Date Joined: 12/13/12
Pros: It lights up, sort of.
Cons: I have made several purchases of Raijintek cases and other products in the past and had fairly good luck with quality and longevity. However, this is not a good buy with it's Molex power giving you lack of speed control (lots of fan noise) and the whole thing dependent on the "Raijintek RBW-Add RGB Control Kit" to work properly. Which by the way the Raijintek RBW-Add RGB Control Kit is neither sold here nor can it readily be found online. The product overview and the specs give conflicting information. My motherboard had the appropriate 5v control which had no control over the fans LEDs. They simply did what they wanted and only the center fan LEDs lit and the outer ring remained useless and lifeless.
Overall Review: I would not recommend buying this fan. Raijintek should have been upfront and informed the consumer of the need for the control kit to work properly.
Pros: Fans have good air flow
Cooled rather well at the beginning
Cons: Shunt-Channel-Technology would work great had they not clogged up with a blackish residue. Towards the end, the cooling fans were at full speed all the time. The Shunt-Channel plate was clogged at the outer edge and the break between the channels.
Overall Review: This was the third Enermax liquid cooler I have purchased. Seeing how such an issue of the Shunt-Channel clogging prematurely could make it's way to the consumer, I am greatly reluctant to purchase again.
Pros: A very efficient alternative to tradition thermal paste or even more expensive metallic paste. Excellent thermal performance of 35W/m-K! It's also reusable making quick swapping /bench testing faster and cleaner.
Cons: Very poor quality control! The last pad I had purchased had scratches and gouges on its surface. The edges of the pad was uneven and appeared as if it was cut by a toddler. These appear to be different than the ones I bought just 10 months ago.
Overall Review: If you decide to buy these, open them immediately and inspect them for quality. I. unfortunately, did not do this right away and am stuck with a poor quality version of this product.
Pros: Trays seem to have good strength. Easy to use design.
Cons: This lasted for just one use! The second time I tried to use it, it was DEAD. I expected this to last at the very least a couple of years. Now to see if the warranty is just as disappointing.
Overall Review: I would recommend perspective buyers to shop for something better and avoid the same disappointment !
Pros: Heavy solid design....
Cons: I purchased two of these. First one failed almost right away, didn't make it past installing windows. That one was returned. The second one I tried a couple of months later and it failed as well. And since it is months past my purchase date I now have an expensive paperweight.
Overall Review: I have a 2007 Hitachi Deskstar 320GB with 42,000+ hours of run time and still going strong. The whole reason I bought the new 1TB was because these drives were so reliable in the past. I run a computer shop and have to keep parts like drives on hand. If I can't have peace of mind that a NEW drive will work properly, then it's something I just won't use or stock.
Pros: So far extremely reliable, I have purchased close to a dozen since they became available. Very professionally packaged unlike other laptop adapters in its price range. Sturdy housing and wiring, tips feel very solid as well. Has the correct tip(s) for the some times picky Dell laptop (if you have bought a charger for a Dell off a popular auction site I'm sure you know what I mean). A great value for its price!!
Cons: Having some of the smaller tips for laptops like the newer HP Envoy, Touchsmart-Pavilion, Stream, Slatebook, Chromebook, ect would be a nice addition, granted these do not need all the 90W of this adapter.
Pros: Earlier this year (2015) I purchased a Enermax Liqmax 120S Aluminum All-in-One Liquid Cooler with 120mm Circular Blue LED Fan as it was at a very competitive price. I wasn't one into fancy lights or other enchantments, but the Vegas style fan with their multiple light settings quickly grew on me. Outside of mesmerizing the eyes with its fan, the 120S is a solid built liquid cooler. The tubing gives the impression of being rather fragile until you handle it and discover it is actually very durable. The fittings attaching the tubing to the water block seem very solid and stay put once you get them to the position you need them at. At first glance the water block-pump looks cheaply plastic, but doesn't feel cheap in any way and is very well made. The copper mounting face was very smooth and well machined and came with a heavy peel-able plastic protective sheet. The cooling radiator is also well machined (deficient of any imperfections like nicks, burs, or bummed seams) and measures in at a depth of roughly 32mm (slightly thicker than others in 120S competitive class). Installation was very strait forward and Enermax provided adequate hardware and instructions for even the most novice installer.
I have read a few comments referencing about noise from the pump, however I have never had such issues with mine. I have mine cooling an overclocked FX-8370 with no issues. It does a very dependable job of heat transference. Overall, I give the Enermax Liqmax 120S my five EGGS for being more than just and old face with fancy lights. It offers an affordable step-up alternative to air cooling that doesn't break the bank.
Cons: None so far.
Pros: My first exposure to the ENERMAX T.B.Vegas Single UCTVS12P-BL PWM 120mm Blue was earlier this year when I had purchased a Enermax Liqmax 120S Aluminum All-in-One Liquid Cooler with 120mm Circular Blue LED Fan. I wasn't one into a lot of extrad on my towers like fancy lights or other enchantments. However, the Vegas fans with their multiple light settings changed my mind about having sparkling things. Outside of mesmerizing the eyes, the fan has multiple settings allowing the user to choose between a whisper of a breeze to a dependable strong air flow (plenty of CFM's). I ended up buying a couple of these, one to create an extremely effective push-pull for the water cooler and the others as case fans in the front of my tower. Another feature not to forget is the detachable blades. If your like me, my builds pull ALOT of air and this add up to dust over time. What's easier then popping out the blades to wipe them clear as opposed to the old rub-a-dub which is time consuming if done properly. Behind the detachable blades you have the twist bearing technology extending the overall life of the fan. Overall, this fan offers way more in features then one would expect from a fan in its price range. It's what I'd call a true bargain!
Cons: None so far. I will be curious to see the lifespan of this fan.
Pros: Rosewill RTMT13001 Infrared Thermometer is a reliable tool for any professional or hobbyist. Easy to use and read, sleek hand grip design, laser pointer, switchable between Fahrenheit and Celsius at any time, with claimed accuracy of ±2% or 2°C which is the average accuracy for such tools on up to the $100/150 range. The only way to be more accurate would be to pull out a few $100”s from your wallet and go with a probe sensor/thermistor setup which has a 0.01 to 0.001 °C accuracy. This thermometer is well worth the money.
Cons: None so far, it does its job well
Pros: Phanteks PH-SDBKT_01 SSD bracket for Phanteks Enthoo Series Cases works the same as the one included with the case. The bracket isn't as cheap feeling as most and should last the lifetime of the case. It slips into the rubber mounting brackets on the case with ease.
Cons: More of a nick pick then a con, Phantek should include two of these with the case as opposed to the consumer having to buy one to use the 2nd SSD mounting location.
Pros: Prolimatech PRO-PK3-5G is a top quality thermal compound that doesn't disappoint. I have used this product on several of my overclocked 8-core Amd's and have been completely satisfied with it's performance. The thermal paste spread very evenly and requires a no cure or burn in time to achieve maximum results. If your not getting good results then chances are your applying it wrong. It's a great value for your money! Most paste people are claiming to be better usually cost 20-25% more, but only gain you a few degrees in temperatures.
Overall Review: Remember any paste only serves as a medium to transfer heat and fill the micro gaps and imperfections between the CPU/GPU surface and its attached coolers face. In the end diamond encrusted, carbon impingement, ect fancy paste gain you very little for the extra cost.
Pros: A solid built PWM 4pin header x8 compatible with 3pin. Only header on glossy side support speed detection, but in most cases you would want a constant speed among all connected fans anyways. Saves power draw from board by drawing directly from the PSU via SATA.
Plenty of cable length, 500mm (19.7”) for the PWN cable and 300mm (11.8”) for the SATA power connector. Velcro provided for attaching where needed.
Cons: Not so much a con, but having tabs for mounting via screws, small bolts would be a plus in some cases.
Pros: I bought this adapter as I have had good luck in the past with products from Nippon Labs. It seems to be made of good quality materials and does not contain the cheap hard plastics found in most adapters. When using, it fits a bit tight, but I would rather have it machined to tighter tolerances then to be so lose I have to use the fastening screws all the time (I'm a technician so it will get lots of use on customers computer). Overall, I am very pleased and will likely buy more of these in the near future.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I have seen some comments about it being priced too high, but such an item is usually twice as costly in most local retail stores.
Pros: XFX Radeon R9 380 R9-380P-4255 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
This card was my first experience with XFX and I was rather enthused when the package finally arrived. I spent considerable time reviewing the company and its prior products (as I am sure a lot of us do anymore) and was pleased with what I had read.
There were several factors weighing in on my decision to by the XFX R9 380.
First, it came with a higher standard clock compared to other R9 380's on the market. This card has significant headroom to tweak around with. Having an unlocked voltage for the AMD Antigua graphics processor core and GDDR5 memory allows you to explore this cards upper limits. I have ran some benchmarks on my own and this card is capable of performing above R9 290 standards.
Second, with it's XFX Ghost Thermal 3.0 technology and XFX Double Dissipation cooling, this card is one of the quieter one's I have seen in a long time. I was surprised at times as the fan speeds were extremely low even under load compared to the older R9 200's. I used my IR gun to check out the cooling effect of the new thermal designed fin array and Dual 90mm IP-5x fans provided. This card excels at cooling efficiency.
Aesthetics wise, this card has a very professional look to it. No gimmicks, cheap parts, or plastic enhancements here! This is what quality graphics cards should look like; a beauty all her own. The card came with all accessories needed to set it up properly.
I know many of you may be waiting for the old R9 200's to go on sale, but truthfully why settle for yesterdays technology when this card was made for the future...AMD FreeSync Technology, Windows 10 Support, compatible with the newest DirectX 12 Technology, HD/4K gaming ready, AMD Eyefinity, Vulkan – next generation graphics API, and Mantle & GCN. The card has a max supported resolution of 2560 x 1600(DVI) and 4096 x 2160(HDMI;DP).
Cons: XFX does not offer its own overclocking utility for use with its hardware. I really can't take any eggs off for this as there are plenty of programs out there for the overclocker to use. Also, a back plate with an appealing XFX logo on it would be nice, but also not a deal breaker by any means.
Overall Review: You won't go wrong with this card!!
Pros: I was looking for a great deal on dvd's when I came across and bought two of the RiDATA 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs on sale. There are all sorts of dvd's available to consumers with many being of low grade and inferior quality (a lot of store brands fall into this category). I have burned numerous disc since purchasing the RiDATA DVD-R with no issues (I am a computer tech by trade so these will get lots of work time). I find the aesthetics of the disc very appealing as well. From the chrome mirrored center with its etched “spiral graph” design to the outer edge with its stainless steel look. Not that looks should mater, but for such a basic design RiDATA did this one just right. The disc came very well package despite not having the usual plastic holder. But I would not take off any stars for this as most of us who burn dvd's have left over spindles one can easily recycle. To sum it up, the RiDATA 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs is a cool looking dvd that does it's job well.
Overall Review: Always nice to find alternative product of good quality like these RiDATA dvd's.
Pros: This is the second RAIDMAX psu I have purchased this year for a new gaming build. I picked the RAIDMAX Vampire RX-800GH as I was very please with the performance of its bigger brother, the RX-1000GH, which I used in an overclocking build. I could have gone cheaper, but cheap power supplies usually give you cheap results. I used to build electronic kits and projects in the past and know there is a big difference in the quality of parts out there on the world market. Raidmax seems to have found a good balance in providing quality products that are not out of reach price wise for builders and hobbyist. The RX-800GH not only provides good clean power, but is also very efficient. Efficiency means less loss, bigger gains, all from this 80 plus gold certified PSU. This has plenty of power to go around! I found the modular design to very easy to work with. Why have a bunch of wires attached you don't need and will have to hide somewhere. And if you do need additional power, RAIDMAX supplies a mixture of all the power cables you'll ever need. All of the connections are very tight and solid with the pins well set in the connectors. Even the power cord is beefed up (make you feel like your plugging in a welder). The basic black and white housing color (with bat) may not suit some, but I feel RAIDMAX was wise in keeping things simple. The paint looks very professional and will likely hold up for the life of the psu. I've been running the RX-800GH for 3 months now and am very pleased.
Cons: None so far. I look forward to seeing the life of this PSU
Pros: With all of the power supplies out there on the market it was hard to decide which way to go for my new overclocked gaming build. I kept looking for weeks and with a slight price drop I picked myself up a RAIDMAX Vampire RX-1000GH. I used to build electronic kits and projects in the past and know there is a big difference in the quality of parts out there on the world market. Cheap power supplies give you cheap results. Raidmax seems to have found a good balance in providing quality products that are not out of reach price wise for builders and hobbyist. I'm not a “green person” by any means, but I do understand the importance of efficiency. Efficiency...less loss, bigger gains, all from this 80 plus gold certified PSU. There is plenty of power to go around! My own system has an overclocked 8 core cpu, overclocked video card, with full water cooling with pump, and a system total of 10 cooling fans. I found the modular design to very easy to work with. Why have a bunch of wires attached you don't need and will have to hide somewhere. And if you do need power, RAIDMAX supplies a mixture of all the power cables you'll ever need. All of the connections are very tight and solid with the pins well set in the connectors. I've been running the RX-1000GH for over 6 months now and am very pleased.
Cons: Not so much a con then a pun..perhaps this PSU is too efficient to be considered a "Vampire!"
Pros: I wanted to cut cost on my year end build, but didn't want to feel like I was skimping on parts. Refurbished?? I know if you do any online buying like me you've gotten burned at least once on something that was not as described. The refurbish SAPPHIRE R9 270 Dual-X looked anything but refurbished. No nick, no scratches, and not even a hint of usage where the pci pins contacted the card. I don't like giving reviews right out of the box which is why I waited to write this review. Outside of the word refurbished being on my invoice, I have nothing negative to say about this care. For bring towards the lower end of the R9 200 series, this card has plenty of performance to offer. Smooth gaming with a very reliable fps and the cooling does a fantastic job of shedding the heat. I am currently running it on DirectX 12 with no issues.
Pros: I bought the Phanteks PH-F120SP_BLED as a replacement for a 120mm in a 3 month old water cooling system (the company never did respond to my inquires about replacing it) which had significant vibration problems at its higher rpm's. My first thoughts are the quality of the overall construction. When fastening into place, it did not bend as though it wanted to break in half like the better share of the fans on the market do. The direction of the four blue LEDs dispersed evenly and gave off a very natural blue glow. This was important for me as the fan was located on the top of he water cooling radiator which was top mounted. I wanted the blue to enhance the overall look of my tower and not trigger planes overhead to drop their landing gear. I was also impressed with the strong air flow exhibited by the PH-F120SP_BLED. Strong airflow and very low noise...just what every builder is looking for.
Overall Review: I hope Phantek continues to building quality products such as this one.
Pros: I had a new video security system installed over a year ago, but needed the ability to add an additional monitor through a BNC connection. when reviewing this type of product, there were several who had the same picture, but many with different company names on them. I know this is done quite a bit in mass production of electronics and occasionally one vendor does require the manufacture to install better quality parts than another. After some internet review research I decided to go with this model. It is very compact in size, but does everything it advertises. I even discovered a new use for the converter when I had to get a copy of security footage, but needed something besides the self playing file most security DVR's provide. I was able to play the needed clip through the converter to my computer and converted it into a new format. It has had full time use since installing and no issues with flickering or overheating. Images are sharp and clear.
Overall Review: Thanks to Newegg for providing such a diverse product line!
Pros: I purchase this fan to replace a noisy fan (horrible vibration) on my water-cooling radiator. besides the absence of the vibration, I noticed a considerable reduction in overall noise, especially when my system was under load. Unlike other fans, this one is solid and doesn't feel like its going to break when inserting the screws to fasten it in place. Nothing on it feels cheap or flimsy. The LED's give just the right touch to finish off the look with a nice elegant glow.
Cons: With the fan market being as competitive as it is, the price is a little higher than one might want to spend on a fan. Quality does cost more up front, but less in the long run
Pros: I wanted a solid performing SSD for my new my new build and went with this drive because it had a better dollar/performance ratio compared to others SSD's in the same price range. Since installing a few months ago this drive has seen some extended periods of solid gaming with no drops in performance. I have also ran numerous benchmarks test (with Passmark mostly) and have found the drive results to b extremely solid. In fact the R7SSD, in real world test against other users, performed better in most baselines compared to other SSD's 20-40% higher in price. I have recently purchased a 2nd R7SSD for another new build I am working on. This drive comes with everything you need to mount in various locations. To boot you get an better than average warranty.
Cons: No cons so far
Overall Review: AMD made the right move going this direction for a SSD under their name. I see them being a strong competitor in the market for years to come.