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This review is from: LINKSYS EZXS88W Smart Switch
Pros: -Long life!
I bought this exact model in 2004 (will it say Verified Owner? I'll find out. It's in my Order History) and it still works!
Cons: -10/100 Mbps only.
There are a multitude of 10/100/1000 switches on the market for about the same price, including another Linksys.
-Smaller than the WRT54G.
It came with a conversion kit to allow it to stack on the other Linksys gear of the same generation, but it just wasn't the same.
Other Thoughts: When I do PC-to-PC file transfers, it does about 9-10 MBps and makes any other internet use impossibly slow. Then I did the calculation and realized that 9-10 MBps is just about the cap for a 10/100 switch so...that's why, duh.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Longevity! I've had this card since Aug 2008 and it still works like a champ.
Saves money on heating bills! No need to run central heating with this card! Heck, get 2 and Crossfire for even more cost efficiency! Computers are cheaper to run than central heaters (and you were gonna leave the computer on anyway).
Still runs modern games! I'm not so sure about reviews before claiming high settings because they don't report the resolution. I run 1920x1080 and I have to do Medium - some High for Skyrim and Low for Saints Row IV or it gets choppy. LoL gets great FPS though, heh.
Cons: Runs very hot.
Fan is very loud when spinning over 50% speed.
Only 512MB. There is a 1GB version out there, I'd say get that one if possible.
Drivers WERE a problem for Borderlands (1) and Rage. Driver support ended for 4000 series at version 13-1 so if there are any new driver problems that arise, too bad.
Other Thoughts: I joke about the crazy high temps but it really says something about the quality of the card. Before I got MSI Afterburner software to control the fan with, it would normally run the fan at about 20% during idle which would yield idle temps of 80C-90C! I ran this card for nearly 5 years at those temps before getting MSIAB and it still works!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: An improvement over HDD speeds.
My Core 2 system with DDR2 loads games as fast or faster than an i5 with DDR3 and WD Black HDD
I bought this drive just after the WD flood - I needed a boot/apps drive and I had a choice between a $100 500GB HDD or $130 128GB SSD...
Cons: Well... HD Sentinel finally dropped the health of this drive from 100% to 97%. I know, sound the alarms... But the big picture is bigger than that.
I've been having issues with Windows running a pre-boot chkdsk about once a month on this drive, and finding corrupt files and such. Occasionally, after completion, it will boot and have corrupt drivers, broken applications or other issues. Usually, I've been able to do a system restore and solve the issue, but not this last time. The last time, whatever data got lost, was unrepairable (AND it made any internet-related application, like a browser, unusable). I had to re-install Windows.
Other Thoughts: I realize it seems kinda moot to do a review on a discontinued product... But these things are probably still floating around elsewhere.
To suppliment my problem in the cons section... I really didn't want to reformat the thing and I tried many things:
-Doing a system restore
-Using a live CD to replace what I thought were the corrupt/missing files
-Using the Windows install CD to do a full repair by using "upgrade"
-Other stuff I may have forgotten
I'm probably going to go search for the firmware now, since reading the review replies reminded me of that. Hopefully, that can prevent future issues, or else this drive will be RMA'd.
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