Date Joined: 08/24/05
Pros: - So far, this thing has lasted over two years, and still works like a champ, despite the constant under and over voltage differences in my apartment.
- With my desktop pc, this will keep my pc powered up for about 24-30 minutes in the event of a power failure.
- Excellent for keeping my modem alive during a blackout. The charge with nothing but my modem lasts just over three hours so I could still make VOIP calls over Wi-Fi.
- Windows software is simple to setup and operate. The network software (web-based) logs a considerable amount of details and history. Worthy enough for any nerd.
Cons: - Power button placement. Not worth a whole egg, but that pretty blue LED around a shiny grey button makes my children curious. Placing the power button along the top may be something to consider on a model.
- LCD backlight should have a feature to stay on while receiving external power, and turn off when supplying its own power. Or, lengthen that delay to longer than under a minute.
- Coaxial protection distorts connectivity and adds a tremendous delay in latency. The supplied coaxial cord isn't grade A quality, either. This is where an egg gets taken.
Overall Review: For a home gaming desktop and surround sound, this is a great and necessary investment to add to any setup. This is my first CyberPower brand UPS and has lasted longer than a big competitor brand that I had previously. The features, ease of use, functionality, and most importantly, longevity are impressive, to say the least.
Pros: Simple enough installation.
Great craftsmanship quality.
3-day shipping selected, shipped in one day.
New GPU smell.
LED's add 9000 fps.
Cons: MSI LiveUpdate. half an egg. Froze on launch.
MSI Gaming App. half an egg. Won't start.
Despite reboots, clean installs, etc, had to reinstall Windows to get these applications to run.
Not a huge con, but with my $100 MSI motherboard, it included a solid metal "MSI Gaming Series" sticky decal. this $400+ GPU came with vinyl stickers that are quite frankly, embarrassing to stick to my case.
Overall Review: This, to me, was a considerable upgrade to my previous 660 by another brand that I've been used to at 1080 res.
I often enjoy upgrades like this that are simple, but the MSI bundled software made setup become a headache, multi-hour time consumer.
NewEgg has never let me down before. Considering how quickly this GPU arrived, I am still quite impressed.
Routing an additional 8-pin modular power collector was fun--don't forget about the fact that this GPU has a 6-pin and an 8-pin.
I'll eventually update my review for this in the near future, as I just received this today.
Kudos, NewEgg, for your beyond stellar service.
Pros: Very configurable, oodles of options for OC and data managment. Looks amazing. Smells fresh. Feels comfortable. The realtime CPU temp indicator helps a lot. The MSI Command Center app is very handy for Android users, too. Many more features and things I love about it.
Cons: Slow boot through BIOS. This is the second MSI board I have ever owned. BIOS has lots of features. But the boot process, even when options are configured for the fastest boot possible, just takes a long time. It's about half, if not more than half of my total boot time into Windows. This is probably not worth taking a whole egg away, but it's worth at least a half an egg... For being a benchmark/gaming board, this would be a key element not to ignore.
Overall Review: Money well spent.. supports 4th and 5th gen Intel CPU's.. so I'm slightly ready for what the future has to throw at me.
Pros: Nice and long. Awesome for my gaming keyboard and mouse (which seems to support polling rate of 1000 Hz). While they stay stationary for the most part, they have never had or caused any issues what-so-ever. Very durable.
Cons: None that I can think of. Good product.
Overall Review: I couldn't put this in the con section, but since it may be common that these cables are used in pairs, it would be nice to see some type of clip or mount at the female end so they can be attached to each other. I currently have them Zip-tied in an "H" formation, which is pretty secure. Not a con at all--It's more or less a feature request.
Pros: Simple. Gratifying. Sexy design. Simple to control. Included software will give you some insight to the power coming into your PC on a regular basis. At least for the 950 VA, it provided my power hungry desktop with about 45 minutes of uptime, and just my modem/router about three hours of life during a power outage. The software also made me aware of power spikes in the line, which were probably the culprit behind my previous PSU catching fire in the middle of the day. Well worth the money. Includes a short Cat-5 cable, Gold plated Coax cable, and that "New-UPS smell". Battery is simple enough to replace, but I haven't had to do that just yet. Front LED display is bright, and provides adequate info without having to open a browser or PC software to tell what's going on internally.
Cons: The LED backlight doesn't have an option to stay on, or have any kind of adjustable duration. Definitely not enough of an issue to cost an egg.
Overall Review: If you don't already own a PSU, it's a mighty good investment to spend some loot on a good one. It's probably too much for my machine, but as the saying goes, "too much is never enough". And it's lasted me for just over a year so far.. Protect your investments.
Pros: It does the job! The heat sink looks very well constructed. Massive in size. It weighs a good weight, too.
Cons: Perhaps I just got one from a bad batch. Installation was fairly simple, though the description of some of the included hardware didn't seem to match the actual hardware I received. Four of the screws for the AMD install weren't notched, like the instructions mention, and didn't include washers like the Intel screws did. It was missing two of the four sticky pads for a second mountable fan. These tedious issues weren't enough to drop more than one egg. But the fact that the order got lost in the mail, and that it took about a month to get to me took an egg. The included CM fan took the other two eggs away. The fan started rattling within a week of use.. touching the fan would eliminate the vibration for a few minutes, but then it would come right back. There's no way this fan put out 80+ CFM of air flow. Perhaps it was just a bad fan. Who knows? But for $50, and being that this part is meant to protect your expensive CPU and board, I would expect it to work without flaws of any kind. I am just glad that it didn't die completely and kill my machine.
Overall Review: The "X" bar makes a world of a difference.. putting it on wrong can make the heat sink "lean" in on direction or another. Doesn't seem to affect performance, but could make you cross eyed if you look at it for too long..
Pros: Simple to setup. Very simple. Plug it in. Computer Management. Disk Managment. Initialize as a GPT (GUID Partition Table). Poof! 3 TB of storage. 3,000,457,228,288 bytes, or 2.72 TB according to Explorer. Still bigger than a 2 TB. So, why argue about it?
People complain about noise.... It's no louder than my 500 GB WD black... and it's quiet too.
Temp is right at 31.0 °c. Nice and cool.
Super shiny! If you are like Steve Carell from T40YOV, then this will amaze you too. "It's so shiny!"
Cons: Since it's larger than 2 TB, it can't be a bootable drive. Get over it. Not worth deducting any eggs.
Overall Review: I'll be using this for archived storage.. movies, photos, music, ROM backups, etc.. so I don't expect to put a whole lot of stress to this drive.. but these transfer speeds are ridiculously fast. Get one. Get twelve. You need them.
Pros: Sexy. Sleek. Delicious. Super simple to setup. That space between the "mobo-tray" and the side panel closest to it (upon reading reviews about how little space there was) actually provided ample space. Apparently, some people don't know about "cable management". I had absolutely no problems transferring my PC's guts from the dinosaur tower I once used to this beautiful behemoth. Came equipped with two 120 mm and a single 140 mm white LED fans (only the biggin had LED's), plenty of screws, and a fancy smooth finish. Included fans are pretty quiet.
Cons: Came missing a few screws, despite the fact that the book said they should have been there. I had plenty of screws lying around. Definitely not an egg-breaker.
3.5 mm jacks on the case are an extremely tight fit to every headset I plug in.. I'm almost afraid to try to use them. I have a 5.1 DTS sound setup, so..Still not an egg breaker.
Only One of the three fans came LED equipped. Definitely not an egg breaker. I wasn't shopping for fans; I was shopping for cases. Sooooo not an egg breaker.
Watch that rear fan wire when you're mounting your shield.. Not being aware of your surroundings isn't a fault of the manufacturer, it's your own fault and will cause frustration to yourself. No reason to mention eggs here about it.
Overall Review: Over-all.. a great case for enthusiasts. It's got some weight to it, so a fully assembled pc won't blow away in a wind storm. Even though it's bigger than the average "Mid" sized tower, it's still a nice add-on to any setup. This case offers plenty of room for upgrades, ventilation, liquid cooling, lighting, and probably some action figures.
Pros: Awesomeness, stuffed into aluminum heat syncs! While they're not high-end RAM modules, they still do wonders on my desktop..
Cons: Not as cheep as they probably should be.
Overall Review: Doubling my RAM from 8 to 16 GB wasn't a bad idea, but not completely necessary.
Pros: Amazing Hard drive!! I've had this drive for just over a year and it's still purring like a kitten. Partitioned @ 300 GB for Windows 7 and the remaining 180 for Windows XP. Very fast IO rate and I'm averaging about 9X MBps data xfer rate when moving data from one drive to another. Boot times are pretty speedy and load times are much better than they were with my previously installed IDE HDD.
Cons: Still slightly expensive for larger capacity HDD's like this one.. Would have purchased a 1 GB, but the trade-off was cost. Having 2.5 TB of total storage space on my desktop, it would have been nice to have a little more room with less physical drives.
Pros: setup of this quad core monster was simple. since my MSI mobo allows quite a bit of CPU customizations straight from BIOS, overclocking is pretty simple also. setting up multiple power profiles or using the provided software from AMD (Cool'n Quiet) actually keeps me from having to listen to my CUP fan when it's not sucking up power. 800 MHz @ 16.x watts is a nice idle and great power saver.
Cons: not much to put here other than the factory CPU fan being as small as it is. You would think a power hungry, heat intensive processor would come with a wider fan, thus making it a little easier to keep cool without all of the noise.
Overall Review: Great processor for the money. I bought this processor for $129.99 about a year and a half ago. Great item, great stability, and I have always loved AMD products.
Pros: Here's what I have:
AMD Phenom II x4 3.2 GHz 955 Deneb Black Edition
4 GB (2x2 GB PC3-10700 667 MHz) DDR3
EVGA nVidia GeForce 9800 GT PCIe 512 MB GDDR3
2.25 TB HDD
Easy to setup. Oodles of BIOS configuration options. Easy to OC. Quick on POST. RAID is simple enough for my grandmother. Vibrant LED's illuminate my case. BIOS upgrades are EASY. Great board for the money.
Cons: No USB 3.0. No SLI abilities. (only Crossfire) Price could come down for the lesser options.
Overall Review: For just a few bucks more, you can get the next model up which, if I am not mistaken, has USB 3.0 and supports SATA 6 GB/s... Looking to save some money, go with this board. It offers some good upgrade options, supports AM3 Phenom II x6 CPU's at 125 Watts. Great performance and power saving options are also available from within the BIOS. Included software bundle offers some great software for VIA HD Audio (up to 7 channels - 6.1)
This board is ready to use. Pop in a CPU, PSU, HDD, and a decent GPU, throw it all in a case and you're good to go.
Pros: Pretty nifty device. Allowed me to interact with two different PC towers with the same mouse, keyboard, and monitor. Does what it says. The keyboard hotkeys make it nicer. Don't have to have the switch in visible sight.
Cons: Not so great if your PC's use USB or Bluetooth input devices.
Overall Review: Highly recommended for running a secure local PC and a second networked PC.. Awesome for older PS/2 based input devices.
Pros: I like the features, from the plethora of BIOS options, to onboard features, like CrossFire. I use this board with an AMD Phenom II x4 955 3.2 Black Edition CPU and it runs like a champ. The "Cool'n Quiet" feature helps me reduce power consumption by dropping the CPU to only 800 MHz when more power isn't necessary. Windows 7 found all of the hardware without any catches. The Audio package includes a customizable EQ for all output, so my internet browser and media players all sound the good. It's awesome for the price, and simple to use. It supports a world of expandibility and functions like a champ. I recommend this board to anyone and everyone who has a low budget and seeks performance.
Cons: NewEgg couldn't email the board to me. They made me wait three days for expedited shipping. USB 3.0 would have been nice to have, but who the heck needs that?
Overall Review: The software CD features a Linux Based -no OS necessary- OS for quick access to the internet. This version of Linux isn't very cool, but pretty handy if Windows crashes and you need a quick online fix.
The drivers and software for Windows offers some pretty cool goodies to play around with. If you're loading Win 7 (x86-64), you won't have to fiddle around with Windows Update for drivers to make your hardware work. The HD 8 Channel audio software offers cool customization of audio playback, up to 192k sample rate and 24-bit audio, similar to other advanced sound cards.
If you RAID, RAID-ing is simple.
Multiple booting options that aren't common with OEM PC's.