Big power in a small package5/18/2015 3:20:54 PM

Pros: This is the most powerful micro ATX power supply around. It can power a large GPU like an R9 290X, yet still fit in a tiny HTPC case. If you want big performance in a small box, this is the one to get. It also comes with a bracket to attach it to full ATX mounts, though I'm not sure why you'd want to do that.

Cons: Not modular. Higher efficiency would be nice.

Overall Review: I bought this several years ago when the stock power supply in my HTPC died. Since then, I've installed numerous pieces of hardware in that computer including very big GPUs, and it has no problems running it.

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Exceeded expectations5/1/2014 6:24:05 AM

Pros: Very fast, much faster than I expected based on benchmarks and reviews online. This is a big step up from a Phenom II processor.

Cons: None

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Decent5/1/2014 6:21:56 AM

Pros: This was a pretty hassle-free installation with an FX-8350 processor. No surprises.

Cons: This is a pretty basic board in terms of features. It only comes with 2 SATA cables, but this is all known going in.

Overall Review: This is a decent budget board, mine works fine. It works well in Linux but you have to disable the IOMMU in the BIOS. This came as no surprise to me as I have had several UEFI boards with this same exact problem, it's just what you have to do to make it work.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Still awesome 5 years later7/21/2013 8:30:35 PM

Pros: 5+ years old and still works great. Top notch cooling performance. Fits standard AMD bracket, don't need to install aftermarket backplate.

Cons: Difficult to install. If you have a small or difficult to access case, I recommend installing it outside the case. Non-PWM fan, but many boards can still control the fan without it. You have to look though. This cooler predates PWM fans. A bit loud on full blast, make sure you have a fan controller of some kind.

Overall Review: I bought this cooler over 5 years ago to cool my socket 939 Opteron 165, and it worked great, was a notable improvement over stock. I changed cases and had to switch because it wouldn't fit a couple years ago. Recently, I just bought a new 6800k APU, and needed a better cooler that fit the standard AMD bracket, and this thing fit the bill. Dusted it off, put on some new Arctic Silver 5, and it worked great. Cooling performance is still top notch, worth every penny. Dominated the stock APU cooler, more than 20C improvement at full load.

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Review Update7/21/2013 8:20:38 PM

Pros: Still working great, no problems whatsoever. This board with the 6800k is easily as powerful as the Phenom II 965 it replaced, and then some. The non-PWM CPU fan port can actually control speed on non-PWM fans, so you're a bit less limited on the CPU cooler there.

Cons: Can't use a backplate for the CPU cooler, but there are still some good coolers that don't need one.

Overall Review: The stock cooler wasn't getting the job done, so I installed my old Zalman CNPS9700 110mm all-copper unit, as it mounts directly to the standard AMD bracket. Newegg still has this cooler for sale (mine is 5 years old), and it works great with this board, with one caveat, RAM is a bit close. I had to pull the RAMsinks off to make it fit. That Zalman is non-PWM but as mentioned above, this board supports using it with automatic fan control. Set it to level 9 and pick your highest acceptable CPU temperature as the target.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Driver problems6/8/2013 9:54:58 AM

Pros: Works once you finally get the right driver.

Cons: Syba has the wrong driver for this product on their website. I found through booting linux that my device is an MCS 7703 chip, which you can easily find drivers for with a quick google search. Syba's site lists drivers for a PL-2303, which is a completely different chip and won't work with this device.

Overall Review: To find this information, I booted linux and ran lsusb while it was connected. It will tell you which chip you have. Both drivers are not signed for Windows 7 64-bit, and you must use Test mode and a driver signer to get them to work. I used dseo13b to do it.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer, We apologize the our website does not have the latest updated drivers made for this product. The Manufacturer of the chipset usually has the updated drivers on their website. We added the information on our website. Thank you for purchasing one of our products, and for leaving us your valuable feedback Regards, SYBA CST 06122013
Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Excellent12/7/2012 5:39:16 PM

Pros: This is the best low-end power supply on the market. I have installed dozens of these in all kinds of systems over the years, old and new, and have not lost a single one. For average systems with onboard graphics and one or two hard drives, this is perfect.

Cons: None, you can't beat this value.

Overall Review: Don't buy it for your gaming rig, that's not what it's for. This is for basic desktops and appliances, and it there is no better deal out there for them.

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Not SAS11/21/2012 8:10:30 PM

Pros: Not sure, it doesn't have the one feature I bought it for.

Cons: DOES NOT HAVE A SAS PORT. This has four SATA ports. As such, it doesn't do me any good, because I bought it to connect to a SAS backplane.

Overall Review: Please correct the specs on this.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Decent1/10/2012 10:52:53 AM

Pros: Small, stays cool, okay feature set, okay wireless range.

Cons: This router runs a custom dd-wrt based firmware and IS NOT COMPATIBLE with standard dd-wrt. This router cannot run OpenVPN, period. I know this is not advertised functionality, but saying it runs dd-wrt leads to that assumption, and there's no mention that you can't load standard dd-wrt. Saving any configuration changes, no matter how minor, cause internet and PPTP VPN to drop and reconnect. Not very good at noticing when PPTP VPN is disconnected to reconnect. I have to reboot it sometimes to get it to go.

Overall Review: Decent home router, but don't expect to use this for a solid VPN or any custom dd-wrt setups. Unfortunately that's what I bought it for, so I'm stuck.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
12/29/2011 9:12:10 PM

Pros: Great size and style.

Cons: Died in less than 6 months.

Overall Review: Wish it was made better. This was perfect for plugging into my head unit in my car, but it crapped out too soon. It has a microSD card in it, which I was able to remove and back up the data from, but the card crapped out too after another week or so. Trying another brand, I guess.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Great Case7/21/2010 6:46:36 PM

Pros: Well built, no sharp edges. Easy to work on. Good cooling design, and good drive bay placement. The hard drives are moved away from the motherboard more than average cases, which avoids issues with things like SATA connectors behind the hard drives. Standard microATX features and plenty of bays. It even includes a 120mm fan for quiet, effective cooling.

Cons: Ugly. At least it's all black so you don't notice it as much. CPU duct. Who uses these? I have a pile of the stupid things. Not quite enough room to fit the manuals and discs inside the case. Not a big deal, but it's something I like to do to avoid lost manuals and driver discs.

Overall Review: All in all, this is a great value and you won't be disappointed. It gets the job done for average desktop systems, and it won't cut up your hands.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Reliable, Average PSU7/21/2010 6:37:44 PM

Pros: This is a great unit for typical desktops and low-end systems. Ideal for a system with a 65W CPU and one or two hard drives. I've built over a dozen machines with this power supply and they all still work great.

Cons: 20 pin ATX connector. Not a dealbreaker, but would be nice to have a 20+4-pin. Has that one oddball connector that nothing uses. Again not a dealbreaker, just annoying to deal with the extra, pointless wires.

Overall Review: The typical systems I've used this on are AM2/3 with midrange dual and quad core Athlon IIs, and only one or two hard drives. If you have more than this, you need a more powerful unit. This is a great choice for a barebones desktop system, or as a replacement for an older desktop.

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Great7/21/2010 6:30:12 PM

Pros: Works as advertised. Fast and reliable, what you expect from an Intel network adapter.

Cons: This particular card requires a fairly recent Linux kernel for the drivers.

Overall Review: Installed in a Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) server, only to find the drivers are not available for that kernel version, and I had to upgrade to 10.04 (Lucid). It works great in it, just be aware that it doesn't work with older kernels.

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Decent7/21/2010 6:26:32 PM

Pros: Works as advertised. Cheap way to get storage in an old laptop. Nice mount design. Put together with screws so you can easily take it apart if you bend and need to fix a pin.

Cons: Like the others mentioned, this is not keyed. If you have a keyed connector, you will need to modify it. I didn't have to, because the Thinkpads I was using it in are not keyed either. The pins are fragile and easily bent, so you have to be careful with it.

Overall Review: I didn't try to use two cards at once in it, so I can't comment on whether that works. Each slot did work individually, master and slave, as marked. In one instance, I plugged it in incorrectly and fried a CF card. Be careful, make sure you have it lined up right!

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Best Mouse Money Can Buy7/21/2010 5:10:52 PM

Pros: As the title says, this is the best mouse money can buy, bar none. The tracking is perfect, the shape is perfect, the buttons are perfect, and the best feature of all, the scroll wheel, is PERFECT. This one breaks the paradigm and passes with flying colors. This wheel is easy to accurately scroll, click, and tilt.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this to replace a first-gen Logitech G5 that was starting to mis-track and had a worn out scroll wheel. It did not disappoint. This is absolutely perfect. It fixes all the problems the G5 had, and adds new features to boot. Why are you reading this? Buy it already!

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Good Value7/21/2010 5:05:35 PM

Pros: Works very well. 4 ports, USB, includes audio. This thing doesn't choke and crash like my PS/2 KVM did. It doesn't mess up the keyboard repeat rate either. For the price you can't beat it.

Cons: Cables are too short, and it manages to be a rat's nest anyway. Not a lot you can do about that, but hopefully they'll come up with something eventually. The control button is on a long enough cord to mitigate the short cable problem, as long as all the computers you want to control are near each other.

Overall Review: I got this to replace a cheap PS/2 KVM that had annoying misfeatures and was crashing on me. It does that job and then some. This thing works very well, and the issues are minor.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Excellent7/21/2010 4:54:36 PM

Pros: You can't beat the value here. This is a great keyboard and mouse. Keyboard: The keys feel good, it's lightweight and well built. The top row keys aren't regular keys, but they still feel decent, and as infrequently as I use them, they do the job. It has the right key layout (none of that messed up backspace key stuff). Mouse: Standard no-frills Microsoft mouse. It's got a good shape and feel to it, and is obviously well-built. Tracking is good even without a mousepad.

Cons: Keyboard: It's white. I'd rather have a black one, but at this price, who cares? Mouse: Again, it's white. Also, the buttons don't have a strong tactile feedback to them. They work fine, and they feel durable, they just aren't very responsive. If you're heavy into RTS gaming you probably won't like this mouse.

Overall Review: Honestly you can't beat this combo. This isn't for you if you're looking for gaming gear, but for less than the price of a half-decent USB keyboard, you can get this great one and a good mouse to go with it. I don't know how they manage something this good at this price point. Don't hesitate.

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Excellent Case3/5/2010 12:01:59 PM

Pros: Quite small, good airflow, great cable management, goes together easier than most cases this size.

Cons: I don't like the front bezel

Overall Review: This case is an excellent buy for small servers and HTPCs, it provides enough power for most quad core CPUs and a couple hard drives. I'd actually prefer if it didn't have a 5.25" drive bay and instead just had more hard drive bays. This case is built very well, you won't be disappointed.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Excellent Case2/6/2010 8:55:08 PM

Pros: Small size, roomy interior, well-constructed for this price range, handle on top is sturdy and convenient, drive cage is offset avoiding issues with drives bumping into the motherboard or cables, includes rear case fan, great overall value.

Cons: Useless CPU duct. Why do they still make those things?

Overall Review: You absolutely cannot beat the value here. I've built lots of machines in both cheap and expensive cases, and this has, by far, the best quality and features in this price range. No, it doesn't have cable management or screwless construction, but neither does anything else in this price range. This case is ideal for budget builds, or pretty much any normal microATX setup--desktops, network appliances, mini LAN-ing rigs, you name it.

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Great monitor9/28/2009 9:48:29 PM

Pros: You simply can't beat this monitor, it has a great picture at an even better price. This monitor is very bright. I have the brightness turned all the way down on the one at my desk, because it's too bright for my taste. You won't have trouble seeing this monitor, even in direct sunlight. The speakers are what you expect, functional but they're not replacing any sound system. If you're expecting to listen to music on monitor speakers, you're being unrealistic.

Cons: No DVI cable - VGA is simply inadequate for resolution this high. Buy a DVI cable.

Overall Review: To all those complaining of ghosting, this isn't really a problem with the monitor, it's a problem with running 1680x1050 over a VGA cable. Switch to DVI, and the ghosting goes away. I've got about 6 of these monitors, and they all look great with DVI.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Best board out there4/11/2009 9:01:53 PM

Pros: This motherboard is just plain awesome. It lives up to DFI's reputation. Features perfect for overclocking, lots of BIOS options, rear-accessible CMOS reset, you can save multiple CMOS config setups, and most of all, it has three PCI slots instead of a bunch of useless PCIe x1 slots. It can accommodate two dual-slot video cards in crossfire, AND your Killer NIC and PCI sound card. This is the board I've been waiting for.

Cons: Manual doesn't document all the settings. I had to google quite a few of them, as I went straight from a 939/DDR to AM3/DDR3, and was unfamiliar with many settings. Northbridge/Southbridge cooling could stand to be more effective.

Overall Review: I love this board, the cons are all minor. It booted my Phenom II X3 720BE at 4GHz with only minor tweaks. Now if only I could get my DDR3 2000 to boot above 1500MHz...

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
Great Cooler3/7/2009 10:12:07 AM

Pros: This is the best choice for a replacement northbridge if you don't have room for a monstrosity. It's real copper, it's nice and small so it'll fit under large video cards, and it's got fairly standard hole alignment.

Cons: Fan doesn't have an RPM sensor. Can be a tight fit on some motherboards. Additional heatsinks are not real copper, and the double sided tape isn't the best cooling solution. Since the fan is built into the heatsink, you can't replace the fan separately.

Overall Review: I am using this fan on an A8N-SLI Deluxe. Unlike previous reviewers claim, this DOES FIT on an A8N-SLI. It's a tight fit, and it is pinned up against some things, but it does fit. This is the only replacement cooler left that will fit under a large video card on an A8N-SLI. As always, use Arctic Silver for best results.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good Board11/27/2008 2:23:51 AM

Pros: Good set of features at a fair price, reasonably good performance for this type of board, driver disc is actually pretty well done compared to some I've seen.

Cons: BIOS can be a bit awkward during setup, HDMI is confusing.

Overall Review: This board gets the job done and then some. Configuring SATA devices is a bit convoluted but it allows almost any configuration imaginable. I did not use the onboard video in this build, so I can't comment on the performance. The settings for the HDMI are very confusing and I'm not sure how to configure that, either. I did not have any trouble installing the sound drivers, unlike some other users here.

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Good Value11/27/2008 2:19:50 AM

Pros: A good amount of power for the price, this is a great value. Cooler is very effective in cases with decent ambient airflow.

Cons: Cooler is ineffective if your case does not have any airflow in the lower section.

Overall Review: This card is pretty close in performance to an 8800GT. It's good enough for your budget rigs and average gamers. It's not an enthusiast card though, and you're not going to be blowing away any benchmarks here. The cooler on it is great if you have some airflow in your case, but is completely ineffective if you don't. Make sure you have at least one fan moving air in the lower area of your case, and this will stay cool.

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Decent11/27/2008 2:15:43 AM

Pros: More than enough power for an average rig. Got it much cheaper in a combo deal. Has modular cabling.

Cons: Modular cabling connectors are difficult to work with, especially in tight spaces. While it's 800W, I wouldn't trust it to a real SLI/Crossfire rig, or anything else really demanding.

Overall Review: Don't skimp on your power supply. Overkill will only help in the power department.

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