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Zachary E.

Zachary E.

Joined on 07/23/01

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Most Favorable Review

Lovely TV, questionable service

Panasonic VIERA 42" 1080p 480Hz Plasma HDTV w/Anti-Reflective Filter & 3 HDMI - TH42PZ80U
Panasonic VIERA 42" 1080p 480Hz Plasma HDTV w/Anti-Reflective Filter & 3 HDMI - TH42PZ80U

Pros: 1080p clarity is breathtaking, screen isn't glossy so reflections aren't an issue, colors are gorgeous, menus are very clear. I also own a Hitachi 55" 720p and as for clarity, this is so much nicer. The 42" is perfect for a medium sized bedroom wall. I've never seen a more detailed TV in 42"--it looks like a large computer LCD in terms of clarity.

Cons: If have your face 6" from the screen you will notice images that were previously in the screen, when the screen is black. I'm not calling it burn in, because the images don't stay forever, and in all colors. It is only noticeable on black, and only if you are very close. If you are sitting 4-5 feet away you won't see it. If there is color on the screen or flowing video you'll never see it. So, it's really a small con because well you can't see it unless you are far far too close.

Overall Review: I suppose another HDMI on the back of the TV would be nice. I currently run a PS3, xbox360, and cable box all on HDMI. This is an issue though since there is only two plugs on the back and one in the front (which I use sometimes for a computer hook up.) So, I have resorted to using composite for the cable box since it only does 720p anyway and HDMI for the 360/ps3. And a final thought, BLURAY LOOKS AMAZING!

Most Critical Review

When it works, and compatability issues aren't around it's great.

GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 CEB Server Motherboard LGA 2066 Intel C422
GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 CEB Server Motherboard LGA 2066 Intel C422

Pros: It's fast when it works.

Cons: This could be a combination of my specific setup or Windows 10 or both but I have been fighting like hell with compatability issues. I feel the PCI system in this or perhaps the C422 chipset is not managing PCI devices properly. Gigabyte sent me a BIOS which isn't available on their website to fix a compatability issue and now I'm running into another with a 10Gbe card. This is really getting frustrating. Oh and I gave VROC an attempt and that was an absolute nightmare to set up. Who knows maybe this board is broken too partially and I just don't know. I think at this point I'm probably going to swap motherboards once again but try a different brand.

Overall Review: I like the W2155 CPU, I like the quad channel 128gb ddr4 I have, I love how I have an m2 and u2 drive and RTX2080Ti but this thing does NOT play nice with the X540T2 card I had, nor does it play nice with the new FS.COM X540AT2 card I recently bought. I basically just brikced windows when I put that in and I'm working on recovering it. Things like this should not just happen. Who is at fault. Windows or the board? It's hard to say.

A superb convertible with a rugged design

Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga 12 20DLS02G00 12.5" Convertible Ultrabook Intel Core i5-5200U 8 GB DDR3L 128 GB SSD Windows 10 Pro w/ Digitizer Pen
Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga 12 20DLS02G00 12.5" Convertible Ultrabook Intel Core i5-5200U 8 GB DDR3L 128 GB SSD Windows 10 Pro w/ Digitizer Pen

Pros: First off, I purchased this for someone else based on my owning a 2013 model. It's about 98% identical with a few minor changes that'll I'll write about below. Retracting keyboard, updated touchpad from earlier S1 Yoga models is a big improvement--so much so that I bought one for my old S1 Yoga to update it. Keyboard is excellent as it actually includes a home and end button which is critical. Pressing FN and -> on other laptops is seriously annoying. It's a tank, it can take a drop, or 20 drops. I did not open this new model up but the old model came with a 2.5" SSD slot AND an open m.2 ssd slot so I run two SSDs in it. Find me another laptop in this segment that does that.... you'll have trouble.

Cons: I wish these came with 16gb or 32gb memory and a 3:2 screen but I'm just being picky. This recent updated model has a fairly stiff spacebar compared to my old keyboard on my circa 2013 S1 Yoga. Screen could be a bit brighter when compared to other laptops/screens it is lacking a little.

Overall Review: I've recommended this laptop to many people.

12/12/2017

Extremely fast and an excellent price for the power--way less than Intel 750

Plextor M8Pe AIC 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-1TM8PeY
Plextor M8Pe AIC 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-1TM8PeY

Pros: Price : performance ratio is perfect.

Cons: The heat sink is too thick causing fitment issues when next to my watercooled Titan-X back plane. Be aware that it will either be tight or maybe not fit if you're in the same boat as me. Update: I removed the heatsink and my temps have only gone up very slightly. I believe 3C idle, and jumps 10C during a massive file transfer test and then back down. I realize I voided the warranty int he process but it now fits where I want it to.

Overall Review: I've been using Plextor products since their 1X CD burner was released back in the 90's for $799. They make good stuff.

UPDATE YOUR BIOS ***FIRST***! :D

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DAX-O Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011-3 Intel C612
SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DAX-O Extended ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011-3 Intel C612

Pros: This board is quite the tank. I feel as though I have future proofed my workstation by choosing this board. I've been desiring a dual socket sli quad channel setup for years and finally pulled the trigger. I've watercooled the CPUs and GPUs. I've hit many snags in the process and learned much. WIth 2TB of memory and the ability to upgrade my processors to whatever insane setup I want down the road.... 44 cores? 88 threads? Sure. Right now I'm happy with 20 cores and 40 threads. I've paired this with 4 x 32gb Black Diamond 2400 ECC DDR4. I should've bought 4 sticks as the price has gone up almost 100% thanks to increased demand. I'll wait until prices drop again.

Cons: So there's a few things to mention here. 1: Update your bios because if you do not you WILL have USB connectivity and boot issues. Since updating all my issues have calmed down. 2: This board is listed as E-ATX. It sort of is... I got a Lian Li PC-1000LB (model #?) which is an e-atx case but it was missing something like 4 or 5 holes so I drilled those holes and made it work. Fitment in this case works but it is VERY tight especially when you watercool using the top and front radiators. 3: Would've liked an additional USB 3.0 front header. I realize there's dead space on the motherboard used by other components on different X10 boards but surely it would've been possible somewhere as this is a workstation board.

Overall Review: Be aware of tight fitment on this board in cases. The memory slots on the top sit very close to my radiator making putting a fan on it impossible. I plan on ducting two fans into the radiator from the case door. I would also suggest buying 8 sticks of memory to utilize quad channel DDR4 unlike my silly mistake of only buying four. The PCI slot options in the BIOS are daunting and have no explanation as far as what they do so that's something else to be aware of. Not touching them is probably a good idea. Supermicro gave me no explanation as to what all they options do when asked. Lastly, I have a Intel X540-T2 card which seems to sporadically work. I have another on order which hopefully will work but there might be a compatability issue there. You *WILL* have to disable onboard LAN if you want your system to boot WITH a 10Gb Intel card. UPDATE: The X540-T2 card I got was defective. I have since replaced it and it works just fine.

Looks nice, does a decent job for my application

Alphacool NexXxoS GPX - Nvidia Geforce GTX TITAN X / GTX 980 Ti M01 - (incl. backplate) (11253)
Alphacool NexXxoS GPX - Nvidia Geforce GTX TITAN X / GTX 980 Ti M01 - (incl. backplate) (11253)

Pros: I personally like the looks of these and the price is also on point. With 3 x PWM 2000 fans on a 360mm rad and two Titan X (Maxwells) in SLI I get 28-31C on idle, in DOOM (which requires single GPU mode in SLI and maxes it at 100%) after 5 hours of gameplay I topped out at 55C. Yes, overclocked, yes tremendous loud... and my computer is nearly silent during this. I'm pleased with that. Games that utilize both GPUs in SLi I hit maybe 38-44C as the heat load is distributed more evenly.

Cons: The back plate is the bane of my build. It causes multiple PCI-E cards to NOT fit where there is room in the slot but won't fit b/c of a heatsink on the card. Namely the X540-T2 10Gb card and Sound Blaster Z. I took the Z's lid off and now it fits. You need a thin card if you plan on using other slots near it.

Overall Review: Kind of wish the RAM was water cooled like the EK blocks but everything seems to run cool enough. I am more interested in silence and I am not overclocking these to the nth degree.

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Shipping packaging needs work

When you ship a $1000 mini computer you should probably use some proper packaging. Although my product arrived and yes thankfully it worked the packaging was pathetic. The computer box was completely loose in the box and just rattling around in shipping. This seems to be a common theme as the last NUC I ordered also had barely any packaging and that was a different seller. Consider this constructive criticism. Your shipping dept needs some work.

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Displeased with shipping policy

Really disappointed with this delivery. The package needed an in person signature... I couldn't even sign the slip authorizing it to be left outside. I work... this means I am not available to accept packages during the day and I never have packages stolen/damaged when I authorize them to be left. Your company should really consider changing it's policy to allow customers to sign the slip and have it left. I partially blame Fedex too for screwing up the delivery but allowing for a signature release is critical. Very annoyed. Took me two trips to the Fedex warehouse to finally get my package because of this.... wasted my time.

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