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ARCTIC Accelero Mono Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 120mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Much better than reference 670 03/16/2015

This review is from: ARCTIC Accelero Mono Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 120mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire

Pros: Very quiet, very effective.

My EVGA GTX 670 with a reference cooler would idle at 65C, load at about 95C, and was so loud... atrociously so.

My idle temps with this cooler is about 35C, load is around 60C.. and I can't hear it.

Provided instructions were decent, I was able to perform the installation without any issues.

Cons: This thing is big.. the price you pay beyond your dollar is in space. It's effectively a three slot GPU now.

Microsoft Keyboard 200 6JH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap, light weight, quiet, and does the job. It has made a good backup keyboard.

Cons: Keys have gotten a little mushy with time but that's rubber dome for you.

Other Thoughts: This is the keyboard I tell people to get if they just want a cheap keyboard that works. If you go much cheaper you'll find build quality to be a problem.

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.
Finetune>Hue, Saturation, Sharpness, Noise reduction
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)
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Michael E.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael E.

Date Joined: 01/26/07

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 02/28/12
  • Last Review: 03/16/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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