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Dell S2340M Black 23
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The picture is stunning; it's great for multi (side-by-side) monitor mounts as there's almost no bezel or border, though it does not have VESA mount points, so you have to find (and usually tap) a specially made mounting plate. ...however...

Cons: After about 8 months of light usage, the right half of the screen started developing stripes of various colors. Didn't matter whether it was VGA or DVI, and it was system-agnostic. Dell couldn't give a [EXPLETIVE REDACTED] less about the problem, either, despite *MANY* phone calls. The warranty on this is utterly useless.
Occasionally, the stripes go away and it's lovely again. But then they come back.
Another thing it likes to do is 'lock up'. That is, no matter what you press, the monitor will not respond and will appear to be completely and totally dead. The fix for this is the same as most monitors that seem to lock: press and hold the power button, unplug the power while still holding the power button, wait 30 seconds and plug it back in while still holding the power button. Pretty much the same process to reset an HPaq laptop's power circuit when it refuses to turn on.

Other Thoughts: I had recommended this model to many, many clients. Of them, only one has had any issue other than the lockup discussed above -- and they had the stripe-banding issue that I have. I cannot, in good conscience recommend this to anyone anymore. I gave it two instead of one egg because I know they're not *ALL* bad.

EVGA 220-GS-0850-V1 80 PLUS GOLD 850 W 7 yr Warranty ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI Ready and Crossfire Support Super Silent
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've used these in server builds for clients and in a massive gaming rig for myself. The servers aren't really using it to its full potential, but the 10 year warranty was the draw for that. Plus, *ANYBODY* can swap out a modular PSU.
Now. For me? I'm pushing this thing to nearly 100% when I go insane. And it doesn't. Even. Blink. The weeping angels could not displace this PSU from its timeline and live off of the potential energy.

Cons: The one con: Some of the cables are a bit longer than I'd like, but you know what? SFW -- this thing is a beast and worth every penny.

Other Thoughts: By far one of the best PSUs I have ever owned. The only one to ever top it was the Corsair 1000W that I had in my Skulltrail dual Xeon machine. And even then I think this one could have handled that machine!

StarTech S3520WU33ER Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Easy to setup (I currently have two 3TB Western Digital Enterprise drives in a RAID-1 in it right now). It seems to be pretty quick (getting around 80MB to 90MB/second from USB3 to USB3). The unit is pretty quiet, solidly-built -- so far, no qualms! Well worth the money, and I'll be getting a second one when the 4TB's come back from RMA.

Cons: None as of yet.

Other Thoughts: I was amused by the inclusion of the non-US power adapters. I think one is UK and one might be... Korean? I'm not terribly sure.


Daniel L.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel L.

Date Joined: 01/01/05

  • Reviews: 30
  • Helpfulness: 19
  • First Review: 09/07/07
  • Last Review: 06/12/15
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