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HIS X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition DirectX 11 H797QMG3G 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Can drive up to 6 monitors in or not in Eyefinity mode, and only takes up two back panel slots. Has two fans and a monster heatsink to draw heat away from the GPU.

Cons: None. But please read my comments in "other thoughts", because this card may not be for everybody.

Other Thoughts: Price. It's too expensive even for six monitors and most people can put two graphic cards in and drive 8 monitors for half this cost. But I needed to support six monitors and I wanted to do it without taking up more than two slots and without the heat generation of a second card, so this is not a con.

Size. It's a big, long card and can block airflow in an ordinary case, effectively cutting off the lower half of the case interior from the upper half, possibly making the upper half (where the CPU is) warmer and less able to shunt heat away from the CPU. Be sure you have a huge case with good air circulation. The Cooler Master full tower HAF series and other similarly large cases should work well.

Weight. This is a very heavy card. You could break a toe if you drop it on your foot, so don't be a butterfingers and wear shoes anyway when you're installing it! It comes with a somewhat adjustable plastic footstand (called a "weightlifter") that will stand on the PSU and keep the card from sagging and warping your motherboard and the card's socket. You must remember to put the weightlifter in whenever the case is standing vertically, which is pretty much all the time.

Heat. The inside of my case doesn't get hot, but when I'm running a game, this card (combined with the CPU) will warm up the room I'm in. I expected this too; after all, the heatsink is rather huge. Heat is negligible when doing office-type tasks.

Eyefinity. You need monitors with the same resolution before you can run games or other apps in Eyefinity mode. Word to the wise.

I knew all of this before I bought the card, and that's why I don't consider these to be "cons". Furthermore, I would do it all over again, because it allowed me to achieve my needs (one card, double width, not triple). I have not had any trouble with the card.

Plays my older games very well with all settings on max, but I mostly use it for office and creative software. I have not yet used Eyefinity.

CORSAIR Vengeance 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model CMZ64GX3M8A1866C9
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid and reliable so far. I don't know if Corsair actually makes an effort to match these modules, but I ran Memtest for 3 days without any findings, and I've been using the system for a couple months too without any memory related drama.

I would not hesitate to purchase this memory again.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: That's not a heat-sink you see in those product pictures. It's merely the heat-spreader looped over the top of the modules. Memory doesn't usually get very hot so this is not a con, but I mention it because the pictures make it look like a heat sink, and motherboards made to take this much memory might have some slots underneath some other components, making airflow limited in those areas.

CyberPower Smart App Sinewave PR1500LCD 1500VA Pure Sine Wave Mini-Tower LCD UPS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This unit is built like a tank, which is good because it needs to be sturdy to support the heavy battery inside. Detachable control panel is nice for testing, especially since nobody's going to put this beast of a unit on a table. Link software works well, but does not always send me an email like it's supposed to.

Sine wave output works correctly with ThermalTake Toughpower Grand PSUs (which means that newer PSU won't kill power during a transfer from AC to battery).

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This unit currently drives my CPU, network, a laptop, and a number of peripherals, while the old APC 1500 has been given monitor support duty. I'll admit that I was initially doubtful of any UPS that didn't come from APC, but after having this for a couple months, I can say that I would definitely buy another CyberPower.


Brian H.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian H.

Date Joined: 07/30/07

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 03/02/10
  • Last Review: 02/27/13
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