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Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works great under Windows x64, very high quality and high volume output.

Cons: The ribbon cable from the drive bay to the card could stand to be a rounded cable and better shielding. If you route the cable too close to a "noisy" component, such as a complex video card, and turn the volume all the way up, you can hear some minor electrical noise.

Other Thoughts: I never thought a sound card could matter so much.

I started out looking for a sound card that wouldn't have the electronic noise issue I usually have with sound cards, and figured for the price this card would probably have almost no noticable electronic interference.

I had no idea how much difference it would make to how I hear things with my computer. It was very, very much worth the money, and I'm far from being an audio expert.

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TYAN S2895UA2NRF SSI EEB 3.5 Server Motherboard Dual 940 NVIDIA nForce Professional 2200 + AMD 8131
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Absolutely wonderful motherboard.

Cons: Has some problems with memory that requires more than 2.5 volts (Corsair XMS registered memory), and some stability issues on Windows XP x64 (but not Windows Server 2003 x64).

Finding working drivers for the PCI-X hotplug support was impossible for 64-bit windows.

The onboard sound is horrible. If you want sound, get a decent sound card with it.

Other Thoughts: I wish Tyan had made the additional 4 SATA ports and the other 4 PCIe lanes from the second chipset available on this board. It would have been nice to have even one 4x PCIe slot, and there's room for it above the 16x slots.

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EVGA 512-P2-N575-AX GeForce 7900GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Absolutely great card, extremely fast for modern games especially in SLI mode.

Cons: SLI mode can only support running one monitor at a time, these cards get extremely hot, and need a firmware update to work 100% stable.

Other Thoughts: These video cards are killer for the latest 3D games -- unfortunately, they're not so great for 3D rendering utilities, CAD or certain complex OpenGL uses.

This is about the best you can get if you're into gaming, but for my purposes I might have wanted to go with a Quadro solution.

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Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 04/20/06

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/15/06
  • Last Review: 06/15/06
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