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CLINTON F.

CLINTON F.

Joined on 03/14/10

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Most Favorable Review

Great card

EVGA GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1450-TR
EVGA GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1450-TR

Pros: It's a very nice card compared to my old ones. The best card I've ever owned was a 9400GT, and I never have played on another PC with better performance. It plays BioShock maxed out 1920x1080, 60fps. All Source games run perfect maxed out. I haven't tried Crysis or anything since I don't own it yet, but I've seen some videos online which look great. Overall, it seems to have rock solid performance and well exceeded my expectations of a video card for this price. This will last me for a long time.

Cons: None that I can think of. I hope that it doesn't die anytime soon or anything like that.

Overall Review: I'm sure there are better cards for this price, like some ATI cards I've been hearing about. This card is terrific and works just fine for me. Tessellation and DirectX 11 demos look amazing. Also the power usage is low like I expected. The molex to 6-pin worked out good on my 400w Rosewill PSU, I was also afraid that my PSU could not power it. System specs: AMD Athlon II x4 620 @ 2.99GHz 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz G.SKILL RAM OCZ Vertex II 30GB SSD Win7 Home Premium 64-bit Built it from Newegg about a year ago. Newegg is awesome without a doubt.

Most Critical Review

Bad board...

ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Perfect board for the price, performs well. It has plenty of USB slots.

Cons: This board went dead after two weeks. It causes the system to halt anywhere between a minute and an hour just by being powered on, so it doesn't matter if it's waiting in the BIOS or in Windows/Linux. Everything else in the build is good, it's always been using BIOS defaults. I won't be ordering from ASRock anytime soon. Look at other thoughts.

Overall Review: I had a 970 EXTREME3 that went dead in three months and ASRock sent back the SAME dead board. There isn't much you can do at this point other than order another board. Thankfully this 970DE3 is still under Newegg's RMA period.

Bite-sized card packs a punch

EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: Fast, quiet, cool, energy efficient, small, and competitive price. You can throw this thing in any computer with PCIe and play anything at 1080 with decent settings. +No external power! Which means it doesn't need a 6-pin connector and it draws less power overall. +Small form factor. The tradeoff is a short, wide card that takes up two slots with the potential to fit in smaller computers. +Performance similar to a GTX660 and Radeon 7850 which is great for it's size. +ShadowPlay constantly records the last 5-20 minutes of gameplay which is really nice. It takes a small performance hit but it's optional and off by default. And it's still in beta. +GSync synchronizes frames with a GSync compatible monitor which eliminates screen tearing without the performance hit of Vsync. Haven't tested this yet since I don't have a GSync monitor and the technology is new.

Cons: You can't go wrong unless it dies.

Cheap cable

Rosewill RCW-109 - 6-Foot USB 2.0 A Male to USB Mini 4-Pin Cable (Square Connector)
Rosewill RCW-109 - 6-Foot USB 2.0 A Male to USB Mini 4-Pin Cable (Square Connector)

Pros: No pros, see cons.

Cons: The cable doesn't work - it gets incredibly hot near the connector. It's burning hot. When it gets hooked up to something it disconnects every USB device from the computer, even the power! I've tried two digital cameras so far. The laser on the mouse goes out, external drives stop spinning and you hear the disconnect sound on Windows. When you unplug it everything goes back to normal. Something is seriously wrong with these cables.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL

Pros: Good fast memory, runs at 1866MHz with no problems in an ASRock 970DE3.

Cons: Memtest86+ shows it has bad areas. That might explain why the computer is randomly freezing and Windows had bad patch errors.

Overall Review: G.SKILL makes good memory, this stick happened to go bad.

Sick

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Cools the processor below 10C idle and keeps it plenty cool under load. MASSIVE heatsink.

Cons: The fan bearing is probably bad, out of the box. It makes an unhealthy whirring sound that's really annoying.