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Stephen B.

Stephen B.

Joined on 05/04/01

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Perfect for HTPC

AMD Phenom II X3 705e - Phenom II X3 Heka Triple-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM3 65W Processor - HD705EOCGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X3 705e - Phenom II X3 Heka Triple-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM3 65W Processor - HD705EOCGIBOX

Pros: Cool, quiet, powerful. Am using the stock cooler

Cons: none

Overall Review: Perfect CPU for a Windows 7 HTPC. Very pleased.

Most Critical Review

DOA

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None

Cons: Started failing immediately. Day later, won't even format. Have the older verions the WD20EAD model also, and that one has been flawless.

Overall Review: After hundreds of purchases over many years at NewEgg, this is my first DOA

Only 100mb ethernet

HP Laptop G71-340US Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel GMA 4500MHD 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
HP Laptop G71-340US Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel GMA 4500MHD 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: Handsome looking

Cons: A pretty bare bones system. No bluetooth, and I was shocked to discover that in this day and age, this thing doesn't have gigabit ethernet.

Overall Review: I'll keep it, but wouldn't have bought it had I known

Poor driver support

AVerMedia MTVBHPCIR AVerTV Bravo Hybrid - PCI-E
AVerMedia MTVBHPCIR AVerTV Bravo Hybrid - PCI-E

Pros: Found beta QAM drivers on their FTP site, and now everything works with Windows 7 RC Media Center.

Cons: My system is no longer stables with their latest beta drivers (which are nearly a year old). Freezes and problems sleeping. Guess I'll have to go back to the latest non-beta drivers and give up on QAM.

Overall Review: Aver's PCI-E Hybrid Combo is such a bulletproof card and works flawlessly with Win 7, why would they drop the ball with this model by refusing to work on its drivers?

Solid!

5.25" Bay Fan Controller
5.25" Bay Fan Controller

Pros: All metal, does exactly what it says, and does it perfectly.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Very pleased, have tried others and they were junk...

Needs better Windows 7 support

AVerMedia MTVBHPCIR AVerTV Bravo Hybrid - PCI-E
AVerMedia MTVBHPCIR AVerTV Bravo Hybrid - PCI-E

Pros: ntcs & fm work with Windows 7 RC

Cons: Windows 7 doesn't detect a QAM tuner. Am running the latest drivers I could locate on the Avermedia website

Overall Review: Disapointed - Aver has always released beta's for their other products, and has been at the cutting edge. The latest drivers available are now almost a year old!