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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Worked out of the box with my setup:
M4A89GTD Pro/Usb3
965BE Phenom II X4
Corsair Dominator 1600C8
Linux Mint 10

Made in the USA - I can't even find a pair of shoes made in the USA any more

Cons: Haven't had any yet

Other Thoughts: I know this probably isn't a particularly helpful review; however, I think a lot of products tend to get a bad review percentage, cause the majority of people are more apt to only leave a review if they have complaints. Also, a lot of people just plain don't know what they're doing; operator error / ignorance.

So, I just wanted to testify that this SSD worked out great for me, and I'm very satisfied with it.

CORSAIR ValueSelect 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: first off, let me say: i'm a huge corsair fan. if they make a product, i usually go with them before anyone else.

i bought the single stick version of this ram for a build a while back: worked fine
this time, with the kit... didn't work out for me
corsair i give more than 2 stars, but this particular product i had a real bad experience with

Cons: when i built the system for a client, it would freeze up on 3dmark06
it would also freeze during most any game
after the ram passed memtest, it seemed like a video card issue to me
so, i rma'ed the video card:

not too long after the computer started having this strange problem of always saying "windows did not shut down properly" every time it was left off for over 4 hours
again, i ran memtest on the ram: passed
i then tested it with the same program in my machine: passed

so, i thought the only thing that could be responsible was the mobo or the power supply
i ripped the power supply out of my comp, used it on his rig: did the same thing
so, i rma'ed the mobo, and got a replacement: still had the same problem

that meant it was either the ram or the cpu, but the nature of a bad cpu didn't correlate at all with these problems; so, i googled "can ram pass memtest and still be bad"... turns out it can; and it was

Other Thoughts: rma's took me a week to get sent back to the factory, then about another half a week to have them send me a new one... that's 3 weeks between the video card and the mobo, which i rma'ed unnecessarily

then, as i said, the problem only occurred after the system was off for over four hours, so that put trouble shooting down to about an idea a day

all in all... this ram being bad put me through an absolute nightmare: if it was my time and money, i wouldn't have cared so much
but it was a client build, and he had to wait almost a month after he handed a whole hand full of dollars to get a working comp: very stressful for both of us

moral of the story: i do love corsair, i can't say i'll stay away from them from now on; but i will stay away from this particular ram
so, if you experience similar problems, don't rule out that it could be the ram, just because it passes memtest

build was:
asus m4a88td-v evo
amd phenom II x4 945 95watt
corsair 400watt psu
asus 5670

HP 2159m Black 21.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: very crisp, bright, and clear
the size is perfect too, any bigger might actually be too big, unless you sit more than a couple of feet behind your monitor. i'm sitting about 2 and a half feet away, and any wider would start going into my peripheral vision
i went to a bunch of stores to actually check out the display of monitors, and i found that hp monitors were always the ones the drew my eyes, they are far more crisp than most other monitors (tech at one of the stores attributed it hp "brightview" technology). most others seemed kind of muddy to me
i also found that the menu was the most user friendly out of all of the ones that i had used. if it takes me much more than a couple of seconds just to figure out how to change the color settings and turn the menu back off, there's a problem

Cons: i honestly haven't run into any yet

Other Thoughts: the asus monitors i saw were nearly as crisp as these, but my eye still always went to the hp. also, i found the menu of the hp monitors more intuitive than the asus ones; but, they might be worth checking out too
i had to order this monitor online, which made me a little nervous. UPS doesn't have the best reputation of being gentle with there shipments, and i've personally recieved a doa that i think they're probably responsible for. but i spent an entire day going to every store in the city that sells monitors: everyone had the 21 inch model (which isn't 1080p) and the 23 inch model (which is a little more expensive then i wanted to go, and like i said up top, might actually be too big for me), but absolutely no one carried this one: the 21.5 inch model which is 1080p, and a reasonable price for my budget
all is well though, monitor got delivered undamaged, and in a timely fashion


Nickolas N.'s Profile

Display Name: Nickolas N.

Date Joined: 05/30/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 02/01/10
  • Last Review: 06/18/12
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