Joined on 05/08/01
Pros: * Great value, supports 6G * Doesn't look bad * Reasonable cooling/airflow * Comes with 8088 SAS cable * With a bit of care, you can hot swap the drives
Cons: * Changing drives is a little work, but totally doable. The inconvenience of the low-tech "tray" approach is overblown. * A slightly longer cable woulda been nice
Overall Review: The cons are very minor. This is a budget box, and the bang for buck is very high; it does all the basic functions well.
90% awesome, 10% awful
Pros: I use two of these in WDS bridge mode - When it works, works extremely well - For what it is, simple to configure - Powerful signal - 90% of the time ~1 ms ping
Cons: - 10% of the time (in chunks) ping jumps to 500+ ms. Can not identify any interference, and happens all day long and night also so doesn't seem to be external - dlink support tells me devices must be minimum of 30' apart, otherwise they will interfere with each other. Mine are 20' and harder to get further than that. - not "true" dual band, must operate in either 5 or 2.4ghz. This disqualified it from being the general AP in the household
Overall Review: If we take dlink's 30' minimum on face value, then we can say this is a great part if you know the limitations. I expect most folks who do WDS will be 30' and above. To their credit, when I moved the parts from their original 15' distance to 20' the spikes were lower (they used to be 3000 ms+) However, I really wish this was obvious before making the purchase.
Pros: * Works out of the box * Technical but understandable configuration tools * FAST * fairly predictable (no strange errors, extra configurations, etc)
Cons: * Firmware updating can be a real pain. I had to do a bit of R&D to discover you have to upgrade from a VERY old firmware to an OLD firmware, then to a new firmware. * Doesn't seat perfectly solid in the slot, but clamping down the screw on the backplane makes this mostly a non issue. Just make sure it's tightened in solid
Overall Review: This is a great card and I am glad I picked one up. Right now running a RAID 10 2TB x 4 mixed drives 2 WD blacks, 2 WD SE's. I don't recommend the drive mixing setup (blacks run too hot and you can tell are a touch slower), go for the SE's, but very awesome the card handles it well.
Great PSU, but...
Pros: Great PSU. Quality. Quiet. PC Power and Cooling makes good stuff
Cons: OCZ rebate process. minus two eggs just for this. obnoxious and cumbersome. Perhaps the 21 day window is 'reasonable' but just furthers the irritation factor. I missed mine by one day, so no $20 rebate for me.
Overall Review: Will be looking extra hard for other PS of this quality, since OCZ business approach is so annoying.
nVidia does it again
Pros: - the same stability and quality we come to expect from nVidia + EVGA - A nice speed bump from a GTX260. Wasn't blown away, but solid
Cons: - Still experience FPS lag in blops sometimes, but neither my CPU or GPU are pegged so can't rightly blame the GPU.
Overall Review: As always, be sure you're running the latest drivers. If it's shiny and comes from EVGA + nVidia, I'll probably want it...
Pros: - Much faster start times and shutdown times
Cons: - As everyone says, costly
Overall Review: I'm only running SATA2 and had to do a fair bit of fiddling before the drive really came alive in performance. I am using an X58 board, and using the Intel RST drivers + the intel ports instead of the JMicron ports made a giant different.