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Michael M.

Michael M.

Joined on 05/09/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works as you would expect

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-R435OC-512I
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card GV-R435OC-512I

Pros: Very quiet

Cons: None

Overall Review: Installed as a second video card so I could add a 3rd monitor. I already had a 4870 Radeon, so Catalyst was installed. All I had to do was install the card, power up, and go directly to Catalyst multiple display settings to make it an extension of my desktop. That's about as plug-and-play as you can get. Whether or not I get my rebate remains to be seen.

Working well.

ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720 W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720 W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Silent as far as I can tell. Cables are well made and the modular design is very helpful for making a clean install. I've been a fan of Enermax for a long time.... all the PSUs I've bought from them are still working (>10years for some) and I've only lost one, to a wicked lightning strike while that computer was on. The Enermax took the hit, saving the PC. I put in another Enermax and that PC is still going right now.. its been turned on for over 10 years 24/7.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for. These cost more than budget competitors. I've never had an issue with this brand,so I stick with what has worked for me.

Works Great!

HIS Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H487FN1GP
HIS Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H487FN1GP

Pros: Fast card. It took a lot of abuse on install trying the fit the thing into my case, and trying on a waterblock, and still worked fine. Turned out the waterblock had a leak. Thankfully it didnt get the card wet and I reinstalled the OEM cooler, which keeps the card in the low 50's.

Cons: The card is 10 inches long, BUT you must also take into account that the power cables have to be inserted into the end of the card, adding about 3/4 inches. Could be an issue in some cases, like mine.

Overall Review: I'm very pleased with this card.

Works Well, Overall Satisfied With It

MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It works... thats a big plus. Bios is familiar to me and everything functions as it should as far as I know.

Cons: Some points of interest/concern: 1) "IOH" with passive heatpipe cooler was getting very hot, at times it hit 100C in a very well ventilated case. After running for a bit, this dropped to 75C or so. Maybe some thermal gunk had to bed in? I put a quiet fan in there facing the copper heatsink in the middle of the board, and the IOH temp dropped to the 50's. 2) I also had a problem where Vista64 only saw 4G of the 6G memory installed, though the bios reported it there. I reseated the memory and it showed 6G everywhere. 3) SATA connectors are low on the board: tall cases like mine may require longer SATA cables than the 18" ones it ships with. 3) There is a disk shipped with the kit labelled "MSI EXTRAS". There is NO DATA on this disk readable by windows. Small point but bloody annoying to find out through forum surfing that I wasnt missing out on something. Its for future use, somehow. Google it if you care, but its of no use to anyone at this time.

Overall Review: Cons.... continued. 4) Vista64 would not install in RAID0 using the driver provided with the Mobo. I had to not install the driver, and use the one that Vista comes with. I tried the MSI driver twice and each time, during install I got the BSOD on reboot where the OS should take over on the installed drive. To summarize: It works. Its less expensive than others. This is my second success with the MSI Platinum line of Mobos, but next time I'm going to shell out a bit more for a company that can afford to hire someone to write better documentation. Good luck.

You get what you pay for

SONY Fontopia Series MDREX51LP/WHI 3.5mm Connector Canal Headphone
SONY Fontopia Series MDREX51LP/WHI 3.5mm Connector Canal Headphone

Pros: Where the cord splits to go to each ear, from that point the right side earbud cable is much longer than the left. I like this feature since I carry my MP3 player in my left breast pocket. The cords are durable and flexible, and light. The earplug style earbuds insert into the ear canal and block some of the ambient noise, allowing me to turn the player down some and still hear it well.

Cons: I wish they were available in black.

Overall Review: I just bought a second set of these. The first ones lasted a little over a year. That might not seem like a long time but I use my player about 30 hours a week at work. I liked these so much that I bought the same kind as a replacement. I love the earplug design that blocks ambient noise. The drivers are powerful, but small, so there is very little hanging out of my ears. I dont see how earbuds can be much better than this. When the seconds set fails, I will buy a third.

11/19/2007

Good Product that works well

Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive T01H500 (STM305004OTAB01-RK)
Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive T01H500 (STM305004OTAB01-RK)

Pros: Has an attractive, solid casing and reads/writes quickly. Its also very quiet. I've had no trouble out of mine since day one. The OneTouch software works as they say it will, but since I didnt need it I uninstalled it. If you decide to use that, it requires a program install to your PC that will take a very minimal amount of system resources.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: An ideal device of this type, at a fair price.