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Roman I.

Roman I.

Joined on 02/13/05

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good fan

Rosewill RAWB-131456 - 140mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Seal IP56 Dust Resistant, Splash Proof with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & High End Teflon Nano Bearing
Rosewill RAWB-131456 - 140mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - Seal IP56 Dust Resistant, Splash Proof with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Speed Control & High End Teflon Nano Bearing

Pros: Very, very quiet. Audible at full speed, but still remarkably quiet. Dead silent below 700 RPM. 82CFM is usually nothing to write poems about out of a 140mm fan, but to move that air this quietly is definitely impressive. Comes with mounting screws and silicone mounting hardware, so that's neat.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Some fans do very well when positioned vertically, but go mad loud when placed flat. I have this fan hanging off of a reservoir on top of my PC in a pull configuration and can report that this fan is very well balanced even at that sort of load. Would definitely recommend.

Most Critical Review

Sloooooow

PNY Mini Attaché 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD8GB/MINI-EF
PNY Mini Attaché 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model P-FD8GB/MINI-EF

Pros: Fairly cheap for an 8Gb flash drive... convenient design...comes with a cheesy movie of your choice =]

Cons: Ridiculously slow...i tried this thing on an x48 based system, i750 sli and the 945g and I have not seen write speeds higher than 3.5meg/s... in NTFS, it does better (~10 megs/s), but what's the use if nothing recognizes NTFS (XBOX, DivX players)?...

Overall Review: give your money to someone other than PNY if you need a fast USB stick

pretty good

NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router R4500-Factory Refurbished
NETGEAR N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router R4500-Factory Refurbished

Pros: Fast...really fast. Converted to a WNDR4500 without a hickup. Although, I was only able to properly telnet into it through a linux box. Also, this was on sale, so very cheap.

Cons: Arrived completely dead with corrupt firmware. Power light blinked green and the router would not work at all. Ended up pushing new firmware through tftp. -1 egg

Overall Review: If yours also came dead as well, you can fix it through tftp. I had to fix 2 of these, so I assume this batch is all bad. Fixing it is fairly simple, however. Definitely unlockable to a WNDR4500, but I only had luck with that through linux.

a bit "cheap"...a bit dissapointing

Intel Core i5-4690K - Core i5 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54690K
Intel Core i5-4690K - Core i5 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54690K

Pros: Fast....at least a little faster than the 2500k it replaced.

Cons: Unlike the 2500k, this cpu seems to have been made with significant cost savings. I realized that only after running prime95, on stock speeds, only to see that temp would shoot up from 30C to 60C within seconds. Mind you, this is on a very capable custom H2O system. In my disbelief, I reapplied thermal compound 3 times (1st Gelid, then Zalman, then Arctic Silver 5 all with same results)...Then, after a bit of searching, found out that Intel went with TIM for the interface of the cores with the CPU cap, instead of solder like they did on the 2500k (all of sandy bridge for that matter). this is a bit disappointing, given that the Devil's Canyon is supposed to be the overclocker's dream...or such..obviously, this TIM mess puts a potato in that pipe.

Overall Review: my old 2500k would never even see 50C with my cooling solution under hours of prime95, so it's pretty lame that Intel cheaped out...but, I guess, I should have researched that instead of assuming solder was used...it's still crazy fast, but also cheaply made, so -1 egg. I bought a z87 mobo super cheap, so that's how i ended up with this...but, if you're about to buy this thing, all i can say is don't.

Unbelievable

PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

Pros: The performance level of this card is unbelievable. I have an i5 2500k in my fairly old system, and every single new game i threw at it runs on maxed out settings @1080p with utmost fluidity. Far Cry 4, Star Citizen (beta stuff), even Witcher 2. Another thing would be the price. I got this for $210 after rebate, so that money for this level of performance was hands down the best value on the market for a long, long time. I guess, the cooler is worth some praise too. Certainly keeps the GPU below 70C, so that's very far away from throttling temperatures.

Cons: Does get a bit loud when some really high end games are thrown at it, but nothing like my old GTX470 was when that was stock. Furmark can push it to unreasonable noise levels, but that's to my ear. After all, my previous card was watercooled eventually. That being said, I think that this card is reasonably quiet for most of the time and I wouldn't consider getting a waterblock for it. Drivers/manual was sort of nonexistent, but who cares anyways? if you get your drivers from CDs that come with cards then you're really doing it wrong. AMD has newest software that you want anyways. oh, another thing, the power draw of this card is colossal.

Overall Review: I got this after years of owning a watercooled gtx470. Obviously, I expected this to be a better card than the previous one, but this beast took those expectations and absolutely destroyed them. It's completely unbelievable what this thing can do. I received the new card revision of the board, R29FA, with the new bios already on it and have had absolutely no issues with the card. That being said, I run it off of a Platinum 660W SeaSonic PSU. You absolutely have to have an incredibly stable PSU for this to run right. The power draw can jump nearly 250W within 1/10 second. That means that the power supply rating is sort of irrelevant for this card. Yhave to have one that can squeeze out at least a constant 550W, but your 12V rail amp stability has to be rock solid. I suspect that even some of the supplies past that 750W recommendation are simply not gonna cut the mustard. Just because this video card is priced cheap, don't think that it can be ran on a budget PSU. I also have to commend NewEgg on their service here. After purchase, I let them know that the four games did not seem to go with it and they immediately got those shipped. That was pretty cool :) Anyways, if you have a very good power supply, and want the best value in the video card market then this is it for sure. Simply amazing card, that looks fancy and runs absolutely everything at extreme settings, while staying cool and relatively quiet while doing so.

12/11/2014

free games

GIFT AMD GOLD 3 GAMES Space Edition (Up to $150 Retail Value)
GIFT AMD GOLD 3 GAMES Space Edition (Up to $150 Retail Value)

Pros: free games...some very good games. As a veteran backer of the Star Citizen, it was pretty cool to see the game in that bundle. Also, there's the new Alien game which is pretty awesome too. The rest are pretty old games, but not bad by any measure..

Cons: the registration for an AMD account is a bit weird...if you want it to be quick, you have to provide your phone number..