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Joseph F.

Joseph F.

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Most Favorable Review

Wonderful cable

APEVIA CVT48 9.5 in. 4 Pin P4 /12V  to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Female to Male
APEVIA CVT48 9.5 in. 4 Pin P4 /12V to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Female to Male

Pros: The best 4 to 8 pin power adapter cable I know.

Cons: It's probably unnecessary. Having the extra 4 pins connected to the same P4 power lead really doesn't give you more power.

Overall Review: It's be best, likely useless cable I've bought. It may, however, keep there from being unused/unshielded connectors with power flowing though them.

Most Critical Review

1st one had issue, RMA working well

Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails
Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650 W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails

Pros: Nice Fan control, plenty of power, quiet (by design), decent RMA experience

Cons: Had to RMA my unit in the first place Needed an 8 pin extension to run power cable behind tray of Antec P180B to Abit AB9 Quad GT plug location.... needed 3 more inches.

Overall Review: My first Trio 650 was fine for several months and then the internal fan stayed at 1920 RPM nomatter what (it should pulse to that on power-up but then drop to a temperature controlled speed). Was able to RMA with a cross-ship (buy from online store and will get refunded when my unit is shipped in). New unit working fine (and now has all cables sleeved). Replacement is version A2.

10/14/2007

Update to review below

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Still a great case

Cons: Needed to modify a few things (I used a Dremel to cut out my own backplate access cutout in the motherboard tray, as well as a few more holes for routing additional header cables from behind the motherboard tray) Definately shipped with ground loop-causing front panel

Overall Review: The designers of this case did the same thing Antec has done in a lot of their cases and connected the usb casing to the audio casing/ground. This causes an audible ground loop through the front audio connector. Buying PW-IN11AV65T0 (or possibly IN20AV65T0) as a new USB 3.0 front panel works to solve this, as it doesn't have those ports connected internally anymore. The kit came with all the ports, the cutout thing, and the only thing I had to recycle was the metal door flap needed transferred from the old to the new. To install you'll need to unscrew the top of the Lian Li case to remove the front panel and will need a good pair of wire cutters to remove a bar on the reset button's metal support bracket of the case (old front panel had wires all at one point and new one has wires spread out, requiring a wider opening in that bracket). Did the replacement project today and now I have no more audio background noise and I have front panel USB 3.0 (not that I've got anything that actually needs that speed).

Really nice case - front panel audio issues

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Well constructed, lightweight, near lian li quality at prices lower than typical lian li

Cons: Sharp internal edges, front panel has odd fiber optic "fingers" for activity lights (that can break off easily)

Overall Review: I've enjoyed my case for a while, but one thing that kept bothering me was the front panel audio noise. The HD Audio header works, but the front panel (mine had firewire, 2 USB 2.0s, headphone, mic) would give lots of CPU-activity activated background noise in the audio/headphone jack when the USB headers were plugged in. Some google research indicates that's a problem found when the audio ground is tied into the USB ground in some way (typically done via wires bridging the ports or via a board) and you get a ground loop. Lian Li's website indicates that I can "upgrade" my front panel to USB 3.0 with PW-IN11AV65T0 or PW-IN20AV65T0 and I plan on doing so and double-checking for any ground connections between the USB and audio connectors before installing.

12/27/2012

Hit or miss

Rosewill RTCA-Q6470A Black Toner Replaces HP 501A Q6470A
Rosewill RTCA-Q6470A Black Toner Replaces HP 501A Q6470A

Pros: Cheaper than HP cartridges, still black, usually work

Cons: I bought a full set of black and color Rosewill toner carts for my cp3505 and had about a 50% success rate on working vs being overfilled and dropping toner constantly. My users can't accept that so I ended up having to throw away the cartridges I couldn't shake and distribute toner internally to avoid this.

Great little memory card

Mushkin Enhanced 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model MKNSDHCC10-16GB
Mushkin Enhanced 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model MKNSDHCC10-16GB

Pros: Works great, no issues so far in my Canon S95, write speeds in my Lenovo X200s SDHC slot are about 8.4 MB/sec, read is just under 14 MB/sec (copying a 2 GB file to and from the SSD with Win7 explorer).

Cons: The clear plastic case it comes in is larger than some of the others I've seen, it's about the size of a compact flash card.

Overall Review: Liked it so much that when Newegg sent a 10% discount code for next flash memory purchase I bought a second.