Turbocharged an old laptop7/31/2020 8:28:22 AM

Overall Review: My old Dell laptop was too sluggish to enjoy using. Its HDD was not fast enough to please. I popped this Crucial SSD into a USB enclosure and cloned my OS to it, and then replaced the HDD. As I expected, it now is much speedier and responsive!

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Heatsink cures USB dongle overheating7/31/2017 4:21:39 AM

Pros: No dropped connections since day 1. Easy Ubuntu install using proprietary Broadcom "Other devices" driver. Excess heat dissipated by airflow inside computer.

Cons: Antenna plugs at back of card flop around. Very minor nit-pick

Overall Review: I bought an 802.11ac router in 2015. With multiple teenagers and PCs in the house, I sought to find good wifi adapters that worked. The USB adapters were always the cheapest, but they were flakey, repeatedly dropping connections. They always seemed to get hot, and were not designed for heat dissipation. I could not find any brand scoring over 4.2 in ratings. I concluded that USB dongles in a plastic case were always going to overheat, so I decided to go with internal PCIe with a good heatsink, because all of my PCs have good airflow. As of my 3rd day of ownership, I have not had any dropped connections.

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File cable latches to fix8/19/2016 10:01:12 AM

Pros: Once the cables seat, you will have a high quality Platinum PSU with monitoring software. Mine was 92% efficient at only 18% load.

Cons: The cables are stiff, and the connectors may need repairs. See other thoughts for details.

Overall Review: Most of the bad reviews note cable problems. Some poor souls broke or fried their mobos pushing too hard on the 24 pin ATX plug. I tested my refurb HXi 850 using a $12 PSU tester and quickly found: voltages missing, cables not seating, and changes with jiggling. All problems were caused by the 24 pin ATX and the 8 pin EPS12V cables failing to seat properly, on both the PSU and the mobo. The plastic latch on the cable was not getting over the plastic bump. Filing the inside of each latch with a needle file made the connectors tight. Every cable tested ok; only the 24 pin and the 8 pin were filed. Installing the PSU required filing the 24 pin ATX mobo side a little more, because the cable was stiff and hard to snap on. Latch the 24 pin ATX and EPS12V cables onto the PSU first, before putting the PSU into the case. Conclusion: Be prepared to trim the plastic cable latches. A $9 set of 4 mm needle files worked well, and an ordinary finger nail emery file might, too. File just enough to latch with moderate pressure. Without a PSU tester, it will be hard to test the cable fit. Get one. You will have peace of mind knowing your voltages are good and your cables fit.

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