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Harappan S.

Harappan S.

Joined on 10/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Extremely overclockable

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

Pros: I used to run this memory with intel 975x P5WDG2 WS PRO mobo at 3-3-3-8 timings 2T at 780 MhZ 1:1 (2.25 v) FSB DRAM... that mobo didnt let me reach higher RAM frequency but allowed me low latency with this ram. Then I switched to 680i for some time with corsair DDR2 800 DMX (promos..actually hoping for micron ICs)and popped in this memory ..voila.. I could do 800 MHz 3-3-3-6 1T at 2.3 V (with active cooling, of course). Now (after a year), I have switched to ASUS rampage mobo and this memory could literally do 1300 MHz (5-5-5-9) at 2.3 V with a 3:2 divider DRAM:FSB. Aint that something for a RAM that is supposed to do DDR2 800. I did a few benchmarks with latest Everest edition says read = 10,986 MB/Sec, write 10,000 MB/sec, Copy 10,200 MB/sec, Latency 44.5 ns. 3dmark 06 on ASUS rampage, 8800gts 512mb and E8500, G skill Hz all Overclocked...score reaches 16, 282 (single card score).

Cons: Not very stable if you dont "overvolt" it. Compared to its counterparts, it is very pricey..Was not pricey when I bought it..

Overall Review: If performance is what you want @DDR2 memory, then this memory is the way to go. I expected its price to come down to 60--70 bucks..not happening.. it has been more than 8 months now and its price has gone up rather than coming down. I bought an OCZ FLEX DDR2 9600 for comparison a month ago to use with my ASUS Rampage.now I am stuck with that because this DDR2 800 beats that in every possible way except price. what an irony...OCZ DDR2 1200 is like $75 after rebate and this one (DDR2 800) is like $140.. crazy demand!!

Most Critical Review

Good performance but heat and driver issues

EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: I am this card with Core2 E8500@ 4.2Ghz processor on ASUS rampage Mobo with 8 Ghz (OCZ ddr1200 ram 5-5-5-12 ), win 7 pro 64 bit, driver 266+. With this card, I am able to run most First Person Shooter games on max settings (1080p res.) with good gameplay except crysis. Here are some examples of its performance on my setup - crysis @ DX10, Enthusiast settings, 4x antialiasing, 1080p = avg. 33 FPS. Battlefield bad company2 - about 70+ fps (all max at 1080p). Black ops - 45+ fps (all max at 1080p), far cry 2 - 60+ fps. etc. Mafia 2 - 60+ etc. Overclocks very well but that aspect varies by card and some card performs better than others in terms of OC: mine does stay stable for benchmarks at 840 core and 1850 memory. With the above setup and OC, I got a mediocre score of 4500 on 3dmark11 (basic edition - default settings). Encoding supported video formats with CUDA support on this card is great as it takes the load off the CPU and use this powerful GPU instead, which is great.

Cons: I am running it in an open case setup. It does get hot during gameplay. It reaches around 92 c with heavy gameplay (with room temp 72c). Idle temperatures vary from 41c to 73 C in dual monitor mode but that seems to be the driver issue as well (IMHO). I am using the latest drivers (ver. 266 +). Fan could get really annoying at high temperatures if your gaming volume is low Driver stopped working during regular surfing and while watching youtube videos is common and is very annoying. although it can be fixed from the nvidia control panel but it also raises the idle temperatures as a side-effect.

Overall Review: After reading review comparions of this card with gtx 570 such as power draw, temps, performance (570 is atleast 20 -25 % faster and more efficient than 470), I am probably going to use the step-up program to get the 570 GTX instead. Heat sink is hot to touch at 76 C temp and almost untouchable at 93 C. Its a long card (most dual slot cards are) so make sure you check your case dimensions/capacity in this regard. One egg taken off for idle temps in dual monitor mode and one more egg deducted for annoying driver stopped working errors (black screen) with the old or latest drivers.

Very nice feeling to type on this KB

Rosewill RK-9000RE - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches
Rosewill RK-9000RE - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: cherry mx red/ linear key press. IMO, least actuation force among all mechanical cherry MX switches. registers the key even if it is not pressed all the way. with a little bit of practice, one can avoid click sounds and still type faster. heavy keyboard- does not slide around on my desk.

Cons: a bit noisier than rubber dome/X4 sidewinder.

Overall Review: the typing feel on this keyboard will give you another reason to blog, write reviews, give comments on YouTube etc.

Nothing special.

Rosewill RK-9000RE - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches
Rosewill RK-9000RE - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Red Switches

Pros: Lighter actuation force than other keyboards Linear switch. No click-clack sound, which is what I was looking for in a mechanical KB. Not bad for regular/rouch typing or light gaming (FPS). Little bit less noisy than MX blue.

Cons: Squeaky spacebar Not all keys are consistent. Not sure if all keys are MX reds or not but it lacks consistency. I have a Ducky shine MX blue and I wanted something with lighter actuation force and less noise. Ducky MX reds are hard to find so I tried this instead.

12/13/2011

Very good but Connection speed is 144.5 mpbs

Rosewill RNX-N180UBEv3 - Wireless High Gain N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/g/n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna
Rosewill RNX-N180UBEv3 - Wireless High Gain N300 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b/g/n, (2T2R), Up to 300 Mbps Data Rates, USB 2.0 Cradle, 5 dBi High Power Antenna

Pros: Worked without problem and the included software is alright as well. To connect to the router, you can use the pre-shared key of your router or use the button config option of included software to connect to you router if your router supports that. I did some speedtest run and the results were about one half to one third of what I get with ethernet/CAT5 cable (1gbps connection). I did not notice any major difference while downloading content from web including P2P applications or surfing web. It is as fast as if my PC is connected to internet via ethernet cable. I have used it for a month and have not experience a dropped connection. The youtube Hi def videos also stream okay. it comes with a USB extensions cord with a base on which you can hook up the antenna. Overall I am happy with my purchase.

Cons: I get a connection speed of 144.5 mbps and followed the settings mentioned on the details page for this item. If you directly hook up the antenna on a USB port, it will become hard to use the adjacent USB port as the USB end of the antenna is quite wide.

Overall Review: For the price, it is not a bad option if you do not want to deal with LAN cable for any reason. I am not sure what I need to tweak in this case to get 300 mbps connection speed as my laptops with n-card get 300 mbps with my E3000 router. I am using WPA/WPA2 and AES for this setup.

Awesome Notebook

SONY Laptop VAIO FW Series VGN-FW463J/B Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 16.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
SONY Laptop VAIO FW Series VGN-FW463J/B Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 16.4" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Finally, a notebook I can live with. I have bought three notebooks in the past 5 months H-P, A-S-U-S and now v-A-I-O. And, I am very much satisfied with the Vaio. Keyboard is better than m-a-c book and has a very good feel to it. Very well designed notebook and I like the placement of power button (unique). Awesome performance with Windows 7 X64 RTM. Running XP pro with VMware inside without any problems. This notebook has the best touchpad I have ever experienced. the best part about this notebook is the wireless card that has a pretty good coverage compared to other 802 n cards in other brand notebooks. Screen Quality and graphic card are also very nice compared to other gaming notebooks I am using. Webcam is 1.3 MP motioneye is not the best but good enough for video chat. Other good things about this notebook is that its not a fingerprint magnet. Every surface is designed keeping functionality in mind. This notebook is absolutely gorgeous. You will not be disappointed with this one.

Cons: The Hard drive used to get very hot so I replaced it with 128 GB SSD and now the booting time of win 7 is reduced by 50 per cent. WIndoes vista home edition and the overall pre loaded software was okay until it started bothering me with delayed shutdown and hang ups when resuming from hibernation mode and ultimately became a nightmare for me. It is a heavy notebook (almost 7 lbs).

Overall Review: I would recommend to do a clean install of vista or win 7 business/ ultimate if you run into problems with hangups. I am now a Vaio fan and will probably stick with S-O-N-Y for my future notebook needs even if they cost a bit more compared to other brands like H-P or A-S-U-S. Win 7 upgrade option is also nice but almost everyone is offering it nowadays. This notebook does not get very hot with continuous usage and is very quiet. the 7200 rpm hard drive used to get hot so I replaced that with SSD. now, no problems with performance or noise. Resolution is another reason I picked this 1600 900 and that is what I was looking for. Same model has 1080 p with blu ray available but I had no use for that in a notebook. Look no further and buy this if weight/size is not an issue for you.