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Pros: - 4 network-capable tuners
- Clear and easy to follow instructions for installation
- DVR capabilities without renting equipment from cable company
- Works equally well with SD and HD content
- Diagnostic software is actually useful
- Linux drivers posted on Ceton website
Cons: - Tends to run hot without additional cooling (See other thoughts)
- Takes some time (roughly 20 s) to get going when waking from sleep
Other Thoughts: The cons are not worth taking an egg off. This is a great product and a solid addition to an HTPC.
A quick search will yield simple yet effective cooling solutions for this card. Applying some copper heatsinks to the card and installing a quiet PCI fan next to it will greatly improve the tuners' temperature (67°C - 71°C under load to about 45°C).
I also experienced some odd white-flickering during live tv, which did translate over to recorded programs. Search "ehPresenter.dll Windows Media Center" for a solution if this occurs.
- Gigabyte GA-MA770 UD3
- Phenom II X4 945
- Gigabyte GV-N95TOC-512I GeForce 9500 GT
- 2 x OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
- Kingston SSDNow V100 Series 64GB SATA II (OS Drive)
- WD Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA III (Data Disk)
- Windows 7 HP 64-bit
- Rosewill Green Series RG630-2 630W PSU
- Silverstone Steel Lascala Series LC10B-E HTPC Case
This review is from: Newegg Eggs Model# 3gg0v3r3a5y - OEM
Pros: - Delicious!
- Great source of protein
- Compatible with a wide variety of peripherals (bacon, toast, orange juice, etc.)
- For once, it actually made my breakfast!!!
Cons: - MTBF ~ 500 hours
- Limited color selection
- Can do without the bloatware (such as cholesterol, who needs that?!?)
Other Thoughts: 3rd party packages allow for easy color alterations. They should be easy to find this time of year.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Well packaged with ample padding to prevent damage and scratches
- Solid build with a satisfying weight to it
- USB and eSATA connections
- Includes an eSATA bracket to connect to an onboard SATA port using an extra PCI slot on your case
- Fan is quiet and moves a fair amount of air
- HDD installs easy
- Hot-swapping is supported through onboard eSATA ports (See other thoughts)
Cons: - The blue LEDs on the case are a little bright (there are two behind a black-mesh). I've never been a fan of excessive LEDs on my computer components, but I can deal with these.
- HDD sits on top of a couple mini-metal shelves. A hard jolt or bump may damage something (purely speculation...has yet to happen)
Other Thoughts: Hot-swapping is supported if you use a native eSATA port (such as an eSATA port on the back panel of your motherboard). If you use the eSATA bracket included with the enclosure, you may not hot-swap the drives. You will need to power on the enclosure prior to booting the computer.
I currently own two of these enclosures and am very happy with both. They feel sturdy and solid with some weight to them. They have permanent homes, therefore I cannot attest to how they handle when traveling. It would be nice if they came with little rubber feet to put on the bottom of the unit, but that's an easy fix and nowhere near a deal-breaker.