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Foxconn 915PL7AE-8EKRS LGA 775 Intel 915PL ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: bought this board NIB for a retro pc i am building, i wanted a board which had a old enough chipset that windows 98 drivers existed, yet wanted it to be fast enough for all the games i want it to play. having a pci-e and agp slot is rare nowdays. i will be dualbooting windows 98 and xp on this board. modding a xps700 tower to ATX for this project. it seems as if windows 98 works with Sata hardrives on this chipset by default. no drivers or tweaking to get my 160GB VelociRaptor working with it. in the user manual it lists cpu support up to p4 3.6ghz. well its working just fine with the fastest single core p4 i could find, the p4 670 @ 3.8Ghz. pairing it with a Geforce Fx 5950 ultra and a 1080p projector.

Cons: only supports 2gb of ram, but windows 98 doesent work with more than 768MB anyways, and the games i will be playing are old and wont need that much memory anyways.

Other Thoughts: i know this is a old board, and foxconn doesn't have much information on their website about this board anymore. but i'm always leaving my reviews where they count. i'm not sure why exactly but there is a number of these boards new in box condition floating around right now. looks like i started my retro pc project at the right time. planning to throw all my favorite classic games at it. doom2, diablo, starcraft, warcraft, quake, ut2004, mechwarrior, and so much more.. and with my projector, this should be awesome.

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DEEPCOOL GF 120 FDB Bearing PWM Fan Detachable, Rubber Coating  De-vibration Deep Silent
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: i had never owned a Deepcool product before, but i'l be buying 3 more of these.
i have owned fans from many brands and its clear that usually you get what you pay for.
holding this fan in my hand i can tell that this is a good fan. the fan frame is heavy hard plastic with a rubber outer layer.
the blades are strong and thick.
when i spin the fan by hand i can feel how smooth and stable it spins. it has weight and quality to it.
this fan is very quiet. its quieter at 12v than other fans i have bought which say they were rated at 16db.
the 12v to 7v fan speed limiter is not really needed, its as quiet as any other fan i have owned. i don't have a way to measure the cfm of this fan, but i can measure the noise with my SPL Meter. its reading under 26db at 12v. so id say Deepcool is conservative with their ratings and is honorable.
this fan is balanced and sealed. most fans are not balanced, if you see a sticker on the front of the fan, its usually placed there by hand and throws off the balance of the fan, that's a bad thing. a unbalanced fan wears out faster, and makes more noise, especially vibration noise.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: in order from best to worst, this is the level of quality of the case fans i have owned by brand:
noctua, deepcool, fractial design, zalman, corsair, silverstone, thermaltake, antec, nzxt, logisys, coolermaster.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-16GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: durable, and seems to be reliable. i have been using this drive for about a week now, its been going into work with me as a boot drive to Zorin 8 every day. and i have been using it on my car stereo holding music all week and i have not had a single problem.
its incredibly fast for a flash drive.
AS-SSD benchmarked it read speed 194.8MB/S and Write speed 47.31MB/S
windows 7 file copy benchmark is showing a read speed of 197.2MB/s and write speed of 54.3MB/s
HD Tune shows consistent results with other benchmarks showing a consistent 193MB/S across the entire span of 16GB.
Thats FAST! even my WD Caviar Black 1TB+1TB raid 0 array cant keep up with it.
I installed Steam OS (stephensons-rocket) Edition onto it, and i can fully boot into Steam Os in about 6 seconds. Zorin 8 in about 9 seconds

The flash drive will come in FAT32 format.
they do this so its compatible with a wide range of devices, such as windows computers, mac computers and other devices like game consoles and car stereos. when in fat32 format you will have 14.93GB of free space. unfortunately in fat32 file system you cannot have a single file bigger than 4GB. so i recommend changing it to NTFS file system. you will only loose about 300MB total storage space.

Cons: could be a bit smaller, its a tad wide and might invade into the space of a adjacent usb connection, such as one on the back of a motherboard io.

Other Thoughts: i have been using corsair products for years now. my case, keyboard, heatsink and power supply are all corsair. i do not have a complaint on one. this flash drive is no exception, its the fastest flash drive i have ever used. i have no fear of putting this on my keyring and carrying it around in my pocket.. however it is a bit chunky. i have other drives that are less than 1/4 of the size of this one, they are much more comfortable to have in your pocket.

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Display Name: john m.

Date Joined: 07/29/05

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  • First Review: 07/29/05
  • Last Review: 07/16/15
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