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Mark B.

Mark B.

Joined on 10/25/02

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Most Favorable Review

Easy upgrade from X25-M

Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2CW240A3K5
Intel 520 Series Cherryville 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2CW240A3K5

Pros: I had an Intel X25-M that finally got filled up, so it was a nice excuse to upgrade the drive. Newegg got the drive to me in TWO DAYS from mouse click to doorstep! Outstanding! I downloaded the Intel drive tools, installed the drive on a spare SATA port, and the software migrated the boot drive information in just a few mouse clicks. After reboot, I switched the drive boot order in BIOS, and I was up and running. Very easy and painless process.

Cons: Are you kidding? There may be cheaper drives out there, but this was easy to do with no hassles. Zero complaints.

Overall Review: Anandtech had an article about how Intel and Sandforce worked together on this drive to make sure that there were no problems with drive failures, BSOD's, etc... That sealed it for me. While there may be other SSD's for less money, for me it was an easy decision to spend a little more money on the Intel drive knowing that they took the time to get it right. I'm a long time Newegg customer, and they continue to get it right every time. They are truly a model company by which others should be judged. Quality packaging, fast shipping, great prices... what more could you ask for? Thanks, Newegg!

Most Critical Review

You will probably need a power adapter!

Rosewill RX250-U Aluminum 2.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure with One Touch Backup function
Rosewill RX250-U Aluminum 2.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure with One Touch Backup function

Pros: It's small. It works when you figure it out... until then, it can be very frustrating. (See solution below... you will probably need a power adapter!!!!)

Cons: The instructions are not too clear about how to get it to work. The support web site is even worse.

Overall Review: I tried this with my home PC and my work laptop. Neither worked at first. I tried it on my office PC and it worked. Why? Simple... the drive I installed NEEDED more power! My work PC USB ports could support the power requirements, but my home PC front panel USB ports and laptop USB ports couldn't. If your MB cannot support the power requirements, you need to use a power adapter. Thankfully, the power adapter from my Sony PSP worked like a champ!

A MUST for Eyefinity

StarTech.com MDP2DVIS Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter - 1080p - Single Link - Active - Mini DP (Thunderbolt) to DVI Monitor Adapter
StarTech.com MDP2DVIS Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter - 1080p - Single Link - Active - Mini DP (Thunderbolt) to DVI Monitor Adapter

Pros: If you are looking for an ACTIVE adapter to be able to connect your DVI monitors to your mini display port video card output, this is the one that you need. I am running a 3+1 Eyefinity display setup using two of these adapters for two LG 27" LCD's, and a third LG 27" LCD from the native DVI connector on my MSI Lightning HD 7970. (the 'plus 1' display is my home theater system.) Once the system booted up, it recognized the dongles automatically. Once I setup the monitors in the AMD/ATI CCC, everything worked perfectly.

Cons: Nothing that I can see so far... if it fails or gives me any problems, I'll be back to update this as necessary.

12/12/2012

Solid Performer

MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7970 Lightning
MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7970 Lightning

Pros: For those of you that want to run Eyefinity and would also like to have the capability to connect to a home theater system via HDMI, this is the video card that worked for me. I had concerns about the card not having a 'native' HDMI connector, and that the connectivity was accomplished via the DVI --> HDMI adapter that comes with this card. I couldn't get a clear answer out of AMD about the TMDS data stream that comes out of the DVI connectors, and if the audio signal integrity would be passed through the adapter to the HDMI device or not. (DVI connections do not 'officially' support an audio stream.) I saw that this card went on sale and had the rebate, so I decided to just take the risk... and it payed off. I can confirm that this card was able to 'see' the connection of my Yamaha home receiver via HDMI and I was able to setup the audio stream for 7.1 surround sound. I now run three LG 27" LCD monitors in Eyefinity (native DVI/HDMI/VGA) using all DVI cables via two StarTech MDP2DVIS active mini display port adapters and one available DVI port on this card. The other DVI port is setup with the DVI --> HDMI adapter and feeds my home theater system. (Yamaha RX-V1900BL Receiver/Carver Amazing Loudspeakers/Carver TFM-45 amplifiers/Mitsubishi 73" DLP.) I was able to use CCC to easily configure three display presets: Monitors 1-4, monitors 1-3 + Duplicate, and Eyefinity 3+1. The cooling system on this card is nails. My Antec case temperature probes say that the area beside the card is running at about 30 C, and I've not seen the card get over 50 C in the AMD/ATI control panel widget. Hard to argue with numbers like that...

Cons: The only real issue that came up was in the CCC software. For some reason I could not see my home theater system show up in CCC as an available audio device, but right clicking the monitor icon allowed me to open the audio control manager in Windows and select the AMD HDMI audio device as the default device. From there, all audio was being transmitted to my theater system vs. X-FI/Logitech setup in my computer room. Clicking back/forth to change the default audio device is easy to do, but I had the expectation that CCC would do that for me in the audio tab. It's not a big deal, but it's worth mentioning. There is an issue that comes up for certain drivers regarding the audio stream via HDMI. Version 12.3 works fine, but going up from there, some people experience some audio drop outs because the 2D clocks drop below a certain rate. (500mhz?) I am sticking with 12.3 for now, as I haven't experienced anything to cause me to want/need to upgrade my video drivers. Otherwise, this thing is just rock solid. If I have any issues, I'll be sure to update this as needed.

Overall Review: So far I have not had any reason to try and overclock this card. It's a solid performer that stays very cool and isn't loud while under load. It handles my games just fine and I can't see a need to push it harder than it's already running for just a few more FPS. For those of you that may be experiencing issues with some games and Eyefinity, you may wish to look into a free program called "Widescreen Fixer." While BF3 and a couple of other games were okay from the start, I was having problems with CoD Black Ops 2. Widescreen Fixer was able to rectify that for me. I have since downloaded Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs, and can play my games at 5760 x 1080 without any issues. (6130 x 1080 with bezel correction, I think?) One thing that I did not expect was for the bezel correction to be perfect from the first mouse click. I thought that I might need to make some adjustments, but it was perfect from the start. (YMMV.) MSI did a good job on this card, and with the free games, sale price and rebate offer, it was just too good of a deal to pass up. Thanks, NewEgg!

12/12/2012

Another happy ASUS build...

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I bought this MB for my new build, using a Q6600 Quad, 8 Gigs of GSkill 5-5-5-15 1066 DDR2 RAM, WD Black 1TB drive, an older 8800GT 640mb video card, a Thermaltake 500W PSU, and some other gear from my last rig. Construction of the MB is decent, more cables than I needed and a couple of the SATA cables were right angle to fit those tight spots. Installation was straight forward with no surprises. Used a thumb drive to update the BIOS to the latest revision, and was able to manually setup the RAM for 2.0 volts and 1066 Mhz operation. 8 Gigs or RAM and I haven't hit more tham 35% under use. (Yet.)

Cons: Floppy connector is in a weird place, but all the more reason to get rid of the silly thing. I didn't need it on this build, as I was able to use a thumb drive to update the BIOS.

Overall Review: So far, this MB had been rock solid. Zero issues from the jump. I ordered this MB and some other hardware on a Saturday evening, thinking it would process on Monday and ship on Tuesday... and I would have it the day after Christmas. (UPS 3-Day shipping.) Imagine my surprise when it arrived on TUESDAY before I got off work!!! Once again, NewEgg ROCKS!

12/25/2008

Zero issues on ASUS P5Q Pro MB

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

Pros: Works great in an ASUS P5Q Pro with no problems! Motherboard recognized the RAM as 5-5-5-15, 1.8 VDC, adn 800 Mhz. I had to manually set voltage to 2.0 VDC and speed at 1066 Mhz. (Typical for many new builds and should be expected.) I installed a single stick of RAM, set the DRAM voltage to 2.0 VDC in the BIOS, then did a BIOS update on the motherboard. Reboot and reset the DRAM in the BIOS to 2.0 volts. Reboot and installed Vista Home Premium. Shut it down then reset DRAM from 800 Mhz to 1066 Mhz and installed 2nd stick of RAM. Reboot and installed drivers, Vista updates, etc... Shutdown and installed additional 4 Gigs of RAM for 8 Gigs total. Reboot and Vista saw all 8 Gigs. The RAM has been rock solid with zero errors so far.

Cons: I can't say that there are any cons... this RAM works as advertised! Sorry to disappoint.

Overall Review: I ordered a bunch of hardware for a new build late on Saturday evening, amd I figured that it would process on Monday, and with UPS 3-Day shipping would get it to me on Friday with the Christmas holiday and all... imagine my surprise when it ARRIVED on TUESDAY before I got off work!! INSANELY FAST PROCESSING AND SHIPPING!! Once again, NEWEGG rocks! Scored a 5.6 on the Memory Operations per Second in Vista Home Premium 64... not sure if that's good or bad. Never seen Vista hit more than 35% memory use so far.

12/25/2008