Date Joined: 03/22/03
Pros: - Duel-Sided design allows for changing the pad’s resistance to your preference.
Cons: - Scratches easily on both sides. Mouse will then skip over scratches, regardless of the sensor type.
- High price for a mouse pad.
Overall Review: I've had this for about two years now and used a few different mouses over the years. It's great when it was new but started to develop scratches after about 3 months and the mouse laser would start to skip. I've dealt with it for two years, switching sides and position but it's so scratched now that I have to replace it. Both Optical and Laser have the same issue.
I don't expect everything to last forever but for the price, I expect more 3 months of normal use.
Pros: Very fast. An SSD is the single most important upgrade you can buy to improve overall speed for your computer. The problem with small writes stalling SSDs is gone. 10 YEAR WARRANTY!
Cons: Poor RAID 0 performance for ICH10R RAID controller. I setup RAID 0 with an ASUS Rampage II Extreme and with a stripe of 128kb, the performance was lower the one drive. Using a stripe of 4kb got me 35% increase in performance over one drive which is noticeable but not worth the price of a second drive.
Overall Review: With a dedicated RAID card, you can see double the performance when using RAID 0, but those are rather expensive. Onboard controllers are not yet suited to handle SSD. As time goes on and SSD become more mainstream, improvements will be made to new motherboard's onboard RAID to get them working better.
Also, new drives are being released with performance tweaks every few months. Soon, A new drive could come out that has better performance in this price range. Still, it's hard to beat a 10 year warranty.
Pros: With this card and a Intel E6600, it plays Crysis at 30 FPS most of the time with setting maxed in DX9 mode. Gears Of War plays smooth too at max settings.
Cons: Card is really long and cumbersome.
Overall Review: Great card for the price!
Pros: Rock hard stability, decent features, inexpensive
Cons: This board is not great for overclockers. The P5LD2 originally didn’t support Core2 Duo chip. A revision (that’s what the R2.0 means) was made to this board to make it compatible so you’d be using a older board with a slight upgrade. Using bios 1804 (the newest bios, 1903, gives a weird error on boot), the lowest I can manually set the vcore on my E6600 is 1.5v when the manual states that it will go lower. The E6600 is renown for it overclockability where most people have gotten the 2.4ghz chip up to 3.2ghz and higher but my board won’t POST if the clock speed is over 2.66ghz and that’s with aftermarket cooling. Also, you can’t fine tune the memory timing either.
A LOT of people have considerable trouble with IDE and the hassle with get them to work right. I can’t say because I’m using a SATA but if you use one, do your research before buying.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. I just can’t recommended this board when there are a few others in this price range that are so much better. If you don’t care much for overclocking, or making your system futureproof, than this board will do fine.
Pros: it works, somewhat...
Cons: scrip errors like crazy to the point that it's very difficult to use, couldn't read folders with spaces on my Sony Ericsson. No updated drives on the web site
Overall Review: There are better adapters out there.
Pros: I bought this adapter not for recording video but to use my PS2 in a place where I didn't have a tv. I wanted to run the video and sound off my laptop and It runs great. I was afraid of lag in the display and poor sound from the internal speakers but both work great.
Cons: Only con could be said is that the display is a little blurry and wish it could be sharper. Not to much of a problem though...
Overall Review: I never used the software that came with it except to install the drivers. I used a different tv capture software so I can't speak of the included software. For the money, this is a good buy. But if super sharp video clarity is important, you might want to buy a more expensive product.
Comments: Out of the box, it took not longer than 10 minutes to setup and then I had it running. First thing I noticed the backlight. It’s very bright and doesn’t seem to be a control for it. This tends to make very washed out black levels in games but doesn’t seem to be as noticeable in digital photos. Turning down the brightness helps a little but makes the colors less vibrant.
This is really the only gripe I have because this is a beautiful monitor. The brightness serves to make colors stand out. In games, I tested Halo & NFS: Underground 2. The native resolution of 1280x1024 prove to be too much for my GFX card to handle at max detail settings so I ran it at the non-native resolution 1024x768. Regardless, both played with out a hitch, with no evidence of streaking or tearing. The OSD is simple enough to use once you get used to the ultra small buttons with no labels (at least as far as I can tell), simple trial and error and you should be able to get a hang of it. Overall, a great product from ViewSonic.
Great color quality.
No streaking or tearing in games.
Bright backlight washes out blacks; no control for backlight.
Small, label-less OSD buttons might make it difficult for some.
Asus P5GD2 Deluxe
Intel 550 Prescott 3.4GHz (HT enabled) (Windows XP Pro; sp2)
1 GB of Ballistix Crucial Tracers
Radeon X700 PCI-e (256 MB)
Western Digital Raptor 74 GB Hard Drive