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Logitech K120 Wired Standard USB Keyboard - Black
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Initial thoughts 04/16/2015

This review is from: Logitech K120 Wired Standard USB Keyboard - Black

Pros: + Low price
+ Quiet
+ Standard layout
+ Caps and Num lock LEDs
+ Logitech

Cons: - No multimedia or shortcuts
- USB cable is pretty flimsy and kind of short

Other Thoughts: I've owned and used many keyboards since the very first IBM AT Model M including Apples in the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's on desktops and laptops from PS/2 to USB to wireless to bluetooth. This one is replacing a relatively expensive Logitech K750 solar powered. The K750 still works and charges but it was so thin and poorly made that the keys started popping off starting with the spacebar then a few others. I decided to buy a cheap USB and this one was the right price. The keys are quiet and it does everything i expect from a keyboard in this price range. The sound of the keys is almost on par with a chiclet style keyboard but the spacebar is a significantly louder click than the smaller keys. One thing that i know is going to happen eventually is the decals on the keys will start to wear or fall off. If that doesn't happen on this one I'd be surprised. Other than that, as long as it can survive the occasional drop (using on an HTPC so it will be moved a lot) and as long as all the keys stay in place, I'll be very happy. Another concern is the USB cable. it is very thin and from experience, cables this thin tend to damage easy. It is also pretty short but I had an extension laying around that solved that. I like that it is the standard US layout and that they didn't mess with the size or location of any of the important keys such as the enter, backspace, shift, tab and caps. Everything is where it should be.

Rosewill RASF-141213 - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Ultra Slim, 15mm Thickness with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & Long Life Sleeve Bearing
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: + Very thin, low profile design, about half as thick as a typical 120mm case or CPU fan
+ high blade count
+ PWM, perfect for CPU cooler application
+ Works well on a radiator
+ Very quiet up to around 50% speed
+ Was a great price when I got them on sale
+ sleeved cables
+ Comes with mounting screws

Cons: - If used on a radiator, they will need washers since the fan side just barely touches the radiator surface
- Over 50% speed, they are quite audible but move a lot of air

Other Thoughts: I needed a set of thin PWM fans for my Corsair H60 CPU cooler that is installed in a Bitfenix Prodigy M case. Since I was already using the rear fan mount for an H90 radiator that is cooling my GPU, I had to mount the H60 radiator on the top of the case blowing out. Since the GPU is also near the top, it is a very tight fit. Due to the H60's design, there has to be a fan mounted in between the case and the radiator or else the mounting bolts will not hold it properly (without cutting or some huge washers). Since only one regular size fan could fit in this space, I had to mount that one fan as a pull fan which brought temps up compared to if it was push.

I narrowed it down to a pair of these Rosewills or the Scythe Slipstream which are not PWM but come in a few different set speeds. The Scythe got generally favorable reviews while it appears that the Rosewills are new or nobody buys them? There is very little info or reviews on these fans. The Scythe Slip Streams are also in the same price range. Once these Rosewills went on sale, I jumped on them.

Compared to a single pull fan (I was using the stock Corsair but it was too loud so I switched to a Hyper 212 Evo stock fan), two of these are relatively quiet. I am using an Asus H77 motherboard and have set the fan profile to silent. They still ramp up and get audible, so in Windows I installed the Asus AI Suite and set a custom fan profile up. Now, they only ramp up to around 40% under load and are almost dead silent. They are able to keep my CPU (Xeon E3-1230 v2) just below 70c when under 100% load with the fans at only 35-40% while running the CPU stress test in OCCT. If I tried to do this with a single pull fan, it would easily go past 80c after 5 minutes on OCCT.

Overall, I am happy I took a chance on these fans despite the lack of info on the web about them. On paper, they are definitely better than the Scythe Slip Streams. There are other fans like it such as the Cooler Master XtraFlo and I am sure many others that I don't know about but these were the right price at the right time. I also have a pair of Rosewill 140mm Hyperboreas in the same PC cooling the H90 which was another reason I went ahead with this purchase. Rosewill sells decent products and from my experience, their case fans, or at least the 'non-budget' ones, are quite good. If you are tight on space and need a good case fan or CPU fan, this should be high up on your list.

PNY RVCGG2101D3XXB GeForce 210 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: + Low power consumption (14w)
+ Low temps
+ Small footprint
+ Cheap ($18 shipped)
+ 1 GB GDDR3
+ HDMI as well as DVI and VGA ports
+ Dual monitor
+ 16 shaders good enough for 1080p HTPC use and probably some light gaming
+ Low profile card
+ Runs cool (65c) even with fan unplugged
+ Comes with driver disc
+ Supports DX 10 and pixel shader 4.1 which means it is Win 7 compatible and can do the Aero desktop effects (which needs at least DX 9 and shader 2.0)

Cons: - Cooler is not passive but if the small fan is unplugged, the temps will stay well within the thermal limits. Took off star for this because the fan is loud and I was expecting a silent passive cooler.
- The card is low profile but it does not come with a low profile bracket.
- Relatively old Nvidia architecture, this was a low end card even in 2010.
- Relatively small 64-bit bus, but good enough for HTPC use
- Does not support PhysX - cannot be used as a dedicated PhysX card because it only has 16 shaders, 32 shaders are the minimum for a PhysX card dedicated or not. Note: in the Nvidia control panel it does have the option to set the GT210 as a PhysX processor.

Other Thoughts: I am using this to replace a ATI Radeon R300 in an old Core 2 Quad PC that is being used in an office and needs at least 2 monitors. This is a big upgrade from the X300 not only in performance but also the fact that it adds HDMI in place of the S-Video that the X300 had. The X300 had 128 MB DDR1 so the 1 GB of GDDR3 on the GT210 is also a huge upgrade, almost a 10 fold increase in memory bandwidth alone, although in 2014=15 standards, this is entry level.

If you are using an old PC made in the mid to late 2000's that needs HDMI or a bump in performance, this is a good choice. I once bought an adapter that converts VGA video and analog sound to HDMI and it cost over $35. I needed that adapter because that PC did not have PCIe or AGP, only on-board video. This card has native HDMI video and sound and it cost significantly less that that adapter did. If you are in the market for a similar adapter and your PC supports PCIe x16, this card at this price is easily the better choice.

Being refurbished, the card itself appears new and worked out of the box. But, probably since it is a refurb unit, it is missing some things like the low profile bracket and it also has a different cooler than what is shown in the pics on this page. My guess is that the passive cooler wasn't enough to cool it during high load such as gaming PNY decided to put a fan on it. Since i am not using it to play Crysis or Battlefield, I unplugged the small noisy fan and am running it passively. When playing a video on youtube, the core is at around 35% load and the heat sink is keeping the temps under 65c according to GPU-Z. This is good enough for what it is being used for.

It isn't going to run Far Cry 4 but for a sub-$20 GPU this is quite a lot of bang for your buck. Perfect for someone on a budget who needs HDMI or simply a low cost display adapter.


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