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Brian M.

Brian M.

Joined on 04/12/07

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Bright Blue

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT
LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT

Pros: Bright Blue, easy installation

Cons: None, but you might want to get extras as replacements.

Overall Review: These type of lights only last about a year or so before they start to lose candle power or intensity. In particular, the violet light burn out quick. The other colors seem to last longer.

Most Critical Review

It's Flakey; Software is a joke at best

Tripp Lite Wireless USB Proximity Lock SEC4002RF
Tripp Lite Wireless USB Proximity Lock SEC4002RF

Pros: Sort of locks the desktop; it actually simply creates a maximized window and constantly makes it have the focus. This doesn't necessarily lock the system down. If you have multiple monitors, only the primary monitor is covered up. So you can access open windows or the desktop on the other monitor(s). Unfortunately this means you can (with patience) circumvent the cheezy Tripp-lite application and do things you shouldn't be able to do with a lock workstation. Why they didn't just use the Windows locking function, I couldn't guess. The software is just stupid.

Cons: The main problem is simply that the pair of devices don't seem to transmit/receive consistently. They claim 10 feet range, but I've had the computer lock when the pair are less than 12 inches apart. It will usually unlock again quickly, but not always. Anyway, it's very annoying. I've tried everything to remedy this short of duct-taping a usb hub to the arm of my chair!

Overall Review: Maybe someone will develop a hack or open source software that will make this system viable in the future. The software is pure bile at this point, it looks like it could have been written by an 8th grader.

It works..

ASRock P45XE-WiFiN LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock P45XE-WiFiN LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Lots of options for overclocking (though it doesn't amount to much improvement and seems very unstable on the high end), dual ESATA, Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming.

Cons: Not a particularly fast board, and unstable / inconsistant overclocking, even when the temps are low. This is the third of a string of motherboards I have gone through, ASUS Striker Extreme, then an Abit P35 pro, now this ASRock motherboard. Memory, video and cooling all identical. The ASRock system is the slowest of the three running 3DMark2006. It scored about 12800. The Abit system scored about 16500, and the original Striker scored at about 14000. Also, my box was apparently a return, the header cable for the wireless LAN card was missing. The box looked a little beat up too. Fortunately, I didn't really care about the wireless lan card anyway.

Overall Review: This is simply a short term solution for me, I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I did want an ESATA port. I would have bought another ABit P35Pro as a straight replacement (it's my fault the board got trashed), but they are out of the market now. If you're looking for an interim board until Windows 7 comes out or waiting on prices, this isn't a bad way to go

Good, but waek pump

ZALMAN ZM - Reserator1 V2 Water Cooling System
ZALMAN ZM - Reserator1 V2 Water Cooling System

Pros: Quiet, consistant operation.

Cons: Weak pump, probably the smallest marine pump that can be bought

Overall Review: I own one of these, a Reserator Pro and a V1 model. They all have weak pumps in common. Some people add an inline pump, but that can lead to cavitation. Cavitation will form tiny bubbles that can build up in blocks or high sides of a tube loop and become big bubbles over time. Slow pumping is not usually a problem, but getting the air out of a newly installed system can be a pain. Keep the tube loop as short as realistic (not too short that you can't work with it). Don't run this through more than 2 blocks. If you want to do more than two blocks, dedicate this thing for the VPU or CPU and get another one. You will end up frustrating yourself if you try to use one of these with a bunch of blocks.

Use a short loop

ZALMAN ZM – Reserator2 Fanless water cooling system
ZALMAN ZM – Reserator2 Fanless water cooling system

Pros: Quiet, consistant operation.

Cons: The pump is very small, probably the smallest marine pump that can be bought.

Overall Review: Use as short of a loop as you can get away with. I don't recommend more than 2 blocks for this unit. The 3/8 inch inner diameter tubing is fine, going to 1/2 inch isn't going to do any good because of the type of connectors this thing uses. To get the air bled out of the system, try getting the tubing and Reserator base level with the water blocks in the computer and tilt the Reserator way over on it's side. What you are trying to do is minimize the vertical (head space) distance the pump has to push the liquid. You may also have to lift, tilt, twirl and otherwise spin the computer with the pump running to get the air bubbles out of the blocks.