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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Good cooler, BEWARE very bad screws. 05/27/2014

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: Very effective cooler, it can keep my FX8300 below 50°C even when using 7 cores at maximum. The LED is moderate intensity: it doesn't scream I'M HERE LOOK AT ME.

Cons: The installation screws for my AM3+ motherboard (Asus M5A990FX ) are uselessly too short. The included screw and caps measure around 1" end to end when assembled. The measured distance of the fan's supports to the backplate is around 2". This would have required applying SEVERE force to bend the fan's supports into place with such short screws (assuming you can balance the massive fan and not break the motherboard in the process...). I got some cheap 3" long screws and hex-nuts from the local hardware store and adjusted everything into place. The nuts were a bit tricky to tighten because the fan is huge, but that's nonetheless doable.

Other Thoughts: Screws aside, I recommend removing the fin's plastic covering last. While covered, they're protected and easy to maneuver.

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ASUS PL-X32M HomePlug AV Powerline Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps manufactured recertified
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works out-of-the-box, no configuration necessary. Decent speed, low price. If your paranoid self wants security though, read on.

Cons: Getting security to work is confusing, but possible. Just don't trust the software, it lies.

Other Thoughts: Everybody is complaining the security feature of these doesn't work. Well, it does, it simply doesn't tell the truth. I tried getting the bundled software to get the configuration done, but it works unexpectedly: for the password configuration and exclusive-network to work, you must unplug / replug the powerline adapters and ignore the "incorrect password" messages.
The funny thing is (oh, I'm laughing at this, really Asus, this is hilarious), the software will *always* say the password is wrong, the network will never update to the new name, and the devices will always be listed as unrecognized. However, after trying to set up both adapters side by side and unplugging-replugging them: my devices light up in green.
Ergo, they *are* working in the same named network. Ergo, I *did* change their network name.
Ergo, I *did* get their passwords correct.
Ergo, that software *did* what it was supposed to do, but reported it didn't.
So you see, the hardware works well, but the software is a pathological liar. Some overworked programer probably forgot to double-check this flag, and now we get a hilarious bug. =D

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Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent for those weird occasions when you need to access externally an HDD. No drivers needed on Win7 or Fedora17. Speed is decent, though newer models appear to be USB3.0 compatible. The activity light works well. Back on/off switch is convenient. Hot-swap capacity comes in handy (if you know what you're doing). Heavy enough to be stable, light enough to move around.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Having drives sitting on this thing means they get excellent air exposure, therefore heat is not a problem.

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Hector M.'s Profile

Display Name: Hector M.

Date Joined: 10/01/11

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/22/12
  • Last Review: 05/27/14
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