Keep in mind I browse SPCR from more than one PC, more than one browser, more than one ISP, more than one firewall, etc. Nothing I say here is representative of my overall SPCR experience.
On a test PC I opened IE 7 and loaded the SPCR front page. Flash wasn't loaded so SPCR offered the flash installer. I let flash install into IE and the page was rendered to include flash ads. What I see in ads in this situation is:
Corsair animated add near top center (maybe more top left) that displayed properly but is distracting enough that I'd manually block if I had the choice. (This is the 450/550 watt ad) If it were a static ad or if the animated content only changed once per 30 seconds I'd let it load on any PC but with no more than 1 or 2 seconds per frame of the animation It's way outside of reasonable to me.
to the right of that add above the popular content column I have a block where an ad should be but the connection failed. (amazon
) I don't know what this ad looks like.
On the left I have a SpectraPLUS ad that displayed properly.
below that I have a Newegg ad that did not display (tqlkg.com
between the 9th and 10th article in the middle column I have an add for 3 power supplies that rendered properly which I think is a SPCR pricegrabber ad.
3 more articles down in that section and there is an ad that failed to display which is again an amazon ad similar to or the same as the one mentioned above.
I'm not seeing double-underlined text ads and I'm not sure what else ad related doesn't show at this point.
Clicking on the Kontera link at the bottom of the page gives me "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage".
A refresh of the page gives me an Antec ad that moves slower than the Corsair ad. Antec's ad even has the decency to pause about 10 seconds before it starts over. I'd rather it not move so much when it does but this is leaps and bounds more user friendly than the corsair ad I saw just before it.
Reloading again gives me another annoying Corsair ad this time for the 650/750 Watt models.
Antec should slow their animated ad down slightly (not the pause inbetween so much as the rate of movement during the animated portion)
Corsair should learn from Antec and slow their ad down if they don't want their ads blocked.
To be clear I don't mind the content in either of the Antec ads. What it says and the colors are pleasing to the eye. But the movement is obnoxious and just as I won't put up with a chattering fan I won't put up with a distracting ad. It can pull my eyes toward it by placement or color or size but not by movement or sound.