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Jeffrey L.

Jeffrey L.

Joined on 08/13/03

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Most Favorable Review

AWESOME!

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: The higher end speed of the memory allows CPUs and I dare say, FPS with dual CPU/GPU processors really shine!! This memory does exactly that with a vengeance! Although the memory is a bit high, it is not too high to get in the way of a number of good after market CPU coolers.

Cons: NONE! But, keep in mind some motherboards will see the memory at a lower speed by default... you may need to go into BIOS to set the memory at its true speed to get out of it what it is supposed to be giving you.

Overall Review: Components. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan (added 2 extra 120mm side fans) MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (Single slot card!) AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ (Sits over the memory too and cools it as well!) Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate Benchmarks using 3DMark06 from Futuremark. No dedicated graphics card installed and no overclocking and 2133Mhz memory left at default 1600Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 7743 SM2.0 score: 2824 SM3.0 score: 3254 CPU score: 3475 No dedicated graphics card installed, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 9491 SM2.0 score: 3514 SM3.0 score: 4093 CPU score: 3757 Installed AMD 7770 HD dedicated graphics card and set it to run with the processor in dual graphics mode, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 15731 SM2.0 score: 6508 SM3.0 score: 7389 CPU score: 4098 End results here... does extremely well for hosting many shared drives and doubles as an inexpensive decent gaming rig too!

Most Critical Review

Wired yes, wireless no

NETGEAR WNDR3400 N600 Wireless Router Simultaneous Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4
NETGEAR WNDR3400 N600 Wireless Router Simultaneous Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Port x4

Pros: Excellent wired connections. USB connection for shared storage. Excellent router management GUI.

Cons: Wireless on first band worked for just over 30 days, 2nd band worked for a few days. No no wireless connectivity at all. I've tried using multiple Roswell 150 & 300 capable wireless USB adapters, a pair of Netgear WNA3100 and a 150 capable TrendNet wireless USB adapter... with open and all possible encryption options with all the adapters. Some can connect briefly to the router but then they can't get a Gateway IP... hence, not actual internet access. And the LAN access only ranges between 1Kbs & 14Kbs at best, when I can get that. 2nd band can't even be seen by any of the wireless adapters. Made connection attepts using the guest networks but had the exact same failures. In short, buy this ONLY if you want a wired access only router!

Good for 4 months?!?

CORSAIR Voyager 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVY3S-32GB/RF
CORSAIR Voyager 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVY3S-32GB/RF

Pros: Lots of USB Flash storage at a nice price...

Cons: But crapped out after four months... in th end, not worth it.

Very nice... and unique!

PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX7770 1GBD5-DH
PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card AX7770 1GBD5-DH

Pros: Single slot full size 7770! Its a tight squeeze to use the slot next to it on the cooler side but still works. Benchmarks (granted, older benchmarking software) are not bad and in line for your typical 7770, but what makes it nice is its a smaller card than most of the 7770s and for a while I had it in a Dell Optiplex 780 and it fit perfectly! Granted, I had a 600watt PSU in the Optiplex but it was easily the most powerful graphics card you could possibly put in the Optiplex! Later I moved the graphics card to a new rig as noted in the "Other Thoughts" and has performed quite nicely!! Since this is crossfire capable (a pro), I'll have to get another and do just that and then run 3DMark06 again to see how it works coupled with Dual Graphics from the motherboard! Not as loud as I thought it would be...

Cons: Hmm... it was not free or have a two for one deal?

Overall Review: Components. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan (added 2 extra 120mm side fans) MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (Single slot card!) AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ (Sits over the memory too and cools it as well!) Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate Benchmarks using 3DMark06 from Futuremark. No dedicated graphics card installed and no overclocking and 2133Mhz memory left at default 1600Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 7743 SM2.0 score: 2824 SM3.0 score: 3254 CPU score: 3475 No dedicated graphics card installed, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 9491 SM2.0 score: 3514 SM3.0 score: 4093 CPU score: 3757 Installed AMD 7770 HD dedicated graphics card and set it to run with the processor in dual graphics mode, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 15731 SM2.0 score: 6508 SM3.0 score: 7389 CPU score: 4098 End results here... does extremely well for hosting many shared drives and doubles as an inexpensive decent gaming rig too!

SMOKING!

MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy over-clocking (Genie can do it for you, or go manual if you want). Bios GUI is not hard to figure out and has plenty of options. Goes up to 2133Mhz memory! And can OC to 2400Mhz!! Makes a HUGE difference using higher speed memory!!! Graphics worked sweet even w/o a dedicated graphics card... and when one was added and set to "Dual Graphics" in the BIOS... wow... nice results in the boost in both FPS and CPU ratings!! Has USB3 port for hooking up to your case front panel (accidentally chose a card reader with a USB2 instead of USB3 port to go with this, will fix that later). 8 SATA III ports... nice... have 7 ports in use now!

Cons: Memory installed in the motherboard that is over 1600Mhz defaults to a 1600Mhz speed. But going into bios and setting the memory to its proper speed fixes that easily enough. Manual over-clocking can be tricky when you are pushing it past 4.2Ghz and maintaining stability (even when the temps read nice and cool at 4.6Ghz... I found just letting it cap out at 4.2Ghz with 2133Mhz memory works just fine (huge difference than with 1600Mhz memory). Would like to have had one eSATA port but since it has 8 SATA III ports... can't complain too much... lol.

Overall Review: Components. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan (added 2 extra 120mm side fans) MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard PowerColor AX7770 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (Single slot card!) AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBSR COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 2011/1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ (Sits over the memory too and cools it as well!) Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate Benchmarks using 3DMark06 from Futuremark. No dedicated graphics card installed and no overclocking and 2133Mhz memory left at default 1600Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 7743 SM2.0 score: 2824 SM3.0 score: 3254 CPU score: 3475 No dedicated graphics card installed, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 9491 SM2.0 score: 3514 SM3.0 score: 4093 CPU score: 3757 Installed AMD 7770 HD dedicated graphics card and set it to run with the processor in dual graphics mode, base/minimum default overclocking (3.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz) and memory now set at 2133Mhz. 3DMark06 composite score: 15731 SM2.0 score: 6508 SM3.0 score: 7389 CPU score: 4098 End results here... does extremely well for hosting many shared drives and doubles as an inexpensive decent gaming rig too!

Two Thumbs Up

Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate
Rosewill RCR-IC001 - 3.5" Internal 40-in-1 Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port & Extra Silver Face Plate

Pros: Cheap. Versatile. Reliable. Easy to install and use.

Cons: None.