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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Lots of features for the price

Cons: - Exhibits a very annoying high pitched whining sound, like a dentist drill
- Lockups up and makes my primary Intel SSD disappear from the BIOS when hot plugging a device to another SATA port (no matter what configuration of SATA ports I use)
- No Firewire

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HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Decent, but expected better 03/01/2012

This review is from: HT | OMEGA eClaro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Pros: Sound quality is good, but to be honest I can't tell the difference between it and my onboard sound. And this is running through a set of Boston Acoustics MediaTheatre Pro's. They aren't the best speakers in the world, but they are definitely above average. I guess with all the glowing reviews here, my expectations were set too high.

Cons: The drivers are absolutely horrible for this card. They feel extremely outdated and the developers could not even bother to properly name their executables and change the icon from the default MFC icon. The software isn't signed so you get a pop up when you first restart windows, and why are both 32-bit and 64-bit version of HsMgr required? Seems odd to me. The on-board realtek drivers are far better if you ask me.

In addition to the driver problems, I get this odd static from the card whenever an audio stream starts. It seems to go away after a few seconds, but I was completely surprised by it as I haven't heard static from a computer in years. I suppose it has do with the highly analog nature of this card and some interference? I really don't know.

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Synology DS209 Diskless System Disk Station 2-bay SATA NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: replaced a POC D-Link DNS-323 with this and the difference could not be more profound. The management interface is a delight to use, has every single feature you could ever want from a NAS. And my transfer rates went from 15MB/s read and 8 MB/s write to 60MB/s read and 45 MB/s write. Absolutely amazing!

Cons: None

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Michael S.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 10/02/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/23/09
  • Last Review: 08/03/12
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