Date Joined: 08/07/05
Pros: - Switches quickly between inputs on a Windows and Linux machine. I have tried two DVI ATEN KVMs in the past and this was not the case.
- Comes with a port switch button that can be plugged into the unit. May be handy if your keyboard is not working for whatever reason.
Cons: - Audio has some interference. There is a high pitched noise, and I had to add 3.5mm filters on the PC1/2 AUX connections to eliminate it. I suspect this interference is coming from the USB devices, but still wish ATEN would have found a fix for this (more shielding?) since I last tried their units.
Overall Review: Kind of irrelevant, but in Linux, switching off a displayport input is treated as if the monitor was removed. Unfortunately this is handled by moving all the windows to the right monitor, and you lose all your windows positions (I'm using Cinnamon DE). I got around this with shell scripts. If this affects you, google "dynamic-multiple-monitor friendly desktop environment available", and the top result should have some useful bash scripts on an Ubuntu site.
Pros: - This is a high quality motherboard with a lot of options - SLI, Crossfire, USB-C, 802.11ac, and best of all, everything is working out of the box in Linux on kernel 4.7.
- The debugging LED is also helpful as long as you have the manual on hand to figure out the codes.
- Easy CMOS reset button on the back plate.
- BIOS has a lot of options, and has a dual bios feature that you can toggle on the board.
- With 8 DIMMs, and 3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 lanes, this board is more than adequate for development and video production. I am using a Xeon E5 2680 v4.
Cons: - No issues so far. I will update this review if I think of any.
Pros: I upgraded from a GTX 660 and use Linux. I didn't need to upgrade as I don't play many PC games, but it has improved the smoothness of the window manager a lot. It also has greatly improved hardware acceleration in browsers - CSS transitions and canvas is no longer choppy when I have a lot of tabs open.
I haven't seen this card go above 58C under high load, and idles between 43-49C.
Cons: It runs a little warmer than the PNY GTX 660 I was using which has a similar (but smaller) cooler, but is within its thermal spec.
Overall Review: I played Cities: Skylines on all max settings at 3440x1440, and the frame rate stayed above 30 FPS. I will probably have to play at 2560x1080 on newer games to get a balance of performance and frame rates, but seeing how I picked this card up at $250, it's a great price to performance proposition. If you can find this card within the $250 range, it's a good deal. Though now that the 1060 is coming late July, and seems to have 980 performance at the $250 price point, it might be worth waiting if you are looking for a new mid-range graphics card.
Pros: I don't think you will have issues plugging multiple USB devices into this card like the previous reviewer states, unless you are using dongle of larger than usual width.
Cons: The manufacturer's product page says Linux OS is supported, but I couldn't get it to work. I got a "Descriptor error read/64 error -110" message from the kernel on boot. Assuming it was just an IRQ conflict, I tried every other PCIe slot, and even moved my graphics card to the other PCIex16 slot. I found one slot that stopped the boot error, but it was still unrecognized by the OS.
Overall Review: I tried with and without the SATA power cable connected.
Update: This is now in my Windows PC and working fine. I changed my review from 1 to 3 eggs, and would be higher if the manufacturer's product page was accurate.
Pros: - Connects to many third party services out of the box.
- Capable web UI.
- Variety of pluggable apps that can extend the device's functionality, such as SMART control.
Cons: - Fan noise is annoying. It's the kind of whirring noise that's inconsistent and can drive you crazy if it is anywhere near you while you are trying to fall asleep. Signs of a low quality cooling fan.
- Windows only instructions. This probably runs on Linux and doesn't acknowledge Linux exists in the instructions. It's ok though, they only want you to install software that is basically already available over the NAS' intranet site.
Overall Review: - I have never used a NAS or really attempted to send large files over a LAN (all wired with cat 5e), but I get a max of 25mbps file transfers. If it weren't for the cloud and media features, I'd just stick the hard drive mounted in the NAS in an external enclosure connected to my KVM.
Pros: My experience with IPS monitors are limited, so take this for what it is.
- Good color reproduction and viewing angles.
- At 29", this monitor's PPI is in the same range of a 24" 1080p monitor at 95 PPI. (24" at 1080p is 92 PPI) - means zero fussing with DPI scaling and text is readable out of the box at its native resolution.
- No dead pixels.
- Menu OSD button is a single nub - very easy to use.
- Good stand height adjustment.
- Good for coding - more horizontal screen real estate means less lines wrapping.
Cons: - 1080 vertical pixels may not be enough for productivity use, but for gaming and general use, I can imagine it being adequate. At this price point that is a nitpick.
- Monitor only includes an HDMI cable, and my graphics card (Geforce GTX 660) does not support HDMI 2.0, so I had to buy a dual link DVI-D cable. As another review mentions, you need a dual link cable to display this monitor's native resolution with DVI. DisplayPort is also a viable option.
Overall Review: I now have a tri monitor setup using my two older 1080p TN panels, and the extra screen real estate is great for work, but unfortunately this monitor's color quality has made me realize I was used to awful colors for the last 8 years. Now I need to find a way to balance the whites on my Acer P244W (monitor known for bad color reproduction).
I have an LG TV, and always thought the image quality on it was great, so that has helped influence my decision to go with this monitor.
Pros: - Installed in a new build and experienced no issues on first boot with a Core i5 6600K and 64GB DDR4 2133 RAM, 6 hard drives, etc.
- Nice UEFI BIOS with many options
- Great overclocking
Cons: - The WIFI antenna needs to be installed to the back bracket before the motherboard is installed as another reviewer has mentioned. I got the chipset mounted and working, but cannot figure out how to install the antenna to the chip using the vague illustrations in the manual.
- Only a minor con because this is the case with a lot of new hardware, but I had to update to Linux kernel 4.4 to get sound and wifi detected. There is still some undetected components, but it seems I haven't experienced any noticeable issues yet related to them. It would be nice if vendors were more forthcoming with non-Windows support.
Not working in linux (unless there are workarounds I don't know of):
- Sunrise Point-H PMC memory controller
- Sky Lake Gaussian Mixture Model System peripheral
- Sunrise Point-H Thermal subsystem Signal processing controller
- Sunrise Point-H SMBus SMBus
Overall Review: This is the second MSI board I have owned, the first one being from over ten years ago that I had a lot of issues with. Glad that I gave MSI another chance.
Pros: - Uses 6th generation Skylake architecture built on 14nm manufacturing process
- Nice size screen and keyboard.
- Others have complained about the matte plastic feeling cheap on similar E5 model reviews, but I find it provides more tactile feel to input - I'm not a fan of slick feeling plastics.
Cons: - You have to open up the bottom shell to access the memory/HDD - not hard, but more time consuming.
- I am using linux and my touch pad didn't work until I upgraded to Linux kernel 4.4.
- Wifi doesn't work in Linux, so I am using a small USB adapter for now.
- Viewing angle on the screen is a bit limited, but adequate for most laptop use cases.
Overall Review: This is an exceptional laptop at this price point, and after upgrading the RAM and SSD, it is a legitimate desktop replacement. I need it for web development, so the limited graphics isn't a problem for me.
Pros: Like others have said, it has nice, clean sound and packs a lot of punch for its size.
Cons: I wouldn't call the battery life "excellent", but I keep it full blast as I work in a dish pit and its usually dead after 10-12 hours.
Overall Review: The LED turns red and the sound slowly gets staticy when its about to die.
Pros: I am very impressed with this chip. I went through three different aftermarket cooler with my Q6600 and the temps would creep to 60-70c on load when I tried to OC past 2.8ghz, and now I can OC to 4ghz with minimal effort, just increasing the multiplier.
The temps generally stay below 35c on idle. I'm always running folding@home or a video render so its usally around 30-50% usage with temps staying around 45-55c. I am using a Corsair A50 aftermarket cooler.
Cons: None so far!
Overall Review: I really had no reason to upgrade from a Q6600 because I mostly play games, but now that I've experienced the overall increase responsiveness in almost every application, I wouldn't go back.
Pros: big improvement over the eye toy.
Cons: Not the greatest specs
Overall Review: awesome for making stickers in little big planet.
Pros: Plugs in and the USB devices work fine. Unlike what the stock pictures would lead you to believe, the plastic of the media hub is the same glossy piano black finish the PS3 has. It almost looks like a part of the unit.
Pros: I put a 320GB seagate drive in and it recognized after figuring out that both USB plugs on the Y cable need to be plugged in.
Overall Review: Some people saying the enclosure powers but nothing recognizes might have made the same mistake I made: only plugging one USB plug in. Its an easy mistake since the one page manual doesn't mention it, but Vista instantly recognizes it after plugging in both power and data plugs.
Pros: see other thoughts...
Overall Review: To answer Li's question, he needs to figure out the difference between TV lines and pixel dimensions. VGA monitors use square pixels, where as TVs use rectangular pixels. A 1920x1200 monitor can switch to 1920x1080, but with the limitations of any LCD: HDTV blur and downgraded picture quality. A 1080P monitor knocks two birds with one stone: it offers an adequate 1920x1080 desktop resolution and allows HD sources at a native LCD resolution. Because he confuses the two types of inputs, he's offering advice that could confuse any buyer needing a multipurpose display.
Pros: I went from a 17" CRT at 1280x1024 to this and not only is the DPI much better, the image sharper, and the color more accurate, but its actually wider than my 32" 4:3 TV. About half the height, but the point is, for some small bedrooms, this could easily double as a console display. Mine arrived without any dead pixels, too, and the viewing angle seems consistent when i shift my head from different sides of the screen.
Cons: not 1920x1200? maybe 120 vertical lines short compared to other 24" displays, but still just right for hooking up my PS3.
Pros: The intec charger pictured is not the same as the wall mount intec charger, which just has a wall plug and two USB cables. So it doesn't have the same controller scratching problem as the USB version.
Pros: Used this on my Q6600 / arctic cooler fan and the temps stay mostly in the 30s (at 2.68ghz).
Pros: lowered my p965 chipset by 10C. cool looking blue LEDs.
Cons: elmer's glue probably works better than the tape they include. AC thermal adhesive does the trick well.
Pros: I used this to paste my coolermaster north bridge cooler on to my foxconn board and it only took a few minutes to stay firmly in place.
Cons: once it warms up a bit it kind of smells skunky but that goes away.
Pros: I went from the Q6600's stock cooler (which kept it cool at 32C idle and 42C load) to this (which keeps it at 32C idle and 42C load. I used Arctic Silver 5 and carefully followed the instructions on the website. I didn't downgrade or upgrade and while it does what its supposed to do, not too sure it was worth the $26 for me.
Cons: A bit louder than the stock cooler, but still quiet.
Overall Review: If you're already in the 30's with stock you might need to go higher end for a cooling upgrade.
Pros: The Q6600's raw computing power is far more than enough for my needs (mostly gaming) and much faster and cooler than my old CPU (an Athlon XP 3000). On stock cooling, I can easily OC it to 3GHz and have it go no higher than 52C (with a G0). People knock the stock cooler a lot but if you want to take your Q6600 to the 3GHz mark and aren't too fussy about temps, stock cooling is adequate.
Also, I have yet to really stress this cpu. I've done it through stress tests (like opening 20 instances of ZSNES running different ROMs) but in everyday practical use, she can hardly be slowed down (both at 2.4 and 3GHz speeds). On a measure of sheer value, this easily exceeds the newer penryn quads.
Pros: Added it to a stick of Transcend memory already installed and she works flawlessly.
Pros: Very quiet operation. My old Sony DW-whatever dvd burner always took a few second to read a 16X data DVD i'd burn after I insert it, but the same disc takes less than a second to be read with this samsung.
Pros: This card bests my old Radeon X1650 in every way possible. My 3DMark score went from 1862 to 10681 and I can play Crysis on high settings with a few things turned off. Haven't tried overclocking her, but she probably wouldn't want that.
Pros: I went from an Athlon XP 3000+ to this and having jumped a couple generations in cpu's there is an extreme performance difference in everything. I ordered from some random guy on e--bay and got a G0 SLACR Q6600 that idles around 28C with the stock cooler. Seeing four cores in the task manager is cool.