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Terence J.

Terence J.

Joined on 05/22/02

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Most Favorable Review

Great Barebone PC - Small / Runs Cool

Shuttle SH81R4 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel H81 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Shuttle SH81R4 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel H81 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Bought 2 of these. Added Intel Core i3-4150T low power CPU, Corsair Vengeance LP 1600 RAM (I recommend low profile to fit better in the tight space), an SSD in a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, a 2TB spinning HDD, and a full size optical drive - very nice PCs in a small form factor. I liked being able to use full size components - they are cheaper and I already had some of them. I love that they brought back the ICE cooling (one of my older Shuttle didn't have it). It takes the CPU heatsink directly to the back fan and is far better than a fan on the CPU pushing hot air around in the case.

Cons: The older ICE coolers used screws to attach to the motherboard - this one uses those crummy plastic Intel push-pins but they did work for me.

Overall Review: I see comments about this being a case only - No. This is a barebones PC - just as described. It comes pre-assembled with 1) Case 2) Motherboard 3) Power supply and bonus 4) CPU cooler - just add CPU, RAM, and Drives - this IS a barebone system

Most Critical Review

Great cooler, but NOT the PWM version described

Deepcool THETA 31 CPU Copper base Cooler 100mm for Intel i3 i5 CPU LGA 1150/1155/1156,Heatsink,10cm Fans Cooling
Deepcool THETA 31 CPU Copper base Cooler 100mm for Intel i3 i5 CPU LGA 1150/1155/1156,Heatsink,10cm Fans Cooling

Pros: I really like these coolers - get cooling air all four directions for nearby components (RAM, digital power supply, etc.) which cools the critical components. Huge heatsink and quiet fan - they seem to fit every board I've tried.

Cons: This particular item was described as the PWM version - that isn't what I got - so beware

Corsair is the Best

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R

Pros: I really like Corsair LPX RAM - I use it in every build that I can. I paired this RAM with an ASUS Prime B450M-A II and Ryzen 5 3600. This exact model was not on the QVL list but I've always had good compatibility with Corsair. I turned on the DOCP (AMD version of XMP) in BIOS to "OC" the RAM to its 3600 speed and it worked first try. I used MemTest86 and ran a RAM test for several hours - no errors and a perfect 4 pass test - no issues, perfect! Has been running this way for several months with zero issues.

Cons: No cons - working perfectly

Overall Review: Highly recommended

Has been very reliable

SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 500GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E500B/AM
SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 500GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E500B/AM

Pros: I used this SSD to replace a very slow HDD in my Asus laptop. I really liked the cloning software that was available on the Samsung website and it was a breeze to connect this new SSD to a USB port (using a StarTech USB to SATA adapter only $12) and clone the HDD before swapping them. Of course the speed of this SSD (along with another stick of RAM) completely transformed the laptop making it much faster and more enjoyable to use! The SSD fit perfectly into the laptop once I finally got it opened up (following YouTube video!)

Cons: Can't think of a single thing

Overall Review: Highly recommended if your computer only has a SATA connection - this is how my laptop should have worked when new!

Easy to setup / Very reliable

EnGenius EnTurbo EAP1250 Indoor Next-Gen 802.11ac Wave 2 Compact Access Point (EAP1250)
EnGenius EnTurbo EAP1250 Indoor Next-Gen 802.11ac Wave 2 Compact Access Point (EAP1250)

Pros: All of the new laptops don't have Ethernet ports and must be used on WiFi, so when the 2020 shutdown happened and we were all doing work and school from home we needed a WAP on the other side of the house for 5 bar strength and so we were sure to always have WiFi from either the router's built-in or this WAP. It was a life saver. My wiring is all installed - I hope that EnGenius or Netgear make a reasonably priced 2 or 3 unit mesh system that I can upgrade with wired backhaul soon

Cons: I didn't love the mounting because I wanted to put it on the wall flush to the ceiling to hide the cable coming from above - I was able to modify the mount so that it would do that

Overall Review: Until multi-location "Mesh" Wireless Access Points with hard wire inputs become more common, this will do the job. Honestly, it has been kind of nice having two completely separate WAPs - if one isn't working just switch to the other!

SanDisk is always worth the extra $$

SanDisk 512GB Ultra microSDXC A1 UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 100MB/s (SDSQUAR-512G-GN6MA)
SanDisk 512GB Ultra microSDXC A1 UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 100MB/s (SDSQUAR-512G-GN6MA)

Pros: Loaded this card with 300GB of music and put it into my media player - perfect! These always work great and for some reason are cheaper than full size SDXC cards so I may start using them in my camera. So glad these come with the adapter - now I have one for work and home

Cons: None

Overall Review: I always buy SanDisk - they are worth it