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Kevin C.

Kevin C.

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Most Favorable Review

Works like a charm

BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter
BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE / SATA Adapter

Pros: Works perfectly, as it should every time. Reads sata, pata, and laptop hard drives.

Cons: Could be built a TAD more solid.

Overall Review: I manage a tech department for a large Laptop/Desktop retailer. There are a few other brands that try and do what this unit does lying around the store yet everyone borrows this one. It gets used DAILY and will read any drive IF YOU HAVE THE JUMPER SET RIGHT. Also, the people saying the molex connector doesn't fit snug simply aren't pushing it in far enough. When I first got mine I thought the same thing, but on further examination saw I could push it on a little more and now it's as snug as it should be. Great unit, affordable, versatile, and dependable.

Most Critical Review

Good for Case, NOT for CPU.

Thermaltake A2017 90mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan
Thermaltake A2017 90mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan

Comments: Put this on an XP90 to cool down my A643200 winchester. In a nutshell, the STOCK fan that came with the XP90 cooled it 4-5 c better than this fan. It has a pretty big dead spot which makes it unsuitable for CPU cooling. Works great for Case applications though.

Fast and QUIET

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560UD-1G
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560UD-1G

Pros: I installed and run two of these in SLI to replace two GTX 470's. I didn't really gain much performance over the two 470's but BOY, what a difference in power consumption, heat and NOISE! I loved my 470's but couldn't stand the excessive heat output and when the cards were stressed those fans sounded like jet engines. These 560 Ti's run WAY cooler and even when stressing them out don't make very much noise. My den is also not 10 degrees hotter than the rest of my house...lol. I play BF3 on ultra with no sweat and the same with Crysis 2 and anything else I throw at it. These only get around 70c while maxed out and the fans can keep them at that without running at full speed. Running two of these bests a single 580 at a lot less money. Not a bad deal...

Cons: I, like some others, cannot over clock these at all without causing a lock up. It looks like it's hit and miss with these as far as that goes. Is this really a con? Probably not, but I thought I'd mention my results. I only wanted to OC them to do some 3dark runs and see what I could squeeze out of them. I normally don't run my cards full time with an OC because I fail to see the point when already running pretty powerful cards. So what if I can gain an extra 10 FPS with an over clock when I'm already getting a FPS that provides flawless, stutter free playback. I run all of my games with vsync on anyway which caps my FPS at 60.

Overall Review: I like this dual fan design and with the air provided by my HAF932 case I keep everything nice and cool. I run a 2600K with an Antec Kuhler H20, 8 gigs of Ripjaw ram, X-25M 80GB SSD, numerous other hard drives, etc etc. and this machine is just plain fast. These cards kept my GPU performance at what I had before and lowered my temps and noise drastically. Easily worth the price of admission.

11/16/2011

Great board, sloppy software

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: LOVING the more powerful usb ports that quickly charge my iPhone AND my iPad. Until now I didn't think charging an Ipad was possible on a PC. These ports will also charge while the machine is off. Very cool. Plenty of USB2 and 3 ports. Great over-clocker Connections and things nicely laid out I have no issues with the on-board sound when hooked into nice speakers. (I'm running an X-Fi card though...) Plenty of BIOS options Numerous fan headers in the right places too!

Cons: The software for this board is incomplete. EZ Tune doesn't work, EZ Smart Response won't launch, etc. etc. The only one I really want to take advantage of though is the EZ Smart Response, but for others wanting to use some of the other bundled utilities, be aware a lot of them don't work. (I have read reviews on other Gigabyte Z68 boards and see that many others are also having problems with their software.)

Overall Review: This is still up in the air, but from what I read you have to have on board video to take advantage of Quicksync, which, if this does turn out to be the case, will really irritate me. Gigabyte's site boasts all over that the Z68's have this feature and Newegg's own video review clearly states that this particular board does as well. Another reviewer here states he got it working using Lucid's software but if that were the case, why wouldn't Gigabyte give us the software or have it available for us to download? I really hope this reviewer is right, as Quicksync was one of the reasons I went with Z68 and I would have ordered a different board if you had to have on board video to take advantage of it. I have 2 support requests in at Gigabyte. I'll edit this or do another review once I learn more. HAF932 - 2600K - 8gigs Ripjaw DDR3 1600 - (2) GTX 470 SC's- X-Fi Fatal1ty - Z5500's - 28in Hanns G LCD, Intel X-25M 80gig SSD, 640 & 1Tb WD black, etc, etc

Nice build, but missing something...

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Just built up a new system for a friend of mine and we used this case. Material quality is great, great wire management, and it was just plain fun to build in. Would recommend this case to others. Kudos also to the huge amount of screws and zip ties to help complete the project. (Except for the item mentioned below.)

Cons: However, they supplied no way to install a 3.5 in card reader! I have never seen a case not include a cut-out face plate to mount up a card reader and they don't offer one up to order at their website even. I am surprised no one else has mentioned this in the reviews here. So I am wondering if they spaced off putting one in the box??? I can't believe they wouldn't include such a commonly used item.

Fantastic & Quiet

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

Pros: EXCELLENT wiring options! QUIET! Plenty of room to build but not a gigantic Full Size tower. Tons of fan options! Cools beautifully right out of the box! My now replaced CM Cosmos was terrible with cooling down a high end rig. I notice hardly any noise increase while gaming with this HAF 932...

Cons: Hard Drive trays a tad odd No USB 3.0 (But this is easily remedied if you really need it.)

Overall Review: I'm running a I7 970, 6 gigs Corsair XMS, 5 hard drives, X-fi Fatality, 2 GTX 470's in SLI, on an EVGA X58 Sli board. I had all of this housed in a Cooler Master Cosmos before this case but I just couldn't get enough air flow to those 2 470's. If I left the side panel on the cards would spin up like a jet plane while gaming. So I always popped off the side panel while doing so and that got old. I was first set on the new Antec Lanboy but didn't want to end up having to blow the dust out every couple of weeks. After looking at a ton of cases I ended up buying this and I couldn't be happier. When I put this one together I was quickly reminded of how doing proper wiring in that Cosmos was near impossible. That case is very difficult to get everything tucked away nicely. Not so with this new HAF 932. There is a place for everything and plenty of room behind the mobo like there should be. Wiring was easy, there is a way to tie down everything, and getting power to the fans a snap.