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This review is from: RiDATA 25GB 6X BD-R Inkjet Printable 50 Packs Cake Box Model BDR-256-RDIWN-CB50
Pros: Good price, and burned / verified okay... at first.
Cons: Didn't properly report their burn speed to the system, so had to manually turn down the burn speed.
Verified fine, but almost universally got read errors anywhere from weeks to three or four months later. Burned at 12x with failures at first (due to disks misreporting their burn rate), then scaled back to 4x, and in all but two disks out of 60+ errors cropped up when recovering data backed up onto them.
Pros: *Does exactly what it's supposed to do, and does it at reasonable temperatures.
Cons: *May have issues when in a PCI Express 2.0 slot - screen jitters once in a while, detects as standard VGA once in a while when booting.
*Linux driver... confuses it. If I don't shut it down, there's text corruption on the next boot, and the card detects as VGA. Perfectly fine if rebooting from Windows. This may also be related to being in an older mobo.
Other Thoughts: I probably need to upgrade my CPU / motherboard. PCI-E 2.0? Still, it's not as if bandwidth is an issue even with 2.0 PCI.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Creative 70SB109500000 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
Pros: *Much better sound quality than my onboard sound, and I can swap it over to my laptop (which has equally deficient onboard sound) as I wish.
*Lets me sample, unlike the onboard sound hardware (Realtek and it's lack of 'What U Hear'... >_<)
*Lots of nice output options.
Cons: *Crackles repeatedly with any driver I've tried under Windows. Luckily, the crackles are purely through analog out, so it isn't reflected in recordings made using 'What U Hear' in Windows.
Other Thoughts: Creative Labs: One of the only companies I've seen whose hardware works wonderfully... as long as the drivers aren't written by them. They haven't changed at all in the last ten years, have they?
Good thing I do most sound stuff through Linux, or I'd probably return this thing. I can stand a few pops and crackles in Windows games vs. the hassle of finding a box, printing out labels, etc. etc.