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Benjamin C.

Benjamin C.

Joined on 08/25/01

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Most Favorable Review
PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 8X BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support
PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 8X BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support

Pros: Works great Looks great Everythings great

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: As an old Plextor fan back from when they were exclusively SCSI, over the years their quality has become hit and miss. I had a PX-716A that was just short of being a piece of junk. But I gotta admit that the last few drives I've bought have worked OK, starting with the 740's. This is the first drive that has stood out as a work horse and chug through anything you put in it. It reminds me of the good 'ol Plextor SCSI days again. I'm so impressed that we're going to be buying a few more of these.

Most Critical Review

Works slowly

Rosewill RC-210 Silicon Image Internal SATA / External eSATA Low Profile Ready PCI Controller Card
Rosewill RC-210 Silicon Image Internal SATA / External eSATA Low Profile Ready PCI Controller Card

Pros: Worked with little effort. Quickly installs and easily recongizes large drives.

Cons: Slow.

Overall Review: I bought this based off all the good reviews here. Everyone was correct, it installed without a problem and worked without a complaint. However, after spending a few days trying to track down the abysmal performance I was getting from my external drive, I narrowed it down to this card. In a nut shell, this thing is slower than USB 2.0. If you need more evidence, see below. These are the numbers I am getting with a Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB drive using HDTune. To keep it simple, I've listed the max transfer rates. External enclosure with eSATA and RC-210 Rosewill: 26.4MB/s Same external enclosure with USB: 33.1MB/s Same external enclosure with eSATA and onboard eSATA port: 103.7MB/s Same drive mounted internally using SATA cable to Rosewill: 26.4MB/s Same drive mounted internally using SATA cable to MB: 103.5MB/s If nothing else, those last two should pretty much sum it up for you. In all fairness, I've only tried this thing in one computer. Isolated incident?

Form and function

ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI sWRX8 AMD WRX80 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI sWRX8 AMD WRX80 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It worked right out of the box. The layout on this board really is impressive. You'll appreciate the effort put into the layout. It's built like a tank. Said by others, I know, but it really is! Its amazing how heavy it is. It has all the features. It's a sexy beotch.

Cons: The BIOS UI is a little funky, and this is coming from someone familiar with a similar ASUS WS X299 board. You may need search for help on finding some of the settings because they aren't intuitive.

Overall Review: After I opened the box, I didn't know whether to install it or put it in a display case? This thing is even more impressive in person. I opted to make the switch to red team with this unit and don't have any regrets. Coming from an ASUS WS X299 which was always picky and flaky, this board has been smooth and easy. Some things that I came across that maybe aren't obvious. I don't want to list these as cons but some people might. Those people should stick to consumer boards. -The board is big, EATX. It maxes out my old Silverstone TJ07B workstation case. -For the 8-pin power cable, I had to use a 8-pin to dual 6-pin splitter. From what I've read, most people will have to do this also. Research if your power supply will work. You may need to upgrade that as well. -The two 6-pin power connectors at the bottom are optional. They are the only optional power connectors. You will need them if you put a medium to heavy load on the PCIE slots. -I'm running vanilla GSkill memory that is not on the qualified list but it worked right out of the box. -Works with the Optane 905P PCIE version. Benchmarks on this are little down from the X299 but not a deal breaker. Kinda to be expected really. I imagine the 905P is optimized for the X299 and vise-versa.

Powerhouse

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX - Ryzen Threadripper PRO Castle Peak (Zen 2) 16-Core 3.9 GHz Socket sWRX8 280W Desktop Processor - 100-100000167WOF
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX - Ryzen Threadripper PRO Castle Peak (Zen 2) 16-Core 3.9 GHz Socket sWRX8 280W Desktop Processor - 100-100000167WOF

Pros: Other than the specifications you already know, I like the CPU mounting system better than the solution from blue team. Also the packaging is nicer and seems to show a little pride. The included torque wrench is a good idea.

Overall Review: I opted to make the switch to red team for a workstation upgrade and have no regrets. The system is quick and responsive at all times, no matter what I'm doing. AMD is back!

Easy!

COOLER MASTER DI4-6H54C-R1-GP 60mm Rifle CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER DI4-6H54C-R1-GP 60mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: No toy surprise in the bottom of the box

Overall Review: I was relieved to see that someone was still making heatsinks for a dinosaur P4. The installation was a cinch and the clamps are even better than the original plastic garbage on the stock cooler. The noise, in my case, wasn't a problem. This isn't any louder than the other stuff in the PC. I didn't realize people were complaining about the noise until I read the other reviews here just now.

It works

BYTECC USB2-10AB-K Black Type A Male to Type B Male  Cable
BYTECC USB2-10AB-K Black Type A Male to Type B Male Cable

Pros: They work!

Cons: Here is where I say something whitty like "they weren't free".

Overall Review: Let's face it, they are just cables. How hard can it be to make a cable? Still, happy to report zero problems with the 3 I bought.