Date Joined: 05/07/06
Pros: It is quiet.
Cons: Lame greenwashed packaging, doesn't come with a power adapter so you have to provide your own or plug it into the motherboard, doesn't move much air.
Overall Review: There are better fans that only cost $1-2 more.
Pros: I installed one of these on an old socket 939 build about 2 years ago, and it is still going strong. That experience convinced me to get another for my gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H, since the northbridge cooler on that motherboard is inadequate. Works great so far.
Cons: Installation is time consuming, but I prefer a sturdy mount, so this isn't necessarily a con.
Overall Review: Fits right next to a zalman cnps 9500 on a micro atx motherboard, so it really doesn't take up that much extra room, even though it looks a bit bulky.
Pros: I use this with skype in ubuntu linux 8.04 ( 64 bit ). Sound quality is certainly good enough for internet chat or voip.
Cons: The packing is really obnoxious, comes in a huge plastic blister package, I nearly cut myself getting it out.
Pros: Works well enough, powers a hard drive and I haven't encountered any issues.
Cons: It would be nice to have an OEM version of parts like this, the packaging is unnecessary.
Pros: I wanted a little home server/workstation/stereo/htpc which could use the 780g chipset, and this seemed to have worked out nicely. Phenoms have improved floating point processing compared to the X2, which is why I decided to go with this. I also like the direction that AMD/ATi is going with their open source and linux development, an additional bonus.
Cons: The stock heatsink/fan seems pretty weak for a 95 watt processor--aluminum fins with a fan, no heatpipes, almost identical to the old socket A ones. This has a negative impact on the pricepoint of the processor, since most users will not be satisfied with stock and will need to purchase additional cooling, increasing the total cost ownership up at least 20 dollars. AMD would be wise to either ship it with something decent or just forgo the stock cooler altogether.
Overall Review: zalman CNPS 9500 w/ thermalright goo, gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H with thermaltake CL-C0034 (extreme spirit II), antec nsk3480, ht omega claro, two seagate es.2 500gb hdd in raid 1, gigabyte dwa-556, samsung dvd burner.
Required some tweaking to get frequency scaling working with ubuntu linux 8.04 64 bit (this problem appears to be specific to the distro, however).
Pros: The sound quality is outstanding--I use it mostly for music, and am completely satisfied. Works nearly out of the box in Ubuntu linux 8.04 ( 64 bit ). The volume sliders for the analog outputs act a bit funny, but otherwise everything else is fine. Isn't too big, fits in my mATX case. Have not tested with windows.
Cons: There are no cons that I have encountered.
Pros: The cooler seems to function well--I have two identical hard drives in my system (seagate 500gb es.2, they run a bit hot), and the hdd in this device is consistently 3-5 degrees cooler than the other, which is situated in front of a case fan. It looks pretty stylish overall, and is pretty quiet--I can't hear it over the other components in my PC and I don't use any particularly loud parts.
Cons: The blue LED is way too bright. My computer rests on my desk, and so the light blares in my eye. For reference, it is about as bright as the LED on a keychain light. If you're going to keep your PC on the floor, maybe 25 degrees below eye level, this probably won't be a problem, since the outward aluminium cover will block the the light--but if it is at or around eye level, you will certainly be bothered by it.
Overall Review: I am giving it five eggs because the cooler works well.
Pros: Images look quite good. I purchased it because I gave the older version (powershot A570 IS) to my parents. Takes AA batteries, and has good life on rechargeables. Much better than other compact cameras in the price range. We've used it on a number of vacations this summer and the photos are splendid. Seems to be pretty hearty and reliable, despite the somewhat cheap/flimsy feel.
Cons: As anyone who has read reviews of this camera will note, slow flash recycle times, better suited to well lit situations (like all compact cameras), and it can seem like a lengthy time between shots (this problem can be minimized with a decent memory card).
Pros: This unit is quite energy efficient, has low noise and a novel design. My aging parents can carry it around, as it is quite light compare to other window units. The controls are reasonably well designed and have more options than similar window units, which often lack even a thermostat.
Cons: Sometimes the energy saving features are a bit annoying, but this is a minor grievance.
Overall Review: Out here in the desert climate (Salt Lake City) it keeps a south facing (the hot side) 350 ft^2 room comfortable.
Pros: Looks pretty good, fits powershot A590 IS well.
Cons: I was going to write that the velcro could wear, but I have an older version of this case which is 2+ years old and it is still going strong.
Pros: Just assembled the computer, memory passes memtest for 24 hours without error. Heat spreader, price (at the time of this review), and latencies equal or superiour to other kits in the price range.
Cons: None yet--time will determine how long until a module fails.
Overall Review: System components: AMD phenom 9550 w/ zalman cnps 9500, Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H w/ thermaltake CL-C0034 (extreme spirit II), Antec NSK 3480, two seagate ES.2 500gb in raid 1.
Pros: Fan comes with power adapter so that it can either connect to the motherboard or LP4. Reasonably quiet on medium with decent airflow.
Cons: I've only had it installed a week, so no news yet on time until failure.
Overall Review: Installed into antec matx nsk3480 as intake fan to move some air across the hard drive.
Pros: Good spacing so plugs fit, solid construction.
Cons: No surge yet so suppression is unknown.
Pros: Energy star cert and uses less power than most monitors, good looking and vivid no stuck pixels, reasonably solid construction for price.
Cons: I suppose response time could be faster, but it has been great for games.
Pros: Not huge, although I've yet to experience a surge, so I'm not sure if it would fail or not!
Cons: Power at my university should be less reliable so I can test this baby out.
Pros: This stuff is decent, I can't really perceive a difference between it and the more expensive paper, printed from HP D7360.
Cons: Still perhaps a little spendy.
Pros: It works well in canon powershot A570IS, write time isn't really noticeable with largest photos, so that is good.
Cons: They really should disclose the actual speed.
Pros: Works well, is tiny, attaches nicely to a keychain. Fast speeds, seems pretty robust (I've gotten it wet).
Cons: It makes me a little nervous that the USB leads aren't protected, but it hasn't been a problem so far.
Pros: Pretty fast, decent price for what you get.
Cons: I kept it on my keychain, and it did not survive a trip through the wash.
Pros: Works well (I use debian on the laptop), trivial to install.
Cons: I paid quite a bit more for it in early April 2007.
Overall Review: laptop proc. is core2duo 7200