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Vantec NexStar Dual Bay 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Pretty in white (when seen from afar) but a more appropriate color would be brown.

Cons: Vantec's bad for destroying the first hard drive. My bad for trying a second hard drive and having that one destroyed too. Both drives were killed instantly - N.B. not on account of heat but on account of incorrect voltages produced by provided PSU.

Vantec has violated a basic element of trust. I can forgive a Vendor for marketing an occasional product that does not work as advertised. I can not forgive a Vendor for marketing a product that breaks other equipment. I will never, ever, ever again buy any product sporting a Vantec Logo.

This deserves zero (or even negative) eggs but that is unfortunately not an option.

Other Thoughts: Vantec used to be OK (though not more than OK) but at this point I would say that they really need to do something about their build quality. I will long remember that they destroyed two hard drives.

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BFG Tech BFGEGTX2951792E GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It is decent card but not more than that. It is far too fat. It was easy to install and it worked immediately and has proven to be reliable but considering the price, this is not enough for it to be more than three eggs IMO.

Cons: Noisy and delivers substantial heat to the inside of the PSU. Inconvenient to install water cooling because of the sandwiched board design.

In my system, I can't install more than one fat card without losing other slots that I need, Eventually when Nvidia gets their act together and releases the single board 295 equivalent for Fermi, I will give this 295 to my wife (who is now struggling with a 2GB GTX285) or to Goodwill (since she probably won't like the noise) and get a couple of single board Fermi equivalents to the 295. Better to have the coop (or a GTX480 if you do not mind waiting). Nvidia has really dropped the ball.

You really need a case with extra physical graphics card supports such as are offered for some Lian Li chassis. These monster cards are a result of inadequate design (and yes that includes ATI). Both companies are doing the least they can, not the most. They could do much better.

Other Thoughts: The PSU requirements that many people claim for such graphics cards are plain _silly_.

Even at the highest loads, the power at the input of my PSU never exceeds 550 watts, This is with an 8 disk raid doing a disk test AND burnP6 running on a 4.0GHz i7 975 AND also running a graphics test.

The particular PSU is about 80% efficient which means the delivered power is about 80% of 550 or 440 watts. Most PSU's are most efficient at about 50% to 75% load. So this argues that from an average load viewpoint, a 650W supply would be more than enough. But the problem is not only the average power rating that a system uses, the instantaneous current requirements also matter.

The instantaneous power that can be delivered depends largely on the MOBO design (needs sufficient number of well placed bulk capacitors). Also, every connector between the PSU and the MOBO impedes changes current flow. If logic prevailed, no one would modular PSU's but clearly, PSU's are not choosen logically

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BYTECC ME-535SSU2FW-BK Aluminum 5.25
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy to assemble, with many external interfaces and fairly quiet. Because it supports completely standard interfaces is should work well with any decent OS (I only tried Linux). It does not have a built in power supply so that means that the fan does not have to cool a built in power supply. THere is a Rosewill PC bracket that provide the power and the sata connection from the PC. So that would eliminate the need for the brick.

Cons: Not a con but I only needed eSata but got USB, two Firewire ports also.

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Display Name: Edward W.

Date Joined: 03/17/05

  • Reviews: 38
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  • First Review: 01/04/07
  • Last Review: 04/11/10
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