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LaCie 2big Quadra 2TB USB 2.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It works fine with the eSATA connection. I'm using Nero Backup, and it's saved me from a couple of software malfunctions that corrupted files.

Cons: It's VERY noisy. The "ventilation" is a joke, with six under 1/4" holes in the back of the enclosure. They try to compensate by making the enclosure one big finned heatsink, but the poor little internal fan is constantly running full speed. Don't even think of stashing this thing somewhere with poor ventilation, even if it does cut down on the noise.

Other Thoughts: The huge blue "eyeball" would be an issue if I didn't have it under my desk pointing into a corner. I just wonder what Security thinks when they come through at night and see the brilliant unearthly glow bathing my office in an occult blue light.

ASUS GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) DirectX 11 ENGT430 DC SL/DI/1GD3 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Silent. Installed and booted with no problems. Windows detects it and installs the drivers (but I downloaded the newest ones from Asus anyway). Bumped my Windows "Experience" Index to 6.7.

Cons: The 2D performance may actually be worse than the fanless Gigabyte HD4550 board that it replaced.

Other Thoughts: I have been trying to improve the performance of my desktop as an Audio Workstation and avoid building a whole new machine. While the Windows Index jumped significantly with this card, I'm not sure that it really did anything for me. I still get audio dropouts when doing simple 2D things like zooming audio tracks. I don't run a Web browser when I'm working, but tried it and get dropouts when loading and scrolling pages. I bumped up the memory clock and that seemed to help some, but I'd about decided to build a new machine anyway. Then Microsoft pushed Service Pack KB976932 this morning which, to my utter amazement, significantly improved my latency numbers. Maybe Microsoft can do something right after all? I'm still getting occasional glitches, but things are much improved. I'm going to upgrade my network card from the on-board Marvell Yukon to an IBM, and if that doesn't fix the last bit of glitching then it's time to bag it and build.

Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Mac Memory Model KTA-MB1333K2/8G
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Up and Running 04/28/2012

This review is from: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Mac Memory Model KTA-MB1333K2/8G

Pros: Plugged it in to my late 2011 15" MacBook Pro and it works.

Cons: No problems so far.


Jon B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jon B.

Date Joined: 04/21/02

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 01/19/04
  • Last Review: 05/25/12
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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