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Drew M.

Drew M.

Joined on 11/25/02

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Most Favorable Review

Not PCI Express 2.0!!!!

SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity 100289UL
SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity 100289UL

Pros: Excellent card High Quality Silent Price

Cons: Both Newegg's product description and the Sapphire product list this card as being PCI Express 2.0 however, if you zoom in on the pictures of the box, you will find that it is PCI Express 2.1. Beware if you have an older motherboard that does not play nice with PCI Express 2.1 graphics cards. Be careful removing this from the ESD bag - the fins are rather gentle and could easily be bent / loosened from the heat pipe.

Overall Review: Bought this hoping to get a silent 5670 for my older s939 based desktop that has taken up the silent HTPC role. My motherboard only has a PCI Express 1.0 slot, but per the PCI Express standard, all PCI Express versions (1.0, 1.0a, 2.0, 2.1) should all be backwards compatible. However, not all older motherboards included the future PCI Express standards in their BIOS. This was the case for my motherboard. I needed a PCI Express 2.0 card so I got this thinking it was. Turns out the box clearly says 2.1 and therefore doesn't work for me. Newegg needs to update their product descriptions for many of Sapphire's 5000 series GPU's as they are all 2.1 despite the description. Otherwise this card was dead silent and would have made for a stellar HTPC. Just do your hw before you buy - hopefully Newegg will adjust this description after I let them know there was a mistake.

Most Critical Review

Basic at best

TRENDnet TEW-639GR Wireless Gigabit Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps
TRENDnet TEW-639GR Wireless Gigabit Router 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps

Pros: Gigabit, 802.11n, small physical size, price

Cons: everything else. firmware, feature set, performance, reliability, usability

Overall Review: This router plagued my house for over a year. For basic networks (maybe a LAN attached PC and 360 and a few wireless clients) this router functions as intended. However, add a few more complicated tasks to the mix like say multiple 360's, mixed g/n wireless clients and a file server with a static local IP address and this thing really starts to struggle. This router doesn't handle UPNP devices properly and requires frequent reboots. Firmware is super basic and lets you do the simple things. Definitely a budget router that I'd only buy as a backup or as a gift for someone you don't like. Mine is now in the trash.

Awesome

SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card SXS4501024D5SNP
SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card SXS4501024D5SNP

Pros: Silent Fast Runs cool HDMI 1.4a + HDCP Audio

Cons: Very long card - nearly didn't fit - interfered with nForce4 chipset and SATA ports on my motherboard - took some modifying to get all to fit.

Overall Review: Bought this after figuring out my trial and error that AMD/ATI 5xxx series cards like the 5750 and 5670 are NOT compatible with all older nForce4 motherboards, like the MSI Neo4 Platinum SLI s939 motherboard. This card, and I presume the entire 4xx series nVidia cards, are however compatible. This card is being used in a HTPC that also does some light 1080p gaming and CUDA video encoding. This card is powerful - best in class performance. This card will get warm, I've seen 65C when hitting CUDA at full bore. I've got a 120mm slipstream blowing over it at 800RPM and it idles at 36C. This is a top tier card for anyone and the best a HTPC can get. Do your homework before buying, but overall I'd recommend it.

Nice

ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsinks only
ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsinks only

Pros: Fit onto my old MSI Neo4 Platinum SLI (MS-7125). Removes the heat from the smoking hot nForce4 chipset Price

Cons: Bottom surface is blue anodized; should be bare metal for least thermal resistance

Overall Review: Pin fins and mounting method design makes this heat sink forgiving to motherboards with poorly placed chipsets. Great purchase to replace those stupid 40mm fans on a lot of chipset heat sinks.

Excellent Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint MP4 HM640JJ 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint MP4 HM640JJ 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fast Quiet Reliable Price Quality

Cons: higher spinup power than other drives of similar capacity / speed

Overall Review: Don't know why everyone is posting reviews about drive sector corruption - I've been punishing this drive in a USB 3.0 enclosure for a few weeks reading and writing over 20TB to this drive and it has shown no signs of wear. This drive runs a few degrees warmer than others, but nothing to shy away from. I use this in a USB 3.0 enclosure and my only complaint is that the spinup current required is a tad high and the drive doesn't spin up on many USB 2.0 ports without the auxillary power cable. On my two USB 3.0 desktops, this drive spins up on just USB 3.0 power with no problems. Excellent drive overall that matched the things I was looking for: price, reliability, speed, power usage, and noise. I recommend considering this drive.

Excellent

Patriot Memory Gauntlet PCGT25S Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Patriot Memory Gauntlet PCGT25S Aluminum 2.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: USB 3.0 Aluminum Quality cables included Fast and simple Price

Cons: Blue LED is BRIGHT. I had to cover it up with a piece of electrical tape.

Overall Review: For those that are saying this is a non standard cable, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. The cable this enclosure uses is a Male A to Male A USB 3.0 Cable that can be found here at Newegg or other vendors for cheap. These style cables were used with USB 2.0 so don't think this is new. I in fact like the fact that it uses a full sized connector and not the mini one; they feel more secure and not nearly as fragile. Overall this enclosure is awesome, especially for the price. The all aluminium body keeps my 640GB Samsung drive cool. Transfer rates are excellent with both USB 2.0 and 3.0. The inclusion of a standard USB 2.0 to DC power cable was a nice touch; I dont really like the Y style cables that some enclosures come with. A great choice if you are looking for a simple USB 3.0 enclosure for your 2.5in HDD or SSD that doesn't use the silly mini USB 3.0 connector.