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Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5
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1 out of 5 eggs Reset drive from GPT to MBR 06/19/2015

This review is from: Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure

Pros: stable enclosure so you won't knock it over, both eSata and USB 3.0.

Cons: The raid mode switch is internal so you have to remove the cover to set it. 4 screws to open the enclosure and additional screws required to mount each drive.

The worst was that it overwrote the drive partitions and lost the data on the drive.

Other Thoughts: I just used JBOD on a 5TB drive intending to add a second for separate backups. I formatted the drive without any issues, added a GPT partition, and set it as my backup destination. After the first backup succeeded the drive went offline and was no longer a GPT. Instead it had an unformatted MBR partition (2TB) with 3TB unused. The data was gone and the partition had really been written over this way. I waited to review until I switched to a different enclosure (that wasn't on newegg when I got this) to make sure it was only this enclosure with the issue. It was; the new enclosure I purchased works fine on the same usb 3.0 port.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Adaptive voltage makes overclocking while still using energy saving features simple. Q-fan autotune works well to make a simple curve.

Cons: documentation on Sabertooth specific features isn't great. AI Suite still stinks after all this time.

Other Thoughts: I like the bios features. i7-4790k I used adaptive voltage to OC to 4.6Ghz while power min-processor % still works. It can lower the multipler while idled without needing to add voltage offsets.

Don't install AI Suite Thermal Radar. Their uninstall STILL doesn't work after all these years. It did a terrible job of controlling the fans.

I'm not sure the thermal armor does a great job with VRM cooling. It seems to run hot. If you use liquid cooling you rely on the aux fans to blow through the air channel.

The aux fans that cool the VRM should probably default to using the VRM temp since if you liquid cool the CPU then that temp doesn't relate.

Also, don't drop a screw and have it roll under the thermal armor. That's potentially a real pain to remove if the screw get's caught.

Denon D-M39S Micro Hi-Fi System - iPod Supported - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs High quality and a small size 04/18/2015

This review is from: Denon D-M39S Micro Hi-Fi System - iPod Supported - Black

Pros: Size of the speakers and system good for a desktop if your desk is good enough for the speakers to be far enough apart.

Digital input! I can finally use an optical cable from my motherboard's audio connections instead of that RCA to mini-jack analog adapter.

LED display can be set to turn off when settings aren't being changed.

The iPod/USB/CD options are good for taking music to and from your portal devices.

Cons: It still uses those two-wire speaker connections? Not much of a con and there are probably reasons for it. :-)

Other Thoughts: I'm not an audiophile by any means. I've been looking for a micro stereo unit with a digital input for a long time though.

No subwoofer component like some larger mini-stereo systems but the speakers are much smaller. I purchased a YAMAHA YST-FSW050BL2 Advanced YST II & Down-Firing Active Design Subwoofer to go with it (N82E16882115235).


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Display Name: William F.

Date Joined: 06/24/03


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