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EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked,  Signature 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a great card, don't me wrong. I use it with dual displays at 1920x1200 and can still max out any game I've played and have yet to notice any lag or stuttering during gameplay. It's a beautiful looking card too.

Cons: My main gripe with this card so far are issues with the default fan curve for the card. Even at temps pushing 80c (yes), the fan speed doesn't ever seem to go higher than 35% when left alone. This causes the card to get really hot and eventually crash or cause driver issues. I had been going back and forth with EVGA before figuring this out on my own. I went through every piece of hardware in my system, reinstalled windows, swapped RAM slots, the whole 9, and nothing seemed to fix it. I even RMAd the card. Until I started actively watching temps while I played, I never realized how hot the card actually got.

I used EVGA Precision X to override the fan speed and max it out. Now during max load (97% for some reason), if I keep the fan at 85% (max PX will allow you to set it), I can keep temps around 50-55c and have not experienced another crash yet. I intend to call the person I have been talking to at EVGA to discuss this further and see what can be done.

Other Thoughts: I've owned more EVGA products than I can remember and their tech support is hands down the best in the industry. Having 24/7 availability is more valuable than anything in this day. EVGA will have me for life pending any major F ups in the future.

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TRENDnet TE100-P1U Mini Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Avoid this thing. 07/29/2012

This review is from: TRENDnet TE100-P1U Mini Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0

Pros: This isn't a pro, I needed more CON space.

Avoid this thing if you can. Setup is way more effort than it needs to be. Spent an hour trying every possible method trying to get this thing working with Win7 64 and a Samsung CLP-300. It's completely set up with my printer, both test pages and regular prints go through successfully except they never actually print. This is a printer that have been working fine without issue for over a year. Unfortunately, now my girlfriend needs to have access to the printer and I didn't want to leave my computer on 24/7 to allow her to do so.

Cons: I am really unsure of the following:

1. Why doesn't Trendnet post any type of compatibility list on it's website? I realize new printers come out all the time, but they can easily update a list on their page every month or so.

2. Their KnowledgeBase support blows. It contains 14 questions of negligible importance.

3. Software setup isn't very intuitive. If I gave most of my friends this thing to set up, they would be completely lost. Your average computer user with 2 computers in his/her home should not need the networking experience needed to set this thing up.

4. Quickstart guide included with this hardware is worthless. Plug everything in and install their included software. That's it.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to contact their support tomorrow, let's hope they have phone support, I didn't even check. If this thing isn't running after talking to them by the end of tomorrow night, it's going back. Thankfully, I bought it at a local electronics supplier (lol Newegg, you guys are WAY better than this place) because I was there. This is not a bad note about Newegg. I have built my last 3 computers (2 gaming rigs and my girlfriend computer) completely through Newegg and have yet to have a single negative experience with them.

If Tendnet's support ends up getting this thing working tomorrow, I will update this review and hopefully provide help to others.

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HP Multiformat DVD writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model 1260I-H06
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None, when it works 30% of the time.

Cons: I don't know what it is with this drive. Of all the computers I have built, I have never had an issue with a CD/DVD drive. For some reason, this drive will not stay visible to Windows (7x64). I have tried several drivers manually, used Driver Genius, nothing. If I unplug it from the motherboard and replug it back in, I can get it working with drivers, but then, for whatever reason, it just disappears entirely. I don't know if my is faulty or not, I don't have another drive to test with atm, but it will not be staying in my computer.

Other Thoughts: I suppose it's good that this is no longer in stock. I would hate to see someone else have to deal with this too. Hopefully the item has been discontinued.

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Gerald C.'s Profile

Display Name: Gerald C.

Date Joined: 02/16/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 06/16/12
  • Last Review: 08/29/12
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