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Steven R.

Steven R.

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Typical Crucial Memory

Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT102464BF160B
Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT102464BF160B

Pros: It works as you'd expect it to. At nominal speed (which is the only option in the HP dv7t-7000 series I installed it in) it sets up as 11-11-11-28-1T. Read and write speed vary with block size, but for typical sized transfers this i7-3610QM/HM77-based system achieves 13GB/sec writes and 24GB/sec reads. You might think "Why does anyone need 16GB of RAM, isn't 8 enough?". Well, for many tasks it makes an easily-perceived difference, even with an SSD system drive that reads at 500MB/sec. The extra cache memory that you get with the additional 8GB (that reads at 24GB/sec) makes a HUGE difference for many types of memory-hogging tasks, such as photo and video editing. And at the reasonable price that The Egg sells this for, it's basically a no-brainer.

Cons: Nothing at all Con about the memory. See Other Thoughts.

Overall Review: The packaging is pretty bad -- you have to pull and pry so hard to extract the sticks from the package that at one point I was actually concerned about bending/cracking the FRP circuit boards or SMD joints. Cutting the plastic isn't a great idea either because a slip with a knife or scissors can easily damage the board too. It would be an improvement if Crucial would adopt the "Frustration Free Packaging" idea that the Company Named After A Very Long River In South America has promoted. (Successfully, in my experience)

Most Critical Review

Okay, but not capable of 500W

Rosewill UPS RU102 1000VA 500Watts 6 Outlets UPS
Rosewill UPS RU102 1000VA 500Watts 6 Outlets UPS

Pros: Very low standby loss, probably due to lack of transformer isolation. Nicely made with appropriate quality components. Uses very widely available and economical "RBC2" battery type, (.25" faston) which IS user replaceable with little effort. Tolerates wide input frequency variations, making it suitable for use with inexpensive generators. Well regulated RMS voltage into variable loads and battery discharge to 117+-1V.

Cons: Primitive software. No operational data displayed. Setup points shortcut to wrong name for executable. Topology is more like "Standby" than "Line Interactive" Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should these be advertised as 500W! They WILL NOT CARRY THAT LOAD, based on my testing. At a load of 472W, panic overload shutdown occurred in both samples instantly on power interruption. Moreover, a single RBC2 type battery is incapable of supporting a 500W load in ANY UPS. The ESR of a typical RBC2 cannot support the 45A to 50A required to produce 500W.

Overall Review: I bought two because of generator operation. Tested both. Switchover to inverter occurs at 96V and 132V. These are okay. At 472W: instantaneous shutdown. 400W: Low batt @ 15 sec, Shutdown at 2:45. At 100W: Low batt @ 26:30 shutdown @ 30:45. This makes an adequate 200W to 300W UPS. More than 300W places a great deal of stress on the battery and you will have poor performance with batteries that have a year or more on them. Do NOT NOT NOT use these for anything over 300W unless you plan to replace the battery every year with a *premium* low-ESR type. All testing was done with 24Hrs of battery charge prior to each test.

AM4 Socket Users Beware

Silicon Power 256GB - NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 TLC R/W up to 3,100/1,100 MB/s SSD (SP256GBP34A80M28)
Silicon Power 256GB - NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 TLC R/W up to 3,100/1,100 MB/s SSD (SP256GBP34A80M28)

Pros: None, considering the competition

Cons: This Does Not. Work with AM4 socket devices. It causes problems on the PCIe bus (marked slowdown in speed) and for those of you with 2200G and 2400G processors it will crash Windows 10 100% of the time with the Radeon driver installed. Save yourself headaches and stick to the parts on the QPL for your mobo.

Overall Review: With all the competition in this product there's no reason not to buy something from Samsung or Crucial etc. The headaches I had in running down this problem cost far more than the couple of bucks this SP product cost me.

Okay midrange everything.

AMD RYZEN 5 2400G Quad-Core 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2400C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail
AMD RYZEN 5 2400G Quad-Core 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2400C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail

Pros: Onboard video. Very low power consumption - runs stone cold with stock HSF.

Cons: Very picky about memory.

Overall Review: Built two identical ASRock uITX X470 boards using XPG G10 Gammix (ADATA actually) 2x8GB sticks. Memory is on the QVL for this board. First one went together fast and 10 minutes after powering-up had a win10 desktop. Second one got to the desktop in 10 minutes too, except after installing the AMD video driver crashed in 30 seconds post login. Usual troubleshooting got nowhere until I slowed down the memory to 1833. Then it waited 5 minutes before crashing. Finally tried 2T command rate and it's looking okay now. So beware. Even the QVL memory might not play nicely on 'auto'. Forget overclocking.

Four years OLD!

APC Back-UPS BGE90M 125 VA 75 Watts 3 Outlets 2-USB Charging Ports UPS
APC Back-UPS BGE90M 125 VA 75 Watts 3 Outlets 2-USB Charging Ports UPS

Pros: 3 out of 3 seem to work. Very large battery considering the low power output. Very long runtime on a good battery.

Cons: Four year old batteries, based on the functional test tickets. I have concerns about the viability of the batteries. Four years without maintenance, even for an SLA type is a long time.

Overall Review: Probably wouldn't recommend unless you catch them at the insanely low price of $19. At that price, you can afford a new battery.

Very nice

Tiergrade (Tier-TC001) 3-Pack USB Type-C to Micro USB Adapters for MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nokia N1, OnePlus 2 and More
Tiergrade (Tier-TC001) 3-Pack USB Type-C to Micro USB Adapters for MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nokia N1, OnePlus 2 and More

Pros: Well made. Feels and looks like "quality". Small but sturdy.

Cons: Nothing

Overall Review: They come in a small padded package. It's a small thing, but prevents them from banging into each other in transit which might damage the satin finish.

12/28/2016
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Easy. Shipped early.

No problems at all. Item I bought (12v battery tester) is great. Paid for itself already.

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11/10/2021

Excellent.

It looks like Anker is one of those no-problem merchants. Wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.

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First class.

Quality product, even thought not the most expensive of its type. Everything smooth with the transaction. Recommended.

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