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Acer Aspire V5-131-2887 Notebook Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ethernet is gigabit, not 100 megabit.
Ethernet is a good Broadcom NIC.
Battery life is amazing (see other thoughts).
System is ridiculously light.
Suspend to RAM takes approximately 2 seconds.

Cons: DOES NOT HAVE USB3.0. (see other thoughts)
Wireless card is not great (Bluetooth and WiFi on same card, but bluetooth can't be independently disabled, and one transciver is dedicated to bluetooth, so wifi speeds are terrible).
CPU can't be upgraded without replacing the entire base-board.
Comes with DDR3 1600 memory, but won't run it as anything other than DDR3 1333.
Backlight dosen't work correctly on Linux. (see other thoughts)
Intel processor (this is a personal con, see the end of Other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: As stated above, this system DOES NOT HAVE USB3.0. There are other newer versions of the system (with Celeron 1007U processors) that do, but this one does not. Had I known this before I bought it, I probably would have gone with an ASUS 1015E instead (less expensive), but at the moment I'm glad I didn't.

As stated in other reviews, the pre-installed version of Linux is worthless (even for hardware verification). I ended up putting Gentoo on mine (building packages on my desktop so it dosen't take forever).
I immediately replaced the stock hard drive with a SanDisk SSD, which gives me an average battery life of almost eight hours. I have also replaced the WiFi card with an Intel Centrino 802.11n card which greatly improved my wifi speeds (no bluetooth, but I don't really use it anyway), and put 4G more memory in (more memory means more read caching of the disk, which means the disk dosen't need to be on as much).

Also, the backlight key's don't work under Linux, and neither do any standard linux programs for changing the backlight. This is a result of the poorly designed (read as 'lazy') ACPI implementation on this system, there is no ACPI device descriptor for the LCD backlight, only for the external video device baclight (there also aren't any ACPI thermal zones defined, which is practically unheard of on mobile systems)

While this isn't really an issue with this system in particular, Newegg needs to sell more bare-hardware systems like this, and in particular ones with AMD processors (the AMD E1-2100 in my router runs at only 1Ghz and has more processing power than the CPU in this system, despite using only 9W of power at full power, which is 4W less than a Celeron 847).

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SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Extremely lightweight (even compared to other SSD's)
Ridiculously fast
Inexpensive, but not poor quality
Actually able to make use of the SATA III link speed (most drives use less than half of the bandwidth)
Internal temperature sensor works correctly (many other SSD's I have seen report any temperature below 40 degrees celsius as 40, this one actually reports the real temperature)

Cons: Plastic casing seems a little flimsy, but not worth docking an egg.

Other Thoughts: I am definately sold on the quality and performance of SanDisk brand flash storage devices, this SSD however excedded even my expectations. It makes the ADATA SSD I had been using look pathetic in comparison. I'm actually getting higher random read and random write preformance than the specs say (although the specs were probably based on typical workloads on a Windows system, which differ greatly from my using it as a btrfs root device for a Linux system)

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 4 cores with 2 threads per core (yes I know that this isn't how AMD specifies it, but it is a much more accurate assesment because of the shared resources between cores on each 'module').
Overclocks stably at 4.0 GHz
Internal sensor that reports instantaneous power consumption.
Provides feedback about how CPU bound a given task is, allowing more well informed decisions about dynamic frequency adjustment.

Cons: Issues with internal thermal sensor. (I don't know if this is specific to the one I got or not, but it consistently reports temperatures BELOW room temperature when idle, which is impossible because I have no Peltier modules or equivalent devices that would be able to cool it to that degree).
Needs special tuning options with GCC to provide maximal efficiency (For those who care about this, you need to use -mtune=bdver2 and either -mprefer-avx128 or -mnosse2avx to get the best efficiency).
Included thermal grease is not very good, but this is an issue with almost all processors (and graphics cards), not just this one.

Other Thoughts: My setup:
ASRock 970 Extreme4 Motherboard with NB and HT clocked at 2GHz
AMD FX-8320 Overclocked at 4GHz
4x 4G Crucial Ballistix Tactial DDR3 1600 model BLT4G3D1608ET3LX0 memory
1x ADATA 64G SATA3 SSD
1x Segate Barracude 7200 rmp 1Tb HDD
AMD Radeon HD-5450

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Austin H.'s Profile

Display Name: Austin H.

Date Joined: 08/06/11

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 03/12/13
  • Last Review: 01/18/14
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