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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready  Video Card ( 100322L)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is my 3rd card - for a 3rd computer. The first I've had for 2 years, the second for a year. And I will likely pick up one more as a spare. This is an ideal home theater card, with hdmi and nice hdmi sound. I successfully support a 50 foot hdmi cable on the installation in the sunroom. (It's a good quality cable from (the river) reduced from about $80 that I got for about 50.) This card can run the original Far Cry, 1600x1200 (that's the same pixel count as 1080p) at ultra settings at around 35 fps, which surprised me. (Not custom ultra where you can tweak the AA even further.) But that was just playing around - I didn't pick it up for gaming.

Cons: Not really a con - but this is a passive card - if you really stress it with lots of gaming I suppose it might heat up - too hot and you'd have to add a fan - not hard to do if you have a spare molex connector. Another item - because hdmi sound is included - your motherboard could kick out the on-board sound - see other thoughts. I see there is a rebate. Great - if the mail loses my paperwork no problem, but I usually always get the rebates.

Other Thoughts: I have one of these in an i7 running the 50 foot hdmi cable. Trick - put a 100% (no zoom) magnifying glass window 2" by 2" on lower right of desktop, to track the mouse when it moves over to the extended desktop 1080p TV across the room - that way you don't have to try to read from across the room - it's all right there in the magnifying glass window. That makes it easy to start a power dvd 13 video on the desktop, slide it over to the TV, then go to the tv, and in your window, right-click "full-screen" again, without squinting from across the room. Slide the player window back before you shut everything down, or you will will wonder where Power dvd went. My i7 allows me to switch between hdmi sound, or on-board sound if the tv is off and I'm playing iTunes. The compaq microtower defaults to hdmi-only regarding the sound, but recently somebody said that when this card is installed - check bios for "on-board sound enable" which option will appear only when the card is installed. So I'll find that out this time.

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM SATA2 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Drive has tested out perfect with HDTune, HD Sentinel, Lifeguard, etc. Was put into place as part of a Raid 1 mirror.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have paid similar on the auction site back when I was considering used drives. For a few dollars, to get brand new, in my opinion is well worth it!

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StarTech Model IDE100RND24 24
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Continues to be a life-saver 04/26/2014

This review is from: StarTech Model IDE100RND24 24" Round ATA 100/133 IDE Cable

Pros: My older review is the one signed Richard E to the top right. I just used up my last one of these, and I will be soon buying another just as a spare. As I learn more about disk drives, and testing software, like spinrite, and hdsentinel, i am also learning more about SMART values. You can get SMART info from speedfan, in hex, or from HDTune in decimal - which I prefer. I noticed a C7 value, CRC errors, which I read about in wikipedia in the SMART article - and those are cable errors. I just did a bunch of spinrite testing, and my CRC values were increasing on my test computer secondary ide channel - and I thought it was a good 80 pin flat cable. I put on my last round cable - the one I am reviewing - and the problems disappeared.

Cons: Yes, the collars can be somewhat heavy, and you might want to cut them off. Lately I am not doing that, and they seem fine. One drive that kept disconnecting - I would boot up and it wasn't there - and I had blamed it on the heavy collar- that seemed to be a problem with that particular disk - the problem continued even with a change back to the flat ribbon, and finally I put a different disk in its place and no more disconnecting.

Other Thoughts: I only just recently learned about C7 CRC errors. You won't even see this in the HDTune health tab, unless you have one of the older WD ide drives - I own 15 ide 3.5" drives among various older towers, and a bunch of sata drives on two newer gaming towers. I have started doing spinrite testing on all my drives - I decided it's a once-a-year thing, to keep the drives refreshed. I also bought wd sentinel, and in discussion with the author, I am impressed by his approach, but I haven't evaluated it well enough. I do know, that you can't leave drives sitting on a shelf for years, and expect them to function - run them at least once a year, if not twice - a good run of several hours. Spinrite seems great for that.

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Richard E.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard E.

Date Joined: 09/09/07

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 04/08/10
  • Last Review: 07/26/15
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