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Calvin I.

Calvin I.

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Mushkin 480GB SSD Drive

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR480GB-DX
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 480GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCR480GB-DX

Pros: Paired this Mushkin 480GB drive to an existing OCZ 240GB drive on a X58 ASUS Sabertooth motherboard with both SSD's connected to the SATA 6 ports. Sequential read time came in at 375 MB/s and write time at 205 MB/s. With an average read access of .27 ms. Lowest priced 480GB drive as of early April 2012 purchase. When compared to my OCZ 240GB specs of 208 MB/s (read)- 146 MB/s (write) and .19ms; the Mushkin stacks up well.

Cons: None at this time

Overall Review: Good price per GB at $1.00 per Gig. The OCZ SSD is currently my boot drive; but pending some run time on the Mushkin without incident; will probably swap to the Mushkin as my boot drive; as it is significantly faster.

Gigabyte B660 Aorus Master DDR

GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER DDR4 B660 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard with DDR4, Triple M.2, PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, WIFI 6 802.11ax, Intel 2.5GbE LAN
GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER DDR4 B660 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard with DDR4, Triple M.2, PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, WIFI 6 802.11ax, Intel 2.5GbE LAN

Pros: Plenty of features within the BIOS setup, and the appearance of the board is nice.

Cons: No major apparent problems with this motherboard so far, but immediately checked and updated the bios and all firmware for the board.

Overall Review: Paired the GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER motherboard with an Intel i9-12900 CPU, and G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 Memory. Initially tried cooling with stock cooler, but the temp was idling in the high 40s range; so installed the Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler. The Noctua cooler keeps the CPU temp at idle in the high 30s range. I have a fair amount of background apps running, so this works well for me. I stopped some background APPS, and CPU temps hovered in the mid-'30s. Most reviews that I have come across for this CPU indicate it runs a bit on the hot side at idle anyway. I then performed CPU stress testing by taking the CPU to full capacity for about 5 minutes. The CPU topped out at 91 degrees C with no issues. The Noctua cooler is highly recommended for air-cooled cooling, and the majority of reviews I looked at stated water cooling was preferred. Since I only run the CPU at moderate levels, the Noctua CPU cooler has worked just fine for me. This rig was placed in a DIYPC Vanguard-V8-RGB case, which had plenty of room for components. I must say that the case was great to work with, and thought out well. The Intel i9-12900 CPU is operating very well under Windows 11 and the core equipment noted in this review. The AORUS APP Center software for this motherboard has worked well, with stats, including temps, voltages, and other pertinent info include in the SIV App. Bios updates are also easily performed via the BIOS App. The SMART backup feature also works well for a stock no frills backup App.

Intel Core i9-12900 review.

Intel Core i9-12900 - Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake 16-Core (8P+8E) 2.4 GHz LGA 1700 Processor 65W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512900
Intel Core i9-12900 - Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake 16-Core (8P+8E) 2.4 GHz LGA 1700 Processor 65W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512900

Pros: Quick, responsive, especially when saving large files. The CPU delivers as expected.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Paired the Intel i9-12900 CPU with a GIGABYTE B660 AORUS MASTER DDR4 motherboard, and G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 Memory. Initially tried cooling with stock cooler, but the temp was idling in the high 40s range; so installed the Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler. The Noctua cooler keeps the CPU temp at idle in the high 30s range. I have a fair amount of background apps running, so this works well for me. I stopped some background APPS, and CPU temps hovered mid 30's. Most reviews that I have come across for this CPU indicate it runs a bit on the hot side at idle anyway. I then performed CPU stress testing by taking the CPU to full capacity for about 5 minutes. The CPU topped out at 91 degrees C with no issues. The Noctua cooler is highly recommended for air-cooled cooling, and the majority of reviews I looked at stated water cooling was preferred. Since I only run the CPU at moderate levels, the Noctua CPU cooler has worked just fine for me. This rig was placed in a DIYPC Vanguard-V8-RGB case, which had plenty of room for components. I must say that the case was great to work with, and thought out well. The Intel i9-12900 CPU is operating very well under Windows 11 and the core equipment noted in this review.

Asrock X99 Extreme3 review

ASRock X99 Extreme3 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X99 Extreme3 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: 30 days in use. Quality components for the price. The heat sinks, chokes, and caps are top notch. The M.2 slot was a surprise; although not yet used. Running with DDR4 memory at 2133; with minimal OC. Board fired up first time; and after BIOS updates that have rolled out over last month; no issues have been noted. Only at 16GB Ram on the board; due to high cost. Low temps on board and cpu.

Cons: Appears the M.2 slot, if used, will required the removal of the Graphics card. Not a major problem; but minor inconvenience. The Super Saver SATA3 slot blends in with the conventional SATA3 slots; so be careful if you plan to use the M.2 slot; as they cannot both be used together.

Overall Review: Moved from X79 TO X99 Asrock motherboard; and due to the high cost of memory; cannot compare 1 for 1; as my old board had 64GB of memory as opposed to 16GB on this board. As the BIOS updates have rolled out, appears more responsive, and believe is overall improvement. The low CPU temps and Motherboard temps are great. Corsair water cooling is also of benefit when purchasing this board.

10/25/2014

Xerox X7600I5M USB scanner

XEROX X7600I5M-WU 1200 x 1200dpi 24bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner
XEROX X7600I5M-WU 1200 x 1200dpi 24bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner

Pros: Setup was intuitive, included software adequate, and scan quality great for pics, which is all that I have tested thus far.

Cons: None noted so far.

Overall Review: Windows 7 64 bit Intel I7 Processor (LGA 2011 Socket) 32 GB Ram Samsun 250GB SSD (Boot) Mushkin 480GB SSD (Storage) Samung 500GB SSD (Stoarage)

OCZ Agility 3 240GB SATA III

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-240G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-240G

Pros: Fast. Average benchmark came in at 370 MB/s with connection to a SATA 6 port. Paired with ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard and intel I7 950 processor. Clean install of WIndows 7 to SSD; then transferred docs and APPS over separately. This took a little longer than a system copy; but result was great.

Cons: No bracket for this unit. Have bought CORSAIR units in past, and all came with good solid mounting brackets. As an end user, you are paying too much for this technology not to include the bracket.

Overall Review: Good fast drive for the price and from a user that was at 120GB sizing on 2 other SSD's; the extra space is great. Will probably buy the 480GB units as the pricing comes down to a reasonable level.