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This review is from: SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory
Pros: Does what it says it does
Speeds up windows load times - a lot!
Simply plug and play - idiot proof
Works in any environment - can speed up any HDD regardless of if it's a boot drive, storage drive, etc.
Cons: Can't really monitor what it's doing - just have to trust that it's working.
SATA II - wish it was SATA III
SATA ports don't fit the cables snugly - they can (and have) easily fallen off.
Acts kind of buggy if you're running a big overclock.
Other Thoughts: At first this product drove me nuts. I didn't like the fact that I couldn't monitor what it was doing.. how did I even know it WAS working? I have it hooked up to a samsung 120gb SSD.
So after a lot of stressing, I ended up removing it - I was going to return it. Woah.. ever notice how much you miss something when you don't have it?! Ya.. when my boot times went back to normal (aka, slow) it was IMMEDIATELY obvious that this thing works. I plugged it back in, give it a 2x reboot (you need to boot once for it to store the new files) and whamo, I'm back in action. After that I just decided to leave it alone and not worry about it. Best decision I could have made! Now I honestly LOVE the product. Windows 7 boots like widows 8 (no joke.) After I put in my windows password everything just loads up instantly.
At first, I was having some issues with it. The issues were narrowed down to 2 sources. 1) The SATA cables can come off VERY easily (removed an egg for that.) Many times when putting my case cover back on I'd barely bump the cable, resulting in the computer not detecting it during startup. So just be careful with that. #2) - Overclocking. It would seem that when you're REALLY pushing the limits, this thing can start acting funny. Basically the bios has a hard time detecting it. Now that I've backed down a bit (but still quite a modest overclock) it's working very well. Not removing an egg for that as I haven't fully investigated to prove that it's actually the HDD Boost's fault.
As others said, make sure you update to the newest firmware.
Well that's really it! I've had the product for a few months now and really like it. Kinda bites not being able to see the SSD in windows - can't partition it or anything - you have zero access to it. But once you realize it's working, it's awesome. I advise you get the biggest SSD you can for it. The larger the SSD, the more it can store for 'boost.'
Also to dispel some myths floating around, if the HDD Boost dies or the SSD dies, it does NOT mess up your boot system. I've removed and re-connected this thing about 30 times since I've owned it and never once did my system not boot when hooking back up the HHD. There's ZERO risk in this product, which is probably one of the biggest benefits of all. Just don't be stupid and swap the SATA cables when hooking it up. Outside of that it's quite literally plug and play. Set it and forget it. Huge fan of the product!
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Cools EXTREMELY well. Not only for the price, just in general. Quiet. Easy to install. Accepts a 2nd fan. Works well for overclocking
Cons: Honestly? None.
Other Thoughts: I know this cooler has many reviews, but I have to say - I *LOVE* this thing. People say it's a good cooler, for the money. That's wrong. It's a good cooler PERIOD. I just flat out works well. They have the new version out, the EVO, but I've only seen 0-2 degrees difference with that one. IMO, this 212+ edition is the one to get. Can easily add a 2nd fan. I use this on a q9550 (the not so great C1 stepping version) and I have it OC'd from 2.83 to 3.61ghz. Not as large as some people but this cooler does perfectly well at that level. And that's with a GTX 295 video card right underneath it (probably in the top-5 list of the most power hungry, hottest running video cards ever made.) Continuous stress test benchmarks MIGHT push it to 65c, but in 'real' scenarios when gaming, working with CPU intensive apps, etc, it typically stays right in the mid 50's. Heck even if it DID get to 65 regularly on an OC, that's still doing pretty well for an air cooler. I could probably do 3.8ghz, MAYBE 4ghz on this cooler, but I don't like running it to the edge. Bottom line, if you're in the market for an air cooler, get this one. There are MANY options out there, some far more expensive. Even taking the cost factor out entirely, I'd still get this one. When you DO factor in cost, this one just KILLS the others. Here's the other thing to consider - once you go north of 50 bucks, you can get one of those pre-packaged water cooling units (which actually work pretty darn well.) So in my book that makes air coolers above 50 bucks completely null and void. Again, this is the one you want!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS GX-D1051 Power-Saving Gigabit Switch
Pros: Love the port specific power-down feature to save energy.
Connects at 1000Mbps to my devices.. no issues there.
Like the VIP port. I haven't experienced any overheating issues like people claim here. In fact, it's bone cold to the touch (like every switch I've ever owned..).
Cons: This is a small gripe, but I wish the bases on these switches were weighted (some other bands are). That way the front of the switch wouldn't pop-up in the air when you pug things into it that hang down.
Other Thoughts: Overall great product, great price. Run my xbox and PC through it with gaming; no increased pings or lag due to the switch.READ FULL REVIEW