come with the cards slow down system and benchmark results. Better to immediately download and install the latest drivers and leave the old ones in the box, uninstall everything including chipset support if old drivers were attempted. Recommend a good 600 watt or above PS, these cards need extra peak at times.

Cons: Old drivers that come with the card may work, but ATI\AMD did an overhaul on the performance with new drivers Catalyst 8.10 or above. Old drivers reduce detail and do not tweak as well.

Overall Review: I reccommend sticking with known MOBO manufactures like Intel or AMD if you are going to use these cards. ASUS is OK too. However, I run into the most trouble with MOBO manufactures that do not design the chipsets that make cards like this work to begin with because they just don't do the R&D that Intel and AMD do. A lot of the other MOBO manufactures just by rights and then come up with their own configurations and that is where the problems begin.

11/25/2008