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Christopher T.

Christopher T.

Joined on 11/14/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice!

Transcend 2.5" 64GB PATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TS64GSSD25-M
Transcend 2.5" 64GB PATA MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TS64GSSD25-M

Pros: This thing is snappy! I bought it to replace a dead 5400 RPM drive for an aging tablet and it was very much worth it! Boot times are between 15 and 30 seconds faster, menu icons/folder listings are almost instantaneous. Random-access stuff is ridiculously fast for IDE. Benchmarked with 16 GB test files using dd: 75-80 MB/s reads, 30-50 mb/s writes. My old drive must have been a power hog too, as I get another 15-20 minutes of battery life out of it with no other changes. The whole tablet is noticeably lighter, and I feel a lot less worried about bumping it around without that hard drive in it. +High speed +low power consumption +(Slightly) lighter than a HDD

Cons: This isn't exactly a huge amount of space, but it's SSD, what do you expect? IDE's getting phased out. I wouldn't bother spending this much money on something that can be upgraded to SATA. To be fair, none of these cons are directly attributable to faults of the drive itself, just the interface and technology. -Expensive -Low size

Overall Review: The high price and old interface limit it to applications where it's infeasible to upgrade to SATA. In those applications though, the speed increase and power savings far outweigh the costs.

Most Critical Review

This is a Fueran "dummy monitor" dongle, not a signal repeater

CHENYANG 4K DisplayPort Signal Booster Extender Repeater Female to Female Signal Amplifier 4K 60Hz Video Converter
CHENYANG 4K DisplayPort Signal Booster Extender Repeater Female to Female Signal Amplifier 4K 60Hz Video Converter

Pros: If you're making one of those "headless" streaming PCs, you can plug this adapter (made by Fueran) into a DisplayPort port and your computer will think a monitor is plugged in.

Cons: I was sold an in-line displayport signal repeater and did not get one.

Overall Review: I didn't pay much which is nice, but I'd rather have a signal repeater to review. But hey, monitor dongle thingy.

10/28/2020

Just what the doctor ordered

Koutech USB 2.0 Header-Pin to Dual Type-A adapter Model IO-UU220
Koutech USB 2.0 Header-Pin to Dual Type-A adapter Model IO-UU220

Pros: It works exactly as expected, and it's exactly what I wanted. I had a spare USB bluetooth adaptor without a home, and now it's nice and cozy in my case. The fact that it has 2 ports is nice, though I don't have a use for the second one yet.

Cons: Slightly expensive for what is essentially a motherboard header connector soldered to a USB connector. Also, the orientation of the ports makes it impractical to have more than one of these on most motherboards. All of the motherboards I've used recently have the USB headers pretty close together, and plugging anything in to the USB ports on this thing would block the headers to either side. Honestly, it's not really a big deal. I don't see the need for having that many internal/semi-permanent USB devices as being practical for all but a small set of the nerd populace. If that's what you're looking for though, you'll have to work around this.

Overall Review: If this is what you need, it does the job perfectly. That's a good thing too, it doesn't look like there's much competition for this sort of thing. That lack of competition explains the price, but it's still not wildly outrageous.

Solid product

Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

Pros: The fan is effective and quiet, and the whole package looks pretty cool. My temperatures went from 110~ F on stock heatsink to 90-95~ F. Since the heatsink is blasting the air at an angle across the motherboard, system/case temps are a few degrees lower as well. The heatsink is heavy, the thermal interface is smooth and flat, and it looks like an overall good buy.

Cons: The interface to clamp it down to the processor was a bit scary. I like that it's modular and works with everything on the market, but the way the AM3 clips connected, it felt like I was going to break something. (Note: nothing was actually broken, it was just an uncomfortable experience.)

Overall Review: Good work on this one, though warning about the clips would have been nice.

Snappy but watch out

HyperX 2GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX12800D3/2G
HyperX 2GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX12800D3/2G

Pros: Very snappy response times on almost everything. Windows is really happy with more RAM, and with RAM this fast, the whole system feels very responsive.

Cons: As fast as it is, it's not running full speed. I neglected to check my motherboard's capabilities, and the 1600 is only when the MB is overclocked. Oops!

Overall Review: Make sure you check your motherboard's capabilities thoroughly so you don't waste money. Excellent buy otherwise.

No frills, no spills

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Perfect for my usage. -Plenty of space between the internal drive bays, keeps things cool. There's space for two 120mm fans at the front if necessary. -Thumbscrews! There are thumbscrews for the drive bays. Wonderful! -If you're not running a heavy duty video card, you can leave the 120mm fans on their lowest settings with no problem. Very quiet and nice and cool.

Cons: -The fan controls dangle inside the case. Be sure to tie them down somewhere. -Very sharp edges! I went through a couple of band-aids building this PC. Be extra careful if you're clumsy like me.

Overall Review: Power supply plugs in at the bottom. I wasn't really expecting that for some reason, but it's not a huge deal. Power supply screws in upside down so the in-case fan is facing up. Smart call on their part.