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1 out of 5 eggs Unbelievably cheap and flimsy 04/20/2016

This review is from: 3.5" Hard Disk Drive HDD Dual Fan Cooling Cooler Gold Tone for Desktop PC

Pros: None. To say this cooler is just cheap, tinny and flimsy would be a generous overstatement and compliment.

Cons: Some enterprising 12 year old sheet metal contortionist in China looks to be collecting old Campbell soup cans. You too in your garage can duplicate this creation. Cut the top and bottom off the can, slit the circular can with a pair of paper cutting scissors, punch two holes out for the fans and use only 2 of the 4 mounting holes in each fan to sheet metal screw the fans to the tin can. That's right... only 4 screws where there should have been 8 screws on each of the four cooling units I bought. In the product picture you will see 4 screws in each fan, that is not the case here folks. Then cup the sheet metal in your hands and bend it into a C-shape to sorta fit the hard drive... and voila, you have a Gold Tone HDD cooler that runs at maximum noise level.

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this cooler to my worst enemy? Yes I would... but only to him if I am in an especially evil mood.

Mini PCI-E Express to PCI-E Wireless Adapter w 3 Antenna WiFi for PC
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1 out of 5 eggs No screws to hold card in place 04/13/2016

This review is from: Mini PCI-E Express to PCI-E Wireless Adapter w 3 Antenna WiFi for PC

Pros: Buy some extra zip ties to lock your WiFi unit into this card.

Cons: These cheap skates did not provide the screws to lock down the WiFi card and finding any screws at the hardware store has been impossible.

ASRock N3700-ITX Intel Quad-Core Pentium Processor N3700 (up to 2.4 GHz) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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5 out of 5 eggs I will buy another, this is the new HTPC standard 03/20/2016

This review is from: ASRock N3700-ITX Intel Quad-Core Pentium Processor N3700 (up to 2.4 GHz) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Win 7-64 bit test scores are: CPU=6.4, Mem=7.1, Aero=4.8, Graphics=6.2, HD=5.9. The onboard graphics will take your breath away, they are outstanding and the audio is superb. For a quiet HTPC this is MB clearly sets the new standard. I disabled Aero in Win 7 and this MB zips through the OS with plenty of snap. I used 8 GB of 3 year old normal PC3=10700 mh memory and everything works fine in the memory department. CPUID reports this CPU does indeed have the VT-X, MMX and AES instruction set. This MB operates with a 5 to 30 multiplier on the 80 MHz buss. My machine idles/naps at 480 MHz and gets up to normal operating speed of 1020 or 1600 MHz instantly at the first keystroke. Under moderate to heavy loads this MB jumps to 2400 MHz with ease and stays there with no hiccups. In the bios you can choose Economy, Normal or Sport (fast high performance) modes. I chose Sports mode. My unit came with the 1.20 bios. All the drivers installed nicely. All 4 cores work fine and this system zips along perfectly. I like having 4 USB3.0 ports on the back and a USB3.0 connection port on the MB. Update March 20, 2016: My video in Win7 was stuttering a bit. The solution is to go to the Intel site and download the Intel graphic driver (Intel Driver Update Utility) instead of relying on the Microsoft graphic driver. Once you have the Intel driver then open the HD Intel Graphics Panel and click on the 3D selection. Set Application Optimal Mode to “Enable”. Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing to “Turn Off”. Set Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing to “Override Application Settings". Set General Settings to “Performance". Hit the back button in the upper left hand corner and select Power. Select “Maximum Performance”. Hit the Apply button in lower right corner and save this new profile. In the BIOS (before your next boot up) change the amount of shared memory dedicated to onboard graphics to the max of 512mb instead of Auto. Your graphics will never stutter again.

Cons: I agree in large part with David M on his review of this motherboard. The onboard LAN is just passable, not even close to outstanding. I added a PCIe Rosewill gigabyte PCIe 1x card to this setup to use as my main connection to the Internet. Heat is definitely a small problem on this board. After a CPUID stress test and shutdown the MB would not boot up as some headstrong heat sensor was not allowing the computer to fire up for 15 minutes. I added a small 2" fan to the CPU heat sink. The CPU never goes over 30 C now and rebooting is no problem. My machine won't boot up if the DP and DVI ports are both connected to active monitors. I have to disconnect the DP unit to get this machine to boot. NewEgg sold an Open Box unit to me, fortunately it worked but when I pay for a new unopened box then I want a new unopened box. period. The HDMI port is too close to the DVI port and if your cable connectors are overly fat (with added plastic for good grips) then you won't be able to have both cables connected. I have a HDMI-to-VGA adapter that won't seat on the MB back because of the overhang from the DVI plug immediately next to the HDMI port.

Other Thoughts: Installing Win 7 64bit on this MB is a huge challenge owing to the fact none of the USB ports will become active during the installation without the kludge Azrock USB patch installed. I did not use the patch, I resurrected an old PS2 mouse and keyboard alternately switching them on the one PS2 port to finally get through the installation of Win 7 from a DVD drive. USB keyboards and mice will not work during a fresh Win 7 install. Update March 20, 2016: Just use a PS2 keyboard on the Win 7 install and the tab key to move about the page, when the program ask you to make a box selection (after you have tabbed to it) just use your + or - key to "check" the box. You don't need a mouse to make the Win 7 installation.


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Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 05/29/07


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