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PNY VCQK5000-PB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 4GB256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x 16 HDCP Ready Workstation video card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: High Def Quad monitor - I personally have it running 3X 24 inch wide screens and 1X 27 inch widescreen.

Drivers are great, need a bit of work for AutoCAD, but the card runs sooth as butter with Creo Parametric (formally ProE). Note: do not use the drivers as provided with the card, they are out-of-date. I didn't eve try them, as I always check vendors for current certified drivers and firmware for all of my components.

Did I mention native quad display? NVidia listened to the masses about the lack of allowing the user to use all ports on a given card at once. A++

Bridging with a Tesla K20 card turns this bad boy into a true fire breathing beast. A bit overkill and pricey, but when you got the funds for a true analysis workstation, I highly recommend it. I bought the Tesla from PNY as I could not get one at Newegg on initial release. But I will buy my second one here when I get my second K5000.

Cons: Would not pass POST initially. After trying to move to a different slot with no success, I ended up removing it, updating and patching the BIOS then reinstalling. Now it loads first time ever time in ASUS Z9PE-D8WS. Check and update your BIOS first using the on-board video, then try installing the card. Not the video cards fault, just the BIOS did not support it yet due in part to it's change in architecture.

The box was missing one Display Port to DVI adapter, but a quick call to PNY and a new one was overnight shipped free of charge.

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 series RVD3X2-FHPX4-480G PCI-E 480GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extremely fast - Do not be fooled by using normal testing methods, I have used multiple different analyzers and they all come out different. I have personally noticed that when moving large amounts of data is where this drive really shines. Normal operations are mildly faster, but in the high data intensive applications like Creo Parametric loading models over 3,000 parts, this drive shines like no other.

Installation Very Easy - Many state that the installation is somewhat difficult, but the as-provided disk has the drivers if being used as an OS partition (not recommended). I would not recommend installation of the OS on any PCIe drive due in part that its not a raid. Always backup your OS and important data. I will also go to say that this drive is not used for long-term file stowage, I have a RAID 1+0 with standard drives in more reliable stowage, but using this for working copies has proven to be a dream.

Temperature - This drive runs much colder than any conventional drives I have. Thou don't be fooled, all drives will fail if not properly cooled.

Cons: No shielding nor casing over the circuit board and chipset. I would expect better quality in that area for the price. Nevertheless, this does not change its performance.

Price - This was not an issue for me, but I do not recommend this drive for any average nor personal user. This drive will not speed up internet browsing or games. It may help load them initially, but paying higher price will just cause more negative reviews as the average user will not be utilizing the drive in its optimum environment.

No ability as-to-date to set up in a RAID (hopefully soon?).

Other Thoughts: Recommend this for local "working" copies of data in high end workstations requiring large data reads (3D CAD systems with 1000+ part assemblies for example).

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Display Name: Nathan O.

Date Joined: 05/20/12

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 02/24/13
  • Last Review: 02/25/13
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