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CyberLink Power DVD 14 Ultra
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works to my liking, some mods required 01/14/2015

This review is from: CyberLink Power DVD 14 Ultra

Pros: plays blurays, dvds, .vlc, all the other file extensions not native to Win 8.1
Does not take over file system. Music files still open with Windows Media Player, etc. due to new customizability options to associate file types with the Cyberlink program
Does play 2015 Blu-rays, but does not work with certain video card modifications.
Holiday discount available. All versions since 2011 still recieve software updates

Cons: Everything Cyberlink offers is free on the internet with enough patience.
Defaults to Internet Explorer as default browser in error boxes (eg clicking on "Download drivers" or "Read FAQ"). I deleted IE long ago and all these warnings end in failure

Other Thoughts: Had a R9 280x video card with latest drivers and a Qinx 1440p monitor overclocked to 85Hz. HDCP error popped up during blu-rays saying i did not have the rights to view digital content. After much searching, it turns out to be, not the fact i was using mulitple monitors, or teh fact i was using DVI (single and dual), but that the overclock patch on my monitor patched the video card driver in such a way that it was incompatible with some encoding. Anywho, i'm not terrible technical with that, but I used a toastyx ATI video patcher and switiching it on and off cleared my problem with Blu-ray playback. In fact, another simple program from the same author allows switching of the driver states without requiring a restart. Only it corrupts sleep mode on my computer until a physical restart.
TLDR overclocked Qnix monitors may need to revert back to factory default states to play blu-ray content.

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Rosewill FORTRESS-650 - 650W Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 122°F (50°C), 80 PLUS PLATINUM, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI & CrossFire-Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Heavy, efficient, tons of wires. Very quite and able to power a i5 at 4.5Ghz, mulitple ssd's, a blue ray player, 16GB ram, and a R9280x

Cons: At high overclocks on my CPU, the power supply to my graphics card would fluctuate wildly. Though i have no voltmeter, the GPU (at stock conditions) would constantly reach 100% fan load and idle at about 60%. when I dropped my overclock on the CPU, the GPU never again went above 80%. This, combined with constant bluescreens during voltage spikes (ie idle to stress and back again) makes this an unreliable choice for "higher level" overclocking.
Also, there are tons of cords attached to this non-modular unit, about 3 of which I never use. Next model will definitely be modular/semi-modular.

Other Thoughts: Very good operation under basic conditions. just doesn't pack the punch needed for "hardcore".

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Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Larger case with all teh bells and whistles 06/13/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Silent ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: USB3.0, flat front, quality build, great support, easy to work with, cable management options.
Drive bays, expansion slots, 5.25' front covers are all removable and re-attachable and solidly built

Cons: Large. easily 40% bigger than the last case I had in order to add "cable management"
Sound padding makes little difference on overall decibels
Front panel clips arrived broken, but were replaced for free by contacting customer support.
SSD mounts behind the motherboard trays are impractical. HDD bays do not fit a "dual SSD" adapter like my old case.

Other Thoughts: This is a fun case to build with, well organized, and can hold on to all of its pieces in case i ever need to trade it in.
Be careful removing front panel as you may rip out the front panel connector wires.

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Benjamin F.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin F.

Date Joined: 06/23/09

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 06/25/09
  • Last Review: 01/14/15
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