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EVGA 04G-P4-2986-KR GeForce GTX 980 FTW ACX 2.0 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Card played Evolve at max settings, average of 60 FPS. Was stable when not under full load. Card looked cool, installed easily, great protective packaging and acessories.

Cons: Card could not handle running under full load for an extened period of time and would BSOD with error nv1ddmkm.sys. The only fix to recover the card was to completely shutdown the system, drain all power out of the MOBO, then restart.

While I appreciate EVGA's customer service, I am now stuck paying for shipping to EVGA for their bad product. I have always found this unacceptable when the fault lies with their product, they should be absorbing this cost and putting an increased ownership cost on the customer.

Other Thoughts: The representative asked me if I had purchased advanced RMA when I had asked if they were paying for shipping. He said I should have selected that option when I purchased the card from newegg. Last time I checked, that is not an option. The cost savings I enjoyed from buying this card on sale has now been voided and I will receive a "refurbished" card instead of a new retail purchase. Sort of a double slap in the face.

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OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Model OCZESATATHR32G
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs No Instructions, No Plug & Play 04/13/2009

This review is from: OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Model OCZESATATHR32G

Pros: It looks cool.

Cons: I just received a 32 Gig Throttle today. My HP Elite 8730w workstation (XP Pro x64) is not "Plug & Play" with the eSata connection (none powered eSATA port). (Drive was formatted for NTFS)

If the eSATA & USB is plugged in prior to boot up, the drive will be recognized in windows.
If I plug the eSATA in first then USB when OS is fully booted, the "red & Blue" lights are lite but no drive is visible under any drive specific listing.
Under "Device Manager" if I right click IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers (Specificaly Chipset ICH9M-E 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller 1 - 2928 or " " " " " " Controller 2 - 292D and select "Scan for Hardware Changes" the drive is recognized.

I tried selecting an AHCI setting from my BIOS but it would not let my IDE internal HDD boot up once selected. I find it odd that there is no patch, driver, or other utility that can be installed to make this device truly "Plug & Play" as advertised for eSATA. I am half tempted to send this thing back RMA.

Other Thoughts: You should look @ their forums, threads and threads about this issue with no real answer just patch jobs and work a rounds that do not fully address the problem. I should not have to "scan for hardware changes" every time I plug the device into my eSATA. USB works fine, but again I did not buy this memory stick because it is USB now did I? lol

OCZ since you keep tabs on this thread from your earlier posts, what is the deal? And please do not point me to the support thread or community forums, they are just as perplexed based on the posts I have seen thus far.

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Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs WD Raptor - Vista - Nvidia 8800 Issue 03/07/2008

This review is from: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I enjoy the speed at which this HDD writes/reads.

Cons: There is an unresolved issue with the firmware/drivers between Nvidia GPUs and WD RaptorADFD 15K and Vista 32bit. Please refer to this post. I have experienced this issue the last 4 months and finally stumbled across this tomshardware research. Do a search under google for:

"WD's Raptor And Nvidia G80 Don't Play Nice With Vista"


End Result. I don't think I will be buying Raptor drives anymore going forward. I enjoy the speed but not the headache that has accompanied this HDD. So Vista 32/Nvida 8800 Series/WD1500ADFD users be aware. Grant it, Tom's study was inconclusive at least at pointing the finger to Nvidia, WD or Vista but, a cheap HDD replacement compared to a GPU, I think the HDD gets the boot.

Other Thoughts: What a pain in the bum!

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Display Name: Brian W.

Date Joined: 05/13/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 03/07/08
  • Last Review: 03/20/15
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