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Peng Z.

Peng Z.

Joined on 05/20/02

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Most Favorable Review

XP2 still has coil whine

Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V / EPS 12V, 660W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular  certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V / EPS 12V, 660W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: highest efficiency. I like current cable design more than sleeved ones used before since they occupy less space and easier to twist and hide.

Cons: coil whine still audible if you're close enough but doesn't bother me too much since I'm usually far away enough from the case.

Most Critical Review

DoA

BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: None

Cons: DoA. Led indicates "VGA error". Does not boot at all.

Overall Review: Very low quality product. Google you'll find a lot of similar cases.

Very average product for Antec

Antec MX-1 SATA USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
Antec MX-1 SATA USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Good manufacturing quality. Includes eSATA bracket and cable.

Cons: All plastic material not good for conducting heat. Fan noise is not up to quiet pc standard, my AMS Venus enclosure w/ fan is much quieter. This noisy fan also makes other sound dampening features - rubber screw mount & rack useless. SATA only works at 1.5G mode, and if I don't set jumper on my WD5000AAKS to 1.5G mode it can't be recognized by any computer through eSATA connection (USB connection always works).

Overall Review: This product is not up to the usual Antec product standard and certainly does not worth MSRP price.

Recent batch is very BAD overclocker

Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 2.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4400
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 - Core 2 Duo Allendale Dual-Core 2.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E4400

Pros: it's a C2D

Cons: Can't even run stable pass 2.33G on stock voltage. Since almost all CPUs now are great overclocker, this model is a very bad choice. Similar priced AMDs overclocked have better performance.

Overall Review: Buy other C2D models.

BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Excellent Price/Performance ratio. Running stable so far. HDMI works well generally (see one con below). Lots of OC options in BIOS. Relatively good driver support from nVIDIA. Overall a very good choice for HTPC.

Cons: No major issues but small annoyances: 24pin power socket in hideous place. Aux fan control does not work (CPU one works). MCP chipset running ~60c idle w/ case fan. CPU temperature sensor not accurate (40c in BIOS while 16c in OS). HDMI audio does not passthrough AC3/DTS. SPDIF-OUT onboard header only (still need this since that HDMI audio problem)

Overall Review: Running on 6/1 BIOS and Vista. Different BIOS and/or OS may have different issues.

Good bang for buck

Unincom U8025 80mm Cooling Fan
Unincom U8025 80mm Cooling Fan

Pros: Nicely packaged with accessories. Moves air with reasonable quiteness, not complete silence though. For $1.99 it's hard to get a better one.

Cons: Sleeve bearing might cause problem in the long run. Shipping charge is way too high for such a small item.

Overall Review: As other reviews have pointed out, side air intake might only be postive thing when used as exhuast fan.