Date Joined: 01/06/11
Pros: - Beautiful, consistent colors
- Crisp display
- No dead pixels! (somewhat surprised)
- Sturdy, adjustable stand
- Very thin bezel
- Decent speakers (if nothing more than a convenience)
- Good 3 year warranty on parts and labor
Cons: - All included cables (HDMI, DP, USB3) are annoying short. Barely reach my computer, with no extra length for clean cable management. Embarrassing on an $800 monitor...
- Ugly "Gamer" style stand. I immediately mounted on custom VESA arm (which was seamless)
- Slight backlight bleed. Nothing out of ordinary for other IPS monitors, but is an annoying facet of the manufacturing.
- OSD is a bit cumbersome, but functional
Overall Review: Highly recommend. Even if you get dead pixels and need to return and play panel roulette once or twice it is worth it. Functionality of a perfect panel is simply beautiful. I originally bought a 270HU refurbished which I returned after finding a slew of dead pixels. Ended up saving up and waiting to buy this (which contains the same panel). Worth it.
VESA mount is clean and easy, rectifying the large and ugly (although functional) stand.
The overclocking refresh rate is simply and works well.
I'm subtracting 1 egg for the backlight bleed and stupidly short cables, but neither affect my overall recommendation. If this panel lasts past warranty I will be happy for a loooong time.
Pros: - Cost
- Clean connection, works
Pros: Performs well, overclocks well, very low heat/ power usage. VRMs have own heat sink under the primary heatsink.
Got for $270! :)
Overclock ranger is displayed in the Afterburner software, which has not on my previous cards. Overall compatibility is simple.
Cons: None really. I agree with others the heat sink does seem a bit flimsy, but I haven't used mine on air cooling (straight to water) so I actually can't speak of the volume/ temps of the stock air cooler.
Overall Review: Contains plastic plugs on all ports, a VGA to DVI adapter, driver disk and manual.
I have been running mine on a water cooler instantly, so my temps are not too relevant, but overall power consumption is fantastically low at all loads.
Mine can hit 1400mhz core stable. Not as good as the golden '1500' mark others see, but still good for the money.
Pros: Colors are crisp, viewing angle is great, as bright as I'd expect. Great 3-year warranty.
Overall Review: Got on sale for $129.
Pros: Solid, quiet, relatively cool. A great affordable PSU
Overall Review: Worth.
Pros: All the ports work, good fan power placements
Cons: A hair pricey
Be nice if it came with a On-Button while you're building out your rig
Overall Review: Sata ports get hard to access once the WIFI and GPU are installed. This is small, so this is to be expected.
Pros: Semi sleek for size of DP
Overall Review: This will not in any way affect nor convert thunderbolt if you are curious. MDP -> DP, that's it. ;)
Pros: - Fast for the price ($99 after rebate)
- Driver install painless
- Overclocks to a steady 1200 on water (zip tie H90)
Air idle stock 975 MHz around 40, load 70
Water OC'd 1200 MHz around 22, load 43
Cons: - Rebate process OBNOXIOUS -_-
- Free game selection garbage IMO. Not one decent one with my current library.
- Catalyst Control Center is annoying software...
Overall Review: If the price is right compared to the 650Ti/ 750, pick this up. Good performance.
Pros: - CPU brackets are good, thumbscrews included are nice
- Cools VERY well (idle 18 C and load 35 C on 3.5GHz core i3)
- Relatively quiet. Not quiet, but certainly not loud.
Cons: - Tubes not very long (although likely long enough). Keep in mind when choosing mounting direction.
Overall Review: I cut two of these open, zip tied one to my GPU, bought Tygon tubing, and run them in a single series loop. :)
One of these clicked for a few days then quieted down, the other never clicked. Both pump over 9 feet of water VERY well. Highly recommend for first time water coolers (and honestly, super tight-fitting custom builds).
Pros: - Power efficient for performance
- Hyper threading used in 75% of games (hitting 3-4 thread usage around 75% of the time)
- Overall very fast
Cons: - Locked. Nothing against buying this (buy it - buy it now), but I generally don't like Intel's stance the last few years about paying a premium to "fully enable" their hardware. Honestly though, this is fantastic performance for the price and TDP.
Overall Review: Haven't used this on air cooling, went straight to Corsair H55. Idles around 18 C and loads around 35 C on AIO water cooler. Given the low temp it stays at 3.8 GHz much of the time :)
Pros: This is it - buy this. Put on CPU. Install air or water cooler. Be done.
Overall Review: PURCHASE
Pros: - Works
- Staying cool under around 400 watt load while gaming (R9 270, 3.5GHz i3)
- Surprisingly quiet. Haven't heard it over my water cooling pumps (H55 and H90)
Cons: - Corsair decals are ugly lime green, hard to get off cleanly
Overall Review: I paid $30 for it refurbished. Very happy with purchase and prospective warranty.
Never tested power draw, but the Anandtech performance review is decent.
Pros: - Fast, handling Comcast burst from 50-100 Mb/s
Cons: - I have Comcast
- No other internet competitors in my neighborhood
Overall Review: Seriously, a half hour phone call to comcast and after X months this pays for itself. I've had to 'reset it' maybe twice in the last year (no more than usual). Very pleased with the purchase.
Pros: - Really fast, even on Sata 3
- Stable, consistent performance for 5 months in old Macbook
Cons: - None
Overall Review: I'm usually a Samsung guy, but if the price is right do this.
Pros: Does what you need. 3 fans, an LED light, and a spare, all off one molex. Done and done.
Overall Review: They could've been more clear. It isn't 5 x 4 PIN fans, rather 4 x 3 PIN fans and 1 x 4 PIN (which doesn't read any voltage from the Mobo). To clarify, this gives you 5 grounded fan/ whatever plugs through either a molex or other fan plug.
Pros: Cools well. Installs easily. Fan and pump are in fact quiet by design.
Cons: Foul rebate program. I was initially enticed by $40 off mail in rebate, only to find the window is less than 20 days to use and the website for it is horrible. I received a rejection because I took took long when in fact I had the UPCs and proper paperwork 'postmarked' by the appropriate date. While the pump works, I'll be making an effort to avoid Corsair when possible. Unfortunate that a company's policies are so annoying when their products are so good.
Overall Review: Plagued with clicking. Pump still works - temps are low (35 idle, 55 load).
Cons: Small selection, mostly marketing ploy. Not worth.
Pros: Rips at a decent speed. Transfers ~ 500 images from CD in about 30 seconds (600 KB/second). Sustained transfer of a single disk image was faster. I... think that's fast? I expected moving the laser around for hundreds of different files to slow things down. Maybe it's quicker for a single, larger file... ?
Cons: Loud. Sounds like my desktop computer's fans when ripping 80 MB of images. Distracting volume that is noticeably higher than my Macbook Pro's old internal drive, which were not quiet.
Shaky. The thing vibrates my desk enough to be annoying.
Big. Nothing "Slim" about it.
Overall Review: I original bought an external enclosure for my Macbook Pro's disc drive, replacing it with a second internal SSD. It was VERY quiet within the external enclosure. It unfortunately got lost while moving.
I've owned several Rosewill internal disc drives and external hard drive enclosures over the years. They make solid products that tend to last and I doubt this is the exception. However, for nearly $40 I expected a "Slim" drive to be slim, and I did not expect it to be so slow and so loud in the year 2014. I may replace it yet.
Pros: Works as advertised. Good case: drive s floating from sides of case by 4-pin rubber mounts, similar to Macbook/ MBP primary hard drive mounts, which add great shock protection.
Interchangeable connection interface is good, too.
Overall Review: 5th Seagate GoFlex. Love them.
Pros: Sturdy, quiet, abundant screws.
Cons: Bloated packaging
Overall Review: Works at acceptable USB 2.0 speeds. Light is bright, but not sure if that's a + / -
Pros: Fast, affordable ($95), free $50 game (which totally works for me), decent power draw on combination to my 750GB optical bay drive. Also, mine in fact came with a copy of Norton Ghost.
Cons: DHL shipping was below my expectations. 4-7 day super saver shipping took 8 days, and tracking info was poorly and infrequently updated. Packaging was minimal, but I suppose with no moving parts it's less of a problem.
Overall Review: 15" Macbook Pro 8,2. Used as a boot drive for OSX and Applications, while user file resides on 7200rpm optibay disk. Would not recognize on my external when trying to copy over, so I threw it inside and migrated from an external.
No TRIM support as of 10.7.2 for this drive. Although Trim Enabler 2.0 beta did the trick. Between that and the built in garbage collection it should be fine. I will update this immediately with performance or operational complaints.