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SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME 3-Tuner US CableTV with CableCARD Stream Premium Channels and Cut the Cord
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works largely as advertised.
Windows Media Center is fully supported.
Picture quality is very high.
Seems well built.

Cons: Software not included, but required from their website. When I got the box, the download service was down. Please include the software in the box for this reason alone.

Software is slow to search for stations, and seems to stall at times.

Codecs necessary for video playback on Windows 8 not included in the software install.

Other Thoughts: Windows Media Center is a pain in the rear. I ended up re-installing Windows because Play Ready wouldn't work. After reinstalling Windows, everything was much simpler. I blame MS for this, not Silicone Dust.

I am taking an egg off because of the software issues, lack of necessary codecs, and the fact that the Android software requires an additional purchase.

Once working, it streams flawlessly across the wifi to an Xbox 360 and PC at the same time - both streams in HD. I leave one tuner open for recording.

I would certainly buy this again, and I am sure future installations will be much simpler now that I know how to fix everything.

Vantec NexStar TX 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Surprisingly well built. Included cable is of decent quality. Comes with soft protective cover. Even includes the tools needed, and extra screws.
Got it free with an HD HomeRun - will probably pick up another one or two.

Cons: SATA board doesn't seem to be attached to the case all that securely, seems like it would break easily... just be gentle with it. Included plastic protector for the hard drive rattles around in there. Would have been nice if it was large enough to cover the entire bottom of the case and not move around.

Other Thoughts: With an older Toshiba 5,400RPM drive, I am getting 35~50MB/sec write speeds depending on the location on the drive, and 40~50MB/sec read speeds.

It does need two USB ports to provide enough power for the drive, unless you have a newer Gigabyte board (or similar) with extra power on a single port.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Installation was a breeze, snapped em in and moved on. The default profile works well enough, XMP profile sets up all the important stuff for most people. This ram is a great value.
Currently running 8-8-8-22-1T @ 1.65V

Cons: Not much overclocking headroom, or ability to really tighten up timings. Not much of a con considering price, but fair warning.

Other Thoughts: I tested this out with Memtest86, and Windows memory diagnostic at both 9-9-9-24-2t@1600Mhz, and at 8-8-8-22-1t. Both tested out rock solid.

Using an EVGA-P55-SLI motherboard with an Intel Core i5 760.

Newegg was darned quick, as usual. Ordered on Thursday, in my mailbox on Monday.


James H.'s Profile

Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 05/10/06

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 08/22/08
  • Last Review: 03/28/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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