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Vantec 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs It does nothing 08/01/2014

This review is from: Vantec 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - Model CB-ISATAU2

Pros: N/A

Cons: Power brick was not functional. Could not provide power to either of the drives I plugged into it. I moved it to different outlets and double checked the connections. Clearly it's defective.

There may be a lot of these defective Vantec products on the market, as this purchase did not come from Newegg. Don't buy this product from any vendor unless you like chancing a high likelihood of getting something that just doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: There was a shard of plastic stuck in the male end of the molex adapter on the end of the power brick large enough to block the connection. I had to fish it out with a knife. After that the brick still couldn't provide power.

Wish I could have said something positive but I just couldn't. It just doesn't work, and it's very poorly made.

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL1065
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: perfectly functional RAM

Cons: they failed after a year.
in my initial review i said i "wouldn't get sick of the light show". i did. within a week. i replaced the RAM for this reason and gave them to my dad. one of the sticks then failed after a year of ownership.

Other Thoughts: it's not christmas yet. you don't need lights in your computer case.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This board supports many neat features made for the P67 platform. It boasts two SATA 6GB/s ports (read Other Thoughts for explanation) and supports USB3.0 with support for a USB 3.0 case header.

I did not get to test the Intel Smart Response Technology because I bought a higher capacity SSD. It may be helpful if you want the performance of solid state and don't want to spend too much money, however read/seek times will still be paltry.

The PCI ports are spaced nicely which will reduce heat in SLI/Crossfire setups.

Cons: I couldn't get On/Off Charge software to work as advertised; my iPod would not charge while the computer was off and I didn't bother testing it too much since this was a build I did for a friend.

I do not like the placement of the HD Audio port since it leaves a cable resting on the graphics card. This is just the opinion of someone obsessed with cable management.

The Gigabyte Cloud OC is easily the stupidest manufacturer-bundled software I've ever heard of. It allows you to do overclocking over the internet. If you've just read that without smacking your own forehead you probably have a lot to learn about overclocking. Touch Bios probably isn't that useful to most people.

USB3.0 case headers do not seem to be very popular right now so this port may go unused unless you buy the right case. Most cases make you lead an extension cable out the back.

Finally, the EZ Tune software is only any good for testing purposes as every setting is unstable and eventually causes a blue scr

Other Thoughts: Both the manual and the product description on Gigabyte's website state this exact model has only two 6Gb/s SATA ports. The manual is possibly inaccurate but I trust the official specification list more than Newegg. Newegg should fix this discrepancy.

The outdated Realtek LAN controller drivers that come on the included disc will cause a BSOD on boot with a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. This can be easily fixed by downloading the latest drivers from the official website but of course you'll need another computer to get to them.

Some of said features aren't very helpful to most people. Lucid Virtu may be a good idea, but it's software controlled and not entirely automatic. The Lucid Virtu setup/configuration I have heard described as "convoluted" and "painful." The gist of a review I read stated that it does not save much power and is more of a hassle than it's worth.


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Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 09/01/07

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  • Last Review: 08/01/14
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