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Dale C.

Dale C.

Joined on 01/25/05

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Most Favorable Review

Works well with older boards

SIIG SC-SA0L11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port Host Adapter
SIIG SC-SA0L11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2-Port Host Adapter

Pros: Once installed on a socket 775 board, it was immediately detected as well as the 120 SSD I'd connected to it. Before even making use of any driver disc or F6, windows installation had the SSD as an option for installation, which I chose. After enabling AHCI rather than IDE within the BIOS, the SSD was bootable and I had no troubles. Also, the 2-pin HDD LED is a nice touch, and the product is fairly priced. Doesn't add much to boot time the way some cards do, either. Another plus, it also appears easy to install in existing systems.

Cons: Limited to 5 GB/s and this means my SSD which I know should be rated at 7.9 gets a 7.3, and read/write is down to about 450/400 from 550/500 peak speeds. It should be noted that this isn't the product's fault, it's a limitation of PCI Express.

Overall Review: Overall, a great way to modernize aging systems. Much easier to install than I had imagined, I never had to do anything to inform windows the card or SSD was present. My boot time is drastically improved.

Most Critical Review

Large, and reliable, but slower than desired.

Western Digital AV-GP WD20EVDS 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital AV-GP WD20EVDS 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large capacity, no issues with drive detection, or formatting. Also, the drive is nice and quiet.

Cons: Slower than I would like. I have a couple 1.5TB $eag@te drives that are much faster when copying large amounts of data to them.

Overall Review: My next drive will be a full speed 7200 RPM drive, but they need to come down about $100.

Nice HTPC Case

Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mini Tower Computer Case with 350W Power Supply and Rotatable Logo
Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mini Tower Computer Case with 350W Power Supply and Rotatable Logo

Pros: Nice Multi-directional case capable of taking on full ATX boards and full sized graphics cards and PSU's. No sharp edges, toolless drive bays are a nice touch, and ventilation is decent.

Cons: Included power supply is garbage(4 molex+1 sata+0 Pci-e?) but the case alone is worth the price and the PSU's not even listed in the specs, so no eggs off there. The PSU location is kind of odd, and made it a bit tough to connect the 24-pin connector directly behind it. Also, only one 120mm fan is included, I recommend using at least 3 80mm fans with this, and it's too bad they are not included.

Overall Review: Overall, a mini sized case capable of sitting on it's side without having the optical drive sideways, and it's capable of sitting in the entertainment center. I had to get a bit creative to mount a 120mm radiator in there, but I was able to take my old desktop's board and CPU and install it in here without issue, and I also had no trouble fitting my huge Radeon HD 4870.

Works well with Radeon HD 4870 1GB w/ Dual DVI

HIS HHDMI4071 DVI to HDMI Adapter for HD4K Series
HIS HHDMI4071 DVI to HDMI Adapter for HD4K Series

Pros: Plug and play, I never had to tell windows anything about it once my graphics drivers were installed. HDMI for video and audio out works great.

Cons: It wasn't free?

Overall Review: I wish they had included this with the card when they sold it in the first place.

Expensive but gets the job done

Nexus SA-92 92mm Silicon Absorber
Nexus SA-92 92mm Silicon Absorber

Pros: Fits easily onto any 92mm fan, screws help hold it secure. Works well when fans are flush against surfaces, dampening vibration noises.

Cons: Expensive considering you only get one, but worth it if you can land free shipping.

Overall Review: My 92mm fan is up against my 120mm radiator, and this silicon absorber reduces vibration noises and protects the fan from heat.

Isn't a fan controller supposed to control speed?

Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller 3.5" Bay 3 Channel 30W Fan Controller Panel (Black)
Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller 3.5" Bay 3 Channel 30W Fan Controller Panel (Black)

Pros: 30 watts per channel, using splitters doesn't affect fan speed, and LED's are not bright and annoying as I feared. Connectors on the back are fairly solid once connected, unlike other controllers I've used.

Cons: Manual control does not work properly, and turning the knob part way makes fans turn off, when the fans are designed for variable speed and the same fans work great with my Kaze Master in another machine. Limited mounting options prevents it from mounting flush with my case, it sticks out a good centimeter, and feels rather flimsy.

Overall Review: I bought this controller for it's manual control capability, and there are limited options when it comes to 3.5 bays. If I wanted the PWM feature, I would plug in directly to the mobo, as I have enough headers.