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Raymond B.

Raymond B.

Joined on 03/12/06

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Excellent External Enclosure

ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB ABS shell with metal frame 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB ABS shell with metal frame 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: Lights are not overly bright. Fan is low speed. Can't hear it from more than several inches away. Yet it produces an adaquate flow or air over both sides of the harddrive. Has both eSATA & USB3 interfaces

Cons: On/off switch might be handier if it were closer to the top of the back panel rather than at the bottom between power and esata sockets.

Overall Review: In my opinion, quality features, design, and build justify its cost.

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z370 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14Q-64GTZSW
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel Z370 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14Q-64GTZSW

Pros: Solid product. CPU ID confirmed the memory performing as rated.

Cons: I did have quite a time getting my Asus x99-deluxe to boot even into the EFI reliably after installation. When I did finally manage to get into the OS, timings and latency were unexpectedly high. A reboot left the system unbootable once again. Not until I cleared and reset the EFI settings was the memory properly recognized. The idle (water cooled) CPU temps rose 6 to 8 degrees F (task manager > CPU usage reading 0%). Upgrading from 16gb 1.2 V memory, I suppose that’s to be expected. But still….

Overall Review: Even though I can’t blame GSkill for the installation kerfuffle as it was apparently a communication problem between the motherboard and memory that others have also reported on forums, I took one star off as it would have been helpful if GSkill had mentioned the possibility of this occurring and suggested the easy way through it.

Enhanced Gateway Security

SonicWall 01-SSC-0504 TZ400 Gen 6 Firewall Secure Upgrade Plus 2Yr Support
SonicWall 01-SSC-0504 TZ400 Gen 6 Firewall Secure Upgrade Plus 2Yr Support

Pros: Fast throughput with full gateway protection engaged. Plenty of controls and options, but easy to run with basic setup. Neat looking unit (if that's a factor).

Cons: Price of unit and subscriptions. But SonicWall has never been a bargain item.

Overall Review: I traded up from my TZ200. The speed increase alone was worth it for me. Naturally the ISP has to be feeding that speed to you.

5.25" Bay Speaker Panel
5.25" Bay Speaker Panel

Pros: Ideal for computer sounds on a secondary or ancillary computer.

Cons: Barely worth mentioning, but the speaker cones are exposed and vulnerable.

Overall Review: Neater that separate speakers

Intel Core i7-5960X - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80648I75960X
Intel Core i7-5960X - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor - BX80648I75960X

Pros: A warm glow knowing that this is one element of computing that you have taken to the max.

Cons: When upgrading in the future, anything other than another Extreme processor will be a downgrade.

Overall Review: Very stable at 4.5Ghz with my Asus X99-Deluxe MB.

12/15/2014

Lian Li PC-2130A

Lian Li PC-2130B Black Brushed Aluminum ATX Full Tower
Lian Li PC-2130B Black Brushed Aluminum ATX Full Tower

Pros: Everything I expected it to be. This is a spacious, well designed and constructed case. Excellent cable management. Quiet cooling with the included fans.

Cons: Small stuff. The fan controller cables make it clumsy to get to the front fan filters. Probably better to connect fans to the motherboard headers anyway. The latches that attach the case sides are not perfect, but they are really convenient. Ahhh.., Ohhh.., Yep. That's all that I can come up with.

Overall Review: This is my second large Lian Li aluminum case. I find nothing underbuilt or half way about it. If it's within your budget and this style of case is what your looking for, i don't hink you'll be sorry.

12/15/2014