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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I wanted to update my review because I do not think I gave G.Skill a fair review. I was able to get the memory running stable at 2133 on my FX8350. Even though the FX8350 memory controller only supports 1866, it is not unusual to run 2133 DDR3 at full speed with the FX processor. After testing my FX8350, I found the max I could OC was 4.1Ghz. Unusual for an FX8350 which is known to OC to as high as 5Ghz. I upped the voltage on the CPU, NB, and memory and set everything to auto except for the memory timings. I set the memory to 2133 with 13-13-13-35 timings and it runs stable. Since then I have dropped the speed to 1866 and timings to 10-11-10-30 as recommended by ASUS. Memory runs fine at 1866 and with lower timings the benchmarks are better than running at 2133.

Cons: Not really any cons, I should have checked the Asus website for DDR3 2133 memory compatibility.

Other Thoughts: After checking the ASUS website I found the G.Skill 1600 and 1866 are compatible with M5A97 r2.0 but not 2133. My fault for not checking the memory compatibility on the ASUS site. Sure enough when I checked the forums, the only DDR3 2133 that folks were able to run at 2133 was the ones listed on ASUS documents. The G.Skill runs fine at the ASUS recommended setting of 1866 10-11-10-30 at 1.5 volts.

So I changed my mind and admit I was a little hasty in my first review. For the cost and the performance I am getting running this memory at 1866, I would say it was a really good deal.

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ThinkPad S Series Intel Core i3 3217U 1.8 GHz 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 12.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got this laptop on a great door buster deal through manufacturer. Very responsive Core i3 along with SSD cache for hard drive to speed things up. Build quality is excellent. Very convenient to have a laptop and tablet all in one neat package. Screen is very responsive and sharp. Video and audio playback is excellent and the sound quality is impressive for a laptop or tablet.

Cons: There is a lot to love about the twist but there are a lot of little things that Lenovo should have corrected before releasing this ThinkPad Tablet PC.

Screen
The screen has a mind of it's own and will rotate when it wants to. At times when going from tablet back to laptop, the only way to get the screen to rotate back is to restart. The light sensor on the screen also works randomly to lighten and dim your screen even when the background light remains the same.

Software
The software that is installed can be very helpful but can also be very intrusive. I uninstalled the Intel Management software as it was slowing the system down. The Lenovo messenger gets annoying as it seems to have a message for you every hour. A lot of other software is not needed unless you are in a corporate environment and want to seamlessly manage updates and configuration changes. Other Lenovo software is not needed and just takes up too much memory and processor away from running tasks.

Lenovo also has software integrated to protect your hard drive from shock. While the software does protect your hard drive, each time you move the laptop/tablet around, the drive freezes for about 20 seconds and you have to sit and wait. You have the option of turning down the sensitivity or disabling Lenovo Airbag - setting to Low sensitivity makes it tolerable yet still offers some protection.

Other Thoughts: Ok, so I had a lot to gripe about. Lenovo created a really nice package with the Twist and I would not hesitate to purchase the Twist again. I am keeping my fingers crossed but after 3 bios updates and numerous system updates, the little annoyances have not been fixed.

It says a lot about the product when you have so many little gripes but still love the product. Lenovo built a nice machine that could have been an exceptional machine had they taken the time to fully test and fix the features.

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CORSAIR GS series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this refurb unit on sale at Newegg at a terrific bargain. PSU is rock solid and voltages are spot on and steady. Efficient as it generates very little heat running my FX8350 and GTX470. Cables are all wrapped and all the connectors fit is perfect. Very quiet power supply with the exception of the buzz (see cons). Good quality all around.

Cons: My power supply has the infamous annoying fan buzz. Every time the fan cuts on there is an irritating buzz coming from the power supply. This was a common problem with this PSU. Don't know how Corsair could let that one slip past quality control on an otherwise excellent PSU.

Other Thoughts: Bought this back in September 2014 and just finished putting together a new FX8350 system. I really liked how the Corsair PSU fit and looked in the Corsair case. Everything was perfect for the first 2 days until the buzzing.

The buzzing is annoying but having 5 parrots, I imagine I will eventually get used to it. It's kind of like having noisy birds in that I like the power supply so much I will just learn to live with the noise.

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Display Name: Kenneth R.

Date Joined: 01/30/02

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  • First Review: 05/12/03
  • Last Review: 12/05/14
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