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This review is from: APEVIA CVT628 PCI-E Y Splitter. 1 x 6pin to 2 x 6/8pin PCI Express Converter
Pros: Excellent way to get your video cards working when your Power Supply won't give you enough inputs. The cable is short enough not to get in the way, the wiring is well done and sturdy, and the mesh around it keeps it contained. It also fits right in with the cabling on my PSU.
Cons: Don't overdo it with your Power Supply - the PCIE power cable is often on its own rail, but if it's not, splitting it between your video card and another device, and then splitting it again can be far too much draw for one rail. If that happens, you might damage your video card(s).
Other Thoughts: I used a pair of these to split a PCIE power cable into two pairs, to use for two video cards. When I connect both of one split to one card and both of the other split to the other card, it does not evenly distribute the power and fails to boot. The trick is to share the splits so that both cards get draw from both PSU outputs, making for a nice lattice of evenly distributed power. This way, when both cards are consuming power, they each get half from both outputs, distributing the load.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: I got this board to replace a faulty MSI 870A, and it's been wonderful so far. Handles my Phenom II x6 1090T and two Radeon HD 7870s like a pro, with plenty of space for a handful of add-on cards, a serial adapter, front USB2 and USB3, and a UEFI that lets you mess with practically everything.
Cons: The UEFI is a bit sluggish where the mouse is concerned, but that's a common trait among UEFI's I've noticed. It also seems a little more restrictive on overclocking, keeping me at an 18x multiplier instead of the 18.5 I had before, but what's a hundred mhz when you've got an improved bus and northbridge?
Other Thoughts: It may not be the motherboard's fault, but I've noticed that installing the AMD SATA controller makes SeaTools for Windows lock up and die a horrible death, so stick with the generic controller drivers if you use Seagate hard drives.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LG WiFi Built-in Blu-ray Player BP300
Pros: It plays Blu-Rays, it plays DVDs, it plays AVIs, it plays MKVs. It's pretty sleek, pretty small, and pretty cheap. All in all, a good buy for home entertainment.
Cons: The USB input CAN NOT HANDLE MORE THAN 1 TB. Even if you partition a 2 TB drive down to 1, it won't handle it. It will, on the other hand, function perfectly with flash drives, external hard drives, and internal hard drives with a USB adapter.
It takes a minute to start up, showing you its initial menu before you can access any of the actual video playback stuff.
There are some issues with file type support for some video encoding methods, but with a good re-encoder program, you can get it to behave pretty well.
It also seems to like to enable Subtitles on video files from USB devices, so you often have to turn off the subtitles manually at the beginning of any file you play.
Other Thoughts: I haven't used any of the wireless features aside from the Firmware Update tool, but that was smooth and easy to do for the one update that's been available so far. Unfortunately, you can't remove items from the initial menu, so I always get those Netflix and Vudu icons on the home menu even when they're "disabled".
The scaling quality is terrific, with no pixelation from even the crummiest of formats.
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