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NETGEAR 5 Port 10/100 Business-Class Desktop Switch - Lifetime Warranty (FS105)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's a 10/100 ethernet switch. Provide a supply of electricity, plug in the ethernet cables, and away it goes. I bought it knowing it would "just work" and I was not disappointed.

Cons: If you look at the picture, you can see there is a 4-port module with a 5th port added to the side. I haven't torn it apart or loaded tested it, but -- if you need 5 ports and all of them demand maximum bandwidth and minimal latency? Well, this looks a lot like a 4 port switch someone bolted a 5th port onto.

Other Thoughts: Kill-A-Watt says it draws 1.5 Watts/3.5VA.

I use this to provide ports to a room as part of my home network. It does an excellent job at that, and the metal body means I don't have to worry about smashing or crushing it.

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SPARKLE SFPX95GT1024U2H GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works like a charm in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 03/02/2011

This review is from: SPARKLE SFPX95GT1024U2H GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Had no problems booting, having it recognized, getting both monitors set up, etc. in up-to-date Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Total snap -- pure plug and play.

Good thermal interface as-is. Replacing the stock paste with Arctic Silver 5 only dropped "idle" temp about 1-2 degrees.

Lets me play Gratuitous Space Battles and Torchlight under Wine with very high framerates. Both of these were cranky with my 7050.

Cons: The heat sink is as large as billed. Blocks one PCI slot and several of the SATA ports on my micro-ATX motherboard. If I had more SATA drives I'd have to perform surgery on the heat sink with a Dremel cutter to make it work.

DVI sometimes seems to have problems synching with my AOpen F90JS. I occasionally get a wavery, distorted display. Not sure if this is a hardware synch issue, a drivers issue or a monitor / cabling issue. Turning the monitor off and on fixes it.

Other Thoughts: Running on a double-headed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS system. Used it to replace an on-board nVidia 7050 chipset so I could multi-head and have a video card that wasn't utter bare bones.

Double heading works fine. Indirect rendering causes serious lag when multi-heading -- if you have problems with low desktop framerates using compiz, make sure you don't have indirect rendering set. (you can check / change this under Compiz Options with the Compiz Fusion Icon from the package of the same name).

Monitor says it runs at ~43C. I don't think this card is a good candidate for OCing unless you add an active heat sink.

I would say this card is 'moderately good'. It provides good performance for a low price, balance by the ginormous heat sink. I think the occasional crankiness synching with DVI is probably more my rig than the card but it's something to be thinking about if you think the machine might hard reboot frequently.

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AMC CSA-6 6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs If You Need To Convert 4-Pin Molex To SATA Power, This Is The Item 01/29/2010

This review is from: AMC CSA-6 6" 6" SATA Power Adapter, (15-Pin) to Power Supply (4-Pin)

Pros: Works and as solidly built as any tiny adapter can be.

Cons: Terminating connector, not a pass-through.

Other Thoughts: *If you have a PS with only 4-pin molex leads or a PS with too few SATA leads, this is the proper adapter to convert a molex adapter to a SATA power point.*

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Date Joined: 12/12/01

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  • Last Review: 03/02/11
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