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Lawrence L.

Lawrence L.

Joined on 05/10/11

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Most Favorable Review

Good for business workstations, watch the GPU temp

PNY GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card VCG84DMS5SXPB
PNY GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card VCG84DMS5SXPB

Pros: Installed it in a slim form factor Dell Vostro 220s with Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit. The onboard video auto-disabled and Windows booted perfectly and installed the driver automatically without even a restart. Pretty slick. I ran the full software installation anyway, and then ran Windows update to update the driver once again. Everything went without a hitch and now I'm on dual display. Am planning to roll this out to an office of about 40 users soon, if I can reasonably work out a minor cooling issue.

Cons: Ran HWMonitor and the GPU temp is showing 65C at idle (72C under load), and I'm a bit concerned about it. I'm shopping for a low profile PCI-slotted fan (preferable PCI-powered as well) to sit next to the PNY card just in case.

Most Critical Review

DOA

Athena Power Zippy HG2-6400P 400W Single Server Power Supply
Athena Power Zippy HG2-6400P 400W Single Server Power Supply

Pros: I like the large rocker switch and it has plenty of plugs for peripherals.

Cons: Connected to a populated SuperMicro X9SCL-O motherboard (outside the chassis to eliminate shorts) and the CPU fan spins and stops. Called SuperMicro tech support and we eliminated it down to the power supply. Connected a spare desktop power supply I had laying around and the motherboard boots. This P/S is DOA, will be RMAing now. If the replacement is better, I'll post a followup.

Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Runs cool and quiet, decent performance. 5yr warranty.

Cons: I was using this drive in a Vantec enclosure plugged into my Explorer 8300 DVR eSATA port. Worked well for over 6 months, then yesterday I was watching a recorded program and the DVR froze up. Cycled power and it did a hex countdown. After fooling with that for an hour or so I decided to remove the drive and hook it up to my PC for a test. Ran WD diagnostics and returned error code 07. All those recorded shows are toast. The only good thing is that it has a 5yr warranty and WD does advance returns. I may consider updating this with a better review if I'm happy with the replacement drive.