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GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7790 GV-R779OC-1GD 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Farcry 3 on ultra 50-70 FPS. Haven't tried it on other games besides Borderlands 2 with PhysX hacked on, but its a great running card.

Cons: None that I have seen yet, but from past experience I know that the fan bearings will only last about 2 years.

After 20 min of far cry, temp was ~63C, and since my old card was running over 100C (to no noticeable ill effects) when I realized the fan bearings were gone, that seems reasonable to me.

Other Thoughts: Upgrading from ATI 5750.
System Specs:
AMD 955 Black
8GB ram
Some random $100 motherboard
520W PSU

Card gets a little more than double the FPS as my old card and after looking at Passmark specs that all ads up (1400 to 3000)

This card is currently the best card for the money out there.
The GTX 560 TI comes in close, but it's a $150 card, and I plead college.

Kingston DataTraveler 100 Generation 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DT100G2/8GBZ
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good speed, currently running Ubuntu install off it.

Cons: Nothing that I could find

Other Thoughts: Bought one for the Girlfriend as well.

Nokia N900 Black Unlocked 3G GSM Smart Phone/ Mobile Computer With Maemo Operating System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The list is too long for a 1K char review.

Built in:
Full browser
Huge number of IM protocols
Full Linux kernel (no pseudo kernel like android)
Rooted from the factory.
Two cameras, one for pictures (5MP), one for video calls.
FM radio, receiver AND TRANSMITTER!.
600MHz processor that *can* run as high as 1.15Ghz (1GHz definitely)
TV out. (not very good quality)
Mail for exchange service.
(can sync with google callendar)
support for installing Debian, and then using the Ubuntu repositories.
Full python support.
Ability to COMPILE C with a tiny bit of work. (newest update freed a lot of space on the root NAND chip)

Ability to make people with the iPhone 4 jealous. - PRICELESS

Last of all
a HUGE community backing up the device.

Cons: Some of these are nitpicky, like the lack of a compass, and some are important, like the fact that you can drain the battery in about 4 hours with extreme usage.

Battery life
only one mail for exchange account
256MB of root Nand
there is no compass
GPS takes 10 min to lock on

The battery life is certainly a factor. At full charge it says I have 18 hours left, and as I mentioned I have drained it in 4. get an extra battery and a wall charger for the spare. I picked those up for $10 on online.

possibly a big problem:
the N900 DOES have mail for exchange, but only allows ONE account.

Only a problem for really hardcore chaps:
only 256Mb of root NAND mounted at /

A compass would be very helpfull for hikers and navigation.

The GPS takes about 10 minutes to get a lock, but that can easlily be worked arround by starting a program like gpsjini to start it locking on

Other than the battery life there really isn't any major problems.

Other Thoughts: There are a few things that I really think need changing from stock:

The terminal history bug.
The default Conky.conf could use some work to show more information.
Adding the reboot option to the popup menu.
some way to see the time remaining on the battery. (I made a python script)

My device got fried when someone though that I needed a cup full of water al over my back. I felt the water running over my shoulders and into my top pocket where my poor N900 was. I was only slightly damp, with some water on the screen which I whipped off.

10 minutes later I smelled burning and found out that some water got in the USB port and shorted a power transistor making the camera focusing mechanism melt. Crispy Critters. Nokia sent me a brand new device.

I like the N900 and I think it is the best mobile device on the market, hands down. The only thing that could compare would be a smartbook with an i386 processor.

It's big, its Bulky, but its baddarms. :-D


Benjamin H.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin H.

Date Joined: 03/11/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/18/10
  • Last Review: 01/10/14
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