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Eddy C.

Eddy C.

Joined on 02/10/04

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Most Favorable Review

egg-celent

MSI GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N260GTX-T2D896 OC
MSI GeForce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N260GTX-T2D896 OC

Pros: Very fast, cool card (ºF) reasonable price. HDMI works flawlessly (unlike ATI 48xx). I did a quick test and got a ranking of "B" in the devil may cry 4 DX10 benchmark at C16xQ AA, detail and shadow detail at extremely high, 1920x1080. These results are pretty impressive. This thing can smoke every game out there at reasonable AA settings (4x) except for Crysis, of course. That game must be ridiculously un-optimized.

Cons: This card is gargantuan. I cannot stress enough how huge this thing is. I had to buy a new case because of it. It will not fit in most full ATX cases they sell on newegg or anywhere else for that matter. You'll want a 6-bay case (with only one HDD tray below the FDD slot). If there are any trays or obstacles between this monster and the front fascia, chances are it will not fit. This thing goes almost all the way to the front of the case.

Overall Review: When connecting the spdif cable, keep in mind that orange is ground and black is the signal cable. I figured this out after i had assembled everything toguether and then i had to take it all apart to fix it. Silly me, connecting black to ground! -- anyhow, should have read the brief manual first. Also, on my particular motherboard, the PATA socket and ribbon cable impede on the video card being seated all the way in and clicking on the 16xPCIe socket. If looking for a motherboard, make sure that there are no sockets of any kind where cables will be protruding from on the path of this video card (2 pci slots wide). Keep this in mind if you're also considering doing SLI or tri-SLI. The rest of my system: Vista home premium Phenom 9550 4GB patriot DDR2 1066 GIGABYTE GA-MA770-S3 1TB RAID-0 SATA

Most Critical Review

BSOD on Vista x64

LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08
LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08

Pros: It used to play BD flawlessly, although PowerDVD 10 took a while to load the movies in the Vista MC interface.

Cons: It just learned a new trick where everytime you press the eject button, it BSODs Vista Home Premium x64. You can put the new movie in while it's rebooting and then watch it once you're done restaring, just get ready to put up with anoher BSOD (and you wife yelling because all the extenders are offline) when you want to change the movie again.

Overall Review: Searched the lite-on site for a firmware update to no avail. There are no downloads for this drive. I don't know if the BSODs are caused by the same SATA controller the drive is plugged into driving my RAID-0 OS drives.

Does not work

Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7
Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7

Pros: None

Cons: It simply does not work. The dongle is plugged in a brand new windows 7 x64 build, and the device is recognized as an "eHome Infrared Transceiver". Windows says it doesn't have any drivers. Went to the rosewill site and there are no drivers available for download there either, just a manual.

Overall Review: This device is support to work out of the box on windows 7, but it doesn't, at least not for me. Very dissapointed. This was included in a build for a client and the issue was not found until the system was delivered and out of the country. I tried helping the client remotely but there are no drivers for this thing anywhere. I'm very dissapointed and will not buy anything "Rosewill" in the future.

Corrupts pictures

ViewSonic VFD810-50 8" 800x600 Digital Photo Frame 4:3 Aspect Ratio Easy to Use Menu Control Brightness Adjustment & Slideshow Transition Effect
ViewSonic VFD810-50 8" 800x600 Digital Photo Frame 4:3 Aspect Ratio Easy to Use Menu Control Brightness Adjustment & Slideshow Transition Effect

Pros: Crisp 800x600 resolution, good image quality. Pictures look great for a day or so before artifacts are added.

Cons: No internal memory. Corrupts pictures in the card. Places random horizontal lines in the pictures and saves them back in the card like that. It doesn't put too many artifacts in, but just enough to tick you off. Stops playing the slideshow after a day. Now i have to deal with the hassle of RMA'ing this piece of garbage.

Overall Review: This is a great example of the quality i've come to expect from chinese products. I knew it didn't come with internal memory, but no big deal, i just bought a $6 2GB Ridata SD card from newegg and copied a handful of pictures to it from my computer. Boy was i glad i didn't put an original card from a camera in it! After leaving it running for a day I came back to my office to notice that a handful of pictures have random horizontal lines in it. I took the card out of the unit and put it in my computer and confirmed that they're actually in the card like that. This device will corrupt the pictures you put in it! Don't put original un-backed up files in it! Another fun feature is that after corrupting your images, it'll stop playing the slideshow. When you restart the slideshow, it then greets you with a green screen before showing some pictures for one more loop. Because of the low price and the good screen, i decided to roll the dice and lost. Better luck to you!

dismal

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC Game

Pros: Only takes about a day to install, set up and override infinityward's ridiculous control scheme (could take longer, i guess). Graphics are decent.

Cons: My biggest problem with this game is the control scheme. I play on an HTPC-driven 61" tv from the comfort of my couch, so i expect to use my xbox360 controller for all games. Well, infinity ward will absolutely refuse to let you use anything but a keyboard and mouse. The only way around this was to use an ancient logitech wingman controller and the logitech gaming software to painstakingly map all the keyboard and mouse bindings to the controller. Only then was I able to actually play this game. Luckily, it only took me three or four days to play to the absolutely incoherent and nonsensical storyline. I still had no clue what was going on all the way to the end of the game (who was Makarov again?). I tried a few of the special ops missions after beating the game but quickly lost interest. What's the point?

Overall Review: I know that a keyboard and mouse is the way to go if you're competing online and trying to get the most frags, but some people don't care about that and are instead just looking for an enjoyable interactive entertainment experience. Trying to force their customers into IW's narrow control scheme without any user choice whatsoever is an incredibly asenide and arrogant move on their part.

LOUD

SIGMA SHARK SP-585 585 W ATX12V V2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply
SIGMA SHARK SP-585 585 W ATX12V V2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

Pros: Powers the computer like it's supposed to

Cons: Sounds like a jet engine with afterburners on

Overall Review: I had to get this to replace my deceased HTPC power supply. I guess an always-on machine takes its toll on power supplies. Well, this one does what it's supposed to, and has two independent PCIeX16 connectors to feed my GTX 260 as opposed to having to use a splitter (which is nice), but the thing is way too loud for an HTPC. Definitely noticeable when watching TV or movies, or in video games when you're trying to listen for threats in your surroundings. On the plus side, if all that noise translates into improved coolability then maybe it'll last longer than my last one.