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XFX HD-645X-ZQH2 Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Silent and no 29/59 bug in media center. Enough said

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a way to get rid of the studdering in your media center live TV feed. First learn about the 29/59 bug and then purchase this card.

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ADATA XPG SX300 ASX300S3-128GM-C 128GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Died after 3 months of use. Started the RMA process. It is too complex to deal with. Basically the warranty is too much trouble. You might as well consider AData products to have zero warranty. I just pitched it in the drawer and purchased an Intel SSD instead.

Other Thoughts: In my work i deal with a lot of vendors and a lot of warranties. AData is up there at the top of my list when it comes to hassles. I think if i have another product of theirs die i will probably just stop buying their products all together. I don't have time to deal with their RMAs.

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Foxconn Brazos AT-5570 AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x 204Pin AMD Radeon HD 7290 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very nice design. I love everything about the size, shape, and features. Perfect for a media PC

Cons: The CPU is too slow to use for Netflix, DIVX/XVID, or H.264 decoding. at 1024x768 Netflix content would gradually get the audio/video out of sync to the point where it is a full 45 seconds off after about 10 minutes of watching. Playing SD xvid movies was slow and jerky. Playing a BR backup in H.264 format (MKV) was not possible due to the 100% cpu usage on both cores and sever delay in the video

Other Thoughts: I am not new to building media center PCs. I have built and sold many of them as well as having many in my own home. I was hoping this box would be a good fit for the guest rooms. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 Enterprise X64 w/sp1 on a new 500GB SATAIII disk. Loaded drivers from the included thumb drive and then tried Netflix. It was unacceptable. I ran windows updates and even installed updated video drivers. Netflix still lags and is unwatchable. I installed my usual codec pack and tried XVID and h.264 files. Both were unwatchable due to lag. This box would be a perfect media PC if it just had enough CPU power to play media.

As it is, it would probably make a good PC for web browsing or working with MS Office. You could also make a decent thin client out of it.

oh.. and I did have a 4GB DIMM in it for the tests.. so it should have been very capable of playing Netflix.

RMAed and paid the restock fee. Don't make the same mistake I did.

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Karl B.'s Profile

Display Name: Karl B.

Date Joined: 08/12/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/10/07
  • Last Review: 02/13/14
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