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Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card Model SDC4/4GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs excellent performer 12/24/2011

This review is from: Kingston 4GB microSDHC Flash Card Model SDC4/4GB

Pros: Very good performance in benchmarks and real world usage, in everything from being the SSD in my HTC EVO Shift, to being an external disk. Performs better than promised for a Class 4 SD card, and the gains are tangible.

CrystalDiskMark benchmark info:
Seq Read: 18.45MB/s Write: 7.781MB/s
512K: 14.27/1.00
4K: .969/.172 (QD32): 1.832/.266

average speed while transferring MP3s back and forth from PC using HTC EVO Shift as USB 2.0 interface:
16.0-16.8MB/s read from disk
6.8-7.3MB/s write to disk

In all, way more than the 4MB/s promised by the class 4 tag, and an exhausting review for a cheap SDHC. :)

Cons: Space?

Other Thoughts: Very good value for money, makes a decent primary SSD for a smart phone and scratch disk to load diagnostic/AV programs to computers I work on in the field. Could use more storage space, obviously.

Test Conditions:
AMD Sempron 145 Sargas @ 3.33GHz
8GB Kingston DDR3-1240 9-7-7-20-27-2T
AMD 880G w/chipset native USB 2.0
Windows 7 SP1 x64, CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64

HTC EVO Shift
800MHz Snapdragon 45nm
512MB LPDDR
Gingerbread 2.3.3

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ECS GF7050VT-M LGA 775 GeForce7050 / 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good audio, video, compatiblity 07/30/2009

This review is from: ECS GF7050VT-M LGA 775 GeForce7050 / 610i Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Simple, reliable board with a great onboard feature set. Certainly worth the price. Supports 1333MHz cpus. Very good memory timing and vRAM control (2.2V and higher is available). Can unlink memory from FSB by typing in what bus and memory speeds you want (ie, no fixed FSB:DRAM ratios in BIOS, but it will still link to the next available ratio stored in BIOS, so it's not actually fully stepless). Onboard audio sounds surprisingly good, and the onboard video handles old games like UT2004 maxed out at 1600x1200 w/AA. Took an E5200 Wolfdale up to 3.75GHz/1200MHz QDR/1.356V (load). Multiplier control with Conroe and later based Cores/PDCs/Celerons.

Cons: Sparse fine tuning options. vCore control is limited to +50mV-150mV in BIOS. No adjustment for any signal-related chip-set parameters. Lack of dual-channel memory ensures a small hit along the lines of a good 5% is most apps, maybe more so compared to the latest quick P4x series chipsets, and more so with multi-core multitasking of bandwidth intensive applications (encoding with two cores while watching a video, with one, for example). This is a shame, because the otherwise decent geforce core has to fight for contention with one, two, or four cores (when in use) for one 64 bit memory channel - but through a 128bit effective data bus.
This is however a small nitpick in this price category.

Other Thoughts: Don't expect to overclock well with 90nm processors, and your results will invariably get better as you step down process size (90nm -> 65nm -> 45nm etc) due to limited vCore and various other voltage related adjustments, not to mention a decidedly weak voltage regulation circuit (wouldn't recommend pushing big Kentsfield 65nm 8MB core 2 quads on this tiny board, but you wouldn't anyway). Additionally, your overclocking headroom will be limited with 1333MHz cpus due to the lack of high-fsb clock stablity typical of nvidia chipsets.

I've had a good experience with this board, and choosing the right components for it ensures you will to.

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XFX PV-T96G-YHF GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This card is cheap - at only 60 bucks, it was only 10 USD more than the cheapest 3850 at purchase time. Good for a budget game build, which is what I used it for. Quiet under load, and doesn't need alot of power. 512MB VRAM handles all of what nvidia's 64 shader G94 can throw at it. Overclocking gives you near 8800 performance, with some added fan noise.

High quality DVI video out and gpu-accelerated post-processing (as expected).

Cons: 64-shader G94 in theory has better raster OP/texture performance than the seemingly archaic 112 shader G92 in the 8800gt, but comes up short at higher resolution's regardless (usually ~15%). Not a big con, at the price and power consumption levels.

Other Thoughts: I have crysis results for those interested:
Wolfsdale E5200 2MB @ 3.75Ghz/1200FSB
Crucial DDR2-800 CL6-5-5-17-24 (single channel)
Asus P5N73-AM 610i mATX board
17" FD Trinitron
XP Pro 32-bit SP2/Crysis Bench Tool 1.05
XFX 9600GT with Arctic Silver Ceramic Paste on *all* heatsink contact points

In stock guise, plays Crysis on all-high settings in 32bit XP with DX9 at 1152x864 (avg 35 frame/s) with very few drops into the low 20s fps wise. (24-30 fps in this game is usually considered playable, btw). Excellent post processing keeps this game looking smooth at low frame rates compared to most games.

All High/DX9/HDR/No AA/AF - 3.75GHz
650core/1600shader/1800GDDR3
1024x768: 37.87fps
1152x864: 35.23fps
1280x1024: 28.90fps

All High/DX9/HDR/No AA/AF - 3.75GHz
730/1950/2000GDDR3
1024x768: 40.31fps
1152x864: 37.68fps
1280x1024: 32.29fps

Really broke and have a low-resolution screen? You can still play crysis smoothly on high. Those of you with 1280x720 wide, consul

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Date Joined: 04/14/02

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