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Paul M.

Paul M.

Joined on 11/18/02

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent new tech.

EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: Ultra quiet and cool when it's unloaded, really performs when you load it up. The card idles along at 35C and rarely pushes into the 40's on my older games. Runs so efficiently it doesn't require it's own power connections.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I replaced my old 9600GT with the card to get with the 21st century. My home office machine is mostly for chores so I wanted to drop the ambient temps in the case when doing routine tasks. This thing is cool and quiet. However, when it's time to game, this thing ramps up nicely and plays modern games at mid level settings with absolutely no problem.

Most Critical Review

Total Failure

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Lasted 10 good minutes!

Cons: Catastrophic failure. I replaced a working 300W supply with this 430W unit. I trusted the Antec name and liked the "green" rating. My system demand (3.4 Prescott, X850AGP) calculated at roughly 300W. HD and Video were on separate legs.

Overall Review: I've never had a power supply fail before, let alone so violently. I'm just lucky the MB and CPU weren't harmed. Antec better get their act together.

10/30/2007

Runs cool in my slim case

AMD A10-5800K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7660D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD580KWOHJBOX
AMD A10-5800K - A-Series APU Trinity Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W AMD Radeon HD 7660D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD580KWOHJBOX

Pros: I love the capable integrated graphics that allow intermediate level gaming and 4.2Ghz turbo mode. I can process a bluray disk from 40GB down to 1.2Gb about as fast as my 4000 series I5.

Cons: When used as a media computer, I had to disable alot of the video enhancements from AMD as they actually made the image more jerky.

Overall Review: I had already left this APU a good review. I just wanted to answer some owners having heat issues. I put this in a slim Minuet case with stock cooler and idle at 38C all day. When I stress test (handbrake) at full boost, I push towards 60C, but never unstable. If you're idling at 50C, you either have a cooler mounting problem, no lithium grease or a defective unit.

A10 HTPC build

BIOSTAR TA75MH2 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA75MH2 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This board started right up with no problems. I like the 4 pin 12v power connector for compatibility with older power supply. My ANTEC 350w had no trouble with this A10/MB combo. I had a small problem with CPU fan running full RPM after s3 standby resume, and Biostar responded immediately via e-mail and within days with a bios patch. Great service!

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I really like this combo. I upgraded an old XP MCE HTPC using the old case and hard drive for about $200 including 8GB 1866 ram and the new Trinity A10 CPU. The benchmark on that CPU is incredible for the money (somewhere between i5 and i7). The APU 7660D graphics are great for mid level gaming and the combo makes a PERFECT home theater PC.

10/17/2012

Nice product

NETGEAR XAVB1004-100NAS Powerline AV Adapter Kit With Ethernet Switch Up to 200Mbps
NETGEAR XAVB1004-100NAS Powerline AV Adapter Kit With Ethernet Switch Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Links my HTPC to my XBOX and allows high def streaming of DVR content and access to my HD Homerun. This does what my wireless N could not. Connection with Netgear utility shows 136mps down and 92mps up. (Actual bandwidth pulling an ISO file across network is only about 20mps but it's rock steady).

Cons: Initial setup did not get me full bandwidth. I had to download latest firmware and experiment with different outlet configurations.

Overall Review: In the end, I'm very satisfied with this product. The Netgear utility shows 136mps download with my connection. It's not actually that fast. I tried pulling a DVD image across that connection and would estimate it at about 20mps steady, which is more than enough to stream HD and more consistent than wireless N in my house. I'm pleased.

Nice CPU/GPU

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket FM1 100W AMD Radeon HD 6550D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3870WNGXBOX
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket FM1 100W AMD Radeon HD 6550D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3870WNGXBOX

Pros: Really perfect for a small HTPC setup. Handles HD video easily. Stock settings run really quiet and cool. Love the fact that I can drop a 6500 Radeon card in for about $50 and get SLI video performance.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I think AMD really nailed a market segment that Intel has ignored. They finally made good on their purchase of ATI and created a perfect blend of technologies.