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Samir A.

Samir A.

Joined on 07/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

incredible drive

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1

Pros: Definitely as everyone else says in the reviews, this SSD is very fast. I upgraded from a 10k RPM Velocity Raptor and it's like night and day. Tech Support helped me through an issue - see in other thoughts.

Cons: Price? But it's come down as faster SSD's are available.

Overall Review: I recently ran into an issue with one of these SSD's. I have two of these in my Mac Pro, one of which holds the OS. All of a sudden, the screen started to freeze. Even after rebooting, soon enough it would happen again. Finally, after a few hours of tech support with Apple (who did a fantastic job - thanks Mark Perin and the girl before him), I realized the issue is with the SSD. It finally died and the Mac Pro couldn't boot. I talked to the tech support at Crucial (someone named Shawn) and basically I was able to restore the SSD back to functioning 100% with no data loss. I'm now up and running 100% and am more impressed not only with this product, but with Crucial as a whole. I look forward to buying my next Crucial. Thank you.

Most Critical Review

Just okay

ARK 4U-500-CA Black 4U Rackmount Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
ARK 4U-500-CA Black 4U Rackmount Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: Decent design and looks good, strong

Cons: Build quality is poor. I wasn't able to remove some of the screws. The front face / cage hits the handle bars when coming down; this is because the handle bars weren't assembled perfectly straight. No instruction manual and not much help available online either. Airflow is also somewhat of an issue but I don't think there are a lot of options on what they could have done better.

Overall Review: I'd probably look for another manufacturer the next time I need a server case. The build quality was disappointing.

Decent motherboard

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRL-F Server Motherboard LGA 2011 R3
SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SRL-F Server Motherboard LGA 2011 R3

Pros: Lots of expansion, good layout.

Cons: Some of the components were a little bent and I'm wondering if I received a used one (although I purchased new). Documentation could be better.

Overall Review: One thing I missed when ordering this motherboard is that you'll need a Narrow ILM heatsink. The typical heatsinks that fit LGA2011 will not work.

Good case but PSU issue

BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of hard drive bays, ITX mobo fits well

Cons: You need a short PSU. I'm using OCZ550FTY and although I got it in, it really doesn't belong in there. Also, they had a good place for the 2.5 drives but there's barely enough room to get the power in. I had to bend the wires back. Also, I agree with another reviewer where he said that they didn't use the space wisely. I agree.

Overall Review: If I had to do this case again would I? No. Mainly because of the PSU issue.

12/22/2012

Great for HTPC

ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Pros: Great for HTPC. It's very quiet, and packs a lot of features in a small package.

Cons: Please take special note to only install memory that's on their QVL. I originally installed a pair of Corsairs that had an extra "A" on the end of the part number from what was on the QVL, and that was enough of a difference to cause me trouble. MemOK! said the memory was fine but it wasn't. I was getting issues with the display - weird dots and lines all over the place. I came back to newegg and purchased memory that exactly matched what I found in the QVL and the problem was solved. I've read other people having very similar issues.

Overall Review: Excellent for HTPC and other applications where you need a small form factor. Take care in selecting only parts found with the QVL.

2x faster than AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - Core i7 Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor - BX80613I7980X

Pros: I originally had the AMD 6-core processor. It does fairly well but wanted to cut down on rendering times. I put in a new mobo and this Intel i7-980X and my rendering times got cut in half running at 90%! That's another thing about this processor, with the AMD, the processor was running at 100% when rendering so I couldn't do much other then let it do it's thing. With this Intel, I only allocated 90% to the rendering while I can do other things. Also, note that with the hyperthreading your computer will see 12 computing threads while with the AMD, your computer will only see 6. So in some of my virtual machines (using VMware Workstation), I was able to allocate more threads using the Intel vs AMD. Intel is the way to go unless you need to save money. But even still, you could get an Intel i7 Quad core and that will still be faster than the AMD 6 core. Do your research.

Cons: Price? It's expensive.