Joined on 03/03/06
Ordered gPC to use as a low power Server and loving it!
Pros: Quiet, inexpensive, low power, 80GB HD is a Seagate, no windows tax, plays DVDs out of the box, makes a good low power server, on the keyboard the windows keys and menu key are blank. Used gOS for a bit before converting into a server and it was nice but I did tweak the e17 desktop just a bit.
Cons: Small fan on CPU heatsink started making a little bit of noise but it stopped, but for $200 it's a minor and acceptable flaw. Case has stickers that read "Warning !Do not open unit before reading warranty agreement". I think they're just to keep the intended target audience from mucking around inside the case. Keyboard and mouse are kinda cheap but they can be easily replaced and I didn't buy the machine to use as a workstation anyhow. Keyboard has a weird layout that I don't like, it has a large Enter key and the "\" key that would normally be above the enter key is to the right of the right shift key.
Overall Review: I bought this machine to replace an old Pentium 4 Dell Dimension 8100. I've been looking to build a low power machine based on a VIA CPU to run my linux home server on. Then the gPC showed up and it was a perfect fit. I took the drives out of the old server and put them in the gPC and took the gPC's hard drive and DVD drive and put them in the old Dell. I'm glad Newegg is carrying this now because I'd rather not buy from (the original reseller which I'm not allowed to name) because they aren't the most ethical company in the world, I'd much rather deal with Newegg. I ordered this at 1am on Wed 12/12/07 and it was on my door step at 12pm on Thur 12/12/07 with the cheapest UPS shipping. Newegg is great, why would anyone buy electronic from anyone else?
Cons: First time one of the DIMMS was bad, couldn't even get through BIOS/POST wihtout video corruption. I sent it back and just got the replacement. One of the replacement DIMMS is also bad, I'll be sending this one back as well. At least with the replacement I don't get video corruption until the OS is up. This is on a Dell Latitude E6400. Only one DIMM exhibits this behavior. I got it to exhibit a failure in memtest86+ once. I've bought from Crucial before and haven't had any problems. So far Newegg has been good about RMA, lets hope that continues. Don't buy.
Pros: Let's me use a DVD player with a perfectly good TV that lacks RCA inputs. Isn't affected by Macrovision.
Overall Review: I was using an old VCR to do this but Macrovision made this impossible. The video and sound would fade in and out. Thankfully this modulator is not susceptible to Macrovision.
Broken out of the box
Pros: Newegg got it to me quick
Cons: Brand new out of the box my printer refuses to accept it. The HP utility says the cartridge is failed every time I put it in.
Overall Review: I bought this cartridge and a 60XL black to go with an HP D1660 which I also bought from Newegg. The color cartridge that came with the printer is out so I tried to replace it with this one. The printer's power light just blinks and the HP utility says the cartridge is failed. I'm going to buy another one, hoping this is just a fluke. It's unfortunate that I can't return this defective product because it's opened.
Great replacement for mobo fans
Pros: Fits perfectly in the place of the fans it replaced.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I have an Everex GPC motherboard and Intel D945GCLF2 Atom motherboard that both have this size fan. The GPC has it on the side of the CPU heat sink and the Intel board on the northbridge heat sink. The GPC fan was awful noisy and the Intel fan used to be noisy but now it's silent because it's full of dust and has stopped spinning altogether. I bought 2 of these and they are working beautifully.
Pros: I got this to put in the front of a case to cool the hard drives in my server. It's cheap and does the job just fine. I like that it's just a plain black fan and not one of those stupid fans with a bunch of annoying LEDs.
Cons: I had to hack apart my case to get it in. This has nothing to do with the fan itself, it's the design of the case. I bought it years ago in a pinch at (Computer store with USA in it's name that went under a few years ago that I'm not allowed to mention by name). The front of the case in front of the hard drives has holes for 80mm and 120 mm fans. You can install an 80mm with no problem. Unfortunately there is no way to maneuver a 120mm fan into place without hacking the case apart. I eventually managed to use pliers and a dull wire cutter to rip/bend a section of the sheet metal out of the way. It was a sheet metal lip that's normally flush with the right side panel. The holes were in the sheet metal but obviously they never actually tried to install a 120mm fan. Nothing wrong with the Fan so far, just the case.
Overall Review: Ordered this late Wednesday night and got it Friday of the same week. This was just with standard UPS Ground shipping. I was lucky enough to hit the Edison, NJ warehouse which is close enough that I always get stuff from it the day after it ships. Newegg is awesome, never had a problem with them.