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Mini DisplayPort to Single Link DVI Active Adapter - AMD ATI Eyefinity Compatible
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small
Works flawlessly
Inexpensive
has the threads for the DVI port

Cons: None

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive for MAC 1TB USB 3.0 STDS1000100 Silver/Black
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Before I continue I just want to get this out of the way; this is an external hard drive, no more, no less. I just want to make sure that everyone is aware because there is only so much you can expect from a piece of storage media like this.
Now one of the things that I feel make this drive stand out from the rest is that it is very stylish, compact, and doesn’t really heat up to an uncomfortable level. As far as aesthetics and comfort I give this device an A rating and as far as speed I give it an A BUT do remember that this is an HDD, NOT an SSD. I also give this device a B- in terms of connectivity due to it using a USB 3.0 micro connector (as opposed to a USB 2.0 micro connector but more in cons) and not requiring additional power.

Cons: Other than the obvious cons of using an HDD over an SSD I didn’t see too many issues with this device other than the connectivity. One of the most annoying problems is that every time you want to plug the drive into a Windows PC you need to install drivers. I understand that it is a MAC drive but what if you want to share something with a Windows PC or needs to get data off of it and your mac is not accessible. I would have liked to see this more plug-n-play on a widows PC, even if it was only plug-n-play with Windows 8.1.
I also don’t like that it uses a micro-usb connector as opposed to mini or even full size. In my experience micro-usb connectors just don’t last very long and this device has the thickness, depth, and overall room to fit a slightly larger connector.

Other Thoughts: It’s nice to see USB 3.0 adoption but their isn’t really any reason for this device to use USB 3.0 since it is an HDD and can’t really saturate the USB 2.0 link to begin with. I am happy it uses the usb 3.0 full size micro USB connector since it isn’t as delicate as the 2.0 connector but still would have preferred some other connector such as a mini.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The pros for this board are pretty apparent having a lot of high end features such as plenty of USB 3.0, SATA III, SATA express, PCIE expansion slots and their layout, great motherboard cooling (Mosfets and such), an appealing aesthetic (IMHO), intel LAN, dual m.2 slots (big and small), great UD4 durability and stability features, and many more. I don’t think I need to list all of the specs and great things about this board because clearly it is a high end board that can handle a lot of use that gigabyte lists on their product page and is listed on this page.
Some of the things that stuck out to me were the easy use of the UEFI to which I have to say kudos since it really is very easy to navigate and it feels intuitive (at least to someone who is very familiar with where settings belong IMHO). I also really love the way this board looks because you can still see some of the traces and a lot of the electrical components but it has been tidied up quite a bit and has a neat/clean layout. I also appreciate the LED options on the heatsink since they bring a bit of flare to an otherwise neutral motherboard aesthetic. The board also comes with a lot of the same bells and whistles that other manufacturers include like dual bios, auto-OC functionality, light up I/O, and a lot of other premium features. By saying this board includes all of these features just goes to show what we expect from high ends boards now-a-days and that gigabyte includes all of these luxury features at a very competitive price point.

Cons: I had some issues with the UEFI and compatibility at first but after I updated to the latest UEFI my issues seemed to go away. No dual NIC’s but at this price point and at this performance level you would probably get a fiber or 10gb NIC anyways instead of the “good enough” included intel NIC.

Other Thoughts: This board is a very feature rich option with a lot of the higher end bells and whistles which was a bit surprising to be at first due to the very competitive price point. Other than some issues with the UEFI that have since been resolved for me (part of the reason I was a bit sluggish with this review). I am really in love with this board at this price point because for me it strikes the perfect balance of performance, features, aesthetic, and of course compromise (the sort I can deal with). Some reviewers are complaining about quality control issues which may be in part Intels fault since I have heard from other sources that the chipset was a bit rushed/not fully baked and the OEMs did not have much time to play with them.

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antal m.'s Profile

Display Name: antal m.

Date Joined: 11/19/05

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  • Reviews: 73
  • Helpfulness: 22
  • First Review: 12/29/05
  • Last Review: 02/18/15
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