Date Joined: 11/17/04
Pros: This clock radio has a number of great features that are difficult to find together in a single product. The dual 7-day alarm allows you to set 2 different alarm times and select the exact days you want the alarm to wake you. For example, if you want to wake at a given time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a different time on Mondays and Thursdays, this alarm will do that. It also has a great buzzer alarm that starts soft and gradually becomes louder and more insistent.
The radio-controlled clock has its own antenna that can be positioned for good reception ensuring that it will always be accurate with a second or two and that it will always adjust properly for daylight savings time (even if they change it again).
The audio is very good for a clock radio. The settings and controls for the alarm functions are not intuitive but are easy enough to figure out with the manual.
This alarm will probably do anything you need it to do.
Cons: Viewing angle issue:
The one potential problem with this alarm is a viewing angle issue with the display. It has a nice LCD display that reads very clearly if you viewing it from the same level or lower. However, if you try to read the display from a position above the clock the digits become dim and distorted. This is enough of a problem that you should not purchase this alarm if your bed is higher than your nightstand or other surface where the alarm will be located (even by a few inches). As long as the alarm is sitting on a surface that is level with or higher than your viewing position, the display will be crisp and clear.
Overall Review: Note that this item has a "no return" policy so make sure read about the viewing angle issue above.
Pros: Although they're sold as Optical Quantum, these disks scan as Philips R04 and burn just fine at 4x. If your system burns a coaster with these then it probably does't recognize the Media Code so just make sure to force your software to write at 4x since it's likely trying to write at 8x.
Cons: May not be recognized by all systems including LG WH10LS30. However, these will burn just fine with the LG WH10LS30 as long as you force your software to write at 4x.
Overall Review: What a steal. Burn just like discs that cost over twice the price.
Pros: This is a great card and has been totally trouble-free for me. I can play any of my games (including Crysis) with all the eye candy turned up to max and still get smooth frame rates. They've done a lot of work since the 9xxx series cards on the cooling design. I was able to OC to the Superclock level without any temperature problems - although I have an Antec Ninehundred case with 8 fans including the top 200mm fan so it has lots of cooling capacity.
Cons: Like all top cards today, these things are huge so make sure you have the room. Even in full-sized desktop cases you might have to move a disk drive if it's right behind one of your video PCIe slots.
Overall Review: The reviewer who complained of lock-ups and other problems should have tried EVGA support since they are the best in the business. It probably wasn't even the card. Many people who have trouble when installing a new video card eventually find that their power supply didn't have the amount of current required for today's power-hungry cards. When upgrading, make sure to check the 12v current requirements and make sure your power supply has the required 6 & 8 pin power connectors.
Pros: I just bought two Lite-On burners - this one and the virtually identical model without Lightscribe. I'm used to running top line burners from Plextor and NEC but decided to go with these since they seem to be ahead in SATA technology. These have been perfect so far. They were completely trouble-free to install and every burn on every media type I've tried so far has been successful and fast.
I was a bit hesitant to get these at first because some people said they were noisy but I have all the high-speed options set and they are still as quiet as any drive I've owned.
Overall Review: I haven't used the Lightscribe feature yet since I don't have any of those discs yet. I'll get some when the price comes down to a more reasonable level.
Pros: I just bought two Lite-On burners - this one and the virtually identical model with Lightscribe. I'm used to running top line burners from Plextor and NEC but decided to go with these since they seem to be ahead in SATA technology. These have been perfect so far. They were completely trouble-free to install and every burn on every media type I've tried so far has been successful and fast.
By the way, I was a bit hesitant to get these at first because some people said they were noisy but I have all the high-speed options set and they are still as quiet as any drive I've owned.
Pros: This is a very good drive in all respects with the fastest read and write speeds I've personally seen. My other drive is an NEC 3520 which is also excellent but only supports the 2.4x DL speed. I am using this drive on a Vista 64 system although some of the software must run in XP compatibility mode. There are a few issues but not more than any other non-native drivers on Vista 64. Things run just fine on the MS drivers as well.
Cons: The Plextools user interface is not the easiest to understand and use. However, it provides more power and flexibility than any other system.
Overall Review: The information about Plextor leaving the market is false. I checked with Plextor and it turned out to be one of those Internet myths that people spread around without checking.
Pros: XFX has created a great card at this price level. The performace of this card is awesome. Oblivion, Half-Life 2, FFXI, Guild Wars and every other 3D game I have thrown at it, has run at super high frame rates at high resolution with every display option cranked up.
The 7900 GT cards are built on G71 chips that can't hit the higher frequencies required by the GTX cards so you can easily guess what the upper OC limits are. Most of these cards will run safely up to 550/1650 but it's just the luck of the draw. But even at the clock rate they ship with, these cards rock.
All in all, this is a great card for the money. The design and construction quality is much higher than average. If you run it at a safe clock rate, it will be as reliable as any other 7900 GT (and probably more so).
Cons: XFX runs the fan at 100% with no option to reduce this speed so there is no doubt that you will hear it. I'm sure they do this because they are clocking the card above the reference 7900 GT speeds of 450/1320. However, the noise level isn't as bad as many of the reviews seem to indicate (at least not on my card). It sounds the same as any other internal fan running at 100% to me. However, if you want a super-quiet PC, figure the additional twenty plus bucks you will have to spend for a different cooling solution into the price when you are comparing. A Zalman VF700-AICu is probably the cheapest high quality solution available (at around twenty five bucks).
Overall Review: I think a lot of the reviews you see regarding failures with this card are related to XFX's open stand regarding overclocking - they ship the coolbits OC utils in the box. I'm not sure what XFX expects to gain from this except for a lot cards with OC damage.
If you haven't done overclocking before, don't experiment on your brand new video card the first time. You may or may not be able to convince the vendor to replace it on warranty.
Comments: The NEC 3520A is an excellent multi-format burner - especially at this price. Newegg is an incredible technology store. I ordered the NEC 3520A for a killer price with .99 cent Fedex shipping on Friday and had it dropped on my porch early Monday morning. As long as Newegg can keep giving me these prices and shipping deals, they'll get all my technology business.