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Dan C.

Dan C.

Joined on 05/28/05

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Most Favorable Review
TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 320GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive E05A032BAU2XK Black
TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 320GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive E05A032BAU2XK Black

Pros: USB hard disk, good transfer rate, expansive enough for my client's modest backup needs. Was inexpensive.

Cons: Doesn't come with toast? There are no cons to this product really.

Most Critical Review

What is the hype over? This stuff just doesn't deliver compared to the reviews.

Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Reliability Thermal Compound
Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Reliability Thermal Compound

Pros: Um, None that don't exist with other thermal greases. It interfaces my CPU and my heat sink.

Cons: Spreads like dried peanut butter, or, better put, doesn't spread. Once I got it on the CPU, I noticed temps that weren't better than Arctic Silver 5 (Yes, I purified both surfaces.) At least not the way the internet hyped this stuff. Not worth it.

Overall Review: I think I may have received a defective tube. the pictures Tuniq has on their website feature a material that looks wet, and spreads somewhat easily, where my stuff is like squeezing slightly damp dirt from a syringe. It doesn't stick, it doesn't spread, you have to use 6 times as much as you should to get the correct amount on, and then you're stuck with a paper towel covered in a ton of thermal grease that is otherwise perfectly good, but you can't use now. I got several years out of my last tube of thermal grease, I doubt this stuff is going to make it to the end of the year. I'm not impressed. I certainly don't trust my laptop with this stuff, not with the impression I've gotten so far, and that's the device that needs new grease next in my life.

Oh baby, it's fast.

OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G
OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G

Pros: Well. It's fast. I don't wait for programs or games to load on my machine, and I have a super fast starting point for some of the HD Video encoding I do, allowing me to keep my CPU saturated with work to do, something my old hard disks couldn't do.

Cons: My programs, Games, and OS total up to about 90 gb, so things are a bit cramped. I'm keeping some spinning platters around for mass storage, but I'm probably going to pick up another one of these for HD video encoding purposes. Actually being able to use my 2600k has shown me how much I was missing. (120fps 720p h.264!)

Overall Review: People I know have warned me about the reliability of OCZ drives. I haven't had it long but It's just something to keep in mind. I bought this one while it was on sale for 80 bucks, I figured at that price I could take the gamble. But at 150 for the 120gb drive, I would probably spend the extra 50 dollars to get an Intel disk, a company I just plain trust more than OCZ.

Its RAM!

G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-4GBNQ
G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-4GBNQ

Pros: It's reasonably high quality, fast ram that fits the system I needed it to fit.

Cons: It didn't do my laundry?

Works if you need one this old

MASSCOOL 9T370B1M3 70mm Ball CPU Cooler
MASSCOOL 9T370B1M3 70mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: This CPU cooler was bound for a special motherboard that takes Core 2 Duo Mobile chips but has a standard Socket 478 heat sink mount. Most Pentium IV coolers like to go edge to edge with the plastic, which means you can't get the heat sink down below the top of the plastic surrounding the CPU opening. I bought this one because it has the corners cut out of it so I could get it to the CPU which doesn't have the small heat spreader on it. This let me get the heat sink to the CPU Die, so I could actually have cooling. Once the "editing" had been completed (See Other thoughts) and the heat sink was making contact with the die, it performed as well as I expected it to given the situation it's in. Shoved in a small form factor case that was then shoved into an Arcade machine, the CPU cooler keeps the CPU below 50C at all times. This is a Core 2 Duo Mobile chip, so that's not saying much until you realize exactly how hot it gets where I'm sticking this poor thing.

Cons: It comes with thermal paste that isn't the greatest. I used it anyway, because I'm not using a Pentium 4 chip, I'm using a much cooler Core 2 Duo Mobile chip. If you're putting this on a Pentium 4, you might consider putting better thermal paste between the CPU and this heat sink. Just don't forget to remove the thermal paste from the heat sink before hand.

Overall Review: I had to "edit" (read: Hack up a ton) the heat sink mount included with the motherboard. This included 45 minutes in the back yard with sand paper and a hobby knife. While the corners are cut off, they aren't cut off far enough for it to be a drop and go solution to my problem. Thankfully the heat sink was still more than applicable to my situation once I had taken some tools to my heat sink mount. It didn't cost too much, and fits where I need it now that I've done horrible things to the plastic it attaches to.

New Mount means new Day at Zalman

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: New Mount. Gone forever is that old mount that Zalman loved to torture us with. Keeps my i7 2600k nice and cool even under some insane loads. The blue LED is soft enough that it doesn't stray from under my desk so it doesn't keep me up at night.

Cons: You *STILL* need to access the bottom of the motherboard to install Zalman's coolers. I really, really wish they would come up with something better that didn't require that. This new mount is already worlds better than the previous iteration though.