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Laurence L.

Laurence L.

Joined on 09/09/01

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Most Favorable Review

not as fast as I would like

Team C101 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Orange) Model TG016GC101OX
Team C101 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Orange) Model TG016GC101OX

Pros: Feels solid and the price was right. No garbage software on it. Read speeds okay.

Cons: Write speed slower than I expected based on others' reviews. Speed drops off precipitously and doesn't bounce back once writing begins. And of course, you only get 14.8 GB due to how manufacturers go by the bytes.

Overall Review: My Verbatim Store-n-Go is 55 - 65 % faster but its blue flashing light was driving me crazy. Overall, this is a decent flash drive for storage and portability - as long as you're not in a hurry.

Most Critical Review

Not for P55 Boards

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK

Pros: Appears to be powerful and the heat sinks are huge. Feel solid and easy to install. Patriot support appears good but also see "cons."

Cons: Failed Memtest86+ in pairs in my Sabertooth board. One stick in one slot each worked fine. Patriot support determined this memory doesn't play nice with P55 boards (despite being on Asus' QVL) and will send different model, but I'm waiting. Patriot won't cross-ship, so I'm out for now and praying their turnaround time is good. Their RMA e-mail hasn't responded to my request for status. And I'm out the shipping charges and the memory they're sending is slightly inferior (and cheaper) than what I bought. If I can save anyone else from this disappoint and pain, my review will have done its job.

Overall Review: Sabertooth 55i Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz (NOT oc’ed) Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DualChannel Kit Model PVS34G1333LLK Corsair Cmpsu-650hx 650w PSU Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 video card Cooler Master ATCS 840 RC-840 case

When you get a lemon, you're stuck

XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card R9-270X-CDFC
XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card R9-270X-CDFC

Pros: Runs games such as Sniper Elite 3 on ultra with no problems and runs cool in my machine.

Cons: I've had frequent freezing (not BSOD and similar to what Kevin W below and others on the internet describe) which requires reboot every time since I got the card. My files are often corrupted because of these freezes. My self-built computer has been rock-solid for 3 years with another AMD card (HD4850): MB (Asus Sabertooth 55i) and CPU (Intel i7 860 not oc’ed) Corsair 650 power supply 8 GB of DDR3 Crucial Ballistix RAM (not oc’ed). Temps do not get above 45 degrees C under heavy load. XFX card does not go above 45 degrees C under heavy load. I contacted their email tech support and it's been a back and forth of uninstalling and installing drivers. I know it's the card and I fear if I ever get an RMA, it'll be the slow and painful experience others have described, not to mention having to pay for shipping and insurance. With the prospect of a refurb coming, I'm not sure it's worth it.

Overall Review: I've been building computers for over 15 years and know what I'm doing. I've never had any problem with any other graphics card. And I know my current system is enough to run this card but the card is the problem. It appears most others have had no problems with it but given my current situation with XFX, I would not get another one of their products.

Not really DD3 1600

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Pros: This RAM is fast and very compatible with my ASUS Sabertooth 55i mb. No errors with Memtest86+ (unlike some other RAM I've tried with this board.) Works well in dual channel mode. Easily OC'ed.

Cons: Maybe I missed it in other reviews but I haven't seen anyone note that this RAM is really DD3 1333, not 1600. Just check it with CPU-Z and HWINFO32. That's why everyone's boards are noting it as 1333. It's just that you can easily overclock it to 1600 specs. But beware that your CPU heat will increase (using XMP, it can be significant.) Also, their support is a little light. You need to discuss in their forum. There's no one-on-one e-mail support (at least I couldn't find any easily.)

Overall Review: This shouldn't dissuade anyone from buying it but there should be a little truth in advertising. ******************************************** ASUS Sabertooth 55i Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz (NOT oc’ed) G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ Corsair Cmpsu-650hx 650w PSU Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 video card Cooler Master ATCS 840 RC-840 case (best case on Earth)

Beware QVL

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: See my earlier review.

Cons: Take their QVL with a grain of salt. I've had an ongoing nightmare trying to get 2 sticks of Patriot memory on their QVL (Patriot Viper 4GB DDR3 1333 PVS34G1333LLK) to work without Memtest errors. ASUS support is useless. I have 2 support tickets out there that haven't been answered. Patriot has been helpful. They identified that the memory doesn't play nice with P55 boards, so they're sending me a different kit (Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB DDR3 1333 PGV34G1333ELK.) I'm hoping they'll work but the bottom line is they're a bit cheaper than the Vipers, I have to pay for shipping the RAM back, and I have no computer now. If you want this board, people seem to do better with G-Skill, but I suggest checking the RAM's site, not ASUS'.

Overall Review: ASUS used to be a quality company and I swore by their boards. If you search forums, you either are lucky and get a good-working board, or you're out of luck, because once there's a problem, they won't help you. I think they're too busy expanding into other products (VCs, netbooks, etc.) to be bothered.

Last ASUS for me

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid, lots of bells and whistles for OCing, plenty of SATAs and USBs, good layout, configurable, Q-Connector, onboard LEDs, and plenty of connectors (fan, etc.)

Cons: Like my last ASUS mb (P5N-E SLI), memory problems from day one. Basically, memory (on their QVL) passes Memtest86+ only with 1 stick of RAM. A1 and B1 slots pass with 1 stick. Put both sticks in (they're a kit), failure. ASUS support is pitiful. Had another issue which was basically ignored (4 connectors of the EATX12V were capped.) Still waiting for a reply to the memory problem. Meanwhile, Patriot says the memory is not compatible with the P55 chipset (QVL, huh?)

Overall Review: Sabertooth 55i Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz (NOT oc’ed) Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) Kit Model PVS34G1333LLK Corsair Cmpsu-650hx 650w PSU Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 video card Cooler Master ATCS 840 RC-840 case