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XFX Radeon GTR RX 480 DirectX 12 RX-480P8DBA6 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Black Edition Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8g Vram
much better than my old card.
works well, haven't had any problems.
my experience with screen tearing on linux has been much better with AMD than Nvidia.

Cons: little more expensive than alternative 8g rx 480 cards.
AMD cards don't (currently) do as well as Nvidia cards in blender's cycles render engine (openCL vs Cuda rendering) but i knew that before hand and that wasn't really a factor into purchasing a card for me.

Other Thoughts: got this for 3d content creation using blender.
planned upgrades to blender's viewport as well as the 8g vram are going to make this a fantastic card for me in the future but for now it's just going to allow me to do more than i could with my previous card.

i'm a linux user. i have tested this a bit in windows all i can really say about that is that it ran shadow of mordor wonderfully the whole way through. no issues.

on the linux side, currently cinnamon desktop environment won't work with this but i've tried it with mate, unity, and kde and they work fine. i haven't tried installing the drivers on a non-ubuntu based distro but aside from having to change the installer bash file to not rule out KDE Neon as a supported OS it's all gone smoothly by following the instructions on AMD's website. that's basically just download drivers, run installer through terminal, add yourself/other users to the video group, restart, edit a file the installer created to enable tear free option and that's it.

Lenovo Laptop G505s (59378837) AMD A8-Series A8-5550M (2.10 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8570M 15.6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: does what i need it to. allows me not to be tied to a desk all day.
upgrade to windows 8.1 is free for windows 8 users? at least you can boot right to your desktop after that even if the start button doesn't have the old start menu and is just a waste of space on the task bar.

Cons: fan problems. it doesn't seem all that unusual for the fan to "forget" to start cooling when it needs to.
if you use lenovo's energy management to swap the power settings back and forth (high performance to balanced then back to high performance for example) it seems to kick the fan on so it will start cooling.
it's not really a fix but it's easy to do and better than letting the laptop overheat.
windows 8.1 is still lame even if slightly less so.

Other Thoughts: 3 eggs to balance my earlier 5 egg rating down to a 4 overall.

Wacom Intuos CTL480 6
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs worthwhile purchase. 09/18/2013

This review is from: Wacom Intuos CTL480 6" x 3.7" Active Area USB Pen and Tablet Small

Pros: it works, good drivers, working software, customizable radial quick menu.

Cons: build quality it doesn't seem to be built as well as my old Intuos3 (intuos3 pro now?) that i've had about 7 years.

it feels to be about the same build quality as another brand's graphics tablet i recently bought even though this tablet is smaller, has half the pressure sensitivity, and still costs a decent bit more.

i guess time will tell if it's really built to last or not.

Other Thoughts: my old intuos 3 is still working like new after about 7 years but i wanted something easier to carry around with my laptop for when i was away from my desktop.

i tried another brand's tablet first but the drivers disabled my laptop's keyboard while they were installed and also didn't work with the foss softwares i use (krita and mypaint).

unless you're on a desktop using big name software i think you're better off going with a Wacom even though they cost a decent chunk more.


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Date Joined: 10/18/06

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