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GWC Model AP1305-BG USB to Parallel Cable (Bi-Directional)
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5 out of 5 eggs Correction to review 11/14/2015

This review is from: GWC Model AP1305-BG USB to Parallel Cable (Bi-Directional)

Pros: The connection to my Wheelwriter is still stable and working fine.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I mentioned in my previous review that the manual was missing. This was not the case; My mistake - I found it when I was tearing the box down for recycling. It was under the cardboard inserts.

There was no driver CD, but that's ok as it wasn't needed.

GWC Model AP1305-BG USB to Parallel Cable (Bi-Directional)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works well with Win 7 64 bit and an old IBM Wheelwriter 11/11/2015

This review is from: GWC Model AP1305-BG USB to Parallel Cable (Bi-Directional)

Pros: As far as the drivers for the cable/plug are concerned, it was plug and play. Inexpensive.

Cons: The Newegg pictures showed that a manual and driver CD should have come with it, but all I got was the cable in a plain cardboard box.

Fortunately, I didn't need the driver CD. A manual would have been nice for configuring it, but I was able to figure it out with very little effort. I took one egg off for inaccurate advertising.

Other Thoughts: I needed this cable because I acquired a reconditioned IBM Lexmark Wheelwriter 1500 typewriter with the "printer option" installed which uses a Centronic parallel interface. This printer will be used as a hardcopy console printer.

Basically all that was needed to get it up and running to print unformatted text was to manually add a new printer, and in its Printer Properties, select the "Generic / Text Only" printer driver and select the USB001 printer port.

The "Enable bi-directional support" checkbox was unchecked and grayed-out so that wasn't an issue for me that others had to contend with.

For those of you that need to print to this printer from an old DOS program or from a running bat file (both of which need LPT1), here is some additional useful information: In Printer Properties, share the printer. Then map the printer to LPT1 with the "NET USE LPT1: \\computername\printername /PERSISTENT:YES" DOS command. Then select the "Spool print documents so program finishes printing faster" option, not the "Print directly to the printer" option; using the latter causes the LPT1 redirect to fail.

Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
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4 out of 5 eggs Very Impressed! 06/20/2015

This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans

Pros: Exceptionally good cooling (see results in "other thoughts" below).

Fairly easy to install (only requires one person!). Excellent workmanship throughout. Excellent packaging. Well-thought-out arrangement of parts in individual boxes. Excellent instructions. Exceptional website product information and support.

I'm very impressed - they really did this one right in nearly every way!

Cons: Not a biggie, but the fixed screws that point upwards from the AMD mobo mount that the cooler mounts to are just a little too short. It required me to place excessive downward pressure so that the screw threads would grab. For this, I took off one egg.

Other Thoughts: As you've read about before, this cooler is BIG. It barely fit in my large Zalman MS800 case. There were only a few millimeters to spare between the top of the cooler and the side panel.

The test results below were from a 21 C ambient room, using the "standard" ASUS fan profile in ASUS Suite II:

Idle: 29 C @ 775 RPM
Max under Prime95: 47 C at 1180 RPM

The Prime95 test was with all 8 cores running.

In knew in advance that my Corsair memory with the tall heat spreaders was going to cause clearance issues with the front fan (fan 1 of 2) so I just left off this fan to see what my results would be. So, I only had one fan installed.

I was still stunned by the good results.

In order to clear the memory I would have had to shift this front fan upwards a bit, but it would have made the total height of the cooler assembly too tall to fit into my case.

Bottom line: if you have a hot CPU that other air-cool solutions have failed, have a big enough case, and don't want to venture into water cooling, buy this cooler!

Build info:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz 8-core
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W
Video: ASUS GTX650-E-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 1GB
HDDs: 3x WD Black 1TB, various models
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Case: Zalman MS800


Edward M.'s Profile

Display Name: Edward M.

Date Joined: 04/22/08

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  • First Review: 05/21/15
  • Last Review: 11/14/15
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