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Pros: This thing has great low power consumption. I used a bench DC power supply with a PicoPSU-120 to measure. At Linux idle with a single 8-chip DIMM, GigE up, 1920x1200 DVI up, and a HDD in power-down mode, this thing consumed 6.3W.
I tried a couple while true; busy loops and the power consumption was 8.9W.
Blanking the display and bringing down Ethernet gave me an idle of 5.2W.
I like how it has 3 PCIe slots.
Cons: Obviously performance is much slower than a real Haswell or such. But with a ceiling of ~9W I really like the performance I get for a router or media center or such.
Other Thoughts: Most ATX power supplies will have significantly more at-wall power consumption than my measurement. Even some 80+Gold units were double according to killawatt.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TP-Link TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch
Pros: Performs as advertised. A smart switch for under 20 bones.
Cons: I knew this going in, but it’s not 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet) compliant. I think it’s a bit deceiving to stamp “Energy Efficient” in the product literature since it doesn’t support the most energy saving Ethernet spec. I took an egg off for lack of 802.3az.
Other Thoughts: I took some quick idle power measurements with a bench supply:
* No cables plugged in: 54mA (0.48W)
* Single GigE idle link: 94mA (0.84W); I tried both a 2ft cable and a 25ft cable and got same results. Not sure if longer cables will affect this.
* Two GigE idle links: 136mA (1.22W)
This review is from: Nippon Labs 6 ft. Model DP-DVI-6 DisplayPort to DVI-D 28 AWG Cable M-M
Pros: Worked with many displays and video cards. Seems to be a descent cable.
Cons: When connecting a Dell E248WFP to a Dell PowerEdge T20 the display was never recognized. Didn't matter if I plugged it in before boot or after Windows running. Nothing -- not even a sound from Windows of a recognized display when plugging in. I tried for a good 15 minutes before giving up. Other monitors on this server with this same cable worked.
A Dell 023NVR (also a passive DP->DVI adapter) worked between these two devices perfectly.
Other Thoughts: Next time I need a passive DP->DVI connection I will probably just buy another one of the Dell adapters and a DVI cable. So far those have been 100% compatible for me while this cable is not.
If I'm paying a premium for an adapter integrated in a cable I expect it to work as well as a discrete solution.