Date Joined: 06/07/03
Pros: Inexpensive 16GB Class 10 card
Cons: I've bought three of these over the last couple of months. No problems at all with two of them. The last had write errors out of the box.
Overall Review: I expect a lot from Newegg, and their customer service handled this defective card in a manner beyond my expectations. I will pay more to buy from Newegg (but typically don't have to) for the peace of mind of dealing with a reputable company.
And a tip of the hat to Meatloaf for the review title.
Cons: Cheap. Failed after about 30 days of continuous operation.
Overall Review: I've purchased a lot of Rosewill products from Newegg over the years. Now I get to find out how well they stand behind their manufacturers warranty and just how painful it will be to get this PS replaced. Either way, the downtime is annoying. I'll weight in on the RMA process later.
Pros: => Plugged it into my new Samsung UN46C6400 LED TV and it was recognized and configured with no problem
=> Cost about 35% of the OEM Linkstick
Overall Review: OEM/Proprietary hardware is a deal breaker for me on most things. I wouldn't have bought this TV if I hadn't found the Rosewill substitute for the Linkstick.
Pros: I plugged in into my new WD HD Live Plus media player and it worked.
Pros: Cheapest solution out there that supports external USB media, network shares, and Netflix streaming. Does an excellent job with various video formats. HDMI output looks great on a 42" LCD. Fairly easy to set up for USB wireless networking.
Cons: First player worked okay but had a mystery loose part inside that rattled. Newegg did an Advance RMA and had a new player to me next day. Second unit occasionally freezes and has to be powered down to reset. Network occasionally locks and has to be reset. It appears the latest firmware leaves a little to be desired. With a few (hopefully) minor bug fixes, this could be a great box. Be sure to check out the WD forums before you buy – make sure you have realistic expectations.
Overall Review: Only gave this 3 eggs because of the uncertainty about upcoming firmware fixes. Slightly dissappionted with the Netflix and networking issues.
I'll base any future WD purchases on how they handle these issues on this device. From browsing the WD support forums, they at least acknowledge these problems, which is a good start at least.
Pros: Good special purpose MB. Worked well for me with ATI 9800Pro AGP video card installed initially, and later upgraded to Sapphire HD3850 PCIE card with no problems.
Cons: Very finicky about PCIE video cards. Make sure you go to the Asrock website to check compatible cards, and do a lot of research before you buy.
Overall Review: Make sure you do your homework and know what this MB is for, ie., stretching life on old hardware. If you aren't trying to reuse an old expensive high-end AGP card, this probably isn't for you.
Pros: Easy to install, no problems with size in standard mid tower case. Good upgrade from 9800Pro AGP card in Asrock 4CoreDual-SATA2 MB. 3DMark06 score went from 558 to 8583 with this card. No problems at all with this card in the Asrock board, despite a lot of chatter about problems with PCIE cards in these MBs. Not rujnning OC'd now, but the CCC ATI Overdrive autotuner went up to 739Mhz Core and almost 900Mhz Memory settings, with temps pushing 70C. Nice looking card, with quality (for OEM) fan/heatsink.
Cons: Apparently no fan speed control, but it isn't very noisy - just wanted more cooling. And, I missed the ten dollar rebate, but got free shipping. Oh well.
Overall Review: This is mid to low mid range card, but you can't beat the price/performance ratio on this thing. Newegg 3 day shipping is as usual top notch.
Asrock 4CoreDual-SATA2 2.0
Intel E5200 processor @ 2.5 Ghz (stock)
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
Sapphire HD 3850 (100248L)
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA
Windows XP Pro SP3