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APC SUA1500US 1440 VA 980 Watts (8) NEMA 5-15R Outlets Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial 120V NAFTA
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Reliable performance
Long life
Relatively easy battery replacement

Cons: Expensive
Replacement batteries expensive

Other Thoughts: While both the base unit and consumables for this UPS can be a bit pricey, the performance matches the expense. This has run for 5+ years for me under a varying load between 500W and 1000W while using crummy municipal power. The cutover to battery gets tested pretty much daily on this thing with no ill effects to the downstream hardware.

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ASRock N68C-S UCC AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: AM2 socket compatibility

Cons: High failure rate

Other Thoughts: The sudden price increase and the large number of "open box" specials on Newegg for this item suggest something about its reliability. I've not found another inexpensive AM2 board, so it may be just about time to move on to AM3 instead.

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Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Internal 2X  BD-ROM Model BR-5100S
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's pretty.
The 50% off Cyber Monday special deal was great!

Cons: SATA compatibility problems prevent it from working for me

Other Thoughts: It won't work with my ancient Nforce3 motherboard.

I can't blame the drive, I falsely assumed that the SATA optical drive spec was ratified from the beginning of SATA rather than repeating the mistakes of the old PATA/ATAPI optical drives.

Unfortunately it seems the SATA standards body did not learn from the lessons of their predecessors. My motherboard won't accept any SATA optical disk. Bummer for me.

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Steve B.'s Profile

Display Name: Steve B.

Date Joined: 07/16/02

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/27/06
  • Last Review: 06/16/13
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