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Pros: None

Cons: I bought one of these and when the pump failed within the warranty period Cooler Master effectively reneged on their warranty.
Cooler Master will only process a warranty with a serial number that they claim is attached to the pipes; it is not,as can be clearly seen from the photos here. The number may have been on the packaging but that is long gone so I cannot confirm. So in summary... it failed within the warranty period and Cooler Master will not fix it. Some might say that they deliberately arrange things this way.

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XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great PSU... in it's day.

Cons: It's days are numbered. Does not support the C6/C7 Haswell power states.

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Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH – Six-Tuner CableCARD Ethernet Network Tuner for Win7 and Win8 PC 5504-DCT06EX-ETH
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Six tuners requiring only one cablecard
Easy setup

Cons: Depending on the quality of your existing networking hardware, you may have to factor in the price of a new gigabit switch.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an InfiniTV 4 PCIe card with which I was very happy, but I wanted a couple of extra tuners without having to use another cablecard. I thought the ETH version would be a good move since it would reduce heat in my HTPC and maybe make tuner sharing easier.
Once installed, right from the off there was a drop in picture quality, with frequent sound dropouts and pixilation. Nothing disastrously bad, but enough to be annoying. On a couple of occasions the tuners actually disappeared from Media Center, and only reappeared after rebooting everything. Other people have reported the same thing. HOWEVER, what is obvious now and wasn’t obvious initially is that the quality of your networking hardware / firmware / software is critical to getting good results from this device. That $20 8-port gigabit router might be OK for file transfers, but when it comes to streaming HD video its x% packet loss will start to show. Maybe it’s fine when it’s first turned on, but after a week of operation it might start to flip bits. Also, maybe that network driver that Windows tells you is up to date, is actually 4 years old and has had many bug fixes along the way.
Bottom line: stick with the PCIe version unless you are sure that your network is top-notch. Good routers, switches, and adapters aren’t necessarily expensive – you just need to be a savvy shopper. I'm actually getting very good results now, but only after some headache.
One extra tip: keep the ETH on its side to reduce heat.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 03/18/01

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 02/18/07
  • Last Review: 11/06/15
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