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Brandon M.

Brandon M.

Joined on 12/10/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996580
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996580

Pros: Good Timings, manufactured very well, Good quality all around. The name says it all!!! Came with 3dmarkvantage. Reusable case and shipped very nicely in addition to being quick. Thanks NewEgg...

Cons: Not much leverage to put in chips due to head dissipater design. No biggie, used the cap of a fine point sharpie to press down into place by pressing on ram stick itself directly. um.. the only thing else is I wish I would have gotten two sets so I could have 8 GB... Oh well.. next time... Comes in a CD/dvd looking case and not in static bags.. Not a major con to me but may be to some others out there.

Overall Review: I tried 4 sets of crucial ballistix tracers and had all kinds of issues from bad ram to unstable memory with timings and voltage. Got FED up and went with Mushkin. I ordered 4 gigs of this 2x2gb and went in easily. Immediately enabled performance profile 4-4-4-12. Ran MEMTest86 for 10 hours straight with 8 passes and no errors. System is very stable and doesn't freak out like it was with the crucial ram. I am 100% a Mushkin customer now!!! It costs a little more but very worth it!

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804

Pros: Lights, advertised fast timings, SLI approved. NewEgg was quick with shipping and then processing the refund of this ram.

Cons: I ordered two sets of 2gb. I was really disappointed to find that they were single sided ram, one row of lights, and had glued on heat dissipater and not clipped like they were earlier in year. Couldn't get to run stable with enhanced profile. Voltage and timings would not work right.

Overall Review: I bought this back at the beginning of the year and you got better quality sticks of ram. They were double sided, the heat dissipater was clipped and not glued on. I started getting random lock ups and video card driver failures in mid April. After doing some troubleshooting,found out that two sticks of my purchase were completely dead and the other two had quite a few errors in MEMtest86. They were so bad that it would lock up the MEMTest86. I set up to have those RMAed through Crucial and in the mean time since it was quicker, ordered another 4 GB of this ram. I put them in and two sticks were dead and two with errors. Sent them back for a refund and I did get the replacements from Crucial that I was waiting for. They were good no errors but now the cheaper version. When trying to run in enhanced mode the ram would not stay stable. No matter what I did. Could only run in reg mode on timings. I am fed up and went w/mushkin and they ROCK. Never let me down before.

Great Drive

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4001FAEX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4001FAEX

Pros: Great speed, price was great around the holidays got 10 of them for 189 each to help complete 50TB raid for my home theater setup. The drives were OEM but packed in the factory shipping box which had them secured very well. Generally this is what has lead people to having bad experiences since Newegg is know for bad shipping practices with Hard drives. I am guessing since i ordered 10 at a time, that kept them from being wrapped in bubble wrap and loosely shipped in boxes. I have had them up 99% of the time since 12/9 and have done checks on them weekly with no drive going bad or showing issues. Set up in raid 50 crystal mark showed sustained sequential 810MB writes 1085MB reads through lsi mega raid card... So far I have been pleased with black drives. I have owned many over the years and knock on wood have had great experiences with them compared to my luck with other drives. I definitely would buy again but waiting for price to come back down from the current listing.

Cons: They do run warm but i have plenty of cooling for them in my raid enclosure.

NETGEAR GS108T-100NAS Smart Gigabit Smart Switch
NETGEAR GS108T-100NAS Smart Gigabit Smart Switch

Pros: Lots of settings. Works great with my snort box. You can even disable ports that are not in use. Setup was easy and quick. I didn't like the software that came with it on cd that does the connecting and changes for you. The web page on the switch is better.

Cons: Little Pricey. Nothing at the moment. Seems to be working great.

Overall Review: I hope this lasts longer than the unmanaged version of this. That one only lasted a year before I got the blinking lights of death since it could not do gigabit any longer. 100 still worked. I did get the extended warranty that includes advanced next day RMA. Definitely worth the extra money..

Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AL804

Pros: Installed easily. Ran memtest86 for 6 passes no errors. The lights are a nice feature. Just wish I had a see through case. :-)

Cons: none

Overall Review: If you have vista even 64bit you need to install the patch on thier site before it will detect all 4 gigs. I installed two sets of these and vista was giving me BSOD upon boot even though safe mode was fine.

Zumo 550

GARMIN 3.5" Motorcycle GPS Navigator with Hands Free Calling
GARMIN 3.5" Motorcycle GPS Navigator with Hands Free Calling

Pros: Quick rerouting, Easy to get to menus. Use it in my truck and on my bike. Nice and audible. The blue tooth makes it a necessity on a bike. Easy to set up and mount on bike and in my truck.

Cons: Wish they had some selctions to allow me to customize what I see on the screen. I would like to see a time left of travel in addition to the time of arrival. Ect..

Overall Review: Overall, I have been very pleased with this unit. I have used it daily since I got it, even on my normal trip to work every day. I have made customer routes and trip trace and those work excellent. The software that is incldued with this unit is a must have as well if you like to plan customer routes. Overall I give this a 5 although I would like to see some sofware upgrades.