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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 04/02/16

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Most Favorable Review

Good fan, looks good too!

Thermaltake Riing 12 Series High Static Pressure 120mm Circular Red LED Ring Case/Radiator Fan CL-F038-PL12RE-A
Thermaltake Riing 12 Series High Static Pressure 120mm Circular Red LED Ring Case/Radiator Fan CL-F038-PL12RE-A

Pros: - Not very loud even when run at full speed (I've come across much louder fans than this). - LED is good brightness; not too bright or too dim for my case lighting scheme. - Seems to move a decent amount of air.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Am using it as the CPU fan on my trusty old Thermaltake Big Typhoon for my new Ryzen 7 rig, and it seems to be up to the task. I'm sure the rubber mounting grommets on the fan are responsible for alot of the sound cancellation through vibration dampening.

Fastest-Installing Windows Version Yet!

Microsoft Windows 10 Home - Full Retail Version (USB Flash Drive)
Microsoft Windows 10 Home - Full Retail Version (USB Flash Drive)

Pros: - Lightning-fast USB media installs Windows on a modern system with an SSD in mere minutes! - Small box is easier to store over bulkier CD/DVD media - Windows 10 is a good looking GUI and incredibly-stable OS

Cons: - None yet (early days with Win10 as I write this review)

Overall Review: Having used Linux for many years I've finally come back to Microsoft and haven't been disappointed. Most things seem familiar and those new aspects that don't are relatively intuitive and easy to learn. It's no Windows 7 but thankfully it's also no Windows 8!

Different Product Experiences In Both Windows & Linux

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp

Pros: - Windows 10 detects and automatically installs with zero hassle - Great sounding audio over my onboard Realtek sound (especially at 24-bit/192KHz) - Reasonable price

Cons: - Older design and chipset may not compete with higher-quality onboard audio - Linux/Ubuntu compatibility is not 100% and only supported to 16-bit/44.1KHz (CD quality) max. so card not utilized to full potential

Overall Review: Installing in Windows is laughably easy whereas it was a bear for me to get functional in Ubuntu for some reason, and even then half of the time the card wouldn't be recognized on startup - no excuses for hardware this old! For a near decade-old card I find it still offers a viable upgrade for budget systems with mid-quality onboard audio. Be sure to crank up the bitrates to get the most out of the card and you shouldn't be disappointed! My HQ FLAC files sound crystal clear out of my 5.1 surround system, so I'm happy.

Repeat Samsung Customer

SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E250B/AM
SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E250B/AM

Overall Review: Drop-in upgrade for an old Dell system using a 1TB Western Digital drive, dropped boot time in Linux from 20+ seconds to 5! Not my first Samsung SSD and certainly won't be my last!

Great price for a useful system!

HP 8100 SFF Grade A Business Desktop Intel Core I5 650 (3.2Ghz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 500GB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
HP 8100 SFF Grade A Business Desktop Intel Core I5 650 (3.2Ghz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 500GB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: - Exactly as advertised (CPU, RAM, hard disk). - Very clean (absolutely no dust or grime inside). - Works perfectly!

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Very satisfied with the hardware, as I plan on using it as a headless server where the small form factor is ideal for running it tucked away in a corner.

Great Looking LED Strips!

Phanteks PH-LEDKT_COMBO RGB LED Strip Combo Set
Phanteks PH-LEDKT_COMBO RGB LED Strip Combo Set

Pros: This is my very first system build to feature interior case lighting (to show off through a full-tower side window) and these strips look awesome! Nice and bright and connect very easily together! Although designed to work with Phanteks cases they do come with adaptors to work with 4-pin RGB motherboard connectors, as well as off of SATA power connectors for systems and cases with no lighting systems of their own.

Cons: The double-sided tape strips included in the kit barely sticks to the strips, though it'll stick to anything else exceedingly well, namely your fingers and itself.

Overall Review: I would buy more of these if needed.