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CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent video editing software 01/15/2015

This review is from: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra

Pros: PD13 Ultra is easy to work with and includes a lot of extra effects and templates.
Editing videos and creating layout is similar to other software (I previously used Pinnacle Studio 16) so there is not much of a learning curve with switching. If you are new to video editing, plan to spend some time learning all of the functions.

Cons: None that I have seen so far. There have been several updates since it initially came out a few months ago. At least the bugs get fixed relatively fast, although I have yet to encounter any.

Other Thoughts: Be sure to the Ultimate or Ultra version if you plan on creating blu-ray disks. Review the CPU and memory recommendations Rendering HD video requires a lot of CPU horsepower.

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SYBA SD-PEX40054 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) HyperDuo 4-port RAID Controller Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Adapter works great with SSD. Using the PCI-e V2.0 slot, an OCZ Vertex 460 achieves 492 MB/s read and 475 MB/s write speeds, which is very close to the rated speed and much faster than my onboard SATA II connection.

Unfortunately, I had to use a PCI-e X16 video card slot, which is version 2.0 since the X8 slot is only version 1.0. When used on a PCI-e V1.0, it only achieved 345 MB/s write and 290 MB/s write (onboard SATA II was 259 MB/s read and 246 MB/s write).

Good price for the features, although I have not tried the RAID or Cache yet. The main reason for purchasing this card over other cards using PCI-e X1 is to maximize a SSD.

Cons: None, other than the IOPS changed from 48,000 for read and write using SATA II compared to 33,000 read and 62,000 write using the PCI-e X16 slot.

Other Thoughts: If you only have PCI-e V1.0, the card will yield only marginal improvements over SATA II. All testing was done using Anvil Storage Utilities v1.1.0

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SUPERMICRO SNK-P0040AP4 CPU Heatsink & Cooling Fan for Xeon Processor 5500/5600 Series
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Heatsink - good; Newegg catagory - not good 10/08/2014

This review is from: SUPERMICRO SNK-P0040AP4 CPU Heatsink & Cooling Fan for Xeon Processor 5500/5600 Series

Pros: Cools Xeon X5650 similar to Noctua NH-U9DXi4 in dual CPU workstation. Cores within 2-3 deg C of each other.

Fan is quiet even when running at max speed.

Cons: None for heatsink/fan combo. Newegg needs to refine their "Server accessories" catagory.

Other Thoughts: I wish I would have found this when I purchased the Noctua cooler several month ago for double the price. This item should be under Heatsink/coolers. The server accessories catagory is too bloated to be of much use. I just happened to stumble upon it while looking for something else.

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Jon B.'s Profile

Display Name: Jon B.

Date Joined: 02/19/04

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 07/21/11
  • Last Review: 01/15/15
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