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Michael R.

Michael R.

Joined on 12/12/09

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Most Favorable Review

My Experience with BR1300G

APC BR1300G Back-UPS Pro 1300 VA 10-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
APC BR1300G Back-UPS Pro 1300 VA 10-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Pros: This was a SUPER awesome deal I got from Newegg on Black Friday. I bought this for $99!! Wow what a deal. And it seems to work pretty well so far, just had to make sure the battery was installed though a bit confusing on the directions.

Cons: For some unknown reason I ran the Powerchute Personal Edition software with the USB cable that comes with the UPC, and ran a self test with the Energy Efficient Setting turned on, and the self test failed. Also when I powered off my equipment with the Energy Efficient setting on, it would BEEP 4 beeps every 4 seconds. I finally turned off the Energy Efficient Setting, and ran a self test on the unit again. It passed with the Energy Efficient Setting Off. With 210-256 Watts of Power this Unit estimates the Battery Power to run approximately 20-23 minutes in the event of a Power Outage, which should be sufficient enough time for me to be able to safely shut down after the power goes out.

Overall Review: I have a Computer with a 880 Watt rated Thermaltake Black Widow connected to this APC, a 42' Vizio TV as my primary monitor, a 20 inch HP Monitor, and a USB Hub. All using 210-256 Watts of power according to the software. The software says I can add more to my Battery Backup. Only time will tell when I will need to replace the battery, one thing is for sure that the Energy Efficient setting when turned on is making this battery fail a self test when turned on.

Most Critical Review

Review of 3.0

UtechSmart Superspeed USB 3.0 PCI-E Express Card with 7 USB 3.0 Ports and 5V 4-Pin Power Connector for Desktops [5 Port Outside & USB3.0 20PIN inside]
UtechSmart Superspeed USB 3.0 PCI-E Express Card with 7 USB 3.0 Ports and 5V 4-Pin Power Connector for Desktops [5 Port Outside & USB3.0 20PIN inside]

Pros: Managed to get 348 MB using a Go Flex Seagate 2 TB Desktop Drive. (Only for a few Seconds, and then it went Down to 13 MBs, and Averaged out at 22 MBs. But this could be because of the problems many people have had with the Go Flex line. Hope to get a better External drive to better test this card out with. In the meantime, I managed to get sustained 115 MB transfer rates using a Regular SATA 2 7200 rpm 1 TB Seagate Drive in Vantec's Nexstar Hard Drive Duplicator when transferring a 5.5 Gigabyte file with Music Files.

Cons: There are several things that frustrated me about this card. One is that the driver for updating FIRMWARE on UtechSmart's Site is NOT Compatible with Windows 8 64 Bit as it seems to only want to run in Vista 32 Bit Environment. I was able to download their Driver and install it, however unsuccessful with any firmware update it might need for better performance in Windows 8.1. Other Con is that the card was slightly bent when I got it and had difficulty installing it in my thermaltake Shark in the PCI x1 slot, the bad thing is that the card doesn't sit flush with the back of the metal plate like most cards should. And the one annoyance is that the USB Connections are CRAMMED at the top of the card, instead of CENTERED in the middle of the card. So when you plug in, the top of the usb plug sits right near the top edge of the PCI Card Port.

Overall Review: I still have more testing to do with this card. But using it in conjunction with Vantec's Hard Drive Dock, and a good working SATA Hard Drive might yield better transfer rates if I get an Sata III Hybrid Drive 150Mbs, a Velociraptor 200 Mbs or an SSD card with much higher 500-600 Transfer rates One other thought is that USB 3.0 should have never been offered on the PCI x1 as a cheap option for USB 3.0. A Card such as this would benefit from the extra channels you get under PCI x4. So most PCI x1 Cards REALLY are Underperforming as most of them won't reach over 250 Mb Transfers, versus possible 1000 Mb transfers with a PCI x4 card. And USB has been riddled with problems, because they didn't account for the actual Transfer speeds that you get with most standard SATA Drives. They account for 5 Gig Transfers with SSD DRIVES.

11/13/2013

Nice Processor

AMD FX-8370 with AMD Wraith Cooler Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8370FRHKHBX Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8370 with AMD Wraith Cooler Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.3 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8370FRHKHBX Desktop Processor

Pros: I like the fact that when I got this the wraith didn't cover my ram dimm slot on my motherboard. I was concerned it might now fit. Albeit it is a tight fit. Runs all 8 at 4.0 ghz. Temps are running about 102 with stock fan and stock thermal paste on the wraith. So I don't know if using artic silver 5 will improve my results with this or not. Some temps at idle register at 93 degrees.

Cons: I think the con in this is that for a 8 core processor they should include a water cooling unit just like the next two fx processors that come with a stock water cooling unit. Anything with more than 6 cores should have a water cooling unit included. Good news is some of the older processors are now being shipped with the wraith from what I hear, so maybe AMD will wise up and ship watercooling units with these 8 core processors.

Overall Review: Time will only tell how this processor works for me. The temps I gave were off the Motherboard posted temps for the processor on an asus 970 pro aura gaming motherboard, however I am getting some readings that suggest my temps are much higher from utilities such as core temp, and amd overdrive. My only concern at this point is wheather or not I need to be using Artic 5 instead of the stock thermal paste, and wheather or not that will give me better results on my temperatures. I DO NOT intend to attempt to overclock this processor as doing so with the wraith could cause my system to overheat, so I am playing it safe for the time being and leaving it at its 4.0 Ghz setting. All in all it seems like a decent processor only time will tell how this works out for me.

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ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Seems like a nice motherboard, I did get this working using an old quad core 945 3.4 GHZ Processor. Haven't yet tried the 8 core in this board but there seem to be a lot of good reviews about this board.

Cons: This Motherboard has several issues. #1. No clear understanding of how to setup for UEFI under bios. #2. NO setting in bios that I am aware of to turn off USB Devices upon shutdown. #3. I have had various problems trying to connect a Netgear WNDA 600 V.2 Adapter using the latest windows 10 64 bit driver (not Standalone). The problem arose upon disabling my adapter, then the computer refused to recognize and re-enable this adapter. I had a similar problem with a Trendnet ac 1200 adapter not connecting. The system seems to be slow to recognize these adapters when plugging them in. This seems to be an issue I am having with Network Adapters on this system. I have the latest USB adapter drivers and the ones I downloaded from ASUS I believe caused the system to not recognize these adapters after disabling them and re-enabling them. Had to wipe and reinstall because of these bad asmedia 3.1 drivers that were buggy. Only then would windows recognize my install of network adapters. Also an issue in the bios when I enabled EPU in the bios where I could not enter the Advanced mode and my screen went blank. I had to turn off my system completely and restart and the bios reset the EPU to disabled and then I could finally enter the bios to the advanced mode. It would be nice to be able to have some better Power Management with the Bios, be able to power down usb devices upon system shutdown (particularly usb network adapters), and be able to power off the aura led's on system shutdown or have an option to turn these off when you don't want them on.

Overall Review: There seems to be several bugs and issues that I am trying to iron out with this motherboard. I would give it a better rating, however with the bugs I am experiencing with USB and Bios I am looking to Asus to provide solutions, for these issues if a technical support representative can contact me. I cannot write a better review, until I feel this Motherboard is stable and that the bugs I am having are resolved to my satisfaction.

Not what I expected

MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2014 - Download
MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2014 - Download

Pros: This is the 2014 version of Magix Audio Cleaning Lab.

Cons: Magix stripped out all the buttons for things like your equalizer settings. I own Magix Audio Cleaning lab 2013, and with the 2014 version they stripped it down to basic knob controls. If you want the FULL version you are better off NOT buying this and spend $99 to get the PRO version which is NOT stripped down software.

Overall Review: If you like stripped down software, then by all means buy this for $20. But if you want the same features you had with Audio Cleaning Lab 2013 that is NOT stripped down, you will NOW have upgrade to the Audio Cleaning Lab 2014 PRO Editio to get all the controls you had with Audio Cleaning lab 2013. So save your money cause this is a basic cleaning lab with the detailed controls stripped out from the 2013 version.

3rd Hybrid Drive and Counting

Seagate Desktop SSHD ST1000DX001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop SSHD ST1000DX001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Solid State Hybrid Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I like these drives because they are up to 5 times faster than a regular Hard Drive. Also have two other 2 TB Seagate Drives for which I am very happy with. Pricewise much better than shelling out $150-$250 for a 250 Gig SSD with limited capacity. These drives are almost as fast as ssd, and give you ssd like performance, without the significant loss of Hard Drive Capacity.

Cons: None I can think of...

Overall Review: I think that SSD drives are way too expensive for the capacity that they offer. I would like to see the cost of SSD drives come down significantly so that they are more affordable.