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Larry C.

Larry C.

Joined on 10/03/02

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Most Favorable Review

Surprising CPU!!!

Intel Pentium D 945 - Pentium D Presler Dual-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 775 Processor - BX80553945
Intel Pentium D 945 - Pentium D Presler Dual-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 775 Processor - BX80553945

Pros: Before I installed the D 945, I was already thinking about which upgraded heatsink and fan to get for it. Surprise! No upgrade is needed. I replaced the thermal gunk that came on the stock hs/f with Arctic Silver and enabled Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology in the BIOS and XP. With overclocking only .2 GHz to 3.6, the idle temp is about 22C (room temp)! Under a 100% sustained load, the temp tops out at about 50C. Air exhausted from the back of the case is actually cool. And my system has never been as fast or as quiet. This is an ideal CPU for those who want a fast new dual core processor, but who want to keep their existing RAM and AGP video card.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Great price and great service (as usual) from Newegg! What more can you ask for?

Most Critical Review

Cooler Master 212 EVO wouldn't install

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Looks as if it would do a good job of cooling.

Cons: The bracket that holds the cooler to the CPU would not install on an LGA1151 socket with an i7-8700 CPU. The top arm of the bracket teetered back and forth on a flat surface. It seated properly in its specified area on the cooler. But once I got the screw on one end of the upper arm in a couple of turns, the tip of the opposite screw was more than a quarter of an inch above the hole it was supposed to go into. Enough brute force would have been required to make the connection to cause nearly certain damage to the motherboard and CPU. Screws at both ends of the lower arm went in a few turns with no problem.

Brother HL Series EHL-2170W Workgroup Up to 23 ppm Monochrome Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer
Brother HL Series EHL-2170W Workgroup Up to 23 ppm Monochrome Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer

Pros: Excellent printing quality on all media I've tried so far. It does an especially good job on labels. Very fast once printer is warmed up. Super price + rebate on a refurb unit (most refurbs probably get more individual attention than any new unit ever gets). This printer replaced a 15-yr old HP laserjet that was starting to give trouble, and it's almost a night and day difference.

Cons: None really (see Other Thoughts)

Overall Review: There are some minor indentations on printed sheets caused by the final turn that routes output to the top of the printer. But evidence mostly disappears with a little time. Opening the rear slot and routing printed sheets out that way solves the problem.

HIS Gift - Stormrise Game Coupon Bundle
HIS Gift - Stormrise Game Coupon Bundle

Pros: Zip Zilch Nil Nada Squat!!!

Cons: Not playable on XP. The half dozen or so pro reviews I read rated Stormrise universally poor in concept and execution.

Overall Review: Since I got it free with a great Newegg deal on a video card I'm not really out anything.

Total junk!

RiDATA ARITA 4.7GB 8X DVD+R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD+478-AR25RV2
RiDATA ARITA 4.7GB 8X DVD+R 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD+478-AR25RV2

Pros: Dirt cheap after rebate

Cons: This is the worst DVD media I've ever bought. It's RITEK R03 and that's usually fairly good, but not this batch of Aritas. Some of the test burns can't even scan to the end. PO *failures* in excess of 5 million with a 4x burn! The discs are useless.

Overall Review: At least Newegg doesn't discriminate against lousy products. They arrive just as quickly as the good stuff.