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Shuttle KD20 Network Storage
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1 out of 5 eggs I don't know if this thing is a piece of junk or defective... but not very pleased at all! 01/08/2014

This review is from: Shuttle KD20 Network Storage

Pros: Small, decent build quality. Purchased at what seemed like a great price. Easy to access storage via hot-swap

Cons: The software on this thing SUCKS! Even after the firmware update, the lack of options and inability to configure this thing using anything but basic methods is SERIOUS Fail! Purchase this for your grandma perhaps, but if you want options... look elsewhere. Purchased as storage/media device to stream my PLEX server while at work, and it CONSTANTLY crashes or enters some kind of sleep mode whenever I have to pause my music. Even rebooting PLEX on my system (which pulls files from the NAS via Samba share, after disabling NAS "sleep" settings... hard disks are not overheating) doesn't help. You can't do any kind of remote access with this thing unless you use an insecure password (no special characters period), and it has no way to remotely wake once the dumb thing does go to sleep. No WOL, I can't even use my Vera system to power it up using my phone because you have to manually power it on every time you want to boot it... and the only wake to wake it from sleep mode is... to be there to power it up.
Another Con: The constant high-pitched squeal of this thing gives me a headache. It's like putting your ear next to an old CRT monitor for hours.

Other Thoughts: If you just need a device to sit as a backup for whenever something goes wrong on your main system, this thing probably will work for you. For any kind of power user who needs remote streaming abilities, and wants to actually do things with their NAS... Useless! You get what you pay for, and much less. I will be returning mine and will just bite the bullet to build a real NAS system.

HIS iCooler Radeon HD 7770 DirectX 11 H777F1G2M 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Just bought a second one to run in Crossfire with the one I reviewed earlier. I'm VERY impressed with the performance of these cards in Crossfire, for just around $200 my machine can finally play every game I've tossed at it with amazing detail. Bitcoin mining rate doubled (around 400 /mhs with very slight overclock) and these things don't flinch a bit under stress. I did have to upgrade my PS to a 750 watt, but everything runs like butter now. With a price like this, and 2 great game titles tossed in, you really can't go wrong for your money.

Cons: None, These are GREAT cards!

Other Thoughts: It's normal for the top slotted card to run at a higher temp in Crossfire mode, so don't be alarmed that one card runs slightly hotter than the other. I've pushed these to 74C Bitcoin Mining and no issues whatsoever with perfomance, they run very cool while gaming.

MSI Radeon HD 7770 DirectX 11 R7770-PMD1GD5 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Probably a decent enough card, I wouldn't know because I accidentally purchased mine as a crossfire addition to my HIS card and didn't notice that it's the one 7770 card that doesn't support Crossfire.

Cons: As I stated, no crossfire. Spend the extra $5-10 and get something that might allow you to upgrade your system a bit in the future.

Other Thoughts: Was it my fault for missing out on that detail? Yes. I'm just trying to help others from making the same mistake. If you just need 1 graphic card in your system and you're on a budget... it will get the job done.


Eric M.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric M.

Date Joined: 11/11/11

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 05/06/13
  • Last Review: 01/08/14
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