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SAPPHIRE  Radeon HD 7950 OC 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card  ( 11196-02-40G)
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 2/14/12 - Purchased
2/17/12 - Reviewed
8/28/14 - Review Update

I'm beginning to think I'm being punked here or something. I'm not use to tech devices running this well for so long. Not only that but I did pay $479.99 for this and it held it's value for quite some time due to script miners. I even dedicated some time to that myself.

Let me paint a picture here. I've run this card stock. I've run this card with a 23% OC and stock cooling. Custom fan speeds of course but I cannot under any scenario get the temps to go above 60c on this card. During a live stream I pushed BF4 to a 200% res scale in an attempt to do so. Oddly enough the game wasn't unplayable.

Runs very cool. Idles a bit higher for myself due to the dust quilt caked inside. 30c idle. 60c under a hefty OC and somewhat of a load. I can't even really call it load because I've not yet had to dial a game back beyond my preferred settings. And this is with ambient temps in the high 80's to low 90's.

Cons: The card is no longer for sale so all of this is irrelevant anyway but the length was the only issue I had. I had purchased this exact model elsewhere to crossfire the cards but by the time I got around to installing it I realized my Lian Li's HD cage was going to interfere so I had to choose between my 2nd GPU or my C985 capture card. Haven't yet had the need for a 2nd GPU so the capture card stayed.

Other Thoughts: This was my 1st Sapphire purchase. At the time I didn't know much about the company. In my eyes 1 for 1 is still a winning streak. I've been looking to build another rig and they earned a spot on my ideal parts list when I use pcpartpicker. There are only so many manufacturers I'll trust when it comes to each part.

AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Long Time Owner 08/28/2014

This review is from: AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages

Pros: Offload encoding to lower CPU usage and temps allowing for increased performance in your game(s) where it's needed most.

Many similar products will only record or broadcast at your screen or application resolution. On the surface that sounds fine but if you want to broadcast to Twitch at 720p 60fps do you really want your system or game operating at 720p? Probably not.

Using this card and Xsplit I was able to completely ditch Fraps. Many a time I have accidentally began recording and not even known it because the frame rate simply does not move.

Cons: None. Seriously, there really aren't any. You may not have to look far for a bad review but do yourself a favor and investigate the situation. Find out what the person was trying to do or what they were doing wrong. Know the input/output is HDMI before purchasing. There are seriously workarounds for most, if not all, issues that arise with this card.

Other Thoughts: I need to say this. This unit has a bad reputation and that can be explained.

- Few people actually have the need for this product.
- Fewer still know of it's existence.
- Fewer than that actually know how to set it up and use it properly.

With the proper amount of research and realistic expectations you will hold this device in high regards and it will quickly become one of your favorite pieces of hardware.

I cannot stress this next part enough. I highly recommend using Xsplit or OBS along with this device for local recordings. OBS is free and matches Xsplit feature for feature and some claim to have better performance while using it. I personally don't see a difference as neither really stress my rig. That said you'll find that you get a higher quality, smaller files, and other valuable features that make recording a breeze and cut out a lot of the post production work as well. For example you can use an overlay or lower 3rd in OBS instead of adding it in Vegas/AE.

BISSELL 82G71 Momentum Vacuum
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Was a steal at $102.98 08/28/2014

This review is from: BISSELL 82G71 Momentum Vacuum

Pros: Purchased 10/13/13 to have my own vacuum as the household vacuum uses bags and has no filter. This ended up being "the" vacuum of the house after its first use. It was so gross yet cool to see just how much dirt this vacuum removed that the other vacuum misses. With 2 cats in a not so large apartment that has a lot of foot traffic this thing does the trick. So far after nearly a year of heavy usage it's still kicking. Even better was seeing the price go up and up making me feel like I got a steal. $100 vacuums are very hard to find. Especially in stores and especially ones of this size and build quality. While they don't really make vacuums like they use to they certainly did a good job on this one.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: As a young man one would think the purchase of a vacuum would seem rather lame but I was excited to purchase this and it's been a breeze to use.


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Display Name: Sean M.

Date Joined: 07/22/11

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 08/11/11
  • Last Review: 08/28/14
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