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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I'll throw in a brief plug for this item, although even "mainstreamers" will be less likely to buy it at this stage of DDR3 technology: it's only a 4GB=2x2GB kit of these "Gerbils" as I like to call them.

The -GBRL RipJaws RAM kits were superb. I bought them initially in 2011 for a Sandy Bridge computer project. A year later, I added a second kit to fill all four slots. I soon discovered -- putting together responses from G.SKILL tech support and tech-forum veterans -- that you could run 4x4GB of these GBRL DDR3-1600 RAMs @ DDR3-1866 with 10-10-10-32 timings. Under that configuration, you would not need to increase VDIMM voltage beyond the 1.5V spec; you would only need to bump up the VCCIO or similar voltage for the Integrated Memory Controller by maybe 0.13V and well within the recommended limit of 1.2V

A year afterward, I replaced the 4x4GB configuration with 2x8GB of G.SKILL RipJaws Z - 16GZH so I could use the Gerbils in another system.

We decided, for my brother's new machine, to give it an extra 4GB of RAM because we are using a RAM-caching solution to speed up both the Sammy 840 boot drive and an SSD-cached HDD. Bro would never need 16GB.

It might have been "cost-effective" to get the 2x4GB kit of Gerbils for $60-something. But our need was limited, and the ~ $40 pricetag on these was good enough.

Cons: None. I like to be a wise shopper and keep the manufacturers jumping to do better. But if you find a product line that performs well through two or more generations (DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc.), it has "hidden" capabilities (see other thoughts) that other RAM-makers might actually discourage, and the tech support is always quick and responsive (also see "other thoughts") by E-MAIL, you become a loyal customer.

Other Thoughts: I may have said that these modules -- whether 2x2, 2x4 or 4x4 configurations -- will run at DDR3-1866 10-10-10 and their spec voltage. I forgot to mention that they will run at CMD=1 or CR=1 -- the command-rate. And that's probably the BIGGEST if not the only reason that the IMC voltage needs a little extra boost.

I've occasionally had two G.SKILL RAM modules out a dozen 2x kits arrive defective or just "go bad." "SH-tuff happens." They've got a good track record on their QC-defective rate, but this is surpassed by the quick RMA turnaround and reliability if you have to send a module or kit back.

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C2G 31209 7 ft. Cat 6 Blue 550 MHz Molded Shielded Patch Cable
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs CAT-6 is better than CAT-5 or 5e 04/19/2015

This review is from: C2G 31209 7 ft. Cat 6 Blue 550 MHz Molded Shielded Patch Cable

Pros: Got an e-mail from Egg asking for a review for this very simple, basic item. I ordered several units of the Cables-to-Go, one or more additional of the Nippon Labs variety.

Generally, I figure that cables with the molded design and the expense of C2G etc. will be more reliable than the cheaper units. The cheapest units usually have the little plastic lever with locking mechanism for your RJ-45 ports. In a rats-nest tangle of cables -- which I attempt to manage -- replacing or manipulating such a cable results in the lever acting like a hook. IN tight or inaccessible spaces, this is really an irritating development which causes extra work, strain and sweat.

I replaced all my CAT5 and CAT5E cabling with CAT6. I also replaced some NetGear 5-port switches with 8-port CISCO units -- I needed extra connections.

The switches wouldn't account much for improved reliability; but the cables apparently make a difference.

So all the connections downstairs have been replaced with CAT6 C2G or similar. The only fly in the ointment is the CAT5 connection of the cable-drop from upstairs to downstairs. Since our internet router is upstairs, it has no bearing on the 60Mb/s connection from our ISP. The only possible limitation might be in very high traffic with media. Nobody upstairs wants to use my HDHR'-'s which are connected downstairs, so not even a possibility of a need or improvement with the existing cable-drop. I'm not eager to go up into the attic to replace it now, anyway.

Cons: I really can't complain about the price. I explained that already.

Other Thoughts: None that I can think of at this time.

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Connectland 20 pin Header to 2x USB3.0 Port via 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Sturdy, Inexpensive Front-Panel USB3 ports 04/03/2015

This review is from: Connectland 20 pin Header to 2x USB3.0 Port via 3.5" Front Panel Plug and Play

Pros: After at least a few years, USB3 is "coming into its own" for various storage needs. I'd actually like to take a survey of "mainstream" users to discover the percentage equipped now with USB3 thumb drives. Or maybe new storage needs of mainstreamers make them more likely to be USB3-equipped, when some of us are up to our necks in USB2 external drives that just take a licking and keep on ticking.

Howsoever that may be, I feel compelled to equip my systems with easy-access front-panel USB3 if the motherboard is equipped with the 20-pin port for it.

More specifically, many new cases come equipped with front-panel USB3 ports and the wiring for the 20-pin motherboard port. But many of us DIY'ers recycle old cases, so we need something like this.

Earlier USB3 hubs were less than ideal. The bundled cables were supposed to be plugged in to a rear external USB3 port; my own motherboard reported "lack of sufficient resources" to use the hub. A Deluxe model of the same motherboard had been bundled with a device like the ConnectLand: Just a double cable molded to 3.5" front-panel adapter. Nothing fancy, but all you'd need.

So I was glad to find this product. It is constructed of sturdy metal, and should install easily in any 3.5" floppy bay.

Cons: None, really . .

Other Thoughts: It seems to work just great. But what would you expect? Simple is best, said the Swiss chef. If you need four front-panel ports (for whatever reason -- I can't imagine), there are now some decent USB3 3.5" internal hubs which connect directly to the motherboard. I'd just think it's a bit "kloogey" if someone "needs" to have four or more USB connections at one time for a single computer.

Two ports is just fine. Just fine and dandy.

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