Joined on 02/06/05
Just buy it.
Pros: Spent a fair amount of money on my PC build. Everything was great. Until I plugged in my headphones and gave it a listen. The on board sound had a very high noise floor that game me headache if I had the headphones on and nothing in the background when playing a game. I had to try and fix the issue. So in steps the SB Z card. After turning off the on board sound in the BIOS I installed the card. Then downloaded the latest driver. After going through the settings all I can say is WOW. Hiss is now gone. But my music sounds 100% better. This card has some grunt behind it. I now get very deep bass out of my headphones (JVC HA-RX900) that I never had before. The dynamic range of them has gone through the roof. I knew the on board card did not make a lot of juice but I had no idea how bad it really was. Ignorance was very much bliss. I was thinking about getting a headphone amplifier but that is no longer needed. I think I will need to go back and edit my review of these headphones. I thought it was the headphones that were lacking.
Cons: It was not free. NONE BUY IT!
Overall Review: Dell XPS8500 case and motherboard, Windows 8 64, Intel i7, 16gb CORSAIR Vengeance PC3 12800, EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 2GB 3072x1280, SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD 256GB SATA III, Seagate 3TB spinner, CORSAIR 650w PS, Sound Blaster Z 3D,
Pros: Cheap, runs well, and lots of features if you want to overclock.
Cons: On board video card failed on the 3rd week.
Overall Review: Built system for my father to check e-mail and surf the web. 2gb memory, sata3.0 500gb hard drive, and a 5600 processor running XP Pro. Was working great until I get a call it will not turn on. Finally just got around to looking at it. Plugged in a 9800 video card and it is working fine. So I am debating sending it back to Foxconn to have it replaced or just getting a cheap video card to slap into it. He would like it back ASAP. No idea on the turn around at Foxconn bit I know I can get a card from Newegg fast.
Joke of a hard drive.
Pros: None for me.
Cons: I got this hard drive in my new Dell XPS PC. I removed it the day after it arrived and installed an SSD. I reformatted this drive to use as back up storage in and external enclosure. I backed up hundreds of GB on it. It has hat on my desk not hooked up for almost the last year. I would bet it doesn't even have 30 days worth of power gone through it. Well I plugged it up tonight to update the drive and all I get is clicking. I installed it in a different enclosure to make sure it is not the case. Still get clicking and it does not register with windows. I went to RMA it with Dell to find out my warranty just expired. I look up the drive here on newegg and it says it has a 2 year warranty. I went to WD page and entered the S/N and it says it has no warranty. I have had this drive for just over a year with almost zero use on it and it failed and has no warranty apparently. This drive is utter junk.
Overall Review: It would appear I am one of the unlucky few who got the junk drives. I have many years old Seagate's that still are working perfectly fine as other backup drives that rarely get used in the external enclosures.
Have to rereview these units.
Pros: In my previous review I really only knocked them for their upper and lower range. I only ever used them on my PC using the stock on board sound. After trying to get rid of the high noise floor hiss on the PC I just bought the Sound Blaster Z 3D sound card. This bought these cans to life. I take back the above negative comments. These bad boys need some juice behind them and they will scream. Very happy now that the hiss is gone and the power is now there to properly drive these.
Pros: I span 3 monitors with this card. I am not a heavy gamer but play a few games via my Steam account. Do not have any real issues at max settings.
Cons: I do get a glitch when I crouch jump in game when spanning that I did not get when playing on 1 monitor.
Overall Review: Overall good bang for the buck.
Works for me.
Pros: I only use the SD card slot. Transfers my 64Gb card data just fine. Just ,nef files off my Nikon DSLR.
Cons: SD card slot a little sloppy. Has to be put in very specifically or it binds.
Overall Review: Not used any of the other card slots. Front USB port seems to work fine. Not sure where the others complaints are coming from.