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GIFT R.

GIFT R.

Joined on 10/23/03

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Most Favorable Review

nice memory

Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model PSD1G400KH
Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model PSD1G400KH

Pros: Tested this memory throughly in a Celeron D 345 3.06 GHz system but in single channel configurations. As others have said it defaults to 2.5,4,4,8 timings but will run as fast as 2,3,3,6 with no overclocking. To be clear this memory loves the 2.5,4,4,8 timings. I was able to take the 3 gig celeron up to 3.6 gig at DDR 400 and 3.8 gig with it trimmed back to DDR 333 all with the same timings. This memory hates loose timings and will only go to 3 CAS at DDR 333 but that will not help at all with overclocking limits.

Cons: Heat is one big factor with this memory. Don't be fooled by the heatsinks as it will get hot under stress like Prime 95 testing. If the memory is near a very warm northbridge it will draw in more heat. Air cooling with an 80 mm fan nearby improved stability in overclocking and gained 100 MHz on the final numbers. Running both sticks in motherboards where they are very close to each other will compound the heat problems. Normal usage with no overclocking and the memory stays rather cool.

Most Critical Review

Good while it lasted

COOLMAX CX-400B 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply
COOLMAX CX-400B 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply

Pros: Very quiet and nice looking. Great for a system that draws 200 watts or less.

Cons: See other thoughts below Final stage death starts with hard shut downs probably because of a dip on the 12V. Inside mine were Fuhjyyu primary capcitors which are known for having issues with some production batches in the past. Also the capacitors are 200v 470 uF which are typically found in quality power supplies less than 300 watts. I have a 200 watt Delta that has the same size capacitors.

Overall Review: Purchased in 11/2004 and provided 1 year of great service on socket 462 system. I took the system out of service for 10 months then used the power supply in a new build with a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 and onboard graphics. Went two months before getting hard shut downs on a heavy spin up of a CD in the DVDRW drive.

Great for Emachine upgrade

ECS Goal3+(1.1C) AMD Sempron 3000+ 754 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ECS Goal3+(1.1C) AMD Sempron 3000+ 754 SiS 761 GX Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: This is a great drop in replacement for all of those failing Socket A and Celeron Emachines but you may have to reinstall windows due to chipset differences. Worked with a 20 pin power supply and two IDE big plus

Cons: Another PCCHIPS/ECS motherboard shipped with the worst media for their driver CDs. They are just about unreadable and may take a few times to get the drivers installed. No heatsink on the southbridge! Hot to touch but within spec ... barely. All these guys had to do was put a tiny heatsink on there to keep temps below 120 F but this company worries about saving a few cents.

Overall Review: Get some airflow across the board and I'm sure most of these failures will go away. This deal is hard to beat with the rebate and free shipping when they have it. Two IDE getting hard to find now so this one has to be on your list. Its so cheap its crazy to replace that dead socket A or celeron board. Might as well upgrade to this combo for a few dollars more.

Simple to use , nice video, and decent pics

SAMSUNG S630S Silver 6.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
SAMSUNG S630S Silver 6.0 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: When on sale you can't beat the deal with the features. The full size 30 fps video with audio is what drew me to the camera. On that point I have been more than satisfied. Battery life is excellent for NiMH batteries but have an extra pair or two charged up. The size, light weight and fit in your hand is good as well

Cons: The auto mode can be flaky like red eye reduction when not needed and random use of ASR. The flash results can be unpredictable at times and some shots are actually darker than what you see with your eyes. Low light situations can be grainy and some photos may look like they were taken on a 1 or 2 MP camera.

Overall Review: I bought this camera to replace my aging Canon 3 MP and for the most part the pictures are on par or slightly better. The canon could only do 15 fps movies with weak sound but this camera makes the canon look like a toy in that department. The two battery, slim, lightweight design are toppers as well. Overall if you are upgrading from a 3 megapixel or less camera its a no brainer for the price. If you own a good 4 or 5 MP camera you should think carefully as the picture quality is not that much better. Still for the price and possible combo deals with printers and memory cards its something I would recommend.

Best onboard everything currently available

BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: A beautiful board as any in the tforce series! Solid onboard graphics and sound! A great brisbane overclocker as well.

Cons: Almost gave it 4 stars because of the BIOS issues. Currently available BIOS has no PWM fan settings(even though there are two pages in the manual dedicated to it) , will not cold boot my WD 500 GB SATA hard drive, and the temperatures are off by 10 degrees C for the brisbane chips. Yes there is a beta BIOS on AVS forums that fixes all of the issues but it should have been that way in the shipped BIOS. Also the northbridge heatsink needs to be slightly bigger. They kept it small so the board would fit in the box with the swag bag.

Overall Review: Yes it is a great overclocker but people who make claims of 3 GHz from a 3600 brisbane need to start mentioning memory and settings in their reviews. Also if you don't Prime95 test both cores for 12 hours I'm not buying your OC results. Don't run one copy for an hour and say its overclocked. Look on the web for instructions how to max both cores to 100%. I am running my brisbane 3600 at 280 x 9.5 for a OC of 2660 MHz with a 1 GB stick of Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675 memory. The memory is an allstar as I have it running 4-4-4-12 at 760 MHz. The hard wall is around 2750 but if I went with the same brand of memory in DDR2 800 I probably could have done better. If money is no issue I would go with the 2.3 GHz Brisbane. That way you can keep your HT multiplier at 4x and speed at 1000 MHz with a 250 bus speed. This will give you 2875 MHz on the CPU without having to be as agressive with the memory overclock.

Good for older systems

SPARKLE Power Q ATX-300GU 300 W ATX Power Supply
SPARKLE Power Q ATX-300GU 300 W ATX Power Supply

Pros: Not too loud and stable voltages. Typical sparkle quality. Decent Teapo primary capacitors

Cons: Low efficiency and high power use when PC is off(5 watts). Slight con is the use of 470 μF primary caps in this power supply while the Sparkle ATX-300GT with the same specs uses 680 μF caps. Generic 450 watt PSUs use junk 470μF caps so I would consider the 300 watt rating here to be honest at least.

Overall Review: I tested this PSU along with 3 other Sparkles to see if there was any differences in power usage. The newer PN series are more efficient but they are designed for new 12 volt intense systems where as this PSU is designed for 5 volt intense systems like AMD Athlons. Still though they should power low end new systems with out a problem. My test bed was a AMD Duron 1600 MHz, 2.5 Gig hard drive, 24x CD, floppy, and PCCHIPS motherboard with onboard everything. All numbers are for idle at DOS prompt. A Kill-A-Watt meter was used to get the numbers. Power Q ATX-300GU 70 Watt , .91 A, 112 VA, .62 PF, 5 W with computer off Sparkle ATX-300GT 69 W, .90 A, 111 VA, .62 PF, 5 W off Sparkle ATX-350PN 62 W, .91 A, 111 VA, .56 PF, 2 W off Sparkle ATX-400PN 63 W, .90 A, 110 VA, .57 PF, 2 W off