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RiDATA 25GB 6X BD-R Inkjet Printable 50 Packs Spindle Disc Model BDR-256-RDIWN-CB50
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price, and burned / verified okay... at first.

Cons: Didn't properly report their burn speed to the system, so had to manually turn down the burn speed.
Verified fine, but almost universally got read errors anywhere from weeks to three or four months later. Burned at 12x with failures at first (due to disks misreporting their burn rate), then scaled back to 4x, and in all but two disks out of 60+ errors cropped up when recovering data backed up onto them.

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GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *Does exactly what it's supposed to do, and does it at reasonable temperatures.

Cons: *May have issues when in a PCI Express 2.0 slot - screen jitters once in a while, detects as standard VGA once in a while when booting.
*Linux driver... confuses it. If I don't shut it down, there's text corruption on the next boot, and the card detects as VGA. Perfectly fine if rebooting from Windows. This may also be related to being in an older mobo.

Other Thoughts: I probably need to upgrade my CPU / motherboard. PCI-E 2.0? Still, it's not as if bandwidth is an issue even with 2.0 PCI.

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Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Works great... but not in Windows. 05/24/2013

This review is from: Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro

Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish.
*Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<)
*Lots of nice output options.

Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.

Other Thoughts: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they?

Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.

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Display Name: Kevin B.

Date Joined: 07/21/09

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 04/13/10
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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