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StarTech USB3SEXTAA6 6 ft. Blue SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Extension Cable A to A - M/F
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It sometimes works at 6ft.

Cons: It won't power any external hard drive when I add in my additional 1.5ft extender
It feels cheap and thinner than any of my other USB 3.0 cables

Other Thoughts: I purchased this cable to extend into a USB 3.0 signal into my modified USB fireproof safe. By the time the signal passes through the 6 feet of cable, there is only enough power to make another 6 inches while still (sometimes) powering my drive. Once I run it through the safe's cable, there is no longer enough power to turn on my drive. The USB 3.0 standards state that the cable will meet standard USB 3.0 speeds assuming it is less than 3 meters. I still have a few more feet to spare.


However, when I use my 16ft USB 2.0 extension cable, my drive becomes accessible again.

That means there is one of two things wrong. Any USB 3.0 cable cannot go that far, or the cable is bad.
StarTech won't send me a new one without me shipping them the old one first (which is understandable). At the cost of shipping + the cable cost ($7.99), I'd rather buy a different cable elsewhere.

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GELID Solutions Silent5 FN-SX05-40 50mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Absolutely Fantastic 04/21/2013

This review is from: GELID Solutions Silent5 FN-SX05-40 50mm Case Fan

Pros: This fan is silent. I ordered it to replace a different failing fan (this is quite an uncommon size) on my Pentium III. For having such a high rpm. I was expecting a much louder noise or rattling. I did not hear any of that.
At 80%, the fan is silent. At 100%, it is below a whisper. I actually came back to buy their larger 120mm fans (from GELID) a few months later.

Cons: The mounting holes were either too shallow or too deep for every size screw in my house. I ended up using pliers to break a few longer screws of my own to get the fan to fit into my CPU heat spreader. To be fair though, the heat spreader is from the Pentium III era. I don't expect full compatibility with heat sinks made from 1998. I won't take an egg off for that.

Other Thoughts: If you want a quiet fan, you will probably want to add this to the list of considerations (assuming it moves enough air for you).

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NZXT Sentry-2 5.25
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Surprisingly Optimistic 03/09/2013

This review is from: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller

Pros: Nearly a year and a half of functioning. It still works.
Offers different fan input types.

Cons: Screen turns back on after a full power down.
Sound button is quite easy to bump (to re-enable the sounds)
If I turn on one of my fans (from 0-40%), it runs at 100% until I bring the controller to 100% and then back down to 40%.
I had to use duck tape to get it to stay in my old case. (More of a case design flaw with its quick install clips).

Other Thoughts: It didn't come in tan. It looks odd in my 1999 Gateway.

Other people are mentioning an odd buzzing sound after certain conditions are met. I know that I am sensitive to these types of noises. However, I am not sure if this is relevant to the manufacturing date. After 70,000+ hours of use, I have not heard any such noises coming from my fan controller.

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Michael N.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael N.

Date Joined: 04/25/10

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/02/11
  • Last Review: 07/04/13
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