Joined on 08/16/04
Dead Pixels!? What dat!?
Comments: Oh yeah, my experience so far has been very positive (dead/stuck pixels!? What dat!?). I was running @ 1280x1024 previously (Viewsonic 17" CRT, 16" viewable) and now running the same natively on my new Viewsonic VA902B 19" LCD. The reviews I've read talk about negative image quality @ non-native resolutions with LCD's but I haven't noticed any degredation in image quality with other resolutions (FEAR demo won't do native but comes close @ 1280x920 and still looks great!). A somewhat poorer viewing angle and somewhat more pixelization with small text and game graphics are noticeble in native resolution but overall the image is superior (no geometric distortion @ the edges and vivid colors!). It's rated @ 8 ms and I've noticed no viewing degradation in quality with any game I've played! No smearing or ghosting that I can detect @ all! Blacks are very black but the problem with that is the lack of detail with dark games or videos and I seem unable to find any monitor setting that helps. I made the mistake of not reading the manual before disconnecting my old monitor and had to reconnect it to lower the refresh rate from my 6600GT from 85 to 60. It will not display any screen refresh rate above 75 (and warns of damage) so best beware if any of you plan to do a similar upgrade. I'm still high knowing it has a smaller footprint, lower weight, no radiation, lower energy consumption, perfect geometry, and it cost me $293 with free 3-day shipping. Well worth the upgrade and I'll never go back to old-fashioned CRT's. CRT's are dead! Long live LCD's! @:)>
No problems so far
Pros: Good price when it's on sale. Fast. Plenty large enough for a full blown Vista SP2 install and only half full. My Caviar Black holds my data.
Cons: It's a bit twitchy even though my mobo has the latest BIOS and I'm using the latest 006 firmware. At one point the drive wasn't recognized but I lowered it back down to SATA 3 gigabytes and it started working fine again. It has since settled down and is running perfectly fine with SATA 6 gig AMD's latest AHCI driver with no problems. Can't say what was wrong with it previously but I probably had some BIOS setting messed up.
Overall Review: Great drive despite the small size and small write performance. Vista boots up very fast and my programs load very fast. Now all I have to do is wait until it's back in stock and on sale again. Two drives in a RAID 0 array would be even quicker and I could install my games then.