Joined on 11/27/08
Works very well | Renewed confidence in Rosewill products
Pros: Moves a very nice amount of air, quietly! Sturdy! Option for USB or AC power USB hub Has an on/off switch
Cons: The AC adapter and the jack are pretty cheap. It's not like it needs to be military grade. Not worth removing an egg at all
Overall Review: I got this on sale for about $37 shipped and I'm very happy with it! I was considering paying a bit more and going with a Zalman but they didn't have AC plug in and I wanted the option. I'm glad I did, the quality is much better than I expected from a brand that I usually order -let's use the word 'affordable' - parts from. I have an HP Pavilion DV9000 series w/ 17" screen and this fits like they were made for each other! The edges are almost flush. The fan on my aging laptop becomes VERY noisy when the machine gets hot. This cured the problem and there's a nice quiet hum that I only notice if I make a point to.
Pros: Inexpensive Connected easily and recognized w/out any fuss.
Cons: Very noisy drive. I don't use disks much so it's no big deal. But if you are going for a quiet system and use disks a lot, you might want to spend a few more bucks.
Overall Review: I laughed when it spun up. I don't watch DVD movies and just need this for loading software so it's not going to bother me. It works.
Windows 7 x64 Beware [I hope this absurbly long review helps someone...anyone]
Pros: Has s-video out, Relatively cheap, seems versatile if your expectations are reasonable. Frankenstein HTPC System: Old Ultra Dragon case (Still a great case, enthusiasts smile when they see it still cranking away!) Foxconn A79A-S (A good MB that never did live up to expectations, probably won't buy from them again) AMD X3 720 (if only I knew then what I know now!) w/ the nicer stock cooler that came with a 945 Black. Corsair 2x2 Dominator Dual Channel (When in doubt, go Corsair! Corsair CX500 PSU Older WD320 Caviar Blue HDD using SATA (1.5Gb/s-I think?) Cheap DVD drive - Toshiba, maybe? s-video output to some old Hitachi projection screen. Poor rez but big! Card feeds it nicely now that I have the issues (below) worked out.
Cons: Had significant issues with nVidia drivers. Installing latest driver caused the s-video output to fail to detect multiple TV sets on the 3 different MotherBoards I have access to - Foxconn A79A-S (the board intended for use), Asus M4, Gigabyte 990AX_UD3. I bought this card to install on a computer made from a bunch of my old parts for a HTPC, strictly to use for HULU, Netflix and DLed movies, etc. After installing the latest driver, s-video stopped working (the only reason I bought this card - the cheapest card that I trusted w/ s-video out). Tech support was polite and patient, hold times short, tech could have been American or sure did a good impersonation! In the end, they gave me an RMA order but I knew the card wasn't bad because it worked on two other boards. What I realized (after an embarrassing amount of time) was that I didn't install the latest drivers on the other boards, just saw a screen image on the TV. (See Other Thoughts)
Overall Review: Then it occurred to me that I wasn't installing new drivers on the intended board. Put it back into the Foxconn and let Windows7 (x64) install the driver that it uses and presto! Called Tech support back to get advice on the RMA, "Nathan," told me that he had heard of Windows7 and nVidia drivers (I assume this is limited to older cards) having issues with s-video out. Maybe he was talk out the backside but I'll give the benefit of the doubt. Just stick with the old driver Windows 7 installs if you have this problem. The Foxconn MB might be the first thing some people point to, but this isn't the review for that. Bottom line: If you are having issues with the s-video, try the oldest drivers and work your way up. I hope this helps someone, I was losing my respect for Nvidia and EVGA over this but there are so many configurations and variables, I think this was a case of old parts, new OSes and the challenge of writing drivers. I have a GTX 460 by EVGA on a Gigabyte MB - good stuff.
Great Bang for the Buck!
Pros: Bought on sale for a C-note! Installed on a Foxconn A79A-S and everything runs smoothly! Easy to change settings and runs cool in a Sniper case. Never goes higher than 60*C, Idles at 27-32*C depending on how hot a day it is. I've seen it drop down to 17*C on a cold day
Cons: The proprietary software (EVGA) is a bit clunky looking and could be a bit more intuitive. Also, you have to create a user account with some light personal info to get access to some of the software, and that seems lame, I bought the card, gimme the software, you don't need to know who I am. But it's not a deal breaker at all.
Overall Review: I'm a new fan of EVGA after getting burned by ASUS (they've lost my business for a long time!) I've installed 3 EVGA Graphics cards this year, the other two are in friends' budget gamer rigs, operating nicely. All of them were on sale with free shipping and we are all impressed with the performance, compatibility and options in this price range. Sorry, I can't comment on the SLI, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy EVGA cards and give them a day in court for SLI or XFire. I mostly play Dystopia (Halflife2 Mod), L4D2 and Bioshock (1&2) so for really resource hungry games, you'll have to look for other comments. It is feeding a 28" HannsG monitor at 1900x1200. On a side note, although mine is installed on a Foxconn Mobo, I'm trading the Mobo out for a Gigabyte 990XA. I do not recommend Foxconn at all. But if you already have the A79A-S, this card works with it.
Good Sound/Bulky/May fall out of ear
Pros: Very good sound sound quality and pairs easily with Droid. Battery life is very impressive and you can turn the device off to extend battery charge. The range is great, just as advertised and goes through walls, and such, much better than my old, cheap Plantronics.
Cons: My big problem with this might not be an issue for you. There isn't a "grip" point in the ear, just the clip that goes behind your ear. So sometimes if I'm moving a lot it feels like it's going to pop right off. No way I would be able to sprint or jog with this attached. So if you are very active and hope to wear a Bluetooth, you might want to consider something smaller that attaches more securely.
Overall Review: This is a great headset, don't get me wrong, for driving or when you're at your desk, this is great! For how big and heavy it is (for what it is) it's very comfortable. It's a trade off for more battery life. Next time, I think I'll be looking for something that fits more snugly and securely, but don't let that scare you off, it's a good device!
Impressed and very happy with upgrade to laptop!
Pros: Easy install and firmware update. A 2 year old Toshiba Satellite running Windows7 recognized it immediately. Games play MUCH better! Boot time is so much nicer compared to slugs and snails 5200rpm spinners that laptops come with.
Cons: Not taking any eggs off for the price because SSD's are expensive, we know that going in. But looking forward to ditching spinner drives forever as prices come down. SSD F/TW
Overall Review: I bought this drive as a birthday present for my brother who is addicted to a Half Life 2 mod called Dystopia. It was pretty jerky on the lowest settings so I bought this hoping to improve the jerky frame rate after check to be sure his RAM was adequate. The improvement was remarkable and he is able to run at slightly higher settings and the game is smooth. I run a 120GB Vertex 2 and wanted to see how this compared. I would recommend the M4 to others even though I'm very happy with my OCZ drive. You can buy this with confidence IMHO. Windows