Date Joined: 01/22/11
Pros: - Under $20
- It's a keyboard, and it's flexible.
- Comes with PS2 adapter
- Seems pretty sturdy
- USB cable is of decent length.
- It has numlock and capslock lights.
- I have had nothing but good experiences with Tripp Lite. Although, I doubt they actually manufacture this keyboard.
Cons: - Looses an egg due to poor packaging.
It came in a flimsy cardboard box with no foam and no protective wrapping of any kind. It was practically falling out of the box.
Thankfully, newegg's packaging was more than adequate.
- I don't like the way they divided some of the larger keys into 2-3 smaller keys. More of a nitpick than a con, because that makes it more flexible.
Overall Review: It takes up a lot less space in my toolkit than the traditional keyboard it replaced.
Compared to the other flexible/folding keyboards I have used, this one seems to be the best. So far...
Pros: - 1080p (most TV's this size are 720p)
- Good picture quality
- VGA port
- No picture problems when used with a computer
- Audio Out
- HDMI and Component
- It has a VESA mount.
Cons: - Only one HDMI port
Overall Review: It arrived quickly and the packaging provided adequate protection. It came in a sturdy cardboard box, with soft foam protection on all sides that fit very snugly, leaving no wiggle room.
It is currently being used as a 2nd monitor for my gaming PC, and It looks just as good as my 23.6 inch Asus VW246 LCD monitor that cost me twice as much.
Pros: * Not a sleeve bearing like the CM 4pack.
* Higher airflow than the CM 4pack fans.
* Low noise.
* Good quality, for the price.
* Price (I pay ~$15 per pack = less than $4 per fan)
* Included screws are black.
Cons: * No power adapters included.
Overall Review: These are my go-to 120mm fans.
Much better airflow, quality, and longevity than the CM alternative.
Of the 20+ I have purchased, not a single fan has died, rattled, grinded, or slowed-down.
Pros: * Not sandforce
* Price (I paid $150)
* Excellent performance
* Enterprise-level quality
* Toshiba has good customer service
* Very low failure rates.
* Good reviews from tech websites.
Cons: * Could use a paint job
* No software from Toshiba to check drive health or update firmware. Yet....
Overall Review: I took a risk when buying this drive. There was very little info available about it and Toshiba is just starting to enter the consumer SSD market.
But, I read good things about the drive from the major tech websites and Toshiba has a good reputation in the enterprise market. Their products tend to be function-over-form, and they don't sell-out their name on junk products just to make a quick buck.
So, I rolled the dice and ended up a winner.
This SSD has performed flawlessly.
Pros: * Price (I paid $50 for the last one)
* Quality look and feel.
* Tons of 3.5inch bays.
* Excellent thermals.
* Smart design.
* Zero chance of accidentally hitting the "reset" button!
* 140mm fans instead of 120mm. - Increased airflow with reduced noise.
* Included fans are good quality. No sleeve bearings!
* Very versatile. I have used this case for gaming rigs, file servers, and office/industrial workstations.
* Plenty of space.
* Included fan controller is robust, and works well.
* USB 3.0 up front.
* Wide enough for even the biggest air coolers.
* Filters do an excellent job, and are easily cleaned. If setup properly, you will never see a spec of dust inside this case.
* Internal liquid-cooling mounting.
Cons: * Front bezel is not metal (although it is very convincing).
* Top filter is built-in to top panel.
* No side-panel fan options.
* I wish the lower HDD cage could be removed without having to remove the upper cage.
Overall Review: I used one of these cases for a CAD workstation in a machine shop.
It sits on the factory floor, near several CNC machines.
It is covered in lubricant, metal shavings, dust, and who-knows-what-else, and it has weathered that environment better than cases that cost 5 times as much.
This is my go-to case for industrial, or office, situations.
Pros: * Compact
* USB 3.0
* Powered by USB
* Very high capacity for a portable
* Much faster than I expected
* Price (I paid $100)
* Seems sturdy
* Water resistant
* Preformatted (NTFS)
Cons: * Not 7200rpm, but I knew that going in. (I don't think a single USB3.0 port can provide the power necessary for a 2TB 7200rpm drive)
* USB cable could be longer..
Overall Review: The biggest downside to USB-powered external hard drives has always been performance. Doing a full "user directory" backup would take hours.
They are slow. Painfully slow. Especially with small files.
This Adata 2TB USB 3.0 drive behaves like an externally-powered drive.
I was expecting transfer rates of no more than 45MB/s, so I was very surprised to see sustained transfer rates over 75MB/s.
Here are some stats:
97MB/s minimum = Transferring a single 4GB video file.
75MB/s sustained = Transferring 1.5TB of video files. (sizes ranging from 350MB to 8GB).
45MB/s sustained = Transferring 36GB of MP3's.
I highly recommend it.
Pros: - Very Small
- Much better performance than expected.
- Very efficient
- Good value.
- Good construction.
- Surprisingly low temps
Cons: - Did not come with a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter.
Overall Review: I paid $95 for this card, and there is nothing else at that price that can come close to this thing. Even the Open Box deals.
I was expecting this card to perform roughly on-par with something like a GTX 560 SE or HD 7770.
It outperforms them by a HUGE margin.
With it's ridiculously high factory overclock, this thing puts down some impressive performance numbers:
----------------------- 3Dmark 11 ------------------------
Version 1.05. Performance preset.
(i3 3220 and 8GB RAM 1600mhz 8-8-8-24-1t)
p5151. (With +100 on the core and +200 on the RAM)
Without any overclocking it scored p4823.
As a point of comparison, that same computer only scored p2702 with a HD 6770 1GB.
----------------- Windows Experience Index ---------------
2d = 7.6
3d = 7.6
It can play Battlefield 3 on Ultra @ 50fps minimum and over 60fps average.
(My BF3 settings:
1920x1080, 2x MSAA, max field of view, and motion blur off. Everything else at maximum.)
It is at least equal to a HD 6950 or GTX 560ti, and it comes very close to the performance of a HD 7850 or GTX 660.
To get the most out of this card, overclock the memory as much as possible, as it will bottleneck at high resolutions and/or high levels of AA.
Pros: - I got them for less than $50
- Bought 3 kits to use in 2 separate triple-channel PC's (12GB each)
- Overclocks far better than I expected.
- Low profile heatsinks
Cons: Only one - The color. But honestly, who actually looks at their RAM after installing it? Not me. I would have bought them even if they were Hot Pink.
Overall Review: I have been buying memory from Team Group for a few years now and I have always been satisfied.
However, I only bought their memory when I needed something cheap, otherwise I would get memory from some other manufacturer (Corsair, Gskill, Crucial)
After buying 3 kits of these and seeing how well they overclocked, I am going to start buying all my memory from them, not just when I need something cheap.
Pros: - Small
- Contains a rechargeable battery, so it can operate without being plugged-in.
- I am getting 4+ hours per charge
- Looks and feels very high quality
- Sounds good.
- Uses a standard USB port/cable to charge it.
- Powerful enough to broadcast over local radio stations. (From a few yards away).
Cons: - No OFF button (It turns off automatically)
- It is designed in such a way, that it just barely blocks the power/data connector on my ipod, so I can't charge my ipod and use this at the same time. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
Overall Review: When I ordered this, I thought it was going to be a cheap piece of junk.
I could not have been more wrong. It has a quality look and feel to it, and it has worked flawlessly.
I use it to broadcast music from my ipod to the stereo in my car. Roughly 90mins of use, every weekday.
I am pretty sure this is the best, reasonably priced, FM transmitter to be found on Newegg.
Pros: - Excellent features for under $100
- Good overclocker
- Solid VRM cooling.
- USB3.0 motherboard header.
- All SATA ports are 6Gbps and support RAID and hot-swapping.
- Decent amount of fan headers for an inexpensive board
Cons: - BIOS is somewhat poorly organized.
- BIOS does not have fan speed control options for all fan headers, only some.
- Northbridge, southbridge, and VRM heatsinks are somewhat wobbly.
It is possible to bump one during assembly, causing it to partially break contact with the component it is supposed to be cooling, and therefore causing abnormally high temps on that component.
To remedy this:
After assembling the system, press down firmly, and evenly, on those heatsinks to ensure proper contact is being made. Problem solved. (of all the problems a board could have, this is minor and easily remedied).
- I wish Gigabyte would go with a deeper shade of blue.
Overall Review: System Specs:
FX-4300 @ 4.5Ghz (on stock voltage)
8GB kit of Team Xtreem Dark 1600mhz 9-9-9-24-1t 1.5v
MSI GTX 460V2 OC2
Raidmax 530watt modular PSU.
Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus case
Rosewill ZAIO 92mm tower heatsink.
500GB Refurbished WD Blue
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
For those who might be curious, here are the BIOS settings I used to achieve the 4.5Ghz OC:
Load-Line Calibration = Extreme (This was the key to stabilizing the overclock.)
Multiplier = 22.5
Base Clock = 200Mhz
Cool & Quiet = Off
All Voltage settings are set to AUTO.
Memory is set to XMP profile.
CPU fan settings = Disabled (Full speed all the time)
Core Performance Boost (Turbo) = Off
Just about everything else is set to AUTO.
It's prime95 stable.
Overall - It's a good board at a good price. I'd buy it again.
Pros: - Uses a Marvell controller rather than Sandforce.
- Very fast (Just as fast as brand-new SSD's)
- Supports TRIM in RAID.
- Fairly high endurance for a SSD from this era.
- Excellent value @ only $150
- Not an OCZ! (they have the highest failure rates of all SSD manufacturers)
Cons: - No 2.5 to 3.5 adapter tray. (Not a big deal, but I wish it had come with one)
- No Included software for Secure Erasing, and checking drive health (Corsair does have free downloadable software for this on their website though.)
Overall Review: - Mine had only 1800 hours on it and less than 200GB of lifetime writes to it! It has over 98% of it's life left, so I have no worries about drive health or longevity.
- I ran a secure erase on it with Corsair SSD Toolbox before using it. (It's worth doing).
- WEI score of 7.5
[On a SATAII 3Gbps port on an old EVGA X58 motherboard. I am certain it would score higher on a SATAIII 6Gbps port on a newer motherboard.]
- Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase and I would recommend this in a heartbeat.
Pros: * low profile. Fits in places other fans can't.
* looks good
* Very quiet
* Good cable length
* Push or Pull
* Aerocool is a cool name
Cons: * Does not move as much air as I was hoping. But, considering it is a slim AND a quiet fan.....
Overall Review: Bought it to put it in a XION XON-560 micro-atx case. It's a tight fit, but it worked.
That computer had an i5-2400 (stock heatsink) and a GTX 560ti TwinFrozr in it. This fan made a big difference in CPU and GPU temps. Well worth the $22.
Pros: * Decent cable length
* Strong 12v amps
* LED's can be turned off
* Solid buy for around $40
* I have purchased 11 of these so far and I have not had a problem with any of them.
Cons: * I wish I had bought more while they were on sale.
* Not 80+ certified.
* Would like to see a few 3pin fan ports.
Overall Review: My favorite cheap, entry-level power supply for gaming rigs.
Perfect for almost any single GPU computer build.
Will power an overclocked i5-2500k, and a HD 6970 with juice to spare.
Pros: * High Capacity
* Low price
* Runs Cool and Silent
* Excellent transfer speeds (So far I have seen 147MB/s sustained read and 103MB/s sustained write, while transferring 1.7TB of video files)
Cons: * Not 7200rpm (Doesn't really matter too much since I only use the drive for video storage)
Overall Review: It is faster and runs cooler than the 2.5TB WD Green it has replaced.
I will leave another review after a year.
Pros: * Low Price
* Not OCZ
* Plenty of life left
Cons: * Price went down $10, 2 weeks after I bought it.
Overall Review: * It's only SATA II, but you will never be able to tell the difference between it and a SATA III under everyday use.
* SSD Life shows 98% drive health and only 110 hours on it. This thing was barely used.
An excellent buy.
Pros: Perfect case for a budget gaming build.
Tool-less 3.5 inch and 5.25 inch drive bays.
Enough room behind the motherboard tray for a proper wiring job.
Can fit a 140mm tower CPU cooler - barely.
Cons: Small feet.
No USB 3.0
Case fans are not in optimal positions for the best possible airflow. Take the top front fan and put it in the side panel bottom, sucking in, for the best results.
Overall Review: I have bought 3 of these for gaming builds. Have not recieved a broken or damaged one yet.
Same basic chassis as the Rosewill Challanger, but the EVO comes with one more fan and is cheaper.
Pros: DDR3 1866
Good price at approx $75
Cons: The big heatsinks are completely unnecessary, but they do look cool.
They may be to tall for some setups.
Overall Review: Wish they were lower profile.
Upgraded from 2x4 GB of Corsair Vengance 1600Mhz Cas 9.
The extra memory size/speed did not increase framerates in any of the games I play.
Bought them only for bragging rights.
i5 2500k @ 4.4GHZ
ASUS p8z68-v mobo
Corsair Vengance 2x8GB DDR3 1866 CL9
Corsair Force 3 180GB SSD
Cooler Master HAFX 942 Blue
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
OCZ 600watt modular PSU
Pros: It's a GTX 560ti for the price of a GTX 550ti.
Excellent cooling solution.
Good OC'ing capability.
Cons: I would have preferred if this card had a full-sized HDMI output rather than the mini one.
This refurbished model is not always available.
Unfortunately, ASUS has very bad customer service.
Overall Review: Comes with DVI-to-VGA adapter
Also comes with 2x 6pin PCI-e power adapters.
If OC'd properly, this card will perform on par with a stock-clocked gtx570.
Pros: Cheap. Button to turn fans up to max speed. Blue LED's
Comes with cable ties.
Cons: Bought 2 of them and they were both DOA.
Returned for full refund. Newegg rocks!
Overall Review: First one blew up in a shower of sparks, blowing my circiut breaker.
Second one had stability problems on the 3.3v, and would randomly power-off after a few mins...
Pros: 8 RAIDable SATA ports for under $100
The board was missing components, and should never have passed quality control, yet somehow two of these improperly constructed motherboards managed to make their way to my house.
Overall Review: ASRocks customer support is horrible.
They are not above telling thier customers blatant lies.
Pros: I have owned this hard drive for over 3 years now and it is still working just as good as the day i bought it.
eSATA 90MB/ps sustained
USB2.0 65MB/ps sustained
These numbers were obtained by transferring several hundred GB of video files.
Very tough and durable.
It's been dropped many times.
It has been left in my car overnight many times, even in the winter.
It has had beer spilled on it.
I use this drive to store my movie/TV show collection, and I watch at least a few hours of video each day, so it has a TON of hours on it.
To be honest, I expected it to have failed by now. None of the other externals I have had have lasted this long, and I have owned external drives from all the major manufacturers.
Cons: Didn't come with an eSATA cable.
The casing isn't aluminum, it's painted plastic.
It is quite tough though, as it has been dropped on concrete from about 3 feet and it didn't crack, just scratched the paint a bit.
I wish the USB2.0 speeds were as high as the eSATA speeds.
Overall Review: I have gone through a lot of external hard drives in my life, this has been the most reliable, longest lasting drive I have ever owned.
I am a movie/TV show hoarder. Everything I watch has been played directly from this hard drive over eSATA, and I download everything directly to this drive.
The first year and a half that I owned it, it never got turned off. It was constantly working, as I was downloading files to it 24/7, I'd watch them and then delete them to keep enough space to continue downloading new ones.
I figure it has had approximately 120TB of data written to it over it's lifetime.
Bottom line - This drive has lasted longer than anything from the "Big Name" manufacturers. I am a Fantom customer for life!
Pros: Looks great.
Plenty of front-panel connections, including E-Sata.
Bottom mount PSU.
Sturdier than most cheap cases... ahem... rosewill...
Cons: Power button can be a bit finicky sometimes.
No tool-less drive trays.
No filters for fan intakes.
Could use better badle routing options.
All of these cons are very minor, and I have bought many of these cases. Overall, for the price, this is an excellent case.
Overall Review: I usually pay between $30-$40 for this case.
This case looks great, is well built, and is a very good value.
Pros: Kaze wrote in his review
"Cons: I think I got myself a bad card. I've tried OC'ing this thing, but can not break past the 1300 Core barrier, nor get the memory as high as mentioned by others here. The card is idling at 30C and under load h its about 45-48C So heat is NOT an issue. I don't know what's going on. It keeps artifacting and just crashing the display driver whenever I try to do a stable Overclock. Honestly it's running worse than a EVGA SC+ edition. I've had this card for 3 weeks now I think.
Other Thoughts: I would really like some input about this. Is it a bad card, or just not able to reach those speeds? The others clearly blew this card out of the water and hit speeds with this thing that I can not even get nowhere near to it. It's either they're lieing, or my card has something going on with it.
Cons: RESPONSE TO Kaze.
I do have a review of my own, and I did have a noteworthy con. My bracket was bent, so the screw holes did not line-up once it was seated into my PCIe slot. But, it was easily fixed and it fit fine. My card has been running perfectly since installation, and has exceeded my expectations.
Overall Review: Kaze,
I saw your review and I figured I'd explain the steps I took to achieve the 1337Mhz Overclock I got on my card.
1) I am using MSI's afterburner. I am not saying this is better than any similar program, it's just the one I have trusted and used for years, and I have had an excellent experience with it thus far.
2) I set a small bump in my core voltage of +12mV
3) I set the power slider to +114%
4) I set the core clock to plus 171
5) I set the memory clock to +400
The results of those steps gave me a maximum boost of 1337mhz (Which it regularily hits when playing BF3)and an effective memory clock of 6800mhz.
I have found that setting the power slider higher than 115% reduces it's maximum boost clock, and can cause instability above 120%.
Maybe I got lucky and I got an awesome card.... I dunno..
But good luck to you Kaze, and to anyone else trying to OC their GTX 680!
BUY THIS CARD!!! It's the quietest, has the lowest temps, and is a beastly overclocker!
Pros: Good Looking.
2GB Ram helps with multiple monitors and high resolutions.
Smaller than my 6870.
I have never had a problem with it.
Runs all my games at MAX settings except for Crysis 2. But I know Crysis 2 is an absolute HOG on resources.
Cons: When I first got it, it would bareley OC up to 980Mhz core stabily. Kept it 978Mhz with just a lil extra voltage for about 4 months.
I think I "broke it in", so to speak. Because now it OC's up to a GHz core with 1.075v stabily.
Overall Review: Got it paired with an i5-2500k @ 4.2Ghz on an ASUS Z68 mobo with 8Gb of Corsair Vengance RAM.
3DMark11 best score was P5570 with the GPU at 1Ghz and the mem at 2200(4400 GDDR5).
I am running my system through a series of benchmarks before my new ASUS Direct Cu GTX 680 arrives, to do some performance comparisons.
Overall - I love this card. It is definately sufficient to run most new games at high-max settings.
You really don't need anything more powerful than this.
i say that knowing I have a GTX 680 on its way.
Yes I am a hipocrite and I don't care who knows. I wanted the best-of-the-best, and I am getting it. Just so I can play Crysis 2 MAXXED out and tell my gamer friends their PC's are "weak" compared to mine.
I know.... I Know..... I just can't help myself sometimes. I love technology.
Pros: Nice looking
Got some wieght to it - indicating a lack of cheapness
Did I mention it looks great?
I could probably run this thing over with my car, and it would still work.
Has a white LED activity light on it. It's not too bright and it's not too dim. Perfect.
Cons: The USB connection may be a weak point.
On one side its a standard USB-A connector. But instead of a USB-B for the side of the cable that plugs into the drive Lacie uses a USB mini-A connector (something you'd find on a cell phone).
Also, It's not as fast as I was hoping.
i transferred a 247GB folder full of video files (700MB to 2GB file sizes) and it started at 16MBps and finished off at 31MBps.
That is faster than my WD 320GB, but only by 7MBps. I used a USB 3.0 port for the speed test.
Overall Review: I have never bought a Lacie product before, so I took a chance when I saw this.
All in all,
It's a good little drive. Picked it up to replace a WD 320Gb USB-powered drive I sold.
Paid $55 for this Lacie drive on newegg with a coupon.
It seems pretty sturdy, but ya never know...
I will leave another review if it fails or starts to have problems.
Bottom line - Buy it.