Joined on 08/09/07
Quick and Easy Smart Response drive
Pros: includes everything you need to mount Instantly went to work as Smart Response drive (see below)
Cons: Not a stunning speed increase in this use
Overall Review: Unpacked and installed in 15 minutes. NOW that I know this, adding it to Win 764 would have been effortless on my ASUS Max IV Gene-Z system -- Just go to your registry and search up all the drive methods in HLM\SYSTEM\Current\services\**, pciide etc, and change all of those Start values to ZERO from THREE before selecting RAID from the BIOS. Boot a few times and all set. Search 'convert win7 to RAID AHCI' to get a better explain (read down to jbear's response). Speed is Not stunningly better to begin with, my Win7 restart times improved about ~15 seconds over the week. My tester platform of Steam-load and load Torchlight was Much better, dropping load times more than 50% - exit game now takes 15 seconds, compared to 45 sec prior to SmartResponse. SO, since the drive is cheap and unlikely to fail like so many others, I -believe- that this will be a long-use keeper for my simple setup (i5 @ 4GHz, 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix, asus mb above, WDC black spinners)
Qwest DSL probs
Pros: It's a Cisco, why are we reading this, lol. we sohos (desperately) need products that perform, and for longer than 6 months or 20 out of 24 hours a day, and we're willing to pay for them.
Cons: Qwest chose to abandon cisco as their business router - soho solution of merit if not requirement. Apparently they stopped talking to one another at all. As a 650, then 678 owner, I had -ZERO- problems for five years each... when it Started to wear out, I bought another cisco (I was stupid enough to buy wifi solutions that simply -didn't-... maintain connect or last, one or the other, four brands). Imagine my surprise when the two companies that finally delivered internet that I never worried about have no idea why ATM0 can do nothing but hang at initializing.
Overall Review: I will post a follow-up, if allowed, to tell what the solution will be, but if you are a midwest 678 upgrader, the 857W/877W has some kinks that shoulda' been smoothed out - that is the nature of reputation defeating price-war product-line degradation.
short and quick
Pros: short height quick (1648 at default in ASUS Max IV Gene-Z mini)
Overall Review: I replaced my 4 X 4 14900 with these. I had problems with the height on those, one of the heat-sinks 'popped' and never really worked again. These do NOT have the flimsy monster heat sinks, look Good and matched my real-world performance - I was worried about downgrading speed and haven't noticed. NOT an overclocker, me, so cannot comment on their ability to hit high-perf numbers, but the ASUS default clocked 'em at 1648, non auto-tuned. recommend, particularly for mini-builds like mine.
DOA was strange, RMA was junk
Pros: Faster than the 5yo sys drive it replaces.
Cons: strange noises, one of three DOA. The DOA just hung (after a successful setup and use), WD diag reported SMART ok, after hours of getting it recognized on USB, as the SATA connection computer was never able to complete loading while it was attached, WD Diag finally gave a fail. I suppose I should have assumed Fail, but wanted to be sure. Strange behavior, has lessened my confidence. (dunno how many WD drives now, many).
Overall Review: RMA procedure was a pain - steps to print RMA page, then 'print the UPS label with us and save money' horse-hockey a: no paypal? b: anything but cheaper. Rilley sad, newegg, what's up wit dis?
Ignore the blind guy - again
Pros: Excellent rich color, better in many ways than the Viera it competes with. Blacks are average, look good during actual film, disappoint in fade to black. Sound is above average for casual viewing - exactly as it needs to be - but not for high volume. Display -easily- aligns to D65 spec (check AVSForum, the 50" version for settings that mimic ISF calibration).
Cons: 1024 res for PC use is a bit cramped. brightness 'shift' in grey-sky screens occasionally. Solarization in 1-10 frames of extremely dark scenes on certain movies is irritating (possibly a firmware fix, but don't depend on it).
Overall Review: The blind reviewer is exactly that, if you check on Azon, you'll find nearly the same review, and it's not correct there either. His review of any visual item is always low, saying the colors are awful. There, he claims to have brought in someone to ISF the display and that the 'engineer' told him that D65 was impossible on the Sammy. Not sure what his burr is, but you can safely ignore anything that he says, IMHO.
worx 4 me
Pros: SMALL! I use this as a jump drive/ghost/etc. so I won't be banging it around. I can perceive NO movement of the drive when I shake this case, and it cannot come off of the pins of the drive - too tight.
Cons: no case cover, but I knew that
Overall Review: not sure I get the advantage of another cable for extra power, but will test with the 320 when it arrives and update whether a duplex usb can power it. decent for the price, no complaints here.