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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 775 95W BX80580Q9300 Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is a follow up review. I've had this processor for the good part of 2 years now and have put it through it's paces. Through out the time that I've had it, it's never been a major bottleneck for any games or applications that I've used. For reference, I've been running 2 HD4870s in crossfirex for a majority of the time. I expect it to last me to the next socket change for intel at minimum.

Cons: The only real con I can think of is the temperature, but that may be a combination of a number of things.. It idles around 35 degrees but during heavy sessions can reach 70, which is not at all dangerous to the processor, but ramps up the fan speed to max. I also haven't gotten it past 3.2 with an aftermarket cooler, but I didn't really expect a 1 ghz oc anyway.

Other Thoughts: I ditched the stock cooler immediately and am running the first gen Arctic 7 pro. In retrospect, maybe a zalman would've worked better but that's not for this review.

Overall, a very robust processor that might now be obsoleted by an i5 750, but an excellent option for pentium 775 owners wanting to get a quad.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 DirectX 10.1 100259L 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got this running with my Visiontek 4870 in CrossfireX. This card is quieter, runs cooler, looks better and has more overclocking potential than the Visiontek. For the price, there really isn't any excuse to buy anything more. The only thing I would go for is the 1 gig edition, but my setup was limited by my 1st gen Visiontek's 512 megs.

Cons: While the overclocking potential is there, I can't seem to get it to run any higher than 1000 mem speed, whereas the Visiontek will max out at 1100. GPU speed is both at 790.

Other Thoughts: I got this card as a gift to compliment my original card and ended up switching slots so that I could run this as the primary adapter in the top slot. Whenever I run in XP, I remove the Visiontek. The process is pretty painless and it starts up every time. Now with the latest updates, I can keep the crossfire in XP, but it's a shoot in the barrel.. Sometimes XP recognizes it.. sometimes it's disabled. In Vista, crossfireX always works and it scales beautifully in Supreme Commander.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 DirectX 10.1 100259L 512MB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A lot quieter under load than my previous visiontek 4870, though to be fair that card still had the reference cooler. Also runs a lot cooler under load and the same fan conditions as the visiontek. I like the color scheme better too as it matches the blue LEDs in my case.

Cons: It doesn't seem to overclock as well as the visiontek. When I autotuned both in crossfire, the memory was limited by the Sapphire. The Visiontek could hit 1090 memory no prob (it's max) but the sapphire bottlenecked the duo to 980. Might try it again.

Other Thoughts: Got it as a gift to run in crossfire but I run in XP most of the time so now it has replaced my visiontek as the main card.


Brennen L.'s Profile

Display Name: Brennen L.

Date Joined: 10/14/02

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 12/17/04
  • Last Review: 05/16/10
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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