Date Joined: 08/30/07
Pros: -The X399 platform is balls.
-Has essential features
Cons: -Socket mount was excruciatingly hard to get the screws aligned for securing the CPU (the screws are something like 0.5mm too short). However, it *does* work. One just has to apply considerable force to all sides of the CPU, *evenly* (sounds easier than it is).
Overall Review: Besides the screws, this worked as expected.
Pros: Power on hours currently at 59980; almost time for the 60k party. That's nearly 7 years of 24/7 uninterrupted service; three system rebuilds, including a SFF that was shipped around the US multiple times in less than ... ideal conditions. Probably the longest running piece of computer hardware that's currently running in my systems.
Cons: 640GB is getting a little small.
Overall Review: Western Digital and HGST are the companies to beat in mechanical storage.
Cons: Failure rate, speed. See other thoughts.
Overall Review: Failure report:
1st card: Shorted out a card reader within 1 day, returned.
2nd card: Loses an average of 2 pictures due to unrecoverable CF errors per shooting session. Which two depends on various factors, but failures are typically clustered together and typically consist of black bars in the lower half of the picture. Read speed according to HD tach is 9.7 MB/sec, which is less than 1/3 of rated speed. Access time is 1.5ms on average with spikes to 2-5 ms.
Please take the opportunity cost of failed pictures into consideration before purchasing.
Pros: Works out of the box in windows.
Cons: Somewhat loud, considering the rest of my system is dead silent.
Overall Review: Might cause excessive vibrations if set on top of your case, depending on your case. Place accordingly.
Pros: Works, cheap, from Newegg, etc. Have not tried really pushing any overclocks or timings.
Cons: The color choice might be unattractive.
Pros: Cools well, easy to use, great for batch applying dozens of cpu cores
Cons: Consistency makes it somewhat difficult to control precisely how much is applied
Overall Review: No difference between this and "the five", aside from consistency and non-conductivity.
Pros: In classic newegg style, I get sent a free hat for doing really nothing at all, complete with packaging that's better than many of the products that you pay for with other companies. Thanks - you've cemented yourself in online retailer history - and that's a good thing.
Cons: Stop making other online companies feel worthless! Lol.
Pros: Cools competently, fits a Macbook Pro 15" really well, aluminum, virtually silent
Cons: Probably won't work for any longer laptop, needs more USB ports, requires a powered USB hub if you're plugging it on a USB hub (otherwise the fans don't move enough air).
Overall Review: Compared to many other coolers on the market, this is 1. made of aluminum, 2. is actually designed competently, and 3. actually cools. This cooler replaced a Targus model that lacks the above 3 characteristics. Tried to reverse fans but did not work.