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Daniel D.

Daniel D.

Joined on 04/10/02

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Most Favorable Review

Decent board with the right parts

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -USB3, SATA3 for a cheaper price than the other brand -Good overclocking -Very tweakable BIOS

Cons: -Can't boot from the SATA3 chip -Picky about RAM. I recommend that you stick to Corsair RAM on the approved list from Gigabyte. Some other brands seem to cause trouble with this board. -Doesn't seem to like > 6GB of RAM. I use 6 and have no problems. -Has a high pitched whining noise with many power supplies. It did with my Seasonic S12-600HT and Antec Earthwatts 430w. I got an OCZ Z550 and that fixed it. -I don't see an option for VT-d (IOMMU) support in the BIOS? X58 is supposed to have this.

Overall Review: I probably would have gone with a different brand if I were to redo my purchase, though the board I have in mind costs more. But this board has been OK for me. I would probably give it a 7/10, but I'll round up and give it 4/5. Again, just make sure to get the right RAM and I wouldn't recommend it if you have a Seasonic power supply.

Most Critical Review

Small but pretty slow

Team C125 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12532GB01
Team C125 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model TC12532GB01

Pros: -small -metal -unibody casing (no metal-to-plastic joint at the back of the USB connector to easily fail like on most others) -easy to put on a keyring

Cons: -the outside (non-USB-connector) end has much thinner metal than the rest of the casing does which worries me slightly (but still beats plastic) -only got 8MB/s writing large files to it

Overall Review: Not bad for the price, but not good for impatient people like me. If you're copying large files, you'll need more than a few minutes.

Not useful in an emergency

APC SUA2200XL 1850 VA 1850 Watts 11 Outlets Smart-UPS XL 2200VA 120V Tower/Rack Convertible
APC SUA2200XL 1850 VA 1850 Watts 11 Outlets Smart-UPS XL 2200VA 120V Tower/Rack Convertible

Pros: Works in most cases, batteries last longer than on old UPS units.

Cons: Useless in an emergency. Rejects new batteries until they're calibrated. When Hurricane Irene hit, I had this unit, and I was able to replace the 2 12v SLA batteries with 2 car batteries of the SAME CHEMISTRY which, charged and in circuit, were giving about 2.5 volts more than the out-of-circuit discharged stock batteries. The unit refused to get any power out of my car batteries (which I had charged at work with an EXCELLENT Ctek charger) until they were calibrated, which means running them all the way down (additional annoyance: can't use a PC as load when doing that, halogen lamp is the recommendation, as if we keep those handy). Why is that? Calibration is so you can tell me how much runtime is left, NOT for you to be willing to use the batteries at all.

Overall Review: I don't care if car batteries are an officially supported configuration. It could apply to any other batteries the same. Sure I wouldn't be supported if I put in a warranty claim about damaging my UPS this way, but I'm an engineer and I know plenty about battery chemistry. And it's not a liability thing, because they aren't liable for any of this stuff anyway. A UPS is disaster preparedness equipment, but APC's is poorly designed and is not useful if you need to battery swap without power, for no good reason. I hate it when equipment thinks it's smarter than me. It never is. Your UPS isn't equipped with the logic to decide that runtime calibration is far less important than having power during a disaster, so it shouldn't be equipped with the logic to shut itself down when I need some emergency power. I will never buy APC again, and instead have gone to Eaton Powerware as we have switched to Eaton at my work and we are liking it better. I also like Emerson/Liebert more than APC.

Nice mouse

Mionix Naos 3200 Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB 2.0 Wired LED-optical 3200 dpi LED Gaming Mouse
Mionix Naos 3200 Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB 2.0 Wired LED-optical 3200 dpi LED Gaming Mouse

Pros: Very comfortable, feels sturdy, can be customized to what the lights do or to turn them off, DPI control is easy and works well, no drivers necessary - all buttons work right out of the box (at least in Windows 7)

Cons: Takes a little time to get used to the more flat hand feel compared to other mice I have used

Overall Review: Possibly the most comfortable mouse I have ever used. So far, I'm glad I took the chance on a brand that I had never used before.

No go for SSDs

ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good overclocking, USB3, plenty of PCI-E x16 slots, looks pretty cool (if that matters to you)

Cons: -Price -Marvell SATA 6Gbps chip sucks and is worse in most ways than Intel's onboard 3Gbps. Do not use it if you don't have to unless you have to. -Onboard Intel Matrix RAID Option ROM (NOT driver) version is very old at 8.0. My other motherboard from a different maker that starts with the letter G came with 8.9 and worked when custom updated to 9.6 and later 10.0. This board only works with 8.0. You need at least 8.7 to have proper SSD support and 8.9 added more SSD improvements. See the thread on the Asus forum titled "[Problem]inapropiated version INTEL RAID." This problem would be annoying on a $100 board. This is a $380 board and they won't give us proper support for SSDs, even though Asus was able to fix the problem on the older P5E3 board by providing 8.7. Note: I am told the P6T and R3 Gene series suffer from the same problem. The issue has been brought to Asus support who did not have any useful response.

Overall Review: I recommend going for a different brand all together until Asus hires some BIOS engineers that know what they're doing and care about the customer enough to do something about it. This board is simply not worth the money to begin with. Asus boards are the only enthusiast ICH10 boards that I have seen not work with at least version 9.6 of the Intel Matrix RAID Option ROM.

Loud but decent

FSP Group FSP530-60GNA 530 W ATX Power Supply
FSP Group FSP530-60GNA 530 W ATX Power Supply

Comments: It's pretty loud and does not have enough connectors for my 8 drives, fan controller and Radeon 9500. That's a decent amount of stuff, but it's a 530W PSU. Come on. Go for a Seasonic or something.