Date Joined: 06/07/08
Pros: Newegg's RMA service is great as always.
Cons: Got 2 of these for my new laptop. Got sporadic errors on the first pair, so I RMA'd them. The second pair tested fine (ran memtest86+ for almost 24 hours), so I assumed I just got a bad egg.
Cut to two weeks later: I'm pulling my hair out over bizarre compilation failures and segfaults. After three hours of trying to debug gcc, I was out of ideas and decided to test the memory. Lo and behold, a 512-byte chunk is full of errors.
I understand that there will always be the occasional defect in computer hardware - that's the nature of the manufacturing process. But for a stick of RAM to test fine, and then go sour in 2 weeks? That is completely and totally unacceptable.
Overall Review: I will never buy G.Skill RAM again. You lost a loyal customer today.
Pros: Worked when it worked.
Cons: It broke.
Pros: Using this thing plugged into a Raspberry Pi as my wireless router. Works great.
The range on this thing is amazing - I can get my wifi from a good 20 meters down the hall from my apartment.
Overall Review: You'll need a firmware blob for this, and probably v3.2 or newer kernel, although I don't know for sure when master support was added. USB ID 148f:3572, uses the rt2800usb driver.
Pros: It's long, it's cheap, it works. What more do you want?
Overall Review: (If you want a serial console, this is the type of cable you need)
Pros: Works flawlessly at both ends of a cable as a serial console for Linux at a 115200 baud rate.
CLIENT <USB_C<-- serial cable -->USB_C> DEV_MACHINE
Overall Review: USB ID 1a86:7523. Driver is CONFIG_USB_SERIAL_CH341.
Pros: I've had one of these running 24/7 in a server for about 2 years. What more do you want?
Pros: Works great - only have 1 ethernet port on the laptop that's serving as my router, and the USB interface on the modem is only USB 1.1, so this squeezes some extra speed out of the connection.
Cons: It's kind of ugly?
Overall Review: If you're running Debian and you compiled the new linux-wireless modules to run hostapd on recently supported hardware, be aware that the driver this thing uses (asix) depends on usbnet, and will conflict with the new symbols in your backported modules - just copy "/lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.ko" over "/lib/modules/`uname -r`/updates/kernel/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.ko", and as long as nothing else in your system depends on usbnet, you're fine. If you've got other dependencies, you'll need to get the newer asix driver, but that's not hard either.
Pros: It cost less than a Chipotle burrito?
Cons: Two of the ports on this thing have ceased functioning, and I've only had it for a few months. Yes, I know, it was cheap, but when you can get 8-port Gigabit switches for $20 from Newegg here, there's really no reason to buy something like this...
Pros: This thing works flawlessly - worth every penny.
Overall Review: I use this in combination with IpKall, SipSorcery and Google Voice to end up with a completely free land-line phone that can dial outbound from the handsets. Costs the same as MagicJack, but it's free forever. I would especially recommend it if you travel abroad - free calling to any number in the US or Canada from anywhere on Earth you can find an Internet connection.
Pros: Works with the zd1211rw driver, and thus supports hostapd in Linux (nl80211) - in fact, this is currently the _only_ USB wireless adapter on Newegg that supports master (AP) mode under Linux.
Cons: Gets a little warm, but most of these things do.
Overall Review: AP/Master support for this adapter was just added in 2.6.39, so depending on how aggressively your distro backports things, you may need to compile and install a newer version of the compat-wireless modules. This isn't hard - just Google it.
It's hardware ID is 0ace:1215. The compatibility list on the linux-wireless website lists this model as 0ace:1211, so this must be a revision, but it works fine.
Pros: Nice little adapter - works well in client mode. Probably works in Windows too, but who cares about that?
Cons: Hostapd does not play well with it - there are some issues with the rt2800usb driver that create race conditions when stations authenticate using WPA, with the result that devices can only connect about 1/20 or so tries. These issues are probably easy to fix (in fact, some light google-ing will turn up a simple patch for the nl80211 driver that probably would resolve this issue), but since I bought it from a local store, it was easier just to return it.
Overall Review: I wouldn't discount the rt2800 driver's hostapd compatibility entirely - but for this adapter, it's a no-go.
Pros: Fully supported in Linux (I'm on 2.6.35 (Ubuntu) right now)
I didn't really expect it to based on the photos, but it actually looks pretty slick. It has a nice black finish, and a patterned reflective top.
Overall Review: I've long staved off buying one of these for my driveless laptop, but I finally caved in after I got tired of messing with booting off of USB drives (For Linux it's easy, but not so much for *BSD's and Mac OSX). Even beyond that, it is incredibly convenient to have around - even if you don't think you'd use it, trust me: you will.
Pros: This is an absolutely fantastic processor - I upgraded to this from an X2 3.1Ghz, and the difference is amazing. Converting video takes less than half the time it used to, multitasking is so much more fluid, and the list goes on... At this price, the performance is unbelievable. To get this same performance from an Intel, you'd easily spend another $200-$300.
Cons: The included heatsink is the incredibly loud - like, I leave the computer running upstairs and I can hear it in the kitchen kind of loud. If your BIOS does fan control, it will start out softer, but after an hour or two of use it always ends up going full blast. Obviously this isn't that big a deal - most people will buy aftermarket heatsinks for a processor like this - but it's worth knowing.
Overall Review: Is the best i7 better? Probably by a little, but is it $800 better? Absolutely not.
Pros: Nice, quiet fans - been going for a little over 2 years now without any issues.
Pros: Had it forever (almost 4 years now?) in an old Intel board acting as a file server; still working just fine.
Cons: Wish it was cheaper
Pros: Brave soul, if you've convinced yourself that you're prepared for how ungodly gigantic this thing is, rest assured -- you have not. If Milton had witnessed it in all it's glory, he would have written epics about it that would make Paradise Lost look like a children's novel. But not only is it huge, it's got an amazingly good picture - much better than I was expecting considering what I paid for it. It's no graphics monitor, but for watching movies and hobby-level photo/video editing, it's more than good enough. HD Video in particular looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING on this thing - unlike sitting on your couch 10 feet away from your TV, sitting a foot or two in front of this monitor really reveals the stunning detail in HD video; I'd rather watch a movie on this than on my 42" TV any day. Also, I didn't have a single dead/stuck pixel, which on a monitor of this size is really exceptional.
Cons: Like most LCD screens, it's designed assuming that you'll either be sitting at it's same level or above it, and by virtue of how huge it is, the average person will probably find themselves looking up at it, even while sitting at a desk. I have a somewhat tall desk and a somewhat low chair, and I was definitely not getting all the contrast; but I found a chair that was a few inches taller and that alone made it look much better. Not too big a deal - just something to keep in mind.
Overall Review: I've got this next to an older 22" 1680x1050 widescreen that I flipped vertically - I might be fooling myself, but I feel a million times more productive with all this screen space to play with... imagine writing a research paper while being able to look around at 8 different documents at the same time - it's like going from an office in the basement to the corner office on the top floor.
Pros: I am in love with these things - blazingly fast for a cheap 500GB drive (nearly 150MB/s linear reads with hdparm), and they run so cool it's hard to believe; I've been working one to death for the last 6 hours, and it barely feels warm to the touch. Had 3 in a RAID0 for fun - almost hit 400 MB/s linear reads!
Cons: Absolutely none.
Pros: Reasonably priced RAM that works - what else is there to say? Watching MemTest86+ rip through it makes me giggle.
Cons: My BIOS detected it as 1066Mhz - I manually changed it to 1600Mhz, and haven't had a problem since.
Pros: This is a fantastic motherboard - highly configurable BIOS, large mosfet and northbridge heatsinks, smart, easily accessible layout, and surprisingly powerful onboard video. I love the solid state capacitors as well - I'm pretty sure this thing will last forever. The onboard Ethernet is surprisingly nice as well - I can download files over FTP from a server on my LAN at hard drive speeds (I've seen ~980 mbits/s)
Cons: The board has two "RAID" controllers - the JRaid one (has 2 SATA ports) is supported in every OS I tried it with; however, the AMD SB850 controller (the 6-port one that supposedly supports RAID5) is completely unsupported in Linux. Both RAID controller screens are rife with such Engrish gems as "There is no define any LD" and "LD need take more drives", which hardly inspires confidence... Furthermore, something about the way the Windows RAID driver is written makes XP refuse to load it when you press F6 during install or slipstream it, which means installing XP takes 6 hours and two hard disks. Not fun.
Overall Review: Everybody knows FakeRAID sucks, so I'm not going to knock off an egg... I do wish that we'd start seeing some real RAID controllers on motherboards; but this isn't likely to happen soon...
Also, The SATA ports are difficult to get at in a mid-tower case (or at least in mine) - if you're going to be changing out hard drives more than once or twice a year, you'll want to make sure your case allows a couple inches of clearance past the right (as you've facing the open case with the CPU on the top) edge of the motherboard.
Pros: I used this in a desktop for about 2 years, and for the last 2 years it's been running 24/7 in a server with no issue whatsoever. I've worked this thing to death (regular 100GB+ file transfers for backups and such), and it's still going after almost 4 years.
Overall Review: HDPARM in Linux consistently gives a read speed of ~80 MB/s
Pros: Great drive - linear read/write speeds generally above 100 MB/s. No data loss/corruption whatsoever until it died.
Cons: Died on me after about 1 and a half years - the SMART counters read 79.6 days of uptime. I stuck the drive in my freezer for a few hours (nice trick) and was able to pull my data off of it to a few smaller drives I have sitting around, but after a couple days it refused to work again no matter what I did.
Overall Review: I worked the thing to death: I used it extensively while experimenting with TrueCrypt, and probably completely overwrote it at least 20 times, in addition to copying several 100GB of data around pretty routinely. I know hard drives die, and I realize that my use of it was a good deal more intensive than what it was probably intended for, but I really feel that it ought to last more than a year and a half. I have a 320GB HDD that's been running 24/7 in a server for about 4 years and has never had an issue. Maybe I just got a bad drive, but in any case, I won't be buying one of these again.
Pros: Great motherboard - have had no issues whatsoever.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: I love that Gigabyte uses all solid-state capacitors on their motherboards - one of the reasons I always stick with them on things like this.
Pros: Great processor - infinitely more bang for your buck than that Intel junk... Upgraded to this from X2 3.1 Ghz, and the difference is obviously incredible: video conversion for burning DVD's take less than half the time they used to. Included heatsink is loud as sin, but it works.
Cons: The 6-Core ones just came out - oh well....
Pros: Work great - didn't auto-detect correctly; just brought up the Newegg page and put the right timings into BIOS - and haven't had any problems since.
Pros: Works very well - you press [Scroll Lock] twice to switch screens; haven't had a problem at all. It plays nice with X-Server during startup - no EDID issues when it's switched to the other monitor.
Cons: The way the thing is built (with the cables coming out the front and back), you can't put it on your desk so you can see which computer it's currently switched to. Obviously not a big deal, but it would be nice...