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BRYAN S.

BRYAN S.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent buy

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS

Pros: Replaced a pair of 512MiB 3-3-3-8 units with this pair of 1GiB 2.5-3-3-6 in a nForce4 Standard, Socket-939, Athlon 64 3200+. Rock solid stable at 2.5-3-3-6 under Fedora Core 3 x86-64 (64-bit) and Windows XP Pro (32-bit) so far.

Cons: At this price point, none, really.

12/15/2005
Most Critical Review

Missing fans/power, but better than Startech ...

Athena Power BP-SATA1842B RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 1 x 5.25" Bay to 4 x 2.5" SATA Hot Swap RAID Subsystem
Athena Power BP-SATA1842B RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 1 x 5.25" Bay to 4 x 2.5" SATA Hot Swap RAID Subsystem

Pros: I also have one of the Startech SATABAY425BK units as well that I paid $25 more for. Unlike the Startech, these seem to be more solid, more steel to the frame. I'd recommend these over the Startech for that reason.

Cons: Unfortunately, compared to the Startech, they lack fans/power, as well as an 4x SAS connector (a nice additive in the Startech package). Both the Athena Power and Startech sleds have a crucial plastic connector that opposes the spring tension. On the original Startech unit, the slightly bent frame caused me to "force" one sled and resulted in that plastic breaking. Superglue didn't hold. I haven't had any problems with the newer Athena Power, although it's still the same, stupid plastic design on the sled where a small little metal/steel option would have been better.

Overall Review: I went completely 2.5" at home for desktops, servers, etc... almost a year ago, in addition to notebooks (and have been using 2.5" for backups for a couple of years now). Don't pay more than $50 for these things, and hopefully commodity will bring them down under $40 (and the sleds under $10). There really could be a better design, but I guess I'm used to "enterprise quality" 2.5" SAS bays/backplanes for my 10-15Krpm 2.5" SAS drives (and not for 5400-7200rpm commodity 2.5" SATA drives). Another option to look at for a 3.5" bay is the "trayless" 2x2.5" Startech HSB220SAT25B option. Didn't see them here at NewEgg yet, but that's a nice option for 2-drive RAID-1 setups.

10/27/2008

Pushes Elite Dangerous at 90Hz in Oculus Rift, good for 100-120Hz gaming on Acer GN276HL

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G

Pros: - Quite, Cool, Well Performing, both 90Hz VR and 100-120Hz 1080p gaming

Cons: - Length, nearly 11", but that's typical for the GTX 1080 (with only a couple of exceptions, w/trade-offs)

Overall Review: Glad I bought this back in late 2016 for much cheaper than they are now. I used it to upgrade an older, 2014-era Haswell i7-4790K. Performing quite solid. Very cool under major load for a GTX 1080 card.

Great for fixed 100, 120 and 144Hz gaming and video over DL DVI-D

Acer GN276HL Black 27" Gaming Monitors, 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), LED Backlight LCD Monitor Provide Immersive 3D Image
Acer GN276HL Black 27" Gaming Monitors, 144 Hz 1ms (GTG), LED Backlight LCD Monitor Provide Immersive 3D Image

Pros: - 27" size for under US$200 (paid when on-sale) - Supports fixed 60, 100, 120 and 144Hz refresh rate - BONUS: nVidia 3D Vision (if you have the kit)

Cons: - 6-bit color TN, don't expect the world - No Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync (would be nice at this price point) or G-Sync (don't expect it at this price point) - No DisplayPort input (not a show stopper for only 1080p)

Overall Review: I default to 120Hz on the desktop via the nVidia Control Panel (GTX 1080), so it should work just fine in any title that uses 60Hz. Most games offer to set to 60, 100, 120 or 144Hz, irrespective of the desktop setting. I've found most titles will give me 100, 120 or 144Hz minimum consistently, so I just benchmark and set to that setting as needed. Although I wouldn't recommend this as a general desktop monitor, it can very much function in such a role. The 1080p at 27" is just fine for regular use, although there are better monitors out there for the price if you just need 60Hz only.

Absolute best phone for business, media and travelers

Huawei - Honor 8 Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone 32GB Pearl White - US Warranty
Huawei - Honor 8 Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone 32GB Pearl White - US Warranty

Pros: Kirin 950 = best integer and competitive floating point performance (sans new 960) - http://www1-lw.xda-cdn.com/files/2016/11/GeekBench-4-Scores.png Outstanding web and video playback performance - http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph10678/Huawei_Honor_8-System-PCMark-Web.png - http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph10678/Huawei_Honor_8-System-PCMark-Video.png Outstanding battery life on LTE giving a full day-plus - http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph10678/Huawei_Honor_8-Battery-Browsing_LTE.png GPU is 'good enough' for all but the highest-end games. EMUI can block network and power consumption. It's features will *never* be found in Google or carrier-tied phones. I find 4.75-5.25" is the perfect size for my hands, and this 5.2" unit is just right.

Cons: 4-core Mali T880 GPU is lagging rest of the high-end market, so it won't do well running highest end games (although they will drain your battery any way -- get a gaming tablet instead). If you want a high-end Huawei, get the new Mate 9 with the Kirin 960 and its 8-core Mali G71 that is very competitive against the Adreno 530, and bests it in some scores. Get a case! The 2.5D glass design will crack if it impacts a hard floor and it is slippery. Otherwise the design is solid and feels great in your hands.

Overall Review: II travel 100% for work. I cannot afford to have battery issues or the latest updates screw up my phone. I used to carry Nexus devices (Nexus 4 then 5) for years, and would get hit with bugs and updates mid-trip. They used to also require me to top-off my phone. With the Huawei Mate 2, Honor 5x and now the Honor 8, I can get 1.5+ days, and 15+ hours of work, before I drop. It also lasts longer than the LG, Sony and other phones I've had. I could care less about high-end gaming performance that drains the battery in 2-3 hours. This phone is within 90% of the web/video performance of the new Mate 9, and half the price. It's also far more powerful than the older Huawei-Google Nexus 6P that still costs more, and will smack the new Google Pixel XL at anything outside of gaming. Also ... *learn* the EMUI kit. It's *powerful*. Being able to block programs from using network and killing applications when you sleep/lock the phone saves battery and prevents a lot of network usage. Google will never put these features in stock Android. People complain about the 'protect apps' features, but *learn* it. Learn to protect *only* the apps you want to run in the background. Again, it will save you both network and power.

Solid GTX 980 Ti Offering for VR

MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G LE
MSI GeForce GTX 980TI GAMING 6G LE

Pros: - Outstanding cooler design, definitely seeing sub-70C temps, often sub-60C, in a Mini-ITX case where the card directly pulls cool air from the outside - Unbelievable performance, even with Ultra+SMAA in every title I've thrown at it at 1080p, even 1440p (4K options may be more limited, let alone many has refresh rate issues in the panel too) - Price-Performance ... get this GTX 980 Ti (at $530 after MIR) instead of any GTX 980 for $500 or so

Cons: - Mechanically it may be slightly oversized, a few mm here and there, over a typical double-wide card. E.g., it was a wider and taller fit than my GTX 970 in my CoolerMaster Elite 120, but that's not atypical of a high-end, x80/Ti/x90 card.

Overall Review: Never drops below 90fps in all Steam VR tests, maxes out rating even a 2 year-old i7-4790K Haswell quad-4.0GHz in a Z97M board. OpenGL 3-heavy/leading technology Elite Dangerous 2.0 (Horizons) at 1080p is 114-184fps.