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Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this and replaced 5 dvr boxes for my house. Instead of the $80 per month I now only pay the card rental. HD is nice and clear, and even the SD channels are good, no distortion to them.

Cons: If you are using Windows 8/8.1 WMC for your tuner, it only supports 4 tuners. There isn't the drivers yet for the tuner extender for Windows 8/8.1. If you are looking to have it connected to every PC instantly you'll have to wait if you use Win 8/8.1. I'm fine with having to wait as I don't have enough extenders right now anyway.

Also as stated in other review you don't have any of the OnDemand including the free OnDemand that is included if you have the movie channels etc.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this, and sadly for me I bought mine before Cyber Monday when it was $50 off. It is well worth the money. If you are looking at doing just a single PC, for now I wouldn't recommend over the 4 tuner card as that's all Windows Media Center can support.

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Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9250410ASG 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So far it seems to run well. I'm testing it in a little supermicro atom server box. It's running server 2k8R2 with SQL and Sharepoint server 2010(way too much for atom I know but it does good for testing/logging enviroment). I had a standard drive in before, and I've noticed considerable improvement in load times of sharepoint(most used app). This took about 2-3 days to notice the difference. Also in resource manager you can tell when it's reading from the SSD it goes from showing 10Mbps to up over 200.

Cons: The way that everything is written to the drive then mirrored onto the SSD for read back purposes only makes it slightly slower than it could have potential for. Still is faster than standard drive after time. If you never do the same thing on your computer, or are constantly creating/writing to the drive you won't notice any speed improvement other than moving from a 5400 rpm to a 7200 rpm drive.

Other Thoughts: I've never had good luck with seagate's in the past, however I'm giving this one a try and time will tell if the drive can hold up. The read speed of the drive is very nice if you are doing the same thing over and over. It is very noticeable.

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SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H 1U Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core 1.6GHz Dual Gigabit LAN Server Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small, quiet low power consumption as many others have said.

Dual-core + HyperThreading allows for slightly better performance on windows.

passive cooling is quiet, and fairly effective.

Cons: Expansion slot/riser slot is not very friendly for use, also wish that it came with either a riser card, or the 2.5" HDD bracket.

2 gig of ram limiting, but not the end of the world.

Other Thoughts: I own two of them currently, one is being used as my pfsense firewall/router and the other is running Server 2k3 with MySQL, Apache, and Sharepoint. It is pretty snappy, and boot time is pretty low for only 2 gigs of ram. All in all it works great for what I use it for. Handles sharepoint nicely.

Looking at buying a few more after the new year.

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Display Name: Eric S.

Date Joined: 03/15/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/09/07
  • Last Review: 12/02/13
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