Joined on 11/06/05
TP=750 Cable Length
Pros: TP-750 cabling Length Facts: 7 direct Cables: 24-pin (20+4) main connector—20.5” 8-pin EPS12V—20.5” 4-pin ATX12V—20.5” (2) 8-pin (6+2) PCI-E—19.5” each 3 x Molex + 1 x Floppy—21”+5”+5”+5” 3 x SATA—21”+5”+5” 6 Add-on Cables: (2) 3 x Molex—21”+5.5”+5.5” (2) 3 x Sata—21”+5.5”+5.5” (2) 6-pin PCI-E—21”
Cons: Few MFR include specs on cable length .
Overall Review: All voltages on rails within 0.1 volt. Lots of cables. Cable Length should be good for a mid tower case with a bottom mount PSU. (Antec 300) After modding case with two 3/4" holes to allow 8-pin EPS12V on the other side on mobo backplate . I also use 3/8 " drill and make a 4" circle of holes allowing me to mount the PSU fan facing down at the rear bottom of case. Also mod rubber feet by putting in 3/8" spacer made from 1" PVC pipe to allow more exterior cooling.
WD5000AAKS Dead in 1 Year
Pros: Drive was fairly quiet when it worked.
Cons: Completly dead after one year. No warning - nothing. Wiped out all my data. Dealing with websupport.wdc.com has been a real hassle.Very hard time trying to get RMA. Keeps going into a loop claiming that the serial number is not for end user and is for a Reseller . I have to go through email support to get them to figure out why the serial # is not for end users. Add another week.
Overall Review: This is the 2nd WD RMA in 2 years. The 1st went through New Egg and had quick return and email support. I cannot say the same about WD however. All my Acronis backups are down the drain. I did register the new drive with WD and it registered fine. But now that I need to RMA through WD they are making the return nearly impossible to do.
Good case but sharp edges
Pros: Love the 2-screw glass panel Love the promotional price Love the 3 installed 120 MM fans Love the top USB Type "C" on top-side of case Love the extra 3/4" area above the motherboard for water cooling.(2" Total)
Cons: Very sharp top-rear corners. Slashed a 1/4" x 1/4" "L" in my finger when picking up headphones. The white wire hiding strip should be black. My OCD made me paint it black. The pci slot area is not recessed like my other cases. Hard to pick up case without that finger grip Very crowded PSU area when doing cable management. Needs better RGB wiring instructions
Overall Review: Still a good case. Will buy again with a promo price. Similar to a Corsair 4000D
Very quite fan on heat sink
Pros: I liked it so much I bought a 2nd one for other builds.
Cons: Fan attachment using wire clips is a big pain if the heat sink is already installed in case. I like the plastic clips found on the Hyper 212 EVO much better. It's like snap in the back side-rotate a little, snap in the front side. Shipping time (4-7 Days) . UPS through USPS was 13 DAYS with NO Tracking at all from USPS.
Overall Review: Great product but poor shipping through -USPS-.
Z170 Pro Review
Pros: This mobo is only one of a hand full that still has D-Sub VGA video output. This is why I choose this model. It wasn't the price that I considered first.
Cons: This motherboard does not have a LED Error code display. What is has is 4 small vertical red LED's at the top-right. ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) There is no mention in the PDF manual on their purpose-other then the name. Spoiler: If any of the 4 lights are on then you have a problem in that area. Bad CPU, DRAM, VGA, or no Boot Device configured. In my case I did the box top install with just the minimum installed. The 24 pin, 8 pin CPU, 4 Pin CPU Fan Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, On-board VGA to monitor, and remote front panel "On" and "Reset". I also installed G.SKILL Ripjaws (2 x 8GB) F4-2133C15D-16GRR N82E16820231828 in slots A2 and B2 These are listed in the Qualified Vendors Lists. What I did not like about the memory slots is they only have locks on one side only. This resulted in the ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light to turn on.(See below) As a result on the first start-up I was getting no screen on the monitor. I switched from on-board video to discrete video and still no screen. I tried HMDI and still no go. I finally noticed the ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light was on. I re-seated both A2 & B2 Dram and still no video. I removed B2 Dram and restarted and still no video. I pulled the A2 Dram and put in the B2 Dram into the A2 Slot. I finally was able to get video. ASUS Q-LED (DRAM) red LED light was finally OFF ! I pulled the discrete video and switched to on-board VGA video. (OK) I took the A2 Dram that wasn't working and re-seated it into the B2 slot and now it works. I used allot more down-force this time around. The whole first day I had no video displayed meaning neither dram was seated correctly. The second day I finally got lucky and got one seated (and video output) and then the other worked.
Overall Review: Not recommended for the faint of heart ! I will never buy another motherboard without having levers (locks) on both sides of the DDR4 memory. I never had a problem with DDR3 compared to this.
Pros: Does a good job of cloning drive with Windows 7. Replaced an old 500 GB Sata2 with 16 MB cache with a Sata3 drive with 64 MB cache. Also copied Volume Serial Number used on old drive to new drive. It uses sector to sector copy so no problems with licensed programs. The LED lights show 25%-50%-75%-100% so you know when it is done. No need to hook to PC.
Overall Review: You need a fan to keep the drives cool while cloning as they heat up pretty good. I made my own fan tower with a 200mm CM fan and 4 1x2x8" pieces of wood for the legs. Love the LED's Make sure to check for bad sectors on each drive prior to using this.
Nice cloner for sata drives
If cloning drives make sure to use a fan to keep drives cool. 2nd time purchase. If formatting a drive in Win 10 v2004 I suggest using a enclosure with E-SATA instead. It failed to Quick format a drive which now has to be returned. Weird win 10 problem..