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HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Windows 7 disapointment 12/14/2010

This review is from: HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: I've used this card on two different OS's - XP and 7. On XP, this card was incredibly solid, and I never had any problems. On Windows 7, however...

Cons: Windows 7 drivers are very unstable. I have many games (Stalker series, Oblivion, Baldur's Gate II to name a few), which crash regularly unless I disable hardware sound. Looking into the cause of the crashes, it seems that hsmgr.exe (the card's software) is the cause. The worst part, when the crashes occur, the sound that was playing at the time loops infinitely, and the only way to get rid of it is by rebooting.

Also, the ports are not color coded, with many cases blocking the etched writing that labels each port, so have fun figuring out what cord goes where. Until I memorized the configuration, I had to reference Newegg's images of the card to see what they were.

Other Thoughts: The sound configuration software could be more streamlined for easy usage.

Also, Windows 7 has been released for more than enough time for HT to develop and release more suitable drivers for Windows 7.

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CORSAIR Survivor 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-8GB
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs one word - tough 04/27/2009

This review is from: CORSAIR Survivor 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBSRVR-8GB

Pros: I'll be honest, I'm pretty hard on things. Even a good pair on jeans will only last me up to 6 months before I shred them. So, you can only imagine how hard I am on electronics. However, this flash drive has gone to hell and back, and it's still just good as new after 7 months. Heck, I even ran it over with a 1 ton pickup the day I got it just to make sure it was up to my standards, and there wasn't even a scratch. If that doesn't convince you

Cons: It might be bulky for some people.

Other Thoughts: The good part about a bulky flash drive is you'll know when you forget it. Also, it was a bit squeaky when screwing it into it's container at first, but this went away after a couple days.

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APEVIA X-SUPRA G-Type X-SUPRAG-AL Black / Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Setting up hardware inside this case is very simple, intuitive, and as an added bonus, the only tool you'll need is a philips screwdriver - and only to bolt down the motherboard. With some zip-ties, it's easy to have a cleanly wired inside. The fans are 120mm, so they move a lot of air, and don't sound whiny either. Though some people dislike the power-buttons and external ports being up top, but for a tower that sits on the floor, this is optimal, as can look right down and see right where everything is.

Cons: One of the plastic buttons on the window-side (the ones that look like metal bolts) was broken off on arrival. However, a little bit of superglue made it look good as new again. The paint finish is a fingerprint magnet, but this is a common problem with cases. Finally, the PCI expansion slot clamps are of a cheap plastic material that breaks easy when clamping down.

Other Thoughts: The only thing that could possibly make this case stand out even more is a removable motherboard tray. The few issues are far outweighed by the value and good features.

Also, I set up the case so the airflow was directed straight front to back, so I moved the side fan instead to the front as an intake.

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Display Name: Ryan V.

Date Joined: 09/04/04

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 10/17/04
  • Last Review: 12/14/10
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