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Jonathan C.

Jonathan C.

Joined on 10/03/05

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Most Favorable Review

Great Board

DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great Motherboard with an excellent component layout. After updating the BIOS to the newest revision the board was rock solid. Tons of BIOS options!!! Slick look (heh)

Cons: I had 4 512MB DDR500 modules that came from my previous computer setup and would have "REALLY" liked them to operate atleast at their default 200MHZ freqeucy but this board clocks it to DDR333 speeds as the previous person mentioned. Not a huge deal (I could get the 4DIMMS to atleast work at 180MHz which is reasonable). The USB is slow but I only use USB for my keyboard, mouse, printer, and camera. My external HDD can use Firewire which in the past I have found to be less "bursty" than USB.

Overall Review: All in all don't get scared away from this board by the previous posters, I think they purchased the A01 board, A02's seem to be more stable. I have no regrets buying this board.

Most Critical Review

Annoying Keyplacement

Logitech G13 (920-000946) Advanced Gameboard
Logitech G13 (920-000946) Advanced Gameboard

Pros: The wrist rest and ergonomics are great, lcd screen is handy, joystick is a nice alternative to pressing keys with your thumb. And of course...the plethora of programmable keys

Cons: the joy stick is not analog. The joystick is very hard to press down on to get the 5th button to register. This is a personal preference but I find the key placement to be "poor" at best. I much prefer the tried-and-true key placement that have been used for decades on qwerty keyboards. I am not sure why they didnt just take the WASD key footprint and use that. In my opinion that would have made this device an 'almost' perfect device. If find that hitting the G20 key with my pinky finger to be quite annoying and the key is very stiff to press when pushing it from the top left corner...I am hoping this will go away with some wear and tear

Overall Review: My G13's LCD arrived malformed and fractured at the top left corner. I am currently waiting for the RMA. This was not a shipping problem but rather a manufacturing problem as the damage was underneath the protective plexiglass that shields the LCD.

Great Product

APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter
APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter

Pros: I recently bought a new hard drive for my laptop and did not feel like going through the trouble of formatting the drive, installing windows 7, drivers, and all my programs. So I decided to try this out. The software that comes with this is great, easy to use/understand and relatively quick. If you're looking to do a "bit level" copy/transfer...look no further, this is an excellent choice.

Cons: The only con I can think of is the physical dimensions of the device. This is hardly a con but when a SATA drive is connected to the unit, the drive is slightly raised off the ground, which mechanically makes the device more fragile than if the device and hard drive sat flush on a surface

Overall Review: Just get it, you wont regret it.

Excellent

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: My 4800+ X2 used to idle at 40C now it idles at 30C. This heatsink give me more legroom for OC'ing my rig. This is a must have heatsink, it looks awsome, it's quiet, and easy to install. I absolutely love the concept of heatpipes and this heatsink uses this concept the best out of the other cpu heatsinks I have seen.

Cons: You may have to remove your mobo from your case to install this.

Overall Review: This guy is huge...but so is everything else in my case so it isnt a problem. Just brace yourself for it =P

Previous post about 4DIMM

DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR 939 ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Fixing my previous comment: After some tinkering of the DRAM settings it is very easy to get the 4 DIMMS overclocked and also have fast timings.

Cons: None anymore.

Overall Review: I came from using Intel Mobos so I am used to having everything specified for you and locked. This board is the complete opposite and you will not be happen with this board if you don't like to get your hands dirty with the BIOS settings. This however is very simple to do and any questions and problems you may have can most likely be answered at the dfi-street forums.

Great Product

Hauppauge Video Recorder, TV/FM Tuner Card WinTV PVR 350 PCI Interface
Hauppauge Video Recorder, TV/FM Tuner Card WinTV PVR 350 PCI Interface

Pros: This was VERY simple to install as long as you follow the instructions. I have had this bad boy for 5 months and has not failed me yet.

Cons: Software from them is kinda ugly to look at. Read below for a great suggestion.

Overall Review: I use media portal to use this tv tuner card. It is the same concept you see on media center pc's and it is free to download at sourceforge.com.