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Martin M.

Martin M.

Joined on 03/06/02

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Most Favorable Review

Didn't fall apart in my hands!

COOLMAX SATA POWER ADAPTER 6 in. Cable
COOLMAX SATA POWER ADAPTER 6 in. Cable

Comments: Not sure what else to say...... great cable, worked as advertised, and as seen on TV (whoops, wrong era.....) Note to NewEgg........could ya go easy on the shipping for this thing? Especially since many times it comes in an order with ten other things you are already getting shipping charges on? Just a thought.....great service even if (a bit) expensive on some items.....

Most Critical Review

Worse than DOA?

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) Bare Drive

Pros: Most people are getting a good one. 5 year warranties are great, needing them in the first 2 weeks is not. Have tried this on a SiS661FX and Nforce4 SATA controllers, with same results.

Cons: An unacceptably high percentage of people are getting a defective one. The only thing worse than DOA with a hard drive is one that lets you load everything on it, and then starts giving intermitent problems weeks later, after you were sure you didn't need your old backup anymore.....sigh

Overall Review: Every so often it makes a distinctive "ting" sound like a head is trying to move past the end zone into a barrier, and then the drive will get slow-to-non responsive while the whole system stops responding. I am going to RMA this one quickly.

12/30/2007

One Fatal Flaw

Foxconn nt-A3500-0h0WWAEQB AMD A45 (Hudson D1) White Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Foxconn nt-A3500-0h0WWAEQB AMD A45 (Hudson D1) White Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: It is an inexpensive, and basically decent piece of hardware. Runs Windows 7 just fine, and it makes a great media center machine.

Cons: Using the included power adapter can fry devices you hook this computer up to!

Overall Review: I was using the computer as a Media Center. Hooked via HDMI to my Onkyo receiver I noticed an intermittent LOUD 60 cycle hum through the speakers while using it. Being that it was all HDMI digital connections, there should have been no way for hum to get in the audio. I took some measurements and was floored! I compared voltages between the power brick included with this computer, and some laptops I had laying around. I was looking for AC isolation problems, and I found them! All the other power bricks I have, "float" their DC power out connectors between the hot and neutral of the AC input. If you measure from either the hot or neutral of the AC outlet to the tips of the DC out connector, you get about half the line voltage. I measured 40-60 volts potential between the outlet and the DC connector. There is sufficient resistance to eliminate the potential for shock, but there is a voltage potential. When I measured the brick that came with the computer, I saw something very different. Both sides of the tip are tied to the AC neutral. Measuring from neutral to the tip gave zero volts. However measuring from the AC hot to the tip gave 120 volts! This is not a problem for the computer itself, because the voltage potential between the contacts at the DC tip is the proper 19 volts DC. However, when you hook this up to a device using a different grounding method, like "floating" between the AC line inputs, you can have quite a voltage develop between the two different device grounds which will be carried down your HDMI cable. I'll say again there is a good bit of isolation between the computer ground and the wall outlet. Also there is some isolation between the ground and the AC line in the peripheral device you hook up (Monitor, big screen, stereo, whatever) But since the isolation methods are different, there is a voltage potential between grounds. I observed this potential as a ground loop hum, and also as a visible (but small) spark that appeared when I hooked it up to the stereo, or the TV. Unfortunately the last effect I observed was damage to the HDMI input on my television. It burned out one of my televisions inputs. Needless to say, I am NOT happy. I believe if you use a different power brick (which uses the floating setup like most other components do today) you will have no problem. The power adapter from a Gateway NV53 laptop works nicely, it has the right voltage, and the same tip that the computer uses (Liteon part number pa-1650-22). If you are experiencing any audio hum when hooked to your other devices STOP USING IT IMMEDIATELY!! Don't let it burn up your equipment like it did mine! Hopefully this saves someone some real grief.

A Touch Of Class

Rosewill Black Solar Garden Lights - 6 Lights Set
Rosewill Black Solar Garden Lights - 6 Lights Set

Pros: Cheaper and prettier than the lights I have gotten at my local discount store. They shine all night long!

Cons: None

Overall Review: If only they would jump out of the way of the lawnmower!

I'm Sold!

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS

Pros: G.Skill has been impressing me time and again with their products. Though I resist the disease, I am getting a case of FanBoyItis

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Just read the reviews! Every company has SOME bad reviews. It's just some companies have LESS!

The Little Engine That Could

Intel Core i3-2100 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32100
Intel Core i3-2100 - Core i3 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.1 GHz LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I32100

Pros: It Came, I plugged, It Booted! Very nearly the same Folding performance as my old Q9550 quad. Newer tech means a lot less power draw. Runs acceptably cool with the stock heat sink even when Folding.

Cons: Hasn't cured Huntington's Disease - YET

Overall Review: Very capable budget processor. If your customers want Intel on the cheap with some headroom for the future, this is the ticket