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GIGABYTE GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The GTX 970 is in my opinion the best well rounded GPU on the market. Gigabyte has done a great job with the cooler as they have with previous cards. This card delivers smooth 60fps @ 1080p on high-ultra settings with most games without a hiccup when paired with a Core i5 2nd gen or higher.

Cons: Gigabyte customer service is without a doubt the worst customer service of any PC component manufacturer on the planet so if you buy this product with the hopes of getting service within the warranty period you better keep your fingers crossed. About 10 months ago my friend told me he processed an RMA for a GTX 770 through Gigabyte and they flat out denied him stating he had replaced the thermal paste which he swore to me he didn't so they denied his claim and returned his card. This was the same GTX 770 he purchased refurbished through Newegg. Fast forward and I am in the market for a GTX 970 and it was a tossup between the Gigabyte and MSi and the only reason I went with Gigabyte was because of a rebate which I have yet to receive. I have had this GPU in total for almost 2 months. Right after my 30 day Newegg warranty was up I was directed to Gigabyte's RMA department because the GPU became unresponsive and stopped producing a video signal. I tried everything they suggested before I called including rolling back the drivers, installing new drivers and nothing helped. They finally gave me an RMA # and I was told to ship the card to them on my dime which cost me $12. I waited almost 2 weeks before checking the status of my RMA and when I did I was shocked. My RMA was refused because they claim I replaced the thermal paste with after market thermal paste which is a complete lie. After going back and forth with them on the phone they told me there was nothing they could do because I had altered the card and they would be shipping it back to me. So here I am today with a GPU that I spent neatly $400 of my hard earned money that is no more than a paper weight and there is nothing I can do about it. They will more than likely reply to this with some false effort to smooth things over but don't be fooled they don't care. This company will fabricate a lie to refuse your warranty claim.

Other Thoughts: When considering your next GPU or component for that matter steer clear of this company. You have been warned.

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Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent Entry Level NAS 03/23/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server

Pros: * Great for entry level NAS users
* Simple straight forward setup and configuration
* Compatible with Windows 8, Mac, Android and iOS.
* Hard Drive easily accessible for servicing
* Reliable

Cons: * Slow network transfer speeds
* Would be nice if hard drives were easily accessible
* Not as quiet as I would have liked

Other Thoughts: I currently have this device set up with movies, music and photos and its attached to my wireless router in my garage. This NAS is easily accessible to all the PC's on my home network. I have it set up to back up all of my computers and my smartphone and it does a great job of that. It does offer the ability to upload your most recent backup file to cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and S3 which is a very nice fallback plan. I mainly set it up to host movies, music and photos for a PLEX Media Server on the same network in another room. I currently have a little over 2TB of media content on it. Transferring media to and from the NAS is slower than I expected achieving 50-60MB/s download and 30-50MB/s upload over my local network. Remotely over my smartphone I was able to get 5MB/s download and 5MB/s upload. For this and this reason alone I deducted one egg.

For streaming purposes this NAS is great. I experience no lag or stutter using it with PLEX Media Server streaming movies and shows (1GB to 25GB in size) in various formats over my home network in 1080p. I tested 2 simultaneous streams to 2 TV's and it streamed that content in 1080p with no issues and no lag. Don't have either one of those then no problem this device is compatible with Roku, Chromecast, LG Smart TV's and Samsung Smart TV's. If you are in a the market for a NAS device that is easy to set up and easy to use then I would highly recommend this for your consideration. It isn't the fastest device in terms of network transfers (between PC and NAS) but you will have no issues accessing those files once they are on the NAS and streaming them to your devices on your local network and remotely. If you are looking for a simple device to backup your home or business PC this is a great choice as well considering the value for the price. If you take into consideration that a good 3TB hard drive will cost you around $130 alone you really are getting a great deal with this all in one NAS solution.

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DEEPCOOL M6 Laptop Cooling Pad 17
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. Decent quality for the price. The entire top grill is made of metal which effectively dissipates heat. Rest is made of sturdy plastic.

2. Has an inbuilt 4 port USB hub. I've tried running a wireless mouse, a keyboard, a printer and a pendrive simultaneously from a single USB 2.0 port and everything works like a charm without any loss of speed.

3. Cooling fan is dead silent.

4. If you don't want to use your laptop's USB port to power this device, you can use the micro USB DC input to power the speaker and the fan separately. Although the DC adapter is not provided, any smart phone charger with micro USB output will work fine

Cons: 1. The sub-woofer and speaker may look attractive but the quality of the sound output is not very good. Sounds which are rich in Bass, sound below standard. It only adds volume over your laptop speakers, nothing else.

2. The cooling fan is a single 140mm fan. Though it is sufficient for ultrabook or small laptops, it will not effectively cool gaming / high performance laptops which produces much more heat.

Other Thoughts: The Deepcool M6 Audio Cooling Pad is a very nicely designed laptop cooler. It has Stunning Design of "Lamborghini Super Car" and equipped with 2.1 Stereo Speakers. The Fan is Quiet & BIG so that Air flow will be Good and silent for average laptops but I found it to be only adequate for a high end gaming laptop which normally produce a lot more heat. The subwoofer looks great but looks can be deceiving as it fails to deliver the sound to match its looks. All in all this is a great laptop cooling pad for the mid range laptops and while it can be used for high end gaming laptops as well it will leave something to be desired.

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Carlos A.'s Profile

Display Name: Carlos A.

Date Joined: 09/15/08

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 21
  • First Review: 08/19/11
  • Last Review: 06/11/15
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