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Johannes W.

Johannes W.

Joined on 04/02/07

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Eye Candy Video card

PNY Quadro FX 570 VCQFX570-PCIE-PB 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card
PNY Quadro FX 570 VCQFX570-PCIE-PB 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card

Pros: After reading all reviews about the FX570, I feel that it is time to set the record straight. It occurs to me that the worst comments come from people who think that Quadro's are somehow professional gaming cards, well guess what, Quadro's are designed for business applications, ABSOLUTELY NOT for gaming. As for the FX570 you get for your 180 bucks a crisp and vivid and very detailed picture, rivaled only by much more expensive video cards such as offered by MATROX. W'r talking business graphics here, 3D design, Auto cad, Webdesign, Printed Circuit board Design etcetera. In this environment the FX570 delivers great graphic quality and reliability. Period.

Cons: If you install this card in XP, or 2K DON'T use the drivers on the CD that comes with the card, it will most likely hose your XP OS. Use instead the latest Unified QUADRO WHQL drivers from NVidia's website.

Overall Review: Perhaps the Egg could explain (in a nutshell) the difference between mainstream 8xxx and 9xxxx "performance" cards and what Quadro stands for, a bit more transparent on their web site? Just a suggestion to avoid unnecessary RMA's ?

Most Critical Review

Overprized Steel Plate

StarTech BRACKET25 Adapter Kit to Mount 2.5" HDD in 3.5" Drive Bay
StarTech BRACKET25 Adapter Kit to Mount 2.5" HDD in 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: None, that is- it is a necessary assembly to mount a 2.5" drive (SSD) in a 3.5" bay...

Cons: High price for a piece of punched steel with rough edges, that comes with the WRONG adapter- mini-IDE to IDE.

Overall Review: The Egg urgently need to find something better given the rapid adaption of 2.5" SSD's.

Mid Tower Case with an USB twist.....

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The Rosewill R101-P-BK Computer Case is surely a well designed- and quality build case, and one of the very few Mid Towers that offers three 3.5" bays, enough space for 2 hot swap drive trays (RAID1) and a DVD. We have 6 of these as workstations in use in our company, build around ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G MB's

Cons: From a cosmetics viewpoint however, the R101-BK case is just plain UGLY, but who cares, since the workstations are sitting under the desk, out of sight anyway. There is one serious flaw in the front USB printed circuit board design (behind the front panel) in that both USB COM connections are connected with a copper trace on the PCB. This creates a current "loop" as soon as one plugs in a USB stick, resulting in an instant crash of any Win 2K, XP or later OS. All our 6 PC's with an ASUS AMD based MB had the same problem. Solution, remove the USB PCB assembly from behind the front panel and carefully cut the COM copper trace between both USB input connectors. After that modification, inserting and removing an USB stick works fine.

Overall Review: After discovering this front panel USB problem we did read trough a 50 or so case reviews on this page, and found to our surprise that apparently nobody complained about this. Perhaps ASUS AMD MB's are more sensitive for COM USB current loops, or maybe Rosewill uses different versions front panel PCB's in different production batches.. and we where just the lucky ones that got the bad ones. Anyway, given the very low price and otherwise good quality for this Rosewill case, we still give it 4 stars.

An Also Ran Router

NETGEAR FVX538 Firewall 200 w/8 Port Switch
NETGEAR FVX538 Firewall 200 w/8 Port Switch

Pros: Given the price this is the worst router I ever have tested, so, there is no "Pro"

Cons: Amongst many other things, a mediocre GUI, a possibility to set time and date manually is glaringly absent, and numerous other software flaws. When compared for example to the somewhat dated Linksys RV016, or RV082, the latter are still a much better choice for a home network.

Overall Review: If you need a very good router/firewall solution with a LOT of flexibility, buy a Mini ITX board from the Egg such as JetWay JNC92-330-LF INTEL Atom 330 Dual Core CPU, add a Jetway signature 3 x Gigabyte NIC add-on card, add a small solid state drive, 32G is OK, put it in a small ITX case, and load FREE "Untangle" Router/Firewall/UTM software, and voila you have for under 400 dollar a router that does everything that a three thousand plus dollar commercial UTM does, and it does it better, and faster. You can find Untangles website by goooogling it up.

Cool Drives

Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The WD5000AADS seems to be very energy efficient, 4 of these are running very cool at only 25 Degree Celsius in one of our NAS in a raid 6 configuration. Access speed is reasonable fast, but nothing to brag about tough.

Cons: Non

Overall Review: Because of the very low operating temps we expect the 4 WD5000AADS in our QNAP TS-409U 4-Bay RAID 6 NAS to last their full estimated life cycle without a hitch. Highly recommended as a low-cost reliability solution.

Perfect Switch

HP J9078A Unmanaged ProCurve Switch 1400-24G
HP J9078A Unmanaged ProCurve Switch 1400-24G

Pros: The HP J9078A is by far the best non maintained 24 port switch we have in operation in our medium LAN/WAN network. Very fast. Very reliable. Silent Operation. Energy efficient. Runs much cooler as comparable Linksys switches, that is, after Cisco broke the original Linksys design

Cons: None

Overall Review: Given the excellent price - performance ratio for the HP J9078A, the price Newegg charges is a bargain. We are going to use more of these in our network. Job well done HP !