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Miles R.

Miles R.

Joined on 02/22/04

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Built-in Video better than I thought

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM3/AM2+ AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Well, lets be honest. I normally don't like micro ATX, but this board is great. It has almost everything you need built in. I used this for a system for the in-laws, and was quite pleased with the result. All I had to add was a wireless card for their broadband internet. On board sound is decent, and I have to tell you, the built in HD3300 with 128MB sideport memory did allot better than I thought it would. It is playing battlefield 2 at 1280x1024 on high settings beautifully! Some newer games may be an issue, though. For example, I installed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and while I can play at 1024x768 on low, I need to set it to 800x600 for smooth framerates when allot is going on at once, or I get near a waterfall. So, all in all, I would say the onboard video exceeded my expectations, as I really wasn't expecting to be able to play that many games on it. I am not saying hardcore gamers will be happy, just that it did better than I was hoping for.

Cons: Hmmm, Cons... Ah, I know... Front Panel Audio is HD Audio only, NOT AC '97 compatible. Says so right on page 16 in the manual. I looked, as I was having trouble with the front jacks on my new Rosewill case that supports both HD audio and AC'97. Basically to get it to work right, I had to disable front panel detection in the Realtek control panel. So now the front jacks are enabled all the time, but at least I can plug the headphones in and use the mic for gaming with Xfire. So, not a big con, but one to be aware of.

Overall Review: As I said, onboard video is great for most people, but this board also has a 16x PCI-E slot, just in case. ;) New build: Rosewill R5601-BK case Kuma 7750 CPU (7850 was out 2 days after I got this, DOH!) 4GB OCZ DDR2 1066 Kit OCZ2P10664GK

Worth it if on sale

Irwin 207040711 6,10,12-Inch Quick Adjusting Metric Wrench Set 3-Piece
Irwin 207040711 6,10,12-Inch Quick Adjusting Metric Wrench Set 3-Piece

Pros: Comfortable grips, feels very well made, adjustment mechanism holds very well. Lifetime guarantee a plus. The "teeth" on the adjuster are angled, so you can squeeze the head closed to the correct size without touching the thumb release. So far I haven't had a problem rounding the corners off of nuts like I have with the "thumb screw" type crescent wrenches. Name brand from a large reputable company. I own other Irwin tools and they have all worked well and held up to the test of time.

Cons: These wrenches are possible to adjust one handed, but it is easier with 2 hands, especially the largest size wrench. These are Metric. They work great on *most* sizes of SAE, but not all.

Overall Review: These are definitely worth it when they are on sale. Otherwise would be a 4 egg product. Still good, but kinda pricey. Time will tell how long this new style of wrench will hold up, but it seems like a great product from a well established company. Hopefully I will never need the warranty, but it's nice to know it's there. I have been repairing vehicles since before I was old enough to drive, 12 years exp in the construction trades, most of it as an electrician, also have several yrs exp as a maintenance tech, so why a 4 egg tech level? I never went to collage to become a machinist. ;)

Looks exactly like...

6-Inch Stainless Steel Digital Measuring Caliper with Large LCD Screen
6-Inch Stainless Steel Digital Measuring Caliper with Large LCD Screen

Pros: Looks exactly like the Pittsburgh (Cen-Tech) 47257 caliper that I purchased from a local tool store. So far i have been very happy with this caliper, especially considering the price. Please note that I am not a machinist, but this tool has come in very handy for getting quick, precise measurements of everything from bolt diameters, hole depths, and material thickness. I even used it to adjust the slide rail heights in an XBOX 360 DVD drive while replacing the laser assembly.

Cons: For this price? Seriously? Not a single one that I can think of.

Overall Review: I had a cheaper one without the metal thumb wheel on the slide and I hated it. Get this one, that little thumb wheel makes it so much easier to get consistent precise measurements.

Speed test results

WINTEC FileMate 8GB Mobile Media Class 6 microSDHC Card with SDHC Adapter - Retail
WINTEC FileMate 8GB Mobile Media Class 6 microSDHC Card with SDHC Adapter - Retail

Pros: Preformatted Fat32, just plug and play. Faster speeds than I was expecting (see other thoughts). Comes with full size SD adapter. Using it to boot Honeycomb 3.0 on my wife's Nook Color. ;)

Cons: Writing many smaller files is slower than a single large file, but that is expected of flash memory in general. However, read speed is still very good, even with many smaller files. I will update this review if I find any problems, or if the card dies on me.

Overall Review: Speed tests: (Using a Victor 2 USB 2.0 micro sd card reader) Windows File copy: Single 980MB file: write: 11.8 MB/sec read: 18.9 MB/sec Folder with 762 files totaling 1.20GB: write: 7.57 MB/sec read: 17.1 MB/sec HD Tune 4.50 Pro shows a max read speed of 19.0 MB/sec and a min read speed of 16.6 MB/sec. The graph shows the drop in speed around the 1GB mark, aka the first 1GB reads about 19 MB/sec, after that the graph is a flat line at 16.6 MB/sec

Wii Compatible

Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Works great with a Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB Hard Drive with my soft-modded Wii (4.2). Transfer speeds max out at the USB 2.0 limit of around 32-35 MB/sec when hooked to a PC. I like the single circuit board plug design- no cables to hook to the drive. The enclosure spins down the hard drive when the USB cable is unplugged. (Or your Wii gets turned off.) Blue LED not too bright, and looks neat next to my Wii. ;-)

Cons: It does get a little warm after heavy/long file transfers. The enclosure seems to have issues with a WD 500gb drive while hooked to the Wii. It will lock up, and rapidly flash the status/power LED. This does not happen when using the Samsung 1TB drive, only the Western Digital WD5000AAKS drive. (firmware 12.01C02) I am unable to get the WD drive to work with my soft-modded Wii either with cios222 v4 or v5, or waninkoko's 249 v14, v17, or v19. It will act like it works, the drive is recognized, but as soon as you try to play a game, it will lock up. However, this enclosure when used with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB drive works beautifully on the Wii using either Hermes 222 v4 or v5, or Waninkokos 249 v17 or v19.

Overall Review: I wish the enclosure was available in a bright white, but if you have a newer black Wii, this will work/look great. I will edit/post another review if I ever get my WD 500GB drive to work on my Wii with this enclosure.

Much better than Lexmark Printer Card Reader Port

Koutech IO-RC521 USB 2.0 Card Reader
Koutech IO-RC521 USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: Works great on Windows 7 x64 edition! Just plug and play, no driver disk needed. Significantly faster than the card reader on my Lexmark x4850 Printer. (About 3x faster writes and 10x faster reads) Works great with my Kingston 4gb micro SDHC WITHOUT ANY ADAPTER!! I can't stress this enough, as I have had nothing but problems with BOTH of my Kingston SD to micro SDHC adapters that came with the 4gb micro SD cards.

Cons: Cord is a little short (12 inches?), but I knew that from the other reviews before I purchased this awesome little card reader. Also, the UPS mail innovations shipping speed leaves something to be desired. (Not Newegg's fault, but still annoying) It took over a week to get the package after it was shipped from 2 states away. (I thought UPS ground was slow. ;)

Overall Review: For the money, I am very happy. I have tried this with micro SDHC cards, as well as full size SD cards and the transfer speeds surprised me. I was used to the SD port on my printer. I am now getting write speeds in the 5-8 MB per second range (depending on card) and read speeds in excess of 20 MB per second (also depending on card). This smokes the printer SD card speeds I was getting at about 1-1.5 MB per second (if I was lucky).