Joined on 03/16/05
Dead after 4 weeks, damaging computer
Cons: After four weeks of use, the power supply decided to give out. It started to shoot sparks, crackling and popping, and then giving out completely. I'm not entirely sure what provoked it, we used it in a PC that we used to watch Netflix/YouTube/etc. The computer is only running one 5600 RPM hard drive, a DVD ROM drive, a Pentium 4 processor, and an old ATI graphics card. Perhaps that was too much load for it? I didn't think that would be. Anyways, I lucked out. The only component that the power supply took with it to its grave was a 10-year-old sound card I had in the computer.
Overall Review: From now on, I will be purchasing no more cheap power supplies. I've replaced it with a Rosewell 680 W power supply. So far so good.
Works fine on Windows 10. Native support for Mac OS
Pros: Supported by Mac OS natively! No issues with this card. Windows 10 drivers have been released, but you do need to install download and install them. And lol that requires an internet connection.
Cons: An antenna broke pretty easily. Put it together with scotch tape and signal wasn't negatively impacted but was kind of frustrating that I put the computer on the side and boom broken antenna.
Works as advertised
Pros: * Works as fast as you would expect from USB 2.0
Cons: * It's USB 2.0. This is clearly advertised, but many modern hard drives are capable of transferring data much faster than USB 2.0 is capable of transferring.
Overall Review: I'm not sure about the power saving options, the drive does seem to spin down when not in use though. I hooked this up to my home wireless router for use with TimeMachine. The USB 2.0 isn't a bottleneck in this case, the wireless is, so it's no trouble.
Decent little router
Pros: * It works great with all my laptops in the house. Got decent speeds throughout all 3000 sqft. * Easy setup, no power cable required, great for traveling. * Printer sharing easy to configure and effective.
Cons: * Doesn't support dual band. * Speeds are not nearly as close to the Apple Airport Extreme Base station. * I read that you could share disks with this device, but was unable to get it to work (it didn't show in the airport config utility, but it does on my Airport Extreme Base station)
Overall Review: Get it for use on the road. Or for extending your wireless network. For heavier home use, I would recommend going for the Airport Extreme. I didn't try AirTunes, but it seems like a neat feature.
Great processor, but supplied heat-sink is awful
Pros: Processor runs extremely fast, I can re-encode my DVDs between 100-200fps depending on the video complexity / de-interlacing settings / etc. Enough performance to do everything I want to do, and then some.
Cons: Knocked off an egg for stock cooler, it was simply terrible. Processor easily shot up to 100c (which then, fortunately, caused the motherboard to down-clock the processor) when running full throttle, no over-clocking. Replaced with ARTIC COOLER freezer pro 7 rev 2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134) and knocked off about 25c on idle and keeps temperature below 80c when processor running at full throttle.
Overall Review: This processor runs hot. You'll want adequate cooling for it for sure or you won't be happy with the speeds you get. While my processor was able to run stable at 100c, it certainly was running slower (about 1/3rd it's capacity of in my experience), and I've read that running at > 80c for these processors is not recommended and can damage the processor.