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Pros: Fast graphics! I'm getting 2x-3x the FPS from -2- of these in Crossfire than I did with -2- AMD 7970 GPUs, which was a beast of a card in its day.
Actually smaller and lighter than a last-generation AMD 7970.
Much more energy-efficient than older AMD GPUs.
Runs considerably cooler than previous AMD cards.
Attractive card with nicely-designed metal backplate (also providing better support to the rear case mounting-bracket.)
Nice LEDs within the GPU case.
Oversized cooling fans are very quiet, and actually dead-silent when the card is idle, as the fans are switched off until needed.
Cons: Sapphire's TRIXX utility seems very buggy, unable to modify the card's LED colors, none of the changes I make appear to be saved after the utility is closed or the PC is rebooted. I would have liked to deduct only 1/2 Egg for this, but that is not an option.
The power connector is at the end of the card, instead of the "side" (which becomes the "top" when installed) which could cause some clearance issues with smaller PC cases.
Other Thoughts: This is a GREAT GPU at this price point, I'm not sure if the "green team" has anything that can outshine it, dollar for dollar, but I'd be surprised if they did.
I have no regrets in buying -2- of these to setup in a Crossfire and Eyefinity 3 x 1 configuration, I'm ready to keep gaming into the next couple of years.
Pros: Small, inconspicuous.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: There's typically not much you can say about such an item, it either works or it doesn't and this one works flawlessly for me. If you need to change from a MiniDP male output to a standard DisplayPort female input (or vice-versa,) this should do the job nicely.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZyXEL NAS326 Diskless System 2 Bay NAS Personal Cloud Server DLNA Diskless
Pros: Works very well.
Very fast, even when populated with only 5400RPM HDDs.
100% reliable so far.
Easy to install/remove HDDs.
Supports RAID 0 and 1, so you can configure for data speed or integrity.
Multiple LEDs on front panel to indicate various NAS activities and conditions.
GUI interface via web browser is easy to access and offers many configuration options.
Small footprint, doesn't take up much room.
Lightweight, even with HDDs installed it's not overly heavy.
Low power consumption, surprisingly small external PSU.
1Gbps, full-duplex Ethernet port moves data around the network quickly.
USB 3.0 ports allow for very quick backups to another external HDD.
Attractive front panel with silver and black motif.
Interfaces with UPS via USB to allow safe shutdown during power-outages.
Internal fan is practically silent when idle, barely a whisper during use, the HDDs are actually more noticeable.
Cons: Front faceplate is rather thin plastic, a metal cover would have been nice.
NAS never seems to place the HDDs in "sleep" mode even though it is enabled, the drives always seem to be working.
GUI browser interface is a bit "clunky," many options and settings never seem to be quite where you think they should be.
To access the GUI, the only sure way seems to be to know the NAS's IP address. Not a problem for many users, but for those who know little to nothing about TCP/IP, it could be an issue. In my home IT environment, this NAS does not respond to its Hostname, only its IP address.
Uses an external PSU brick. Not uncommon in this class of NAS, but an internal PSU would be preferable.
Firmware and other updates from ZyXel can only be accomplished via FTP, a sturdy but completely unsecure file protocol. FTPS or similar would be greatly preferable.
Other Thoughts: Despite the "Cons" listed above, I love this NAS unit! It is SO much faster than my last NAS (about 3x faster, even with only 5400RPM HDDs) that I am constantly impressed by its performance. Populated with 2x WD Red 4TB HDDs in RAID 1, it will backup my wife's photography PC in just under 30 minutes, whereas my old NAS took 1.5 hours! I imagine it would be even faster with 7200RPM HDDs, but I just couldn't quite afford those at the time.
Despite the minor flaws and annoyances, this unit has been rock-solid and I have no regrets in purchasing so far. If you need an inexpensive RAID 0 or 1 NAS, this device will almost certainly fill the need.