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Scott J.

Scott J.

Joined on 05/12/03

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Most Favorable Review

Cool workhorse

Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4 GHz 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W BX80614E5620 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4 GHz 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 80W BX80614E5620 Server Processor

Pros: Runs comparatively cool under full load. Shows Core i7 what it's made of (see comments). Efficient power user. Great for dual CPU set-up.

Cons: Lack of an included heat sink was not a Con for me...the default Intel offerings are inefficient and noisy...which is why I went with the Noctua Nahelem series cooler (not available at the Egg). So, I won't have another unused heat sink laying on a shelf gathering dust.

Overall Review: Running two on a Supermicro X8DA6 as a video encoding workstation. I can simultaneously run two iterations of the program and each iteration uses all of one processor's "threads". Compared to Core i7 at same clock speed on Supermicro X8SAX, just one of these encodes the same video 10% faster...and I can do two at once. More than twice the work in the same time....Nice!

Most Critical Review

Wierd Failure

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Lots of connectors.

Cons: This supply lacks an insulator where the cables exit the supply...which may have been the reason for the failure

Overall Review: From one power-on to the next, I lost EPS power (the eight-conductor feed to the motherboard), which caused the system not to boot (as per the Asus manual). The strange thing is that all other 12v devices (fans, hard drives, etc.) had power, but the EPS connections showed 0v on my voltmeter.

Work good, hopefully last long time!

Linksys EA6500 V2 AC1750 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled, Open Source supported
Linksys EA6500 V2 AC1750 Wi-Fi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router with Gigabit, Smart Wi-Fi App Enabled, Open Source supported

Pros: Simple setup (1) Fast, even with multiple wireless clients (2) Nice, low-profile design.

Cons: SSID cannot be made invisible (the reason for knocking down one egg). (3)

Overall Review: (1) I'm not sure why some have said manual access to this router is not possible...after loading and launching the app on the accompanying CD, the manual (local) access link is right on the main page, or input 192.168.1.1 on browser address line. (2) I "split" the wireless bands by giving them separate passwords, and assigned the media clients to the 5Gig band. This way, there is no cross-traffic between high- and low-speed devices/clients. (3) Since I kept the same encryption schema/password from my previous router (a D-Link DGL-4300), my devices connected without doing anything. The only exception was my old WD Media Player Plus...but I just had to re-enter the SSID and password, which I assume was because the SSID was invisible on the D-Link. (4) I did not have to update the firmware for good functionality. After several days, I have not noticed the slowdown others have mentioned.

Caviar Performance

Western Digital Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: SATA 6 speed...Quiet...and I say again, FAST.

Cons: New Egg packaging. New Egg has NOT turned over a new leaf...they're still using half-cut-off styrofoam packing surrounded by bubble wrap swimming in a sea of green foam peanuts. If you get good hard drive packaging by New Egg, then you're lucky. Fortunately, all four drives I received are working well...so far.

Overall Review: There has been much said about whether there is any value of having a 6Gb/s interface on a 7200 RPM drive. It depends on your application. For instance, on my Supermicro X8DA6 motherboard, the on-board SAS/SATA 6 b/s controller delivers ~250 MB/s sustained transfers with four Caviar Black 3Gb/s drives in RAID 0 setup, while these 6Gb/s drives deliver 430 MB/s sustained...quite a difference. If you're judging the difference with only a single drive, you aren't able to realize the full throughput of the interface it's using, particularly with a 6Gb/s interface.

Hot Speed

Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSUSB
Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSUSB

Pros: Very fast...sustained 63 MB/s writes, 123 MB/s reads. Formatted NTFS 4K cluster size by default. Bullet-proof (figuratively speaking, of course) metallic design. Small footprint allows adjacent installation in a crowded USB environment.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Some would consider it a Con how hot this device gets (maybe 105 degrees F) while USB 3 writes occur, but its metallic design allows efficient heat dissipation (cools to just warm in seconds between write sessions). But if this is by design, and it doesn't burn your fingers, then what's the big deal? If it is plugged in to a USB 2 interface, it just gets luke warm...but then you'll just get USB 2 speeds.

Simple, Small, Fast

VANTEC 2-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card Model UGT-PC302
VANTEC 2-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI-E Host Card Model UGT-PC302

Pros: Low-cost upgrade to USB 3.0 The card's small size allowed installation adjacent to a CPU heat sink.

Cons: None

Overall Review: A Patriot Supersonic 64GB flash drive plugged in to this card gives 63 MBps sustained writes, and 123 MBps sustained reads. Have it installed in Slot 7 (PCI-E 2.0 x 4) on a Supermicro X8DA6 motherboard. As well, to achieve such performance, a USB 3 cable and device are required. A USB 3 cable has 8 conductors as opposed to the USB 2 4 conductors. Conveniently, all formats are cross-compatible, due to strategic placement of USB 2 and 3 conductor sets within the USB 3 connector.