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HP LP2475w Black 24
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: +16:10!
+Great color (although some caveats, read below)
+Lots of inputs, including DisplayPort

Cons: -Really bright power LED, although it can be shut off in the OSD
-Some QA/defect issues with weird lines/blobs on the screen
-Possible slight compatibility quirks/annoyances with DisplayPort
-CCFL backlighting makes it bigger/heavier/more power hungry than newer monitors

Other Thoughts: I bought this monitor new in December 2009 and have been using it heavily since then. Overall, I've been pretty happy with it. At the time, it had pretty much everything I was looking for in a monitor - 16:10 panel, IPS, lots of inputs (was especially excited with DisplayPort), and "professional" aesthetics.


Since then, it's worked pretty well, aside from a couple of issues:
1. A few months before the warranty ran out, the monitor developed weird dark wavy lines/blobs in the upper-right area of the screen - HP support quickly sent me an RMA replacement monitor after showing them pictures of the problem, and a return label to send the bad one back. I was expecting to have to send mine back first, so that was a pleasant surprise. It was somewhat difficult to track down the phone number for HP's business display support though.

2. The replacement one has occasional issues powering up and acquiring a signal on the DisplayPort input. Turning the monitor off and on again fixes it. I need to do some more testing to see if it's the cable, monitor/firmware (the RMA replacement has a newer firmware than my original one), or video card.


One thing that is both a plus and minus with this monitor is that it uses wide-gamut CCFL backlighting. That helps it have a great range of colors, but can make non wide-gamut aware stuff look oversaturated. You may want to use a calibrator to clamp down on that if it's an issue (I recommend getting one anyway). I went with a more entry-level Pantone Huey Pro and had decent results. Plus, you can calibrate as many monitors as you want with one!


Speaking of calibration (and power consumption), I recommend changing the contrast/brightness/RGB values on it. By default, the monitor is set to display very brightly. For me, it was uncomfortable to look at, and the surface of the panel was quite warm. I mostly used the calibrated settings from the TFT Central review (I highly recommend reading it), with the brightness turned up slightly to 20. It dropped power consumption from 100-120w down to around 40-50, with a corresponding drop in surface temperatures.


I doubt many will read this review, both for it being a wall of text and being for an EOL monitor, but if you come across one for a decent price, you won't be disappointed.

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TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, quiet, cool-running, good price

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Initially I was thinking about getting a pair of 2 TB WD Red drives (WD is what I usually buy for desktop drives), but I decided to give these a try instead. So far, they've been fantastic. VERY fast, quiet, and cool-running.

In sequential transfers, they peak at just under 190 MB/sec and bottom out at around 95 MB/sec. I was thinking they would do around 125, so that was a pleasant surprise. I have one in my HTPC and I can't hear it, even when under heavy random access loads.

IOPS are respectable for a 7200 RPM drive - 180 IOPS for 4k random read, 282 for 4k random write; 438 for 4k random read/32 queue depth, 400 for 4k random write/32 queue depth (measured with CrystalDiskMark)

The retail packaging is nice. The drive is encased in dense foam. I did a full zero write pass using HD Tune and both drives recorded zero anomalies or bad sectors. Both have been running for about three weeks straight, no problems so far.

In short, I'm very happy with these drives. I'd definitely recommend them to others.

Note - this is the retail version of the DT01ACA200 drive listed here. I'd recommend getting the retail one for the extra packaging/padding.

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EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap for the performance (when I got it in June 2011), runs very cool, quiet fan, small card.

Cons: It doesn't make sandwiches for me :)

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my spare PC (Socket 939 dual-core Opteron @ 2.8 GHz) to replace its GeForce 7950 GT. Massive improvement in gaming performance, and it runs Folding@Home excellently. Even when overclocked (core tops out at 835 MHz for me), it stays below 70 C when folding. The fan on it is pretty much silent as well.

I've had good luck with the 295-series drivers. All of the early 300-series drivers, with the exception of the 310 betas, have been unstable for me on two different PCs.

IMO, the GTX 460 was one of those exceptionally good cards for its time (like the 8800 GT, Radeon 9700 Pro, X1900 XT, etc.). I'm happy I got it when I did.

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Display Name: Nick W.

Date Joined: 07/24/05

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 01/06/06
  • Last Review: 08/20/13
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