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Stephen L.

Stephen L.

Joined on 12/24/01

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Most Favorable Review

Decent setup, great specs, low price

NETGEAR RNDP200U-100NAS Diskless ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Home Media Server with iSCSI
NETGEAR RNDP200U-100NAS Diskless ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Home Media Server with iSCSI

Pros: - Easy to setup (once you're connected--see other thoughts) - Quiet - Great features for price - Looks to have decent support (as well as community support)

Cons: - No status LCD so unless you're connected via the admin web tool, you have no idea what the status of the NAS is - Somewhat less features than competitors (eg: no eSata connectivity)

Overall Review: Newegg shipped this without double boxing. This happened to me years ago when I bought a Thecus N5200 Pro, but I assumed they changed this practice by now as I see lot's of complaints about this. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. Unit came in decent shape though. Box isn't sealed so someone could have tampered with it although tie wraps and plastic wrap look untouched. Drive needed a factory reset however before I could use it, which is suspicious, but it works fine.

Most Critical Review

Works but has some serious issues

Intel BOXDH77EB LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDH77EB LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Once configured and booted works well.

Cons: BIOS update will brick your board with high probability. I've had two (yes, TWO) of these boards brick on me when attempting to do a BIOS update. The only reliable method upon talking to tech support is to use the recovery mode (pull the jumper, put BIOS on USB stick) to do the update.

Overall Review: I've done BIOS updates on dozens of machines probably close to hundreds of times and only this Intel board has ever failed on me. Talking to Intel tech support, I get the impression that they're not that surprised.

11/21/2012

Top notch performance

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Card
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Card

Pros: Pretty much all games I've tried work smoothly on maxed out settings in 4K resolution

Cons: Slight "clicking" fan noise. Very faint but noticeable. Manually tweaking fan speed in Gigabyte's "XTREME ENGINE" software seems to alleviate the problem. A firmware update could possibly resolve this.

No drops, great range, extensive device compatibility

ASUS AC1900 Wi-Fi Dual-band 3x3 Gigabit Wireless Router with AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home Wi-Fi System Compatible (RT-AC68U)
ASUS AC1900 Wi-Fi Dual-band 3x3 Gigabit Wireless Router with AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home Wi-Fi System Compatible (RT-AC68U)

Pros: Works with all my devices Significantly extends the range compared to my prior 802.11n AirPort Extreme

Cons: Expensive

Plastic front lessens appeal

SilverStone SUGO SG02-BF Black ABS / SECC Steel Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
SilverStone SUGO SG02-BF Black ABS / SECC Steel Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Straightforward case, no frills, decent design but SG01 is better.

Cons: Plastic front cheapens the overall look, easy to scratch glossy coating Limited CPU cooler support due to PSU location placement.

Works great in Asus UX32VD

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10

Pros: Popped into Asus UX32VD and worked with no problems, although I noticed only at 1333mhz. Maybe a BIOS setting change is needed which I haven't looked into.

Cons: A bit more expensive than the generic ram.