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Pros: - Cheap
Cons: - With the latest version of PowerDVD and Windows 8.1 it stutters on all but 1 BR I have played. It starts after about a half hour and then happens every 10min or so.
- ASUS site has no firmware updates
Other Thoughts: I rip every movie I own for my media server. This works fine for that. I have an older Samsung drive that I have swapped back to for playback from disk in my HTPC. It is much slower though, which is why I bought this one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: - Quiet
- Fairly easy install on my LGA775
- Smaller than the giant Scythe cooler I replaced
Cons: - Had to install a back plate which meant removing my motherboard. This was a bit of a hassle, but once it's done you don't really need to do it again, even if you need to remove the cooler.
Other Thoughts: Using this on my Core 2 Quad Q9300, overclocked to 3.0Ghz. Right now letting my motherboard control the fan and it keeps the CPU at 55C with the fan speed very low. Not sure why my motherboard isn't more aggressive, but it is very stable. When I run Handbrake encodes the fan picks up speed (and becomes audible) to keep the CPU below 60C.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SYBA SY-PEX40039 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: - Worked out of the box
- Came with the current FW
Cons: - Performance in a PCIe 1.1 slot is not even up to SATA II speeds
- Syba's site does not explicitly give a link to the current FW, I had to hunt to find it.
- Instructions to install in Win 8 caused a BSOD for me in 8.1 u1. Default driver worked best.
- Added a few seconds to my boot time (not a big deal though)
Other Thoughts: My Crucial MX100 benches 260MB/s on my onboard SATA II. This controller got me 160MB/s in my PCIe 1.0 slot. I did not read the reviews before purchase and did not know you needed a PCIe 2.0 slot to get full performance. I hoped I might get a slight bump at least, but that was not the case.
Buy only if you need some extra ports (mine were all used, so I am keeping it anyway). It certainly seems stable. I am keeping my DVD-ROMs hooked to it.