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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Good thing it's going away 03/07/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

Pros: Easy installation, solid platform, few crashes. The media sharing is improved over WHS 2003.

Cons: Don't know where to begin, I have a mac in my system so I decided to "upgrade" to WHS 2011 from WHS 2003, as the old method wasn't really a backup and it was the wife's mac so she won't have to "remember" to start the backup. BIG mistake. First off Lyon came out right after I installed and guess what? OS no longer supported. Then MS never bothered to fix it, hell it was one of their MAJOR selling points. Then they removed the drive extender which was fantastic. A bunch of different sized drives seen as one massive drive by the computer. You manage folders not drives. Not sure why this isn't in all MS products. Lastly, they back up service. The old system would back up every night and basically just "sync"/track the changes so it didn't kill the space. Basically, one big backup with a bunch of little "amendments". The new system saves a new copy everyday and you're left with a bunch of large backups. i.e. backing up a 200MB "C" dirve is 1TB every week. MS do the math. And since no drive extender, you are out of space every week. Not to mention if you're backing up music/movies/photos, I mean that's why you do it right?

Other Thoughts: The minor pros do not out weigh the cons on this one. They had a really solid product in WHS 2003. Some minor fixes/tweaks and they could have had a rockstar program here. I'm guessing that really just wasn't their desire. Not sure why they didn't want to make money...

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EVGA  02G-P4-2689-K2  GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper+  2GB  256-bit  GDDR5  PCI Express 3.0 x16  HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: EVGA is a great company that stands behind their products

Cons: Be careful of the "+"

Other Thoughts: I have the HC and this is not a HC. The HC has a base clock of 1150, not 1058. The "+" is not a plus at all, it's a minus. It's a plus over the GTX 680 because the block is already installed, but not a plus over the HC.

I will say this, I love my HC and wish I could find a second from EVGA (not used), currently I water cool a sig 2 and OC the second card to match. No issues, just not my favorite way of doing it.

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EVGA 02G-P4-2689-KR GeForce GTX 680 Hydro Copper 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card is fast, quick and cool, if you're considering don't hesitate, get this card and EVGA is the best, IMO. Great customer support strong forum base as well as the EGVA employees are active members of the form so you get a lot of help. This card idles at 26C for me. My previous GTX 580 SCs idled at 38C on air. Under load, I can't get it over 37C. That's sick. :)

Cons: Limited availability at the moment. Still won't fold, but that's a immature driver issue. I expect to be resolved soon.

Other Thoughts: Someone mentioned that this is a reference card, that is incorrect, it is a reference "PCB". The card runs at a speed of 1150 MHz out of the box, the reference is 1006 MHz. I've been able to OC mine to 1350 without problems. Currently, the benchmarks put it "just" behind my SLI'd GTX 580SC cards and WAY ahead of a single 580. Personally, I can't wait for a second one to hit the wild so I can add it to my system.

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Display Name: Fred H.

Date Joined: 02/22/08

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 04/18/11
  • Last Review: 03/07/13
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