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Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with Hexnut connectors (SBT-FTDI)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works as advertised. The 6 ft. long cable is nice. FTDI chipset makes it a great tool.

I highly recommend this adapter.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I bought 6 of these for my group here at work - they're used for debugging embedded systems during development. These are used daily, and have performed flawlessly - unlike the Prolific cables we had previously.

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Logitech M500 Gray Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Scroll wheel and usability 01/24/2015

This review is from: Logitech M500 Gray Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Feels great in your hand - could use a bit more weight, but you can beat the performance for this price.

Cons: None (anymore).

Other Thoughts: Sometimes I wonder just how tech savvy I really am - I've had this mouse for over a month, and the scroll wheel was driving me crazy. There was not enough friction to keep the wheel from spinning after I let go of it, and the image on the screen was always shifting up or down... Kind of like this guy William:

"Pros:
If you're right handed, this mouse fit the hand nicely and it's smooth.

Cons:
The scroll wheel (they call it a "tilt wheel") is funky. After you use the scroll wheel to move the screen and let go of the wheel, the screen will sometimes stay in the same position but most of the time the screen will roll back toward it's original position. This makes this mouse almost unusable for me."

My wife just pointed out to me there is a little button below the wheel that you can press, which adds a detent to the wheel.

So, for any of you out there wondering about this mouse - wonder no more - it's a great device, and works just fine...

If you can't figure it out, just ask your wife :-)

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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, better thermal transfer than the 4770K, higher default clock rate.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've been reading a lot of comments about overheating with this processor, so I was hesitant at first, but when you follow common sense, it's a no-brainer.

1. Don't waste time with the factory heat-sink. I don't think it's adequate. Spend the extra $50 and get an "after-market" cooler. I chose the Zalman CNPS9900ALED (it will fit in my 1100 Antec case with plenty of room, and it's fan speed is controlled by the motherboard for noise.)

2. During assembly, apply a uniformly-thin coating of thermal grease on the top of the processor before attaching your "after-market" cooler - it comes with the Zalman. It's not like you can put too much grease on the processor, although things might get messy when the overage squishes out once the cooler is attached. You can, however put too little on, so there is poor thermal contact between the top of the processor and the bottom of the cooler. Again, use common sense.

3. Follow the instructions, using the Silver screws (not the gold ones), and tighten them uniformly, in alternating patterns...

My system includes the following pieces:

*** Antec Eleven Hundred V2 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
*** Antec HCG M Series HCG-520M 520W Power Supply
*** ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
*** Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K
*** ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
*** G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-16GAB

No overclocking:
1. At idle, my system runs at 23 degrees C (fans are barely running, so it's real quiet)
2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 39 degrees C.

Overclocked 15% (4.6GHz):
1. At idle, system runs at 27 degrees C
2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 56 degrees C.
3. Under Prime95 extreme torture testing (small FFTs, FPU and L2 cache), it runs at 78 degrees C.

It will also calculate 1M digits of PI (using Super PI mod) in 7.87 seconds... which is kinda cool.

I highly recommend this processor.

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David B.'s Profile

Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 12/07/09

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 04/25/13
  • Last Review: 02/23/15
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