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Richard D.

Richard D.

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Most Favorable Review

Best MS OS Yet

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Pros: There is so much good about Windows 7. It installs easily, it runs stable with none of the problems that were in Vista. Considering how complicated the app environment has become, this OS is a really amazing thing.

Cons: Windows Update needs an overhaul. There are too many updates and too many that require a reboot. When you buy this version with SP1, you still have to download a boatload of patches and updates to get up to date. MS need to figure out a better way to update their OS.

Overall Review: The one thing that has me playing with Ubuntu, which runs well too, is Microsoft's annoying policy of 1 license per machine. If you update your system with a new motherboard, when you reinstall the OS, you may find that it won't activate. I have 5 machines at home and I purchased Windows for each one. But I have replaced MB and CPUs on some and now if I do a reinstall I need to go through the phone activation process. Sorry, but I Have 5 licenses and I should be able to install them on any 5 machines I own. MS should set up a registration website where you can register your copies and update the site for any changes you make. I wish someone would market a serious challenger to Windows. If Google would come out with a PC OS and sell it for 40 bucks they can do to MS what MS did to IBM in the 1980s.

Most Critical Review

A tradeoff

Noctua NF-B9-1600 92mm Case cooler
Noctua NF-B9-1600 92mm Case cooler

Pros: This fan is very quiet and it comes in a nice package with several extension cables and adapters. A luxurious package for a case fan.

Cons: Does not move anywhere near as much air as my previous cheapo fan. To expensive. No 92mm case fan should cost 20 bucks unless it spits ice cubes.

Overall Review: In exchange for less noise, this fan moves less air. My previous Masscool fan was noisy and I wanted to replace it with something quiet. I read all the reviews about Noctua fans so I thought this fan would be the answer. However, after installing this fan and closing up my case, I noticed that the temperature of my video card increased about 3 degrees compared to my previous fan and I had to increase the sped of my GPU fan. In other words, this fan may be quiet but is it not going to give you the best cooling. If you are looking for less noise and are not concerned about cooling as much, this fan is great. If you need more cooling, go with a higher RPM, higher CFM fan and accept the trade off of more noise.

Would buy again

MSI Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RADEON RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC
MSI Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RADEON RX 570 ARMOR 4G OC

Pros: -Cheap -Good performance for price -quality packaging -they run cool compared to previous AMD GPUs -they are quieter than some AMD GPUs I have owned

Cons: - None so far

Overall Review: I was a little hesitant to purchase refurbished video cards but I took a shot with these cards considering they were $50 cheaper than the new ones. Since I was purchasing 4 of them I liked the idea of saving some real money. I was pleasantly surprised when they came packaged like new, including software and "manuals". I plugged them in, installed new video drivers and I was up and running. All have been running non-stop for several days with no flaws. 3 of the cards have Hynix memory and 1 has Elpida. The Elpida card runs a little faster and naturally a little warmer, but running at full load they stay under 60 degrees C. They consume between 150 and 160 watts. Compare this the stock R9 290s I just retired. They consume about 300 watts each and I have to use external fans to keep them under 85 degrees! Overall, this was a good purchase and I will - and did! - purchase a few more. Oh, and Newegg delivered them in about 2 days which is what we all should expect from online vendors in 2019.

Feel Solid

Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier, Built-in Drain Pump
Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier, Built-in Drain Pump

Pros: Feel solidly built. Relatively quiet. Has continuous feed and a pump with hoses provided.

Cons: Does not remove moisture from the air as quickly as my old dehumidifier

Overall Review: I just got this unit today for my basement. After 4 years my previous dehumidifier stopped working. My previous unit was a highly rated model that also begins with the letter F. The Friedrich is a little more expensive but it just feel like its built better than my previous dehumidifier. So far it works as it is supposed to but its just been 1 day. I noticed it is a little slower removing moisture from the air than my old model but it is also quieter - much quieter. There are no rattles like I had with my old model. The continuous drain is also a better design and it seem to work without a problem. My old model was notorious for it continuous drain not working properly. So far I would recommend this model over my old one but I will update this review in a couple of months.

Be Careful with this one

ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Nice BiOS setup program single plug for front panel connectors is a good idea. Good placement of PCIe 1x16 slot User Manual is better than most (although not great)

Cons: Some quirky functionality (see other thoughts) It has 4 PCIe 2.0x16 slots but I have no idea why. No matter what I tried I could not get 3 video cards to work, let alone 4. Considering they are AMD cards it is shocking they they would not work with an AMD chipset! In my case this board resulting in slower performance than the older board it replaced.

Overall Review: When you write a review about a motherboard, getting it to work is a given. That it is fast" when coupled with an FX processor goes without saying. The question is, how does it compare to other motherboards. People who write reviews should keep this in mind. I bought this Asus motherboard from another vendor in a pinch because my Asrock board died and I needed a replacement asap. My Asrock board had the 970 chip set and was a champ right up until the day it died. so when I replaced it with this board, (all other components were the same as before) and noticed the performance was slower by a lot I was surprised, especially considering all the positive reviews this board got. Not only that, my Asrock board allowed me to run 4 AMD R9 290s flawlessly, including 1 I had in a PCIe x1 to 2x16 riser cable. This MB has 4 PCIe 2.0x16 slots and I can only get 2 cards working. Plugging a 3rd card into the 2nd PCIe slot causes the fan on the card to run full speed even though the MB does not recognize the card as a "display device". The 4th slots almost works but the drivers will not install so its useless too. Only two slots work correctly. I have a Sempron 145 processor coupled with this Asus MB and maybe its not a great choice - but I am looking for low power draw. In any case, the Asus MB with this processor is about 4 times slower than the same CPU and memory in the Asrock MB. It is so slow with the Asus MB it is excruciating. Loading the AMD GPU drivers takes almost 30 minutes when it takes 7 minutes with the Asrock MB. Plus, the Asrock BIOS allows for core unlock, even with a Sempron I can use 2 cores. The Asus does not appear to offer this feature. Even at one core, its is slower than the Asrock with one core active. The Sempron does not support memory at speeds higher than 1066 (theoretically), but for some reason this Asus MB when set to Auto for memory frequency defaults to 1600. I was getting BSODs constantly until I figured this out and set the memory speed manually. Most MBs I have used detect this and set the memory frequency to the speed supported by the CPU. I wasted a day and a half before I located a small footnote in the manual. My advice is to stay away from this MB. I usual buy Asrock but could not find the one I wanted locally so I settled for this. If you feel compelled to buy this MB, I would advise another CPU other than a Sempron. If you feel you must buy this board and use a Sempron, CPU then don;t forget to set the memory frequency to something the CPU can handle. If you want to use more than 2 PCIe graphics cards, do some research and see if you can find one that others have been able to use successfully with more than 2 cards. Maybe I have a bad board, but its acting more like it just doesn't work right. One final thought. I have used MB with the 990FX chip set and boards with the 970 FX chipset and maybe its just the sample of MB I have gotten but I find the 970FX MB are by far more

Follow-up

HIS iPower IceQ X² OC Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card H290QMC4GD
HIS iPower IceQ X² OC Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card H290QMC4GD

Pros: Runs cool and quiet.

Cons: Not as fast as other R9 290s

Overall Review: I just wanted to give a follow-up from my last review. I had RMA'd one of my HIS ICEQ 2x R9 290s after my system started black-screening and hanging. After weeks of testing every component and reinstalling Windows 7 I removed the card and put it in another system. The new system started hanging and black screening just like the first so I RMA'd the card. TO HIS's credit they sent me an RMA number and replaced the card no questions asked. They sent me what looked like a brand new card - in new packaging. I installed it in my system and it works fine, except this card performs even worse than the other two ICEQ 2x cards I had originally purchased and reviewed! I don't know what it is but I did notice that GPU-Z reports the new card as having Samsung memory. I have seen R9 290s with Elpida and Hynix but not Samsung. I don't know how good or bad Samsung GDDR5 is but its something I will look into.

seller reviews
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As expected

I don't usually buy refurbished products but I needed a hard drive to rescue an only system I use for a specific purpose but I did not want to spend much money on it. I bought this drive for less than 20 bucks and its doing the job. The only complaint is the shipping. It takes too long. But otherwise the purchase was satisfactory.

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