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USB External 7.1 Channel 3D Virtual Audio Sound Card Adapter PC
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Never loud unless it's screaming static. 02/06/2016

This review is from: USB External 7.1 Channel 3D Virtual Audio Sound Card Adapter PC

Pros: - Cheap
- Can do what it's supposed to temporarily

Cons: - Seller does not include a third when two are ordered as advertised.
- Works fine for a while, then decides it doesn't want to work anymore and starts screaming static at me until it's removed from the port or the audio is turned off.

Other Thoughts: As its main flaw defeats its main purpose, I cannot recommend this product.

ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 version)
  • neweggOwned 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
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  • neweggOwned 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.


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Display Name: John C.

Date Joined: 03/01/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 01/14/09
  • Last Review: 02/06/16
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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