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SYBA SD-PEX24033 Dual LAN Ports Gigabit Ethernet Card, Realtek Chipset 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express x1 2 x RJ45
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Able to simultaneously saturate a fiber connection (150+ MB/S up and down) using the server as a router (one NIC as Internet connection, other NIC as local connection)
Two Realtek chips
Cable connections far enough apart for easy connecting and labeling

Cons: Didn't make the server able to do 150 FPS while gaming :-)

Other Thoughts: Using with Linux (derivative of Ubuntu server 14.04.01) - works out of the box with no issues.

DIdn't try it in Windows or with any kind of connection teaming.

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HP Desktop PC ProDesk 405-G1 (L5M60US#ABA) A4-Series APU 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit / Windows 7 Professional downgrade
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Three year, on-site warranty
Very quiet (not HTPC silent, but fine for a quiet office / bedroom)
Decent keyboard included (it's to be a server, but it's nice to have a good spare keyboard around anyway. Kinda mushy keys, but typing was fine)
Dedicated function keys on keboard (like sleep) worked out of the box
Quad-core
2 front-panel USB3 ports plus 2 USB2 ports
Realtek network controller chip
7200 RPM hard disk
Decent built quality

Cons: Not a powerhouse - it's for a business user doing office tasks, not gaming or video editing
No HDMI out (but I knew that, and didn't need one)
Cheap-feeling wired mouse (it's a server, so I could care less)
Shared RAM for video (512M dedicated, but 1.5 GB shared w/Windoze by default)

Other Thoughts: Needed a small-ish, quiet desktop to act as a network server. Added a 2-port GB eithernet card, and put a Linux variant on it. Installed without issue and with all hardware working.

Got it on a Shell Shocker deal - can't beat the price plus warranty.

Before installing Linux, I did boot into Windows (Windows 7 pro was installed) and checked performance scores - from 4.9 (floating point & Aero) up to 5.9 (most everything else). Drove a 1080p monitor nicely. The built-in speaker actually makes decent noises for Windoze alerts etc. (I didn't try playing music).

Skimpy documentation, but it did come with a guide to installing Windows 8.1 in 32 (count them, thirty two) different languages.

The case and bezel are such that "upright" is the only supported configuration. If placed on its side, it sits propped up on the bezel (as it's bigger than the case itself). In addition, even when upright, there are two rubber feet in the front, but just bumps in the metal case toward the rear. If it's on a hard surface, it is easy to move with a light touch.

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Acer  G6 Series  G246HYL bmjj Black  23.8
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For the price, a nice monitor (esp. on shell-shocker pricing). Bright, good color calibration. Good horizontal color stability.

I don't find the vertical viewing angle to be an issue, as other reviewers have noted. It's actually better than an LG IPS panel I have next to it.

Cons: Scrolling text on this monitor (black text on a white background) leaves odd "trails" of white as the text goes by. Didn't think much of it at first, but the more I use it the more it bugs me. Anyone else noticed this? It makes it hard to "read along" on a page while scrolling the text continuously. Doesn't seem overly noticable with video, though games might be another story.

As others have noted, the stand is quite wobbly, thought that seems par for the course in this price range. It's also quite low compared to a few other monitors I have around, and has no height adjustment.

Other Thoughts: Can confirm this does NOT have VESA mounts on the back.

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Display Name: Paul H.

Date Joined: 08/03/06

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  • First Review: 11/05/10
  • Last Review: 01/29/15
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