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EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) DirectX 11 015-P3-1580-AR 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: A powerful card, games never looked better.

Cons: This $480 card died on me after less than 6 months of use. The GPU burnt out (as it seems to do for many owners) leaving a basic vga port that'll boot into Safe Made but the Nvidia drivers kill it every time.
I personally know two other owners (purchased theirs based on my initial recommendation) one had it die like mine, the other burnt out completely. Almost five hundred dollars for a season of gaming?

Other Thoughts: Because I travel for work and my primary rig stays home it had passed the warranty (of course) when I discovered too late the problem.
nVidia makes some good cards/products, just not this one in my opinion. Or my friends opinions. Or many others who've bought this card assuming it was of similar quality to EVGA's other products.

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Kit Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Well built

- Beautiful

- Stable (passed Memtest86 w/o issue)

Cons: - High-profile...this is not a "con" per se, but beware - make sure your heatsink has room for these tall babies.

Other Thoughts: For those in a big hurry to toss their DDR2 (hoping for a huge performance increase) be aware that ram is merely part of the equation... memory does not a fast computer make.

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Form over function/or beware the hype 12/14/2012

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: - Beautiful, no question

- Vertical profile is narrow enough for most mobos, allowing room for ram (w/heatsinks) and installation

- the fan IS powerful and mostly silent (until high, but who cares)

- inexpensive

Cons: - will NOT effectively cool AMD AM2+ - AM3 chips, unless that CPU is naturally cool already (Phenom/Athlons are for squeezing performance - this cooler can't keep up)

- Hey Zalman, how much do I have to spend to get a 4-pin power connection (that I might use my mobo - instead of some gimmicky knob - to control fan speeds)?

- Idles @ 32°...but even a little bit of push and we're @ 41°-45°

- AM3 "clip" is pretty flimsy

- Even CM's 212 out-cools this delicate flower (with merely a pull-fan) AND gives you a 4-pin for $15 less

Other Thoughts: Look, you want something that looks nice and is affordable, this might be for you...but if you're using an older generation AMD and are even thinking about OCing I advise that you skip this one.


lynda H.'s Profile

Display Name: lynda H.

Date Joined: 08/30/10

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 12/14/12
  • Last Review: 05/17/13
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