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This review is from: HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
Pros: It arrived! (even though the packaging was smashed)
Cons: Bought this card back in January for my server (it's running Win7 Pro). Didn't get to it up until now (April), because it's a hassle to get my server out of the rack I wasn't in a hurry to install it. Finally I did and re-mounted all of my equipment back. Turned on the PC, and here it began. BSOD every 5-15 minutes. Changed the driver that came on CD to the one from HooToo site, still no luck. Every BSOD is something different in the event log. And a funny thing is even though i set bios not to turn on thr machine after unexpected poser loss or shut down, it still restarts into windows. I should have researched this product before buying it, now Im finding tons of complains online about unstable drivers, poor built quality, and cheaped out on components that were supposed to filter the power input, instead it's getting dirty power straight from PSU. Im just very disappointed with this product, it turned my 24/7/365 stable running server/htpc into unusable junk.
Other Thoughts: VIA chipset... Bad idea.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This case caught my eye back in 2007 when I was building a new rig. It cost me $90 and it was a great investment. Sturdy and pretty. The clamshell doors allow any positioning on the left or the right side of your work table. You get a great access to your DVD-RW without having to deal with right/left hinged door. Filters on the front panel are great and easy to take out and clean.
Cons: Not really a con to a modder or anyone who knows how to use a Dremel, but: The HDD cage inside is positioned perpendicularly to the side panel, this highly limits the airflow from the front (intake) 120mm fan. Also, it doesn't allow for the latest High-end GPU to be installed without being 5mm from it. So, I removed the cage completely and to remove some more airflow restrictions I cut out the factory pressed grills on the front and the back of the case. Rear holw is now covered with wire grill and the front one is hidden behind fron t panel. The case still looks stock but makes less hissing noise when the air tunnels through it. and I was able to lower the temps inside at least 8*C. As for cable management, I made a few square cuts outs on the motherboard tray. Some on the bottom when the PCI slots are, and some on the right side of the mobo where 24-pin connector meets the mobo. Now you can barely see any cables in it. All hdds are sitting in 5.25" bays below DVD-RW.
Other Thoughts: EVGAHYBRID:
CPU: Q9550 @3600Mhz
MOBO: EVGA 680i SLI
GPU: 2 EVGA GTX480 SLI
RAM: 8GB PC2-6400 gSkill Pi @ 950Mhz 4-4-4-12
SSD: 240GB Mushkin Chronos Enhanced 7mm SATA3
HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Black SATA2
PSU: 1000W Thermatake
USB 3.0 4 port add-in PCIx1
Boot time 20 seconds flat.
This review is from: Euro Modern Contemporary Waterfall Bathroom Vanity Sink Lavatory Faucet Chrome
Pros: Chrome finish seems to be of a good quality. Got many compliments from my guests.
Cons: This thing makes a very loud and annoying hissing noise that can be heard 3 rooms away. I don't know what exactly causes the noise internally, but I wake up every time someone decides to use the sink at night.
Other Thoughts: If it wasn't for the loud hissing noise, I would rate it 5 eggs; because it does feel like a well built unit.READ FULL REVIEW