Date Joined: 10/19/06
Pros: Good card for upgrading a system that was bought 'off the shelf' from a big box store. Doesnt have heavy power requirements, no need for extra power connection, good cooling and provides huge graphical improvement over integrated video.
Overall Review: pretty short card too, will fit in most cases without issue
Pros: Love this case, built my HTPC around it.
Huge top fan keeps the whole box cool enough on its own, even with a decent mid level discreet graphics card installed.
System is inaudible at low fan setting, gentle whir at high setting. Will easily be drowned out by any audio playing.
Cons: Requires slot-load optical drive, which in turn requires a not-so-common sata connector. You'll want to look for a 13-pin, or 7+6, sata connector that splits off into a standard sata data cable + molex power connector.
Tight quarters with not many options for cable routing.
Overall Review: Have to remove the bracket around the wall socket in order to fit a discreet graphics card into the expansion slot. Not a big drawback there is no danger to it, just a heads up.
Pros: Paired this with an ocz vertex 2 boot /OS drive. Was expecting the lower RPMs to hold me back a bit since i wouldnt be able to install all my games on the SSD. However, loading times for games are still better than on my older pc with a 7200 rpm drive and no ssd.
Overall Review: Dont be afraid of the lower spin rate as long as this is not your main drive.
Not sure if the sata 6.0gb/s rating really matters when traditional hard drives are incapable of using up more than what a 3.0 port offers. Would be interested to see if others notice a difference depending on which port they use.
Pros: Has been able to handle everything i throw at it so far. Used in an HTPC mostly for video streaming, but do occasionally play games on the big screen. Big improvement (obviously) over my older core 2 duo e6800.
Stock intel coolers are much quieter now than 4 years ago.
Pros: Works great in the pc i have connected to my 55" Samsung plasma. Can run games like wow and hl2 at high settings without affecting heat in my sff enclosure.
Cons: May not be so great at backwards compatibility. Before it found its home in my htpc build with all new parts, i tried installing it in one of my older pc's, which is about 4 years old. It caused the whole system to slow to a crawl. I could barely load wow, nevermind crysis. Im not sure if pcie 2.0 devices are supposed to work in 1.0 slots, but it sure didnt in this scenario.
Pros: They work, and they were a great value.
Overall Review: Installed in a silverstone sg07 case. Initially was worried that the heat spreader would be too tall based on warnings from various blogs that made builds with it. I found no issues with height at all.
Pros: Performance is phenomenal. Using it as a boot drive will net you a huge improvement in start up time.
Cons: Has a well documented issue with being detected on a cold-boot, but will detect and boot perfectly fine after pressing the reset switch (or rebooting from within windows). Message boards on ocz's own site, as well as others not affiliated, have been complaining about it for more than a year. No official response from manufacturer on the issue, however many have found that setting a bios option for "staggered spin-up" will fix the issue (myself included).
Overall Review: Rebate turn around was fast, for what that is worth.
In hindsight, a larger capacity would have been a better choice. Installing only win 7, chrome, drivers, and a small selection of utilities that give no installation path options took up approximately 28 gb out of the 55gb available. There are many opinions about how much space should be left open on a SSD (ranging from "none" to "about half"). I dont profess to know which one is right, but as a habit i like seeing plenty of free space on my drives "just in case". I wish now I had sprung for a 120gb drive so that I could have installed a game or two on it to reap the benefits of faster load times.
Pros: Installs easy, does what it is supposed to do. TRIM support for SSD's is worth the cost of upgrade.
Pros: Just as easy as Cisco intended it to be. Setup was a cinch.
Cons: Even with Wireless-N, only getting two bars on the receiver placed one floor up.
Overall Review: Not able to find linksys brand gear for anything less than full retail anywhere, and newegg gives a combo discount for items i was going to buy together anyway (router and usb receiver), right on!