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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Joined on 12/16/05

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Most Favorable Review

Works okay in my Asrock Deskmini A300

Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Laptop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2) CL16 BL2K16G32C16S4B
Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Laptop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2) CL16 BL2K16G32C16S4B

Pros: I put this kit in a Asrock Deskmini A300. The Ryzen 5 3400G I paired it with is only supposed to work with 2933mhz memory, but the BIOS in the Deskmini A300 allows you to use memory with a range of higher speeds. I got this to work at 3200mhz but not with the XMP profile timings. I had to test it out with Memtest86 to find stable timings.

Cons: The timings in the XMP profile weren't stable in my Deskmini A300. Memtest said the JEDEC timings were 19-19-19-43 and those weren't stable either. I ended up with 20-19-19-45 timings that were stable with 4 passes of Memtest86 with 0 errors.

Overall Review: It's understandable that the XMP profile wouldn't work in my system when it's intended for 2933mhz memory. I'm using overclocked memory so to keep it stable i would have to set looser timings. I'm happy with it and it seems to be working good.

Most Critical Review

No Backplate

ARCTIC Freezer A11 CPU Cooler for AMD, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise
ARCTIC Freezer A11 CPU Cooler for AMD, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise

Pros: It looks like a good cooler. I bet I would be happy with it if I could mount it.

Cons: It doesn't come with a backplate, and according to the instructions Arctic expects you to reuse the backplate that came with your motherboard - except my motherboard doesn't come with one. It uses some kind of weird plastic push pins to attach the stock cooling mount. These plastic pins of course break when you remove them.

Overall Review: I feel that if you are going to sell something you should include all the parts to mount it. Motherboards and fans come with screws, why shouldn't a CPU cooler come with a backplate? Most other CPU coolers come with everything needed to mount them - why is Arctic able to get away with this? This is one egg fully deserved, as far as I am concerned.

Works okay inside Asrock Deskmini A300

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4, Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Brown)
Noctua NH-L9a-AM4, Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Brown)

Pros: It's quiet and and fits inside the tiny case of my Deskmini A300.

Cons: When I ran the TimeSpy benchmark in 3DMark my CPU temperature hit 84C according to Speedfan. It idles around 48C just sitting at Windows Desktop doing nothing. That's a bit of a difference. The fact is there aren't many CPU coolers available that fit in this case so this is the best I get.

Overall Review: Make sure you pay more for faster shipping. This one was mailed to me through UPS Mail Innovations and they took over 2 weeks to deliver it.

I love this percolator

Hamilton Beach 40621R Stainless Steel 8 Cups Percolator
Hamilton Beach 40621R Stainless Steel 8 Cups Percolator

Pros: It's a percolator so it brews stronger coffee than a drip pot All stainless steel interior (except the lid) Glass bulb on top lets you see coffee percolate Light turns on to let you know when the coffee is done It keeps the coffee hot when it's done It's just the right size for 1 or 2 people

Cons: You might want a larger pot if you entertain guests It's a percolator, so it requires more cleaning than a drip pot because of the tube assembly

Overall Review: I wanted a new percolator and I chose this one because of the all stainless steel interior and it's other features. I used to have a presto brand percolator, but the boiler in the bottom of the pot started corroding. I did some research and found out it's because that part was made from aluminum. It's not healthy to ingest aluminum so I decided it was time for a new pot. I bought this from Newegg because I like Newegg's customer service and return policy. Newegg has the best customer service! I didn't run into any issues with this pot, and it's working great, and I would buy a home appliance from Newegg again.

Great deal!

DELL Laptop Latitude E6320 Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2520M (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 240 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 13.3" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
DELL Laptop Latitude E6320 Intel Core i5 2nd Gen 2520M (2.50 GHz) 8 GB Memory 240 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 3000 13.3" Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

Pros: I got this during the labor day sale and got it pretty cheap for the hardware in it. For a refurb it looks like new - no scratches on the screen, no dents, it had a smudge or two, but overall it's just in great condition. After starting up Windows I was amazed to see literally no bloatware. It has 7 installed drivers and that's it. Nothing else. It seems to be a clean install of Windows and I'm happy with that.

Cons: I ran Windows Update several times and it kept telling me that it was up to date - but it had no installed updates in Programs and Features. It eventually did pick up over 200 updates available but I had to run Windows Update several times before it picked them all up. It's important to get those updates before you go web surfing or doing anything with it. Just be persistent. It heats up pretty hot. It's probably because the CPU has a lot of horsepower for a laptop.

Overall Review: I'm very happy with the price for the hardware I got. A 2.5 ghz dual-core I5, 8gb of RAM, and a 240gb SSD for $335? That's a steal. After this experience I would be willing to buy a refurb from Newegg again.

Decent Graphics Card

MSI R7 265 2GD5 OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
MSI R7 265 2GD5 OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: It plays everything I could want to play right now. The fan on it is normally really quiet, and I can only hear it under heavy load.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: It gets 20 FPS during Fire Strike in 3DMark. The fan becomes louder than the other fans in my case, but is still acceptably quiet. I will probably upgrade to a better card in the future, but not until the R9's are much more affordable.