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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 version)
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reasonably cheap, quieter than the stock cooler while it lasted, cooled better than the stock cooler. Easy to replace the fan with the included clips.

Cons: The fan began making faint noise after about a month, then ratcheted it up to a steady and annoying drone over the course of the next month. Replaced the fan with a 10-year-old Sunbeam fan, instant improvement. For a product whose main draw is the quietness of its fan, this was very disappointing.

Other Thoughts: Not a terrible cooler, but have a backup fan ready to go, or go with another brand with better fan reliability.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0-R AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Certified - Grade A Certified Refurbished
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap and does most of what it says it does. The boot-to-BIOS button is a handy feature for getting the machine set up. Has no problem with some of what I want it to do.

Cons: The audio chip in the board is fouled up- apparently this is a recurring and long-standing problem on ASUS boards. It's something in the audio logic and not the connectors as both the onboard ports and the front panel connectors have zero output or even register a device being plugged in even after all the appropriate drivers are installed.

It also doesn't seem to like handling older hard drives, as I had to plug most of my hard drives into a SATA expansion card to get the OS to see them. The only drives it consents to see seem to require a complete format and update to a new file structure.

Other Thoughts: If I didn't have cheap workarounds available for every problem this thing throws at me I'd return it. As it stands if you have the spare parts lying around and just happen to find one of these in a dumpster it's not a bad choice to pick up. Otherwise, spend your money on something else.

4 Channel Audio 3D PC PCI Sound Audio Card w/Game MIDI Port
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Not for 64-bit systems 01/03/2015

This review is from: 4 Channel Audio 3D PC PCI Sound Audio Card w/Game MIDI Port

Pros: Cheap, it is what it says it is. Has a GAME port for anyone with old joysticks kicking around.

Cons: Almost no documentation. The card is a Yamaha DS-XG WDM or at least a good enough knockoff that Yamaha's drivers come with it. Yamaha stopped supporting this card in 2001, so there are no drivers for Windows 8 or any 64-bit operating system.

Other Thoughts: Probably worth it if you run a 32-bit OS older than Windows 7. If not, this card won't work for you. Can't rate it low or high since I can't actually get it to work on a newer system.


John C.'s Profile

Display Name: John C.

Date Joined: 03/01/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 01/14/09
  • Last Review: 04/15/15
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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