Joined on 03/10/06
Nice card for the money
Pros: Plenty of memory. 256-bit interface. Decent core and memory speeds that can be overclocked if your savvy like that. 8 pixel pipes and AGP interface for those of us who are slow to jump on the PCIe bandwagon. All for just under $xxx. Nice considering most AGP cards are more expensive than their PCIe counterparts. Overall an exceptional card statistic wise.
Cons: Haven't tested it yet. Just got it yesterday from Newegg. Awesome site :) I have to upgrade to a better power supply. Also nothing much known about Biostar or EGate. Biostar is supposed to be a great motherboard manufacturer but don't know about graphics cards. We'll see.
Overall Review: My system: P4 Northwood 2.4ghz / 1 Gig of Kingston ValueRam Registered DDR PC 2700 (2 X 512) / Geforce 5600 Ultra (Reason I bought the new one) / 250 watt Hipro power supply *gack* Gotta upgrade that too.
If only it would work like it's supposed too
Pros: Everything I needed to get me by a few more years until I get on the PCIe bandwagon. Has an AGP slot at 8x (upgrade over my 4x slot on old computer) supports Ultra DMA 100 hard drives which my old one is, plus supported DDRII, (which was an upgrade over the DDR in my old system)these three things were key factors in purchasing this kit. Bought as part of a barebone unit over at Tidirect. Newegg didn't have anything comparable at the time and it was a good deal based on specs. Especially since it had everything I was looking for. Plus I could validate the cost to the wife as upgrading and/or replacing my aging 478 system cost almost the same thing as this new kit.
Cons: Motherboard installed physically fine but on boot up ... continually gave me the chcksum error: defaults loaded message. Come to find out this is caused either by corrupt BIOS or dead or dying battery. Tried clearing CMOS (followed Biostar manual instructions) but that just caused a non-bootable environment. Power is getting to system but no output whatsoever. Is it too much to ask that a NEW piece of equipment work like it's supposed too? So that you don't have to do endless hours of research online to try and fix the problem. Or replace parts that are supposed to be working. RMA time and hope for better luck next board.
Overall Review: I am writing this review here because this particular board is no longer available at Tidirect for some reason and I am unable to write a review there. I have RMA'd the board and am waiting for the replacement if Tidirect sees fit to do so. Gotta say .. wish Newegg had more barebone options. Would have definately got it from here. Newegg is awesome.
Pros: Works. Not very loud. Came with the bundle I received through Newegg shuffle. Was not looking for another PSU but if anything does happen to my Corsair 850x I can fall back on this one as a spare.
Cons: Nothing that I can think of.
Overall Review: I tested this on my rig (i9 10850k, MSI 3060, 32 GB GSkill Trident Royal, 3 SSDs each 1TB, and it worked fine. It will be my spare in case my current PSU fails for any reason.
Pros: Its a ROG Strix cant complain. Love the look, style, performance, and build quality.
Cons: The price in this economy sucked. But it is what it is.
Overall Review: If you can wait just wait for the prices to go down. But if you cant or dont want to you cant go wrong with a card like this.
Pros: Video feed is actually quite clear. Good enough for my purpose. Plenty of connections for everything; gaming console, computer, cable TV, speakers. It's small and is easily hidin out of sight.
Cons: Had small defect that it took me a few hours to figure out. The Coaxial input is loose somehow and kept me from getting a signal. I only figured it out after tapping on the back of it in frustration and it started working ... sigh. lol. Also ... when you have all your cables hooked into it ... it's kinda light so it starts flip floppin everywhere. Gonna have to lay it flat vs. on it's stand. Like the others said too. Instruction booklet is sparse.
Overall Review: As long as the unit works ... it's great. Basically just plug and play. Just make sure you know how to access the menu and what country TV standard your using. North America is NTSC.