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William F.

William F.

Joined on 06/24/03

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I'm sold on this line

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1/USB 3.1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Adaptive voltage makes overclocking while still using energy saving features simple. Q-fan autotune works well to make a simple curve.

Cons: documentation on Sabertooth specific features isn't great. AI Suite still stinks after all this time.

Overall Review: I like the bios features. i7-4790k I used adaptive voltage to OC to 4.6Ghz while power min-processor % still works. It can lower the multipler while idled without needing to add voltage offsets. Don't install AI Suite Thermal Radar. Their uninstall STILL doesn't work after all these years. It did a terrible job of controlling the fans. I'm not sure the thermal armor does a great job with VRM cooling. It seems to run hot. If you use liquid cooling you rely on the aux fans to blow through the air channel. The aux fans that cool the VRM should probably default to using the VRM temp since if you liquid cool the CPU then that temp doesn't relate. Also, don't drop a screw and have it roll under the thermal armor. That's potentially a real pain to remove if the screw get's caught.

Most Critical Review

Flawed implementation of 3124 chipset

SYBA SD-SATA2-2E2I PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
SYBA SD-SATA2-2E2I PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Silicon Image 3124 chipset, inexpensive

Cons: ---> WILL NOT WORK AT 3.3V <---- Form factor a poor fit, External sata connectors extremely close to board edge and may be blocked by case. May not even fix PCI-x slots without some effort. Thus, you attach a drive and get a BSOD in a 3.3v PCI-x slot or newer PCI standard slots.

Overall Review: This card should work in PCI slots with PCI 2.2 or prior standards or the, rather uncommon, 5V PCI-x slots. Older PCI standard supports either 5V or 3.3V while newer only supports 3.3V. Contrary to some comments it *is* valid to have a 32 bit PCI-x half size card but that won't help much if the voltage is wrong. While the card has Universal PCI keys, which should indicate either 3.3V or 5V support, it will not work at 3.3V.

Works great with original Oculus Rift (cv1) sensors

Fovitec - 2 x 7'6" VR Gaming Lighthouse Mount Stand Kit - [HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Compatible][Adjustable Ball Heads][Includes Carrying Bag]
Fovitec - 2 x 7'6" VR Gaming Lighthouse Mount Stand Kit - [HTC Vive and Oculus Rift Compatible][Adjustable Ball Heads][Includes Carrying Bag]

Pros: - Really works with original Oculus Rift CV1 sensors - Tall! - flexible position - good quality

Cons: I haven't found any yet

Overall Review: I was worried that the sensors really wouldn't fit the threads on my original Oculus Rift sensors but they work perfectly. The ball heads make it possible to adjust to whatever position is necessary. These stands are really tall too!

Great features but tracking is not smooth

ELECOM Wireless track ball mouse 6 button Tilt function Black Xmas Gift
ELECOM Wireless track ball mouse 6 button Tilt function Black Xmas Gift

Pros: - I really like having an three actual mouse buttons instead of the usual (L-tech) alternative's clicking on the mouse wheel. - The mouse wheel has a tilt (left/right) - The buttons are programmable so beyond the 3 mouse buttons you have wheel tilt left, wheel tilt right, and two small buttons to the left of the main mouse buttons.

Cons: I'm afraid the big issue for me is that precision is difficult with the trackball. I have a high resolution screen and it doesn't move small distances smoothly. This means the mouse cursor catches and skips. I can feel the ball not moving smoothly in the socket. Unfortunately, it's a real drawback for me so much that I won't be using the mouse. The other mouse I was replacing didn't have this issue.

Overall Review: I'd give it 5 stars if only the tracking was smooth Edit: I replaced the trackball itself with the one from my old mouse (with the broken mouse button) and it seems smoother so I changed it from 3 to 4 stars. It may not be a big deal for many people and the additional button are really nice.

Reset drive from GPT to MBR

Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure
Vantec NexStar MX Dual Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA RAID Enclosure

Pros: stable enclosure so you won't knock it over, both eSata and USB 3.0.

Cons: The raid mode switch is internal so you have to remove the cover to set it. 4 screws to open the enclosure and additional screws required to mount each drive. The worst was that it overwrote the drive partitions and lost the data on the drive.

Overall Review: I just used JBOD on a 5TB drive intending to add a second for separate backups. I formatted the drive without any issues, added a GPT partition, and set it as my backup destination. After the first backup succeeded the drive went offline and was no longer a GPT. Instead it had an unformatted MBR partition (2TB) with 3TB unused. The data was gone and the partition had really been written over this way. I waited to review until I switched to a different enclosure (that wasn't on newegg when I got this) to make sure it was only this enclosure with the issue. It was; the new enclosure I purchased works fine on the same usb 3.0 port.

High quality and a small size

Denon D-M39S Micro Hi-Fi System - iPod Supported - Black
Denon D-M39S Micro Hi-Fi System - iPod Supported - Black

Pros: Size of the speakers and system good for a desktop if your desk is good enough for the speakers to be far enough apart. Digital input! I can finally use an optical cable from my motherboard's audio connections instead of that RCA to mini-jack analog adapter. LED display can be set to turn off when settings aren't being changed. The iPod/USB/CD options are good for taking music to and from your portal devices.

Cons: It still uses those two-wire speaker connections? Not much of a con and there are probably reasons for it. :-)

Overall Review: I'm not an audiophile by any means. I've been looking for a micro stereo unit with a digital input for a long time though. No subwoofer component like some larger mini-stereo systems but the speakers are much smaller. I purchased a YAMAHA YST-FSW050BL2 Advanced YST II & Down-Firing Active Design Subwoofer to go with it (N82E16882115235).