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This review is from: Rosewill 25GB 4X BD-R 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model RDMB-12001
Pros: * Cheap
* 50 pack
Cons: * Relatively low quality disks.
Other Thoughts: At some point they changed the disk supplier from one with a roughly medium quality disk(with a disk id of CMCMAGBA3.), to one of a significantly lower quality(id of PHILIPR04.). All of these disks I've burned so far fail the disk verification process in multiple burning apps I've used, but pass a manual crc check, but it's still common to get a slowdown in the reading speed in a manual crc check. These disks have extremely high LDC and BIS values in nero disk speed, about 5-10 times higher than the CMCMAGBA3 disks, so these disks may become unreadable over a year or two.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It has much better sound then most integrated sound devices on motherboards, and it also has hardware acceleration support, and better EAX support then most of the other soundcards do out there.
Cons: Drivers can be a pain to install on 64 bit windows 7 w/ sp1, had to do some manual extraction of the driver files to get them to install correctly.
Other Thoughts: One of the only pieces of hardware to make it into my new computer build. Even with the driver install problems in 64bit windows 7, it seems stable so far on my new build.
cpu: Intel core i7 2600k
motherboard: Asus Sabertooth p67
Graphics card: Asus ENGTX 580
Ram: 2x4gb of g.skill ripjaws
Soundcard: SB X-fi xtremegamer
PSU: coolermaster 1kw, 80plus gold
Case: Antec 1200 v3.
For those that encountered the missing layout.bin file error in the drivers and app installers on windows 7 as I did, there is a way to get the drivers and other applications to install. It requires that you manually extract all of the files inside of the installer to the directory it's asking for the layout.bin file. You can open the installers in Winrar or 7z to extract the files. Had to do this for all of the installers, except the main driver one, to get them to install. If you can't find the installer that has the audio console, it's the one named AppSetup.exe in the main driver install.
This review is from: CORSAIR 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model VS1GB400C3
Pros: None really, other then the speed boost from having 2gb of ram instead of one.
Cons: I bought the 2x1gb pack from a retailer which has these sticks in it, the first set was defective and the second set has always passed memtest but still doesn't work correctly in my system.
Other con would be the high price for the poor quality of the ram modules.
Other Thoughts: While these ram sticks are pretty stable with small aps and games, trying to play the larger games like doom3 or crysis would be quite unstable. These modules would be about 2-5 times more unstalbe playing them then my 4 year old set of 2x512mb mem modules, getting meny game crashes and bsods or less frequently freezes. I got like 5 error message crashes and 5 bsods playing through doom 3 while it would only crash maybe once or twice with the old modules, same in crysis, about a 5-8x stability drop from being able to play for 15 hours without a crash to no more then 2 hours most of the time with these mem modules.
Not sure if this second set of corsair mem modules I got is defective as well or if they are incompatible with my system, most likely it's some sort of incompatibillity since these still pass memtest.
Some of my computers specs.
mobo: gigabyte ga k8ns ultra 939, it has the nforce3 ultra chipset.
cpu: amd 64 3500+ @ 2.2ghz, NewCastle core.