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ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Just about every possible option for the tweaker and overclocker.

There's really nothing I don't like about this motherboard.

Cons: After almost exactly one year of use, the USB 3.0 hardware died an ugly death on this motherboard. The mobo remains fully functional in all other respects. It is not a software issue. It is a hardware failure which happened very suddenly. Since the failure, attempts to use the 3.0 connections (any of them front or back) got extremely slow performance (much slower than 2.0) followed by a likely system crash. My only recourse was to disable the hardware in Device Manager and buy a PCIe USB3 interface card.

Other Thoughts: Looks good too.

I had a hard choice to make. I boiled down my options to the ASUS Z97 Deluxe; and this board as a lower-cost but still feature-loaded alternative.

Cost-wise I just could not quite justify the ASUS board for this build.

I'm very pleased with the choice I made. It seems to deliver the better bang per hard-earned buck; and if there's a performance difference it's probably slight.

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LED4Everthing (TM) 5M 5050 SMD Purple Violet UV Flexible 300 LED Strip Light Waterproof IP65 DC12V
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Basically these LEDS do put out ultraviolet light, unlike some that are sold with the claim. They emit a lot of blue light, but passing their light through a filter (Hoya U330/U360) that blocks almost all light above 400nm proved conclusively that there's a decent amount of true UV output as well. Moderately bright. Encapsulated in a silicone-like plastic. Wires are attached at both ends. The strip is adhesive-backed with a paper cover over the adhesive.

Cons: I can't imagine relying entirely on the adhesive backing to secure these lights. It helps to make mounting easier, but you'll need zip ties or a much better adhesive for any really practical setup. But most strips of this type are supplied this way. It's not an issue of any concern.

Other Thoughts: Although rated for 72 watts, the 5-meter strip does not consume nearly that much power. At exactly 12 volts, current draw is somewhat more than 2 amps, making the power draw about 1/3 of the 72 watt rating. Raising voltage to about 15V (which I did only briefly) results in roughly 65W of power consumption, still comfortably below the supposed rating. At this voltage the strip gets considerably hotter. I suspect their service life would be short and/or that the encapsulating plastic would suffer. However they seem to deal with 13.8V (typical of a car battery) fairly well.

Brightness at 15V is very good however. I intend to try mounting a strip on a metal surface that provides good heat conduction, and see how they fare in an extended test at 15V.

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Planar 997-5967-00 PT1545R 15-inch 5-Wire Resistive POS Touch Screen Monitor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect replacement 09/10/2015

This review is from: Planar 997-5967-00 PT1545R 15-inch 5-Wire Resistive POS Touch Screen Monitor

Pros: Does the job just fine. Virtually identical in size and form to the failed monitor it replaces.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Got this to replace a failed monitor on a client's Point Of Sale system. Works perfectly. Price is right.

*Note for the people who run the feedback system: The initials -P -O -S are a legitimate acronym for "point of sale system." Blocking the use of the acronym is bone headed. Buy a clue.

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Display Name: Keith L.

Date Joined: 08/20/01

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  • First Review: 02/19/08
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