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SAMSUNG S22C650D Matte Black 21.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Upgraded from 3x Samsung 930B (5:4) to these monitors - what a MASSIVE (and long overdue) improvement!

LED + PLS (IPS) technology is pretty amazing out of the box, haven't even bothered to calibrate further. Needless to say, gaming in Eyefinity on these (48:9) is much more superior to my previous setup (15:4). For newer games on my aging XFX HD 6870 2GB, reverting to a single monitor is still more immersive, and not as taxing on my GPU.

The bezels on this monitor embrace horizontal Eyefinity beautifully! After lusting after the Samsung MD230x3 with their 0.76CM bezels for years, was surprised that the side bezels are only 1CM wide! Coming from monitors with 2CM bezels EACH, really enjoy the 50% reduction in bezels for triple monitor gaming.

Matte displays were also key for me, as I typically have multiple light sources to my rear. Monitors are more than bright enough at 20-50% brightness while the sunrises directly behind me.

Both DVI and VGA cables are included!

Cons: Delayed to get these sooner!

Other Thoughts: The included stands are top-notch, and would have certainly used them on a bigger desk. Using a DoubleSight triple monitor stand instead for now, but the alignment isn't perfect.

DisplayPorts are a nice bonus too, though I'm using some active Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters for now. If they ever fail, purchased Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables as an alternative.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is by far one of the best upgrades I've done in a long time!

Windows boot and shut down times have been cut down significantly, with all applications opening up virtually instantly. Load times in games are just laughable now. But the most pleasant surprise was how painless the migration process was.

Samsung migration tool clones your OS drive right from within Windows, and makes it extremely simple. Copied all content from a 500GB WD Blue (about 50% full) in around 40 minutes (SATA to SATA). As long as you close out of all applications/files, you shouldn't have any issues. Also disabled my network card to avoid problems.

One shut down and drive swap later, picked up right from where I left off. Except now with a Windows 7 WEI score of 7.7 for HD transfer rates, and an overall score of 7.6 (up from 5.9).

Cons: Already had been exposed to SSD performance at work, just wishing I hadn't held off for almost 3 years before upgrading my home gaming rig. Was mostly waiting for the $/GB ratio to become more reasonable though.

Be warned that you may develop SSD-itis, and be inclined to upgrade all of your OS drives to SSDs. Already considering a Samsung 1TB SSD for my Mac OS X drive (hackintosh).

Had some initial concerns about the overall longevity of SSDs as well, but research addressed these fears, considering my average daily read/write amounts.

Other Thoughts: SAMSUNG 850 Pro drive went on sale almost immediately after purchasing this drive, and includes a promo code for Assassin's Creed Unity. But didn't want to deal with hassle of returns and re-cloning, though from SSD to SSD, it probably would've been like 10 minutes. Too happy with this drive to send it back - highly recommend it!

Case: Corsair 600T (special edition)
PSU: Corsair TX850
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 with (2) Cougar CF-V12HP
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Hard Drives: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit), Seagate Barracuda 1TB (Mavericks OS X 10.9.5), Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (Storage), Western Digital 320GB (Time Machine)
Blu-ray Drive: LITE-ON 12X Blu-ray Burner
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner (AD-7280S-0B)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB (R9-280X-TDFD)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Mavericks OS X 10.9.5

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SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Still working as well! 04/29/2013

This review is from: SIIG CE-CTC012-S2 Toslink-to-Coaxial converter

Pros: Purchased in 2008, still does a great job doing what it's meant to do! I've tried comparing converted audio to non-converted audio, there is virtually no difference to my ears.

Cons: That it's discontinued?

Other Thoughts: Built-in sound card on my motherboard isn't the best, nice to have an optical audio out alternative. Even when using headphones, prefer to connect my headphones to my receiver getting the digital audio, instead of the standard mobo jacks.

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Display Name: Mario S.

Date Joined: 02/16/05

  • Reviews: 28
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  • First Review: 07/19/06
  • Last Review: 12/08/16
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