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Scott L.

Scott L.

Joined on 03/22/04

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Most Favorable Review

Upgraded from SB6141 on TWC

ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor
ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - 600 MHz Dual-Thread Processor

Pros: I did have to reboot my old SB6141 occasionally as it would downgrade to about 1% of provisioned speed. Not anymore. This one has been stable for 1 month with no reboot necessary. I have TWC 100Mbps plan.

Cons: I can think of a single con, and I am picky. Maybe could use more bells and whistles in the management interface?

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this modem.

Most Critical Review

Board that fits the bill, but not ideal

GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: 4x SATA. Low power consumption. Works as advertised. Perfect for my Windows Home Server.

Cons: SATA raid and AHCI functionality appears to require a BIOS update. Took a few minutes to find a way to update the BIOS without a floppy (couldn't easily do it from in Windows like with my Intel boards). Still don't have RAID up yet as I'm waiting on some additional drives, so I can't comment, but the performance on single drives seems normal. Realtec NIC required driver updates (in box Windows x64 drivers were terrible). Easy to locate the good drivers. I really would have liked an E-SATA. I have no need for an IDE or parallel port. Seems like an odd combination, but for the money, I can't complain. Fan on CPU is terribly loud, perhaps even a bad berring. Disappointing considering the Atom D510 can probably run without a fan at all (I'm not yet willing to chance it). But it's inside a case now, so it isn't the loudest thing in the room anymore.

Overall Review: Meh. Works as advertised. I wish someone else would come up with a better 4x SATA Atom board for under $100.

BIOS defaults are odd and 3 digital displays NOT working

MSI Z97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works as advertised. All features are there and work. Handles my v4.5 Haswell perfectly, um, well. Not using it for a high powered rig, but wanted a Z97 chipset and 3 monitor out. This fit the bill as the cheapest one on the day I looked.

Cons: Multi-monitor does not currently work. investigating with support. BIOS defaults are odd to me. For Windows 8.1 and 10, I had quite a bit of tweaking to do. Now, mind you, again, I wasn't building a high end system, so maybe I wasn't their "target customer", but still, you expect the advanced features to be off and the basic ones to be on, not the other way around. Nevertheless, the BIOS is laid out well and easy to navigate and setup. I immediately turned off the ugly POST screen, and will turn off legacy BIOS POST all together as soon as everything is working right. No one cares to see that garbage anymore.<br>Memory slots are really, really close to CPU. Probably not quite the best layout for OC, but many other models are very similar.

Overall Review: It's early, but I could see myself getting another MSI.

Not fast. Drive failed after just 4 months.

Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive
Seagate ST1000LM014 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: When it worked, it worked ok.

Cons: Well, as of today (10 months in), it's completely dead. I didn't realize, but it's been reporting errors for over 6 months. So yeah, that means it lasted about 4 months. Even during those 4 months, the drive performance was about 20MB/s for sustained IO, which is NOT 5x faster than 5400 rpm drives.

Overall Review: Hopefully RMA process goes smoothly. It looks like I'll be paying my own shipping, which isn't ideal.

10/15/2015

Great picture

LG 23MP47HQ 23" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS
LG 23MP47HQ 23" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS

Pros: Everything is as advertised. Nice and bright, all the pros of a nice display at a great price. I didn't test speed or colors. Since HDMI is the only digital input, it probably depends a lot on how you're driving it.

Cons: I subtract half a star for HDMI being the only digital input option. What year is this? I get that it probably was to save a few bucks, but in this day, I'd rather drop the Dsub VGA and have one or two more digital options. The other half star is for a poor included stand. It feels like incredibly light weight plastic that will snap any moment. Again, probably to save a buck. It does have VESA screw mounts, so if you're buying it for that, it won't be an issue, although you should be aware that this thing isn't super thin. The monitor is almost 0.65" deep, and the place where you mount doubles that before you even get to measuring your mount.

Overall Review: Get what you pay for. If you want a display, yep. If you want all the bells and whistles, be warned.

Other reviews are spot-on

iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis
iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis

Pros: This works exactly like the other reviewers stated. It's pretty cheap, good basic rack mount case. I haven't tried mounting it yet, but don't anticipate problems. There are a ton of different screws included. Clean lines.

Cons: Biggest con - advertises two 80mm fans. There were exactly zero fans included. Not a big deal since I didn't want two loud fans and got two really quiet ones instead, just hate being lied to. The insides are a little tight, particularly at the front where they put the drive bays. The 5.25 external bay is really hard to get out unless you have just the right tools for the job. My mobo power connector really gets in the way of the 3.5 internal drive bays. At most I'm going to be able to fit one drive in here, which is all I need, but you may have other plans... look closely at the pictures and decide if you'll be ok or not. It is really tight! Also, it seems like there were different screw threads for everything, so I had to keep trying different screws until I got the ones that seemed to fit. USB on front is 2.0 which is odd, but something I knew and could live with.

Overall Review: CX430 PSU fit wonderfully. I am using an MSI Z98-G43 micro mobo. Fortunately, I went with a M.2 system drive which is a good solution to the 3.5 drive mounting issue.