Date Joined: 05/04/05
Pros: - Stand is quite sturdy. It attaches with a metal bracket that slots into the monitor and then is fastened with 4 screws. The only snap-in component is a plastic cover to go over the bracket and hinge.
- 3 inputs rather than only 2 like some, and all digital. Includes an audio output so speakers can be connected to get the sound from the HDMI (though only analog stereo).
Cons: - Viewing angle doesn't seem to be nearly as good as I'd expect from IPS. Noticeably darkens at around 30 or 40 degrees vertical and does similar for horizontal, and brightness does not look uniform at all at those angles. Not even sure if it's actually IPS or if it's a TN panel falsely advertised as IPS, to be honest. My other IPS monitor and IPS TV have a noticeably better viewing angle, with uniform brightness when viewed at an angle.
- Might be due to the wide color gamut, but bright greens seem a little too intense, making some yellows look slightly more greenish than they should. Turning down the green doesn't help because then it throws off the color balance.
- The cord that plugs into the monitor from the power adapter is short, so I need to have it on the desk or a shelf - doesn't reach the floor.
Overall Review: The default white balance on mine seems a bit too blue. Turning blue down to somewhere in the low 40's (for reference, default settings are 50), it looked much better to me.
Pros: Great signal, hardware seems stable
Cons: TP-Link's firmware for this device has problems with the wireless and the wireless connection goes down often for me in certain circumstances, requiring a reboot of the access point.
Overall Review: OpenWrt does not have this problem and there are firmware images from the current development work that work well on this device. Note that the non-release images provided for this device on the OpenWrt site do not include the web configuration tool by default (last I checked). You must build your own to include luci (the web configuration tool for OpenWrt) by default. Also note that TP-Link states that any issues you have as a result of using third-party firmwares will not be covered under warranty (which is probably fairly standard policy).
Pros: don't know
Cons: don't know
Overall Review: If what you are describing is what I think it is, then that "ripple" is not a new issue and has nothing to do with your monitor. Have you checked whether your game has an option for "V-Sync" or "Vertical Sync" or anything similarly named? If it doesn't have it, check your video card settings to see if you can force it to use it.
The reason they even have the option in the first place rather than just having it enabled always is that some people don't like to have it enabled because in some cases the motion may not be as smooth.
Pros: Bright and seems to display ranges of colors fairly well. I like the included aspect ratio control for non-widescreen resolutions; not all monitors have this. Has an audio out so that I can get HDMI sound from my own speakers, not just the built-in ones.
Cons: It does need adjustment when you get it; the default settings are too bright. As many others have mentioned, there is a slight back-light bleed when black is covering the screen, but it is not really noticeable unless it is fully black near the top or bottom. Doesn't support 1440x1080 out of the box (for games that only want to use 4:3 resolutions). I found that I could manually add that mode through the software for my ATI card, though, so it isn't really a con in my case.
Overall Review: Great monitor overall; a nice upgrade from my previous 17" CRT. :) (though I still use it side-by-side)
Pros: Very quick to get to where it is ready to use when starting up the computer; I have seen it take only about 1 minute to be ready on two computers I have tried it on. Doesn't take so long once the desktop appears, unlike 2000 and XP. Programs seem more responsive overall. More programs work running as non-admin than XP. The "Problem Reports and Solutions" section can be helpful sometimes.
Cons: Some programs have some compatibility issues with Vista; although, some are simply because of file permissions and can be resolved if you set up the permissions properly.
Overall Review: Overall it is a good upgrade, in my opinion. I still have XP on my computer, but I haven't booted up into it in months (except when I went into it to install drivers after an upgrade recently).
To the person using Vista64 and wanting to also use Vista32 on their development system: if you want to use both, there is a clause in the license agreement for Ultimate that would allow it under a certain condition. "USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may use the software installed on the
licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device."
The key is that it says "virtual hardware system on the licensed device" and that the "licensed device" is the computer that already has Vista running on it. Since you may not be able to run Vista64 in the virtualization software (depending on the software you use), you should be able to use the 32-bit version to fulfill that clause in the license.
Pros: Great set of BIOS options, including very good boot options - better than some others I've seen. Very stable so far.
Cons: It may have been a slight defect on the one I received or partly the fault of the connector on my case, but it was hard to get the power button on my case to work properly when connected to this board, while it worked fine on my previous board (also an Epox board). The same happened when I tried connecting the reset button to it instead of the power button.
I was finally able to get it to work when I tried pushing the wires on the case's connector down more into the connector.
Overall Review: When I bought this board, I was expecting to not be able to boot off of the second IDE channel, based off of the reviews here. However, when I actually got it set up and looked through the BIOS settings, I quickly found that it's possible to configure it so you can boot from the extra IDE or SATA connections by enabling the JMicron boot rom setting in the integrated peripherals menu.
While enabling this still does not get the drives listed in the boot order settings in the BIOS, it does make it so the drives get listed in the boot menu you get when you press ESC while the computer is booting. This is perfectly acceptable if you will only be connecting CD or DVD drives to the second IDE channel or any other drive that will not be your primary boot-up device.
In addition to that, when enabling the JMicron boot rom, drivers for the second IDE channel are no longer required and for the extra pair of SATA connections if you also enable IDE mode for those (on recent BIOS revision).
Pros: This full retail version is a newer revision, but it is still just as good of a video card as the previous versions (oem and lite retail). It's a very good video card for the price.
Cons: The only thing that could make it better is if it had even better cooling for the GPU and memory so that people who want to overclock this card maybe wouldn't have to buy a new cooler, but it's not really an issue when running the card at normal speeds.
Comments: Very fast video card for the price; overclocks well. I got mine to 560/526 with no artifacts, but it could go all the way to 576/555 with no crashing and only minimal artifacting, so little that I could only detect with ATITool, not visually. With better cooling, I could probably get that speed or higher with no artifacts.
This core does have an R480, even though it is detected otherwise. If you take off the heatsink, you should see an R480. The bios just identifies itself wrong. A BIOS for an R480 card work justs fine on it.
Comments: If you consider the cost of buying value ram and buying the heatspreaders to install it yourself, these cost barely more than that. I got mine when they were $xxx, but $xxx is still pretty good.
As for memory timings and overclocking, these are pretty good on my system. At 200 MHz, I can use 2-2-2-5 1T timings with it completely stable (tested with memtest86). At 233 MHz, I can still use 2-3-2-5 1T timings and have it stable. Both of those are at 2.7 V (my board defaults them to this for some reason). Looking through the reviews, I seem to be about the only one able to achieve that much of an overclock on them.
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.0 GHz with Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu (92mm fan)
EPoX 9NPA+ Ultra (nForce4 Ultra) with Zalman ZM-NB47J on northbridge chipset
1 GB (2 x 512 MB) DDR400 Corsair XMS (TWINX1024-3200C2PT)
Sapphire Radeon X700 256 MB PCIe
Enermax Noisetaker AX Series EG495AX-VE 485W PSU
Lian Li PC-60 Plus Black Case
Seagate Barracuda 80GB 7200 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive
Comments: This is a great PSU, although more expensive than others I've bought, but I would say the extra was worth it for the features, etc.
I don't know what others are talking about with the zapping or buzzing sound, mine is very quiet.
As for what the person two reviews me mentioned about the voltages, on mine the voltages typically fluctuate < 1% and for some of the voltages it is around .5%
I've never had an Active PFC PSU before, so this might be typical. This PSU has actually been able to keep my computer running through brown-outs that would make other PSUs shut down. I was impressed the first time I had a brown-out since putting together this computer when it stayed on.
Comments: On my Athlon 64 3200+ Venice, my idle temp. is 27 C (don't know what the load temp. is, but I'm sure it isn't too high :)
With the board I have (EPoX nForce4 Ultra), it already had a backing plate and screws in the right spots, so it was very easy to install. All I needed from the kit was the thermal compound. After applying it, I just removed the mounting screws, put the HSF down, then put the screws back in.