Date Joined: 07/30/08
Pros: I have built many computers before and I have only had two computers that caused issues. One being my FIRST AMD board and the second being a computer with this WiFi PCIE card.
There are NO PROS on this card
Cons: Outdated drivers which is fine if they are STABLE.
All of their drivers causes BSOD issue on a W7 x64 Ultimate computer. From the oldest one to the newest one and everything in between.
I swap it to the TP-LINK USB adapter and it's perfectly fine. I cannot wait to smash this PCIE wireless card because of how awful it is. I even tried fresh install over 3 times thinking it was the issue with the OS.
Overall Review: I really hate this thing and I urge you to stay away from this product. Blue screens every darn day.
Rampage II E-ATX
2x Sapphire 7950
I did very, very minor modification on the Fractal R4 to get it to work with a 280mm Radiator up front. All i really did was removed the grills plus made new holes for the fan spot. It fits in there perfectly.
I did not use stock fans as I heard they were loud. I had quite a few stock Fractal R4 fans lying around so I used those instead. Otherwise I might have sprung for the SP120 quiet edition. Noctuas are too ugly for me. Idle temperature was around 31C in push configuration (had one core at 34, think I need to reseat). I did not do any benching process as this was an old rig. Sorry.
It's super easy to install, looks pretty good for an AIO configuration. I imagined the worst since this system used to be cooled with triple rad (3x120mm) and cougar fans. I wanted a low maintenance cooler for a rig that I would be on occasionally. Didn't want to deal with complex loops for an old rig. I have the new rig for that (what a headache it is planning out the loops). The most important part of this AIO Cooler: IT'S SUPER QUIET! I didn't even know it was running! I had to monitor realtemp to make sure it was actually cooling! Great system. Pretty on par in terms of noise with the MCP655 (I had them running side by side)
Cons: These radiator uses 6/32 screws instead of the traditional M4 screws in standalone radiators. Project stalled for a few days when I had to order to screw for a push-pull!
The radiator was pretty thin, I dont' have the measurements but I think its' on Newegg. It's really light too, not what I expected.
Overall Review: I debated between the H100i and the H110 for some time. The H100i had some neat features obviously however the H110 is just your straight up radiator cooler with no frills. I really wanted the bling of the H100i lol.
I recently did a little upgrading in my old rig core i7-920 when I tore it down for parts for my new rig core i7-4770k. The 920 was cooled using triple rad (3x120mm) and cougar fans but the case wasn't doing it for me anymore. I had an extra fractal R4 case so I put the E-ATX board (Rampage) LOL. It fits fine.
Pros: Own this for about a year. I have two of them. Great little devices. Compact like the Logitech nano receivers. Speed is adequate.
Cons: With something this small, the antenna has to suffer. The range is not as strong as laptop N cards.
Overall Review: I use this receiver for diagnostics when I am not sure if it's the computer or the wifi cards problem.
Pros: I have about 7 of these throughout all my computers. They are exceptionally quiet and pushes a heck lot of air out the system. Love them.
Cons: It's a fan, it works, it's quiet. NO CONs
Overall Review: I would not hesitate to buy it again and highly recommends this.
Pros: I bought this quite some time ago. Decided to post up reviews roughly a year later which is today lol.
Love the feeling of the cups
I did not experience any fatigue overtime and I have a huge head lol
Volume Control but the settings isn't too precise IMO
Cons: I really liked it initially however there seem to be software issues associated with the product. I had to do a combination of restart/replug of the headset for the computer to recognize it. I am not sure if it's because of my Win 7. It's been a while since I had it reformatted. I don't plan to until my new build is up. There is a new firmware/software out at the moment. However at the time I had already ordered a new headset so that led to exceptionally brief testing. The new firmware still had the same issue I encountered previously. Like I said, could be my OS needing a refresh.
It wasn't too bad that I had to switch headsets but I wanted to go back to wireless headset. The cord was in the way of me gaming. Not a con but the reason why I had to switch to a new headset.
Pros: I run an extremely hot rig. i7-920 and a gtx 470. Any gaming session over 2 hours will cause the room to be insanely hot. I plugged this directly in my keyboard USB slot (logitech g19 and g710+) and it definitely does its job while gaming.
Cons: If I had to nitpick, it would be the flexible neck takes some adjusting. Once it's broken-in, it stays very well.
Pros: Solid Piece and feels on par in terms of quality with the Seagate GoFlex Backup Plus Portable hard drives (I like these so much I have 3x 1TB) This SLIM is almost half the thickness of the Expansions.
1. Very compact, roughly the size of an iPhone 4 in terms of length and thickness but it is slightly wider.
2. Excellent finish and build quality. I really like the finish on the Seagate portable hard drives.
3. The MAC version will blend in VERY, VERY nicely with any of your aluminum apple products.
4. So far, Seagate has not failed me in terms of reliability so that's why I keep coming back. I have a combination of over 30 Seagate hard drives of either 2TB or 3TBs plus 4 Seagate portable drives and countless other laptop drives. So far so good.
Performance on work Intel Core i5-3570K :
Windows (HD Tune Pro) Wasn't letting me test write for some reason :/
Avg Read: 88.2 MB/s
Write Speed via 2gb file: ~150-190 MB/s
Access Time: 17.1ms
Mac OS X 10.8.4
Cons: 1. Cables are not very long, 18in (typical sata length, more than enough for laptops but can be a bit short for your desktops. The length is more than adequate for those iMac users as well.
2. Not really a con but Slim drives only go up to 500gb
Overall Review: Either way, mac or windows, this is a good drive if you need to use it on both systems. You will need to download software for it on the Windows but afterwards, it will be flawless.
Because this drive is the slim model, the highest capacity you can get at the time of the review is 500gb. If you need more than that, I highly recommend the Seagate Backup Plus.
If the size is right for you, I highly recommend it.
Pros: I previously have been using ZyXEL PLA407, which by the way is a great powerline product. I had great success with it. Both the ZyXEL and this TRENDnet are rated for 200Mbps so I thought it would be a great idea to do a comparsion between the two.
1. Flawless syncing
2. Adding additional points was flawless upon resetting.
3. Has a pass-thru outlet port which is great depending on your needs.
4. But because it has a pass-thru outlet, the ZyXEL is huge, twice the size of the TRENDnet.
5. Includes ethernet cord but are only 2 pair connection.
6. Good if you want to set and forget, haven't had issue yet.
7. Don't plan on anything more complex such as setting up encryption (with wired connection?? It's offered) or setting up basic settings like ID. The software is exceptionally slow and it ended up working better on a MAC then a PC.
1. Exceptionally compact where you can still utilize the other power outlet port.
2. Flawless setup, didn't even have the use the included software. It literally just worked out of the box. Plug one end into the router and the other into your device and voila!
3. To add an additional one will obviously require some syncing but nothing hard. You can do it by pressing the button on the bottom.
Cons: I didn't experience any potential cons that would turn me away. These products are supposed to be simple plug and play.
The thing about powerline networking is even regardless of their advertised speed, it's really good for some basic things. I was only able to get at max 2Mbps which are good for basic things. Don't use it for your gaming computer rig. You should pony up for a 802.11AC router if hardwiring is an issue.
I use my powerline for the following:
1. Netflix for my casual living room TV
3. Internet TV topbox
I have used all two of the three simultaneously with no issues such as lagging or buffering happening at all. I have 4 units on the Zyxel and did not experience any issues either.
Overall Review: The biggest issues with any poweradapter is to check your fuse panel. This along with the quality of your power line. Some larger houses might have two fuse panels and if that's the case, the power adapter will not work because they're not on the same panel. Case in point, don't expect this product to work at a manufacturing plant due to the plant having multiple fuse panel points. But it should work in an office environment if lets say you need a wired connection on the other end of the room. Perfect!
Although the speed is going to be slow regardless of which powerline you use, in my case, both ZyXEL and the trendnet were nearly identical in speed. I did not experience any "WOW" factor with it. These adapters are for devices that are not hogging huge bandwidths such as the usage I have. IF you're using it for those purposes, these powerline adapter will exceed your expectations.
In my case, I consider the following if I need to purchase powerline internet adapters again.
1. Size, it might not be practical for you to have something so long like the ZYXEL
2. Pass-thru outlet, I really needed that for the kitchen counter. It's not being used but I would occasionally plug stuff in.
3. Price. To me, they're all the same. I have tried the old trendnet one, Zyxel and now this. Just buy what is cheaper unless you need to consider the above two points.
Pros: I have had experience with a fair share of Unmanaged, Plus and Smart switches. Unmanaged switch are the easiest amongst them all because all you have to do is plug in the power and connect the cable.
Other "desktop" switches I have used are the Zyxel brand ones.
1. Construction: Sturdy, aluminum chassis, wall-mountable/desk-mountable.
2. Design: Small and compact. Ventilated on both sides, Rubber mount beneath.
3. Noise: It's fanless so it has no noise.
4. Power Usage: With no device plugged it, it's running at 1w. With a single ethernet plugged in, it raises to roughly 1.5-1.6w. I did not have any extra ethernet devices to plug in at time of watt testing (belkin conserve insight).
5. Performance, like any other gb switch, this one is working as intended.
Cons: It either works or it doesn't. There's not much to complain about something like this.
Overall Review: It's an unmanaged switch, the least complicated of all switches offered today. It's essentially a plug and play. I currently have a single ethernet plug down in the basement. I extended the single into 6 "more" usable ports, 7 including the original one. Had a mini LAN center setup. NO issues at all.
Thought I was having issues since only one LED was lit per port when there are two separate leds. In this case, green is 1000 whereas amber is 100. Some other switches turn both lights on.
Only thing that is included in the box are: switch, power supply and manual.
Pros: After moving to a new place, I no longer have direct wired access to my PC. I reluctantly used a wireless adapter. I was using the Rosewill Dual Band USB adapter. It wasn't bad by any means however during gaming, the latency definitely did me no good.
I first upgraded my WNDR3700 to the Asus AC66 router. Didn't do anything as expected since I was lacking the AC adapter. I purchased a Netgear AC USB adapter to test out the "AC" band. It was a huge improvement. I played Dota2 with no issue whatsoever. The biggest drawback and forced me to upgrade away from the Netgear AC USB was due to it's USB 2.0 design. The theoretical bottleneck didn't sit with me too well.
I finally waited for this AC PCIE adapter to come back in stock, I snatched it up right away. Install was like any PCIE card. Nothing complex or worth mentioning. I installed the driver as well the ASUS program to see what it had to offer. I believe I had to change the channel a bit to get it going at full speed.
Prior to tinkering with the channels, I wasn't getting the speed the netgear AC USB was getting. After all was said and done, the speed definitely exceeded Netgears AC USB. I don't have any speedtest results on hand at this moment :(
Cons: Like what other said, the speed just wasn't consistent. Since it went into a desktop, mine hasn't even moved a inch. However just because the speed wasn't consistent, doesn't mean this product failed. It was far better than any other wireless adapter product I have used thusfar.
Overall Review: About me:
I generally like to use a product for roughly a month prior to making any judgment. If the product fails my expectation afterwards, I will surely update my review. I love new technologies and am constantly upgrading.
I game mildly, mostly DOTA2 and some minor Steam games.
My Main Setups, I have other work rigs but they’re just work rigs and servers:
- Asus ROG II, Core i7-920, 16GB, GTX 480, SSD Raid 0, Win7, Water
- Asus P8Z77-V, Core i5-3570K, 16GB, 2GB XFX 7850, SSD Raid 1, Win7, Air,
- Sony VPC-Z1, Core i5-520, 8GB, GT330, SSD Raid 0, Win8
- Sony Xperia Tablet S 16GB, ICS Rooted
- iPhone 5 64 GB, iOS6 JB
Pros: I had to purchase quite a few of these, no problems thus far. Great !
Cons: Kind of expensive when you have to buy like 9 of these.
Overall Review: i don't leave anything less than a 2star unless the product is absolutely nonfunctional. If the product really wow me, I will indicate as such.
Pros: Used this for a small restaurant application. Fast enough and solid enough.
Pros: Fast but kind of useless when it didn't work
Cons: I gave the XT another chance when I purchased another one however it has also failed me. Windows just takes forever to recognize the drive. This negates from ANY speed benefit if I have to sit there and wait for it to load.
Pros: Mushkin has great customer service and makes wonderful products. This ram is no exception. Love it! Use it in my VAIO Z
Pros: Fast enterprise-rated hard drive. Dont' care if it is marketing or what not. I rather have the piece of mind. Bought 4 of these for my server.
Cons: None but prices have gone up for this drive
Pros: This product was great to begin with. I rarely had to switch between monitor but when I needed to, this KVM was good.
Cons: After using it roughly for 3 months, one of my ports died. Then 2 weeks later, some more died. This is just unacceptable. Mind you this KVM was barely used.
If it was just 100 dollars that's fine but I had to pay another 100 dollars for some cables that will no longer work if I switch to a different KVM is absurd. My IT room has enough stuff in it as is.
Pros: Love how well built this thing is. I don't really care where the product is manufactured but as long as it doesn't break apart on me. Other posters saying the products made is China isn't well crafted is absolutely absurd. Every country makes some good things.
On to this product, very sturdy. Converted a 3 bay into 4 hard drive slots. The LEDs might be a bit bright but they don't bother me as they go in my IT room. Hotswappable is good.
Pros: This product is well worth the money.
Pros: I don't bench my hard drives as they are for office application. All my SSDs have treated me well. This intel one was a bit more expensive however I have heard great things and need the reliability.
Cons: None. Cost a bit more than others though, worth it
Pros: I own quite a few Zyxel products and they have NEVER EVER fail me. From the expensive Zyxel firewall for my office to this small switch for my restaurant, Zyxel has a customer for life.
Pros: Love the compact size of this UPS.
Cons: Kinda expensive but I needed the compact size.
Pros: It works
Pros: Kingston has never failed me. Great memory, low latency.
Pros: The free version is great but I got the pro version for cheap for work. Real-time scan is a real bonus for the computer illiterates at work.
Pros: I was being cheap so I purchased this Powerline adapter instead of the one that I already have tried, my Zyxel one. My Zyxel one NEVER lost connection.
Cons: But this one loses connection ALL the time. RMA'd and purchase two more sets of Zyxel. I had another Trendnet product fail on me recently...