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David N.

David N.

Joined on 05/20/05

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Most Favorable Review

One powerful little box

ZyXEL ZyWALL P1 Perfect Personal Firewall Security Solution
ZyXEL ZyWALL P1 Perfect Personal Firewall Security Solution

Pros: once you update the firmware this becomes one of the most capable network devices I have seen, I bought it for the firewall and am very pleased, Im sure if I used the other features I would be equally pleased because everything is highly configurable. Also it seems to regulate network traffic really well like when watching a youtube video, it used to come in bursts, a little at a time, now the flow is much more regular, that is just an observation I have not tested anything.

Cons: the initial disappointment of the lack of features with the firmware that comes shipped with the device. UPDATING THE FIRMWARE IS A MUST if before version 4.03!

Overall Review: it sits between my DSL router and network switch, and DHCP server is capable of servicing 30 addresses (after firmware update, only one address before).

Most Critical Review

Ball Bearings my Backside!

ENERMAX UC-8TCFS/B 80mm Case Cooling Fan
ENERMAX UC-8TCFS/B 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: It is a fan with a temp sensor. Low speed with low noise in large cases.

Cons: Yeah, it has brass sleeves, NOT bearings, dont even get me started on the doble ball bearings part. I ordered three and all are the same.

Overall Review: I only rated it a two because I expected bearing models because I am tired of opening my PC's ever 4-6 months to replace noisy sleeve bearing fans. And these were not ball bearing. However the temp sensor works great, because the pc is rarely under full load, so its nice to have quiet fans when the temp is normal. Its not newegg's fault even the boxes say ball bearing on them and costs to much to ship back, ah well, they work, enough said.

D.O.A.

Foxconn G41MXE LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn G41MXE LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: + None (could say good price, but $50 is too expensive for a paperweight) + Newegg RMA process is still good, even during the busy holidays.

Cons: - No speaker or LED to indicate fault or function, even with a plug-in speaker still no activity, making you wonder endlessly about different causes for complete lack of function. - Building frustration/resentment testing different component combination hoping for success...

Overall Review: Some reviewers say that Newegg listing is wrong and it actually uses DDR2, and I'm glad they had luck, but the only DDR2 I had on hand was some AData 533( 800OC ) and it still did not work. Besides even foxconn websites lists DDR3 only. More proof that this mobo should work with DDR3 is that I purchased an ASUS P5G41MLX which is an almost identical motherboard to this and it worked with DDR3 1333 out of the box perfectly. So the DDR2 working is probably some weird BIOS mis-settings, and mine was a complete defect. This was my first motherboard by Foxconn, and my last. How can such a large manufacturing company suck at manufacturing?

12/22/2010

Great Entry Level Card

Galaxy GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 43GGS8HX3SPZ
Galaxy GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 43GGS8HX3SPZ

Pros: + Really fast and stable considering the price, and after purchase I saw that there is a $10 rebate too. + Miles better than GT 220 and 210's which are around that same price. + A lot of fast memory, not GDDR5 like mid to high range products, but DDR3 is better than the DDR2 you see at entry level. + Excellent packaging, again considering the price. + Seems to be a Nvidia reference design GT430.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I have never heard of Galaxy before, but if they keep up this quality im sure to hear more in the future. Anyway, good thing this is a reference design 430, because drivers directly from Nvidia ensure this product will be supported in the future.

12/22/2010

Stable, Fast, with Low Price

ADATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH
ADATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH

Pros: + Much cheaper than DDR2, and faster + Runs 1333Mhz at default voltage, and tested stable ~4.5GB/s with old 1333 C2Duo chip. + A bit more juice can get CL7, still stable but not really faster, so the default CL9 is ok for me. + Looks cool (matches blue sockets on motherboard), and runs cool after 24hour testing is was barely warm @ 1333.

Cons: - Price fluctuation, could be cheaper or more expensive depending on the week you buy it. - Packaging could be more protective, but it arrived in one piece (well technically two pieces, since there are two sticks), so I can't complain.

12/22/2010

a lot of dissapointments

Westinghouse 16" 720p LCD HDTV w/Portable style PT-16H610S
Westinghouse 16" 720p LCD HDTV w/Portable style PT-16H610S

Pros: It worked, gets all local TV channels, HDMI works, decent resolution for the screen size/price, great adjustment options. Good refresh rate, no tearing even on very fast video.

Cons: - the packaging, it shipped in an oil stained old plain cardboard box with no Styrofoam or any kind of soft cushioning inside. - dirty beyond belief, and menu language was Chinese (spent 15 minutes randomly pressing buttons before got English ), stickers (random shape sticky labels) on the face and back. - horrible!! viewing angle, I mean looking a little away from center means image actually inverses, its like looking at a photo negative. I have never seen an LCD that does this...

Overall Review: The price and the fact that it worked made this a decent deal. The sheer "What the heck!" moment when I opened the box soon faded as I cleaned and set it up. Think twice about this deal, but it is good for what it is, a small footprint bedroom tv, that can double as a monitor for an old server, at least that's how I use it.