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PowerColor Go! Green AX5450 1GBK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Used to to upgrade my HTPC integrated video card.
Works good on a 250w PSU.
Able to output to full 1920x1080 with audio over HDMI to a HDTV.

Cons: Runs a bit hot since its passively cooled. 62C idle and 74C under load.
You can downclock the core speed a bit to drop the temp by a few C.
Didnt come with second low profile bracket for VGA connector or could have come with a DVI to VGA adapter instead.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what another user was saying about cheap HDMI cables not being able to be plugged in all the way, tested 6 different cheap cables and all of them plugged in fine. Hopefully the $20 rebate goes through.
Some reason when I plugged this card in the htpc now takes 1 minute to reach the post screen. Might be just the really outdated motherboard causing it though.
Make sure you grab the latest drivers from AMD's site and dont bother with the CD.

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Corsair Raptor K30 CH-9000043-NA Black 6 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Red LED Backlit Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Backlighting is really good on this keyboard. There is even a button to adjust the brightness to three different level along with shutting it off completely.

The charterers on the keys are not just stickers like on other keyboards, they are built into the keys so they will not wear off even after years of heavy use.

WASD and the UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT keys are silver colored to stand out from the black colored keys.

Dedicated volume and media keys keys is always a must have on all keyboards. Also features a windows lock button which I found pretty neat.

Six programmable function keys and you can add up to eighteen different functions which is great if you want to macro keys or just use them for program shortcuts.

The keyboards is pretty quiet compared to mechanical keyboards.

Cons: Software for setting up hotkeys was not included in the box, had to go to the website and obtain it.

The actual software itself could have been better designed and more user friendly for less experienced users. Though if you are buying this type of keyboard you will most likely know your way around the software.

The keys are raised way above the base of the keyboard. When playing various games, I found it very uncomfortable and often found myself hitting other keys due to these raised keys. This also makes the keyboard look really ugly in my honest opinion. If you have children I could also see them trying to pull the keys up since they have easy access to them now. Some of the keys feel really loose like they are going to come up with little effort.

Backlighting could have different colors options instead of just red.

The keyboard riser is to minimal and should have featured a higher setting.

Keyboard is too lite, I often had it shifting around when playing a game. The rubber pads were little to no help in stopping this. Adding more weight would fix this problem. The raisers did not have any rubber on them, just smooth plastic making the problem even worse.

A USB port could have been included on the keyboard like many other gaming keyboards feature so you can plug in your mouse or gaming headset.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for gaming keyboard, you may want to look elsewhere. Even for typing I found this keyboard inadequate. This felt like a downgrade from my current membrane keyboard.
You may want a higher end membrane gaming keyboard or a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard which many people choose for gaming. The raised keys of this keyboard is just too much of a negative to recommend to anybody.

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SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: After installing this drive and doing a fresh install of windows, this drive is extremely fast and is very noticeable going from a regular HDD to a SDD. I recorded and average of about 7 to 8 seconds from the post screen to the desktop.
My test bench is a Gigabyte UD3P P45, Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 4.00ghz, 4GB (4x1GB) OCZ DDR2-800, Windows 7 Professional 32 bit. I used CrystalDiskMark v3.0.3 to benchmark the drive. I took an average of 3 tests. All results are in MB/s

-50MB Test-
Read Write
Seq: 228.2 252.8
512k: 149.7 234.9
4k: 27.60 58.42
4k QD32: 32.07 94.56

-100MB Test-
Read Write
Seq: 253.4 241.7
512k: 151.6 239.7
4k: 26.98 56.56
4k QD32: 32.53 93.36

-500MB Test-
Read Write
Seq: 254.5 254..5
512k: 151.9 237.3
4k: 27.70 58.39
4k QD32: 32.13 94.39

-1000MB Test-
Read Write
Seq: 256.9 251.2
512k: 152.1 237.4
4k: 27.60 55.87
4k QD32: 32.75 92.91

Overall this drive passed all the speed tests based on SATAII standards.

Cons: Packaging could have been a bit better. A larger box and some foam would have been better then a thin cardboard box.
A 2.5" to 3.5" converter could have been included along with some screws. A sata cable would have been nice also.
Half the write speed of the 256GB model.

Other Thoughts: Sandisk isnt exactly known for their high quality SSD's but more to their memory cards. Some reviewers complained that their drives died within a few months or in less than a year. Weather or not this was just a faulty batch remains to be seen. My drive is currently working fine and hopefully it continues functioning without problems through its life span. You may wish to get the 256GB model instead since it has double the write speed along with double storage and overall better value.

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Joseph J.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph J.

Date Joined: 02/25/07

  • Reviews: 47
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 02/28/07
  • Last Review: 02/21/14
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