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StarTech ESATAPLT2M 2-Port SATA to eSATA Plate Adapter - F/M
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Could have been the perfect product if it supported cable latching 01/20/2014

This review is from: StarTech ESATAPLT2M 2-Port SATA to eSATA Plate Adapter - F/M

Pros: - Minimalist modular design
- Very important: can pick-and-chose your own cables (not limited to certain length)
- Works very well so far
- Cheap

Cons: - There are no closed SATA L sockets. Only the L itself and two tiny plastic guide pins on the sides - so cables with latches can't actually lock in. There's no enclosing compartment to latch into.
- A bit lose seating on the far side of the screw - note that this is just a connector, so it doesn't sit inside any PCI socket. Its only support is the single screw on one side of the metal.
- One of the tiny black plastic guide pins on the side of the sata socket arrived broken (I super glued it back rather than RMA-ing since it was minor)

Other Thoughts: I would have been happy to pay twice for a really solid product with real cable latching.
The current internal plug is so loose that I can disconnect the internal cable with a little blow of air. This product does its job, but it could have been designed way better with a really small addional attention to detail: support cable latching.

OTOH: I found no viable alternative. the fixed brackets I saw had too short (about 1 foot) SATA cables attached to them so I couldn't make them work in my system where I need about 2 feet to reach from the back into the MoBo SATA socket array.

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CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Just works out of the box. No issues whatsoever.
- Runs very cold
- Very quiet: doesn't activate the top fan unless actually needed. My new haswell 4th gen build temperature seems to be always low, so it stays this way all the time.
- Prior experience with Corsair PSUs is that they last for a long time, my other, older system has run for many years with an older Corsair PSU.
- Only two cable-trunks are permanently attached: 1) Thick trunk + Molex connector for the motherboard main, and 2) thinner trunk for the CPU. Both are well wrapped as trunks so you don't see a mess of small cables.
- The rest is 100% modular, so you only use the cables you need. This significantly reduces box cable clutter
- SATA power cables have lots of terminators so you can run only one cable for many separate disk-drives
- Comes with lots of spare cables and a nice velcro-closing bag to store them.
- Looks good

Cons: none I can think of

Other Thoughts: Newegg as usual excelled in fast shipping and great service & email notifications.

Never had such a clean (few cables) system before.

It is good that power supplies are OS agnostic, so yes, it runs Linux :)

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GELID Solutions CC-Shero-01-A 120mm Hydro CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs too complex to install - gave up 01/13/2014

This review is from: GELID Solutions CC-Shero-01-A 120mm Hydro CPU Cooler

Pros: - Low profile
- Good airflow
- Supposedly very quiet (I didn't have a chance to check)

Cons: If you're not very technical, on the hardware side, don't get into this adventure.

Unlike the stock Intel cooler which comes with the CPU in just one piece and is trival (less than 1 minute) to install - this cooler is way too complex to install.

To install the stock cooler, just place the 4 legs over the 4-holes, press down and lock each leg using a 90-degree turn as marked on the black plastic. Done. To install this one you need to read the instructions, figure out which parts are relevant to your socket/MoBo (it is supposed to support several different sockets but all the parts are mixed) and which are not. Then you need to assemble the ones which are relevant in the right order and way. Problem is, there are too many little metal parts in the box and the diagrams are not very clear.

In the end, I simply gave up and didn't bother. The stock heat-sink is pretty quiet and works well (Temp below 40C at 3.5GHz for the Core i7 4771 Intel CPU)

It is a shame, because I feel it could have been a great cooler if more thought would have been devoted to designing for installation simplicity. There's no good reason why it couldn't be as simple to install as the stock cooler given the right design.

Other Thoughts: The specs say it is "socket 1150" (Intel 4th gen) compatible. Looking at the parts and the 4 round holes I have on my MoBo, I couldn't figure out where the myriad of little metal parts should go.

Wondering - should I ship this back to new egg or keep or spend a long evening and retry.

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Ariel F.'s Profile

Display Name: Ariel F.

Date Joined: 02/11/02

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/13/14
  • Last Review: 01/20/14
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