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John-Michael M.

John-Michael M.

Joined on 04/25/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great usb3 card

SYBA USB 3.0 3+1 Port PCI-e Card, Free Low Profile Bracket, Renesas Chipset Model SD-PEX20137
SYBA USB 3.0 3+1 Port PCI-e Card, Free Low Profile Bracket, Renesas Chipset Model SD-PEX20137

Pros: 100+MB/sec from hard drive low profile bracket more usb3 ports than most other cards

Cons: none

12/13/2012
Most Critical Review

No longer writes properly

OCZ Vertex Plus 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G
OCZ Vertex Plus 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G

Pros: Was moderately fast when it worked.

Cons: Several files corrupted every other restart or so when chkdsk is run. My Windows 7 install on it is corrupted enough that it can't remember things that were installed 1 minute ago or open programs properly. Every installation change is reverted instantly, including driver installs. The Windows 7 properties dialog no longer functions. I've never seen any form of storage corrupt an install this badly or this quickly.

Overall Review: Avoid. My only options are replacement for this drive but considering it's only a matter of time before the replacement fails I don't see the point.

Solid card

ENCORE SuperSpeed USB3.0 PCIE Adapter Model ENLUH-302
ENCORE SuperSpeed USB3.0 PCIE Adapter Model ENLUH-302

Pros: 100+MB/sec out of a usb3 hard drive. plug+play on windows 8

Cons: no low profile bracket

12/13/2012

Solid board

EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Pros: Very cheap for the features (when I bought it at 60) USB3/SATA6/ESATA Lots of PCIE slots Firewire (not many boards have this anymore) Debug/POST 7 segment LCD Dual GigE Supports overclocking

Cons: Not Ivy Bridge compatible Picky about power supplies

Overall Review: This board is great if you know what you're looking for. I coupled this with a 2700k so I have no need for Ivy. I got lucky and my Corsair CX500 psu booted this board right up. I did hit a post code 45 when I put the thing together, but I discovered I was using a bad memory module and a different one booted the system up perfectly.

11/27/2012

Extremely fast SSD

Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GB3-BK
Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F120GB3-BK

Pros: Extremely fast, works well after getting around some quirks.

Cons: Windows 7 refused to install to it initially. Putting it onto my internal AMD sata controller and setting it to IDE resolved the issue. I then moved it back to my Marvell sata3 controller.

Overall Review: I got this drive knowing there could be problems but the price was right and most of the problems seemed to be related to earlier hardware revisions and firmwares. As soon as I put the drive in I updated it to firmware 1.3 and other than the picky Windows installation it has been working great.

Great Heatsink

Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler

Pros: Extremely quiet Cools effectively Easy installation (AMD)

Cons: Levers to tighten heatsink down were just a tad difficult due to their proximity to the upper heatsink fins.

Overall Review: This is a great heatsink for a powerhouse HTPC where the noise of the heatsink is important but so it the cooling ability. I have this in a Lanbox Lite case on a Phenom II 560 BE currently overclocked to 3.6. The heatsink is somewhat more effective than the stock heatsink when it comes to cooling, but the best thing is that it is quieter while running prime95 full stress than the stock AMD heatsink at idle. Never saw the temp go over 48C and saw it as low as 25C (used AS 5 instead of provided thermal paste.) Overall an excellent heatsink.