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John F.

John F.

Joined on 10/29/04

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Most Favorable Review

Works with Axim X51v

ADATA 32GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model SPEEDY CF 32G
ADATA 32GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model SPEEDY CF 32G

Pros: Largest available storage. Works.

Cons: Won't do my ironing. A little slow. Not familiar with this brand.

Overall Review: I'm using it with a Dell Axim X51v running the Football WM6 ROM. Formats as 30 gig available storage. Isn't quite as fast as the more expensive high speed cards like the ExtremeIII, but it's not so slow that it causes problems with video playback or is a nuisance during file transfers.

12/28/2007
Most Critical Review

Does a good job, but with design flaws

Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm LED Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink
Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm LED Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink

Pros: Seems to be doing a better job than my old 9500. Right now I'm running with a slight OC (3.42 up from 3.16) and temp is holding at 33. Just barely fit into Antec 900 case.

Cons: Pain to install. WILL NOT FIT THE ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA WITHOUT MOD! I had to take the dremel to the "H" bracket to get rid of bulging areas for mounting on K8 chip. Don't like that the fan speed control isn't an option. Had a hard time fitting it next to other cards. They could have done a better lapping job on the CPU block.

Overall Review: I almost bagged it and installed the stock fan on my E8500. Glad I stuck it out, though. Seems like it actually does a halfway decent job. Not looking forward to the next time I have to swap out RAM, though....

Not so great

D-Link DCS-1130 640x480,320x240,160x120 mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera
D-Link DCS-1130 640x480,320x240,160x120 mydlink-enabled Wireless N Network Camera

Pros: It's a wireless camera. Iphone/Android apps for viewing.

Cons: It's huge. The antennae are huge. Low light performance isn't what I was expecting based on manufacturer's details. Large size doesn't seem to buy anything in terms of device capabilities.

Overall Review: I got this to replace a D-Link 930L, which was the latest in a line of wireless cams I have in a front window of my house to monitor deliveries and contractors. I "upgraded" to this one to get better low light, but the 930 has overall better performance and better image. The 930 will go back in service tomorrow.

Works great w/ WHS

Rosewill RSV-S5 - 5-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swap Storage Encl. System - RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 5 + Spare / Spanning / JBOD - 120mm Fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design - Controller Card Bundle
Rosewill RSV-S5 - 5-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swap Storage Encl. System - RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 5 + Spare / Spanning / JBOD - 120mm Fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design - Controller Card Bundle

Pros: Easy setup. Includes ESATA cable. I'm using it as the expansion chassis for an HP EX470 WHS. It's currently populated with 4x 1.5TB Seagate drives. Flawless performance so far.

Cons: Useless manual. Power supply draws as much current as the server itself. A bit loud, but it lives in a room in my basement, so it doesn't bother me. For those using it as a desktop unit, it might be a concern.

Overall Review: A no-frills 5 bay ESATA chassis. Great bang for the buck and works perfectly with HP EX470.

No problems so far...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: High capacity, low price. Seemingly no issues that others have written about with these drives.

Cons: None so far, except the bad rep.

Overall Review: Using 3 of these in a Rosewill 5 bay chassis attached to an HP EX470 WHS. Worked great right off the bat. No problems after a week of use.

Started off good, ended up bad

Patriot Warp 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PE128GS25SSDR
Patriot Warp 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PE128GS25SSDR

Pros: Started off with EXCELLENT performance and eyepopping benchmarks. Silent, doesn't run too hot. Didn't really seem to have too much of an effect on battery life.

Cons: About a month later it started slowing down to the point that it was unusable (both writes and random/sustained reads). I tried it in two different laptops (an HP and a Macbook Al) with clean OS installs and it was the same problems on both platforms. I'm trying to get an RMA, but Patriot is VERY slow to respond. I'm a week into the process and I don't even have an RMA number yet. I'm not hopefull that I'll have a replacement in my hands within a month.

Overall Review: I guess this was a waste of (not a small amount of) money. In the meantime, I've replaced this drive with a 320 gig WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm drive. Although the specs are a lot slower than the Patriot SSD on paper and in Sandra, the actual usability is MUCH better.