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Pros: The main reason for purchasing this card was that it was compatible with PCIe 1.0 in an Asus A8N-SLI board from 2006. In addition to that, it's passively cooled so I don't have to worry about a fan going out and making the card useless. For general purpose use, it works well. Tried to snipe something comparable from Chinese Californians on thEbay, but for the prices it was better to buy new from Newegg.
Cons: Very weak GPU, even by the standards of the day it was realeased (2008 I think?). When paired with an Athlon X2 3800+ and 2GB DDR2, 1080P video is a little jerky. 720P is good. May play better with a strong CPU to pick up the slack - but then what is the point of native hardware video decode?
Other Thoughts: Does what it needs to and EVGA has a good reputation. Mom doesn't watch Blu-Rays on her PC so decode is not too much of an issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: There are a lot. I've been on a 21" Hitachi UltraScan CRT using 1600x1200 @85Hz for quite a while. It's 12 years old. Waited to cherry pick this unit or one like it for several years now. Top 5 Pros are -
1. Colors are just as good as the CRT in my opinion. Compared to TN panel in my laptop and whatever is in my 720P TV, this thing is very, very good.
2. Viewing angles are good enough that you won't have any issues using this as a TV if you want to or in a position that is not directly in front of you on a desk.
3. 23.8" viewable area with thin bezels. Monitor is rated for 60Hz, will readily do 72Hz if you're willing to configure it in your display drivers (mine are Nvidia). Ghosting and response time issues were very minimal at 60Hz, at 72Hz this display is buttery smooth. I can't feel the difference between this and the CRT.
4. Native 1080P, so HD content is truly full screen. I'll say that going 21"-22" @1080P will net you a little sharpness increase, but at this price I'll take the size as I often view the screen from a distance farther than my desk.
5. Blacks are as good as you'll get on an LCD (that I've seen), whites are white and colors are again fantastic. Screen is bright (by default), and can easily be calibrated to your liking.
All in all you won't beat this for the price. Viewing quality by all measures is 95% as good as a good CRT, with the added benefits of 1080P, widescreen, a smaller footprint on the desk, and modern video inputs. Asus even includes 4 different video cables in the box. You can spend more for better, but we're talking minimal gains for a lot more cash.
Cons: Other have complained about the stand saying it's wobbly. Here's the deal - if your desk wobbles when you type, the monitor will wobble as well. It's lightweight. That said, it is wobbly if bumped, but not unstable.
1. No DVI or DisplayPort. I knew that when I bought it and don't need them. For the price I guess it must be missing something, connectivity options are it. 2 HDMI, 1 VGA included.
2. There is some backlight bleed in the lower left (always where it's at it seems no matter the LCD). It is minimal however. Can see it during POST, invisible when that area of the screen is colored in.
3. Black are still not as good as CRT. I don't expect I'll ever see true black on any LCD though.
4. All connection are placed downward facing on the back of the display behind a flap. This makes it somewhat troublesome to change cables/devices. Not a deal breaker, but back facing connections would have been better.
5. At almost 24", 1080P starts to lose some sharpness when viewed up close. If you need a larger display you'll need to move up to a higher resolution.
Other Thoughts: So 4 egss. I really wanted to give 5. I'd like to say this - for the $153 I paid including shipping, I'm very satisfied and would recommend this product to anyone in the market to replace a TN panel or a CRT.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: You get what you pay for. This is not a speed demon, and I wouldn't recommend it for a system drive. As a pure data/backup device, you can't currently beat the price for a brand new 2TB disk.
Cons: N/AREAD FULL REVIEW