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Jeffrey W.

Jeffrey W.

Joined on 08/13/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works great in Linux

Rosewill RC-210 Silicon Image Internal SATA / External eSATA Low Profile Ready PCI Controller Card
Rosewill RC-210 Silicon Image Internal SATA / External eSATA Low Profile Ready PCI Controller Card

Pros: Works great in Linux (Fedora 8) and supports hot plug without extra drivers.

Cons: None yet, but I've only been using it a couple days.

Overall Review: I'm using it with an Addonics SATA-to-Compact Flash card reader, so hot plug is mandatory and wasn't supported by my motherboard.

Most Critical Review

Inexpensive case, no power specs?

Broadway Com Corp 1244MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
Broadway Com Corp 1244MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Pros: Inexpensive, light, small, no-frills case, gets the job done. That's where it earns 3 eggs

Cons: WARNING: Running 3DMark benchmarking on my brand new system blew the power supply - it shutdown and wouldn't restart - power button did nothing. Didn't smell burnt but replacing PS with another on hand (luckily) had the computer up and running again. I should have checked the specs, but it's not entirely my fault - NewEgg doesn't list Power Supply specs, and my XFX GTS 250 says "minimum 450W power supply", so I thought I was ok. Here they are (at least from my unit): +3.3V 22A (72.6W) +5V 36A (180W) +12V 18A (216W) -12V 0.5A -5V 0.5A +5VSB 2.0A It has a single 12V rail @ 18A, and my video card says it needs 24A on the +12V rail.

Overall Review: Not a bad case - have to give it 3 eggs for being a heck of a deal. Regular screws - no fancy rail systems, mounting hardware, nor tool-free features. Small - that's typically good, though my motherboard almost didn't fit. It has a connector in the far upper-right corner that barely slid under the internal drive bay cassette. Mounting positions for extra fans on the side and back, though the only fan included is in the power supply. I added a 120mm fan - quiet and helps with airflow. Surprisingly lightweight and compact, I was very pleased with this given some towers can weigh a lot. Black surfaces came with protective plastic, which was a nice little touch. The LEDs on the front aren't obnoxious, which I appreciate. Some cases go way overboard on the light pollution, and my toddlers are drawn to pressing brightly lit front buttons, which this case is thankfully lacking.

Feels cheap, but gets the job done

Fractal Design Core 1100, Black, Micro ATX, Mini Tower, Computer Case
Fractal Design Core 1100, Black, Micro ATX, Mini Tower, Computer Case

Pros: - Inexpensive - I like the fairly small size - Nice / simple design, not gaudy

Cons: - The "finger screws" aren't easy to twist. - The front USB ports feel tight and cheap, like it's scraping as you plug in devices. As opposed to nice ports, which are smooth and firm. - There's an odd screw sticking out the bottom (I simply removed it, it's not required.) - With only an M.2 in my build, I didn't try the drive bays, but they were bare bones. But, I suppose that's what you get for a budget case.

Overall Review: I guess you get what you pay for, and this does do the job. It's ok. I'd give it 3.5 eggs if I could.

Cheap, very loud

LG Internal Super Multi Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model GH24NSB0B
LG Internal Super Multi Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model GH24NSB0B

Pros: Cheap, lots of formats, works fine, no fuss.

Cons: Very loud once it revs all the way up. And it's fairly subjective since it depends on many factors, but it felt fairly slow to install the OS on my latest build.

Overall Review: Meh. Does it's job and for very little money.

Nothing but trouble

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard With UEFI BIOS
GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard With UEFI BIOS

Pros: It boots fine, has HDMI, DVI, and VGA video outputs. Otherwise, nothing too special.

Cons: Bottom line - this board will waste more of your time than it's worth. 1) The ethernet didn't work out of the box in Windows 7. This could be a real problem for some installs without access to the driver. 2) All USB in Windows 7 simply stopped working -- get this -- after I ran the included driver CD! It worked fine before installing, but I needed the disc because of issue #1, and after, all USB functionality just stopped. Front, back, a USB mouse, a thumb drive, etc. They work fine in the BIOS but not in Windows. I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers, I downloaded the latest drivers from gigabyte (navigating with just the keyboard) - nothing. I had to freaking reinstall Windows and then carefully only install the Ethernet driver from the provided disc. I may not have USB 3.0 at this point, but I refuse to touch it now that USB is finally working. 3) The included driver disc from Gigabyte includes bloatware that it recommends you install.

Overall Review: I'm used to motherboards that just work out of the box. This is not one of them. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of owning this board, make a system restore point before installing the included disc. I don't usually write reviews, but this board wasted enough of my time to justify it. If you value your time, don't buy this one.

Died after 5 months

Seagate Momentus XT ST92505610AS 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Momentus XT ST92505610AS 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ 2.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: none

Cons: - Corrupt data after 5 months - No better than any other drive I've owned - Expensive

Overall Review: Next time I'll stick to tried and true technology