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Todd M.

Todd M.

Joined on 06/23/03

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Most Favorable Review

Nice camera, software needs work

Keebox IPC1000WI 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 KView Wireless N Day/Night Internet Camera
Keebox IPC1000WI 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 KView Wireless N Day/Night Internet Camera

Pros: Decent image quality, MJPEG streaming; camera has a web interface that lets you set wireless networking, frame rate and image size, etc; indoor IR performance is good (haven't tried daylight or outdoor); fair wireless signal, 2.4GHz; front panel status LEDs can be turned off using camera's web interface.

Cons: The computer-side software (that runs on your PC and lets you view the camera image, record, etc) needs work. In one day's use, it has been about 70% reliable for recording video. However, this isn't an impact to me as I planned to use the camera with another vendor's software (Synology Surveillance Station, where the camera works perfectly although with no audio).

Overall Review: I'd give the vendor 3-stars for their PC software and 5-stars for the camera hardware (understanding it is a VGA camera). Put the two together and you get my 4-star rating. Looking forward to updated software.

10/22/2011
Most Critical Review

Fair performance, good price

PNY Attaché 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model P-FD8GBATT2-EF
PNY Attaché 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model P-FD8GBATT2-EF

Pros: Decent drive, good physical size (not too small, not too large). Logo gives it some texture for easier handling. Cap snaps into place. Side opposite "attache" logo is flat (slightly textured) which makes it easy to label the drive with a sticker. Orange LED lights up (blinks) when drive is being accessed.

Cons: If I were writing to the drive much, I'd want something with a much faster write speed (2-3x the speed of this one). As I'm using it as a portable linux boot device (read-only once linux is installed on it), it is fine. More of a grumble, but removable caps are easily lost and no lanyard included.

Overall Review: I consider this an average drive: slightly above average read but below average write speed, from a company with a good reputation. Tested 25/25/6 read, 4.8/2.5/0.012 write MB/s (sequential/random 512k/random 4k).

Good network color laser with duplexing

Xerox Phaser 6500/DN Duplex Color Laser Printer
Xerox Phaser 6500/DN Duplex Color Laser Printer

Pros: + Automatic duplexing + Ethernet + Color + Speed + Expandable memory

Cons: - Color lasers are still expensive to buy and supply. - Transparencies are not supported.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase. The printer has good quality output and speed and I've had no issues with drivers under Linux or Windows. As far as noise, its far from silent but reasonable for the job and speed at which it does it.

Cool product

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: Works as it should and easy to install on LGA 2011. Lightweight compared to my prior mega-heavy air cooler. Uses one Molex 4-pin power connector and has a connector to provide speed information to the motherboard.

Cons: Based on reviews, may have quality control issues? Not the cheapest of coolers. Not dramatically better than the best of the high-end air coolers.

Overall Review: I'm using this with an LGA 2011 setup (3930 @ 3.9 daily, 4.5GHz when I need the speed). It keeps my temperatures under 65C @ 3.9GHz and under 75C @ 4.5GHz (over-voltaged) which is acceptable. Also, without the fans, this is very quiet; I've got it installed in an Antec 1200 case, cradled on velcro straps facing the top 200mm fan so I'm not using the included fans.

11/21/2011

Good price/performance board

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: X79 chipset. 8 memory slots. Intel gigabit LAN. UEFI BIOS. Solid capacitors. Low priced for an X79. Future expandability. Large memory capacity. MSI tech support was quick to help with a networking issue.

Cons: Moving to X79 wasn't inexpensive. Board layout would make anything beyond dual-SLI a tight fit.

Overall Review: I moved to X79 from X58. Windows and Linux both booted without issues and allowed me to install updated drivers (lots of system drivers for Windows, LAN driver for Linux). I had issues with the integrated Intel LAN on BIOS 1.0; BIOS 1.2 addressed the issue (a 1000mbps throughput problem). Running 3930 @ 3.9GHz (4.5GHz works too but requires elevated voltages), 28GB RAM. Very happy with system performance.

11/21/2011

Good CPU, moderately high price...

Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K
Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K

Pros: Faster than previous generation i7. Six cores. Good overclocking.

Cons: Requires a new platform, LGA2011. Also price is moderately high, at least right now. Then again, it's the latest and next-to-greatest.

Overall Review: I upgraded from an i7-920 that ran at 3.1GHz. My 3930 runs at 3.9GHz without voltage compensation, 4.5GHz with. I'll stick to 3.9 unless I have some heavy lifting to do. Overall, it beats the 980 series and has future expansion (LGA2011 8 core+) possibilities.

11/21/2011