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Brandon V.

Brandon V.

Joined on 06/25/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent GPU

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100269VXLE
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100269VXLE

Pros: Where to start? Fast frame rates on any game I threw at it and I mean every game! It runs kind of cool (see other thoughts) For the money you cannot beat it. Fits great in MY case.. (Coolermaster Cosmos)

Cons: No cons yet.. I am hoping there will be none

Overall Review: I do not kno why people are saying this card runs very hot? I have the coolermaster cosmos and this card runs (Idle) at around 34c. Under Load after 2 hours of stress tests and playing games it did not exceed 56c. Which is a good temp for a gpu.. But a descent case with good airflow and you will not have these overheating problems. AMD 955 @ 4ghz 6 gigs of OCZ pc 1200 4 SSD's in Raid 0 2 of these bad boys in crossfire. All in the CM Cosmos (with a mod to the side panel has a 120mm Scythe Ultra Kaze fan (134cfm!!) I also tried only one card and will still play any game out there all on max settings!

Most Critical Review

Good Board BUT

GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Solid Board. Recognized my Phenom II 940 right off the bat. Runs Reaper 1066 unlike others are saying it does not. Great Overclocker. Has plenty of I/O devices.

Cons: Terrible and I mean Terrible J-Micron Raid Controller. Native IDE for SATA????? I have tried for 2 days now to get Raid working on this thing with a new BIOS update and 2 different floppy drives and about 3 different versions of the raid drivers. Will not take. They made a big Mistake with going the J-Micron way. Do not buy if you want Raid..

Overall Review: When did gigabyte sell out to J-Micron one of the worst Controller makers in the world.. Is almost impossible to get Raid working. Even Raid 0.. Windows keeps giving errors of files are corrupt etc. But not with 2 different floppy drives and plenty of floppy disks.. I really dislike the Native IDE setting but it is all I can get without getting past Verifying DMI.. I have been using Gigabyte for 5 years and the new layout is terrible (raid layout) Read on the net. Allot of people are having the same problem!

Good Case But be careful

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Quality build for the money. Good cooling even on air. Much better than revision1! Better cable management. Temps idle 965@ 4.1ghz 34c full load under prime 95 and AMD overdrive after 26 hours 55c.. My other case had temps at idle//21c and under full load for 25 hours 43c..

Cons: I had to get rid of a hard drive to get both of my ST 4890 2 gig version in there and still did not almost fit. I mean it is squeezing wires down to be in there! Even 1 almost did not fit unless I removed the hard drive. And for those with high understanding of computers and saying this is the Best case out there, sorry you are mistaken. It is one of the best for the Price range but not the best out there.

Overall Review: I needed a temp case until I had my TT Sword fixed. So I got this one from a Big buy retailer (was 10 bucks more but could not wait a day or 2 to get a case. So those with 4890's or bigger watch out as if it is any bigger it wont fit! Other than that it is a good case. Good for the beginner and intermediate overclocker, if you want something with superior Air-Flow look into Lain-Li or Coolermaster! (or ThermalTake) I owned the first version and was a good box just got to dusty as the first revision did not have dust filters.. I knew the dimensions so I cannot take an egg off for that as that was my fault AMD 965@ 4.1ghz....6 gigs Mushking 1200, 4 SSD's in Raid 0 and had 2 1tb hard drives in Raid 1 but had to get rid of one for now to fit in my video cards.. 2x4890 2 gig versions

12/16/2009

Amd Users be caareful

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

Pros: It does cool great at first.

Cons: After about a month the base plate starts not to disspate the ehat anymore? This is the secodn one I had and the same thing happens. I dont know if Intel users have the same problem? At first temps were great 27c idle and all four cores 100% load never went above 49c. After 3 weeks temps started going up now it runs (second time this has happened) 47 idle/63 full load..

Overall Review: After taking it off it seems it does not contact the cpu well enough after a few weeks.. I know I know what I am doing so it has to be the cooler. Even with arctic silver thinly applied and a little thicker applied with a ruler..(best way to spread it by the way) It starts to warp is all I can say.. You can see it.. Just wish I can return it for another just to see if it happens again if so then its the cooler!

Beats out more expensive cpu coolers

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: They are all pros.. I see people complaining abot size? You know what the size is before you buy it dont you? If you dont look at the specs dont take an egg off for it.. 1)Quiet 2)Cheap and does better than my cooler master that was 59 bucks. 3) Not made cheaply, therefore not flimsy it was made to bend like it does! Again read the specs! 4) Easy setup (if you have a little understanding) 5) Cools like an 80 dollar cooler!

Cons: The Manual but most manuals dont give you good direction! We are pc geeks it just comes to us who needs directions? So dont take off an egg for the manual!! If you say you have a high understanding you dont need the manual!

Overall Review: Probably the best 35 bucks I spent! AMD P11 965@ 4ghz on air v-core@ 1.42 idle temps 21c and under heavy load with AMD overdrive and Prime 95 etc and so on never went above 43c and that's after 24 hours..

Review. You need a good case for low temps

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100269VXLE
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100269VXLE

Pros: Trying to be simple here. Have had it over a month now and still no complaints. Overclocked to 925 core and 1125 memory. Does not want to go any higher but who needs to right now? Idle running at around 34c and under full load after hours of game play COD MW2 and Crysis warhead etc and so on did not go above 57c (good for a gpu).. SEE OTHER THOUGHTS

Cons: Wish I would have waited for the 5750.. Not really as this card does it all..Get this instead of the 5750! I read on here people are having problems with heat? If you have a good case with nice airflow you should have no problems with heat. I have a CM cosmos with 2 120mm fans in the front sucking air in one modded on the side sucking air in 2 120mm fans on the top blowing air out and one at the back blowing out (120mm)

Overall Review: You NEED to have the same amount of fans sucking air in and blowing out to make a good vacuum! Thats just what you NEED. If you dont have that balance then you just have air blowing all around your case escaping out of holes or the sides of your case! I even have my psu at the bottom and turned upside down. You cant say you have a high understanding of computers if you dont know about air flow! I have 6 120mm ultra kaze fans blowing 133 cfm each. My cpu stays below 32c even under full load. 965 BE @ 4ghz on air at 1.42 at those temps is great.. If you have a cruddy case your going to get high temps so dont take off eggs for that! Its not neweggs fault. So make sure you have good airflow and then you will get good temps.. Seems easy enough as it is!!