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This review is from: IOCell Networks 351UNE 3.5" USB/eSATA/Ethernet Enclosure For USB or Network Storage
Pros: The network drive storage is a viable feature but not mind-boggling or extremely stable. I put a few LP 2TB drives in mine, a smaller 7,200RPM drive and a few others. Never had any serious problems. The eSATA works fine for large files.
From a modders perspective I was excited to find a 12v DC header port on the PCB (without a head installed). I soldered in my own low-power fan to keep everything cool. With the fan I installed I'm pretty happy with the enclosure even if the NDAS part is eh...
Cons: Proprietary drivers (and their background processes) are required to use the network portion of the drive. The 'newest driver' is not 100% stable and crashes in Win7 at least a couple times a month.
NO SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT!! IOCELL bought this tech a few years ago and is no longer doing any development for the drivers or software in well over a year. Driver v3.72 has been out since spring 2012 if not earlier. Apple support is even worse: Snow Leopard is a beta driver and Lion support is zero. (They do include a plea for programming help on their driver website because I guess they have neither the ability nor the will to write any more drivers themselves.)
From research the internal SATA controller is only SATA 1 so don't expect 200MB/s through the eSATA. I found the Ethernet port to preform about what they advertised, ~50MB/s - unimpressive but faster than USB 2. I did have one of my drives fail (heat?) and my first enclosure failed not long after I bought it so if you are not getting ~50MB/s on Gigabit my guess is you need to RMA it, but do it fast because I see they have dropped the warranty down to just 30 DAYS?! haha not a good sign...
Heat is an issue since there is no active cooling on this enclosure. That's why I soldered in my own fan...
Other Thoughts: I use this as a "last resort" backup I have stashed in a dark corner of my house. For an 'off-site' kind of backup solution its great. Its small, easily hidden, and Ethernet cables can be way longer than USB or eSATA.
With all my family pictures and movies digital now I'm always worried about my computer getting stolen. I'm sure the cloud would be more reliable but 50 MB/s is way faster than my home internet and I have no monthly fees.
Pros: I upgraded from an MSI 8800GT. Its hard to compare them. I only upgrade every 4 years so I try not to skimp.
-There are few words to fully quantify the excellence of this card. I have completely maxed out Skyrim @ 1080 w every graphics tweak and this doesn't shutter.
-FarCry 2 @ 1080 is posting frame rates well above 100fps.
-Cooling is the best available but above 60% and you have a literal tornado in your case. Default settings are pleasantly quiet so don't fear but if you manually crank it up it's crazy loud. During load I've never seen it go above 39% on auto.
-I read in a couple benchmarks I read that you can overclock this bad boy past 1220MHz Core // 1500MHz Mem. OC'ed that beats the 6990 on Crysis 2!!
Cons: -This thing costs some serious money; its not for the faint of heart. The price will go down if you wait.
-I can confirm that the pre-release 12.2 driver BSODs in Win7. It is not common. I leave my computer up 24/7 and it has happened about 2x a week over the past month. Surprisingly never when I am actually using it. I did see they released the official 12.3 driver this week so we can hope that does something. Maybe during inactivity the card lowers the voltages too much.
-I also installed Vista 64 just to test FarCry2 because it still doesn't work in Win7 (lazy Ubisoft...) The catalyst driver is supper dependent on .Net Framework so I recommend if you reformat install the display driver absolutely last after every single windows update is done. Had to install vista twice to get the driver install right so don't completely discount that guy who had vista driver problems.
-My biggest complaint is the complete lack of accessories. you get a bridge and 2 power adapters..
Other Thoughts: I want to make a note about the previous 1 star reviews:
1. you don't need two DVI ports to set up multiple monitors. Eyefinity on this 7950 supports up to 4 monitors. (2 more than any single gpu Nv consumer card) Just use an active cable/adapter...that does not come bundled >:-[ I've personally tested it with three already and to convert from HDMI to DVI you just need a $5 cable, no fancy adapters.
2. you can most certainly display 1920x1080. this baffled me at first too. The driver automatically shrinks the display by like 8% thinking you are using a 1080p TV (that cuts the edges off). For a 1080p monitor all you have to do is go into the catalyst control center and turn scaling off and you get your full resolution back.
pay no attention to the naysayers, this card is amazing. The best 7950 available.
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