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Doris G.

Doris G.

Joined on 02/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity 100289L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity 100289L

Pros: This card was very nice for the price, and definitely made my system run much better. It was small and very easy to put in. It supports ATI Eyefinity and CrossfireX, which is exactly what I was looking for; and Sapphire has a very competent customer service team.

Cons: The only reason I gave it 4 stars (eggs) is because the most important part of the eyefinity setup was not included and is not sold in stores. Though the card does come with both DVI to HDMI & VGA to HDMI adapters, it does NOT include any sort of DisplayPort adapter. This doesn't particularly matter if you don't want to run a 3-monitor setup, but if you do this little cable is the key to making it work. You can buy them pretty cheap from newegg (~20), but it has to be an active converter.

Overall Review: As I was searching for DP to DVI adapters, none of them say whether they are active or passive. I called up StarTech support, and they confirmed that the cable I bought was in fact an active converter - (http://tinyurl.com/y9ojjwm - I made it smaller for ease of use). Aside from this missing adapter, I give it 5 eggs.

Most Critical Review

Does not work with Eyefinity

StarTech.com DP2DVIADAP Video DisplayPort DVI Adapter
StarTech.com DP2DVIADAP Video DisplayPort DVI Adapter

Pros: It is a great little piece if you're going to use it for something like a TV, or if you just want it for use with a second monitor.

Cons: This does not work currently with ATI Eyefinity. I've talked to Startech.com, AMD, and Sapphire and there is no way to figure out how to get this to work with the Eyefinity setup. I tried to use this with an HDMI cable, but the Catalyst control center only recognized it as a DVI connection. I don't know if it is just not compatible with the current drivers, but I would stick with buying a DP to DVI video converter cable, that is what I am doing, will update if that works.

Perfect System

PS3 Consoles
PS3 Consoles

Pros: This system is the best I've ever owned. I have owned a 360 and I have a Wii, and neither can compete with the PS3 in graphics quality. This system won't red-ring, and the network is free for everyone. The PS3 is very customizable, and it is easy to stream anything from your PC... the wireless Netflix is a little bit rough if you're far from your router though. With the Playstation 3, unlike the Xbox 360, your discs won't get destroyed if you leave the system on or touch it while a game is inside... I have left my system on for a week at a time before and it gets a little warm, but that is all. It is very sleek, slim and quiet as well. The only noise it makes is when processing ancient DVDs, it's very quiet with blu-ray. Sony has also included several of the PSOne classics to the PSN to buy cheaply. The storage capacity is a great bonus as well, but if you don't need 250gb, they offer a 120gb model as well for $299.

Cons: None. I love this system.

Overall Review: The Playstation doesn't have all of the games the 360 has (Mass Effect, Gears of War, Fable and Halo -- though Bungie will be making games for PS3 after Halo: Reach), but it's library is constantly expanding. The system runs very quickly and it's rare to find one that gives out sooner than ~3-4 years. They've also removed the backwards compatibility chip from these models, but they are still backwards compatible with PSOne games. It does not come with an HDMI cable, but I found a perfectly fine 6 foot one from Marshall's for $7. Lastly, these models DO only have 2 USB ports but the controllers keep a charge for several hours, and there are multi-controller docks available, as well as a four-USB-port addon.

Amazing

HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

Pros: Simply put, this card is amazing. It runs very smoothly and stays much cooler than my old GeForce 7800 GTOC. I went with this card over the smaller, less powerful (but still awesome) HD 5670, and it runs much faster. It is also great that I can run any game and eyefinity on this card.

Cons: None thus far.

Overall Review: I tried it on a different motherboard, and it had several problems running it; I switched it back to my ASUS A8N-Sli Deluxe and it runs just beautifully. (I had only switched to the old mobo because my CPU was only single-core, and Mass Effect 2 wouldn't run without a dual-core; I just didn't want to switch the Processors, but I did in the end).

Great

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very fast, quiet and stays cool.

Cons: None thus far.

Overall Review: I didn't have any problems with the free UPS shipping, it was in it's packaging, wrapped in about 3 layers of bubble wrap, and covered all over with packaging. UPS is always faster than FedEx, and in this case it is also free. I wouldn't suggest even bothering paying extra for the same shipping with a different company.

Great Card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity 100287L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity 100287L

Pros: This card super light, very fast and easy to put in. It supports CrossfireX and ATI Eyefinity, which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. The card is quiet and seems to stay cool. It is very inexpensive, and Sapphire has a very reliable support team in case you need help. It comes with a DVI to HDMI adapter, and a VGA to DVI adapter.

Cons: I almost gave this 4 eggs only because this card did not include the key to running an Eyefinity system. (I decided on 5-stars, because not everyone is buying this card for an Eyefinity set-up.) Now the only con I have for this package is that it does not include a DP to DVI adapter. This is the main cable you need for a 3 monitor gaming system. You have the option of using 2x DVI or 1 x DVI & 1 x HDMI, but one of your monitors must plug into the DisplayPort.

Overall Review: I looked at several other XFX cards in this series as well, and none of them included the DP to DVI adapter. I did find one on Newegg, however, for pretty cheap (~$20). The problem is that none of the adapters say whether they are passive or active, but I got in contact with StarTech and they confirmed that the one I bought was in fact Active. You must have an active adapter for Eyefinity. If anyone was thinking about buying this, or another card for an Eyefinity setup, I suggest buying this one: http://tinyurl.com/StarTechDP2DVI.