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Gefen GTV-COMPSVID-2-HDMIS Composite to HDMI Scaler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good for old consoles. 07/05/2013

This review is from: Gefen GTV-COMPSVID-2-HDMIS Composite to HDMI Scaler

Pros: Very low latency. According to one of the reps from Gefen it is less than a frame. I believe it. When recording video between my LCD and a CRT with the same signal going to both, it's all just the CRT being faster by design.

Picture quality is very good.
Using S-Video I can actually see the dithering in N64 games.

Supports just about any modern resolution for computer monitors and TVs.
Works with an HDMI>DVI adaptive cable. Audio can be sent out through 3.5mm or optical audio out.

Decent options in the menu. You can adjust aspect ratio in there if the TV/monitor does not support it.

Uses a universal AC adapter for various regions. I am only familiar with the North American plug but I would presume one of these is for Europe.

Cons: Gets a bit warm for my liking. I have all the classic consoles hooked up to one power strip that I turn off when not in use. This scaler is hooked to that.
The AC adapter has these swappable 'plates' for the region you are using the unit in. They require a bit of force to get seated. Snug once in though.

Other Thoughts: I bought this out of frustration with my TV not having S-Video and generally looking awful with composite. The scaler in my TV was very fast already, but this matches it and has far superior picture quality.

I have used it with N64 and NES so far.
In composite you can get away with turning sharpness up to 5 before you start seeing artifacts, S-Video I put it at 45 and it looks good.

It would be nice if there was some sort of scanline emulation to make games look a bit like they did on CRTs, but extra processing just leads to higher latency which is the last thing anybody (sane) wants.

Menu map:
Decent options in the scaler's menu. You can adjust aspect ratio in there if the TV/monitor does not support it.
Contrast
Brightness
Finetune>Hue, Saturation, Sharpness, Noise reduction
Color
Size> Full, Overscan, Underscan, Letterbox, Panscan
Output, varius resolutions, including european 576P/I
Audio>Source: L/R and Optical, Delay: 40, 110, 150.
OSD, H-Position, V-Position, Timer, Background (Opacity)
Factory Reset
Information

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EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast. Comes with some fancy stickers.

Cons: Hot at default fan speeds. 80C+ because it simply doesn't want to increase the fan speed and make noise.
Idling at 67C is just silly.

Other Thoughts: Install EVGA Precision X and setup a fan curve to fix this. It gets a little noisy but whatever. Upping it from 30% speed to 55% has negligible amounts of extra noise and drops the temps to high 30s/low 40s when idle.

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Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Built like a tank. Can hold lots of stuff. Laughed at my space requirements of my Noctua NH-D14 and GTX 670, had plenty left.

Push buttons for optical drive bays work very well.
Bottom mounted PSU, very nice.
Lots of routing on the opposite side behind the mother board tray.

Lots of airflow with all the fans. Pair it with demciflex filters and you wont have dust storm from all the intake.

Very easy installation of 3.5 drives, has these neat little brackets you put the drives into, and then into the bays. Came with one 2.5>3.5 adapter for an SSD or laptop drive.

Motherboard tray has a diagram for various motherboard form factors.

Slide cover for power buttons is nice.

Cons: Hot swap bays are tedious to use since you have to screw in the drives.

The fans are cheap sleeve bearings. For the price it should come with better fans. The front 230mm fan with it's RED LED failed, started making a lot of noise. Replaced it with another cooler master 230mm fan without the LED, worked okay for about a year before failing as well.

Other Thoughts: Sold this case. Too heavy, and all my stuff fit into my old mid tower anyway which makes it far more convenient for LANs.

It was nice, but I'm beyond the whole 'Gotta have a gigantic monolithic black colossus of a case!' phase now.

My build:

Intel Ivy Bridge i7-3770K @ 4.2Ghz | Asus P8Z77-V | EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4gb SuperClocked /W Backplate | Cooler Master HAF X
4x4 G.Skill Ripjaws X 10666 | 128GB and 256GB Crucial M4 | 2xWD1002FAEX 1TB | Noctua NH-D14 | Corsair AX850
Windows 7 x64 Pro | IBM Model M 1391401 11-21-91 | Logitech G500

I crammed all that hardware back into my Antec Solution, and I have no regrets. Make no mistake, the Haf X will hold more, but for my purposes.. no more full tower builds.

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Michael E.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael E.

Date Joined: 01/26/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/28/12
  • Last Review: 07/05/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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