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David C.

David C.

Joined on 10/13/05

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Most Favorable Review

Smartwatch: Excellent. Fitness tracker: poor.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Midnight Black - Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Midnight Black - Bluetooth

Pros: Great battery life in at least 2 days. Closer to 3. Great connectivity. Great apps.

Cons: Fitness functionality essentially broken. Missed stairs, pressure sensor, walking. Would give you stairs climbed for rowing, but miss stairs for actually going up the stairs. Pressure sensor read 24 when it should have been around 30ish.

Overall Review: I would recommend this for everything but fitness tracking.

Most Critical Review

So fast, but not a first-class experience from HP

HP EX900 M.2 500GB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 2YY44AA#ABC
HP EX900 M.2 500GB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 2YY44AA#ABC

Pros: It feels about as fast as when I made the transition from spinny to solid-state. It's instant everything. I get roughly 1.5GB/sec read and 1.4GB/sec write on Crystal Disk with the sequental 1GB 1thread test.

Cons: Died after 6 months. I heat sinked it, barely used it. Really should have lasted. HP's website doesn't know this exists. I just thought this was going to go like installing a regular drive. I didn't know anything of uefi and bootability. I get roughly 1.5GB/sec read and 1.4GB/sec write on Crystal Disk with the sequental 1GB 1thread test. Nowhere near what HP claims, but...still fast.

Overall Review: I installed windows onto a different drive and macromium reflected that onto this disk to get it to boot. I think I could be smarter, but I'll figure that out next time I need to do this. I'm using an ASUS rog strix B350-F gaming MB with a Ryzen 5 1600. I did make sure to keep things off of sata slots 5 & 6 as they sort of share a bus/address with the NVMe drive. I also checked to make sure I didn't install the video card where it would be sharing any PCIe lanes with the drive. I don't know that I needed this, but I did add an aftermarket heat spreader.

It's 'ok'

Xbox Liquid Metal Sidekick Wired Controller - Xbox One/Xbox One S/Windows 10 (Blue)
Xbox Liquid Metal Sidekick Wired Controller - Xbox One/Xbox One S/Windows 10 (Blue)

Pros: D-pad action was good. The analog sticks were solid. The size is good for smaller kids and adults alike.

Cons: Fails the "Mortal Kombat" test on my raspberry pi. Basically the button action, I release fully off the button, and then I'll hear it snap up. It doesn't push back against the thumb at all when I release pressure. So it's nigh-on impossible to button mash.

Overall Review: For an analog controller, if it's on sale, it's not bad. However, I'm still on the lookout for the controller that truly replicates the snes/nes days of old.

Overclocked to 3.48 stable with factory heatsink

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400

Pros: 3.48Ghz, stable for the last 10 hours straight under 100% load, with factory heatsink. Good stuff.

Cons: I didn't get the 3.6Ghz someone else mentioned, but it's still darn cool. All the Ghz in the world is nothing without stability.

Easy peasy eggs and cheesy!

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard

Pros: EasyTune5 makes it EASY to overclock an E8400 by 16%...stable under load for the last 24 hours straight and counting! Seriously, all I had to do was set it from 'none' to 'sport', reboot, and now it increases to 3.48Ghz under a load automagically. Easily accessable CMOS reset jumper for those not into using the easytune software. Easy bios upgrade. Caught the correct voltage (2.2V) needed for my ram, right out of the gate without ANY correction needed on my part

Cons: Header for the front sound panel is on the rear of the board. I get why they did it, but it doesn't mean I like it.

Overall Review: This is involved in this almost weird cricket noise my computer makes when not under a load. It's not the fans, it's not the hard drive, and I'm strangely enough not thinking it's the power supply either (Seasonic S12, 500W). As soon as SETI@home starts, all troubles go away.

Do a minimum driver install

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Great sound. Flexjack. 5.1 support.

Cons: Whatever happened to oldschool midi? I had a major issue with their expanded extras, that was solved by putting just the minimal driver install on. Basically when dllml.exe would run, my computer would slowly start to become more unresponsive. Eventually programs would fail to start, sounds would play randomly.

Overall Review: I had to give it a 3 for the weekend I lost on having to deal with their enhanced driver software. If you do the straight drivers, I'd give it a 4. It's good in 2142, but it is still just a sound card.