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Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs it's NOT a 300 07/14/2010

This review is from: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Improved styling
-All-black interior
-External 2.5" hot-swap bay (I actually like it)

Cons: -No cable management
-Headphone/Mic jacks are NOT LABELED!! What's up with that…it's just plain stupid.
-Sure the CD bay covers block CD drive slots, but I rarely use them to begin with, so meh.

Other Thoughts: Another reviewer mentioned that this was essentially a facelift of a 300 Illusion. This is NOT true. It is a facelift of the 600, which is much much closer in price to this.

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HP DreamColor LP2480zx Black-Silver 24
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: •30-bit IPS LCD panel (1 billion colors allow you to see things in images you never noticed before, though in many cases the monitor's gamut far exceeds that of the source images)
•Built-in calibration profiles are pretty much dead-on accurate for bringing the monitor's gamut into alignment with the destination's colorspace
•Price compared to other 30-bit LCD monitors (which are not available from Newegg, though they don't have to be since people who know enough about them know where to find them)

Cons: •HP's claimed CRT-comparable black-levels are artificial. They produced by dimming the back-light, in much the same way that many manufacturers use to cheat with the Dynamic Contrast Ratios they advertise for their TN-panel monitors to achieve inflated numbers of over 30,000:1 when the true panel contrast itself is more like 700:1. HP doesn't make those claims for this monitor, thankfully, as it is true 1000:1. But in the end it is still the same sort of trickery. While the black levels and the visible definition in dark images is impeccable, it is not quite capable of the same dark-level definition in images with a very broad range of lighting.
•Still very pricey if you aren't in a position to use it to it's full potential. I remember reading a review on Newegg a while back (I guess it was on an older version or something) from a doctor who used it for medical imaging. I suppose that the super-fine color accuracy would help in something like an MRI or when looking for strains ofcance

Other Thoughts: I should make it clear that I do NOT own this monitor. I was using it in the school's imaging lab, and was very impressed with it.

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DFI LANParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Know Your Sockets! 06/19/2009

This review is from: DFI LANParty DK 790FXB-M3H5 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Terrific layout (except as noted in Cons below), great overclocking options/support, great features overall (DFI's signature numerical LED display comes in more handy than a case speaker when something goes wrong during bootup/POST), and as of now, the best price for a socket AM3 board with a 790FX northbridge.

Cons: Proximity of the DIMM slots to each other and to the CPU socket, a fear that the quality of the board might be suspect judging by some others' reviews.

Other Thoughts: Ignore the review by The Notorious G.I.B. He forgot to check one of the most important specs of this board—that it's a socket AM3 board ONLY, not a socket AM2+ board. So it's no small wonder that the Phenom II X4 940 he was trying to force in there (it's a socket AM2+ processor) would not even begin to mount. I'm surprised Newegg let him RMA the product the way he did considering it was his own error that his selected parts were incompatible. I suppose that's a testament to their terrific and forgiving customer service, which to be honest, I am very grateful for.

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Display Name: Christopher T.

Date Joined: 03/08/09

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 03/08/09
  • Last Review: 07/14/10
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