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This review is from: SIIG IC-400012-S1 4 Channels 16-bit PCI Interface DP SoundWave
Pros: Inexpensive, great sound quality, Windows 7 support. I'm no audiophile, but the sound quality is at least as good if not better than the old riser card that came with my motherboard.
Cons: It wasn't free? I don't know why other reviewers have had so many issues with the drivers for this card in the past. The box I received has a "Windows 7 Ready" sticker on the front, and the installation from the driver disc went flawlessly for me.
Perhaps this is a new revision with an updated driver disc. Either way, it never hurts to go to a manufacturer's website and download the most current drivers for any product you buy.
Other Thoughts: I have an older Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard that uses a custom riser card for the onboard sound. When that card failed, I didn't want to replace the entire motherboard, nor did I need an extravagant sound card.
This card was cheap and got the job done. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to replace their onboard sound, or who has an older sound card not supported in Windows 7.
This review is from: SYBA SD-LP-PEX2IR PCI Express Low Profile SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
Pros: Works great in Windows Home Server.
Transfer speeds at 120+ MB/s sustained, which maxes out the hard drives I'm using.
Support from Syba is fantastic.
Cons: Ships ONLY with the low-profile bracket, as others have mentioned.
The ports on this card do not have anything for newer SATA cables to "clamp" onto.
Can use JBOD without installing alternate BIOS, but there will be an error message that no RAID volume is detected.
Other Thoughts: Contacted Syba support for the full-height brackets, and after filling out a simple form, I received them within a few days at no charge!
The newer SATA cables with the clamps DO work fine on this card, just make sure you get ones that fit snugly, as they won't actually clamp.
I've added three of these to fill up the PCI-e 1x slots on my motherboard. The initialization screens for these cards pass within moments on my system (even with three cards installed), and as I rarely reboot, it's not much of an issue. If you're looking for extremely fast startup times, however, you may want to look elsewhere.
This review is from: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1
Pros: For most users, this should provide a simple, all-in-one solution for those wishing to add TV to their Windows 7 computers. However, if you are using Windows 7 Media Center with set-top boxes (not analog or QAM), and you purchased this kit over the white-box (as I did) because of the included remote control and IR blasters, then be forewarned...
Cons: The included CD has outdated drivers and software for Windows 7, which renders the IR blasters USELESS. Also, the driver package alone won't do it - you MUST install WinTV 7 1.2 or later to use the IR blasters in Media Center, which is counter intuitive. Included setup instructions are a joke, even for a highly technical user.
Other Thoughts: To get things working, ignore the included driver disc go to the Hauppauge website to download the latest WinTV 7 software. This includes the drivers and everything required to make the remote and IR blasters work. You don't actually have to USE this software, though. Once installed, the remote and IR blasters are recognized perfectly by Media Center.
Once it was all up and running, the picture quality is great. The remote receiver is very sensitive, though, and holding down a button just a nanosecond too long will result in multiple button presses. This is apparently a known bug in Windows 7, and a future driver release will likely fix it.
Overall, I am happy with the purchase. It was just frustrating to get everything going! Let's hope this lasts me until the multi-stream CableCard tuners come out next year. [=^D