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ICY DOCK MB082SP Full Metal Dual 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs This ICY DOCK mounting kit is pretty cool 09/08/2013

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB082SP Full Metal Dual 2.5" SSD/HDD Mounting Kit / Bracket / Adapter for 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: - Easy to install
- You can secure two 2.5" drives quite easily without screws

Cons: - Price point

Other Thoughts: I ordered this item from a certain other online retailer because of my Prime subscription, but it was called the CREMAX PRO, although it had the same model number (MB028SP). And when it arrived two days later, the box said ICY DOCK. Weird.

Anyway, I purchased this to house a Samsung 840 EVO 120gb 2.5" SSD and a 250gb Hitachi 7200 rpm 2.5" HDD in my PC case, and it fit right in.

It's a rather clever device, using springs and a peg to conform to the length of whatever drive you insert into the bay, and then it's clipped in there by a thumb switch. Out of all the other options to house 2.5" drives in a 3.5" bay, this one made the most sense. And the build quality seems pretty good.

Another thing of note, though. I noticed that the 7mm thickness drives have a bit of room to move. The bays are meant to accommodate thicker standard 2.5" HDD's. But then again, SSD's don't have any moving parts, so it's of little to no consequence.

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Arctic Silver CMQ2-25G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: There is plenty of it to go around. 25 grams is good for approximately 200 square inches.

Non-capacitive and non-conductive.

It works and lasts a long time.

Cons: Can be a bit messy.

Slightly more viscous and harder to spread than other thermal compounds, like Arctic Silver 5.

Other Thoughts: I bought a tube of this to apply onto my Core 2 Duo E7200 and Zalman CPNS9500 cooler since I planned on overclocking this thing.

On stock speeds (2.53 GHz), I was idling at about 29-30°C and hitting no more than 37°C under load, even without break-in. Now I'm running at 3.16 GHz, idling at 30-32°C, and hitting 40°C max under load with median 35°C.

Still have yet to break it in since it takes about 25 hours of use, but all temps will probably drop about a centigrade once things finally settle.

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Rosewill RNX-N600UBE Wireless N600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Truly a good dual band USB adapter 07/16/2013

This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600UBE Wireless N600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter

Pros: Strong signal (802.11n @ 5 GHz and 300 Mbps) with 4 out of 5 bars through walls in an apartment. Much stronger when operating at 2.4 GHz.

Actually dual band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

No dropped connections thus far.

Quick speeds and latency. Did a speed test on testmy [dot] net, and I actually scored higher than normal.

Price was good (picked it up on sale when it was 29 bucks, AND there was a 3 dollar off promo code).

Comes with two 4 dBi external antennae and a neat activity LED.

Cons: Requires that you install the drivers using the supplied CD if running Windows 7, Vista, or XP.

Not the most mobile solution for wireless networking.

Other Thoughts: A friend recommended that I try Rosewill for wireless networking on my PC, and I found this on sale last week. For the price I got it at, you can't beat the performance, especially since similar offerings at brick-and-mortar stores cost almost double what this did. Even at full price at forty dollars, it's not bad at all.

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Display Name: Vincent M.

Date Joined: 06/24/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 07/04/06
  • Last Review: 09/08/13
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