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SYBA SY-ADA40011 SATA to IDE Adapter, Convert PATA Devices to SATA Port, RoHS.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - it works in a pinch when needed for a simple drive conversion if your board is lacking IDE headers.
- Works on CD Drives for reading purposes well.
- Works well enough for Hard drive usage.
- Nice array of status LED's for troubleshooting purposes.

Cons: OPTICAL DRIVES:
- Will not function with for disc Writing. The device will fail stating hardware error when attempting to do so with this adapter.
- Causes long delays after a powerdown when reintializing the device upon access.
- May cause detection issues on some motherboards after initial startup. Warm boots will result in device scan failures of the connected drive.

*- Drive used in this was an IDE LG GCC-4120B CD/DVD Reader/Writer

HARD DRIVES:
- Will cause a BSOD when accessed for S.M.A.R.T. scanning
- Max transfer rate is Multiword DMA Mode 2 based on windows detection despite DMA resets.

*-Drive used was a Hitachi Deskstar 160gb PATA-Drive

Other Thoughts: Would have been beneficial to either have had a 90 degree cable included or a right-angled Sata header on the device as the adapter causes the cable to stick out far more. This results in the device not being able to fit in some cases.

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Enzotech BMR-C1 VGA Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fits the job exactly as needed. 10/26/2013

This review is from: Enzotech BMR-C1 VGA Cooler

Pros: - Adheres strongly without coming off providing the surface areas are properly cleaned prior to application and then heat cycled after.
- The Thermal tape comes already applied for an effort free application.
- Copper being soft as it is was a breeze to reshape 2 pins due to blocking a CPU power connection clip.

Cons: None that I can foresee really. They are heatsinks and serve the purpose compared to not having them in the first place.

Other Thoughts: If only they came with taller heights like that of the full length VRM solutions for specific boards such as the MST-66/88. The dimensions however were an exact fit for the VRM clusters on a Gigabyte 880GMA-USB3 v3.1 motherboard.

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Sunbeam PL-RS-3 Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: So far there has been no complaints in functionality as it works out of the box without issues.

- The supplied cables were mostly sufficient.
- Has the best feature/price ratio of a 3.5" bay PWM fan controller while providing ample power output per header.
- Glossy black grill coating matches well with my Black Ultra Microfly Case.

Cons: - Does not come with a MOLEX splitter cable to supply power from the PSU rather than the Source Fan Header.
- Would have been nice if it would enable one to control the overall PWM->Voltage power with the knob as well so as to set a hard min/max limit on the speeds. Would have provided far more flexibility in controlling fan speeds considering the controller is using only 1 PWM source header.
- The foam pad on the PCB underside while a nice touch for as an insulating barrier would have been better if it were more easily removable rather than glued on with a strong adhesive.
- Loses ~1.1v on the PWM outputs which is negligible but expected.

Other Thoughts: Though it's a nitpick - there should either have been a separate set of mounting holes to mount it upside-down in the drive bay. For most cases the External 3.5" bay is the bottom most bay right above a fan intake.

Mounting it upside down would have exposed the heatsinks of the Rheosmart's MOSfets directly to the incoming air flow. In normal mounting position it is being cramped against the bottom of the drive above it which makes me wonder the effectiveness of keeping it cool with 3 or more high-cfm [Delta] fans attached. Nothing some mods can't fix when the time comes however.

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Display Name: Cassandra R.

Date Joined: 12/11/08

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/15/08
  • Last Review: 12/25/13
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