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Olivier L.

Olivier L.

Joined on 09/05/06

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Most Favorable Review

I guess I'm the lucky one

WD WDH1NC20000N 2TB My Book World Edition Home Network Storage
WD WDH1NC20000N 2TB My Book World Edition Home Network Storage

Pros: Very easy to setup, plug in a network, shows in Windows 7, Mac OS and PS3. Speed isn't that bad, I regularly get 12 MB/s. Very easy web interface, no need for the CD, updated the firmware in a couple of easy clicks. Works pretty well with everything (time machine, DLNA, iTunes). Silent.

Cons: Clearly not 1000mbps interface, more like 100 mbps at the most. Haven't figured out yet how to configure the unit in RAID1. Bright LED depending on the location (although it's fun to watch as it moves all the time).

Overall Review: Haven't had the drive for a long time so I can't comment on reliability, right now seems to be running fairly cool. I understand the frustration from owners that were expecting A LOT from this unit. For the price, you still get very good capacity and decent performance. You're not looking at an enterprise class drive but something that will satisfy the home user with its simplicity and capacity to work with a variety of devices and software. I was pleasantly surprised.

Good entry level card

ECS GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card NBGTS250E-1GMU-F
ECS GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card NBGTS250E-1GMU-F

Pros: Cheap for the performance, quiet, fairly low power usage.

Cons: Most 250GTS are the same :) Entry level GPU that can still run Crysis with medium/high settings, no AA at 1680x1050 (well is this a pro or a con?)

Overall Review: My "old" 8800GTS512 from ECS died and after a few phone calls with their customer service, I was sent this card. The fact that there are no other reviews shows that this isn't by far the hot GPU of the moment, but it does perform well. If you're mostly into "source" games this card will not disappoint you (L4D/L4D2 run great for example) and it's decent for CUDA (video encoding is still faster than using my Q6600 overclocked to 3.2 GHz). Again nothing remarkable. HOWEVER, I was very impressed with ECS. They got some bad press about warranty replacement but in this case they did a great job, down to being open-minded about which card I considered suitable for a 8800GTS512 replacement (the 250GTS was actually my suggestion). They made me change my mind about the brand, for the better.

Surprisingly good

Thermalright HR-01-K8 CPU Heatsink
Thermalright HR-01-K8 CPU Heatsink

Pros: Surprisingly efficient for a passive cooler (IT WORKS). With a smart case design, you really don't need any dedicated fan. Very easy to mount on a LGA-775 socket.

Cons: The duct that comes with it is too inflexible to really connect to any 120mm fan on the case that isn't PERFECTLY aligned with the heatsink.

Overall Review: I run a E6600 and I can do true passive without overclocking. My temperature is about 5oC above the inside of the case. With a very low RPM fan (<9 dB, from Scythe) I can overclock to 2.7Ghz and I get temperatures of about 10oC above the case.

Best value (12-2006)

SAPPHIRE Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100186L
SAPPHIRE Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100186L

Pros: Very fast (about 6000 3dMark06 without any tweak and an old windows install), silent at idle, BEST DX9 value for the money. Period.

Cons: Very large, cooler is extremely noisy when the fan runs at full speed (as in unbearable)

Overall Review: OC to 690 core. You should consider a Zalman VF-900 or an Accelero X1/X2 if yyou can install them (a.k.a. you know how to do it). The 256mb of RAM really aren't a problem unless you play at resolutions above 1600x1200, or if you use very large textures (such as the custom textures pack in Oblivion).

12/27/2006

Delivers on silent cooling

Thermalright HR-01-775 CPU Heatsink
Thermalright HR-01-775 CPU Heatsink

Pros: Works very well, keeps my E6600 a few degress above ambient idle and pretty cool under load... PASSIVELY.

Cons: The duct adapter is too rigid and will probably sit too close to the air intake of you PSU to be usefull.

Overall Review: I was dubious when I bought this one. It was expensive and I was expecting to have to slap a fan on it after some anticipated discovery that it wasn't very good at cooling my CPU. I has a big surprise. It works. With a decently planned case (I use a sunbeam case with a silent 800RPM fan mounted next to the cooler) you really won't hear you CPU being cooled anymore. I think I'm giving up watercooling for good (I was mostly doing it for the low noise level)

12/27/2006

Silent (not "silent" or quier)

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Real silence.

Cons: None, of course it doesn't push as much air as a 2000 RPM fan.

Overall Review: With a good incluttered case and modern hardware you really don't need anything but those fans. I have 5 of them in my case and they generate a very descent SILENT airflow that is sufficient to keep my E6600 close to ambient with a very large passive cooler.

12/27/2006