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Stanley R.

Stanley R.

Joined on 01/17/02

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NZXT Ultimate Next Gen PC Giveaway
  • Intel Core i9-10900KF Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 10G-P5-3897-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$2,697.89
Justin Robey10/20/2020
 334
Robeytech / Carter PC Giveaway Build
  • Intel Core i7 10th Gen - Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor w/ Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • MSI RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO 10G Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Video Card
$3,034.89
Justin Robey2/22/2021
 214
Eniac's Ultimate Build
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Desktop Processor
  • EVGA 24G-P5-3987-KR FTW3 GeForce RTX 3090 Video Card
$12,200.85
ENIAC HELIX8/12/2021
 123
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Most Favorable Review

Better than claimed!

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB840M2P-B M.2 NVMe SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 Removable SSD Mobile Rack for PCIe Expansion Slot
ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB840M2P-B M.2 NVMe SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 Removable SSD Mobile Rack for PCIe Expansion Slot

Pros: This thing actually runs at PCIe 4.0 speeds, unlike the 3.0 claim. I ran ATTO on a Samsung 870 Pro and got max read speed of 6GB/s, which is way above PCIe 3.o specs. The cage is sturdy and once the NVMe is put in the cage, you can't plug it in upside down. I'd even venture to guess that it will outlast the insertion/removal capability for the M.2 connector.

Cons: The NVMe retention method is novel, but it takes a while to get used to it. Even so you're glad that you don't do it very often.

Overall Review: I recommend this. It's my second one.

Most Critical Review

Be careful

TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Inexpensive, decent speed

Cons: Reliability

Overall Review: Be sure you know the Toshiba phone number 877-689-4899, because you will have a lot of trouble finding it. Once there, they are easy to work with. Obviously, my first one died.

It works

ASUS Prime X570-Pro Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2, HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard
ASUS Prime X570-Pro Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2, HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard

Pros: It works, pretty much.

Cons: I got this for a Ryzen 5950X. It wouldn't POST with a video card in the primary slot. It will with it in the secondary (8 lane) slot. ASUS tech support as usual didn't have any idea about what to do. They offered to let me pay to send my 3 day old motherboard to them for repair. The strange thing is that with a 3900X as the CPU, everything works. So far, I am unable to run my 3600 MHz RAM at 3600. I've tried 3 different sets of RAM with the same results. The fastest I've been able to run it is at 3200 MHz. I didn't ask ASUS about that.

Overall Review: I like ASUS products in general, but this new generation has problems which won't be ironed out for a while. I've reaffirmed my thinking that if you need technical assistance on an ASUS motherboard, your best bet is to get it from Google.

The ads are still there

Avast Ultimate Suite [Security, Cleanup and VPN] 2021, 1 PC 1 Year - Download
Avast Ultimate Suite [Security, Cleanup and VPN] 2021, 1 PC 1 Year - Download

Cons: I figured if I paid money, it would shut up. But no, it still wants me to subscribe to a service for $3/mo. When the year runs out, I won't renew.

Overall Review: It's a fine antivirus, but the fact that it still has ads turns me off.

Meh

NVMe PCIe Adapter, RIITOP M.2 PCIe (M Key) NVMe SSD to PCIe x4 Converter Card Support 2230, 2242, 2260 2280 mm M.2 NVMe SSD
NVMe PCIe Adapter, RIITOP M.2 PCIe (M Key) NVMe SSD to PCIe x4 Converter Card Support 2230, 2242, 2260 2280 mm M.2 NVMe SSD

Pros: It works

Cons: There is not enough clearance for my fingers to mount a 2280 (the standard) drive, so I had to install the NVMe with the bracket off. That means I'll have to remove the bracket to install a different drive. So this will go into my desperation drawer. Remember, this attaches to the PCIe but, not the CPU bus, so performance will be degraded. The so-called experts say that, my experience is that it is cut in half.

Overall Review: Some engineer saved a few pennies to make this card with insufficient clearance to mount a 2280 drive. If I were you, I'd keep looking.

I got a bad one

SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - SDSSDA-1T00-G26
SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - SDSSDA-1T00-G26

Pros: Read the title

Cons: Lots of errors reported by my smart monitor.

Overall Review: I sent it back for a refund rather than risking another bad one.