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Malachi B.

Malachi B.

Joined on 05/08/01

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Most Favorable Review

Good unit

Sans Digital 4-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD Compact Tower Enclosure w/ Mini-SAS (SFF-8088) x 1 TR4X+B (Black)
Sans Digital 4-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD Compact Tower Enclosure w/ Mini-SAS (SFF-8088) x 1 TR4X+B (Black)

Pros: * Great value, supports 6G * Doesn't look bad * Reasonable cooling/airflow * Comes with 8088 SAS cable * With a bit of care, you can hot swap the drives

Cons: * Changing drives is a little work, but totally doable. The inconvenience of the low-tech "tray" approach is overblown. * A slightly longer cable woulda been nice

Overall Review: The cons are very minor. This is a budget box, and the bang for buck is very high; it does all the basic functions well.

Most Critical Review

90% awesome, 10% awful

D-Link DAP-2553 Wireless Access Point Selectable Dual Band AirPremier PoE IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz up to 300Mbps/ Multiple SSID, 802.1Q VLAN
D-Link DAP-2553 Wireless Access Point Selectable Dual Band AirPremier PoE IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz up to 300Mbps/ Multiple SSID, 802.1Q VLAN

Pros: I use two of these in WDS bridge mode - When it works, works extremely well - For what it is, simple to configure - Powerful signal - 90% of the time ~1 ms ping

Cons: - 10% of the time (in chunks) ping jumps to 500+ ms. Can not identify any interference, and happens all day long and night also so doesn't seem to be external - dlink support tells me devices must be minimum of 30' apart, otherwise they will interfere with each other. Mine are 20' and harder to get further than that. - not "true" dual band, must operate in either 5 or 2.4ghz. This disqualified it from being the general AP in the household

Overall Review: If we take dlink's 30' minimum on face value, then we can say this is a great part if you know the limitations. I expect most folks who do WDS will be 30' and above. To their credit, when I moved the parts from their original 15' distance to 20' the spikes were lower (they used to be 3000 ms+) However, I really wish this was obvious before making the purchase.

Excellent card

LSI MegaRAID SATA/SAS 9280-8e 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
LSI MegaRAID SATA/SAS 9280-8e 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 w/ 512MB onboard memory RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies

Pros: * Works out of the box * Technical but understandable configuration tools * FAST * fairly predictable (no strange errors, extra configurations, etc)

Cons: * Firmware updating can be a real pain. I had to do a bit of R&D to discover you have to upgrade from a VERY old firmware to an OLD firmware, then to a new firmware. * Doesn't seat perfectly solid in the slot, but clamping down the screw on the backplane makes this mostly a non issue. Just make sure it's tightened in solid

Overall Review: This is a great card and I am glad I picked one up. Right now running a RAID 10 2TB x 4 mixed drives 2 WD blacks, 2 WD SE's. I don't recommend the drive mixing setup (blacks run too hot and you can tell are a touch slower), go for the SE's, but very awesome the card handles it well.

Great PSU, but...

PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII Series 500 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Industrial Grade ATX PC Power Supply (PPCMK3S500)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKIII Series 500 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Industrial Grade ATX PC Power Supply (PPCMK3S500)

Pros: Great PSU. Quality. Quiet. PC Power and Cooling makes good stuff

Cons: OCZ rebate process. minus two eggs just for this. obnoxious and cumbersome. Perhaps the 21 day window is 'reasonable' but just furthers the irritation factor. I missed mine by one day, so no $20 rebate for me.

Overall Review: Will be looking extra hard for other PS of this quality, since OCZ business approach is so annoying.

nVidia does it again

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: - the same stability and quality we come to expect from nVidia + EVGA - A nice speed bump from a GTX260. Wasn't blown away, but solid

Cons: - Still experience FPS lag in blops sometimes, but neither my CPU or GPU are pegged so can't rightly blame the GPU.

Overall Review: As always, be sure you're running the latest drivers. If it's shiny and comes from EVGA + nVidia, I'll probably want it...

Solid

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2MH120A2K5
Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2MH120A2K5

Pros: - Much faster start times and shutdown times

Cons: - As everyone says, costly

Overall Review: I'm only running SATA2 and had to do a fair bit of fiddling before the drive really came alive in performance. I am using an X58 board, and using the Intel RST drivers + the intel ports instead of the JMicron ports made a giant different.