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This review is from: Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-RC-BK 18" SATA III 6Gb/s Round Data Cable,Black
Pros: low price. "low profile" connectors. rounded cable makes cable management easy. despite no locking mechanism they are a snug and secure fit.
Cons: bought six (6) to replace my older sata 3 cables that cant be plugged into the same column of sata ports because of bulky connectors / locks. these cables solve this problem but have another that makes them unusable.
all six cables i received have some kind of defect. they drastically increase my boot and shutdown times on 8.1 Pro x64. perhaps these arent actually sata 3? havent run any benchmarks yet to test.
Old Sata 3 Cable:
Boot = 6 seconds
Shutdown = 1-2 seconds
New Sata 3 Cable:
Boot = 30+ seconds
Shutdown = 15+ seconds
This review is from: Patriot 4GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF4GMUSB(Blue)
Pros: I've had it for a few weeks and haven't had any issues. The rubber housing is great. I don't think I would trust it being waterproof but I can't imagine it breaking from being dropped or even thrown at a wall. Using FAT32 with a 16kB block size gave me a peak read speed of 18.2 MB/s and a peak write speed of 9.4 MB/s.
Cons: Transfering lots of very small files can be slow.
Other Thoughts: I haven't had it that long. There really is no way to predict how long it will last.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Pros: Excellent upgrade for the money over most motherboards integrated. I purchased it retail over a year ago and it's still working fine.
Cons: Creative and their drivers aren't good.
Other Thoughts: To the reviewer below me (saint4God), this card works flawlessly in Windows 7. I've used this card with XP Pro x86, Vista Ultimate x64, and Win7 Ultimate x64 without any issues. Here is a link to the cards drivers (the Windows 7 driver should be the first listed).
After installing the only other issue you may have is that it may not be configured by default to your speaker setup. Simply open Control Panel then open Sound. In the Playback tab select Speakers (may vary) and then press the Configure button. Follow the steps and you should be all set.
The only other thing you may want to mess with is the Creative Audio Control Panel. You can find it in your Start Menu in a folder labeled Creative. You may need to disable EAX Effects and CMSS-3D.
Hope that helped.