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Brian H.

Brian H.

Joined on 01/01/05

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Most Favorable Review

Here's to the Intel Snobs

HP Laptop AMD A8-Series A8-6410 (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R5 Series 15.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Windows 8.1 Pro License 355 G2
HP Laptop AMD A8-Series A8-6410 (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon R5 Series 15.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit with Windows 8.1 Pro License 355 G2

Pros: Amazing value for just over $300 that I paid With a replaced SSD, disk data transfer achieves a WEI of 7.9 Very impressive CPU and memory performance speed roughly equivalent to an i5 with a WEI of 6.7 Very good graphics performance for a notebook

Cons: Display panel is basic with not great black levels. Finger print reader option is pictured but of course not included, I would have paid a few extra $ for it. Had to remove 1 star for inadvertent deception.

Overall Review: Lucky #7 windows Pro x64 is what caught my attention on this notebook. Likely will never upgrade it to 8.1 but the included license and install disk s a plus. The notebook comes stock with one stick of 4GB low voltage DDR3, very easy to add one more stick of 4GB which also increases memory dual channel performance from a WEI of 5.7 to 6.7 Paid more for the replacement SSD then the total cost of the machine, what a hoot!

Most Critical Review

Poor Quality

Rosewill 6.56ft. USB3.0 A Male to A Female Extension Cable, Black, Model RC-6-USB3-AM-AF-BK
Rosewill 6.56ft. USB3.0 A Male to A Female Extension Cable, Black, Model RC-6-USB3-AM-AF-BK

Pros: Dirt Cheap for a USB 3.0 cable

Cons: The first time I used the cable, only one of the high speed pairs worked, I could move files to the USB device at USB 3.0 speeds, but only USB 2.0 low speed from the device. The second time I used the cable neither, of the high speed pairs had a connection.

Overall Review: Don't buy this if you want reliable USB 3.0 connections, definitely not something you can throw in your bag and expect to work when you take it out. When the cable is coiled even slightly, a distinct crinkle that sounds like wires breaking can be heard. I've been disappointed with Rosewill quality and service responsiveness more then a couple of times now.

11/17/2012

60MB/s no way ...

PNY 128GB High Performance microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card without Adapter, Speed Up to 60MB/s (P-SDUX128U160G-GE)
PNY 128GB High Performance microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card without Adapter, Speed Up to 60MB/s (P-SDUX128U160G-GE)

Pros: Good price/performance even with the poor performance I get from it.

Cons: Performance not as advertised.

Overall Review: I'm using this in a ASUS T100. Granted the T100 SD controller maxes out at about 23MB/s for simultaneous read/write, this card comes no where near that at 16MB/s Write and 18MB/sec Read. I suspect that the later manufactured cards don't meet advertised specs.

Great!

BitFenix Recon Fan Controller
BitFenix Recon Fan Controller

Pros: * Works with just about any fan with 3 or 4 pins * Granular control of fan speed: 1 degree can go from 0 to full speed or anywhere in between.

Cons: Wish this was available for more and less fans. For tower servers need one or 2 more, for desktops hard to use all 5.

Overall Review: I only use the Phoebetria open source software. If you can RDP to the box, no need for any other remote access.

Stupid Stupid Stupid

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Pros: Antec always fulfills their rebates

Cons: Fan on this "Bottom mount" model runs in reverse! Obnoxiously loud fan that runs all the time.

Overall Review: Had this P/S for a few weeks before I realized the fan is designed to be bottom mounted only! Newer model Power supplies should specify "Top Case mount" or "Bottom Case mount". In my top mount build, hot air draws in from the top outside and is forced right back out out the case main evacuation fan right below it. I used to pay top dollar for Antec because of dependability and quiet fan or no fan under normal load. Much more expensive to manufacture a high current power supply with no fan under low loads. Later Antec models, including this one are designed with cheaper components that need constant cooling for higher rated output.

Great Throughput

iStarUSA ZAGE-D-5SAES-PM eSATA Port Multiplier 1:5 Device Adapter
iStarUSA ZAGE-D-5SAES-PM eSATA Port Multiplier 1:5 Device Adapter

Pros: * SATA III * Pairs great with RocketRAID 620 SATA III * Good throughput speeds

Cons: * Absolutely no documentation * No isolation standoffs on bottom of card

Overall Review: I took a chance on this card, as another reviewer commented, the chip-set is not as described. I'm very happy with RocketRAID compatibility and throughput speed. I've paired this card with a RocketRAID 620 configured for RAID5 and with 4 Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives for throughput: 140 MB/s write 227 MB/s read