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Pros: ***Latest Bios revision came preinstalled (v2.05)***
specs (HDD size, plenty of ram, good video performance)
Nice feel to keys
2 USB 3.0 ports
Plenty of processing power for my needs.
Good enough for light 3d Maya animation and light gaming (but this is a productivity machine for me, so no gaming).
Good battery life with power usage tweaks (4hr+). (3d App performance gets hit hard, though)
Cons: Somewhat slow HDD
Touch pad comes incredibly sensitive
plastic frame (Not a super big deal. Seems sturdy)
Only 1 USB 2.0 port (an issue if you're working with multiple Arduino boards)
No Touch screen or Wacom pen support (but I knew this)
Other Thoughts: This is my 4th Win 8 machine, and now the fastest one in the house. I am one of the growing few who like W8.
***You can set the touch pad sensitivity to something reasonable in its settings app (don't know why other supposedly advanced users didn't think of this). I'll have to see if Ubuntu has a similar app, but it works fine in Win8.1. Also after adjusting touch pad palm detection, I saw no typing issues at all.
I saw no CPU frequency reduction while plugged in (BIOS v2.05 installed already from factory)
I will be dual booting Ubuntu 14 and Win 8.1 x64, but first I'll replace the 1Tb drive with a 240Gb SSD. Currently, I have the factory drive in, but its too slow. I'm used to SSD so the upgrade is a must (also to get rid of all the bloat ware).
I bought this as my main dev device for Arduino/Java, c++, and Python, and also to do 3d animation in Maya (and some light photo editing in GiMP and PS), and so far its a great deal.
SketchIDE compiles my Arduino code way faster (less than half the time) than my super old Toshiba Tecra M4 (2007).
I did a test animation in Maya, and 3d performance was adequate (I'm used to graphics super computers at work, but this machine's performance is as expected) Perfect for Game quality animation, but higher quality rigs will need LOD or ways of reducing RT features so you can be productive, and not wait for frame updates. Not a big deal though. I did not see any artifacting in Maya (draw layer issues, and surface manipulation tool issues, like the sculpt tool not following the topology). However, polygon transparency buffering was sloppy, but this is expected on a general consumer grade video processor. Simple poly or Sub-d objects run fine.
This is a really good deal!
I'll update if anything changes.
Pros: Over Clocks like a beast. Currently @ 1120Mhz clock
Hashes fast, 325Mh/s @ 1120Mhz in BFGMiner with 0% errors
Runs Cool (overclocked stays at 69c) (normal clock doesnt break 50c)
1080 games run smooth with high settings
Runs fine on a 450W PSU with no peripherals installed on the system.
Cons: Bit pricey for its age.
79XX cards leave it in the dust
Inefficient for mining, but good for experimenting if you're not going to throw down on an ASIC miner.
Pros: nice quality.
works with android devices.
Cons: Does not work with my radeon video card. Tried two difference cards, same results. I recommend a cable version 1.4 or later for HTPC applications. this cable is version 1.3b... I think.READ FULL REVIEW
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