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XFX Core Edition Radeon HD 7850 DirectX 11 FX-785A-ZNL4 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Card worked great for about 1 month. Roughly 300khash/second mining Feathercoins (same as Litecoin).

Cons: One Card stopped working after about one month. Will only get 50khash/second and fan only spins at between 150-2500RPM (about 1/2 the speed the other one will go for RPM and 1/6 the speed for GPU clock/memory). Never overclocked either of the cards.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these cards. The other is still doing okay, but I wonder what happened to this one? Temps never got above 75deg C because I used a manual fan control and the ambient air temps in my house never got above 65deg F (live in cold weather/high altitude 7000ft). Also using the current Catalyst drivers (non-beta). Running i5-2500K @4.5GHz w/CNPS11XExtreme cooler, 8GB Mushkin Blackline Enhance RAM, Thermaltake 850W Black Widow, MSI-Z68A-GD80 mobo.

ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Would buy again 06/16/2011

This review is from: ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Tool-less design.
4x included case fans.
Black finish on the interior.
Pretty blue lights.
Decent cable management.
Easy accessibility to install CPU backplate with motherboard installed in case.
Top-mounted USB ports.

Cons: Bottom-mounted PSU eliminates my ability to use the bottom PCI-Express port for a graphics card on my ATX motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I really like this case. I started to consider a water cooling setup, but think a reservoir might make it pretty cramped on the inside. Although, a $500 water cooling setup would be of marginal gain since ambient temps of 30 deg C make the processor run at about 70 deg C @ full load (4.7GHz).

MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Board has a lot of features and made overclocking very easy (OC Genie doesn't even require you to go into BIOS, just turn off the PC, push button, turn on PC).

Cons: I didn't like how the SATA ports were laid out on the motherboard, especially when all the SATA cables provided with the computer were 90 degree cables.

Other Thoughts: Overclock genie used more voltage than necessary to overclock my i5 2500k. I run the computer at a stable 4.7GHz with 1.365 Vcore.

I like the board and if it holds up for a long time I would say that the Con is rather minor to me and therefore would deserve 4.5 or 5 stars.


Jeremy B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremy B.

Date Joined: 10/05/08

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/06/09
  • Last Review: 01/22/14
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