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Soren S.

Soren S.

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Most Favorable Review

Great Power Supply

CyberPower CP850PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 850 VA 510 Watts PFC Compatible Mini-Tower
CyberPower CP850PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 850 VA 510 Watts PFC Compatible Mini-Tower

Pros: PFC compatible. Pure sine wave. LCD display. Somewhat adjustable voltage sensitivity.

Cons: I wish I could adjust the voltage sensitivity to be tighter. Something along the lines of 110-130.

Overall Review: This is the best power supply on the market in this price range.

Most Critical Review

Runs slow due to bug in Microsoft Spectre patch

HP Laptop 255 G6 (1LB17UT#ABA) AMD A6-Series A6-9220 (2.5GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB SSD AMD Radeon R4 Series 15.6" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
HP Laptop 255 G6 (1LB17UT#ABA) AMD A6-Series A6-9220 (2.5GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB SSD AMD Radeon R4 Series 15.6" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

Pros: This is a decent laptop with a good SSD. One of my clients recently purchased 15 of these laptops.

Cons: There is a bug in the Microsoft Spectre that affects the AMD A6-9220 APU. Instead of the 5-15% slowdown that one might expect from installing the patch, the computer runs dozens of times slower than it should. Just moving the mouse rapidly can cause the Synaptic driver to consume 35% of the CPU and loading a normal website can take up to 2 minutes. Disabling the Spectre v2 mitigations makes the laptop function as expected. There are two registry keys that accomplish this task as described in the official Microsoft documentation. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4073119/protect-against-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabilities-in

Overall Review: A user shouldn't have to decide between security or having a functional laptop. Hopefully Microsoft figures out whatever their bug is and releases an updated patch. But it is uncertain when/if that will happen.

Good power supply

BitFenix Whisper M 80 Plus Gold Full Modular 450W PSU, BWG450M
BitFenix Whisper M 80 Plus Gold Full Modular 450W PSU, BWG450M

Pros: It is fully modular and quiet.

Cons: It took me a few minutes to figure out how to attach the main motherboard cable to the power supply. It attaches in two parts, and as the cables ship they can't stretch enough to both plug in. But if you separate the plastic connections on the cables a little bit then they work fine.

Overall Review: I use this power supply in all my current builds as an IT contractor. I have not had a problem with one yet.

Great Power Supply

EVGA 650 GQ 210-GQ-0650-V1 80+ GOLD 650W Modular EVGA ECO Mode Power Supply
EVGA 650 GQ 210-GQ-0650-V1 80+ GOLD 650W Modular EVGA ECO Mode Power Supply

Pros: Whisper quiet operation with optional ECO mode (fan is disabled unless needed).

Cons: None that I have found.

Overall Review: I like to use this power supply with client server builds.

11/11/2016

Great DVD Drive

ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS
ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS

Pros: Works well. I have installed dozens with no problems.

Cons: None that I have found.

Overall Review: If you don't want it to ship from overseas, purchase it from one of the available US sources.

11/11/2016

Great USB 3.0 Card

StarTech.com PEXUSB3S2EI 4-port PCI Express USB 3.0 card - 2 external, 2 internal - SATA power
StarTech.com PEXUSB3S2EI 4-port PCI Express USB 3.0 card - 2 external, 2 internal - SATA power

Pros: Both internal and external USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: None that I have found.

Overall Review: This is a great card for adding USB 3.0 to servers that don't have them on the motherboard.

11/11/2016