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APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Purchased 6/13/12 07/21/2014

This review is from: APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter

Pros: This is my third review of this item since I bought it a little over two years ago. At first, I gave it a glowing review. It worked like a charm, as advertised. After about a year, probably a dozen drives duplicated later, I posted back about the 4 pin molex power connector being finicky, just took some placement in the right spot, once connected and recognized by USB on PC, all was dandy. Moving along...

Cons: This 4 pin molex connector, by the time I'd duplicated maybe 2 dozen drive tops, was nearly impossible to make connection. This morning, While trying to clone another drive, everything attached, nothing was happening, then suddenly, the ding d(o)ng from Windows, USB adapters installed... Awesome, I'm in business again. Launched the software and start the drive clone. Didn't touch a thing. It starts out with about 32 minutes remaining, then suddenly jumps to 7 minutes remaining and I'm getting write errors. Uh oh, USB connection is lost. Let's try this again. OUCH!, that SSD drive is freaking HOT!!! so is the Apricorn adapter!

Other Thoughts: Well, after two year, this unit is in the trash. I can't really complain after two years. When it worked, it was a real time saver not having to reinstall windows and download ALL those updates again. Every time the software said it was a successful clone, I'd simply swap the drives, fire up the computer, one restart for new SSD driver and I was in business.

I don't mind so much when an electronic unit fails after a couple of years (yes, it's sad that in this day and age, that's what people come to expect out of electronics anymore...), but what sorta kinda bums me out is that the OCX drive that was connected to it is totally dead, this drive is less than a year old, had very little use and had already been used twice with this Apricorn adapter for having a OS cloned on to it with perfect success. Fortunately, it was one of my cheap drives, one I never really cared for. So I decided to pitch this Apricorn adapter before I get tempted to hook one of my beloved Samsung SSD drives to it, if it were to fry one of those, I'd be a little more miffed.

This was a great piece of hardware, but extremely cheaply built. You;ll see my last review of this product isn't that far down, and the one right above mine mentioned frying a drive. I can confirm that it indeed can fry a drive, so buyer beware.

Guess I'll give the USB 3.0 cable a try next, it's a shame, I liked this one because of its flexibility for use with several types of IDE/SATA drives.

If they were to actually make this thing a lot more robust, I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase, even at USB 2 speed, it's that convenient, but now the risk has exceeded the reward.

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EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I installed this in an old E8400 Intel Dual Core system that is OC'd to 4.1 GHz, The card I had in the system was a EVGA GTX650. WEI with the GTX650 was 7.3, with this GTX750Ti SC it is now 7.7.

That's a nice jump, if it means anything to anyone. The biggest benefit over the 650 that I saw was that this 750 doesn't use a 6 pin power connector like the 650 does. The PSU in this system is a Corsair CX430, seems to handle either card in this rig fine.

Cons: I was a little disappointed, after noticing the increase in the WEI rating, to find out I had no real increase in FPS in about the only game I play which is World of Tanks. With the GTX650, I was using medium settings and getting ~50-70fps. Installed the GTX750Ti SC, same setting on WoT and I get the same ~50-70fps.

The GTX650 has 1GB GDDR5 vs this GTX750Ti SC having 2GB GDDR5

Other Thoughts: Didn't really gain anything with this card, but it's nice to know that it performs at a level and doesn't require extra power.

With the black I/O shield, it is very aesthetically pleasing. It's as quiet as the GT640 and GTX650, has a bigger fan than either of those as well. If you are looking for a bargain gaming card, this would probably fit your bill.

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ASUS VX238H Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I had purchased the VX238H and was as please with it as I've been with my VS 238 and 248 I've had for a couple years now. I passed on this one initially because some reviews comments on washed out colors. The VX248 had no such comments. After the 248 turned out to be awesome, I wanted to try this one.

When first turned on, yes the colors were washed out. I opened the menu and it was set to 'standard' I changed it to 'scenery' and it was as sharp and clear as I could ask for, colors were vibrant, looked every bit as good as the VX248 and the VS monitors.

Cons: None for me

Other Thoughts: What I like better about this VX series monitors over the VS series is that this has one VGA and two HDMI and the monitor will automatically switch the input. I am currently using this with two PC's that are both connected to an IOgear KVM. One PC uses the IOgear VGA cable, the other uses one of the included DVI to HDMI cables. Tapping my scroll lock twice switches the KVM between the two PC's and the monitor switches to the active PC, regardless of input.

The VS series, at least mine, have one VGA, one DVI and one HDMI. Both will automatically switch between VGA and DVI, but won't switch to HDMI if it loses signal to both the VGA and DVI input. Not a huge deal, I just press the input button.

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