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Andrew K.

Andrew K.

Joined on 07/23/04

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Most Favorable Review

Great Card for the Money

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology 100297L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology 100297L

Pros: 1) Slightly to Moderately-slightly better performance than a 5770 @ 1920 x 1200 resolution 2) Cooler operating temperatures (34/35 C idle and 60 C load) than comparable offerings 3) DX11 support 4) HDMI out, 2 DVI outs, and a DisplayPort out 5) Uses less power than the HD4890

Cons: 1) Cost: It's a good $50 more than the closest card, the HD4890 2) Length: It's 11.5 inches long. I had to remove a hard drive bay to accommodate the card. 3) No display cables included. Just the bare minimums: 4-pin molex-to-6-pin PCI-E cables x 2 and a drivers CD.

Overall Review: Bought it replace my aging 8800GT and to mainly play games at 1920 x 1200. It can play CoD4 and 6 just fine at that resolution as well as newer games such as BF:BC2. For those of you worried about power requirements, I can run this card on a name brand 520W PSU and and gaming only eats up about 380W of power.

Most Critical Review

Powers Off With Drivers and Does Not Work

Rosewill RNX-N300 Wireless N Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7
Rosewill RNX-N300 Wireless N Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key authentication) Cisco CCS V1.0, V2.0 and V3.0 compliant/ Vista/ Win7

Pros: 1) Has two dipole antennas. 2) Fairly affordable b/g/n card (single-band)

Cons: Will not work in Vista x64 with included 1.3.1 or latest 1.4.1 drivers. The card will instantly power off itself after installing or removing the drivers. I narrowed it down to the drivers being at fault after power cycling the system to notice the status and activity LEDs would power off the minute Windows loads the drivers for the card. Unfortunately, there are no Microsoft generic drivers for this particular Ralink chipset. Since the proper drivers will not work and no other working driver exists, the card is essentially useless. I have tried both the embedded Windows connection utility in Vista and the included Rosewill Connect Utility. Even though the WiFi card's set to CAM (Constantly Awake/Aware Mode) and not to PSM (Power Saving Mode) and I have disallowed Windows to turn off the device when not in use, the device refuses to turn back on as long as the drivers are installed. Card will only power back on after a uninstall if you power cycle your computer.

Overall Review: If you're like me and am looking to upgrade a N card and eventually upgrade your router to a N router, don't consider buying this card with the poor drivers currently that shut down the card the minute they are installed. This is the only wifi adapter that refuses to work due to poor drivers that I've dealt with in the last 4 years.

Failed After 1 Year and 2 Months

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System
Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System

Pros: Whisper quiet with fans on low to moderate speed. Cools slightly better than H100. Thick rad.

Cons: Rattles if fan speed pushed to max or high. Very loud fans. Only 5 screws were included instead of 8, so unable to fully ensure a snug fit to case. Pump failed just yesterday night after 1 year and 2 months of use.

Overall Review: Cooled a moderately overclocked i7-3770k for a few months before I returned the CPU back to stock.

Good Capacity, Decent Output

PowerWalker 7200mAh Rechargeable Portable Battery w/ Dual Output, LED Indicators - Black
PowerWalker 7200mAh Rechargeable Portable Battery w/ Dual Output, LED Indicators - Black

Pros: 1) 7,200 mAh @ 3.7v. Converted to 5v is approximately 4000 mAh @ 5v. 2) 1 A output for one port and 2 A output for other port (if used exclusively). 3) LED indicator of remaining capacity

Cons: Requires a micro USB connector for charging? It's pretty common now, but it would have been nice to have been a mini USB instead.

Overall Review: Keep in mind that you will need a USB charger capable of outputting at least 700 mAh I'd recommend a USB charger with at least 2 A output to ensure a quicker charging of the battery pack. Otherwise, it'll take ~5 hours to charge the battery pack from 5% to 100% using a 1 A output charger. As you're probably aware by now, when both ports are in use together, each port only puts out 1 A each.

Barely a Month Old and Already Clicking

Hitachi GST 0J11562 640GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST 0J11562 640GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Relatively large capacity (size:price ratio is good given it's a 2.5" HDD).

Cons: Clicking (and associated slow downs or lockups). Feels like it's just a few days away from click of death and complete data loss.

Overall Review: Got this as a gift from a friend for my birthday. It's barely two weeks old and I've only used it about 5 times. Was clicking from the get go, but it has only gotten worse. Now I have to put up with a RMA to Hitachi probably to get a replacement. :(

Decent Performer, Great Design

Kingston DataTraveler 100 Generation 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DT100G2/8GBZ
Kingston DataTraveler 100 Generation 2 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DT100G2/8GBZ

Pros: 1) Better retractable cover design versus other brands. 2) Sliding cover click-locks into place at either end.

Cons: 1) Like many of the other brands, Kingston's G2 here hangs for a brief period (anywhere from 2 seconds to 30 seconds) of time towards the very end of a file transfer to the drive. That cost it half an egg. 2) Sustained read performance is lackluster in that it's over all the place. One second it could be speeding along reading at 22 MB/s, the next it drops down to 14 MB/s. Another half an egg for inconsistency.

Overall Review: Read: 12-22 MB/s Write: 8-16 MB/s Burst Write: 20-42 MB/s (quickly downs to ~12 MB/s after first few seconds) Obviously these flash drives also conform to the industry standard of rounding when it comes to storage space. So 8 GBs is actually counted as 8 billion bytes rather than 8196 MBs. Due to production issues, most chips will actually have less than even 8 billion bytes of free storage. Hence, we have 7.20 GBs rather than 7.45 GBs.