Date Joined: 05/28/01
Pros: Compatible with Synology Disk Station DS720+ - NAS server
Costs Less than Synology part with identical specification
Cons: Correct insertion in Synology Disk Station DS720+ was not obvious. (Its a 'stiff' and finicky connector.)
Overall Review: Excellent compatible substitute for more expensive 'branded' part by platform manufacturer.
Pros: On Synology Compatibility List
Overall Review: On Synology Compatibility List for DS720+ cache. Lowest price for that capacity part from a 'top tier' vendor. Worked correctly right after install.
Pros: Inexpensive, fast, large, SATA, TLC SSD storage.
I've got mine behind a 32 GB Optane 'gumstick' cache as recommended by Intel.
Build is an: Intel i7-10700, G.SKILL Flare X Series 32GB DDR4 2933, Sammy 970 EVO 1TB on an Aorus H470I Pro AX in a Fractal Design Core 500 with an EVGA SuperNOVA 450 GM PSU (refurbished).
Cons: The **latest** BIOS, release of Windows 64-bit, and Intel drivers are absolutely needed to avoid 'issues'.
Between the Optane stick and the 2 TB QVO the cost of the storage was just shy of the price of a 'workhorse' 2 TB Sammy 860 EVO. Wish I had a 860 EVO to benchmark against?
Wish I could afford the 4 TB part.
Overall Review: Cheap, large capacity, SATA SSD storage.
Use of Optane is likely making this part perform better than expected. Optane on the 4 TB QVO would be a better option than the 2 TB part.
Pros: Inexpensive, high capacity, low power, small format.
Cons: Short warranty.
Overall Review: I bought four (4) of these at the same time. The first one died after nine (9) months. Fortunately, I'd mirrored the drive. However, I'm now very wary of when I might lose another one.
Pros: Inexpensive, low power, quiet and reliable.
Cons: Ain't 2TB.
Overall Review: I've got 8x of these running on my NAS in a ZFS pool. I have a write once read many media workload. Pool has been up and running for more than a year in RAIDZ with no failures or hiccups.
Pros: Easy to use. Fine mesh traps a lot of dust.
Cons: Expensive. Screw holes should be a little larger to handle fan vibration dampening grommets. Does not come discounted in 'two packs'.
Overall Review: For inexpensive cases that don't come with input filters on their 120mm fans, or with 'open' vents on their side panels, the easy addition of this filter to the build can save you the trouble of chasing-down dust bunnies inside your box months down the line.
Pros: On Newegg 'Shell Shocker' I found RT-AC66R 802.11ac routers by Asus for less than an 802.11ac wifi adapter (with free shipping). These routers are a refurbished 'one model back from Asus's newest' 811.2ac router. The 5 GHz radio in this product is identical to the latest ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac product. I bought two (2).
I set up the routers to be in direct 5 GHz communication with each other in 'Media Bridge' mode. The router downstairs at my demark is plugged into my cable modem. The router upstairs has all my computers plugged into it by Ethernet cables.
That the routers are identical and that this configuration is 'built-in' to the router's firmware made this setup easy to configure. I burned the latest firmware rev: 220.127.116.11.374_5517 into both routers. I'm having NO problems.
I'm getting a reported >850 Mbps router-to-router. I've got a 1.2ms average ping from my desktop upstairs to the router one floor below. That's about a 10m, vertical diagonal through a wood frame building. I shut-off the 2.4 GHz radios on the routers, and received a minor speed boost. Fortunately my smartphone and laptop are both 5GHz compatible.
Having more than one computer, this router-to-router 802.11ac connection was less expensive than buying 3-4 802.11ac wifi adapters-- likely provides more throughput too.
Cons: It took a long time to aim the antennas. There are many configurations, and no documentation on the ideal setup. I gave up tuning at 800 Mbps. (I would really like to get 900 Mbps.)
Pros: Least expensive way to get Office Pro. AND, MS is going to update the 2010 version FREE to the upcoming 2013 version.
Cons: Install was a bear onto Windows 8 Pro. Cryptic error codes and long queues to customer service for help. I eventually did a Windows 8 re-install with saved settings to get the Office install to work.
Pros: Only part I could find on Newegg to host a mini PCIe card.
Cons: You can't slot one of the very common 'half-size' mini PCIe card in this part.
Slotted cards are not recognized by Windows 8.
Overall Review: I had high hopes for this card. Very few desktop motherboards have provision for slotting mini PCIe cards. I had hoped to slot a 'Intel Ultimate N 633ANHMW Ultimate N 633ANHMW Wireless Adapter Mini PCI Express Up to 450Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2'. No joy.
Pros: No problems. Very easy to setup and get running using default settings.
Cons: Won't run my Crucial Ballistix (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 faster than 1333.
Pros: With rebate really inexpensive.
Pros: Inexpensive 16GB USB Flash Drive. Connector retracts into case.
Cons: Drive is not very fast.
Comes loaded with U3 Launchpad cr*pware application. Probably why its so cheap. This application cannot be removed without a special removal application.
Overall Review: Go to the SanDisk website and search for the "U3 Launchpad Removal Tool". This makes the drive a vanilla USB flash drive, and not a portal. It gives you a couple of MB back too.
Pros: Works and burns dual layer (DL) DVDs.
Cons: Plugged into my Hackintosh (Dell Mini 9 w/ OSX 10.5.7) needs to be plugged and unplugged between reading disks to be used.
Pros: Used in Dell Mini 9 Hackentosh conversion. Works.
Overall Review: On the Mini 9, its possible to install the dimm without it being fully inserted into its socket. Note how far the original dimm is insterted into its socket before replacing it. Insert the new super talent dimm firmly, and fully into the socket until the edge traces can't be seen.
Pros: Slipped this into a Dell Mini 9 Hackentosh conversion. Works flawlessly.
Pros: Quiet and cools better than stock all-aluminium E5XXX, E7XXX, and E8XXX heatsinks.
Cons: Has a slightly higher profile than some of the newest stock Intel coolers. For example, E7XXX.
Installation was as difficult as reported. I believe there is a manufacturing defect in the black spreading pins making them slightly larger than they should be.
The copper heatpipe loops extend outside of the Intel Socket 775 motherboard footprint. The the end of one of my heatsink's heatpipes was longer than the other and extended outside of the footprint. I had to cut the adjacent chipset heatsink to give it clearence. If you can only orient the heatsink one way, this is a problem. The radiator fins should also be slightly higher, although they do not actually touch any motherboard omponents. These issues may cause a problem with installtions having strict space requirments. Unfortunately, strict space and "LOW PROFILE" are pretty much the same.
Overall Review: I broke the first black spreading pin, using 'gentle, but firm pressure'. Then I heeded a previous review here. Prep each spreader pin before insterting by gently scrapping it with a modeling knief to very, very slightly reduce their width and depth. Only then will 'Gentle, but firm pressue' result in a complete insertion.
Build: Zotac GF9300-D-E LGA 775 Nvidia GeForce 9300 Mini_ITX mobo., Foxconn RS233 Mini ITX case, Intel E7400, other stuff...
Pros: Inexpensive, simple to setup, eSATA, and USB 2.0.
Cons: I've bought about a half-dozen of these over the last year. One came with a bad PSU.
Overall Review: You get what you pay for. These are inexpensive enclosures that do the job. I don't run them 7/24 so YMMV.
Pros: This motherboard is the complete package. Very stable, very fast.
Cons: The cables for the on-board thermal probes are not included. (Option that must be paid for)
The OC Tweaks contain many options that should be better documented.
The audio header is on the bundled PCIe sound card, making cabling to case audio sockets ugly. (Prefer it on back of motherboard.)
Could be about US$100 less expensive.
Overall Review: I bought this motherboard when a Nvidia 680i-based mobo failed to bring a E8400 to 4GHz. This motherboard took that chip there in the first tweak (9x445).
The heatsink mounting (Thermalright Ultima-90) required bending the radiator behind the I/O shield's vanes to fit.
Pros: Quick, OC's well.
Overall Review: My Asus P5B Deluxe did not automatically set the memory correctly from the SPD. I had to manually set it to 4-4-4-12. No voltage bump was required.
Pros: Lots of drive space.
Simple well crafted layout.
Cons: Side panels a bit flimsy.
Overall Review: This is the second Lian Li case I've purchased. The first was a venerable PC-60, which although expensive at the time, I liked a lot. This case the PC6077 is very similar to the PC-60.
Spacewise, the case is very economical. It is basically, one long stack of nine 5.25" inch bays down the front. The mobo is on a removable tray are close behind the stack, and the PSU is mounted above that.
All parts are aluminum and well finished. Hardware is generous. There is an abundance of thumbscrews on the rear of the case.
As with my previous PC-60 experience, I find the side panels to be a bit thin. On the PC-60 they had a tendency to resonate, if not really severely tightened down. I may resort to sound deadening material to stiffen the panels a bit.
A single Lian Li “stainless” CD/DVD bezel is included. It’s aluminum with a downward flapping door, and a single button. I have yet to see if it will fit over my optical drive of choice.
A single Lian Li “stainless” floppy bezel is
Lots of parts (cables, spare Heat Sink, etc.)
Cons: Compatiblity is an issue.
Vendor Support is minimal.
Overall Review: I struggled for days to get this part to work in a PCIe 16x slot.Eventually, I got it to work. Howewer I do not recommend using this part in a mobo not on Areca's compatiblity list.
Pros: Dead quiet.
Reasonably hefty video cabablity.
Cons: Case must be *WELL* ventilated.
At this writing, no Media Edition Driver.
Overall Review: This card works exceptionally well in my HTPC playing videos and watching both digital and analog TV. I can't vouch for it playing games.
Cons: Tuning is a bear and reception has never been 'excellent'.
Overall Review: Installed this as the Analog Reciever in a HDTV/Analog TV HTPC. I've never been satisfied with the Analog reception despite antenna changes and software updates. I am however, really keen on my HDTV.
Pros: Excellent HD Picture.
Cons: Minimal support from AVerMedia.
Overall Review: I would have rated this a '5', had the installation been easier and the AVerMedia site offered better support during the Media Edition installation.
Have a *REAL GOOD* antenna.