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Christian W.

Christian W.

Joined on 06/16/04

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Good stuff when cheap

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

Pros: Easy to work with, does a good job when applied correctly

Cons: none

Overall Review: Premium thermal compounds all have similar performance when applied correctly. What makes stuff like Arctic Silver popular is that you can apply too much of the stuff without seriously compromising thermal performance - that's why you get many n00bs who say "ZOMG, this stuff is better than xxx!!1!". I like the consistency of Tuniq TX-2 for HDT heatsink applications.

Most Critical Review

OK PSU, lousy service

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500 W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500 W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fairly quiet, stable power.

Cons: 2 OCZ PSU's - 2 issues. 1st one developed a loud fan noise after about a month, sent back to mfr for replacement. I had to pay shipping of course, and got a refurbed PSU (with scratch marks) from OCZ. So, I paid extra for an imperfect PSU. 2nd issue - my rebate submission got rejected for being sent in too late, even though it was postmarked within the 13 day submission period. I will not be buying OCZ any more.

Overall Review: There are enough quality brands out there, you don't need to be locked in to one specific company. I wish the whole MIR scam would go away.

Wendy, give me the bat

Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F180GB3-BK
Corsair Force Series 3 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F180GB3-BK

Pros: Fast, good price, value looks better given the spike in HDD prices

Cons: nothing really, hope SSD prices continue to drop

Overall Review: Wendy, the unformatted capacity of the drive is 180GB, the formatted capacity is 167GB. Losing some space to OS file systems happens with all storage. Someone who rates her "Tech Knowledge" as 5 stars should know this.

12/16/2011

Really nice basic monitor

Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms  1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

Pros: Lots of real estate for the price. I was able to do some rudimentary calibration on this using the Lagom LCD-test. The results were pretty good, losing some depth in blacks in exchange for more distinction in grays. Gamma is still off by quite a bit, though. Color saturation is good. Surprisingly little backlight bleed - luck of the draw, I guess. The base is sturdy enough. I like having a 3 year warranty, as our last 2 LCD monitors have both died in less than 5 years; some LCD monitors come with only a 1 year warranty.

Cons: The usual TN shortcomings - viewing angles, color accuracy. Way too bright and contrasty OOTB, of course.

Overall Review: My g/f is very happy with the monitor. I had considered one with an LED backlight, but the issue that are sometimes related to the cheap LED-backlit panels - sporadic flickering, color constraints due to the more "blue" LED light, uneven luminosity across the panel - led me back to CCFL.

11/11/2011

OK for the $$

Scythe KC02 - MBK - 5 Kama Cabinet Pro Storage Box for a 5.25" Bay
Scythe KC02 - MBK - 5 Kama Cabinet Pro Storage Box for a 5.25" Bay

Pros: cheap, works, LED lights, easy installation, looks OK

Cons: cheap construction, rails sometimes "catch"

Overall Review: The mesh face looks OK with my Antec 300 case. Construction is cheap and the drawer sometimes catches when trying to close. Scythe should step up and create a metal higher-end version.

Not fast, but cheap

Patriot LX Series 8GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF8GSDHC10
Patriot LX Series 8GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF8GSDHC10

Pros: Cheap, reliable, fast rebate from Patriot

Cons: Slow

Overall Review: I've tried this SD card in a number of devices, and it definitely does not attain Class-10 speed. The good news, though, is that it is cheap, error-free, and Patriot got my MIR to me in less than a month.