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G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series 128GB (8 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel X99 Platform Extreme Performance Memory Kit Model F4-2400C14Q2-128GRK
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works out of box, with no timing adjustments needed (as opposed to buying whatever DIMMs end up being cheapest)

Cons: price, but hey, this was $1k a few months ago when I first looked

Other Thoughts: BIOS 1701 of RVE detected all 128 GB on first boot
Tested w/ MemTest86 V6.3.0 for 5+ hours so far with no errors.

Tried w/ 5830K CPU later on (nedeed 40 lanes for 3 GPUs and additional PCI-E card) and could not get the ASUS Rampage V motherboard to stop hanging on POST after a sleep and restart event w/ all modules populated. Might have been a CPU integrated memory controller issue, but I could not debug in time and scrapped the build... just a warning for others, make sure sleep state works if you need it before return period is over!

ASUS USB 2.0 External Blu-Ray 6X Writer with BDXL Support Model SBW-06D2X-U/BLK/G/AS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: USB to slimline SATA interface works alright for reading discs (did not do a burn test yet)

Cons: Removing drive from enclosure is a bit tricky -- two tiny screws under top of ASUS label at corners. Use guitar picks or similar to separate both sides and then unscrew another screw on USB board, unscrew four screws holding plastic enclosure to drive (2x on both sides) and 2 additional small screws on the thinner side of the drive which also holds against inner plastic enclosure.

As someone else mentioned, the faceplate included is bigger than your standard faceplace if using it in a SFF desktop, but can be removed/replaced accordingly with an older faceplate.

Other Thoughts: Good price for UJ-260 in bonus USB enclosure

Acer Laptop Aspire V3-771G-9875 Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.30 GHz) 6 GB Memory 750 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 17.3
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast processor and great graphics card!

The dual hard drive bays, and the fact that this machine should not throttle according to the Acer service manual is a very good selling point.

Cons: None that I can think of. As others have said, with a SSD and at least 2 matching DDR3 SODIMMs, this machine is a pretty much a desktop replacement at a price unseen by any other laptop brands.

Other Thoughts: While I'm at it, I will bunk a previous recent (9/3/2012) review's inaccurate information: For Linux users intent on utilizing the NVIDIA Optimus card on this or any other laptop, look up Bumblebee project. It has matured enough that it is pretty stable to set up fairly easily in order to be able to run apps on NVIDIA cards via its 'optirun' syntax -- basically it creates a new X screen and diverts the output of the graphics to that screen.

Secondly, this machine has 4 DDR3 slots, which means it can support up to 32GB RAM with the current 8GB SODIMMs available.

Lastly, Acer does have service manuals on their website, but the links are not visible. I will leave that as an exercise to the reader to find them, but all it takes is a 'View Source' on a page for a laptop model that does have a service manual published versus one that does not, and it will be seen clear as day how to get any service manual. ;)


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Display Name: Luis T.

Date Joined: 10/05/07

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 12/22/11
  • Last Review: 03/22/16
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