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Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model 992038
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: RAM has run great, starting in June of last year. I've used it in three -- count 'em -- machines: A Dell laptop at work, a Lenovo I use for contracting, and now in a 27" Late 2013 iMac. So far, no panics at any stop in the road. Great price a year ago -- strangely, it's a couple more bucks now, but still a deal.

Cons: There really are no cons so far, other than this is a single stick of RAM and not a tuned pair. I haven't seen anyone argue convincingly that you need dual channel performance for much past clever integrated video setups, and even then that's not really day to day usage. So that's a really minor quibble. It's better to have more RAM than less that's paired, but quickly considered buying a pair (ie, two sticks sold together, not two of these) if your integrated video steals "VRAM" from these sticks. I am running three sticks in the iMac right now, the two stock plus this one, with no problems.

Other Thoughts: I've used Mushkin for years. I'm not sure why I started, but once you find the stick you need, their stock seems pretty reliable in my experience. Great that this stick's characteristics are so common. Though I bought for the Dell & Lenovo in mind, the reuse in the iMac has been an unexpected gift.

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MSI N430GT-MD1GD3/OC GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great boost over integrated video or an older card.
Very low power requirements mean you can likely keep your current power supply.
All three outputs -- VGA, HDMI, DVI
Cheap. I caught with a MIR for a Jackson.

Cons: It is a bit loud.

Other Thoughts: It's hard to imagine not snagging this at the price. GTA IV, LA Noire, WoW all run wonderfully. Hope it comes back in stock for those stuck with integrated video.

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Rosewill RCAD-11002 USB to HDMI Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Capable for the price 06/08/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RCAD-11002 USB to HDMI Adapter

Pros: Used on a MacBook running OS X, works well for a dual external monitor setup. Seen fairly readily by VMWare Fusion as well. Much less expensive than other options that create a single device from two monitors.

Works well with low-refresh uses. If you have a mostly static window, this works great.

Cons: As others have noticed, you're not watching video on any seriously sized monitor over this thing. Refresh rate is like playing Doom 4 on a PowerPC. Any seriously detailed image will suffer serious lag.

So great for stuff like email, maybe IM, or, for me, a browser holding the page I'm coding. Not good for anything constantly moving or giving you feedback you need to see in real time. Maybe similar devices using USB 3.0 will solve this, but this one ain't it.

Other Thoughts: For the price, it's a great way to add a second external monitor to a 13" MacBook, which only supports one via hardware. Very inexpensive, and a great real estate extension for low refresh windows.

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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 06/16/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 06/08/11
  • Last Review: 08/21/14
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