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Brother HL-2270DW Workgroup Up to 27 ppm Monochrome Wireless Laser Printer with Duplex
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Automatic Duplex, Ethernet and WiFi Connectivity, Cheap Supplies, Low Price

Cons: Starter toner did not last very long.

Other Thoughts: This model frequently goes on sale for dirt cheap, and if you can get it then, it is probably the best value out there in low-volume monochrome printing. I've had mine for 2.5 years, and it has had no problems. The included toner cartridge lasted for maybe 1/3 of the claimed lifetime, but a high-capacity cartridge was cheap, and I haven't had to replace it yet. The driver has all of the expected options.

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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Pretty fast. Dirt-cheap for the performance, at least when it first came out.

Cons: Produces lots of heat. The stock heatsink is trash. Advertising this as eight cores is somewhat misleading IMO (see below).

Other Thoughts: I have always preferred AMD due to the price-performance ratio compared to Intel, but after the last few that I have bought, I may be done with them, though. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely a solid processor, but the stock HSF cannot even really handle full power at stock clocks. Even <10% overclock with no voltage increase sends the core temps way past 60 degrees in no time. At ~4.4 GHz, it is also marginally bested by my i5-4430 (84w, 3.0 GHz, all of the power-saving options turned on).

My biggest complaint, really, is that this is advertised as a true eight-core processor, when in reality it has four piledriver modules. Basically, this means that it can run integer instructions from eight threads simultaneously, but the FPUs are shared, with only one per core, and in that regard, it is basically a hyperthreaded quad-core. In my book, this is only slightly less sketchy than calling a quad-core i7 an eight-core processor.

All that being said, if you are not frequently processing large data sets, performing scientific computing, editing super-high res video, or gaming intensively, this processor will give you all the performance that you need, and then some.

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FSP Group Mini-ITX/ 19V DC 180W Power Adapter for Intel motherboard (FSP180-ABAN2)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs an 84W Haswell at 100% 24/7 without getting too hot.

Cons: It's basically a laptop brick. I also would have preferred a straight barrel connector rather than a 90 degree one.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this with an i5-4430 on a Gigabyte GA-Q87TN. I don't really like power bricks, but I couldn't find a decent, small internal 19v PSU. As far as bricks go, this one is ok. It gets the job done, and it doesn't seem to have to work too hard to do it.

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Eric J.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric J.

Date Joined: 07/24/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 10/30/13
  • Last Review: 01/03/14
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