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David D.

David D.

Joined on 06/05/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great RAM, DDR2-1066

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996580
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996580

Pros: Fantastic clocking, 4-4-4-12-2T @ 800MHz (2.0v), 5-5-5-15-2T @ 1066MHz (2.0v).

Cons: My setup (AMD Phenom 9950) will not run 1T command rate.

Overall Review: Runs over spec without a single problem. Heatsinks are large enough to dissipate heat well, yet small enough to not run into each other when side-by-side. Mushkin forums are fantastic and they regularly reply to all questions regarding their products. Highly recommended.

Most Critical Review

Terrible

EVERCOOL EC-NK804A-925EP 92mm Ever Lubricate CPU Cooler for AM2 and AM3 Series
EVERCOOL EC-NK804A-925EP 92mm Ever Lubricate CPU Cooler for AM2 and AM3 Series

Pros: Low profile, great size for Mini-ITX HTPCs

Cons: PWM? Doesn't work. Stays full speed all the time - 2900RPM. Noise? Louder than my desktop's fans - definitely not suitable for HTPC applications. Heatsink material? Aluminum only, no copper anywhere near this thing.

Overall Review: I ordered this thinking that it had PWM, it has 4 pins right? The box also has a little sticker on it that is emblazoned PWM FUNCTION. Guess what? On the board, either setting the fan throttling to manual or auto, it always runs full-bore 100%. And 28dB? Maybe if you have earplugs in. Considering I liked the low profile heatsink, and I have a 92mm PWM fan that with its heatsink was too tall for my application, I swapped the fans and lo and behold, on bootup the fan runs at 20% speed (700RPM) unless it needs to move more air - AND, I can't hear it. The cooler is simply not as described in more than one way (noise, PWM) and overall was not worth buying.

FAILED. Lost everything.

WINTEC FileMate 16GB Mobile Professional Class 10 microSDHC Card with SDHC Adapter - Retail
WINTEC FileMate 16GB Mobile Professional Class 10 microSDHC Card with SDHC Adapter - Retail

Pros: The card did plug in.

Cons: Everything. This was the worst purchase ever. Unreliable.

Overall Review: Don't buy this. I had this card for just over a month before the data was corrupted. I formatted the card and everything seemed OK -- until my new pictures are corrupted again.

Thought they were the best...

PLEXTOR 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model PX-880SA-26 LightScribe Support
PLEXTOR 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model PX-880SA-26 LightScribe Support

Pros: The best specs at the time. PlexUTILITIES something you can't get with other drives.

Cons: Failed. I get Tray In and Spindle Motor errors. I'm not a power burner either, this gets used maybe 2x a month.

Overall Review: About half of the time I get coasters and the drive just spins with a solid activity light. You have to power off the PC just to get it to stop - using a paperclip to eject the frisbee doesn't shut it down. It freezes and you're done. I thought Plextor WAS the best out there, and the price reflected it, and when I thought I was getting the top of the line I guess I was mistaken. Back to the sub-20 dollar burners for me.

Just 4 days and it's toast.

MASSCOOL 4F01B4 90mm Case Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL 4F01B4 90mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: None.

Cons: Makes a terrible grinding noise after just 4 days in service.

Overall Review: Bought this in anticipation of my MiniITX server build. With not much room for case fans, this seemed like a great alternative to fill the single expansion slot in the case. At first, it was - temps were stable and a steady stream of warm air was being pushed out. However, after less than 100 hours in use, the fan makes a horrible grinding sound - signs that it is already failing. My assumption is that it may be due to its vertical installation rather than horizontal, as in most tower cases. Regardless, I will have to search elsewhere for a decent expansion slot fan, Masscool's is just junk.

11/21/2011

Much better than MSE

Symantec Norton Antivirus 2011 - 1 User
Symantec Norton Antivirus 2011 - 1 User

Pros: Has blocked all sorts of intrusions, including those coming from Facebook news feeds and flash/java advertisements. Places I'd never suspect to have hidden viruses.

Cons: NONE

Overall Review: According to AV-Test dot org's 2011 report, Symantec's solution was near the top of the protection charts (5.5/6.0), while MSE's was near the bottom (2.5/6.0). You ALWAYS get what you pay for. Most people install the free software just to get Windows to quit bugging them about installing AV software. I have witnessed first hand tons of breaches that I have had to fix using MalwareBytes or ComboFix that the free stuff misses. I had MSE installed on 24 computers and was constantly fixing rogue antivirus installs and the ones that hide all your documents and tell you there is a hard drive error and to buy their software to fix it...ALL under a fully updated, MSE's lazy eye. Once I switched to Norton, my problems disappeared. Now, I get phone calls stating "I just got a message saying a recent attempt to attack my computer was blocked. Is that OK?" instead of "There is a message saying I have 78 viruses and to buy AntiVirus Pro XP 2011"....thanks Symantec for doing what freebies won't d