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Matthew J.

Matthew J.

Joined on 09/15/08

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SABRENT CRW-FLP2 All-in-one USB 2.0 Floppy Drive and 68in1 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer - SDHC/VISTA
SABRENT CRW-FLP2 All-in-one USB 2.0 Floppy Drive and 68in1 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer - SDHC/VISTA

Pros: Front panel appearance is fine. Unit seems to work okay.

Cons: Unit would not fit into the floppy drive slot (exterior 3.5 inch) of my new CoolerMaster Centurion case. I tried old floppy drives in the case, and they fit like a glove. I had to bend tabs on my brand-new case to get this unit to slide in, and it will cramp the slot right below itself if I try to use that slot. Also,it uses pointed "wood-type" screws which cut their own threads. Standard computer screws do not work in this unit.

Overall Review: With a few refinements. this could be a good unit. It is not there yet.

Early Fail

APEVIA ATX-AQ700W-BK 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-AQ700W-BK 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: Good performance to cost ratio, quiet operation.

Cons: Failed after 17 months.

Overall Review: I had grown disillusioned with no-name power supplies that failed after just a few years. I felt that a name-brand, higher wattage model from a reputable dealer would surely be more satisfactory. Regrettably, I was mistaken.

Noisy!

Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus - 500W Power Supply
Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus - 500W Power Supply

Pros: Low Price

Cons: Only one PCI Express 6 pin connector, noisy.

Overall Review: I bought this power supply to place in a COOLER MASTER Sileo 500 RC-500-KKN1-GP, a case designed to be one of the very quietest on the market. The case was an excellent value with lots of sound-deadening material, but this PSU is the probably the noisiest I have ever heard.

wretched support

ECS BLACK SERIES GF8200A (V1.0) AM2+/AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
ECS BLACK SERIES GF8200A (V1.0) AM2+/AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good features for price.

Cons: Wretched Support. Other obligations kept me from getting around to this build for more than thirty days. Board was DOA. Manufacturer's support was by email, and always took twenty-four hours or more to answer a simple question or respond to a request. They made recommendations like, "Always assemble the computer outside of the case first. Then power it up to see if it is DOA. If it works, then put it in the case." After days of this I asked for an RMA. A day later they wrote and told me that they would send my old board back if it did not test bad. Another day passes- I demand an RMA. They give me the number but tell me it will take ten days for the replacement board to leave their factory...after they receive mine, and they ship cheap. So, I figure nearly a month from my assembly with a DOA board and my receiving a replacement.

Overall Review: Gigabyte delivers.