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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reasonable speed while they're working

Cons: Bought 3 in May 2015, and 2 have failed. As others have noted, this particular series seems to have had quality issues.

Other Thoughts: Not sure they make this series anymore, but don't recommend buying them. Mushkin has had other SSD drives that have worked well; not sure why they missed the boat on these.

MSI B032-001BUS Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 3600 Black Barebone
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Performed as expected, does what I need it to 07/20/2016

This review is from: MSI B032-001BUS Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel GMA 3600 Black Barebone

Pros: - Very inexpensive - $30 on special from Newegg. Install a 240GB SSD ($60) and 8GB ram ($28) and you have something that works reasonably well.
- Despite what the specs say (max 4GB), it will recognize 8GB of ram.
- Installed Windows 10 without problems.
- Installed Ubuntu 16.04 server 64 bit (no desktop) without problems.
- Fairly low power requirements.
- Has an HDMI port. This makes it convenient to connect a monitor or TV or whatever.

Cons: - Older Atom processor, not hyperthreaded, with two cores. Speed is adequate.
- Graphics capabilities are not something to tweet home about.
- External power brick. Though this one is small, I prefer internal power supplies.
- SATA 1.5GB/s???
- No USB 3.0 ports.

Other Thoughts: Got two of these when they were on sale, and wasn't disappointed. The Windows 10 install functions fine for a light usage machine, and the Ubuntu server is something I can keep running all the time since it doesn't draw much power. For the amount of money I put into them, they are competitive with single board computers for running Linux.

EVGA 6 GeForce 6200 DirectX 9 512-P1-N402-LR 512MB 64-Bit DDR2 PCI 2.1 Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Can augment existing PCIe card - with tweaks 12/27/2013

This review is from: EVGA 6 GeForce 6200 DirectX 9 512-P1-N402-LR 512MB 64-Bit DDR2 PCI 2.1 Video Card

Pros: - Picks up drivers from Windows update automatically.
- Works in older and new machines.
- Will work with an existing PCIe video card to add additional monitors to the system (with some caveats).
- Low power, fanless for less noise.

Cons: - A bit pricey for older PCI based technology.
- Ok for video, but not great.
- Need to turn some things off before it will work with Windows 7.
- DVD that comes with the card only has XP and Vista drivers. Must install drivers online.

Other Thoughts: I got this card to expand a system from two to four monitors. There was an existing PCIe dual head video card in the system using the only available PCIe slot, so I needed to either replace the card with a quad head card, or see if I could get a PCI card to work.

Installed the card on a Windows 7 64-bit system with 8GB ram and a dual core AMD processor. Card was detected by Windows and the drivers were installed from the web (took about 15 minutes). Modified the resolutions to 1920x1080 on the two new monitors, rearranged them to expand the desktop and started testing.

Performance was not good. Desktop would lock up periodically, there were keyboard lags typing in open windows, moving windows from one monitor to the other was an exercise in patience.

Worked with system settings to try to speed things up; got the latest drivers from Windows update (there were newer 2013 drivers). Once I turned the Aero theme off and went to a Windows basic theme, things suddenly started working properly. Culprit appears to be Aero; if I were using this card alone in a system, I'd probably want to turn Aero off there too.

At this point, appears to be operating just fine. Windows can be moved from monitor to monitor without problems, there is no keyboard lag typing anything in any window on any monitor, and performance is good (not great). Not doing any gaming with this; would not expect games to work that well on the PCI card, though my existing PCIe card still works well on the two monitors it drives.

Overall not a bad solution if you want to avoid $100-plus for a quad head card and just add an additional PCI card for every day, non-gaming use. Four eggs because it's a good but not great solution.


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Display Name: Jeff W.

Date Joined: 11/24/10

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 12/27/13
  • Last Review: 07/23/16
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