7/7/2014 4:38:22 PM

Pros: Solid build quality Great read performance Inexpensive Capless design with activity LED Stylish

Cons: Poor write performance for a USB 3.0 drive, barely on par with a decent USB 2.0 drive.

Overall Review: I wasn't familiar with this brand but I decided to take a chance based on some decent (though inconsistent) reviews from around the web. The performance results that I did find from various review sites varied so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to use this as a drive for transferring files or as a (mostly) read-only drive for loading OS and various utilities. My results - System: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/3770k Intel USB3.0 ports Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Windows 7 SP1 x64 CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 (Formatted FAT32, 1000 MB file size) Read Write Seq (MB/s) 117.0 20.37 512K (MB/s) 103.2 0.655 4K (MB/s) 9.314 0.172 4K QD32 (MB/s) 8.632 0.108 I ran tests using Windows Explorer to read and copy files ranging from 200MB to 2.5GB and had similar results: Small files Reads 116-120 MB/s Writes 19-20 MB/s Large files (1GB +) Reads 110-114 MB/s Writes 16-18 MB/s The form factor is nice, much smaller and leaner than the Jumbo type drives like the Sandisk Extreme. I had no problems accessing adjacent usb ports on my various desktops and laptops with this drive inserted. The swivel cover has 4 distinct "locked" positions. When rotated to the rear it stays snug enough so that it doesn't flop around when trying to insert the drive into a port. WIth the somewhat disappointing write performance of this drive I'll only be using it in the read-only capacity. For transferring data I'll stick to my other USB 3.0 drives like the Sandisk Extreme 32GB which has 2x the read performance and 5x the write performance. Durability and longevity are unknowns for now, if I have any problems I post a follow up review. Overall I give this USB drive a solid 4 eggs for it's form factor/design, build quality, solid read performance and price paid.

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Different chip or defective?7/3/2014 4:47:16 PM

Pros: Fast read speed Small and thin form factor No cap to lose

Cons: Abysmal write performance - see other thoughts

Overall Review: I purchased this 8GB model in Red back in January and I gave it a solid 4 egg rating for it's overall performance and value. When this Black version went on sale for only $5 I felt confident that it would be a good purchase. Upon opening the package for this 8GB Black model I noticed it was rattling. The black plastic spacer in the USB port was loose. No big deal as it's only a spacer and can be easily remedied. I ran some benchmarks on my desktop, the same system and configuration that I benchmarked the previous 8GB Red unit on. The great read performance was the same but to my surprise the write performance was less than half of the previous 8GB Red unit. System: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/3770k Intel USB3.0 ports Windows 7 SP1 x64 CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 (Formatted FAT32, 1000 MB file size) ADATA UV100 8GB Black Read Write Seq (MB/s) 26.07 4.866 512K (MB/s) 25.59 0.467 4K (MB/s) 7.386 0.004 4K QD32 (MB/s) 8.093 0.004 ADATA UV100 8GB Red Read Write Seq (MB/s) 27.32 11.410 512K (MB/s) 26.98 0.791 4K (MB/s) 7.492 0.007 4K QD32 (MB/s) 7.687 0.008 Either ADATA has changed the memory components or I got a partially defective unit. Either way it's not worth my time, trouble or gas money to return this.

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6/18/2014 11:28:52 PM

Pros: Same as listed in previous review

Cons: Newegg not allowing edits to previously posted reviews. I mean really, every other review site in existence allows you to edit or at least append your reviews.

Overall Review: Regarding my results from overclock on air - the Boost speed was 1210 MHz and not 1111 MHz: This card overclocked pretty well, I managed a rock solid +100 on the GPU and +150 on the Memory using EVGA Precision X software (106 power, 90 temp). This resulted in a Boost speed of 1210 MHz while cool and ~1050 MHz while gaming (stock fan profile).

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6/17/2014 2:11:26 PM

Pros: Thin, soft and flexible Perfect sized connectors for snug fit Gold plated connectors Price/value

Cons: None, other than I don't care for the Rosewill logo :-)

Overall Review: I was an early adopter of Blu-ray and most of the HDMI cables available at the time were $50+ and almost the thickness of a small garden hose and seemingly as stiff as a solid core wire. Those cables were so stiff and heavy that they threatened to damage the connectors on the TV and at the very least, pull my lighter components off the shelf. These Redmere (and their competitors) thin cables are brilliant. The connector fits in both the TV and Graphics card perfectly with no play but with no force either. Being soft and flexible these cables make for much easier cable managment. I'm currently in the process of replacing all my display cables with these. Just remember that Redmere cables are directional and require the longer connector to be attached to the display and the shorter connector attached to the source. 5 eggs for build quality, performance and value.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
3/7/2014 8:57:44 AM

Pros: It works. Build quality. Low weight, easy to use design.

Cons: Only a 5mm minimum strip length.

Overall Review: I bought this to strip wires for making PSU replacement cables. So far it has worked perfectly. It makes a clean and accurate strip on the first try every time. The design also makes it very easy to use as opposed to the plier-shapped strippers I'm used to working with. I've been using it for 16AWG and 22AWG wires with no problems. The 16AWG wire I use has 25 strands and on 2 or 3 out of 100 wires stripped there might be 1 strand that gets cut. I really need a 2-3mm strip but this tool came highly recommended. I've been able to adjust my cable in the tool to get the smaller strip so in the end it works just fine. It just takes a little more time and care than if the tool could be adjusted that low. NewEgg marketplace also had the best price I could find anywhere so it easily earns a 5 egg rating from me.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
2/15/2014 3:49:44 AM

Pros: It does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this to connect my Swiftech MCP655 pump to my PSU's SATA power cable. It allowed me to use an open SATA plug on the cable that was running up to my optical drive so I was able to remove the Molex power cable from my PSU. One less cable to clean up the case is always a good thing. The cable seems to be well constructed and there were no issues with either the SATA or Molex ends when connecting them up. They plugged in easily and were snug. Even though I consider this an ugly cable it works well and I was able to hide it so it's out of sight. It would've been nice to have a sleeved option, preferably with both connectors being black. I use C2G's CAT 6 snagless ethernet cables at home and work. They are high quality and trouble free cables so I had confidence in giving this adapter cable a try. When I bought this it was on sale with free shipping so it was an excellent value.

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2/15/2014 3:15:25 AM

Pros: Excellent cable management. Silverstone quality. Soft and flexible cable. Capacitors for voltage stabilization.

Cons: Connector orientation might not work for every system.

Overall Review: I bought this to clean up the cable situation in the drive bay of my Silverstone TJ09 case. I have this connected to three Samsung 840 Pro SSDs. The cable is very soft and flexible. Even though my drives are spaced closer than the 43mm spacing of the connectors this cable flexes easily so that it fits almost perfectly with little to no tension on the seemingly fragile SATA connectors on the PCB of the Samsung SSDs. The orientation of the SATA connectors of this cable did not match that of my SSDs in their cages so I had to rotate them 180 degrees (now mounted upside down). No big deal, it's just now when you look at the drives you see the product label on the bottom instead of the nice black aluminum side with the Samsung logo. This really cleaned up the cabling nicely. I no longer have to run the stock Seasonic PSU SATA cable that was way too long for my case, too stiff and had the ridiculously wide spacing between the connectors. The inline capacitors are great feature if you have HDDs though my system probably won't benefit much when the three SSDs only draw 9-10 watts combined at full load. I give this cable 5 eggs for performance, quality and value.

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2/15/2014 2:25:27 AM

Pros: Extremely thin and short wires perfect for Mini-ITX and HTPC cases. Low profile connectors.

Cons: They didn't work. Latchless connector fits too tightly.

Overall Review: I bought 2 of these cables for my MiniITX systems. I first installed one on a new build connecting a Samsung 830 SSD to the Intel SATA 6G port on a ASUS Maximus VI Impact. It took several boots to get the MB to recognize the drive. The system then froze up several times while trying to secure wipe the SSD using Parted Magic. Then I tried to install Windows 7 x64, got to the install screen and Windows complained that it could not install on the system drive because it wasn't bootable. Since this was a new system (SSD was used and known to be good) I thought it might be a problem with the new hardware. I spent over an hour troubleshooting everything. Then it hit me, I remembered reading the Newegg reviews of this product before purchase and how several people had problems with these cables. I then swapped it out with the ASUS bundled SATA cable and was able to boot up and install Windows without error. I then tried to use this cable on my other system to connect a Samsung 840 Pro to the Intel SATA 6G port on a ASUS P8Z77-I. Same problem, I could see the drive from the UEFI but Windows could not boot. So then I tried using the second CP11 cable I received, this time I was able to boot to Windows. I ran the Samsung Magician benchmark utility and got the expected performance numbers, ~530MB/s Read and ~340MB/s Write. Still not confident at this point, I ran the test again and saw the numbers drop to 287MB/s Read and 267 Write, roughly SATA 3G speeds. Samsung Magician was still reporting the drive connected at SATA 6G. I ran the test a third time and still saw the low numbers. I rebooted and ran the test again and even ran two other benchmark utilities, all three showed the same ~280 Reads and ~260 Writes. I shut the system down, put the ASUS cable back in and the drive was then back to working at full speed. All in all these cable were an epic failure that cost me several hours of my time. I contacted Newegg for an RMA and shipped these back for a refund. In my experience all of the Silverstone products I've used have been outstanding. Silverstone is a great company with high quality, innovative products and great customer service. Hopefully this is just a defective batch that Newegg has in stock. Perhaps a Silverstone representative can look into this issue.

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1/26/2014 6:04:44 AM

Pros: High speed with low CAS latency Versatile and effective heatspreader design Aesthetically pleasing

Cons: None at this time

Overall Review: This memory is running on a ASUS Maximus VI Formula with a 4770k. XMP profiles worked perfect both at stock 4770k speeds and 4.6 GHz overclock. I was also able to set command rate to 1T without issue, no voltage or timing adjustments necessary. The included fan is unnecessary for running at rated speeds. After a few hours of Memtest86+ the memory is barely even warm. My system is watercooled so there were no clearance issues with the very tall heatspreaders. It's nice to have the option to remove them if I ever need to clear a more traditional heatsink. I've used the Ripjaws X series on another build which is what influenced my purchase. That set's performance, build quality and value really impressed me. This Trident X set is even better. I've been using Corsair and Kingston for years but these two sets of G. Skill have won me over. Getting my hands on this Trident X kit was a little challenging. I had to check the product listing multiple times a day for a couple of weeks. I was finally able to get them during the 1 hour window when they were actually in stock. I've found that Newegg's auto-notification emails can be a bit untimely. On multiple occasions I've received email notifications only to find the product is no longer in stock, or I've seen the product in stock but never got an email. Anyway, I give this memory kit 5 eggs for performance, build quality and value.

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1/17/2014 9:08:37 PM

Pros: Fast read speed Small and thin form factor No cap to lose

Cons: Modest write speed

Overall Review: I was looking for an inexpensive USB thumb drive to use for booting various system utilities like Memtest86+, Parted Magic, etc. The form factor of this drive is excellent for my needs. It's very small and thin which makes it easy to insert into any USB port. There were no problems inserting it into a tightly spaced USB port adjacent to my wireless mouse receiver. I did some pre-purchase research and couldn't find much data. I'm posting some of my benchmarks which will hopefully assist others. System: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/3770k Intel USB3.0 ports Windows 7 SP1 x64 CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 (Formatted FAT32, 1000 MB file size) Read Write Seq (MB/s) 27.32 11.410 512K (MB/s) 26.98 0.791 4K (MB/s) 7.492 0.007 4K QD32 (MB/s) 7.687 0.008 I ran tests using Windows Explorer to read and copy files ranging from 250MB to 1GB and had similar results: Reads 25-28 MB/s Writes 9-11 MB/s I was disappointed in the write performance of the drive which is why I deducted an egg. I'll mostly be using this drive in a read only capacity so it should still work great for me. If I needed to do frequent writes I would have to look at a different drive. Overall I give this drive 4 eggs based on the design/form factor, fast read performance and price paid.

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1/13/2014 10:23:34 PM

Pros: Silverstone quality. Nice sleeving. EMI shielding.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I was just looking to dress up the look and feel of my PC so I though I'd pick up some nice sleeved SATA cables. I'm quite the fan of Silverstone so I didn't have any second thoughts about giving these a try. I wasn't experiencing any issues with my SSD performance so the metallic cable layer EMI guard was of no benefit to me, though I'm sure it doesn't hurt to have it. These cables come rolled up in the box and are quite rigid. I opened up the box and stretched them out flat on the workbench for a couple days to let the curl work itself out. Upon installation I was surprised that, as rigid as they are, they still were able to flex and make the bends I needed and hold their position without issue. The metal-less locking design makes for a very snug fit in the motherboard header. It's actually a little difficult to remove once it's inserted if you need to move it to another port. On the SSDs they also fit very tight but there was no difficulty in removing them. The metal latch cables that come with the ASUS motherboards are much easier to insert and remove but they do flop around in the port. Overall I give these cables 5 eggs for build quality, aesthetics, functionality and value.

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12/22/2013 1:30:43 AM

Pros: It's from Corsair Inexpensive Runs cool and quiet Modular

Cons: Not fully modular, 24-pin and 8/4 pin are hard wired.

Overall Review: I bought this for my brother's budget build. This is not a fancy or ultra efficient PSU but it does it's job. At normal price it's a decent value but when it's on sale or has rebates I can easily recommend it for anyone on a light budget or looking to go cheap. I was able to pick this up for $30 delivered after MIR. 430W is enough juice to run a i7-3770k system with a GTX Titan and a couple SSD/HDDs. If you want to overclock or SLI/Crossfire a similar setup then you'd need a higher wattage unit. If you want the best PSU available in this wattage range I highly recommend the SeaSonic SSR-360GP 360W. I always recommend getting a modular PSU if available. Cable management is so much easier with a modular unit. It's well worth the extra cost IMO. This PSU comes with enough cables to get a simple/standard build going. The cable lengths were perfectly adequate for the Cougar Spike case it was installed in. The 24-pin and 8/4-pin wired cables are sleeved in a two-tone mesh. All of the included cables are very stiff and the coating feels like a hard plastic. That can make cable management a bit more difficult. They're definitely not the flexible soft-touch cables you'll find in some of the more premium units. After hours of Prime95 burn in it was still cool to the touch. The fan isn't silent but it's quiet with a smooth tonal quality. There is no capacitor/transformer/coil squealing or whining with this unit. As with all computer components, their ultimate quality depends on how well they work and how long they last. This unit has been running daily for 5 months without issue. I've still got an HX620 and HX520, both running quiet and stable for the last 6 years. So far I'm feeling confident that this unit will maintain the Corsair tradition of quality PSUs. Overall a 5 egg rating from me for the quality, performance and price paid.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: more than 1 year
12/20/2013 4:04:57 AM

Pros: All aluminum construction Lian-Li beautiful brushed finish Moderate sized case for ATX MB support

Cons: Not up to the Lian-Li quality I've come to expect Noisy (relatively) Flimsy USB3 adapter cable Reverse airflow design

Overall Review: I was going through an upgrade cycle which left my old workhorse Gigabyte P35-DQ6 system without a home. I had thought I'd just get a cheapo $30 plastic case but when this one went on sale for $60 during Christmas I jumped on it. I've built with 5 other Lian-Li cases (all premium models) so I was happy to get one that was still within my limited budget. The finish and styling, IMO, is typical Lian-Li which is excellent. First thing I noticed though is that the metal was thinner, especially the side panels. I didn't break out my caliper but I would suspect it's .5-1mm thinner, enough to make them feel a bit flimsy. There was plenty of room to work with inside the case. All my components fit without issue. The cable management was a little challenging as there was limited room for that but I was able to work with it. I changed out the fans to Noctua NF-P12's for the case and a Corsair SP120 for the heatsink. The Lian-Li fans are fine but the Noctua and Corsair fans are better. I also tested with a Lian-Li 140mm on top (see below). After everything was installed and I fired it up I noticed quite a bit of drone and harmonics coming off the case. I played with different fan speeds and switched out the fan screws for Noctua anti-vibration ones and that helped. I ended up having to install the Silverstone SST-SF01 sound dampening peel-and-stick kit that quieted down the case substantially which also added some much needed heft to the side panels. In this regard I was disappointed with the thin aluminum and construction/design of the case which is what I believe to be the culprit. One big egg off for that. The USB3 to USB2 adapter cable disintegrated in my hand as I was trying to insert it into the motherboard. Fortunately I had already purchased a Silverstone adapter (superior) not knowing if the case came with one. My system: Gigabyte P35-DQ6 Intel Q6600@3.6GHz, 1.53v (Hot) Thermalight Ultra-120 Extreme Corsair Dominator DDR-1066 4x1GB MSI GTX 660 Samsung 830 128GB WD Velociraptor 300GB (bare) ASUS DVD drive The case has the option for mounting two 2.5" drives on the bottom which is where I put the SSD and HDD. That made for cleaner cable management and unobstructed airflow for the front fan. Now on to the "reverse airflow" design. I tested every possible fan configuration/speed to see what gave me the best CPU/MB/GPU/ temps. Front intake, front exhaust, cpu front, cpu rear, rear exhaust, rear intake, top open, top intake, top exhaust and everything in between. For each test I would idle for 10min and then run Prime95/MSI Kombustor for 15min. Every config had it's strengths but the best overall temps for this setup was a traditional front intake, rear exhaust, top closed, cpu blowing to rear. YMMV. I think it's still a nice case for the price I paid, but two eggs off from me for the work I had to do to quiet it down, fan tests for best temps and cable disintegration.

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12/17/2013 10:38:08 PM

Pros: Silverstone quality. Nice finish. Comes with screws. Holes line up perfectly with SSD and with the case drive bays.

Cons: None at this price

Overall Review: (This is an update to my review of the nickel-plated model I posted earlier this year) I've purchase and installed 4 of these and they all fit/worked perfectly. It's silly to me that such a simple stamped/pressed/drilled and tapped piece of metal should be difficult to produce but many other brands that I've tried have left me frustrated. I've had ones with sharp edges, burrs, poorly threaded holes, crooked holes, misaligned holes, etc. This Silverstone is by far the best one I've used. Every Silverstone product that I have used are top-tier quality from their cases to SATA cables, power cords, fans, etc. They also have great customer service. Even though this is the "black" model it's not really black. It makes me wonder where NewEgg got that product picture. It's not even black chrome, it's more of a black tinted chrome. By itself I wasn't sure it was black at all and thought maybe NewEgg sent me the wrong one. I couldn't tell it apart from the nickel one until I put them right next to each other.. It still looks great and the finish is excellent so no eggs off but it's something to consider for those expecting it to actually be black. One note though, if you intend on using this bay convertor with 2 drives you will probably need to purchase the SilverStone CP06-E2 SATA power cable. It has 2 power connectors that are 17mm apart. All the power supplies I have ever used (Seasonic, Corsair, Ultra, etc.) had two to four connectors on one cable that are spaced several inches apart. None of them can be scrunched together to the extremes that would be needed to attach to two SSDs that are less that an inch apart when mounted in this unit, not to mention the stress it would put on the seemingly fragile SSD SATA controller (Samsung anyways). You could always use two separate power cables but then you have quite a bit of extra cable and clutter to deal with. Extra cable length with unused connectors are much more difficult to route and tuck away cleanly. You would also be forced to use SATA cables with 180 degree end connectors as there's not enough room to use 90 degree connectors when they're that close together.

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12/16/2013 1:02:02 AM

Pros: Small form factor Solid build quality Completely silent Low idle power Low heat 65W TDP - no need for PCIe power Great HTPC card

Cons: Price per performance GDDR3 instead of GDDR5 2 GB RAM on a low performance card, it increases cost and most of it will likely go unused Forget about doing any 1080p gaming with decent settings No mini-HDMI adapter included

Overall Review: I got this card to put in a silent watercooled overclocked system that I use mostly for daily tasks and video. I don't do any gaming with it nor is there room for a full length graphics card - I have a Z77/Titan system for that. This Zotac replaces my XFX 7600GS. The Zotac idles at 32 C all day long where as the XFX would idle in the upper 40's. Idle power consumption is ~4W less with the Zotac. I had also tried the ASUS GTX670 Mini and while it's an awesome little card, it was just too noisy for me. With a minimum fan speed of 10% it was still the noisiest thing in my Lian Li PC-A17B that sits just 2 feet from me. It was still very quiet, just not silent. I got this during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for $60 delivered. That's an outstanding value for a HTPC card and that price was the deciding factor in my purchase. At full price though it would be a crime not to get the HIS iSilence HD7750 for $3 dollars more. I've used that card in a build before and with it I'd at least have the option of gaming on modern titles in silence at 1080p with moderate settings if I wanted to. It's literally double the 3D performance for same money. I still give this card a solid 4 eggs based on it's build quality, silence, price I paid and it's ability to fulfill my needs for it's intended use. For reference and just for fun, here are the Futuremark benches. You can't really compare these two cards because of the pricepoint and market segment but it does illustrate just how far away the GT640 card is from providing, IMO, a proper 1080p gaming experience. System: ASUS Maximus II Formula Intel QX9650 @ 3.85 GHz Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 2x2GB 3DMark Vantage Adv v1.1.0 Zotac GT640 Zone - X3754 (GPU 3610, CPU 15626) ASUS GTX670 Mini - X16972 (GPU 17064, CPU 15402) 3DMark11 v1.04 Zotac GT640 Zone - P2283 (G 2125, P 5680, C 1707) ASUS GTX670 Mini - P5502 (G 8631, P 5609, C 5478)

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8/17/2013 7:41:19 PM

Pros: High Quality components Very effective and quiet cooling solution High value performance per $$

Cons: It's not a GTX780 or Titan

Overall Review: I bought this for a light gaming build and to re-purpose one of my previous systems: Gigabyte P35-DQ6 Q6600 @ 3.6 GHz Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme (lapped) 4x1GB Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 Corsair 520HX PSU This card is running in a PCI-E x16 v1.1 slot and it works perfectly. It runs very cool and is virtually silent except for the initial spin-up when the machine boots. This MSI cooler is great. It's no Titan but for the money, at the time, I don't believe there was anything out there that could touch it for 1080p gaming. I haven't tried all the games I have but it played Mirror's Edge with full settings perfectly smooth. For Crysis Warhead I had to set it to Mainstream with no AA to get smooth gameplay. It just destroyed my Valve games like HL2 and Team Fortress. This is my first MSI graphics card and I'm impressed with it. I can easily recommend this card to anyone who needs to stay in this price range. The MIR was no hassle, got it in about 8 weeks. If your budget allows though, the GTX760 is the new sweet spot for 1080p gaming. If it were available at the time that's what I would have gone with. Even though the performance per dollar is lower, the GTX760 has roughly 20% performance advantage overall at 1080p according TechPowerUp.

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8/17/2013 6:46:41 PM

Pros: It works Silverstone quality PWM control of 2 fans

Cons: None

Overall Review: This is a really nice sleeved fan splitter. It properly splits the PWM function so the motherboard can control and power 2 4-pin PWM (together, not independently). It says in the description that it's 3.94" long but that's the measurement of the cable itself. The total length from the end of the connectors is 5.25". Worked out perfect for me. I appreciate quality, precision and attention to detail which are qualities that all of the SIlverstone products I've used have. From something as simple as this fan splitter to a USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 internal header adapter to their 3.5" to 2.5" HDD bay adapter, they're all just really well made products. I'm still loving my 6 yr old Temjin TJ09 case too. Their customer support is excellent as well, though I wouldn't expect you'd ever need to call them with questions or service for a fan splitter.

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8/16/2013 3:40:06 PM

Pros: It's Corsair DDR3 2000 speed at only 1.5v Stable

Cons: Heat spreaders are tall

Overall Review: I bought these to use with an ASUS P8Z77-I motherboard and i3-3245 cpu. These are on the ASUS memory compatibility list so I wasn't expecting any problems I installed them, selected the X.M.P. profile in the BIOS and they were up and running at 2000@10-10-10-27 1.5v. They passed 10+ hours of Memtest86+ and 6+ hours of Prime95 blend. 100% stable in Windows and games. The heat spreaders are too tall for many of the CPU coolers available for the Mini-ITX form factor. I ended up using a stock Intel i7-3770k cooler so there were no problems with clearance. I've had nothing but good experiences with Corsair memory and this set is no exception.

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8/16/2013 1:05:41 AM

Pros: Build quality Inexpensive USB 3.0 Sata-III HDMI output PCI-E 3.0 capable Nicely featured UEFI BIOS A second set of mounting holes for fitting LGA775 cpu coolers

Cons: Poor fitment of the 24-pin connector A bit misleading with the RAM speed capabilities Neither are a big enough deal to me to knock an egg off though.

Overall Review: This is my first ASRock build, I've only ever built with the higher end models from ASUS and Gigabyte. I bought this for my brother's budget build. It's one of the most inexpensive mATX boards on NewEgg that has the more current features that we were looking for like USB 3.0 (and USB 3.0 motherboard header), HDMI output and Sata-III ports. I say inexpensive rather than cheap because it doesn't feel or look cheap. I had the same problem as several reviewers here where the 24-pin power cable from the PSU wouldn't plug in all the way. It took quite a bit of effort to work it in far enough so that it would clip in properly. Because of the gap between the MB and the MB tray with standoffs there was so much flex that I thought I was going to crack the MB. I ended up wedging a support between the MB and tray and then I was finally able to apply enough pressure to seat the connector properly. ASRock advertises DDR3-1333 speeds with Sandy Bridge and DDR3-1600 with Ivy Bridge processors for this board. I used an Intel Pentium G2030 Ivy Bridge processor and was unable to use the G.Skill DDR3 1600 at its rated speed. There was no option in the BIOS to set 1600 and no option to to load the X.M.P. profile. In other words, there is no RAM overclocking available. The G2030 is an Ivy Bridge processor and Intel specs state that it's only DDR3 1333 capable, though other boards like the ASUS B75 will allow it to run with DDR3 1600+ speeds. No big deal, 1333@7-7-7-21 works just fine for this build but it would have been nice to have the RAM capabilities clarified beforehand. The PWM fan control is different that I'm used to working with on the ASUS and Gigabyte boards. On those boards I can set a low fan speed/low CPU temp target and a high fan speed/high CPU temp target. The fan speed will then adjust accordingly depending on current CPU temps. WIth this ASRock board I could only set a single fan speed and a single CPU temp target. The fan speed target is the speed the fan runs at all the time (say 1100rpm) then when the CPU temp hits it's target (say 52 degrees C) it ramps up to full speed (2200rpm). When the temps drop below 52 C the fan returns to 1100rpm. So you go from nice and quiet to crop duster loud, then quiet again. Overall I'm very happy with this board especially considering the features, pricepoint and form factor.

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8/16/2013 12:10:06 AM

Pros: Stable Inexpensive Nice heat spreader 1.5 v

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought these for my brother's budget build. I used the ASRock B75M R2.0 motherboard with Intel Pentium G2030 processor. Though this particular model of G. Skill is not on the ASRock memory compatibility list it still worked perfectly. The ASRock/Pentium G2030 combo will not support DDR3 1600 speeds so I ended up running this memory at 1333. I was able to manually set the timings to 7-7-7-21 on the stock 1.5v and it passed 15+ hours of Prime95 blend and 9+ hours of Memtest86+. This is my first experience with G.Skill as I've exclusively used Corsair and Kingston for all my other builds and upgrades (and the sadly now discontinued Samsung Green 20nm low profiles). I'm very impressed with G.Skill and will definitely be using their memory in the future.

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7/17/2013 6:50:00 AM

Pros: It's a Seasonic Platinum certified Fully modular cabling Hybrid Silent Fan Control Premium components

Cons: Nothing from a build, component, or usability perspective. The price might be a bit high if you don't get it on sale but I believe this is one of those few instances where you actually get what you pay for.

Overall Review: I was looking for a more efficient PSU as well as replacing the last noisy piece of equipment in my entertainment/gaming machine. The old 1000W Ultra X1 has served me well but is completely overkill and inefficient for my current configuration, plus the Ultra X1 fan was the loudest thing in my system. Not that it was all that loud, I just wanted a nearly dead silent system. After installing the Seasonic my idle power draw dropped 26w (from 113w to 87w) and my fully loaded CPU/GPU power draw dropped 47w (from 397w to 350w) as measured by a Kill-A-Watt meter. I've got the fan switch in silent mode and it truly is silent. The PSU is cool to the touch as well. Easily the best PSU I've every used.

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7/15/2013 7:31:35 PM

Pros: Inexpensive Relatively quiet

Cons: None

Overall Review: I've bought a couple of these to use in builds for family. They're very inexpensive when on sale with free shipping. Though optical drives are on the edge of being legacy, it's convenient to have an internal optical for loading the OS, booting memtest software, burning the occasional cd, etc. These drives have worked perfectly so far. I have installed the included Nero software but haven't used it for anything so I won't comment on it.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
7/15/2013 7:25:33 PM

Pros: Inexpensive PWM fan

Cons: Noisy

Overall Review: I recently purchased a Bitfenix Prodigy (awesome case BTW) that came with the Bitfenix Spectre 120mm 1000rpm fans. Those fans are really quiet and move a decent amount of air but I wanted to take advantage of PWM capability of my MB (ASUS P8Z77-I) and get the fans even quieter by running them around 800rpm. I liked the regular Bitfenix Spectre so much that I decided to try the PWM variant of these fans. Very disappointed. As soon a I plugged them in I immediately noticed a loud and annoying "clicking" sound with a little hum to go with it. On top of that, the Fan Expert software for the MB wouldn't run the speed test on them and the lowest it allowed me to run them at was 40% which equated to ~1050rpm, same as the non-PWM versions. At the same speed the non-PWM and PWM versions both move the same amount of air but the PWM is way louder. Though such opinions are subjective, sound output is more that just DB level. The tonal quality with the humming and clicking of the PWM version was just unacceptable for me. I'm going to just stick with the regular Spectre fans, which are great, and perhaps under volt them with some leftover speed-reducer fan cables from my Noctua fans.

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7/15/2013 7:09:49 PM

Pros: It's Kingston HyperX Low Voltage Low profile

Cons: Wouldn't run at rated speed

Overall Review: I bought this for a build using Windows 7 Pro 64bit and ASUS P8Z77-I mini-ITX system using the Core i3 3245 processor. Using XMP profile #1 (1600) in the BIOS resulted in the advertised speeds of 1600 MHz, 9-9-9-27 timings and 1.35v. The memory passed 7.5+ hours of Memtest86+ but would crash/reboot constantly in Windows. Using XMP profile #2 (1333) worked fine, 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 1.25v. Passed 4+ hours of Memtest86+, windows didn't crash/reboot and games ran fine. I was very disappointed that I had to RMA these sticks due to not being able to run stable at advertised speeds. This is my first problem with Kingston Memory, hopefully I just received a bad set as that can and does happen.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the issue that occurred with the HyperX memory. Very odd how it would pass memtest but still crash in Windows. We are here to help and if you still have any issues with your replacements or any of our other products please feel free to contact us directly. Reach us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call. Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
2/4/2013 12:44:20 AM

Pros: Silverstone quality. Nice finish. Comes with screws. Holes line up perfectly with SSD and with the case drive bays.

Cons: A little overpriced for such a simple piece.

Overall Review: I've purchase and installed 4 of these and they all fit/worked perfectly. It's silly to me that such a simple stamped/pressed/drilled and tapped piece of metal should be difficult to produce but many other brands that I've tried have left me frustrated. I've had ones with sharp edges, burrs, poorly threaded holes, crooked holes, misaligned holes, etc. This Silverstone is the best one I've used so far. I really like the Silverstone products and they have great customer service too. I bought one of these in black (more of a light black chrome) and the included screws were black. Not that anyone will see that but I appreciate their attention to detail.

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