Date Joined: 01/30/02
Pros: Was inexpensive
Cons: Battery lasted a total of 10 months in a UPS that is on well protected AC line power, far less than the previous battery. The warranty is prorated and requires you to ship the defective battery in, so by the time you pay return shipping, a prorated cost for a replacement, plus shipping, its cheaper to replace with a better brand that will last 3-5 years as I would expect.
Overall Review: I have a ton of UPS's, I normally see 3-5 years from other brands, I've never had one not even last one year before, but then again, I'd never tried this brand until now.
Pros: Rock solid reliable, ECC, not terribly expensive for 3 ECC 8GB sticks. Works beautifully in my EVGA SR-2 board, I have 2 of these kits for a total 48GB memory, if needed I could buy 6 more sticks and go to 96 in theory.
Cons: None so far, zero issues with this memory
Overall Review: Running Hyper-V and this works great for giving my VM's good memory sizes. ECC is nice, friend of mine had a lot of non-ECC memory in his box, and one bad DIMM caused hard drive corruption and crashes, took a while to diagnose, and ended up requiring a full reinstall due to data loss/corruption. ECC memory (on a supported system) will tell you instantly that you have bad memory and prevent the issues that go with undiagnosed bad RAM.
Pros: FAST, does SAS 6GB/s, can use one or more SSD for cache with the CacheCade option. mature drivers and config utility. Am running a pair of Samsung 830 SSD's that are mirrored and used as cache, and 4 2TB SAS drives, and this config runs easily 2-3x in speed what my 3ware 9750-8i was getting with 4 2TB SAS drives. Makes dealing with video editing smooth and fast, OS boots up a lot faster. If I wanted, I could put several SSD's in a RAID0 as cache and it would be even faster, but my config maintains a level of safety while greatly increasing speed. The CacheVault option is good too, with that attached instead of a battery, it uses a supercap to back up its RAM onto a flash when power is removed. A supercap should in theory have a longer lifespan than a BBU.
Cons: Cost, goofy hardware dongle to activate certain advanced features.
Overall Review: Be sure to get latest FW when you install, especially if using the advanced (i.e. cutting edge) options.
Pros: Works great with many OS's, screamingly fast, uses the 6GBps standard for SAS and SATA. Rock solid reliable, like most 3ware products.
Cons: not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: Works great with Windows 7 and Vista if you're not clueless (see the only 1 egg review). You do have to put the appropriate driver on a CD or USB stick and give it to Windows at the proper time during install or you won't see the RAID drive on the available list of drives.
Also, Win7 (and most other MS OS's) won't install to a partition greater than 2TB without a lot of work, so if your array is bigger than 2TB, you should use the advanced option when creating the array to set aside a bit of space for a boot disk (100-300GB is plenty), then use the rest as a GUID/GPT partition if you want a volume over 2TB.
Make sure you get the appropriate SFF-8087 cable for your intended setup.
Pros: Great airflow, quiet, surprisingly lightweight. Good cable management, front door is fairly easy to reverse, removable motherboard tray. Build quality seems really good.
Pros: Not riplocked, latest firmware bitsets DVD media to DVD-ROM, inexpensive, SATA
Pros: Fastest CPU out there. Got two of these for a workstation, and nothing I throw at it slows it down. Overclocks very well, am running over 4GHz on air.
Cons: cost, cost, and did I mention cost?
Overall Review: Using EVGA Classified SR-2, a 3ware 9750-4i controller with 4 Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6G drives, 12GB Kingston RAM
Pros: Fast memory, great compatibility, no BIOS tweaking needed to make it work at full speed with my Lenovo T61. Upped both my Vista RAM and Vista Graphics scores by 0.2 (due to shared memory for graphics the graphics speed is increased)
Overall Review: This memory was a lot cheaper to buy for the T61 than buying the laptop pre-fitted with 4GB of slower memory direct from Lenovo. Due to the memory setting CL4 via the SPD, the laptop automatically took advantage of the faster speed, which is good since the T61 BIOS gives you no ability to tweak those settings.
Pros: Good color, fast, easy to setup, plus enough toner to last me for years out of the box. Also includes the Jetdirect networking functionality built in.
Cons: Toner is pricey to replace, but the aftermarket toner is reasonable, and the price per page is actually really good compared to most color laser printers.
Overall Review: I bought this printer as a cost effective alternative to a good color inkjet because I'm not printing photo quality prints. Plus the toner can last for years and not dry out like a color inkjet will whether you use the ink or not.
Pros: works as expected, no problems
Cons: slow, but its 2x media, so go figure
Overall Review: Works great with the PS3, even for movie playback
Pros: Very quiet, reasonably fast. Makes very small shreds which means you get a lot more paper in the basket as it compacts much better than many other shredders
Cons: none for me
Overall Review: This was a very nice upgrade for me from an older cheaper shredder that was noisy and had to be emptied all the time.
Comments: I bought two of these late last year, and they are both already acting like they are dying now (much shorter battery life, etc).
Then again, the price is right, so I can't complain too much.