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DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71 7.1 Channels 16-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Driver problems? Get the drivers from cmedia!!! There is nothing wrong with the card, but unless Diamond has recently updated drivers, cmedia has them! My card works great on Win7 64-bit? Yes, with 7.1 audio? You have to swap assignments on a couple inputs (side/rear).

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: READ the user reviews before b*tching? MOST of us have been there/done it? The reason we POST here is to HELP other people?

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OPTI-UPS Enhanced Series ES1000C 1000VA 700W 8 x NEMA 5-15R Surge-Protected Battery Backup Outlets UPS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Will handle any home/small office system. 6 backup outlets. Good price, good features.

Cons: Serial interface... Why not USB? Now, I have to dig thru my junk boxes to find a serial interface port? If it had a USB port, I'd have given it 5 eggs?

Other Thoughts: Comes with 2-12/volt sealed batteries, running in series (24-volts), for dependability and longer life? After charging it, I ran a test on a flourescent desk lamp for 48hours, and it was still bright? THIS is a good choice for emergency lighting in storm-prone areas for emergency lighting, in addition to computer backup?

One UPS like this, and a few ccfl table lamps, extension cords, and a power outtage? Your house could have LIGHTS? And a radio, cell phone charger, small lcd TV set? A UPS isn't just for computers? Beats candles, flashlights or living in the dark? This unit was for my computer system, but I have two other smaller systems for emergency lighting? Think about it? It makes sense? During a power outtage, my house is the only one in the neigborhood with bright lights in the windows right after the power went out? Ice storms or severe tunderstorms? Doesn't matter? I have lights?

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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996599
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works good on 680i EVGA mobo. Mem is EPP/SLI-ready, and is recognized by the bios!!! Runs best at 2.1 volts. Really made Win7 64-bit boot faster, compared to 2x1gb sticks.

Cons: Needed 2.1 volts to gain stability? 2.05 recommended sometimes gave BSOD in games.

Other Thoughts: BSOD problems prompted me to try lower speed/faster timings: 800mhz, 4/4/4/12/2t 1.8v = GOOD. 533mhz, 3/4/3/12/1t 1.8v GREAT! I really hate running high voltages if I can avoid it, and lower timings/lower speeds actually equal bandwidth in some tests compared to 1066/5/5/5 ratings? Lower cas or 'T' timings can really improve mem speed/bandwidth?

You old timers understand this, but for the new-b's, every clock tick is a delay? Lower cas ratings = faster. A 1T command rate is twice as fast as a 2T? The clock speed may be lower, but if the computer does the same job or more, with a lower delay, the bandwidth is higher? And it usually does it at a lower voltage, less heat? As always, you need to experiment? Your mileage may vary... This is a very OLD 'overclockers' trick? High-perf mem runs REALLY GOOD at lower clocks/aggressive timing?

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David S.'s Profile

Display Name: David S.

Date Joined: 11/17/09

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/19/09
  • Last Review: 04/04/10
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