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Pros: Upgraded from a Radeon HD 7870. This was much faster than expected. I figured about 2x, but it was more like 3x to even 9x, in some extreme cases. It's less power-efficient but otherwise pretty comparable to a GTX 1070, according to the benchmarks.

What surprised me is how well-mannered it is. Under load, the fans spin up gradually. Even at 2.1 kRPM, they're quite sedate, which is all the more impressive, when you consider it's a factory-overclocked 2-fan card.

Build quality appears quite high. The backplate adds bulk and squeezed the USB cable on my motherboard, but it adds rigidity and looks classy.

Finally, I experienced no perceivable coil whine. Even while running benchmarks. I have a 860 W Seasonic Platinum PSU, so maybe that helps. I was really worried about this, as I've seen about 5% of the reviews of this card complaining about it, which is a little bit less than other 980 Ti's.

Cons: Power-hungry, but what did you expect? Make sure to have a sufficient PSU and decent airflow, in your case.

Other Thoughts: Be sure to remove ALL the plastic film. There are like 7 different pieces. If you leave any of it on, it'll hurt the thermal performance and maybe smell bad. And perhaps the bits on the fan hubs will induce more vibration.

I was initially worried about the LEDs, but they're not bright enough that I've seen them shining out any cracks or vents of the case, so I've not bothered to disable them.

Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X40B
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Inspect the contacts (mine had a dirty spot) 01/01/2014

This review is from: Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X40B

Pros: Worked like I hoped & expected. Not a bad deal, considering the performance benefit.

Cons: Dirty contacts. In dozens of memory upgrades, I've never seen this before. I don't know if it would have caused memory errors, but I didn't want to risk it. Deducting one star for that.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these. When removing from the package, I noticed a dirty spot on the contacts on the back side of one DIMM. I was able to wipe off the dirt with a few passes of a cloth dipped in 91% isopropyl alcohol.

After that, I ran memtest86 overnight. All tests passed.

BTW, the max rated speed in my laptop is DDR333. However, the benefit of using DDR400 is that my laptop run it at CAS 2.5 instead of the rated CAS 3.

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 on a 90 nm Pentium M (Dothan). Won't run on the earlier generation, due to lack of PAE.

I also installed a Transcend PATA/EIDE SSD. Lots of RAM is key if you're running Linux on a laptop with a SSD. To minimize writes, I have /tmp/, /var/tmp/, /var/log/, and /var/spool/ mounted on tmpfs (essentially a variable-sized RAMDISK). This puts even greater demands on memory capacity. With only 1 GB, I was swapping before I'd hardly run anything.

Raspberry Pi 83-14421 Computer - Model B (512M RAM)
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Jack of all trades 11/19/2013

This review is from: Raspberry Pi 83-14421 Computer - Model B (512M RAM)

Pros: Amazingly functional for the price, power consumption, and footprint.

What I love most is that it looks and acts almost exactly like any Ubuntu box on my network. All of the packages are there, and everything pretty much just works (the main exception being some of the harware packages, like lm_sensors). Unless you try to run a bunch of desktop/GUI apps on it (web browsers, etc.), you can get away with just thinking of it as just another Linux box.

This thing only burns 2-3 Watts, making it far more efficient than any NAS or even most WiFi routers. You can really afford to leave it on 24/7 without a second thought.

Cons: The only major difference between this and a mainstream PC is that it really is a bit slow. Worse than the CPU speed is actually the I/O performance. Both the SD card or USB seem to top out somewhere around 16-18 MB/sec, and the bottleneck is definitely not the flash memory, which I benchmarked on another system.

The RAM size also becomes a significant limitation, if you start trying to use it like a desktop or build large software packages on it. I configured swap, just in case, but I think I'd be pretty sad if it were swapping on any kind of regular basis.

I hope they put more RAM, USB3, and a mSATA connector on its successor.

Other Thoughts: I've had a Pi running Raspbian for about 3-4 months, and it's worked flawlessly. I use it for automated internet radio recording, and I'm about to setup automated HD broadcast recording. I'm also planning to use it to serve up my music collection for in-home streaming to my various devices. It would be great for home automation, too.

Note that I've never used its video outputs, so I can't comment on any aspects related to its graphics performance, etc. I log into it using ssh - even for the initial setup.


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