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This review is from: D-Link GO-SW-8G Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop Switch
Pros: Simple setup - just plugged in some cables. It's supposedly "green", so you can feel good about that. I bought this with a really great deal that was impossible to pass up. Most importantly, my office computer and HTPC are now connected via this switch at gigabit speeds.
Cons: None so far, but I haven't done any stress tests either.
Other Thoughts: I needed a switch, preferred gigabit, and I found this one at the right price. I'm happy thus far.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - mATX form factor
- Plentiful onboard SATA ports (four 6Gb/s and four 3Gb/s)
- Wide-ranging support for different RAM speeds
- Many options for overclocking
Cons: - HD audio header is right next to the PCI 3.0 16x port, which makes me wonder if a graphics card will block it.
- The right-angle SATA cable the board comes with was difficult to make work in my situation. Not a biggie.
- Orientation of the onboard SATA3 ports can make for awkward cabling.
- Driver disc was not compatible with Windows8 64-bit. I had to download everything from ASRock's website
Other Thoughts: I'm using this board to replace my ancient Pentium 4 office rig. The form factor worked with my idea of making a small and quiet box, but also one capable of packing a performance punch. The good assortment of expansion ports also helped to make this one the winner in my decision as I'll be adding a graphics card later. Still 5-eggs, because everything works and no compromises needed to be made (so far).
Intel i5 3570k
4x4GB Samsung DDR3 1600 RAM, MV-3V4G3D/US
Samsung 830 128GB SSD
Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200 64MB buffer HDD
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler
SilverStone Temjin TJ08B-E mATX case
This review is from: AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet - PCTV Tuner (A188 - White Box)
Pros: The card works well in Media Center when it comes to viewing and recording ATSC HDTV coming in from the antenna. Picture quality is top-notch. Sensitivity seems to be high as I can pick up all the channels I expect plus some I didn't expect. The dual tuners work perfectly so that I can record/watch two shows at once.
Cons: If the computer ever enters S3 sleep mode it will come back telling me that there's no tuner installed. Even a reboot won't fix it. The only solution is to shutdown the computer entirely and unplug it for about 10 minutes. This can be highly annoying as you might imagine.
Other Thoughts: I was previously using the Avermedia Combo PCIe tuner, which worked like a dream. I could put my HTPC into S3 sleep when not in use, it would wake up for scheduled recordings and then put itself back to sleep when done. It was perfect for keeping things quiet and keeping power usage at a minimum. That is not possible with this card, but I want dual tuners and the price is right. With a few system tweaks as well as undervolting and underclocking I've found a middle ground I can live with.READ FULL REVIEW