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Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Broadband Router 802.11b/g up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have 7 of the WRT54G/GL routers all because of the two build-in serial ports. This gem is like a dream comes true to all of us hackers who want to control micro controllers via WiFi to serial communications. The reliability so high it is unbelievable for a $50 product!

Cons: None to me, but probably some to speed thrusty buyers because it is not a 802.11n router. My only purpose of buying this is for micro controller projects.

Other Thoughts: Ordering 2 more for new iPad controllable projects for church.

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 128GB SSD has finally dropped below $100! This is a fine, 128GB, SSD. My primary goal of getting a 128GB SSD was to expand storage capacity because I have only about 6GB left on the old drive. The aluminum construction is very nice and has a very sturdy feel. The bracket that comes with the drive fits very well in my case. 5 years warranty! This drive replaced the original 64GB SSB (OS+APP partition, also from vertex). I've used the 64GB for the past 2 years without a hitch so Vertex has won my trust. I paid more for that old SSD than this new drive. I only have 3gb SATA, so I don't know have the environment to really push the drive and to feel or measurable the different. The general feel is that it is just as zippy if not more because my bandwidth got easily saturated. I used a free version of Acronic which was downloaded from a famous hard disk support site and moved the old 64GB onto this new 128GB drive in merely 7 minutes. It was totally effortless! I now can move the old 64GB SSD onto my netbook. Yahoo!

Cons: No free data cable!

Other Thoughts: Although it did not happen to me, I think that Vertex will do a great service to their customers by providing instructions on how to clone their boot partition should they want to migrate to a larger or SSD based device. I believe that a large portion of user base who buy SSD are aim to use such device to boost overall system performance and smoother operating experience.

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very stable board 07/23/2011

This review is from: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Replacing my A8N-SLI delux which finally died. I also picked up a PhenomII X4 B55 knowing that it has a good chance of unlocking the extra 2 cores. Sure enough. The BIOS prompted me to hit '4' to unlock the extra cores when first booted up. All the shortcut wiring blocks came from the old ASUS motherboard plugged right in without any fuzz. What a simple but yet elegant idea! ASUS rocks! From replacing board to wiring everything back up took only 20 minutes. 1st boot and everything worked as expected. I didn't even bother to read the manual. It just worked! I can't say enough about those shortcut blocks coming from the A8N-SLI that simplifies so much in re-wiring the entire machine. Anyway, the BIOS is rather smart in figuring out what to do for my new CPU. The onboard video does do HDMI very well. Don't expect the 4200 HD GPU will do a whole lot for your games, it is just not enough for that purpose.

Cons: (1) A bit too small for any future expansion. An extra PCI-e slot will go a long way for future purpose. (2) The IDE header is too awfully close to the power header. It would be a nightmare to put one it. Fortunately I have abandoned IDE years ago so I won't have to experience that. Those are just personal preference and aren't really cons, so there is no egg being subtracted.

Other Thoughts: Price is just right. I could have re-use my 64 x2 5600, but what the heck! Can't beat the deal on the Phenom II. 2 extra core unlocked and stable. What more can I ask for? 16GB DDR2-800 works expected with the Phenom II. No need for memory upgrade for me since I have RAID 0 on two 60GB OCZ SSD, enough speed for me already while I don't play games. Fired up Tradestation and Thinkandswim. All charting and trading analysis tools work much better and it is just loafing. The RAID is a little confusing to set up and be configured to be the boot drive. The doc left a lot of details on how to get that done. Well, the procedure is on the CD! I got everything going and finally put the CD in after the 4th day! LOL. The bottom line is that don't expect your onboard ATI video to do a whole lot because it won't. Win Experience index: CPU=6.6 (2 cores) 7.4 (4 cores); RAM=7.4; onboard graphics=4.8; onboard gaming=4.7; RAID0 SSD=7.6 hehe...


David H.'s Profile

Display Name: David H.

Date Joined: 08/24/04

  • Reviews: 25
  • Helpfulness: 16
  • First Review: 09/09/04
  • Last Review: 04/02/13
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