Date Joined: 01/18/13
Pros: I bought this because my first NVMe stick was fast filling up (50%) and I saw that I was going to need additional storage soon. Having become accustomed to the extra speed NVMe gives, I went shopping for a higher capacity stick, and found this little gem for a real steal. Works great with Linux.
Cons: None, really. It performs as advertised.
Overall Review: I most certainly would recommend this to others if they are looking for reasonable capacity at blazing speed.
Pros: The assets of a G710 is clearly the weightiness of it: Not since the Model M has a keyboard had weight in its favor. Heck, Logitech even put out a video showing this keyboard going under a 16-ton tank and still working. I had thought that only the Model M and similarly built keyboards could withstand such punishment. Clearly, that is not so.
I have a genuine Model M and its Unicomp descendent. So why am I now a proud owner of a G710? Simply put, music. For all of the Model M's assets, it does not have multimedia controls. I have always loved listening to music, and favor keyboards that put multimedia controls for convenient access. More importantly, the controls work flawlessly under Linux: more specifically, KDE and VLC. VLC responds to the playback controls, and KDE responds to the volume controls, and even the mute button.
Cons: The placement of the keys take some getting used to. I'm not taking any eggs off for this; this is a personal thing, not one that Logitech can be faulted for.
Overall Review: Growing up in Model M days, I have come to love the clickiness of its keys, and the Cherry MX blues deliver. Not the same sound, because the buckling springs used in Model M's differ from the clicky mechanism used in Blues.Nevertheless, I have come to accept the fact that there will probably never be a genuine Model M with multimedia controls. Such is life.
I heartily recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for a sturdy keyboard that will last for years.
Pros: I bought this card solely for the purpose of running Quake in the Darkplaces engine with the Quake HD Remix mod. With Parallax mapping enabled in the config.cfg and autoexec.cfg of the main game and 2 mission packs, everything looks awesome for a 20+ -year old game. The card handles all of this graphical goodness with 60+ fps (in most areas; some areas drop temporarily, but not so much as to cause a real inconvenience).
I should mention that I am running Slackware Linux, and the game runs like a dream on it. I wanted to mention this for people who think that Linux is not well-suited for gaming. There are other, newer games that run on Linux, but I like this one game
Cons: None. The card runs as expected, with 4 monitors attached.
Overall Review: If you are running Linux, be sure to disable FXAA in nvidia-settings, otherwise you will get blurry text. Other than that, there are no outstanding issues to speak of.
Pros: My AMD Wraith cooler, supplied with my FX-8370, just wasn't cutting it anymore, and as I'm needing to hold onto this processor for a little while longer, felt I needed to get the best cooler for my money to keep the processor running for as long as I need to. The Dark Rock 3 definitely fills the bill. My temps under load for my old cooler was ~58 degrees Celsius. With the Dark Rock 3, it holds steady at ~45 degrees. A very noticeable and impressive difference. Definitely worth the money.
Cons: Never had to install a high-end cooler in my 20+ years of building systems, so it definitely was a learning experience for me. That aside, the documentation was a bit lacking. The included fold-out pamphlet only included instructions for Intel processors; I had to search for instructions for my AMD processor. be quiet! could definitely improve by including comprehensive instructions for both types of processors in the future, as the user might not have access to the Internet after the system is taken down, but I was lucky that I had my smartphone to fall back on.
It took me a fair while to figure out that the mounting hardware for AMD was minimal; all I needed was the backplate, the four retention screws, and the 4 clamps, then you hold the heatsink with one hand while screwing it down with the other hand in the back of the motherboard.
Not taking any eggs off for this, because of the excellency of the hardware, but it is something for be quiet! to keep in mind for the future.
Overall Review: Other than my inexperience in installing high-end coolers, which made for an interesting learning experience, I found installation a relatively painless experience. Definitely would recommend this cooler to others without hesitation!
Pros: I previously bought my Denon receiver and Klipsch speakers, and believe me, as a team, they put out great sound. However, I wanted to have surround sound, as every setup I've heard where this is the case brings out an aspect of the music that you just can't get with 2 speakers or headphones, no matter how good they are. These speakers fill the bill quite nicely. I've noticed things about some songs that I didn't know were there before, and would never have known had I not had this setup. Well done, Polk!
Cons: It feels a bit heftier and a good bit taller than my Klipsch speakers, something I hadn't counted on when I picked up the box from my front porch. Nevertheless, the performance is stellar. Nothing to take off an egg for, just an advisory for others.
Overall Review: I think that if you want a reasonably-priced pair (or 2 pair) of speakers, you can't go wrong with Polk Audio. Highly recommended.
Pros: I was looking for a basic receiver that would stream music from my Pandora account, but wouldn't be stuffed with what I considered nonessential services, such as inbuilt streaming services, which would have made for a more expensive purchase without need to do so. The sound coming out of my Klipsch speakers is nothing short of phenomenal. Highly recommended.
EDIT: I no longer have the Pandora account, as the original purpose for which I purchased the receiver, streaming music from my Linux computer via Bluetooth, has been accomplished. Otherwise, the qualities I mentioned are unchanged. The receiver continues to perform as expected, and the Klipsch speaker continue to put out great sound.
Cons: At this point, I see no outstanding deficiencies worth mentioning, aside from the obvious that this is a basic receiver. Those who are audiophiles or are looking for integrated services other than what is built into this receiver would be better served elsewhere.
Overall Review: I would recommend this product to people like myself who are looking for basic Bluetooth streaming services, and little else. The price is more than reasonable for the budget-minded, as well.
Pros: There are 2 things that stand out, particularly for me, about this keyboard:
- It takes up a lot less room on my desk than does my old full-sized keyboard. This is noteworthy, because my desk is not that big, and having a smaller keyboard saves more room than you might imagine.
- Easy to clean. I like the way the keys are not recessed into the case, and that all I have to do to clean out the debris is to pop the keys off, vacuum and wipe, replace keys, done!!
I also like the way the keyboard is so darn cute!! I don't usually comment about the looks of any of my peripherals, but this one warrants an exception. It's ruggedly constructed, and sturdy for its size, which means it will last for a good long while.
Cons: The kickstands didn't provide enough of an elevation for my hands; I found this out after trying to type on the keyboard with just the kickstands, and found I was misspelling things right and left. My homemade solution was to elevate it using cardboard. It's not the prettiest, but it's not meant to be seen; it does one thing: elevate the keyboard, and at that it excels!!
I don't blame Corsair for this shortcoming; I have a certain elevation I'm comfortable working at, and that may not be the case for most people buying this keyboard, certainly not enough to warrant taking off an egg.
Overall Review: I most certainly would recommend this product to others, especially for the space-saving and cleaning features. Not to mention the most reasonable price-point. Highly recommended.
Pros: If you care at all about your music, as I do (I was raised on music from the 70s and 80s, and modestly consider songs from those 2 eras awesome), then you could not go wrong with these speakers. You owe it to yourself to get the best your wallet can afford if you look forward to relaxing listening to your favorite music.
Overall Review: Highly recommended. Would purchase again if necessary.
Pros: I bought this monitor in order to enjoy the graphical bliss that the pair of GTX 970s I purchased could show off. It has lived up to the hype. The display is brilliant, and the framerate has hardly went down, from a resolution of 1680x1050, to 2560x1440. I could never go back to ordinary mortal resolutions (i.e., anything less than 2K). 4K gaming is on the horizon, and one day, it will become a reality. But in the present, it costs an insane amount of hardware, with the requisite price. I hope to keep this setup for a good long while, as monetary resources will become scarce after I graduate college, and the loans come due.
Cons: None that I can think of. Acer's engineering dept. did an excellent job of designing this monitor!
Overall Review: If the subject of monitors came up, I would recommend this monitor, hands down. Just get this if you are looking for a high-quality monitor at an affordable price.
Pros: I bought my last phone directly from Tracfone (my service provider). At the time, my only concerns were texting and receiving calls. Well, after seeing what other people were doing with their phones, I realized that I best get with the 21st century, and use the apps that they were using. My old phone (Samsung Galaxy Ventura) was not up to the tasks I asked of it, due to lack of RAM, CPU speed, and screen size. I took advantage of Tracfone's BYOP (bring your own phone) program, and as long as the phone was compatible, it would work with the service. I bought their activation kit (a SIM card), and paired it with the phone. After entering all the pertinent information on Tracfone's website, I was up and running. Everything transferred from my old phone without intervention on my part: all my apps and contacts. I am a very satisfied customer indeed. I got to keep my old number, and my excellent service from Tracfone.
Cons: None. I don't think it'll happen, either
Overall Review: If you're thinking about upgrading your phone, this one seems to be somewhat future-proofed. Excellent hardware for a reasonable price. Can't ask for a better deal.
Pros: I bought this PSU for the purpose of providing adequate juice for twin GTX 970s. I have been very pleased with the utter reliability of Seasonic PSUs, and will heartily recommend them to others.
Cons: If there are cons, I sure haven't seen any.
Overall Review: A job well done, Seasonic!
Pros: I bought these cards ostensibly for the increased framerate of a certain game, but I must confess that I've always wanted to fiddle with SLI technology, and I wasn't going to settle for less than the best in price/performance, and these cards are superb for the jobs in which I will engage them (CUDA is a good example).
Cons: Nothing is ever perfect, and my pair of GTX 970s are no exception to the rule. If I were to complain, it would have to fall on the OS side ( I run Linux). Software configuration is still a PITA compared to Windows, but I am confident that I will eventually prevail.
Overall Review: Do keep in mind that these marvels of engineering do extract a price for their exceptional performance. As a consequence, I had to upgrade my PSU from a Seasoned M12II 620W to a 1050W Platinum-certified unit from the same manufacturer. I am confident that I will get as faithful service from this unit as I did from the last one.
Pros: Most of the reviews I've read regarding this chip is in the context of gaming. I'm not much of a gamer, aside from that granddaddy of all 3D FPS, Quake, with the Darkplaces engine and the Epsilon build. I run Slackware Linux, and for what I use my computer for, the FX-8320 is fast enough for me. With my budget constraints, I needed to cut where I could, and the chip was a good place to do it, and still get the octa-core love I lusted after. ;)
Cons: What con? AMD has always stood for value, and this chip is as good an example of this principle as any.
Overall Review: I've been a fan (Not a fanboy; there is a difference!) of AMD since the early 90's when Intel was charging upwards of $1k for the processor alone, in the days of the K6, K6-2, & K6-III, where integer computing was good but floating point computation was not so good. AMD has continued to be worthy of my confidence because of their competence in their products and their willingness not to gouge the customer for such a fine product as the FX-8320. A job well done, AMD!!
Pros: Let me start off by saying that before making my decision to settle on this overclocker's dream of a board, I seriously considered its lowered-powered siblings based on lesser chipsets. But, even though my budget constrained my buying a Sabertooth board, I felt I had to have the extra stability and features that come with the 990FX chipset, and ASUS always does good work. I read all the reviews of this board, and the overwhelming majority of reviewers indicated that they were using it in the context of gaming. Not all of us who lust after overclocking intend to use its abilities for entertainment purposes.
I run Slackware Linux, and it was my intent to upgrade from a mini-ITX board sporting a AMD APU (A10-6800K) with 16GB of RAM to an FX-8320 and this board, along with a modest increase in RAM to boot. This will help me to compile programs a lot faster, But, in order to satisfy my infrequent urge to game, I also have a ASUS Radeon R9 270 w/ 2GB VRAM. I play the granddaddy of all 3D shooters, Quake, with the Darkplaces engine and the Quake Epsilon 2.52 build. This board has done everything I've asked of it. There are no complaints here, and don't anticipate regretting my decision, as this is a high-quality board for a reasonable price.
I run Slackware
Cons: Not a fault of the board, but you do want to make sure that your case will fit the board. I have a Antec GX-500, and love it for its 6 fans; 3 are intake, and 3 are exhaust. It keeps my system at room temps. However, it is not an overly large case, and care must be taken to make sure that the board is not damaged in the insertion of the board. Mine went in, but not without rearranging cables. Not worth taking an egg off for; just a note for other would-be owners to consider.
Overall Review: Let me go on record as saying that you should never skimp on the components that matter for your computer, and the motherboard ranks at near the top of the list, second down from the power supply. This board takes the cake, and at $121.99, will give good service down the line. Highly recommended.
Pros: I am extremely impressed with the features/price ratio of this case. Antec engineered this case extremely well, and it shows. The steel isn't the heaviest gauge, but that would cost more, and they had to balance it with the cooling capacity (its biggest feature, IMO) for a reasonable price. Combined with 3 120mm exhaust fans preinstalled, and room for 3 intake (which I purchased), I am confident that this case will last me for several builds.
Cons: As noted above, the steel isn't the heaviest, but you get what you pay for. Also, when installing the intake fans on the front of the case, keep a jeweler's screwdriver handy, as you may need it to fasten the fans to the case,
Overall Review: I was looking to replace the previous case, which was a mini-ITX case, the Cooler Master Elite 120. While the advertising said that it could fit a card such as the ASUS Radeon R9 270, the reality is that airflow goes effectively to zero, which leads to problems with overheating, which I found out most unpleasantly when my computer shut off unexpectedly. Fortunately, the thermal protection scheme kicked in, and no permanent damage was done. But it meant that I would need a new case, because a single 80mm intake fan, to put it simply, wouldn't cut the mustard. I was blessed to come across this case. I am simply amazed at the price Antec charges for such an awesome case. Well done, Antec!
Pros: I bought this card for one purpose only, and that was to play the Darkplaces port of Quake with the Quake HD mod. For this purpose, it worked marvelously. I didn't see any reviews which used this game as a benchmark, and that was a shame, because the Darkplaces engine is a worthy contender to put the strengths of the newest generations of video cards to the test. I turned up all the effects (real world lighting, etc) for the express purpose of exercising this video card, having seen all the wonderful reviews of how this card handles all the modern games. Well, Quake isn't exactly modern, but the engine is, most certainly, and its settings set to maximum have most certainly shown off the virtues of the card: maximum beauty at maximum speed, all while killing the baddies. A first-person-shooter at its best.
Cons: As far as the card itself is concerned, I have nothing to report. However, as far as the case is concerned, there was a small concern. I have a Cooler Master Elite 120 mini-ITX case, and all the hard drive connectors were on the left side, where the PCI-E slot is. It wasn't a problem when I didn't have a monster video card to install, but once that happened, the wires became an issue, bunching up behind the video card, and bending the PCB ever so slightly. This was a problem, to say the least. I had to re-orient the hard drives' connectors so that they faced the right side. After this was accomplished, the video card went back in with ease (I had to remove the card to re-orient the HD's because of the card's length). Not really a con if you don't have a small case, but something to keep in mind if you have one that can fit this caliber of card.
On the software side, Darkplaces Quake does drop to a single digit frame rate in some scenes: rarely, and then only briefly. I suspect it has to do with the amount of rendering it has to do at a given moment. Again, not really a con, because the majority of the time, it runs acceptably smooth and looks gorgeous, with mucho detail and effects.
Overall Review: It would be best to prepare your system to receive the new card by installing the latest Catalyst drivers (14.12). This card worked beautifully, handily replacing the HD 6670, with the current screen configuration intact (I run LInux). I would definitely recommend buying this card if you want to run the newest games. Mine was an corner use case, and most definitely not common.
Pros: This motherboard has everything I could want in an extremely small form factor. This is the second time I have ordered this same motherboard, and the first one is still performing satisfactorily as my main desktop.
This second motherboard I ordered because I wanted a media center, and it seemed like a logical choice, given its track record. For those interested in the details, I am running XBMC with the Pandora add-on, on Slackware Linux. I am playing the music via HDMI audio, and it works quite well.
Cons: If there is any downside to this motherboard, it is the fact that the connecting wires to the integrated bluetooth/wifi module is so hard to attach, but that may be just a consequence of how it is designed. I do not think taking an egg off is warranted in this case.
Overall Review: For those wanting to have full functionality for basic tasks like a media center to a full-fledged desktop computer in a small form factor, you really can't go wrong with this motherboard. I am really pleased that I came across this superbly engineered little motherboard.Kudos to ASRock/ASUS for an excellent price/features ratio!
Pros: I bought this case because the previous case (Antec ISK 300-150) was too small; cable management was impossible, as was effective airflow. In addition, because of the numerous reviews of the AMD A10-5800K which stated that the supplied heatsink was less than satisfactory, I thought it prudent to purchase an aftermarket heatsink (Zalman), which would not fit into the old case. This case has much better airflow, it allows for a standard PSU, and my aftermarket heatsink fits like a glove.
Overall Review: Recommended for its small size, accomodations for a standard PSU, and increased airflow capability for a mITX case.
Pros: I bought this PSU because it was fully modular, and this would be going in a mITX case; I needed to keep necessary cabling to a minimum so management would be at least possible. SeaSonic is highly regarded, although this is my first encounter with them and with a modular PSU. Things are working out fine thus far, and I have no complaints!
Cons: There are none which I can identify. This unit is doing what it is supposed to, provide clean,stable power with a minimum of cables.
Overall Review: My compliments to SeaSonic for their quality PSUs, and Newegg for their excellent selection and service.
Pros: Still operating like a champ. I compiled a kernel, and the sucker was *fast*. Compiling the modules part of the kernel (for those not in the know, that includes all of the drivers one might need for one's hardware) usually takes over an hour on my HP Pavilion dv7-7227cl laptop, with its 2.3 GHz quad core processors (A10-4500). I put the 'time' command in front of the 'make modules' and after compiling had finished, it was a mere 20 minutes, a third of what it took previously, if not less. Amazing! I am very pleased with this purchase, and look forward to what else I can do with this extremely capable processor!
Cons: Of course, the price would drop $20 *after* I bought it. Thanks, Newegg. I could have used that $20 elsewhere. No dings here, though. That's the nature of technology; price drops are frequent. It doesn't help that it occurred when it did. That's Murphy's Law for you. :(
Overall Review: None other than what I stated above. I will state for the record, however, that you will read many reviews stating that the stock heatsink is junk. These people would have you believe that AMD is cheating you on the heatsink part; they should have gotten you a better part!
The truth is that the heatsink does what is advertised; it keeps the processor cool. I can state this with perfect honesty, because I run this processor in an Antec ISK 300-150. I added a case fan (It has room for two, and only one came with it), Without the second fan, I felt a lot of heat coming off the case; now, it's barely above room temperature. IMO, that's the ideal of a properly-cooled processor and case. All I'm saying is that you should read the reviews with a grain of salt. Don't believe everything you read.
Pros: I bought this mainly to supplement my 4 GB stick, which mainly served as a way to get my system here much faster, as I had not the money to afford more and still get the components I needed, such as the A6-5400K, Antec ISK 300-150 Mini ITX case, ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+, and 2 Seagate 2.5" Hybrid drives (which make booting much faster). However, since I run Linux as my main OS (Slackware, to be precise), I still have to run Windows 7 in order to do my homework (I am studying for a bachelor's in computer science), I had to get the extra RAM. Everything seems a lot faster now :)
Cons: None. Performs as expected,given its price
Overall Review: Since RAM prices are outrageously inexpensive these days, there's no reason to have at least 8 GB of RAM, and more is probably not a bad idea, depending, of course, on your computer usage (how many programs you run at one time, and what programs demand a lot of RAM just for themselves).
Pros: For a computer built on a budget, I've got to say this puppy rocks! I didn't expect that it would run modern games, but then I don't play those, Quake I and UT 2004 are my preferred games, and the A6 handles those just fine.
Cons: None that I can think of
Overall Review: I highly recommend this processor for those who are looking to upgrade from an older computer, or just want to have a desktop to supplement their laptop. For light-duty use, you just can't go wrong with it, especially given the price.