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This review is from: MOTOROLA SB6141 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45)
Pros: Inexpensive, it performs
Other Thoughts: Anyone saying this thing doesn't work with time warner is either a baddie, has a bad modem, or spoke to a baddie time warner representative. This thing is listed on the Time Warner webpage as a recommended modem for the san diego area. In about 2 min I unboxed and set it up, it took another 5 min on the phone with a TWC employee to get it pumping out the interwebz.
Just prior to removing the old cable modem and without rebooting a thing I did a speedtest.net and it showed 21.x megabits download speed. TWC only gives you 20 mbit dl anyway. But I plugged this SBS 6141 in and got 22.77 mbit/sec download speeds, over a full megabit faster than the "nice" Arris modem I was leasing from time warner for 5.99/mo.
Speaking of, at 5.99/mo it will take 14 mo to pay off this modem. If TWC raises rates, which the greedy company is likely to do, it'll take less time. This thing is fully worth the purchase, and it's a performer.
Lastly normally when I reboot my computer, router, and cable modem, the leased TWC cable modem takes a good 3-4 min to come back on line.. I'm sitting there staring at my computer and router ready to go, with no internet access. This SB6141 reboots about as fast as the PC and takes a few seconds longer. It's twice as fast, if not more, to reboot, than the rental I had.
This thing kicks booty. And as a bonus if I move out of TWC area, it's good for all competitors.. Cox, Cablevision, etc.
It does NOT run hot. I've had mine powered on 24 hours and it wasn't even warm to the touch. If yours is running hot maybe your fan was dead. Or you don't have it in an area with ventilation.
I purchased the white version. The black version is oem, don't purchase those from what I've read.
This review is from: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Pros, huh... ASRock is PROFiccient at selling you a motherboard with a 3 year warranty only to completely IGNORE your support and RMA emails!
Cons: Motherboard arrived delivered with defective bios that crashed within 30 seconds of entering UEFI.
Later, BOTH my ram channels A1 and A2 became defective and will not register ANY ram inside them. Both ram sticks work in B1 and B2, so RAM is not defective - motherboard is defective. I am stick in SINGLE channel mode for this supposedly performing motherboard. I emailed ASRock support AND ASRock RMA, and they have not replied in two friggin days.
Who even knows if they WILL reply?
This kind of service is DEPLORABLE - I should not have to write a bad newegg review to GET THEIR ATTENTION!
Get your business STRAIGHT, ASROCK!
It is NOT hard to reply to an email, especially when I take 30 minutes to write you with every single model number, serial number, etc you annoyingly asked to be sent to you on your RMA page.
Other Thoughts: NEVER AGAIN, NEVER BUY ASROCK - AVOID!
(Chant this for me, it'll make me feel better about being RIPPED OFF BY ASROCK)
3 YEARS WARRANTY = GARBAGE NO RESPONSE COMPANY
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Great product which performs.. we all know the reasons why.
Cons: Horrible documentation - even more so if you have a Haswell. Although it's compatible, there is ZERO mention of LGA 1150 in the docs. Docs have tiny one inch graphics and Spartan instructions. Very important details such as "make sure anti conductive sticker faces the motherboard" are out of place or hard to see. Miss this one and you'll be buying a new mainboard. Come on, Coolermaster, you can do better.
Other Thoughts: Haswell (LGA 1150) isn't even covered in their directions although the newegg page lists it is compatible (and it is). Just follow the terrible directions for 1156/1155 and it will work fine-ish.
I wasted a lot of time due to the terrible documentation and incredibly small 1 inch diagrams. (Seriously???). 90% of the time you can't tell what they're trying to show you, and you just have to try things to get it to work.
Eventually I found for my Haswell mobo I needed to flip the backplate to the wrong side, but then move the non conductive sticker to that side so it wouldn't short my mobo.
Attaching everything is very slow going but once you get it complete it seems solid.
Tempwise it seems to be kicking the snot out of my stock intel cooler. My stock intel was 34c idle with the case open and fans on max (coolest I could get it). The Evo is 32c idle with fans closed, and the arctic silver hasn't set yet. At 90-100% CPU running handbrake with the stock intel I might reach temps of 72-74c, but the evo 212 seems to be holding at 48-49.
So in conclusion, product seems solid.. documentation is just terrible. I really wanted to knock them down another egg for that documentation because it was just such detritus, but I was generous and didn't.. just be forewarned it's a pain to install. I even had clearance issues in a giant antec 900 case.. I might have to remove ram head spreaders to resolve.
Also for some reason the way they orient the fan by default doesn't fit my case/mobo combo good.. it would be much better in a "Suck" configuration. Unfortunately the clip on fan design they chose means the rails are s(rewed in (newegg filter thinks talking about s(rews is bad for some reason) and then taped over with padding so to change this I would have to rip apart the padding provided and use the one for the spare fan. A better design here, or extra foam rubber, would be nice. Not everyone wants your default push orientation.
I can't wait for my arctic silver to cure to see how low the temps go. And to begin overclocking....