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ICY DOCK MB884U-CB Black EZ-FAN 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Overpriced Yet Necessary. Solution: Avoid ICY DOCK External Enclosure... 03/31/2009

This review is from: ICY DOCK MB884U-CB Black EZ-FAN 3.5" Single Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure Cooler

Pros: What could be a cheap solution to your drive cooling problem. Built to fit external enclosure and uses USB power from the dock, it solves a problem that shouldn't exist.

Cons: Uh, _ICY_ DOCK needs a fan? Shouldn't this have been built into the original design of the external enclosure? The external enclosure should have a fan with a similar design to the Nintendo Wii. Considering the price of the dock and this product here, it's really a smack in the face in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: ICY DOCK does have some of the best designed docking solutions for home or workstation use, but there is still a lot of room to improve.

If you want to mount your ICY DOCK drives externally, I suggest using a StarTech adapter instead.

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Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High capacity
Looks awesome
Faster then SCSI

Cons: Expensive
Slower then 36gb Raptor in raid 0 (which I still run btw)

Other Thoughts: "will not allow this drive to fit in a 2008 version of the MacPro. As far as I am concern if you offer a high performance solution it should at least fit in a high performance machine."

hahaha! good one dude. You shouldn't be skewing the review score though with your jokes, as funny as they may be. Maybe you should try peeling off the heatsink! lololol

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EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs EGA's Best Board Yet 01/24/2009

This review is from: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: LED code display onboard - This is a great feature and you will be very happy you have it when things go south with your expensive build. You can never have too much information about what is going on during POST. It certainly is nice being able to Google "evga 7F code beep no video output" and finding descriptive posts from people who were assisted by the code display and beeps. This way you know if their problem and solution is the same as yours. When the board is done booting the display turns into a CPU temp monitor.

Good layout with no problem areas or clearance issues even with most large coolers such as my TRUE 120. The coolers and heat pipes are designed for utility more then looks and do their job well when overclocking.

E-LEET utility is just an executable with no installation. I love those. It looks like a customized version of CPU-Z.

Gamers won't need a discrete soundcard since the on board sound is good with little EMF noise.

Cons: No frills bios. The bios is quite capable and has all the options you expect, but some weren't correctly implemented until the latest bios update and there's nothing special, just plain old blue screen style. There is still, at this point, some kinks they need to work out with the disk controllers.

This is like only the fifth board EVGA has released. I'm always happy to see another manufacturer in this class considering the problems with Gigabyte and Asus now that they are top dog.

Doesn't overclock to TEH XTREME like some other boards. I like my builds to last 3+ years though so that's not a problem for me.

Other Thoughts: Over all EVGA seems to be positioning themselves in a niche of "no nonsense enthusiast class," or "utility class" Well designed motherboards that don't have blacklight slots, extraneous copper, buzzwords and 16 heat-pipes, only useful features that actually make a difference.

The support is good and what you would expect from a medium sized company. They don't have a leagues of coders like bigger companies but being smaller they are more flexible and reactionary so are more devoted to individual products, where a larger company could get away with ignoring a small bug in one of their enthusiast boards due to management saying it's not worth their time/money to fix boards they already sold, or a smaller niche company will just not have the resources.

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Sean D.'s Profile

Display Name: Sean D.

Date Joined: 12/11/05

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 07/10/08
  • Last Review: 03/31/09
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