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NOISE RECORDINGS IN MP3 FORMAT
The recording begins with 10 seconds of "'silence"
to let you hear the ambient sound of the room, followed by 10 seconds of the
system with the extra case fan off, and the 10 seconds of the system with
the case fan on.
HOW TO LISTEN & COMPARE
recording was made with a high resolution, studio quality, digital
recording system, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've
listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from
the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot
of what we heard during the review. The microphone was one meter
away from the product.
recording is intended to let you hear how the reviewed item sounds
in actual use one meter is a reasonable typical distance between
a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains
stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative
loudness of the subject. For best results, set your volume control
so that the ambient noise is just barely audible. Be aware
that very quiet subjects may not be audible if we couldn't
hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!
The P3-P5G33 would have been a far better product had it not included the problematic
P5K-VM motherboard. Initially we disliked it only for its lack of DVI
output, but the more we used it, the more ire it raised. EIST and
Sleep mode are critical for keeping power consumption down, and Blu-ray is the
future of entertainment as far as physical media goes. All three of these features
being buggy or broken is unacceptable. We really hope it was simply a bad
sample, and the problems we encountered are not common.
The included power supply was surprisingly quiet, and though it's far from
an efficient power supply, it isn't completely terrible either. It's hard to criticize
it too harshly considering the price of the overall bundle. An 80 Plus unit would
have garnered much praise from us. Not only is it better for the environment,
it's excellent for marketing.
We give high marks for the case's overall appearance and the tool-less installation
scheme. The lack of ventilation is the only drawback. While there are plenty
of escape paths for the warm air around the CPU, there are only two small areas
on the front panel where cool air can be drawn in. When mounted horizontally,
the underside of the case would have been perfect for a few intakes.
Overall, it's difficult to recommend the Asus P3-P5G33. The lack of DVI and HDMI, coupled
with problematic Blu-ray playback makes it unsuitable for a home theater PC/extender.
The lack of ventilating makes it undesirable for use with Intel's higher-powered
chips, and it's too slim to fit a performance heatsink or anything but an entry-level,
low-profile graphics card. It would make for a moderately quiet, small form
factor, general use system, but beyond that we don't see a situation where it
would be our first choice. It's a barebones system that is very easy on the
eyes, but this is one case where the book simply doesn't live up to its cover.
* Aesthetically pleasing
* Fairly quiet power supply
* Ease of installation
* Good high definition playback
* Lack of ventilation
* Loud case fan
* Lacks DVI & HDMI output
* Bad graphics driver prevents proper Blu-ray playback
* SpeedStep & Sleep don't work
* PSU could be better
Our thanks to Asus
for the product sample.
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