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ROBERT J.

ROBERT J.

Joined on 05/20/03

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Most Favorable Review

Perfect Gentoo/XBMC box

ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
ECS KBN-I/5200 AMD A6-5200 Quad Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

Pros: Have it working perfectly as a XBMC machine running Gentoo Linux. Not sure what other review(s) are going on about when they claim poor Linux compatibility. Everything works fine, even accelerated video decoding w/ HDMI audio out--even have VSYNC enabled to prevent tearing! Also have streaming of Adobe flash movies from Google play, youtube, etc working. STRONGLY recommend this platform for a media center machine when running Linux! Entire system uses roughly 17 W at the outlet when idle, although I haven't yet started working on aggressive power savings so, hopefully, if I can get this even lower...

Cons: I suppose the price is a little high but I prefer it over the 1.5GHz clocked model as there are times when playing adobe flash movies that the extra clockspeed helps...

Most Critical Review

Died after 5 days

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Uhh... Modular cables are nice? When it died, at least it didn't fry anything else! That's good, right?

Cons: Died after 5 days. Machine wouldn't do anything, no CPU fans, nothing... Well, the mobo power LED came on, I guess.. Corsair was kind enough to RMA it for me, however, they evidently aren't kind enough to pick up the shipping tab for me to send it back. Apparently it's fine with them that their customer's share the tab when their products fail.

Overall Review: Didn't want to wait the ages it will take to get a questionable replacement Corsair PSU so I went to the store and bought an Enermax. The Enermax has been great so far and I've always had good luck with them. I suppose it's my fault for going "cheap" ($149 isn't super cheap, however) and not going ahead and buying the Enermax. Anyway, I guess when the Corsair comes in I'll have a spare power supply...

Excellent CPU!!!!

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor - HDZ940XCGIBOX

Pros: Clocks can be set for each core, independent of others. AMD Overdrive (I believe you need an AMD/ATI chipset to use?) is really nice. Lets you tweak clocks and voltages from within the OS. No more rebooting in BIOS, unless of course you get too greedy and lock it up :)

Cons: Price... Barely justifyable with Intel's "poor man's" Core i7 priced in the same ballpark.

Overall Review: Built an entire Gentoo machine from Stage 3 in 12 hours (includes Xorg, KDE, etc). Doing parallel emerge, parallel make on this quad code Phenom I was at times quite I/O bound. Makes me wonder if a purchase of a more expensive (DDR3, mobo, proc) Core i7 is even worth it. I saved my money and put it toward 15K SAS to address the I/O problem.

Lasted 5 days then died

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: It worked... for 5 days... During this time it seemed to do its basic job fine. Modular PSU is always nice

Cons: Had it 5 days then it decided to not work any longer. Did the "poor man's" test by grounding the poweron wire (the green colored one) and it didn't react at all. After PSU fried, Corsair is kind enough to RMA it for me, however, they are not kind enough to pay for shipping the thing back to them. Add $15 in RMA shipping to the purchase price of this thing and that should get you closer to the real cost...

Overall Review: After it blew, went and bought a NICE Enermax to replace it so that I don't have to wait on Corsair to RMA. Should have bought the Enermax to begin with. You get what you pay for, right? I suppose I'll keep the Corsair around for an "emergency" PSU...

Quiet and cool HD

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: A VERY quiet hard drive. Also runs VERY cool. It's quite clear that it's a single platter, the housing itself is amazing thin.

Cons: Seagate hasn't released their 1TB version of this 500GB/platter so had to settle for 500GB.

Overall Review: Haven't done objective measurements of speed, however, I will say that it seems to be quite quick

Excellent card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100259-1GL
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100259-1GL

Pros: Incredible heat sinks ensure the fan doesn't have to spin up much, thus making the card pretty quiet. Using latest fglrx in Linux and works flawlessly. Can even use aticonfig to change fanspeed and gpu/memory clocks.

Cons: Heatpipes get pretty hot Card doesn't clock down as low as it should/could when only doing 2D

Overall Review: Haven't bothered OC'ing it since it's PLENTY fast enough for all of the games I play @ 1600x1200, max settings