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James B.

James B.

Joined on 07/10/01

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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic Fan

GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 Case cooler
GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 Case cooler

Pros: Inaudible at low speeds. I work in a very quiet home office. At low speed, 700rpm, I can't hear this fan running three feet away from me. At max speed, 1400rpm, the fan is audible with a distinct whine, but it's still quieter than many competitors. This is a 4-wire PWM fan. It's an excellent choice to pair with fan management systems such as ASUS Q-Fan.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I hate fan noise. Really, really hate it. I've been trying to build a "silent" computer for the last 20 years. I've finally succeeded with this fan on a Thermaltake MUX-120 heatsink, an SSD instead of a hard drive, and an Antec P-180 case with sound insulation.

Most Critical Review

Just know what you are getting

LINKSYS WPC100 RangePlus Wireless Notebook Adapter
LINKSYS WPC100 RangePlus Wireless Notebook Adapter

Pros: I installed it on an old Thinkpad T42/p running Windows 7 and it worked immediately. It's about 50% faster in sustained throughput than the built-in 802.11g card. (I got about 32Mbps with Excellent signal strength.)

Cons: This card is only 2.4GHz - it doesn't do 5GHz. Therefore you probably can't come close to reaching the speeds promised by 802.11n.

Overall Review: I got it free with a Netgear WNDR3700 router. The Netgear router does its best work in the 5GHz band, so this card doesn't make the WNDR3700 shine. I haven't tested the range yet to compare to my old card. Download the drivers from the LinkSys web site. Don't use the CD.

Great Deal

Rosewill RC-410LX - Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Switch with 2-Year Warranty
Rosewill RC-410LX - Unmanaged 10/100/1000 Mbps 8-Port Gigabit Switch with 2-Year Warranty

Pros: Works great. Fanless. Gigabit. So cheap I can order a spare for less than the gas that it costs to drive to the store.

Cons: It's so lightweight that the ethernet wires will pull it right off the shelf if the wires are hanging down.

Overall Review: This switch cost 90% less than the switch it replaced and it uses 90% less power. It's so small that it fits inside the structured wiring cabinet.

Careful with Dell computers

ASUS GeForce 210 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP)
ASUS GeForce 210 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP)

Pros: - Silent. - Worked the first time. - No overscan problems on low-end Vizeo TV (unlike Radeon video card.) - Worked in 1080P no problem. - Audio over HDMI worked perfectly.

Cons: Didn't fit in my Dell computer because the bracket takes two slots. Hard to take off the bracket completely.

Overall Review: This was perfect for an office computer where we frequently use Skype and Hulu. Hulu looks great on this card!

Works Great

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Worked perfectly the first time with no tweaking. Installed it with a P7P55D-E Pro mobo and an i7 875k processor. Did not try to overclock.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Barely warm to the touch after running for several hours.

Quite Happy

ASUS GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card EN9600GT SILENT/2D/512MD3
ASUS GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card EN9600GT SILENT/2D/512MD3

Pros: Great card. I'm a casual gamer and I wanted a silent card that would have moderate performance, and this is perfect. Lost Planet went from unplayable on a 7950GT to 40fps on this card at 1600x1000 and high quality.

Cons: No cons come to mind. I couldn't be happier. For this pricepoint (after rebate), it's a bargain. I paid four times as much for the 7950GT.

Overall Review: This card is harder to cool than my old silent 7950GT. The heatpipes on the 7950GT wrapped around to the back of the card, which was perfect because I could aim the aftermarket CPU cooler onto those fins and get the benefit of the additional airflow. Al the cooling fins for the 9600 are on the front. In terms of your system configuration, here are my recommendations: Make sure you have enough airflow. This board runs hot to begin with (that's expected) but poor case ventilation will cause problems. I have two low-speed fans pushing air out of my case. Also, make sure your power supply is big enough. Your old 250W power supply isn't gong to be enough. If you aren't a gamer, buy something cheaper. This card draws a lot more power and generates a lot more heat than you need, even for Vista or Windows 7.

10/16/2009