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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 994073
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The heatsinks look cooler than the other mushkin heatsinks (imo).

Cons: Will not run above 1600Mhz. Could be the mb I'm using or it could be the RAM. I suspect the RAM because Newegg discontinued it less than a week after I bought it. Truth be told these sticks are not on my mb's QVL list (but neither are any other 32GB configs really).

Other Thoughts: I'm keeping these because I don't have the time to waste on an RMA and there aren't a lot of reasonably priced 32GB kits out there but I usually buy other brands when it comes to RAM and I'll probably go back to those brands in the future.

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Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader with extra silver front panel
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Don't use the ext power cable! 01/10/2012

This review is from: Silverstone FP35B USB 2.0 Card Reader with extra silver front panel

Pros: Card reader was useful to me for the past 1+ year of ownership. So was the USB. I recently tried using the power jacks for an external drive enclosure (see below).

Cons: The 5V and 12V *jacks* for external drives work properly. In fact, if you look at the 4pin molex on the back of this card reader you'll find that the pinning lines up the yellow 12V and red 5V lines the correct way. If you then test the jacks on the front panel of the card reader you'll also find the plug labelled 12V indeed produces 12V of juice and the 5V produces 5V of juice.

It's not the card reader, it's the "custom" cable that Silverstone shipped with this unit. The cable reverses the 5V and 12V pins and will fry anything you hook up to it. I went through 2 drives until I figured this out.

Don't use the cable shipped by Silverstone.

Other Thoughts: You might think you can just swap the 12V and 5V barrel plugs and get the right voltage but you can't because the two plugs have a different diameter (which is correct, that's the way it should be for this device). It's not a matter of the manufacturer putting the wrong labels on the wrong ends of the cable either.

I came to my conclusions using careful testing with a multimeter. The card reader itself is 100% functional in my opinion, but you can't ship crummy cables with no QA process. Silverstone fried 2 of my hard drives, hence they get 1 egg.

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OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easily attains the advertised transfer rates (I tested with ATTO and hit 500MB+ per second). Looks awesome and has nice blue LED indicator lights. Small enough to fit in my Lian Li PC-V350B mATX case. Windows 7 x64 boots faster than I can pour another cup of coffee.

On sale b/c it's gen 1 but that's good enough for me!

Cons: The onboard RAID may not play well with a pre-existing firmware-based RAID. If you already have a mobo-based RAID you might need to give it up (I did). It has to do with pumping both sets of option ROMS into BIOS at boot (limited NVRAM space).

I actually got both RAIDs to work simultaneously but only if I didn't load the SATA controller - which would have meant no DVD drive. This is not OCZ's fault so I still give this 5 eggs.

Because this card sports an onboard RAID 1, it can't support TRIM. Supposedly speed will degrade with time but I still think this is a great product and an innovative version of SSD.

Other Thoughts: My mobo isn't listed as compatible but with some time and patience my BIOS recognized the OCZ RAID and now it works perfectly. It's an older mobo and doesn't list PCI as a boot option in BIOS but it found this card after I played with the SATA/RAID boot options for a bit. I took the $280 gamble and won.

The final upgrade to my workstation!

Asus P5N7A-VM GeForce 9300/nForce 730i mATX
Intel Q9650 @ 3.3ghz w/ Corsair H50
Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II
A-DATA Supreme Series (4x4GB) DDR2 880MHz
OCZ RevoDrive x4 120GB
2 x WD Black 640GB SATA 3.0
LG Black 8X BD-ROM
LG 24" 1080p LCD

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David L.'s Profile

Display Name: David L.

Date Joined: 01/24/06

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/30/06
  • Last Review: 09/18/12
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