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John L.

John L.

Joined on 08/14/03

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Most Favorable Review

Very Nice Fan Controller Overall. Not Bad.

Black 6 Channel Multi Fan Controller
Black 6 Channel Multi Fan Controller

Pros: - Helped reduced my PC noise by 60%. I have it hooked up to all my fans, except the ultra silent ones that can easily run at max with no noise at all. (They are 14db with over 70cfm cold and silent.) - Standard strength knobs. I was curious about the negative knobs comments myself, but the knobs on my unit just fine in my opinion. They are getting an unnecessary bashing by some reviews, but I can assure you there is no need to worry about them. - Very precise fine tuning of the system's noise. Be sure to use some software to monitor the temps and rpms. You want everything to still be cool enough. Note: some CPU heatsink fans have onboard cool & quiet technology - I personally find that automation pretty annoying and it doesn't always work correctly. I hooked mine up to this unit and couldn't be happier! I've run some burn tests and 70% of rpm works fine for long intensive tasks with most heatsink fans. - 6 fan ports! - 2 (C1) Y cables!

Cons: Nothing too bothersome (hence the 5-stars). Some LEDs don't light up with some of my fans, however it appears all of the LEDs do indeed work as long as you have the right fan plugged into them. I can't figure it out myself, but I don't really care as long as the main purpose is working great (which it is). The small power cord is certainly harder to plug in the unit after you've installed it into your case, because it's located on the very left edge. To solve this: Plug-in the unit's power cord before you install it into your case. (Don't hook it up to your PSU as well, untill you have it installed the to case.) Not enough of a problem to lower my star rating for this though, trust me.

Overall Review: I also bought a new fan (high CFM/low noise) for my PSU, but it's so quiet, I run it max speed on the motherboard instead. TIP 1: Be sure you have a silent PSU or know how to replace a loud PSU fan with a quiet one - otherwise, you won't hear much difference in noise improvement. Know what your doing, be careful and make sure you know the exact fan size before buying one, else you can very easily get the wrong size. PSUs hold dangerous capacitors inside. TIP 2: Be sure to hook your CPU Heatsink to this unit also using the special 3-way cable to tell your mobo the fan is indeed hooked up. TIP 3: Use free temperature and rpm monitor software (a quick search online will find the best program at top of the results.hint hint) TIP 4: Some fans can't be tamed well, replace the loudest fans for best results. There ARE practically inaudible fans on the market now TIP 5: Confirm that all your fans ARE running on this! Don't use 2-pin fans TIP 6: a 4-pin fan can be converte

11/23/2009
Most Critical Review

Several issues...got it working now though

ASUS Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent AMD A8-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 K55N-SA80403V-B
ASUS Notebook, B Grade, Scratch and Dent AMD A8-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 K55N-SA80403V-B

Pros: Low price for parts , 15.6" widescreen, Quad-core CPU, the AMD Radeon HD 7640G is surprisingly handling many new games on medium/high graphics at playable 30+ fps. Easily upgradable to an entry budget gaming laptop with extra ram and ssd.

Cons: - 500GB HDD failed after 2 weeks - logic board power/capacitor issues. Connected to an external case to run further tests and the drive is unpredictable. It works for days, then fails to spin up and requires being off power for 24-48 hours to power on again. -- I replaced this drive with a 128GB SSD however (original goal anyways) and the laptop is running great now. There isn't HDD warranty on the 500GB HGST (E182115) , and I don't want to return the whole laptop just to replace the drive. First time I've had a relatively new drive fail so quick. They usually last me over 5 years with proper cooling and defragmentation to reduce hardware stress. - The trackpad tapping is pretty sensitive and unpredictable compared to other trackpad tap functions. I disabled the tapping to resolve this issue. I normally disable tapping anyways, but this pad's tapping was almost unusable with how unpredictable it was. For instance, just moving the cursor would randomly grab things at split-second speed. I had several items get randomly misplaced before my eyes while I was trying to setup my fresh installed OS. - The solid buttonless trackpad requires a lot more pressure than your typical buttonless trackpad to click the left and right functions. I just go with an external mouse with this one, but my previous Asus laptop had two physical left and right trackpad buttons that were incredibly more comfortable to use. The buttonless trackpad does better with softer pressure clicking, etc. - I had to unlock the full boot menu (hold ESC when booting) in the BIOS to install another OS on the unit. I'm not sure why ASUS disabled the "full" bios boot menu by default, but it took enabling several things in the BIOS to get back functionality to boot off of discs, bootable usbs, etc. Something that should always be enabled and easy to access. I needed this to take off Windows 8.

Overall Review: - The original listing incorrectly stated 8GB memory / 750GB HDD at the time the purchase, however NewEgg compensate me for the error. My copy of the receipt still says 8GB memory and 750GB HDD. I used that towards the extra 4GB memory. No dents on this unit, but there was a slice on the top bezel cover. Almost tactical like the box cutter may have accidentally cut the unit when opening up the mass shipment. I ditched the Windows 8 tablet OS off and put on my Windows 7 desktop OS.

Capacity boost for my gaming laptop

Seagate Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024 (HN-M101MBB/EX2) 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST1000LM024 (HN-M101MBB/EX2) 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Replaced my CD/DVD-RW on my laptop with this 1TB bad boy in an expansion bay - The 5400 RPM looks slow, but it's loading up my laptop game library like a charm. - Nice price on sale for $59.99 - great data/dollar ratio for the 2.5 form factor. - No issues after months of use now

Cons: - None

Overall Review: Use it with a CD/DVD-RW expansion bay swap and boost your laptop by 1TB.

Fantastic

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX60G
Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX60G

Pros: - It's an SSD - No firmware issues, latest firmware already - No issues migrating my original OS image from an HDD to this SSD

Cons: - None

Overall Review: Got it for 36.99 refurbished and it's working like a charm! Replaced the HDD in my dad's 6 year old desktop, feels like a whole new system.

Amazing Space & Speed

Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: -TONs of space - Hallelujah for Gamer libraries! -Running fantastic since April 2013! -Better than expected performance for 7200RPM 64MB Cache. -Silent and comfortable to work around.

Cons: Small Con: This drive will require a fairly new motherboard (at-least 2011) to support a full 3TB partition in the latest PC OSs (not sure for the Mac side). Special drivers from my motherboard manufacturer's website let me make a 2TB and 1TB set of partitions (WHEW). I'm fine with 2 partitions as long as I can utilize the whole drive. This one is more con for my existing hardware though.

Overall Review: If your looking into a 3TB+ drive, be sure the rpm is at-least 7200. 64MB Cache helps a ton with fluidity as well. Almost feels hybrid with that much cache.

The Solid State Life

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC External Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G.20.RF
Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC External Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-120G.20.RF

Pros: My laptop has dual graphics cards (1.5GB video), but the 500GB 5400RPM HDD was holding it back. Popped this baby in as the OS/Game drive combined with a 1TB 7200 HDD for storage (expansion bay) and WOW. ENORMOUS difference in fluidity and responsiveness. Got mine refurbished as NewEgg and OCZ stand by their refurbished products with pretty solid warranty to make sure it's going to be working. Warranty extension is only a few bucks too! Additional highlights: -No stability issues -Firmware was already up-to-date! -Performance measures to what is rated -Refurbished case is pristine brand new-not a scratch! -Solid firm packaging, not an anti-static bagged drive bouncing around in a bubble wrap envelope. -

Cons: None that I can think of!

Overall Review: Be sure to download and burn OCZ's SSD management tool. Boots up to a Linux OS. Erase and Update the firmware to the latest (mine was already up to date!). The latest firmware gives the best performance and stability. Going from HDD to SSD gives you a new kind of laptop experience..welcome to the solid state life.