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Ryan J.

Ryan J.

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Vapor-X 4870 2gb

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Vapor-X
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Vapor-X

Pros: Card is extremely quiet even under load, and is completely inaudible at idle. Temperatures are nice, leading to very good overclocking. I've never been one to let the card use its "auto" fan speed control, but with this card, it works flawlessly, I never have to adjust it even under hours of GTA IV. In my antec 300 with two 120mm intake fans (only about 30-40 cfm) my card hits usually high 60's-low 70's under load... which is absolutely nothing to worry about.

Cons: none so to speak, besides the price premium, but what you're paying for is the exceptional cooling design, which is well worth it if you're interesting in having a very quiet yet high performing card. ATI cards do not fold as well as nVidia's, but that's nothing something specific to this card. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase

Overall Review: The 2GB onboard is not at all useless, especially for games in resolutions of 1080P or higher. A prime example is GTA IV which uses about 1.5GB of memory on its highest settings at 1920x1080. Not to mention game developers are now making games that utilize this memory even more, so it's an investment, not a waste, as the other person said.

Could not be happier

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 1x nm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 3-Bit MLC NAND Flash Memory (400Mbps) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 1x nm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 3-Bit MLC NAND Flash Memory (400Mbps) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Extremely competitive, affordable SSD. It's drives like this that will help SSD adoption rates in the consumer market. You can expect top-tier Samsung software to provide you with the most up-to-date firmware for this drive, as long as other Windows options to optimize performance or security factors. Upgrading to an SSD from an HDD is likely the single most effective computer upgrade you can make. Samsung also has strict endurance standards, so you have peace of mind knowing that this drive will very likely not die prematurely.

Cons: Size? Although, you know that before you buy.

Overall Review: Since affordable PCIe SSDs are still quite a ways off, you should be buying either this (or the 850) or the MX100 regret-free.

12/10/2014

Very pleased buyer

ASUS Laptop K53TA-BBR6 AMD A6-Series A6-3400M (1.4GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 6650M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
ASUS Laptop K53TA-BBR6 AMD A6-Series A6-3400M (1.4GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 6650M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Pros: Overall a value that you're not going to beat anywhere else by spending $400 on a laptop. I've experienced no screen imperfections since I've owned this (about three months) although it did ship with a newer bios, leading me to believe that problem is long gone. I'm using K10Stat to overclock the CPU between 1.7-2.3 while undervolting, and it reaches a max of about 72 degrees during hour long LoL games. I'ved played a little BF3, Mass Effect 3, LoL, and some other newer games that it all runs fine, some on decreased settings but native resolution.

Cons: The trackpad is horrible, and this machine comes with so much bloatware that it makes starting up the first time take about 10 minutes before the computer is usable. Most users (such as myself) should immediately wipe and reinstall windows, but MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD the trackpad drivers from Asus. It will help tremendously! The laptop does also get hot and slightly loud (I consider myself fairly noise-sensitive) so do not plan on overclocking above 2.4 if you plan to keep this for the long term. The keyboard is also a little springy, and feels cheap at certain times. You can even hear hollow-type noises because of how it is set up if you're typing too fast or pressing down on keys in rapid succession.

Overall Review: I'm running mine with crossfire disabled and only the discrete GPU running. I hadn't experienced any stuttering with it enabled, but it helps temps (and respectively noise) to have it disabled so that your APU isn't doing double the work. I haven't figured out how to overclock the GPU, I've tried Afterburner and disabling ULPV and changing registry entries, adding .dll's to the catalyst folder, but nothing allows me to change the core or memory clocks. Not a big deal as this APU and card will handle just about anything at this resolution anyways. Display: 7/10 (I've owned one IPS monitor) Audio: 4/10 (I run this with external speakers most of the time) Keyboard: 5/10 (full keyboard, although cramped layout) Temps: 6/10 (overall it could be much worse for the performance) Performance: 8/10 (as long as you're not in power saving mode) Overall: 7.5/10 I would (and have) recommended this laptop to budget minded colleagues, and it has served its purpose for me of light gaming.

HIS 5750

HIS iCooler IV Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity H575FN1GD
HIS iCooler IV Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity H575FN1GD

Pros: Inaudible fan when left at automatic fan control setting in CCC. Even at 100% full fan speed, the fan sounds like it could be a very cool aftermarket CPU HSF, my roommate claims he can't even hear it. It runs everything I play on max settings @ 1680 x 1050, and has basically the best performance per watt of any graphics card out right now in almost every scenario. I've been considering picking another up for crossfire, but honestly, I don't even really need to given the performance this card offers. There's no reason to spend more money, pick one up now! (or two if you're playing at 1920x1080). I guarantee you won't regret it!

Cons: Absolutely nothing, ATI drivers are nothing to complain about and haven't been for a while. HIS doesn't offer it's own software overclocking suite, but it's easy to do it through CCC or even downloading another card's bios like A$U$ to get their voltage tweak technology.

Overall Review: I'm completely happy with this card, I would buy it over again if i had to make the decision again... That by itself should give you enough incentive to pick one up. I've been a gamer for years, and this card definitely delivers.

12/16/2009

half satisfied

OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8004GK
OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8004GK

Pros: memory seems to work pretty well after tweaking motherboard settings and other options.

Cons: i ordered 2 packs of the 4gb(2x2gb) and the whole second pack i received would for some reason not work with my setup even though the first pack worked perfectly. I would just get continuous restarts and BSODs. I also tested the memory with the windows memory diagnostic and it reported hardware problems, but then when i tested the first pack only no problems at all. Currently waiting for the RMA to ship back out, which hopefully wont bring any more problems.

Overall Review: haven't really put the ram through much OCing, I dont know too much about the ram timing values, i bought this mostly as just a standard upgrade for my setup. other people say it works well though

happy customer

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - HH80562PH0568M
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - HH80562PH0568M

Pros: from the value to the quad processing power, this product has made me very happy since i purchased it a couple months ago. I read all the reviews from a bunch of happy customers, and I'm just another one in line. very overclockable and very stable/fast.

Cons: none so far.

Overall Review: buy it if you're thinking about it. check all the reviews, its a good choice.