Joined on 09/01/08
Pros: Unlocked 4th core with the Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H MOBO without any problem and everything on default. My 4th core is stable and can easily be overclocked to 3.3Ghz. Haven't pushed it farther because I still only have the stock heatsink on it, which handles the 4th core and OC fine, but still runs warmer than I'd like at load. OC multiplier makes OCing simple.
Cons: None, this thing is a beast.
Overall Review: Great value, but like others have said, not all chips have a stable 4th core, if your MOBO is even able to unlock it. If your decision is riding on being able to have 4 cores, go buy a phenom II X4. If your going to be happy with 3 cores and pleasantly surprised with a 4th core stable unlock, than this is an amazing chip.
Good value but know what you are getting
Pros: Amazing bang for your buck. The value on this thing gets five stars. So if you are looking for a cheap tablet for the kids or really basic tasks, this might be a perfect fit. Comes with a case (cheap but hey you'd didn't have to buy it) and a screen protector (if you wanted that). Can be charged by both USB or separate power charger. Don't know if that is really a pro or not, but hey you have options if you wanted them. Has 16gb of space instead of 8gb you'd often see in cheap tablets and 2gb of ram instead of 1gb (but ddr2 instead of ddr3, see first con).
Cons: This listing is labeled incorrectly. Says that it has 2gb of DDR3 ram but it is actually DDR2 ram listed on the actual item received. The rest of these items you already knew when buying the tablet: Battery life is low side with only a 3000mAh, so don't expect 7+hrs of continuous usage out of the tablet. The screen resolution is not HD level and it is noticeable even on this form factor. You can definitely stream content and enjoy it if you aren't picky (I'd be fine) but the colors are more washed out and definitely not even as close to as crisp as the $150 tablets. It comes with a screen protector on, so I'm not sure how much that effects the experience. I do know that it makes the screen feel much more tacky/sticky than other tablets, but since this will be used for kids, I've just left the protector on instead of taking it off to check the difference. Also it is sometime a little less responsive to touching on the screen than my other tablets. This is not an IPS screen so don't expect great viewing angles. Mono-sound, so don't expect much, but it is fine at arms length in a normal setting.
Overall Review: I also have a Nexus 7 (2nd gen), arguably one of the best android tablets until recently, so that I'm comparing to. Most of the cons are things that you would expect when comparing this tablet up against tablets that cost double the amount. If you compare this tablet to similar tablets in its price bracket, I'd probably lean more towards 4/5 stars.
Pros: - Good options with the fan to have it run silent at low temps - comes with some ties (velcro and zip) for cable management - all black cables with sheathing on the gpu/motherboard cables - Fully modular - Solid with good components
Cons: - Has that weird new product smell, a little like gasoline - Nice to have 1 of the 2 PCIE cable with only one head instead of the 2 - 8 pin heads to reduce extra cords.
Overall Review: - Used for a m-itx build in a Thermaltake Core V1. Liked that this thing is a little smaller than some PSUs.
Works but not perfect
Pros: Quiet passive cooling.
Cons: - Had to cut off part of the plastic casing to get it to fit my sapphire Radeon 5770. - The G-1 thermal glue is a real pain. Takes forever setup. Give it a whole 12+hrs, which is even more than the directions require. Even then be careful not to bump the heat sinks as they will just fall off. It's more of a sticky goo than a real glue solution. Upside is that you can take off the heat spreaders easily but I'd some other thermal adhesive. -Directions showed two types of spacers, my set only had one. Be careful to make sure the spacers don't cause space between the gpu and the sink plate. Some have had issues with this.
Overall Review: My temps went up from the stock cooler but that is to be expected. Fan was going bad on my card so this seemed like a good replacement. -Thing is big, so expect it to take up the whole next slot. Two cards with this probably couldn't be crossfired with standard crossfire cables, you'd have to get an extra long one (if they make them?).
Amazing TV for the price
Pros: Where to start. 50" is huge, you are going to need a van or truck to bring this home from the store if you didn't have it shipped to your door. The colors pop. To me, the color levels seemed pretty good on stock settings, but I still went into the settings to play around with color levels to get something that looked perfect to me. The deep blacks and the high contract ratios you get on the plasmas make the picture look amazing. Got this on an amazing pre-black friday deal from a B&M. I could sell it right now for more than I paid, but I love it so why bother trying to score another good deal. Great tv for your gaming system or even connecting your computer to. I've got mine hooked up as an HTPC and it works great. Don't know what the guy was talking about with concerns about OTA. I've got the TV hooked up to the Terk HDTVa and get the expected channels. Although, I'd recommend an omni-directional antenna as having to make adjustments for certain channels is annoying.
Cons: Yes it has a glass panel and yes it has some glare, but nothing horrible. Angling the screen down can help. Just be aware of where you will be putting the TV as direct sunlight or indoor light directly shinning on the TV could cause glare that may be unacceptable to you. I've had no problems. Some plasmas (mine included) suffer from a slight buzzing sound. You probably won't hear it unless you have your head up to the back of the tv or you have the tv on mute. The buzzing is correlated to how high the contrast and brightness is. Typically when the TV is new you will have these set a little higher but can adjust down as the TV gets worked in. Remote is not very responsive and back-lit keys would be a nice bonus. The IR sensor is at the very right hand corner of the TV and you have to point it at that spot to get any response. Screws for mounting the base plate were very hard going in, be careful not to strip them. Sound needs more base but otherwise, good sound.
Overall Review: Great value for the money and don't worry about it being 720p. You won't notice the difference at all unless you like to sit 3' from the TV. 3 HDMI ports is good. Get an external sound system if you want good sound with good bass. I'm extremely satisfied with this team.-
Good keyboard but may have lifespan issues
Pros: Comfortable and cheap keyboard. Really just a great all around keyboard, but not flashy.
Cons: Just after the one year mark I started having problem with a couple keys. They just don't want to work consistently. You have to bang on them a couple times before the keys will respond. I suspect this could change on a board by board and I could have a lemon.
Overall Review: Good cheap keyboard, but you may be getting what you pay for.