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Manny R.

Manny R.

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Almost close to perfect.

In Win A1 Mini-ITX White SECC Steel, Tempered Glass Case w/ 600W Power Supply
In Win A1 Mini-ITX White SECC Steel, Tempered Glass Case w/ 600W Power Supply

Pros: Comes with a 600W PSU, it's tiny, and it looks great.

Cons: The QI charger is next to useless. Oh it does work, but I have to take my Galaxy S7 Edge out of its case for the charger to work. Does the same thing with my work phone too (regular Galaxy S7). I knew that going into though since I tested this case at the PAX East show earlier this year. The Inwin rep blamed my case, but funny enough I'm able to charge my phone with regular Qi chargers with zero issues, just not easily with the one in this case. Only three SATA power connectors and the PSU isn't modular. If you install four case fans and you can't power them from your motherboard, you install two storage drives, and/or you utilize the adapter to power the LED lighting (or something else), you're going to need splitter or adapter cables. I was able to install three SATA SSD's (one being an M.2 drive in an M.2 to SATA adapter) in the right side of the case, but to power my fans I had to get a SATA power splitter and change one of the connectors on the splitter to male Molex (to power the fan/temp breakout board on my Asus Maximus VIII Impact). My motherboard doesn't have an RGB lighting connector, and since I didn't have a spare SATA power connector, my lighting isn't on. No biggie since I don't care for flashy lighting anyways. All the same I wish the PSU was either modular and/or had at least one extra SATA and one legacy male Molex connector on it. One final "gripe" is that the polarity of the power and hdd LEDs isn't marked on the cable or header. Obviously it's a minor thing but when you're paying this much for a case it's the details that matter.

Overall Review: Overall I'm really happy with the case. One suggestion I can give though is that you need to be careful with the thumbscrews for the right panel case. It's very easy to chew up the threads accidentally if you overtighten them.

Most Critical Review

Console-itis gone wrong

HIS Gift - DIRT3 Game Redemption Coupon
HIS Gift - DIRT3 Game Redemption Coupon

Pros: It was free. It's a rally racing game. Good graphics. That's about it really.

Cons: Unfortunately the cons far outweigh any pros that I've found so far. I'm sorry, but it shouldn't take me a half hour just to go through all the hoops and other assorted doo-doo just to play the game. If it were up to me, I'd strap the developers into a chair and force them to endure endlessly looping Steam downloads/XBox Live setups/unskippable movies, etc, all the while denying them a potty break. :D Yeah it's that bad. Seriously Codemasters? IT'S A STEAM GAME! Why it's necessary to sign up for a useless XBOX Live account (and have to go through the painful process) is beyond me. It'd be almost excusable, but once you finally do get into the game, it literally *FORCES* you to watch every cut screen, listen to every British accented comment, etc. I almost broke my keyboard in effigy trying to force the game to skip areas that were completely unnecessary (besides in Codemaster's grand plan for getting back at us Americans for winning the war for independence).

Overall Review: I'd like to meet the person who thought that adding Youtube functionality to the game (and almost forcing you to sign up for a Youtube account (until you figure out how to skip it)) was a grand idea. I've yet to find a single human alive that'd be interested in watching in-game footage of Dirt3, nevermind footage of me driving. The controls are relatively minimalistic in customizability. It would have been nice to have mouse control available, but alas, it's either keyboard or gamepad only. Once you figure out the controls it's not TOO bad, but it's nowhere near as good as past racing titles I've played. Definitely NOT worth the aggravation getting to the point of racing. Console ports can be done well on the PC. This game isn't one of them. For a free game it's barely worth the bandwidth to download it though. I'll put it this way... I bought Duke Nukem Forever from Newegg a few weeks ago and if I had to choose between paying for DNF or Dirt3, I'd pick DNF every time

A worthwhile upgrade to the 980 Ti.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 ATX Video Card GV-N108TD5X-B
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 ATX Video Card GV-N108TD5X-B

Pros: Plugged right in.

Cons: Wasn't free. :D Other than that mine was missing the nvidia FE case badge that's supposed to be shipped with the card. It's not a huge deal in the end but I was a little surprised not to see it.

Overall Review: The 1080 Ti was well worth waiting for. My 980 Ti wasn't a slouch but I found that I had to keep either lowering the eye candy in some games or lowering the resolution to 1920x1080 to keep the frame rate up. With this 1080Ti I find I can crank everything to Ultra and leave the resolution at 3840x2160, and the it doesn't skip a beat! I found that I the fan isn't appreciably louder than the fans on my Asus Strix 980Ti, but then again I wear headphones when I game. Overall I'm extremely happy with this card and have no regrets buying it.

Works great in the Intel NUC using FreeNAS 9!

Sandisk SD8SN8U-1T00-1122 X400 1TB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive
Sandisk SD8SN8U-1T00-1122 X400 1TB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive

Pros: It's tiny, fast, and works with FreeNAS.

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: The drive that I received was an OEM version in a plain plastic protector package with no cardboard or documentation, and the labeling on the drive isn't what you see in the product image here (it's white). It's not really a "con" though; I'm just pointing it out so it doesn't surprise anyone that's expecting a retail version. Bought this to install in my Intel NUC5i7RYH NUC that I'm using for a portable FreeNAS 9 build. This particular NUC lets you run both a standard 2.5" HDD/SSD and install an M.2 2280 drive. Although the NUC can use PCIe based M.2 drives, I knew going in that FreeNAS would only use an M.2 drive if it presented itself as an AHCI SATA drive, which is why I primarily chose this drive (besides it's capacity). Not only does it work with FreeNAS, it works REALLY WELL! I have this drive striped with an Intel 1TB 5 series drive in my NUC and over a gigabit network, copying data from my workstation that's equipped with RAIDed SSD's, I can completely saturate the gigabit link between the two either reading or writing to the NUC with this drive in it. That's with AES encryption enabled in FreeNAS (which is hardware accelerated on the NUC to be honest). To say I'm impressed is an understatement!!

Nice compact ITX case that'll let you house a Mini ITX/FlexATX PSU inside.

ARK ITX/CS-Ci05 Pedestal Server Case 1U flex power supply
ARK ITX/CS-Ci05 Pedestal Server Case 1U flex power supply

Pros: Small and compact. Takes inexpensive Mini ITX/Flex ATX style PSU's. Has a full-height expansion slot! NO CDROM SLOT (which is either a pro or a con, depending on how you look at it).

Cons: Difficult to actually use that full height expansion slot because there's no PCIe left angle riser included, and finding one with the proper angle and height is incredibly difficult too. There's no information on what riser you should buy as well.

Overall Review: I bought this as a case to house a pfsense build. It's about as small a case I could find for this purpose that still has an expansion slot for a NIC. Finding the appropriate left-angle riser is next to impossible though. The majority that I found position the slot so its facing away from the system board. In this case you need a riser that positions the card so it's over the system board. Because I couldn't locate a riser, I used a flexible PCIe extension cable instead. It works however be aware that you won't be able to use a full height card, you won't be able to secure the card in the case using it's bracket, and you will have to come up with your own method to secure the card. The reason for that is because the end of an extension cable extends about an inch beyond the bottom of your card, and in this case, the PCB of the cable hits the side of the case. Other than that, the case is great!

Major step up from my AV1 series adapters

D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, Up to 2000 Mbps
D-Link DHP-701AV HomePlug AV2 AV2000 MIMO Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit, Up to 2000 Mbps

Pros: Just plug one near your router and plug the other end where you want to extend your network to. That's about it. They self-configure and will find each other.

Cons: Like all HomePlug adapters, they can be susceptible to speed degradation depending on how far apart the units are from each other. If you have noisy wall warts near them they can affect the speed too. This isn't a limitation of these adapters though.

Overall Review: I bought these to replace my aging AV500 series HomePlug adapters from another vendor. I'm extending my internet signal from my router to a secondary access point and since I live in an apartment, I can't exactly just run CAT6 cable through the walls. Although the older units I had worked, the fastest I could get them to go was about 100mb speeds at full duplex, and that was after doing some fiddling with where they were plugged in. With these units though my connection nearly doubled in speed. I have 150MB download speeds from my internet provider, and with my previous adapters I was lucky if I hit 70MB/sec speed. With these (in the same wall outlets mind you), I'm hitting 130MB/sec!

10/28/2015
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A web cam with a side order of lies.

This will officially be my last order with both Corn Electronics and Newegg. After this experience i can see why people are complaining of the latter at least, and why people are leaving negative reviews for the former. I ordered a web camera from Corn on April 22nd. As of today (June 8th) I STILL DO NOT HAVE THE CAMERA. Yes they did ship it out; however after leaving customs in CA on April 29th, it sat in limbo until June 3rd. That day is when I contacted Newegg about receiving a refund, and it's only then the item started moving again in shipping. Do the math. Even factoring in the actual ship date of April 24th, it's been in transit FORTY FIVE DAYS. The 'excuses'? The delays are because of COVID and that I was given the wrong tracking number. Excuse me but do I sound like an idiot? I wasn't born last night you know.... COVID has not cause substantial delays of this magnitude. Additionally, the "new" tracking number shows THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION AS THE "WRONG" ONE! Supposedly being given the "wrong" tracking number doesn't explain the 45 day delay either (and neither does COVID). As of today the package is in New Jersey and is still a few days off from being delivered (if it ever shows up). If you look at the order status on Newegg though, it shows as being delivered (and this dispute being resolved). More lies. I hope it was worth whatever money you gained and/or saved Newegg. I've been a loyal customer for many years now and I had purchased the parts for many builds from your company in that time. That changes today. I*WILL*NEVER*PURCHASE*ANYTHING*FROM*NEWEGG*AGAIN* BECAUSE*OF*HOW*YOU*HANDLED*THIS!

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