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This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600PCE_v2.0, Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11 a/b/11g/11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI-Express Interface
Pros: I have had this in use 24/7 for about 3 months, and like it a lot. In comparing it with a Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE (3 antennas, PCIe card) in another PC that is the same distance from the access point, I find that the signal strengths are the same (3 bars), and the speed on both is always 130 Mpbs. So they are very similar operationally, but this one costs less.
Cons: none, except that I would like the longer 3 dB gain antennas on this card that are on the previous version of this card.
Other Thoughts: Both this card and the Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE use an Atheros AR938x chip, and the only difference seems to be the number of antennas. It doesn't seem to make much difference in practice, so I would just get this one.
On the other hand, I also have an earlier version (not V2.0) of the Rosewill RNX-N600PCE, and it used a Ralink chip, apparently the RT2860. The performance of that one was at lower speed, usually around 39 Mpbs in my situation, so I think the V2.0 is clearly better.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 2GB WINDFORCE 2X OC EDITION
Pros: This is a great card for Folding@Home. I am getting 157,814 PPD on P9201 while drawing 56.8% TDP, or 68 watts according to GPU-Z, for 2315 PPD/watt; very nice.
The temperature is only 54C with side off of the case in a 70F room, and 60C with side on (but no side fan running). In addition, the card is quite silent, and the fans run at only 700 rpm in this situation. The heatsink seems to be overdesigned for overclocking, which is very good for me since I never overclock but want silent operation.
For comparison, my GTX 750 Ti on P9201 uses 65.8% TDP, or 39.5 watts for 67034 PPD or 1698 PPD/watt.
Cons: None, but the two 6-pin PCIe power connectors seem quite unnecessary; one should be enough. However, they are positioned nicely at the end of the card and do not obstruct the side fan on the case, as some of the other cards do.
Other Thoughts: I only Fold on this card, and don't even have a monitor connected to it, but use my internal Intel graphics for that. So I don't know about gaming, but there are plenty of review sites for that. For me, it is the best card I could have gotten for my use. I was going to wait until Pascal before getting my next card, but just might add a second GTX 960 later in the year to fill the second PCIe slot.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I just received this today, and it is now being formatted. It is very quiet and cool, and will probably last a long time, but that remains to be seen.
Cons: No real problems for the drive itself, but it does not come formatted or even partitioned, so you must do that yourself.
Other Thoughts: After mounting this drive, it was not recognized by the OS. That is not particularly unusual with new OEM drives, and usually a couple of reboots are necessary before it is recognized by the motherboard BIOS and the operating system. However, my PC would not boot at all, and looking into my BIOS, even my boot drive (a Samsung SSD) had disappeared from the boot order; not good. If I were not familiar with hard drives, I would have returned the WD drive to Newegg as so many people do.
But not to worry. I figured that the WD drive needed a partition before it would be recognized by the OS (Win7 64-bit) so I got out my trusty copy of Parted Magic; if you don't know what that is, learn about it now. Then I booted into that and created a GPT partition, which is necessary for drives greater than 2 GB. Now all is well; my motherboard BIOS recognized my OS drive again, though it was out of order in the boot sequence so I corrected it, and it booted up fine.
MORAL: If you are not familiar with partitions, motherboard BIOS's and OEM drives greater than 2 GB, be prepared learn. Or buy a retail drive; they will avoid some of these problems,