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PlayStation 4 Console
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Why the awful bundles :/ 04/11/2014

This review is from: PlayStation 4 Console

Pros: Friend's system is great

Cons: Dafuq with the awful bundle requirement, and bundles themselves? Not everybody wants sports games. I mainly want a system, but I'd buy a bundle if it included a choice of game, or a game I wanted to play :/

Other Thoughts: Not sure why the bundles are basically both the same. There's several far more popular titles that would likely sell more bundles.

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Western Digital WD Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: These drives, as well as the 1GB models have low noise and good power savings mechanisms, and generally good price per MB ratio. Havn't had one fail yet, though all of them have been flagged for replacement by SMART after a few months.

Cons: Be careful if you use these in RAID set ups. WD recommends against it, for good reason. The low power features of the drive make the R/W heads set very often, and within months the drive could be past the limit of load/unload cycles and start showing as old to SMART monitoring tools.
If you are set up to use SMART monitoring, keep an eye on your load cycles and you may see them rise ridiculously fast, especially in RAID environments.

There was a tool, wdidle or some such that WD gave out to some people who had to deal with this problem, that allowed you to tweak the amount of idle time before the drives set the head. Using it essentially cuts down on the load/unload cycles by not unloading in as short an idle time as they are made to do, undoing some of the green power technology's savings.

Sorry for the run on sentences toward the end there.

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ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good and Bad 12/01/2008

This review is from: ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked great for about a year. Used a C2Duo 6600, 2GB DDR800, ATI 1950XT. SB XFI. Played movies fine (main use) and gamed great (secondary) Tons of features.

Cons: After about a year, the USB ports all died. In windows XP they would just constantly 'pop' with errors in windows, complaining about unknown devices, unplug errors, and the popping windows sound would go off every 3-5 seconds. No devices worked using the ports, had to disable them in bios. In linux, the USB ports spewed all sorts of errors on boot, and likewise nothing could be used on USB.

Other Thoughts: Other than the apparent hardware failure after a year of use (almost always on basically as a HTPC) the board was great. Had some issues though installing windows. It would take 3-5 install attempts to install windows XP. Same problem with roommate's similar Asus P5b line board (not a deluxe). Windows instal would blue screen and windows boots would occasionally fail after loading the SATA driver. Never figured it out, replaced his board, and I stopped using windows altogether.

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Mark D.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark D.

Date Joined: 03/22/04

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/31/08
  • Last Review: 04/11/14
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