Date Joined: 06/07/06
Pros: Still very small.
Fan in the front looks 100 times better than in the picture. They placed the grate behind the see through plastic so it has a nice unexpected glow to it. Tried to replace the fan with a red Rosewill one to match the Red color of my AMD build, but the fan needs to be very bright to do its justice.
Airflow is pretty decent. The fan placement is exactly where it needs to be. I am only running an AM1 APU in it, so I cannot comment on how good or bad it is aside from saying it does more than enough of what I need. I imagine that the plastic being infront of the grate would cause less airflow infront of the case, but it does have a slight opening at the bottom so who knows without further testing.
It is very stylish.
It can fit large video cards and way more drives than an ITX case.
Cons: Dimensions were off by over 2 inches in height. Due to this, I was unable to use the case on my shelf which is the main reason I bought it. It wasn't just a few cm off, it was a whole 2 inches so for that I am docking 1 star.
Update after 1 year of owning: The rear case fan just died after minimal usage. Probably a months worth of since this is an HTPC that only runs during video time and is off the rest.
Overall Review: I eventually did find a use for the case and I do surprisingly like it a lot, but I am moving most of my builds to ITX since I only need a few powerful rigs and would have just bought an ITX from the get go if I knew this was not going to fit my purpose (I was going to move another Micro-ATX board into this case and use that current case for a new gaming rig, then go ITX for HTPCs. I ended up just putting an HTPC in here and got stuck with 3 Micro-atx buids as opposed to 2).
Pros: Very affordable.
Highest affordable speed for DDR2.
Cons: Not very futureproof, though you know that going in.
Overall Review: I do not plan to have these DDR2 systems for long, but with 4k around the corner and the demand for more memory on old systems that could still be used as HTPCs, it was well worth it for the 30 dollars as opposed to building a whole new setup. Plus, it helps keep electronic waste out of the garbage.
Pros: 11 Outlets, 4 of which have plenty of space for adapters.
8 Foot cord is plenty of length to make it half way across the room.
Quality of product does not feel cheap and past-icy like a discount store special.
Wall piece is flat which is great for an outlet behind furniture.
Cons: Couldn't think of any.
Overall Review: Needed a few extra surge protectors and liked the fact that this had a flat head and plenty of wide outlets for Adapters.
Pros: Charges 2 usb devices
Lights up Green so you know it is working
Cons: Has a slower charge than standard AC charging, but faster than low powered PC Charging.
A bit clunky. Not bad, but difficult if you are limited in space
Overall Review: This was the perfect solution that I was looking for. I was surprised to see that my Galaxy S5 was only +40% charged after an hour long car ride, but I think that I am just used to 5v charging in the house. If anyone is wondering, I used the rapid charge cable that came with the phone.
Affordable replacement for a failing wifi card.
Cons: Weak signal.
Only n on 2.4ghz
Overall Review: Bought this hoping to get a better signal over my integrated netbook adapter. Didn't improve much at all. Now it is in the drawer waiting for a client to tell me his wifi doesn't work. Was well worth the risk for the money, but you are better off going with the higher profile Rosewill adapters, they may be huge but offer way better options and performance.
Pros: 120mm fan
430 watts is enough for modern cpus and gpus
4+4 cpu power
6+2 pci-e power
Cons: Not 80 plus certified, but we knew that going in.
Overall Review: Excellent power supply. Has 6+2 pci-e for any kind of video card and 4+4 cpu for any cpu/motherboard combination. Also has 4 satas, 3 molex, and a floppy O.o. This thing is future and past proof and a great value to replace a failing supply that may leave you thinking "is it better to get a new psu or a new pc altogether", because it fits in both categories. I would recommend this psu to anyone who needs to replace a failing one or looking to build a whole new rig. Just keep in mind that it is not 80 plus certified.
Lightweight - LCD and LED monitors weight a lot less than CRTs which were the norm when these came out
Very durable. Have been using a few of them for years and they are still alive to this day.
Cons: Not many in circulation anymore.
Power consumption is 35w. Although Most LCDs are around 20s, 35w is still not bad enough to dock a star.
Only has VGA Output.
Overall Review: These things area great for office and home use. For $300, you can grab yourself a 6 monitor stand and have a command center.
Pros: Comes with a splitter for dual VGA monitor support.
Has Linux driver support (will have to update them manually after OS is installed though).
No fan so operation is noiseless.
Low profile bracket included
Cons: Terrible for gaming, but you should know that going in.
Price is still ridiculously high. You could easily find a desktop card with DVI and HDMI out that will fit in a slim case. If you are going for 2 VGAs though, its nice that the adapter comes with it.
Overall Review: 2 DVI outs or 1 VGA and 1 DVI would have been nice, but that would have taken away its slim case option. Overall I am happy with this card. Have seen one melt after 4 years and don't know what that is about, but since mine is still running fine, I would recommend this card.
Pros: Much Cheaper than HP Brand
1600 pages is plenty for a home printer
Cons: None that I could find
Overall Review: Purchased this as a backup toner cartridge for when the starter ran out. It works as intended. Hopefully there will still be some in stock next year when I come close to my 1600 page limit (if the quote is correct which I trust Rosewill so I'll run with it).
I would recommend this over any HP branded equipment for home use.
Pros: Very fast.
Great performance to power ratio.
Multitasking is a breeze.
4 Physical cores as opposed to 2 physical and 2 logical.
Handles Games like a breeze with the right video card.
Cons: Poor integrated Graphics.
Overall Review: Definitely was the choice back in the day. Even uses less power than today's i5s, but the IGPU takes a hit because of it. Have one in circulation as a server and it is still running. If you can snag a used one either in a refurbished workstation or stand alone, I would recommend grabbing it.
Pros: Low TDP
No PCI-E power plug needed
Direct X 11 and Open GL 3.2, and Opencl support.
Was great for gaming and bitcoin mining.
Still working after years of abuse.
Overall Review: Still use this card. It has been in gaming rigs, HTPCs, and a server.
Planning on using it with a custom SteamOS build in the future since it is low on wattage and still running. OpenGL 3.2 makes it a great card for Linux too.
Pros: Fast speed.
Great multitasking capabilities.
Low power consumption for the performance it gives
Still a lot of heatsinks out there that are compatible with this chip.
Cons: Today's stuff isn't much faster, but is a bit more power efficient.
Price is still up there, even for a refurb chip.
Overall Review: Although I have not purchased this exact refurb chip, I have been using an i5-2400 system for 3 and a half years and it never skips a beat. Multitasking is a breeze with the right memory and benchmarks are still close to the 3000 and 4000 generation chips from intel. If you have an LGA 1155 lying around, this is a good choice when considering keeping the equipment.
Pros: Quad core in 2008
Could handle even today's top notch games when pared with a decent card
95w which is high for a Quad of its type now, but was much lower than the first Gen i7s and first gen Phenom X2s.
I have one and it is still running today.
LGA 775. There are Hundreds of upgrade/downgrade options for this chip as well as thousands of heatsinks for it.
Cons: Doesn't overclock at all. Tom's hardware did a test and only got 15% at max with insane Voltage increases.
Slow and power inefficient compared to today's stuff.
Required a decent cooler. Stock cooler I had finally died. I just replaced the fan on it and its 10 times better than it has ever been. Not complaining about the fan's life, but a generic 80mm fan should not keep the thing 20-40c lower than the stock fan... Perhabs a bad mobo sensor on my part... Board is also 6 years running.
Overall Review: The asking price for this chip is still way too high on any market considering price/performance of what is out there today. Especially since it cannot be over clocked to meet today's standards.
If you are still clinging on to LGA 775 equipment, this is you best bet, if not go with AM3+ or 1150 (or higher).
This had its place in time, but that time is gone.
Pros: Powershell integration.
Navigation has never been easier. Right clicking on the start menu and choosing CMD Prompt - with admin - is the greatest thing an admin could ask for.
Driver stability is even better than 7 for a few of my systems.
Although already implemented in 8 and 8.1 - Hybrid startup and shutdown make boot times a breeze. A little late from Microsoft considering SSDs are becoming the norm, but much appreciated.
Task Manager is always improving. Again, this was already taken to the next level with 8, but it only gets better with each version of windows.
Due to the technical preview, free release, and pretty much everything else, I feel that vendors were able to get their drivers and software out much quicker after 10's release than previous versions of Windows.
Cons: High system requirements. Really thought with the dropping of Metro and more refined and cleaner GUI that Win10 would need less ram and CPU power, but it hasn't seemed to change much.
Had a lot of migration issues with upgrading. Clean installs and pcs that came with 10 were a breeze, but I have faced everything from looping bsods to a blank black screen on boot.
Overall Review: Sped up the boot speed and Shutdown speed on my AMD E-series netbook by 80-90%. Fixed Driver conflictions on 2 different systems with the same model GPU and Windows 7. Startup menu shortcuts and powershell integration make it much easier for Admins to do what they need to. Seems to have taken well with all hardware that I have thrown at it so far.
Some may think that 5 stars is too high for a Microsoft product and that I am not paying attention to the many issues that come with a new OS, but I honestly feel that this is one of Microsoft's best OSes since the release of Windows 7. We need to keep moving forward, and they are finding more and more ways to do so.
Pros: Fast - 1866
Affordable - Grabbed on the shell shocker, but if you step into a time machine to the days of DDR and told people you spent $35 on top of the line RAM they would think you were crazy for coming from the future.
Were not DOA.
Cons: None that were the products fault
Overall Review: Grabbed these on shell shocker. My father wanted to upgrade his ram in his factory built Acer and the board could only handle 1600 so I looked at all pcs my sister and I had and well... None could go higher than 1600. So we put them in the Acer which down-clocked them automatically and we were up and running with 8 gig of ram.
I own around 10 sticks of G. Skill Memory and recommend them around the office and family. I will stick with them unless a deal too good to be true from another company comes across.
Pros: Directs CPU airflow outside of the case.
Cons: Very difficult to linup without the perfect case/motherboard combination.
Overall Review: Purchased this to direct the heat from my AM3 Phenom back in the day. It lowered temps by about 3 degrees Celsius. It did the job, but inevitably I went liquid cool and now it just sits in the junk drawer.
It still gets 5 stars because with the perfect placement, this thing could seriously lower temperatures in your rig.
My recommendation is to use one of these on the rear case fan and get a standing heatsink. This will also push hot air from the Hard disks if your heatsink is strong enough and close enough.
Pros: Low profile
Adequate DDR3 speed.
Overall Review: Small enough to fit under hardware that may hover over your memory, IE a huge heatsink.
Bought this for a slim case and it performed perfectly.
Pros: Okay speed for Laptop memory (especially DDR3)
Been 3 years and still going strong.
Overall Review: Upgraded 2 laptops to 8 gigs with this memory (both had the first 4 soldered on). Increased both gameplay capabilities as well as Virtualization.
Pros: Came free with my 750 TI Card.
Decent amount of cash for games. Especially Heroes of Newerth.
Cons: Would rather have had a real game.
Overall Review: Redeemed all 3 of these. Played Path of Exile once and didn't care for it. Can't remember how Heroes of Newerth went and didn't like Warface at all.
Pros: It plays music CDs.
It has a radio.
It plays MP3s.
Cons: The Display screen was defective on Arrival.
Overall Review: It is pointless to try a manufacturers warranty on technology so out of date.
Got this for someone who still believes in a cd collection, but for whatever reason wanted a Radio built in.
Pros: Does go off.
Is very loud.
Cons: Barely picks up on a signal until it is too late (maybe 25 feet?)
Overall Review: Is a nice reminder to check the speed-o-meter, but I would never rely on this device.
Could handle the latest Android Operating Systems
Took SD cards
Location settings allow for power saving and GPS only modes which I believe all phones should have.
Samsung Sync allows you to control your entire phone with your computer over either Wifi or USB (USB 3 recommended by me). This also has a feature to use a little gadget like tray of your phone in the corner of your pc so you can see notifications and messages come in without having the entire phone interface covering your desktop.
Cons: After Lollipop upgrade, I could no longer move apps to an SD card (this is the same for all Android based phones though). Furthermore unlike other Android phones, the system files take up 6-8 gig....Some of this is Verzion's apps. I do not want to root my phone and only have 16 gig. This doesn't leave a lot of room for today's modern apps, videos, and pictures.
Overall Review: Overall, I was very satisfied with this phone. As I am still under contract, I will not be getting the S6, but I will definitely keep this as a backup phone/Android computer when upgrade time does come.
It still handles today's apps with Fast speed, still had the latest Android OSes (Marshmallow is brand new as I write this review so only time will tell), and App/Peripheral support is still going strong for this model.
Pros: Android Ice cream Sandwich support
Ran modern apps
Messenger was one of the best of any phone I ever had
Was able to remove SD card and battery
Cons: Slow. Apps took forever to load and after a while, calling people was very laggy as if a signal could not be found. Tried many android cleaning apps, and many reboots. Reboots did nothing, advanced mobile care (by iobit at the time) would make calls work instantly after running the app, but they would lag up again after a few weeks. I also did not run anywhere near as many apps as I do today so I do not believe that a rogue app would cause these issues.
Ate through the battery like crazy. Only had 8 hours of idle time when I first purchased it. Went back and bought the extended battery. Improved my battery life to a day until I upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. After that, right back down to 8 hours.
Lastly, the Stock OS was bloated as many Androids are. Things like blockbuster and NFL I was unable to remove, even after blockbuster RIPed.
Overall Review: In an attempt to keep the phone as a backup android computer, I attempted to root and load Cyanogen on it. Very big mistake. Bricked the phone completely. Could probably recover it, but no point since today's devices are much more capable. I remember running 3dmark, GPU-Z, and Boinc on this phone, and the clock cycles were too low for anything spectacular. On top of that, I imagine that the battery drain would cost more Kwh than a modern Android device.
If you can score this phone from someone who is getting rid of it, or you can buy it for 20-30 bucks it is definitely worth having just as a phone with internet, but I wouldn't spend much more on that.
Converts a 5.25 bay to 3.5.
Doesn't require removal of the 5.25 face that other converters do. Just screws right in and you are ready to go.
Cons: The screw holes on the bottom can be a bit tough to reach without the right screw driver. All 5.25 to 3.5 brackets that I have owned have this very same issue though.
Overall Review: Bought this on sale. It is very similar to other brackets you will find. If the price is right, the quality is there so I would grab it. Other than that, it is just your average conversion bracket.
Pros: Very low profile.
Connects to network.
Decent speeds for internet.
Cons: Very weak signal.
Slow speeds for a LAN.
Overall Review: Read that this was plug and play ready for both Linux and Android OSes. Bookmarked it incase I ever needed a wifi adapter.
Bought one of these years ago to replace a failing internal wifi card on a laptop. She was thrilled with the results.
Bought one for myself a few years later (a month or two ago) and I could barely get signal 1 floor and 10 feet away from my router. Tried a Rosewill dual band adapter and old Wireless-G Linksys adapter and both connected no problem. I then moved the adapter to another system that was in the same room as the router and only 10 feet away from it and only 3 bars of signal strengh on a windows 7 machine. I used the Driver that came with the disc so maybe I need to grab the latest from the site, also maybe I got a bum adapter. Either way, it works out because I could always use another adapter around the house and it was so cheap that it works, but I would definitely look elsewhere first when buying another wifi usb adapter.