Date Joined: 05/17/05
Pros: Bought this to use with unRAID. Works brilliantly. Didn't even have to set anything in the card's bios. Popped it into my mobo's x16 slot, hooked up the sata cables, worked just fine.
Pros: I love the resolution, text is so sharp! I've been riding the ASUS LCD train for a while now, and had forgotten how good screens can be. Somehow newegg had a sale on this for $199, and wow, if it was that price again I would buy two more. Amazing monitor. Height-adjustable stand works great, and has a little tray in it for keys and stuff (probably not meant that way, but I use it!)
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: Excellent menu, out of the box the screen is super bright, I adjusted the brightness down to 75 and it looks fantastic.
Pros: Very fast. Installed this on my new P67 Sabertooth with a 2600K. Installed Windows 7 64-bit without needing drivers or anything, loaded it just like it was a SATA drive. Windows automatically disables defragmenting as it auto-recognized it was an SSD. I considered waiting for the Vertex 3, but preferred reliability over benchmarks. I feel like a few less MB/s here and there is worth not having headaches over blue screens (OCZ and Crucial). Mounting bracket included, which is a nice touch. Intel does it up right.
Cons: Can't really think of any. Fairly hard to fit everything you want on 120GB, but I knew this going into it.
Overall Review: IMPORTANT - Make sure you disable Hibernation and adjust your page file. My new system has 16GB ram and windows was giving it a 12GB page file, I adjusted it down to max size of 1500MB and all is well. My hibernation file was 16GB in size, which is just insane. I probably never would have noticed until I turned on "show system files" in explorer and right under C: I saw a giant 16GB hidden system file for hibernation. You have to turn it off in command line, as removing the tick from power settings didn't remove the monster file. Weird, since I'm on a desktop and have no need for hibernation.
Pros: Works great, throw in a stick of memory and a hard drive and you've got yourself a server. Fairly compact, about the size of an XBOX, just a touch larger. Easy installation, I followed the instructions and it took me 15 minutes start to finish. Atom is surprisingly quick for being so cheap. I use this as a backup server with Crashplan, works beautifully. I did put in a low-profile gigabit network card, but this isn't required for online-backup solutions.
Cons: The fan is a little bit louder than it should be. You can't hear it with other computers in the room running, but it's louder than I expected it. I imagine a quick replacement of a higher quality fan would fix this issue, but I haven't wanted to deal with the hassle so far.
Overall Review: Great value. Works amazingly as a file server or any other kind of system.
Pros: Very detailed, contains all exact OS of the higher models, minus a few features. It's overpriced Cisco, but they are the best. 8 ports is nice, silent, no fans.
Cons: This thing is VERY difficult to setup initially (even with the wizards). It took me quite a while to get port forwarding to work. So many features, I probably have only messed with 1%.
Overall Review: This unit has a max host count of 10, which means, you can ONLY have 10 hosts on your internal network using it. Make sure to note this. 10 is the MAX (including VPN). I ended up buying the 10-50 user license upgrade ($235) to compensate. You are probably better off buying the more expensive 50 user count, unless you know for a fact you will never have more than 10 users at one time (Virtual machines count as 1 as well!). Other than the user limit, I highly recommend the device, just make sure you dedicate about 8 hours to getting it working if you've never touched Cisco hardware before.
Pros: Excellent Picture. Nothing washes out like a lot of cheaper LCD monitors. I also own a Panasonic Plasma, and the picture quality is VERY close. Inputs are everywhere on this thing.
Cons: I've had a few trouble getting HDMI audio to sync up with a Philips DVD player. I ended up switching to HDMI port 2 and haven't had the problem since. Could be the DVD player.
Overall Review: Excellent TV overall, it looks quite nice. The finish is very sleek, and remote is not too shabby at all. A little more expensive than some other 32" LCD's, but well worth the money!
Pros: Excellent card. Price is a bit high for a non-parity calculating card. Speed is phenomenal. Areca makes super-fast RAID cards. Easy to install, excellent use of a 1x PCI express port.
Cons: Drive compatibility is shotty.
Overall Review: It had trouble spinning up two 250GB Seagate Drives. I would boot the system on and it would time out saying no drives connected, if I restarted using the restart button, it would work fine, but if I powered down completely and booted back up, no go. All my WD drives worked great, but my Seagates had real trouble with this device (they weren't on the compatible list at Areca's site - but who checks that anyways?) I also had a few hiccups getting it to work at the same time with a Areca 1220, but a BIOS upgrade fixed that.
Pros: Works great. I needed something to boot off of for manual bios updates and other misc boot disk required issues (updating RAID card BIOS). Nothing was required to make it work, plug it in, boot it up, good to go.
Cons: None, solid construction, cord is a little short, but is quite manageable.
Overall Review: One issue a few of you may find, if you're having trouble booting off a boot disk using this, try going into bios and disabling the A: drive on your main bios "standard" screen. Sometimes it can conflict when booting. I only had to do this on my Gigabyte board, not my MSI. Just a heads up.
Pros: Does as described, quiet, moves decent amount of air, good price.
Pros: Excellent product. No communication failures at all, solid construction. Many say the bays are flimsy, but in my opinion they are satisfactory, and look quite professional. LED connections are easy.
Cons: Only con I can think of is the standard fan. It's pretty loud. Buy a cheap quiet replacement 90mm like I did. Very easy to switch out.
Overall Review: Overall, excellent item.
Pros: Good sound, great size. Rechargeable battery a huge plus. This is the best iPod mobile speaker unit I've used. Great value.
Cons: Doesn't include the tray for the new Nano.
Overall Review: Great overall product!
Pros: Excellent video quality. Small, silent. High compatibility.
Cons: It won't read all DIVX files. I would say 70% of mine work. Start up time takes a little while, but not a huge deal.
Pros: Great case if you want to store all your HDD's up front. Spacious, light, looks good.
Cons: Doesn't include many fans (1). If you're wanting to store any multi-bay devices in it, be aware you will need to do some bending of the little tabs that stick out of each 5.25 bay. I did this, and was able to fit multiple SATA disk arrays in this thing.
Overall Review: Overall an excellent case. I would have given it a 5 if I didn't have to bend the tabs back to fit my SATA arrays into it. I eventually did get them in, and this thing is working great for me.
Pros: Quiet, easy to understand setup, good layout. Works as described. Doesn't freeze up like some switches when daisy chained into a router, or gigabit switch.
Pros: Excellent product, super fast, very easy to understand and install.
Best RAID 5 card I've ever used.
Cons: None really, I guess slightly expensive, but you get what you pay for.
Pros: Works perfectly, never *loses* connection while plugged in. Speedy, feels good in hand. Great deal!
Pros: So much fun, easy to pick up, plenty of things to do. Online skating is also quite fun. Controls are intuitive and superior to previous skating games.
Cons: sometimes long load times
Overall Review: Worth buying, and I'm not even a fan of the genre!
Pros: Amazing when you stick dd-wrt on it. Only way to fly in my opinion.
Pros: Cheap, compatible with Quad CPU's.
Cons: The double-boot thing is strange, I think a bios update fixes it, but I've forgotten about it. Considering this board is so cheap, I'll gladly take a double boot every once in a while.
Overall Review: If you're looking for P35 without firewire, and all the other stuff no one ever uses, this is the board for you.
Pros: Works as stated, easy install. Works great in Vista. Small form factor!
Pros: Does what it needs to. Supports my Core 2 Duo + 8800 GTX + 4 gigs memory + multiple hard drives and dvd drives.
Overall Review: Can't go wrong with Antec.
Pros: Blazing fast, works great on my 24" monitor which requires incredibly high resolutions. Dependable brand. Large, but manageable size.
Cons: This thing is a beast, make sure you have space for install. I had to re-route some power cabling and other misc. wires to get it in, but it did fit!
Overall Review: If you need serious FPS, this is the card for you.
Pros: Excellent ventilation and sound dampening. Have purchased many different "silent" pc cases, but this is the only one that really accomplishes the feat.
Cons: Door was slightly warped, not difficult to adjust.
Overall Review: Well worth the money. Already bought another.