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michael n.

michael n.

Joined on 08/27/09

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Most Favorable Review
SYBA PCI-Express 1-Port Parallel/Printer Card with Low Profile Bracket - RoHS Model SD-PEX10005
SYBA PCI-Express 1-Port Parallel/Printer Card with Low Profile Bracket - RoHS Model SD-PEX10005

Pros: just what I need for my new z68 mb. worked out of the box, no issues at all with an old brother mfc.

Cons: none

Most Critical Review
G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7D-16GTX
G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7D-16GTX

Pros: fast, good looking, seem to run cool, fit limited space despite 'fins'. fast, free (both ways) shoprunner shipping.

Cons: system unstable in the days after install. in single stick testing memtest 4.0a showed one stick bad after a couple hours testing. other stick run hours with no issues. returning...

Overall Review: wish it were possible to return just the bad stick(s), I had to return a 32g kit too and still haven't gotten a package with *all* good sticks. Will give this one more shot...

11/22/2012

3rd time the charm?

G.SKILL TridentX Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7Q-32GTX
G.SKILL TridentX Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7Q-32GTX

Pros: Past two orders had problems but I decided to try one last time. So far so good! Initial 18+ hours (9 passes) of memtest86+ 4.20 without a hitch. Lets see how it holds up!

Cons: Shouldn't take 3 tries to get a good set...

11/29/2012
ZOTAC GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card ZT-40701-10L
ZOTAC GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card ZT-40701-10L

Pros: cool, quiet, short (great for htpc case) & inexpensive low end nvidia board. Very adequate for my flight sim use and provides a cuda playground...

Cons: two slots seems like overkill, but cool, quiet & short worth it for me. I'd hoped a 512m card would only take 512k off the top in XP, but it takes a full gig. If I'd known I'd have gotten the 1g card.

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I suspect all the z68 matx boards are about the same, but I picked this one even thou it's a few bucks more 'cause I've used asus boards for years.

Cons: the ROG thing seems a bit overdone. AHCI bios default & poor XP support for it.

Overall Review: - could lose all the excess audio ports, would be nice to have a parrellel port & dvi port (instead of hdmi). floppy & 1394 would have been nice too. - was surprised how good the on board video was performance wise. unforturately no so compatible, some games crashed after a few minues. ended up disabling, which can save a couple hundred K address space on 32bit system.

OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Left Angle with Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Left Angle with Metal Latch, Black, Backward Compatible 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps

Pros: an oddball item, well described and exactly what I needed to fit my htpc case.

Cons: none

Overall Review: "left angle" not intuitive as a search term but hits the nail on the head. (opposite of "right angle").