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David B.

David B.

Joined on 12/07/09

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Most Favorable Review

A welcome change from Prolific

Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with Hexnut connectors (SBT-FTDI)
Sabrent USB 2.0 to Serial (9-Pin) DB-9 RS-232 Adapter Cable 6ft Cable with Hexnut connectors (SBT-FTDI)

Pros: Works as advertised. The 6 ft. long cable is nice. FTDI chipset makes it a great tool. I highly recommend this adapter.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought 6 of these for my group here at work - they're used for debugging embedded systems during development. These are used daily, and have performed flawlessly - unlike the Prolific cables we had previously.

Most Critical Review

Board has problems

MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard
MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board looks awesome

Cons: The BIOS flash doesn't work.

Overall Review: I purchased the first board, and the installation went as planned. It would not accept the BIOS re-flash to the newer version, and the process crippled the first copy of the BIOS. I had to switch to the backup copy to use the board. I called MSI tech support to insure I was doing things properly, and they confirmed the BIOS flash was bad. I bought another board to replace this one, and after installing it, it wouldn't work - it powered on for 1/2 second, then powered off. I just sent that board back. I've decided MSI doesn't quite have their game together, so I'm switching to an ASUS board now...

Scroll wheel and usability

Logitech M500 Black Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse
Logitech M500 Black Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser 1000 dpi Mouse

Pros: Feels great in your hand - could use a bit more weight, but you can beat the performance for this price.

Cons: None (anymore).

Overall Review: Sometimes I wonder just how tech savvy I really am - I've had this mouse for over a month, and the scroll wheel was driving me crazy. There was not enough friction to keep the wheel from spinning after I let go of it, and the image on the screen was always shifting up or down... Kind of like this guy William: "Pros: If you're right handed, this mouse fit the hand nicely and it's smooth. Cons: The scroll wheel (they call it a "tilt wheel") is funky. After you use the scroll wheel to move the screen and let go of the wheel, the screen will sometimes stay in the same position but most of the time the screen will roll back toward it's original position. This makes this mouse almost unusable for me." My wife just pointed out to me there is a little button below the wheel that you can press, which adds a detent to the wheel. So, for any of you out there wondering about this mouse - wonder no more - it's a great device, and works just fine... If you can't figure it out, just ask your wife :-)

Intel Core i7-4790K

Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K
Intel Core i7-4790K - Core i7 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I74790K

Pros: Fast, better thermal transfer than the 4770K, higher default clock rate.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I've been reading a lot of comments about overheating with this processor, so I was hesitant at first, but when you follow common sense, it's a no-brainer. 1. Don't waste time with the factory heat-sink. I don't think it's adequate. Spend the extra $50 and get an "after-market" cooler. I chose the Zalman CNPS9900ALED (it will fit in my 1100 Antec case with plenty of room, and it's fan speed is controlled by the motherboard for noise.) 2. During assembly, apply a uniformly-thin coating of thermal grease on the top of the processor before attaching your "after-market" cooler - it comes with the Zalman. It's not like you can put too much grease on the processor, although things might get messy when the overage squishes out once the cooler is attached. You can, however put too little on, so there is poor thermal contact between the top of the processor and the bottom of the cooler. Again, use common sense. 3. Follow the instructions, using the Silver screws (not the gold ones), and tighten them uniformly, in alternating patterns... My system includes the following pieces: *** Antec Eleven Hundred V2 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case *** Antec HCG M Series HCG-520M 520W Power Supply *** ASUS Z97-PRO(Wi-Fi ac) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard *** Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K *** ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler *** G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-16GAB No overclocking: 1. At idle, my system runs at 23 degrees C (fans are barely running, so it's real quiet) 2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 39 degrees C. Overclocked 15% (4.6GHz): 1. At idle, system runs at 27 degrees C 2. Under Prime95 torture testing (In-place large FFTs), it runs at 56 degrees C. 3. Under Prime95 extreme torture testing (small FFTs, FPU and L2 cache), it runs at 78 degrees C. It will also calculate 1M digits of PI (using Super PI mod) in 7.87 seconds... which is kinda cool. I highly recommend this processor.

12/29/2014

Piece of cake

MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I liked the fact this came right out of the box and into the case and fired up without a hitch. I've had some troubles with MSI in the past, and didn't think I'd ever use them again, but the price was hard to pass up. I purchased this board, along with a Core I5-4460 processor and 16GB of memory (GSKILL F3-1600C9Q-16GAB) and everything was literally plug in and go.

Cons: The manual indicated there was a connector to plug all of the case connections into before plugging into the header on the board, but the box didn't have one. Not a big deal - this is the only fault I could find with this board. Also, installing the drivers from the disk was extremely fast, but using the Update6 utility for follow-on updates is HORRIBLY slow. I might suggest you go to the website and just download what you need rather than use this utility...

Overall Review: I added a larger heat-sink to the processor (DYNATRON K17 ) just in case - I don't trust those heat-sinks that come with the processors...

A fine motherboard

ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I purchased this board 8/2/13 after having gone through 2 MSI Z87 MPOWER motherboards that gave me nothing but trouble. (NewEgg item#N82E16813130691). The installation was a typical motherboard installation, with nothing unexpected. The system powered up, and has worked flawlessly since installation. For the extra $40, the lack of headache was worth it. I should have started with ASUS in the beginning.

Cons: Initially I had some difficulties with the USB ports, but after I installed the updated drivers, all is good. All I can assume is they rushed the release of the board before the software guys had all the bugs worked out. I updated the BIOS as well, just in case. The process is simple, and everything is available from the website.

Overall Review: I'm running this board with the following components: -Intel 4770K processor, overclocked to 4.2Ghz -MSI Z77 MPOWER DDR3 1600 16GB AVD3U16000904G-4CM - ZALMAN CNPS9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler Fan

11/19/2013