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Pros: Worked just fine at first, about 8 hours. Boot, updates and installs went pretty fast. Played some music, surfed the interwebs just fine. Never tried to boot a game or much else.
Cons: The packaging was subpar at best. The bubble wrapping was very loosely packed. I immediately noticed how the packing allowed for the inner box containing the laptop to move around a lot. Bad for a bumpy UPS ride.
After 8 hours of updates, file transfers (music and games) and installs, I was just about ready to go. Suddenly I noticed the transfer stalled. I waited... nothing. Mouse cursor moved, no keyboard or click response. Without another option I did a hard reboot. It stalled on boot infinitely. Another hard reboot, it sluggishly got to windows, blue screen. On two restarts it said there was no bootable device. Third finally got to windows but ever since the machine will not respond for 30-90 seconds at a time, only allowing operation for about 5-10 seconds at a time.
There's nothing I added except music, documents, and 3-4 games on Steam. I was asleep through a lot of it, hence the long setup time.
Other Thoughts: Newegg offered to RMA replace the laptop, takes about 7-10 business days. Acer offered to repair it after me sending it in, or replace the HDD by a) me sending it in and waiting for the new one or b) them holding the cost on my card while they ship me the new one and releasing the charge upon getting the defective one. Either way I have to pay $20 for an OS recov disk (b.s.!).
Not sure what to do.
Pros: I can pretty much crank everything up on games. Nvidia>Radeon. I come from a long line of cheap, underperforming Radeon cards. I got a 27" monitor to go with it, sooooo niiiiiice. BC2: Vietnam has been causing war flashbacks. Gigabyte = AWESOMES.
Cons: For the money I paid, and given that its the hot new thing, I didn't imagine Company of Heros would slow it down on max settings, Civ 5 does as well. Hence the 4 stars. Even BF2 Vietnam can get a smidge choppy when all hell breaks loose. I guess I'll be SLI-ing this sucka next tax return.
My machine mysteriously froze up something serious a day after installing it, then I lost video totally. A couple restarts in safe mode fixed it. Probably nothing....? My wife was
Other Thoughts: I chose Gigabyte cuz I gots the Gigabyte MoBo, holmes! The EVGA card wasn't in stock, my original first choice. I changed my mind after review anywho. I figured there was about zero chance of hardware conflicts with this card, and I'm to understand Gigabyte has the bees pajamas of customer service.
OVERALL VERDICT- :D
Pros: It's about the size of a huge monitor. It works, and it even works well. Picture is prettier than me, and that's nothing short of full on HOT. Ideal for gaming if your card can handle it, or if you use your machine as a TV/movie viewing thingy.
Cons: The speakers are HORRIBLE. Sounds like two tin cans with string, and they overload pretty easy also. They're perfect for Windows sounds, anything else... nuh-uh. If you're looking to use them as your primary/only sound producing device, I'd suggest you don't.
Other Thoughts: The price is a little high, probably worth $299-$329. Overall, though, I have zero regrets, it's soooo niiiiice. Except for speakers,READ FULL REVIEW