Excellent thus far SLI x210/7/2015 6:12:15 PM

Pros: Poseidons have beautifully designed integrated waterblocks. They work about as good as any other GTX980 on air so you can game straight out of the box. This gives you the time to design your water cooling strategy once the card(s) is/are in place which limits mistakes down the road. Runs the Heaven benchmark at 1920 x 1080 on maximum settings for everything at an average of 160+ FPS. SLI working great so far and plays nicely with NVIDIA 3D vision on an ASUS 144Hz 24".

Cons: ROG logos don't pulsate synchronously while in SLI mode. The top card's logo is somewhat covered by SLI cables.

Overall Review: As an engineer, I just love well engineered products. Heat kills silicon and less heat = more life = more available power. I fell in love with the ROG Poseidon when 970s and 980s came out and the price for the 780 versions dropped to ~$340. I'm still kicking myself for not getting two of those at the time. This time I bought two of this version for SLI. I haven't had a chance to really thrash these yet so I will have to update my review later on. So far I am really happy with my two supercomputer GPUs. Make sure you buy two while you can. MSI Z97 GD65 Gaming i7-4790K at 4.5GHz stock & locked, water cooled, shaken not stirred GSkill Ripjaws X Series 4 x 8 GB 2133 Sandisk Extreme Pro 1 GB + Samsung 850 PRO 1 GB and others EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 80 PLUS GOLD 1000 W (using 4 GPU cables, one for each connector = less voltage droop.) Corsair Carbide Series 200R, packaged like a pro (2) ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms FYI peeps - NVIDIA goes with Intel and AMD goes with AMD. Mix them at your own peril because you're doing it wrong if you do. It only takes one review to complain about it if you cheapened out on your CPU.

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Read Speed Slowdowns3/27/2015 6:55:45 PM

Pros: Fast when new.

Cons: There is a flaw in the TLC nand flash memory on these drives that causes the read speeds of old data to degrade to HDD levels after 8-12 weeks. People don't realize it because when you run a normal benchmark, most benchmarking programs create a fresh set of files to test against. So everything looks hunky dory. Problem is, your Windows or other OS files are written once when you install it, and as that old data ages the flash memory cell voltage drifts. The onboard controller cannot read the older data accurately and it causes it to slow way down. Do a search for a program that can read and benchmark older data, or all of the data on the drive and you will see what I mean. The manufacturer did a firmware update in October to correct this but it didn't work for a LOT of people. They are promising another update soon but people suspect it will be a bandaid to a flawed hardware design. I have two of these 250s and several other sizes with the problem. This manufacturer is trying to sweep this under the rug. The TLC memory in these drives is the problem. I would not recommend these.

Overall Review: Don't plan on using these in any kind of RAID either. Their magician software does not recognize drives in RAID so you're out of luck when trying the firmware updates that these drives will constantly need. You have to break and rebuild arrays to constantly refresh old data. Their is a petition to have these drives recalled.

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Great adapter, highly recommended1/4/2015 4:12:57 PM

Pros: This USB3 / SATA-3 adapter is great for quickly attaching any 2.5" SSD/HDD drive to your PC. I did benchmark testing of four different SSDs and a HGST Travelstar 7200 RPM 1TB drive. The SSDs got up to 400MB/s read speeds and the HGST clocked in around 125MB/s. This adapter is able to saturate the USB3 bus speed so its as fast as you can get. I liked it so much that I bought another one to stuff the HGST drive in my laptop cooler for a permanent backup drive. There is also an activity LED to show you when it is working. This thing works much better than most USB3 drive enclosures and docks that I have.

Cons: None

Overall Review: For the money you can't beat this adapter. The fact that they were able to stuff all that bandwidth into the cable is amazing to me. This is a must-have for techs or anyone who needs to clone 2.5" drives or for quicky backups. You could even slap a USB3 PCIE card in your PC and run this adapter if you are short on SATA3 ports.

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Handy light for cabinets12/28/2014 2:46:59 PM

Pros: This light is cheap, compact and easy to install. Just put in some batteries and stick it in your cabinets that need light. Unit will trigger from motion of your body heat. It turns itself off after about a minute when you close the door or move away from it to save battery life.

Cons: Cool white light is not great for color rendering but still good enough. They don't stay on for long if you stop moving.

Overall Review: These are perfect cabinet lights. They turn on automatically when you open the cabinet and then turn off when you are done. I have been using these for over six months on the same batteries and they are going strong. Just make sure you place them on the wall of the cabinet so they can pick up your motion. They need to see your body heat as they use a PIR type sensor. My wife loves these and I will probably buy more of them.

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Good mouse11/8/2014 10:44:45 AM

Pros: Lightweight, long battery life, durable and wireless

Cons: None

Overall Review: This is a great wireless mouse. I bought the first one for my laptop because I hate touch pads. I liked it so much that I bought another one for my main desktop. These are really well made and stand up to a lot of abuse. I drop mine all the time on hardwood floors and it just keeps on going. Nice resolution and works on just about any surface. I highly recommend them.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Work well11/8/2014 10:37:30 AM

Pros: Low cost, coated optics and wide field of view.

Cons: A little heavy, but that was expected.

Overall Review: These are nice binoculars for the money. I take them to ballgames and they work really well for that purpose. If you take them to NFL games, leave the case at home as they won't let you bring it in.

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Warning, TLC/FW bug11/7/2014 9:42:23 PM

Pros: Samsung flooded the market with these drives which helped bring down SSD prices.

Cons: Firmware bug will bring your OS to a screeching halt after a few months. I have two 250GB, five 500GB and one 1TB drives and it has taken me several hours to go through all of them.

Overall Review: Samsung is very quietly acknowledging an ugly firmware bug (or flaw in their TLC flash) that renders ALL 840 EVO drives virtually worthless when reading data that is a few months old. If you don't run their cheesy FW updating program, any data such as important Windows OS files that get read every time you run your PC will slow to as low as 20MBs read speeds. I have 8 of these drives (a $2K investment) that all have the same problem. When you run their FW fix program you may loose all your data. If you buy one new I suggest you do it BEFORE you put it into service. Otherwise you should do a full image backup, FW fix, then reimage the drive. Nobody knows if the FW fix will work in the long term either. Google it and HD Tach and you will see what I mean. I will never buy another Samsung drive again.

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So far so good11/7/2014 8:56:30 PM

Pros: Works well in RAID 0 using the two SATA3 channels on an ASUS P8Z77V-LK mobo. Using ATTO, the write speed topped out at just over 1GBs from 256-8192KB but the read speed topped out at 1.06GBs at 16KB and slowly dropped down to 781MBs at 8192KB sample size. Weird. I didn't test either drive individually. Crystalmark gave similar results showing faster write speeds than read speeds. I used these to replace Samsung 840 EVOs since I don't trust them anymore.

Cons: Made of plastic, not the latest generation, slower read speeds than write speeds.

Overall Review: These weren't my first choice since they were replacing Samsung 840 EVOs but I don't trust those anymore since the TLC firmware debacle. I will probably use these for now until I save up some cash to get something better. I bought these two Sandisk drives on sale at $100 a pop and probably wouldn't pay more than that. A better choice would be the Ultra II or another brand altogether. I have been using two Sandisk Extremes 120GB x 2 in RAID 0 for over 1.5 years with no problems at all but was running out of space. If anyone from Samsung is reading this, you guys suck for putting out the EVO without testing it properly. I sunk over $2K in those drives and you will never see another penny of my money for your flash products.

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TLC Flash bug, not MLC10/29/2014 11:23:01 PM

Pros: Flooded market with cheap SSD drives which brought down the price of the competition.

Cons: TLC Flash bug for which there is a software fix. It is available on Samsung's website and I suggest that anyone with an 840 basic or 840 EVO get the app to re-flash their drives.

Overall Review: My apologies on my last review. I meant to say TLC flash instead of MLC flash. Most modern SSDs are made with MLC flash where Samsung has used the new lower-cost TLC flash in the 840 and 840 EVO. The problem is the same and it involves old data that has started to decay thus causing the on-board controller to have slow read issues. In some cases it is really bad. I've done the fix and it takes about an hour for the 500GB model plus back-ups, removing them from RAID array and system, doing the fix x 2, rebuilding arrays and copying backups back onto them. So in reality it takes around 5 or 6 hours to do everything in a two drive RAID 0 array. Time will tell if it is a permanent fix but I have my doubts. Google a program called HD tach to check your drives.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Good Lithium LED Flashlight10/22/2014 10:49:16 PM

Pros: 18650 2400mAh Lithium battery included, 3 x AAA alkaline adapter, Lithium charger included, CREE C4 LED, Belt clip, bright and adjustable focus.

Cons: Has flasher mode that is annoying to cycle through. Battery cap threads aren't anodized.

Overall Review: I felt the quality was good and didn't see the corrosion on the contacts that the previous poster noted. I like the feel of the push button but hate having to cycle through the flashing feature every time I turn it off and on. The focus is nice enough to be able to see the LED die in detail on a white wall from about 10 feet away. The treads for the battery cap were made after the anodizing so they are bare aluminum. While I don't think is likely to be cross-threaded it does take away from the durability somewhat as they would be subjected to gouging if dirt got in there. The really cool thing about this flashlight is that it comes with a 18650 Lithium battery _and_ a charger. The charger is spring loaded to be able to work with smaller lithium batteries which is really nice. The 18650 is the most common size of lithium battery that is used in flashlights of this type but sometimes they come with the smaller types. Having a charger that can be used for them is nice to have. The 18650 is a little larger than a AA but at 3.7V it packs more than twice the energy. It will be the new AA of the future and they are easy to find on other websites at higher mAh capacities for low cost. They have been around longer than most people know and are the most common size lithium ion used in battery packs. This flashlight is a good deal when on sale, like right now, and I am buying a second one for dad for xmas. Makes a good $15 gift and I hope it lasts.

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Awesome gaming laptop4/1/2014 6:05:00 PM

Pros: Fast processor that is almost as fast as my i7-3770K desktop, Dual SLI graphics handle most any game on ultra, great keyboard, great monitor. Some of the included apps are useful but Poki sucks. WIN 8 PRO +8.1 + Lenovo updates solves that problem, upgradeable to SSD and 16GB saves the day.

Cons: Fingerprint magnet, should have been made with a 17.1" screen instead of 15.6", slow SSHD, not enough USB ports, hard to clone SSHD, needs more memory, kind of heavy, power supply brick is the size of a real brick, limited BIOS options, mSata drive bay not populated with a connector which is a real buzkill. It's a $0.75 part Lenovo!?!!

Overall Review: This is an awesome gaming laptop that is almost perfect. I tried 4 different programs to clone the SSHD to a SSD but none of them worked. So I ordered the OS disks from Lenovo, which were oddly numbered BTW, to install the OS clean on an SSD. Here's what you need to do to this machine to make it perfect: Order a Samsung 840 EVO 500GB to 1TB, reinstall OS using disks from Lenovo so you keep the recovery function and added apps. Replace 8GB RAM with 16GB GSkill 1600. Make sure you get the low voltage type. Install Win 8 PRO then upgrade it to 8.1 then install all Lenovo updates. Get rid of Metro on your start screen. Get a decent cooler with extra USB ports and a built in bay for the SSHD you removed and use it for backups. Leave it's partitioning intact in case you ever need to return the laptop to Lenovo. After doing all of your Lenovo updates first, make a recovery disk on a USB flash drive and check it. Do the same on a SDHC and label and stash them. I have no problems with the built in wireless but if you need more speed get an ASUS USB-N53. They are wicked fast. Don't skimp on your home wifi router. Get one with dual band and real antennas. Install a good wifi analyzer app and you will see what I mean. Install software/games then backup with Acronis. Get a good wireless mouse with it's own dongle. Don't try to use BT for your mouse, it will suck. Get a wireless Xbox controller and BT headphones. Disable touchpad. Take it to work and impress your coworkers. Lather, rinse, repeat and enjoy.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Good Workhorse USB33/11/2014 1:36:25 PM

Pros: Fast speeds, reliable so far, capless design, cheap

Cons: Somewhat bulky/generic look, slider needs to be held in place while inserting into USB plug, doesn't come with lanyard.

Overall Review: I did a speed test with CrystalDiskMark for both the 16GB and 32GB units on a USB3 port, here are the results which are pretty good considering the price for these: ADATA DashDrive UV128/16GB USB3.0 Random Data ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 38.579 MB/s Sequential Write : 26.036 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 36.798 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 15.298 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 4.012 MB/s [ 979.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.769 MB/s [ 187.6 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 5.052 MB/s [ 1233.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.798 MB/s [ 194.9 IOPS] Test : 50 MB [J: 0.0% (0.0/14.6 GB)] (x1) Date : 2014/03/11 16:22:23 OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64) ADATA DashDrive UV128/32GB USB3.0 Random Data ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s] Sequential Read : 109.701 MB/s Sequential Write : 56.263 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 98.726 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 37.214 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 6.918 MB/s [ 1688.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.173 MB/s [ 286.3 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 8.702 MB/s [ 2124.5 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.282 MB/s [ 312.9 IOPS] Test : 50 MB [J: 0.2% (0.0/29.2 GB)] (x1) Date : 2014/03/11 8:19:25 OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64) As you can see the 32GB model is considerably faster than the 16GB one...

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Decent cooler with SATAII bay2/10/2014 10:13:27 PM

Pros: Very quiet, excellent cooling, Only cooler I found on Newegg with a built in 2.5" HDD/SSD bay, 3 USB2 ports on back, rear facing fans, cools the entire bottom of the Notebook, Adjustable fan speed control but very quiet on highest setting, sucks air in from back and out through the top, comes with dual USB2 Y adapter to get more power of of the PC, big enough for most notebooks and maybe too big for others.

Cons: Bulky, USB2, SATAII, Y USB input connectors are fat and won't fit side by side in my Lenovo Y510P, heavy. So I just use one in a USB3 port which provides plenty of power.

Overall Review: I bought this for my Lenovo Y510P with dual GT750M cards and it keeps those and the most of the whole bottom cool. The USB2 and SATAII are a buzzkill. I'm tempted to "upgrade" them to USB3 and SATAIII but don't want to void my warranty just yet. There is plenty of room inside the case to customize but changing the SATA controller would be tricky. This thing would be awesome if it had those upgrades. I get just around 20MBs transfer rate to a Sandisk Extreme SSD installed in the bay. Seems like a waste of a good SSD so I will be replacing that with a slower HDD to do system image backups and possibly extra data/games. Unit is a big handful when paired with the heavy notebook. You don't need the Y connector or the extra wallwart if you use a USB3 port on your notebook. Get it on sale.

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Low cost SLI for high end performance1/18/2014 8:27:47 PM

Pros: Fast, low cost, stable, relatively quiet, comes overclocked, sexy looking in my case, reliable, easy to add another for SLI.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I bought the first one as my first modern gaming build GPU around 10 months ago. I chose it because it had good specs for the money at the time and I knew I could add another for SLI down the road. I bought the second one shortly after and haven't looked back. They SLI nicely together and handle any game at the highest settings possible. I went ahead and got the Asus VG248 3D monitor and NVIDIA 3D glasses and it is simply amazing. You can get two of the these cards for less than $350 and have high end performance. I have these paired with an ASUS P8Z77-V LK and i7-3770K.

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Good battery11/23/2013 5:41:03 PM

Pros: 2.1A + 1A output ports along with a separate charging input port, Remaining charge blue bar graph LED indicator, comes with case and two charging cords, has at least 4 maybe 5 full size Li Ion cells inside. Rated capacity seems legit. Smooth corners make stowage in pocket comfortable.

Cons: None so far. This is a 10400mAH battery so plan accordingly when it's time to recharge it. I don't know if it takes a charge from another 2.1A source yet because I haven't tested that.

Overall Review: My wife has been using this to quick charge her iPhone 4S when she doesn't have time to use the wall charger. She gets about 4-5 phone charges out of a full battery charge and charging out of the 2.1A output is about 2-3 times faster than using the stock Apple wall charger. Product seems well built and has the heft one would expect based on the rated capacity. So far I am very happy with the purchase and have recommended it to others.

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Works great11/15/2013 8:07:41 PM

Pros: Good price for a matched 32GB set. Easy install with no issues and looks great in my Asus P8Z77-V LK mobo matched with an i7-3770K and Win 7 64 PRO.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: No problems in over 3 months of use. Memory is clocked at 1600 stock speed and I haven't try to OC. WEI is 7.8. I was hoping for 7.9 but I suspect that this RAM is not the reason I didn't get there. I would recommend this to anyone. Get it on sale. Make sure you have the PRO version of Windows to be able to use the whole 32GB.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Great Monitor11/11/2013 5:55:59 PM

Pros: Beautiful IPS picture, vivid color, minimal bezel width, wide viewing angle, sturdy base, no dead pixels and glossy surface finish.

Cons: Menu buttons are on the side where I can't get to them because of bookcase but I rarely use them.

Overall Review: This monitor is used for my kitchen/hearth room PC which is running an A10-5800K using the on-board GPU and no video card. It is mostly used for web surfing, light gaming, DVD/Blu-Ray playback and backups. My primary reason for choosing it at the time I bought it was the small bezel size meant it was the largest picture size I could fit in the nook/bookcase where it resides. I didn't realize at the time that it had an awesome picture. Now I do. Although I buy almost all my computer gear from Newegg I happened to get this monitor from a local retailer who's name starts with an eff because it was on sale (sorry Newegg). The picture quality is superior to all of my other ASUS monitors. I had always planned on just using the integrated graphics on the A10 but now I'm thinking about dropping in a discrete GPU to get more mileage out of this awesome monitor. I highly recommend this monitor to anyone.

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