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Edward T.

Edward T.

Joined on 12/21/08

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Careful if you need HDMI sound

HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H485FN512P
HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H485FN512P

Pros: This card is nearly as good as can be had for a mid range card. Old games look much better set at the highest settings and new games are very playable especially if the card is over clocked. If your case is well ventilated the stock fan can handle the heat when over clocked using ccc and if you have any doubts there are vga coolers for $30 available that will have the card running in the 30-55C range. All drivers installed without problems including the 7.1 HDMI sound driver. This card is worth every penny that Newegg charges for it.

Cons: There is a con. The con is that HDI or possibly ATI decided to require a special dongle for the DVI-HDMI connection. An ordinary adapter will not work and even an adapter from the 2000 series cards will not work. It must be Item #: N82E16814999010 and it is not included with the card. Any other adapter will give picture with no sound and you will see a popup screen telling you that your adapter will not allow the transmission of sound. So if you intend to use this card as a part of a home entertainment system connected via HDMI do not forget to order the adapter along with the card or face an extra shipping charge about equal to the price of the adapter. I was sure the adapter from my 2600 XT card would work and I even read the HIS web site about the 4800 series cards. Nowhere did they mention the requirement of a special adapter.

Overall Review: I don't think I mentioned that the fan on this card is much quieter then my old Sapphire 2600XT card. I can sleep with the computer on in the same room. If a 4870 or 4890 is just not in your budget this card is the next best thing and a bit greener as well.

Best Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad

Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad for Internet-Connected TVs
Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad for Internet-Connected TVs

Pros: This keyboard has an accurate trackpad that doesn't jump all over the place, there is no lag between keystrokes and my cats tail doesn't interrupt the signal between keyboard and computer. Compared to all the other wireless keyboards I have tried the K400 is a joy to use.

Cons: I hate that the keyboard is grey and so is the lettering. It makes it hard to see in low light.

Overall Review: Highly recommend

Needs improvements

Logitech Recertified 920-007182 Illuminated Living-Room Wireless Keyboard K830 and Touchpad for Internet-Connected TVs (Unifying and Bluetooth)
Logitech Recertified 920-007182 Illuminated Living-Room Wireless Keyboard K830 and Touchpad for Internet-Connected TVs (Unifying and Bluetooth)

Pros: Illuminated, has built in track pad, rugged, works OK

Cons: Red writing on keys is nearly invisible even in good light, is completely invisible under illumination. Battery life is poor if used as your primary keyboard, needs recharging every couple of days.

Overall Review: If you wish to have a full size illuminated keyboard without also using a mouse there is no other choice on the market except for the logitech keyboards, it's that simple. There are no other options on the market, I've searched extensively. That said it is a keyboard that works well until inevitably it fails after a few years. The keys have a nice feel and the track pad works well as long as you have most gestures disabled. The single most annoying thing is the red labeling on the function keys, it is extremely difficult to see even in bright light and impossible to make out in dim. It makes you wonder how this could have been approved in the design stage. I find trying to use gestures in the track pad also an exercise in frustration as they either don't work or are way too sensitive and lead to false clicks all the time or you work surface being resized when you don't intend it. If you are just using the keyboard as part of your entertainment system then the battery life is quite adequate. If you are using it as your main computer keyboard then it is quite short. It will last a day of heavy use maybe 2 days of moderate use before needing to be recharged. These annoyances existed on the keyboards Logitech made years ago and they haven't changed with the new ones. Logitech has a monopoly on keyboards with these features but unfortunately that seems to have made them quite comfortable in not addressing the faults that do exist. I would recommend this keyboard but some competition from other manufacturers would make it better.

Tremendous memory

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Pros: For everyone with a decent AMD motherboard and not terrified of entering BIOS to adjust settings this memory delivers more then advertised. Right now it is delivering 7-8-7-18 timings set at 1.65 volts (within the memories stated operating range of 1.6-1.65 volts at a speed of 1666 Mhz. I have not tried to squeeze this memory for any higher output...yet. Another big bonus with this memory is it runs at 1.6-1.65 volts and not the 1.9-1.95 blazing hot voltage of other high performance memory.

Cons: This chip is optimized and advertised for Intell i7 so it is not surprising that AMD motherboard BIOS does not initialize this RAM properly. If memory serves the first settings I got were as 1333 speed latencies of 11 at 1.5 volts. You have to make your own adjustments in BIOS for AMD boards. This is a con for inexperienced builders not comfortable with adjusting BIOS settings. It's not a fault of the chip however, it state clearly that it is designed for the new Intel high end chips.

Overall Review: Do your research. If you are new to computer assembly buy RAM that is specifically designed for AMD. It will give you less bang for your dollar but more performance then this chip will if left to be automatically set up by your BIOS. Left unadjusted this chip is more of an anchor then a sail. Adjusted, however, it becomes the best value out there for an high performance AMD system. Antec Fusion AMD 925 Phenom II running at 3.5 GHz Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H Cooler Master GeminII S G. Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM Apevia 700W

11/24/2009