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Geek Buying Tronsmart Vega Elite S89 Android TV BOX Amlogic S802 2G/8G BT 2.4G wifi XBMC US plug (In American warehouse and estimated delivery dates are about 5 days)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price, R.O.I., sheer entertainment value.

Cons: Not for the impatient of complete newbie. Learning curve for new users. Must be rooted for XBMC to work properly. No excuse for lack of 5G wifi.

Note: The unit that just arrived (my second) is malfunctioning (no video) and will be exchanged for a working one. I'm not docking the unit any eggs for this because it happens. Newegg will help me make it right.

Other Thoughts: The community makes it very easy to locate rooted stock or custom ROMs, and to flash them. Same for XBMC. It takes a bit of time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it.

Rosewill - BRONZE Series - 1000-Watt Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 104 Deg. F (40C), 80 PLUS Bronze, Semi-Modular Cable Design, ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V, SLI & CrossFire Ready - RBR1000-MS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Most reasonably priced product with this capacity from a company I'm familiar with. Once I can get the PC to load Windows and run properly, it has solved the issue I was having (Spontaneous reboots under gaming/benchmark load).

Cons: Once installed its causing strange issue booting/rebooting machine. The only way it will load Windows is to stop the boot process in the BIOS, let it sit for a minute or two and then use the boot override functionality (Asus Z77 Sabertooth) to select the boot drive.

If I do not start the PC this way, it appears to start loading Windows, and then my monitor goes into power-save (sleep) mode. Once in this state, the simple press-release of the power button does not initiate a shutdown like normal. The machine is completely non-responsive.

Other Thoughts: I've swapped it back and forth twice with the old PSU (Zephyr 750), and the issue is definitely related to this Rosewill PSU. The old PSU boots the PC properly every time and runs fine as long as I don't game or run benchmarks. Its an older revision of that PSU, so unlike the newer revision of the same PSU that's in my Wife's PC, it does not meet all the specs of this hardware. It also has 5-6 years of intense use and may simply be slowly dieing.

I swap back to the Rosewill and I cannot boot the PC unless I go through that bizarre start-up process described above.

My guess is that I'll be returning it (RMA) and spending some additional to get a more premium PSU.

OCZ Vertex 4 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reasonable price, excellent price when on sale. Everything you want in a SSD, but more. When connected to an average, CPU-powered SATA3 controller card these are very fast. When connected to a motherboard with full, native SATA3 support, they are extremely fast. Extremely fast boot-up, resume from hibernation, etc.

Cons: None that are the fault of the drive.

Other Thoughts: If one is using such a drive on an external, CPU-driven controller card, understand that you'll be getting R&W speeds in the 325M-400M range. that's not the fault of the drive or the controller card, its a limitation of using a controller card on a machine that doesn't offer native support.

Used on something like an ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard and you'll see the speeds that the drive is capable of.

IMHO, it is a shame that we live in a world where in order to not offend someone, newegg feels the need to reject a review because it contains three letters in a row that do not create a word, and are commonly used as an exclamation point.


Geoffrey B.'s Profile

Display Name: Geoffrey B.

Date Joined: 01/22/03

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 03/21/08
  • Last Review: 09/24/14
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