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Pros: Just a bit of an addendum: all the L4D2 and Portal trouble-free HQ play was on a Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0GHz with 6GB DDR2-800, at the TV's native 1360x768 over HDMI and with no overclocking anywhere.
Cons: Coolbits is back since shortly after my 1st review where I said nVidia wasn't on it, so that was wrong... derp. I haven't played with it yet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It just works and doesn't get absurdly hot. It whips around what I throw at it, mostly shader and GPGPU demos and lightweight games, no new AAA titles. I could play L4D2 or Portal in Linux with all the quality/detail turned all the way up and it handled that, no trouble.
Cons: Can't overclock in Linux yet and nVidia says fixing the reclocking part in their driver and re-enabling Coolbits is a low priority for them. The same applies to Fermi and Maxwell so it's not a big deal here. Since it's only PCI-E 8x, the PCB is *small* and that seems neat until you realize that the PCI-E slot can't lock it in place because it doesn't reach the lock. That has to be so with all x1,x4,x8 cards but I doubt so many of them have to worry about this big crazy heatsink to stabilize with just some friction and a screw and the rigidity of your case. On the other other hand, if there's a closed-end x8 slot, this will fit in it. I don't mind, because...
Other Thoughts: This seems perfect for strapping to an aging laptop as eGPU because the PCI-E bandwidth is already limited and the 12V aux supply can be almost puny. I'm glad to see the price hasn't dropped in 4 months even though another core architecture came out in the meantime.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Pros: Just got done using one of these to run 'badblocks -wvs' on a brand new 2TB drive before putting backups on it, so that means it read and wrote 2TB four times each (bit patterns 0xAA, 0x55, 0xFF, and 0x00) at about 25MB/s (both reading and writing) according to dstat. That in turn means this thing ran as fast as it could, nonstop for about 170 hours-- over a week. I can't say exactly how long it took because I wasn't here to see the end but it was above 160 hours last night and at 55% of the last pass, it looked like it had 10 or 12 hours to go. Also, occasionally I used the machine for other things that slowed it down a bit, sometimes to 23MB/s. Anyway, it passed my test. The assembly seems fairly solid and putting it together was a piece of cake.
Cons: I wish USB wasn't so slow. 25MB/s is what my old A-data 2GB dual channel USB flash drive averages.
I hate wall wart type AC adapters... I like them to have 2 wires leading out, one for the wall so you can plug it into power strips and such without covering other plugs, and so the plug isn't holding up the weight. Of course which way the bulk of the converter sticks out determines what type of power strip will hold it conveniently and what other type will have 3 or 4 plugs covered up but at least this thing is narrow enough that in the ideal cases of both vertical-oriented strips and regular outlets, it won't obstruct the one above or below.
The LED is at one end with the electronics and they just sort of allow the light to bounce around down to the other end where the window is. This makes it a bit dim and very hard to see from the side... in order to check for activity, you have to either set it up pointing toward you or position something to catch that light in front of the win
Other Thoughts: USB 2.0 kind of defeats the purpose of having a 7200RPM 64MB HDD, since it's no longer the disk itself being the slowest link in the chain. But, that's the disk that was on sale a week ago, so that's the drive that went in the new offsite backup kit. I wish all these computers had eSATA ports.READ FULL REVIEW