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SYBA ExpressCard to PCI-Express Conversion Card Model SD-PEX-EXPC
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4 out of 5 eggs Don't get it if you CrossFireX 02/04/2011

This review is from: SYBA ExpressCard to PCI-Express Conversion Card Model SD-PEX-EXPC

Pros: Easy to install if you have a free slot and a free USB connection on your motherboard. ExpressCards are nice and snug in this, and seem to be firmly held in place.

Cons: Requires a USB connection from your motherboard to the card, and won't work with it. If you have an average motherboard and case, and use a multi-card reader, you probably won't have a connection to spare.

The real problem is that it uses the PCI-express slot, and while that would normally be OK, in some motherboards you disable or downgrade other slots if you use the PCI-express slot. In a CrossFireX setup, the slot that is disabled or downgraded is the one you'd put your second graphics card into, and thus the Syba card disables the ability to do CrossFireX properly.

Given a choice between reading ExpressCards and using CrossFireX in my system, I'll take the graphics boost.

Check your motherboard manual to make sure that using the PCI-express slot doesn't screw with your setup before buying this!

Other Thoughts: Would be nice if this just worked without needing the USB connection. Would be really nice if I could find a version of this that will mount in the front of my case and use an IDE or SATA connection, instead of hogging a card slot and a USB connection.

Alas, this card is asking for too much sacrifice in my system to be worth the end result.

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AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto Dual-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDX545WFK2DGI
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5 out of 5 eggs Luck of the draw... And some are unlucky. 01/30/2011

This review is from: AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto Dual-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Processor HDX545WFK2DGI

Pros: This is a sufficiently fast CPU for most modern games, although it does provide a bottleneck in older games that are more dependent on the CPU than the GPU. Still, you can't complain about 3.0GHz, and if you have a monster heatsink & fan, you can overclock it pretty well with the right motherboard. Works as advertised, makes things go ZOOM, and having the L3 cache is pretty handy in some applications when you're not playing games.

Cons: As my review title indicates, some are lucky enough to have completely stable 3rd and 4th cores in this CPU, and others are not. I was one of the unlucky ones. While the cores unlocked easily enough, both were unstable and caused anomalies in Windows. Glitching graphics, flickering images, and stalled applications were the most common problems, and it was easy to turn off each of the extra cores individually and find out that both of them were wonky. This isn't really a "con" for this CPU, as it's not really an advertised feature, but just be aware you're not guaranteed success with core unlocking, and if that's the case you want to be sure that this is enough CPU to do the job for you without those extra cores unlocked. This does not cost the CPU an egg in the ratings, but it's something to be aware of if you're planning to use a core unlocker.

Other Thoughts: I would have liked if they at least included an AMD case sticker. I understand not getting a cooler with it, as it's OEM, but the sticker would have been a nice touch for my new PC.

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Display Name: Keith O.

Date Joined: 05/17/07

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  • First Review: 01/30/11
  • Last Review: 02/04/11
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