Date Joined: 12/12/07
Pros: Quiet (duh)
Works with VDPAU on it's highest settings
Overall Review: I bought this card to replace a failed GT8600 in my main HTPC box. No issues on installation, the card just worked. I use it daily for multiple hours at a time and the GPU temp averages at about 65 C. This with a case that isn't ventilated the greatest (1 case fan, not blowing on the card). Overheating was my main concern in buying this card but it a complete non-issue now.
Pros: I have this guy running a Mythbuntu 10.04 frontend with only 1 GB of ram and a usb flash drive as the root drive. Plays 1080i video great using VDPAU. Nice not having a large desktop as the frontend (this guy is mounted directly to the monitor)
Cons: Boot is very slow, but I'm blaming that on using a usb flash drive as the boot drive.
Pros: Laptop is FAST. Didn't expect the i7 to be such a huge improvement over previous CPUs. Speakers are the best I've ever had on a laptop. Sleek design.
Cons: The 1366x768 screen resolution is slightly disappointing, although can't expect more from the price. My palm catches the touchpad a lot while I'm typing. Ubuntu (9.10) has some issues with it.
Pros: Got it for $80 on sale, good price for 1TB
Overall Review: The drive works well other than how loud it is. I have my computer in a cabinet and it resonates the cabinet pretty badly. Got it to quiet down a little bit by resting it on top of 2 thick strips of silicone insulation.
Pros: -Easy Installation
-Works VERY well in Linux (Ubuntu 8.10)
-Picture/Audio is great (for me)
Cons: -No onboard encoder, making recording somewhat CPU intensive
Overall Review: I just got the card in the mail, took maybe 15 minutes putting it into the computer, installing the firmware, and configuring Mythtv. Watching live tv right now, can't tell the difference between broadcast NTSC straight to the TV and through the computer to the TV. I have been running with a Hauppauge HVR-1600 (still am for that matter) but this one works much better for me for live tv.