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HIS Radeon HD 6950 DirectX 11 H695F2G2M 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Very quick (even up to 2015 standards)
-Reference card, can be flashed to 6970 specs
-Durable, has lasted me 5 years so far already
-Versatile, I've had it working in several computers

Cons: -Reference fan is not the best
-Power hungry
-Slightly larger than average physically.

Other Thoughts: This is hands down, one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I bought it when this was still the top of the line AMD card for sale. Over the years, I have seen it be overtaken by several cards, 7xxx series Radeon, 7xx series Nvidia, Then the R9 series. Friend after friend of mine upgraded to the new series of cards from the current.

But I stuck with this card because it still ran everything absolutely amazing. Even if it wasnt always on the highest setting it still ran smoothly.

I wrote this review in the wake of this card's replacement as a testament to its prowess. Most people gave the AMD cards of this generation a bad rap for reliability and a tendency to be unreliable. This is not the case with this card, as this card has really been put through quite a bit, with me still using it every day of the week.

It has been:
-Flashed to 6970 specs
-Overclocked in 6970 specs
-Overclocked waaay over its specs
-Overheated on a stock cooler
-Overheated on an aftermarket cooler
-Has run alongside 4 different processor/motherboard setups
-Accomplished triple monitor gaming
-Has run 3 monitors every day for the past year
-Been repeatedly stress tested
-Been repeatedly stress tested on overclock specs

And even today, I launched GTAV and played for a good 5 hours smoothly without any issues at 1080p.

Even though it is being replaced by a higher performing card (770) this card will still be used in other rigs, for almost the same purpose.

Thank you old friend, for being there to power me through the races, raids, kills, dragonborns, nuclear fallouts, WWII air and naval battles, assassinations, and full scale total wars. Thank you for allowing me to explore the vast worlds of Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City, Skyrim, Morrowind, and New Vegas among others.

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Good construction, not flimsy plastic
-Can upgrade hard drive to SSD
-Keyboard feels very nice to type on and is responsive
-Touchpad is also very nice.
-i3 is deceptively fast
-Screen is good, not great, but good
-HDMI port
-Touchscreen is very very good, works with Windows 8, 7, and Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 (tested)
-Speakers are good for something this small

Cons: -Battery life isnt that long, also not replaceable with a better one
-Screen could be better really
-Value is extraordinary
-Decent aftermarket support (keyboard covers and shells etc.)

Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop to replace a Lenovo B575 that had died (still trying to fix) as a budget laptop, so that is what I was comparing to among the other laptops I had in the past (Gateway M-Series, Mid-2007 Macbook)

Last year finals were coming up and the old Macbook I had kicked the bucket. I needed a cheap laptop fast. I decided on ASUS since they make some of the best computer parts out there that you can buy and the laptop had better construction in terms of materials than the other laptop I was loking at, which was an Acer 15.6 with a touchscreen.

As seen to the left I am not a verified owner since I did not buy the laptop from Newegg, but from Best Buy, so I have the Q200E model (exact same sans bluetooth). I figured I would give my 2 cents.

For awhile I ran the original 500GB Hitachi hard drive, which was decently quick once it was booted up. I then picked up a Samsung 840 SSD and tried to move over my Windows 8 install, but Windows 8 was being difficult, so I decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 and run that solely.

Ubuntu ran great with the touchscreen and the SSD. I didnt need to install any extra drivers or jump through any hoops to get it to work. The wireless even worked out of the box.

I then decided to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04, again both worked without error. I needed to be able to run apps for engineering so Windows is needed. The dual boot worked great as well!

Currently, the laptop is solely running Windows 7. I am contemplating the upgrade to a larger SSD so that I can run both Ubuntu and Windows 7 and still have my engineering apps. Windows 7 works great, and all of the Windows 8 drivers install onto the computer without flaw.

As for gaming, I have a tower for that, but this computer is good for on the go light gaming. I've played Counter Strike, Morrowind, and a few other lightweight low storage games, since the SSD I have is not large. Hearthstone runs like a charm...when its not overheating.

There are a few flaws with this laptop though. Heat is a problem. When playing a game like Hearthstone on a flat table, the laptop can reach 85-90C and throttle itself. The last time I cleaned for dust was about 4 months ago but there shouldnt be that much dust. I am going to look for a cooling solution online, as there are some to be had. A laptop stand wouldnt be a bad idea either.

Battery life has me wishing for an extended battery, it last about 4 hours with normal usage (word docs and Google Chrome). Battery life seems to be slightly better with Windows 7.

Overall I really like this laptop. The build construction makes it rugged, and with a SSD you dont have to worry about breaking it. It feels solid using it and not flimsy. The touchscreen works and the computer supports a multitude of operating systems. I got it for $300 and at that price it was a steal.

DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Works great out of the box
-Setup menu is very nice
-Works like a router should, none of this fancy new stuff

Cons: -Ethernets are kind of close together, hopefully you dont have fat ethernet cords

Other Thoughts: I was able to use this as a repeater very nicely. I have 2 computers hooked up through it with ethernets while it is running in repeater mode. Very happy with this purchase, and was a good price at $8 on sale. Just what I needed.


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Display Name: Joshua G.

Date Joined: 05/30/12

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 06/29/12
  • Last Review: 10/30/15
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