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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Joined on 02/28/05

Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Great upgrade

iRam 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Memory For Apple Mac Pro Model IR4GMP800K
iRam 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Memory For Apple Mac Pro Model IR4GMP800K

Pros: Installed these in a 2nd generation (Jan '08) Mac Pro dual quad core Xeon 2.8ghz machine. FAR less expensive than buying direct from Apple!! Easy installation, but remember: by default a 2 gb Mac Pro will have one stick on each board. You need to move both of the existing memory sticks to one board and install these two on the other. If you do not do this OS X will not recognize the memory. Basically, pair your memory together...on each board DIMM slots 1 and 2 are one pair, 3 and 4 are another. I noticed an immediate performance increase with boot and application load. Activity Monitor swap file usage shows 0mb now (prior to upgrade was 300+mb in use).

Cons: None.

Overall Review: iRam should consider including an installation guide reminding people to install the memory sticks in pairs on the same board.

Most Critical Review

Works well, better than if it wasn' there

Wi-Ex zBoost YX510 PCS/CEL White Dual-Band cell phone signal booster extends
Wi-Ex zBoost YX510 PCS/CEL White Dual-Band cell phone signal booster extends

Pros: When used with my iPhone, it works well when I'm near the receiver. It was easy to setup and the coax cable length they supply is generous. Comes with everything you need to get it working.

Cons: Device has some significant installation requirements, so read it carefully before installing.

Overall Review: Doesn't extend throughout my entire apartment...not unexpected: The two rooms are separated by a small hallway and there are three walls between the receiver and the other room. I am glad I have it...I'd have no reliable service otherwise.

10/12/2007

Best AC I've owned

Friedrich CCF12A10A 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Friedrich CCF12A10A 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Pros: - Cools a 22 x 30 x 9.5 ft room that has two ceiling fans very easily - Quietish. By that I mean its quieter than the one it replaced - I bought it during a great sale here, and wish I had bought 2 more - Remote control is comprehensive enough. It is a good size...the small RCs get lost more often

Cons: - (minor) The remote control doesn't appear very powerful

Overall Review: - If they were still the same price they were 3 weeks ago I'd buy more now. In the meantime when my existing ACs need to be replaced I'll likely buy this one, regardless of price.

A good GPU for many games

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1050OC-2GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N1050OC-2GD

Pros: - Relatively inexpensive compared to other GPUs - Will work well for many games - Packaged very, very well - Much less expensive than a non-refurbished unit

Cons: - Direct ship from overseas. Took 16 days from day of order to arrival

Overall Review: It's a really good card for the price these days. It's a tough market for GPUs...things are scarce and expensive. For a couple hundred I can play all the games that I like to play on high.

They look and work beautifully

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMW64GX4M2E3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMW64GX4M2E3200C16

Pros: - Very fast - Bright lights - Beautiful ambiance - Works with iCUE and Gigabyte's RGB Fusion 2.0 on a Gigabyte Aorus Elite AX Z590 mobo. - I am not noticing any sort of performance hit with both iCUE and Fusion installed.

Cons: - Tall (everything fit for me but you need to carefully plan your build to make sure your cooler isn't going to be impacted...in some cases you can adjust your cooler's fan higher on the radiator) - c++ 2015 redistributable that was installed during iCUE setup had an issue. The result was that the chips would remain lit when the machine was sleeping, despite configuring it not to do this. I uninstalled the existing one, downloaded a new c++ 2015 redist from Microsoft's site, and it worked properly again.

Overall Review: - There are a number of complaints online about the compatibility of these chips and Gigabytes RGB Fusion software. It's working for me with both products installed. If you are having problems look at the c++ 2015 install on your machine. - After installing, check your BIOS XMP setting to make sure they are running at the appropriate speed. By default your motherboard may run it lower than what they can for optimal compatibility.

It works well, just some quirks to consider for your particular use case

5.25 inch PC Computer Front panel All-in-1 Multifunction USB 2.0 card reader with 3 ports USB3.0,Type-C, eSATA ,Support MD,SD/MMC,XD,TF,M2,MS,64G CF card (STW-3125)
5.25 inch PC Computer Front panel All-in-1 Multifunction USB 2.0 card reader with 3 ports USB3.0,Type-C, eSATA ,Support MD,SD/MMC,XD,TF,M2,MS,64G CF card (STW-3125)

Pros: All the ports and connections I tested worked well. I was unable to test the 32 GB max size, however, to see if that was truly a problem. They list it in the product specs as the upper limit so keep that in mind when you buy. This panel is appropriate for many use cases. When connecting USB, SD card, etc, they opened fast and transfer speeds were excellent. Color is nice...matches my case

Cons: This requires three ports to be fully connected: - One USB 3.0 20 pin port (of which most motherboards, including my z590, have just one) - One USB 2.0 9 pin connection (of which my motherboard has two) - One SATA port (for eSATA) If you have a front panel in your case that already uses USB 3.0 20 pin port then you will either need to have a second 20 pin port to connect into or disconnect your front panel. In my case this would then disable the front mic, headphone, and two USB 3.0 ports. The other con was that all the USB ports show up in Windows as drive mappings. So this added an E, F, G, and H drive for me (on top of C, D, and an R that I already had). I really disliked this...I would prefer to only see a drive when media is connected.

Overall Review: While I'm not using this in my primary machine I am going to keep it as I'm sure there will be a need for it someday.