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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Tablet 32GB Slate (BNTV600-32GB-CPO)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent tablet for the price 06/08/2014

This review is from: Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Tablet 32GB Slate (BNTV600-32GB-CPO)

Pros: Very nice display. Long battery life. Very easy to use and navigate. Google play and broad compatibility. Aesthetically appealing with sturdy construction.

Thank hardware info 3.0.2 for the specs listed in "other thoughts".

Cons: Low RAM (works well despite this). Data-mining begins at power-on.

Other Thoughts: Some specs:

SYSTEM (Android 4.0.4)
Model: BNTV600
Manufacturer: BN LLC
Device: ovation
Product: HDplus
Brand: NOOK
Android Version: 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
API Level: 15
Build ID: IMM76L
Fingerprint: NOOK/HDplus/ovation:4.0.4/IMM76L/2.2.0.8013:user/release-keys

DISPLAY (1836x1280)
Size: 1836x1280
Refresh Rate: 58.04 Hz
Default Orientation: Portrait
Physical Size: 8.74" (22.19 cm)
Logical Size: Extra Large
Density: 240 dpi (High)
Pixels Per Inch: X: 256.67; Y: 256

PROCESSOR (ARMv7)
Processor: ARMv7 Processor rev 10 (v7l)
Cores: 2
Max Frequency: 1500 Mhz
Instruction Sets: armeabi-v7a, armeabi
SIMD Instructions: NEON

MEMORY (768 MB)
System RAM: 768 MB
JVM Max Memory: 96 MB
Internal Storage: 27655 MB
External Storage: 27655 MB (Emulated)

OPENGL 1.1 (PowerVR SGX 544)

GENERAL
Renderer: PowerVR SGX 544
Version: OpenGL ES-CM 1.1
Vendor: Imagination Technologies

LIMITS
Texture Size: 4096x4096
Texture Units: 4
Viewport Size: 4096x4096
Modelview Stack Depth: 16
Projection Stack Depth: 2
Texture Stack Depth: 4
Lights: 8

COMPRESSED TEXTURE FORMATS
ETC1, Paletted

EXTENSIONS
GL_OES_byte_coordinates GL_OES_fixed_point GL_OES_single_precision GL_OES_matrix_get GL_OES_read_format GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture GL_OES_point_sprite GL_OES_point_size_array GL_OES_matrix_palette GL_OES_draw_texture GL_OES_query_matrix GL_OES_texture_env_crossbar GL_OES_texture_mirrored_repeat GL_OES_texture_cube_map GL_OES_blend_subtract GL_OES_blend_func_separate GL_OES_blend_equation_separate GL_OES_stencil_wrap GL_OES_extended_matrix_palette GL_OES_framebuffer_object GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_stencil8 GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture GL_OES_mapbuffer GL_OES_EGL_image GL_OES_EGL_image_external GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays GL_OES_required_internalformat GL_IMG_read_format GL_IMG_texture_compression_pvrtc GL_IMG_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_OES_egl_sync GL_IMG_vertex_array_object GL_APPLE_texture_2D_limited_npot

OPENGL 2.0 (PowerVR SGX 544)

GENERAL
Renderer: PowerVR SGX 544
Version: OpenGL ES 2.0 build 1.9.RC2@2139099
Vendor: Imagination Technologies
GLSL Version: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.00 build 1.9.RC2@2139099

LIMITS
Texture Size: 4096x4096
Texture Units: 8
Vertex Textures: 8
Combined Textures: 8
Viewport Size: 4096x4096
Renderbuffer Size: 4096x4096
Cubemap Size: 4096x4096
Vertex Attributes: 16
Vertex Uniforms: 128
Varying Vectors: 8
Fragment Uniforms: 64

VERTEX NUMERIC PRECISION
Low Int: [-2^8, 2^8]
Medium Int: [-2^11, 2^11]
High Int: [-2^24, 2^24]
Low Float: [-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8
Medium Float: [-2^14, 2^14], 2^-10
High Float: [-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23

FRAGMENT NUMERIC PRECISION
Low Int: [-2^8, 2^8]
Medium Int: [-2^11, 2^11]
High Int: [-2^24, 2^24]
Low Float: [-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8
Medium Float: [-2^14, 2^14], 2^-10
High Float: [-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23

COMPRESSED TEXTURE FORMATS
ETC1

EXTENSIONS
GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_verte

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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Licensing change--feeling bamboozled. 10/21/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Pros: Supports up to 192 GB of RAM in 64 bit version.
Reliable.
Good driver support.
Best software compatibility for users who wish to avoid a steep learning curve.

Cons: INESSENTIALS-
-Most users will not need so much RAM. A 32-bit system with 4 GB RAM should satisfy most users, or 2GB RAM/2GB GPU for gamers. For 64-bit, Win 7 Home OEM ($80) with 8 GB RAM/2GB GPU ran my games wonderfully.
-A lot of software inessential to most users. It hogs system resources, thereby reducing performance. Streamlining the system post-installation requires a lot of time and learning.

LICENSING-
-It was the case with former versions of Windows that the retail version could be installed on multiple PC's whereas the OEM could only be installed on one. Now, both can only be installed on one.
-Assuming the license hadn't changed (no mention of it here or even on the box) I bought for $300 what I could have gotten for $135 or less.
-The licensing change seems to me just a sneaky way for Microsoft to get extra cash out of its customers. I have been tricked this time but will not be again, and hopefully you won't be either.
-I discovered this fact while waiting for tech support call back. Eventually an operator with poor English did call me back, and when I explained that I had discovered the OS is licensed for only one computer (so my issue was essentially resolved), she offered to transfer me to the Activation department. Hoping they might be a little understanding and activate it on my other computer, I waited 20 minutes through some terrible music, then got hung up on without even the sound of another human voice.

I want to give this product 0 eggs for these reasons but I can't in all honesty say it's a bad product. It's just way too expensive for one computer. Heck, it's quite expensive for the 3 computers I had expected to be able to put it on. So the egg deductions are for inefficiency/bloat, poor customer service, and licensing/price, resulting in a final score of 2/5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Get the least expensive thing that will satisfy your computing needs currently and for the foreseeable future.

-For strictly gaming, the most you will need is 8GB RAM and a good 2 GB graphics card. Win 7 Home OEM ($80) satisfies. It supports up to 16GB total so you could even SLI/Crossfire 4 2GB cards with the 8GB RAM.
-If you must have more than 16GB RAM, the OEM version is fine ($135).
-If you are willing to do some learning, Linux can do anything you want it to for free, and will do it better because it is programmed more efficiently with less bloat. Several games and applications are easy to use in Linux from the get-go, others will take more effort to make compatible but it can be done if the user has sufficient knowledge and is persistent.

Megalithic corporations do not care about you. Invest your time and money in viable alternatives whenever possible. Even if it incurs additional short-term dollar cost, the eventual result is the rise of competitors forcing better product, service, and support, which is a win for everyone in the long term.

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MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Update to previous review. 10/17/2013

This review is from: MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: SATA 6.0 GB/s, USB 3.0 & front panel header, ample fan headers, excellent onboard cooling, lots of USB & audio connectors. This board has everything most users will ever need.

Cons: Upgrade to Richmond CPU somewhat of a hassle. Downloaded Live Update 5 and used it to install new BIOS hoping to ensure compatibility. The program updated to the "latest" BIOS of 1.7.

When I installed the new Richmond CPU, the computer gave the message that the BIOS was incompatible. Turns out that 2.4 is the most current BIOS, and 2.x is required to run Richmond or do a BIOS flash. Had to switch back to Trinity, download 2.4, install to flash drive, and run it before the Richmond would work.

The upgrade was completed but at the expense of time in internet research and extra component swapping. And I like to keep handling of components to a minimum as it has its own inherent dangers such as wearing out contacts, ESD, bending pins etc...

Hopefully the board now comes with the latest BIOS, and if it doesn't, then hopefully this review simplifies the process for the reader. If it only has BIOS 1.x, you'll need a Trinity or Llano chip to accomplish the BIOS update, so you will either need to RMA the board and get something different or purchase a cheap CPU.

Other Thoughts: Despite this upgrade hassle, the system is running great and I couldn't be more satisfied with the hardware.

Richmond 3.8 Ghz Quad
2x8GB Crucial Ballistix 8-8-8-24
1TB Toshiba SATA 6.0 GB/s HD
Radeon HD 7790 2GB
Rosewill Capstone 450W Gold PSU

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