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Cons: Horrible Product Support from Gigabyte confirmed yet again.
Other Thoughts: Update to previous review.
The "Manufacturer Response:" was only put there to make you think my issues were being addressed.
Don't be fooled. I responded to the email address and case number provided.
No surprise to find that no one got back to me.
Pros: 1. Probably the best bang for the buck at the moment.
2. Overclocking ability.
3. If you're migrating from a mid-range or lower 5 year old build, you'll be ecstatic about the speed for the price point.
4. Integrated graphics means you can do a decent respectable budget (tower only) build for about $600 (Caution: see Con: 1)
Cons: 1. HP4000 Graphics driver loses DVI signal at startup with older non-PnP monitors.
2. Included stock fan wire management encourages wires to get stuck in fan.
3. If your migrating from a mid-range or higher 2.5 year old build, you won't notice much if any difference in speed.
Other Thoughts: Without overclocking either system, the new "I5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 77W" is basically equal to my 2.5 year old "I7 930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W".
Performance is good, and I would buy this CPU again. Just don't expect the on-chip graphics to beat a 2.5 year old Radeon HD 5970 Graphics Card.
This review is from: PLEXTOR Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner included Replaceable beige front bezel
Cons: I have owned 2 Plextor CD/DVD burners (PX-176A & PX-716SA). Spent hours trying to get them to function properly. The few times they acknowledge that there’s even a CD or DVD in the tray, usually end up with “power calibration error”. These drives have been tested with 3 different Mobo’s and more “approved” media brands than I care to admit to purchasing. Did they work when I purchased them? Well, sort of, but nowhere near the advertised speed. The cheap XXXX drives I’ve purchased since are faster (in real time performance, not advertised hype performance) and have worked flawlessly regardless of media.
If you like spending hours banging your head against your monitor, playing the “which firmware upgrade will magically transform my overpriced drive into something other than a paperweight”, by all means – buy a Plextor. If you actually want to “use” the drive, then keep looking – there’s nothing to see here.
Display Name: Svend B.
Date Joined: 12/04/02
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