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Michael D.

Michael D.

Joined on 08/17/03

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Most Favorable Review

Samsung makes the best SSDs

SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

Pros: Not the fastest, but the most reliable. Samsung is a chip manufacturer. They make the MLC chips as well as the controller chips. No Sandforce wonkiness to worry about. No cross-manufacturer-implementation issues. It just WORKS.

Cons: Doesn't come with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter bracket, but I knew that already. Just alerting the reader they will need to purchase one. The $7 plastic Rosewill unit sold on Newegg is perfect.

10/29/2012
Most Critical Review

Beware! What you receive is NOT what is pictured!

NORCO RL-20 Heavy Duty Slide Rail
NORCO RL-20 Heavy Duty Slide Rail

Pros: Cheap price. Well-lubricated slides. Rails seem decently made; they have some heft to them. BUT...

Cons: What you receive is not what is pictured. The rails I received have the poorest mounting mechanism I've ever seen. Pictures show normal rack rail mounting brackets with the typical oblong holes thru which you pass the normal rackmount screws and affix to captive nuts in the rack. What you GET are proprietary 2-sided brackets that mount to the rack via clamping power. Rail sits inside the rack and a small metal plate goes outside the rack. You pass two SMALL screws thru these brackets and it "clamps" the rail to the rack. Does not look sturdy at all. You get what you pay for, I guess. The rails do not lock in the open position. The catch that holds the slides to the rail is plastic. It would cost me more to return them then to just keep them and deal with it.

Overall Review: I bought these to mount to a 4U HEC RA455A00 (N82E16811121014) but I don't think I will use them. I'll see about another set that would fit. You get what you pay for!

Works with ASRock C236 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236 motherboard

Kingston ValueRAM 16GB (1 x 16G) DDR4 2133 Server Memory ECC Unbuffered DIMM (288-Pin) RAM KVR21E15D8/16
Kingston ValueRAM 16GB (1 x 16G) DDR4 2133 Server Memory ECC Unbuffered DIMM (288-Pin) RAM KVR21E15D8/16

Pros: Just writing this review to say this RAM works perfectly with the ASRock C236 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236 motherboard. I am using 64GB of it on the motherboard with no issues whatsoever. As of the date of this review, 16GB sticks of unbuffered ECC DDR4 are not easy to find. Normally what I do is go either to the manufacturer's recommended memory info page or to the tool on the Crucial.com website to see recommended RAM. Crucial had no info on this MB at the time of writing and Asrock's page just shows the manufacturer/spec of the individual memory modules, not the actual whole stick of RAM itself. Took a chance with these and it worked out very well. Highly recommended for this Asrock MB or any MB using the C236 chipset.

Cons: No fancy, glow in the dark heatspreader heatsink and who cares. ;)

Fantastic Workstation MB

ASRock Rack C236 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236
ASRock Rack C236 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1151 Intel C236

Pros: If you're looking for a MB to base your new workstation on, look no further. This motherboard is more fully-featured than your typical server motherboard that I've built workstations on in the past. It has good onboard audio and Intel HD video (when used with the proper CPU with integrated video).

Cons: Due to the design of the board, a larger aftermarket CPU heatsink such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo will block the first PCI-E slot. I found this out the hard way. That first PCI-E X16 slot is the only X16 electrical slot on the MB. If you want full bandwidth for your GPU you need to use that slot, which means you need to use the stock Intel CPU heatsink, or a smaller aftermarket one. Not a big deal as there is no overclocking with this MB, and the Gen V Xeons run VERY cool.

Overall Review: Bought 64GB of this memory and it works perfectly. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820242215 DDR4 ECC nonbuffered 16GB sticks of RAM are not exactly easy to find at the time of this review. This Kingston Valueram works perfectly, no issues at all.

Works in HP8460p and HP8440p

G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSQ
G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSQ

Pros: Works without a hitch in both my HP8460p and 8440p laptops. These laptops are going for cheap these days, but typically come with 4GB of RAM which is barely enough to be functional on Windows7. This dual-channel kit will not only give you 8GB of RAM, but moving to dual-channel memory gives your laptop quite a speed boost.

Cons: Resale value is basically 25% of what you paid for it, but that goes for any computer component.

Great reader

ORICO FUll Aluminum All - in - One USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader / Writer / Adapter -Black (7566-C3)
ORICO FUll Aluminum All - in - One USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader / Writer / Adapter -Black (7566-C3)

Pros: USB3.0 speeds, great card compatibility. Solidly built. Plug and play with USB3.0 motherboard.

Cons: None

Overall Review: It's a card reader with USB3.0 speeds. If you're reading this review, you already know what you're looking for in a card reader/USB peripheral. Once you get used to USB3.0 speeds with external hard drives and USB sticks, USB2.0 seems positively primitive.