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Pros: -Recieved a T420 with a Gen 2 processor
-Like new besides a slightly worn mousepad
Cons: -Isn't free
-Doesn't make waffles for me
Other Thoughts: Amazing service, I was half expecting the keyboard to be sticky or to be missing keys, or busted USB ports. But everything was 100%, I'm currently running dual-boot with Debian and Win 10 and I couldn't be happier.
If you're worried about the low amount of RAM, you can buy a 16gb pack on here for under $100 which turns this laptop into a total beast. Would recommend again and again to friends!
This review is from: ASUS XONAR DSX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Audio Card
Pros: -Worked great.. While it worked..
Cons: -Fail's to output sound after 4 months
-Drivers are complete garbage (Had to scour the internet for an hour to find working drivers)
Other Thoughts: I've owned this for 4 months, it was kept in a dust-free case with high ventilation and low moisture and it just now failed. I kid you not, it just failed right now around 15 minutes ago. I was listening to music, my computer crashed, computer came back and now I only have sound through my soundcard.
I didn't even change anything even REMOTELY related to drivers, this card is total junk. If you want my advice pay the extra $20-$30 and get something better because this thing has been nothing but a pain in my side since I bought it. Ironically enough this failure comes from running on a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, we'll see if the motherboard lasts much longer than this shoddy sound card.
And this also comes after getting back my RMA'd Tiamat 7.1 headset, which is now WORKING but now I have to get a new sound card too. Completely disappointed, I'll refrain from ASUS sound cards until they get their own hardware in order.
Pros: -Extremely easy overclocking (The only reason I didn't reach 5.5Ghz is because my current Corsair H80 can't keep up with the heat this sucker pumps out)
-I don't pay for heating bills anymore
-Comes with a cool sticker
-Stock cooler makes an cool paperweight
Cons: -RUNS VERY VERY HOT (See other thoughts)
-Cut my knuckle on a spinning fan while adjusting my water cooling pipes
-Only comes with one sticker (What the heck AMD? Only one sticker?)
-Stock cooler (Anyone who uses the stock cooler is short a few chromosomes anyway)
Other Thoughts: This processor runs INSANELY HOT, and when I say INSANELY HOT I'm not kidding around! This sucker was roasting to 85C and actually hit the 90C kill switch which shut down my whole system. The processor itself can handle the heat well, but I don't trust heat on processors.
I'm using a Corsair H80 water cooler and I'm still hitting insane temps on the socket and Core 0, going to have to upgrade my cooler to the H110 to cool this beast.
Other than the insane heat, this thing overclocks like there's no tomorrow. At 1.375V I was able to achieve 5Ghz stable (Hot of course, had to have this giant extra fan blowing into my case) but I was able to let it prime for around 2 hours at 5Ghz, given more voltage and less heat I bet money that I can get 5.5Ghz or higher!
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
G.Skill Trident X 16GB (8-9-9-24 @ 1866)
2X Sapphire HD 7950 (Going to a GTX 880 when it comes out)
Samsung EVO 120GB
Seagate 1TB X4
EVGA 1000W Platinum PSU
Running all this on a Samsung monitor at 2560x1600
I'm completely satisfied!