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Michael K.

Michael K.

Joined on 02/14/03

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Awesome, but full of frustration

Antec P182SE Silver Mirror-finished stainless steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec P182SE Silver Mirror-finished stainless steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Really quiet. Really nice features (HD cages, wire management). Really shiny.

Cons: Shiny surface and more expensive price means you might want P182 standard edition. Little cables dangling from random places get in the way, especially if you have a large motherboard and heat sink. Instructions are vague and it'll take you at least 10 hours to get it set up the way you want. The snake light is useless because you have to plug/unplug to turn on/off.

Overall Review: Here are some tips to avoid frustration: - Pay attention to where the case contacts the sides. This will help you route the wires. - Plug in all the modular cables to your PSU before installing it. - Don't even think about using the upper HD cage. Remove it and save yourself headaches. The lower one is more than enough. - If you've got a big motherboard, plug in every possible cable before attempting to install video card(s), etc.

Most Critical Review

not impressed - it's okay

ARK 4U-500-CA Black 4U Rackmount Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
ARK 4U-500-CA Black 4U Rackmount Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: Everything's removable Drive bays have rubber connections (reduce vibration) Cheap for a rackmount case

Cons: Noisy Flexible bottom (be careful carrying it) Instructions lack detail about the front panel cables

Overall Review: I wish you could mount the intake fan behind the hard drives, to reduce noise. Also, I lined my case with damping material - didn't help much.

doesn't work

StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable
StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable

Pros: seemeed like a good idea

Cons: Does not work - at least not with the intended drive. If I had to do it again, I'd choose one with a separate power connection that looks more sophisticated.

11/11/2014

Works flawlessly so far

Rosewill RCAB-11008 Black USB2.0 Active Extension Cable Supports Windows 7, Gold Plated, Black
Rosewill RCAB-11008 Black USB2.0 Active Extension Cable Supports Windows 7, Gold Plated, Black

Pros: 32 foot cable, cheap, active extension cable

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: This works with a 12 port powered hub across the room with multiple peripherals (iPhone, wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, wireless gamepad). I got it because wireless capabilities on these devices were junk. Did not disappoint.

iCharge port does not have connectivity

Koutech IO-HU1301 13-Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Hub (w/USB iCharge @ 2.1A)
Koutech IO-HU1301 13-Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Hub (w/USB iCharge @ 2.1A)

Pros: Has 13 ports. Hi-speed. Works across 32 foot cable!

Cons: iCharge port does not connect to the computer. It's just a charge port. Expensive compared to other HUBs.

Overall Review: I probably would not have bought this - there are many cheaper ones - had I know the iCharge port does not connect through to the computer and only provides power.

not 'silent'

ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler
ZALMAN VF3000A EBR Bearing VGA Cooler

Pros: Large heatsink that isn't wider than the card Cools better than stock cooler Fan speed controller included

Cons: General: - The fan guard rattles (so I took it off) - The fans aren't quieter than the stock heatsink even on the lowest setting Related to HD6870: - Need a Dremel tool to install a heatsink on the FET - not designed for it - Longer than the card because the GPU is centered differently

Overall Review: If you have a normal sized case, I recommend looking into different coolers. I bought this specifically to fit in a lower profile case.