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Joined on 07/21/04

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PNY Quadro FX 380 VCQFX380-PCIE-PB 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
PNY Quadro FX 380 VCQFX380-PCIE-PB 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

Pros: Works fine with dual 24" 1920x1200 and 23" 2048x1152 under Windows 7 64-bit and CentOS. Except, as one reviewer already stated, has glitchs when using with 3D software.

Cons: It has glitchs when using with some 3D software. In my case - does not show cursor correctly in ChemOffice and CorelDesigner X4.

Overall Review: Provides 2048x1152.

Most Critical Review

Patriot Wildfire SSD

Patriot Wildfire 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PW240GS25SSDR
Patriot Wildfire 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PW240GS25SSDR

Pros: Really fast. With very good adapter.

Cons: Gets lost by system randomly but often.

Overall Review: Bought one from Newegg. Installed Win 7-64 bit. Works great. Got BSOD after about 12 hours work. Then again. Then again. Send it for replacement to Newegg and get another one. Exactly the same story - BSOD's, lost by system. Tried on different controllers, then on different motherboards - the same. Then checked PatriotMemory.com and found that it is known problem for these SSD's. A lot of people who bought these drives (or 256Gig) have the same issue. Patriots says that they are working with FirmWare update which will eliminate this problem. They promise to release FW update on August 15 (with update tool which will allow you to update FW directly from Windows without losing your data). Otherwise - really fast SSD (faster than very similar SATA-III 6Gb/s 128 Gb Plextor SSD, for instance, which I bought at the same time). Will update this review after FW release.

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IOGEAR GCS712U MiniView Micro USB Audio KVM Switch
IOGEAR GCS712U MiniView Micro USB Audio KVM Switch

Pros: Works as promissed.

Cons: If you connect USB Trackball to it through PS2-->USB adapter, it will not work since PS2 port is too slow to transmit data from Laser Trackball. Should use USB GCS 632U model instead of this.

Overall Review: The rest is fine.

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PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard
PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) 462(A) SiS 746FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It works for about 1 month with Athlon xp 3200+ and 2x512 MB PC2100 without any issues.

Cons: Nothing.

Overall Review: Because of limited flexibility in CPU/Mem frequency ratio setting, this MB is for someone who understand at least a little bit. For instance, Athlon xp 3200+ works at 200 MHz and PC2100 at 266 MHz. This MB will set 200 MHz for both of them, with ratio 1:1. Since the real frequency for PC2100 is 133, 200 MHz is too fast for it, and computer probably will hang. You need go to BIOS Setup and set ratio 3:4 --> 200x3/4=150 MHz (3:4 is the smallest for this MB). 150 is closest to 133, and 133 MHz PC2100 works fine at 150.

A-Data memory

ADATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD2U800B1G5-DRH
ADATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD2U800B1G5-DRH

Pros: Works fine under WinXP and Linux on GA-965G-DS3, with very heavy loading (99% of memory are used permanently for weeks in quantum chemistry calculations). Voltage used is low (1.8V), so should be overclockable.

Cons: No any.