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Mike S.

Mike S.

Joined on 01/18/12

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Most Favorable Review

Great product, no issues

Planar 997-5253-00 Black Dual Monitor Stand for LCD Displays
Planar 997-5253-00 Black Dual Monitor Stand for LCD Displays

Pros: This is an excellent monitor stand that we use throughout our office. All of our users have Planar dual, triple, and quad monitor stands. I've posted a video on YouTube showing them if anyone is interested (search for "Review of Planar dual, triple, and quad monitor stands"). Definitely recommend this product!

Cons: Not really easy to adjust height.

Overall Review: I have frequently recommended this product to people.

Most Critical Review

High failure rate

Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Great performance and capacity for the price

Cons: Bought one drive and it had been working great for months. So I took the plunge and ordered six more. Of those six, one died after less than six hours of use (clicking, no longer detected by Windows), then a second died within 24 hours of use. Reading the reviews it seems others have had similar experiences. I'm concerned about the long-term safety of my data on these drives. Seagate needs to ramp up their quality control.

Overall Review: I'll still buy these, because on paper they fit my needs exactly. But they need to do something about the reliability.

12/19/2014

Great UPS!

TRIPP LITE SU3000RTXLCD3U 3000VA 2700W UPS Smart Online LCD Rackmount 100-120V USB 3URM RT
TRIPP LITE SU3000RTXLCD3U 3000VA 2700W UPS Smart Online LCD Rackmount 100-120V USB 3URM RT

Pros: Great UPS. Purchased two of them 10 months ago, along with TLNETCARD cards (the newer model SNMP card) and environmental sensors. Fast, clean power to protect our server rack. Wired each one into a separate breaker and ran our dual PSU Dell servers off of them (one AC cord per server going to each UPS). Both UPS's report about a 30% load powering 8 servers.

Cons: Our first one arrived defective. Tripp-Lite customer support was very helpful getting exchanged, but the exchange process was still difficult and time-consuming due to the size and weight of these units (had to be shipped back via freight carrier).

Overall Review: Would definitely recommend this model. The software is a bit challenging to do the initial set-up, but everything works well once it's properly configured.

Would be great, if they worked

XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card, Slim Design RX-460P4TFG5
XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card, Slim Design RX-460P4TFG5

Pros: None - I could not get these cards to work correctly.

Cons: Physically these cards fits perfectly in my Dell OptiPlex 780 PC's, however they do not work correctly. Windows only displays using the "Standard VGA device" and gives an error code 43 for the RX 460. In other words, the advanced features of the card do not function, no Aero transparency, etc. I tried with about 10 different versions of the driver including the latest from AMD's website and from the manufacturer's website, I also tried with both Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, making sure I had the latest BIOS updates, etc. The cards simply do not perform correctly in my PC's.

Overall Review: My company has over 60 of this model PC, all of them heavily upgraded and fine-tuned. We've upgraded them from AMD 4650's, to 5570's, 6570's, and most recently to Radeon HD R7 250 series video cards. All of these other cards have performed flawlessly in our systems, however there appears to be some fundamental incompatibility with the RX 460's and our Dell OptiPlex PC's.

Would be great, if they worked

MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Cards Radeon RX 460 2GT LP
MSI Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Cards Radeon RX 460 2GT LP

Pros: None - I could not get these cards to work correctly.

Cons: Physically these cards fits perfectly in my Dell OptiPlex 780 PC's (issues with the improper LP bracket excluded - had to take my Dremel to that), however they do not work correctly. Windows only displays using the "Standard VGA device" and gives an error code 43 for the RX 460. In other words, the advanced features of the card do not function, no Aero transparency, etc. I tried with about 10 different versions of the driver including the latest from AMD's website and from the manufacturer's website, I also tried with both Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, making sure I had the latest BIOS updates, etc. The cards simply do not perform correctly in my PC's.

Overall Review: My company has over 60 of this model PC, all of them heavily upgraded and fine-tuned. We've upgraded them from AMD 4650's, to 5570's, 6570's, and most recently to Radeon HD R7 250 series video cards. All of these other cards have performed flawlessly in our systems, however there appears to be some fundamental incompatibility with the RX 460's and our Dell OptiPlex PC's.

Great card for business use

XFX Core Edition Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card R7-250A-CLF4
XFX Core Edition Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card R7-250A-CLF4

Pros: Good card for the price. We've bought several of them as upgrades for our dual-monitor workstations around the office, upgrading from older generation 5570 and 6570-series cards. It's a shame they don't offer a similar model with DisplayPort so that it would work with Eyefinity / triple monitor setups. Am pleased with the large fan and heatsink, have no problems fitting these into our Dell OptiPlex 780-class DT (desktop) form factor workstations.

Cons: Will buy more when they come back in stock. :) WIsh HDMI had a locking mechanism, we've had a few cables come lose when people bump their computers.

Overall Review: Not a gamer but these cards are excellent for our business needs.