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Giacomo F.

Giacomo F.

Joined on 05/23/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good frame

DIYPC Alpha-DB6 Black Acrylic ATX Bench Case Bench Computer Case Mining Rig Frame Case for ATX/Micro ATX motherboard - PC components not included
DIYPC Alpha-DB6 Black Acrylic ATX Bench Case Bench Computer Case Mining Rig Frame Case for ATX/Micro ATX motherboard - PC components not included

Pros: Great if you know it's suited to your task. I wanted a minimalistic case to show off my components for a living room TV pc. Some cable lacing and organization later, and it's looking great behind the glass of my media center cabinet. There are some thoughtfully placed holes to sneak cables through cleanly if you give it some effort. Plastic appears to be lasercut PMMA and has a nice matte surface finish that is resistant to fingerprints. PSU is mounted vertically, which, while unusual, is good for reducing clutter in this specific case configuration. This case is very hackable (basically a sheet of plastic), so it's super easy to mod and add stuff to. Thinking of cutting out an LCD panel for extra nerd cred. Cheap for the quality!

Cons: Instructions are kinda iffy (see Other Thoughts for hints), but nothing crazy. It's really a simple case. Attach CD/HDD, attach legs, attach mobo, attach PSU. Carrying the thing with a computer on/in it is kind of an event - it's sturdy enough, but it tends to flex if you've got a giant cooler and GPU on it like I do. I worry about putting excess stress on the mobo. I support it from the middle, where most of the weight is in my setup. Sitting on a flat surface is fine, the feet on the CD/HDD bays give plenty of support. Definitely not a case for any mobile application. My particular PSU (a Thermaltake Toughpower 750W) didn't quite fit in the case as-is because of a tiny extra mounting ear on the case's PSU mount cutout. Ten seconds with a wire cutter and the ear was gone, no real worry. Some cable tiedowns would have been nice to have included in the package.

Overall Review: The instructions seem to suggest that you should install the mobo before attaching the feet. Don't. If you do, the mobo will prevent you from tightening the screws on the feet, as those screws are below the mobo. Also, if you have trouble attaching the CD/HDD bays to the main plate, try loosening the screws holding the CD or HDD in. It helps with the alignment. Tighten once done. If you want it to look really good, get those cable tiedowns that stick onto surfaces and hold down cables. I'll probably add some LEDs somewhere for good measure :)

Most Critical Review

Bad luck?

ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified PipeRock type modular cable with colorful LED Active PFC Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply
ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified PipeRock type modular cable with colorful LED Active PFC Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply

Pros: Very very pretty. Impressed all my friends. Reasonably quiet. Absolutely RIDICULOUS packaging. I mean, gloves too? Modular cables keep everything tidy. Cables stay put. Plenty of power.

Cons: It's super flaky. Computer is not really stable on load. It will only turn on when it feels like it, and when it fails to turn on (power blinks on for just a split second, then nothing), it must be left unplugged for at least 15 minutes before it will work again. Tried unplugging the PSU from everything during one of it's "rest periods" and tried the paperclip test, PSU blinked on and off once just as it had been doing when connected to everything. I checked the forums and found that this issue has occurred to others. Of course ABS seems to replace these bad PSUs immediately, so I'm not bitter, just a little turned off about having to get a replacement PSU for a replacement PSU (see below).

Overall Review: Got this to replace a Corsair that blew itself up. I'm pretty sure it's not an environmental thing killing PSUs here, my mobo was fried so I replaced it with a different one. House wiring was checked and power quality was found to be OK. No brownouts, on UPS as well. I'm kinda bummed- three bad psus in a row... Like I said I'm absolutely sure everything is running in spec, I've worked with both my mobo manufacturers and Corsair (haven't talked to ABS yet). No dice. I know I only tried one of these PSUs, but it seems to me this unit is more towards bark than bite. It's full of "Certified by ABS" stickers, and tries to be as flashy as can be, but so far it hasn't delivered. I find it difficult to believe the thing was damaged in transit because of how well packaged it was... Decided to get refund and purchase another brand. Sorry ABS! I did like your G3 laptop! Of course that fried too, but it was somewhat my fault ;)

10/19/2008

2 dead so far

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: Modular design is useful, quiet. Provided more than sufficient power for my QX6700 (non oc) and single 8800GT. Can't comment on stability of voltages, etc because I didn't have any reason to check, worked fine. While it lasted.

Cons: First unit worked for less than a week, POP and that's it. Oh well, every manufacturer has DOAs. Replacement came in fine, decided to go under warranty because Corsair would pay both ways for shipment. Sailed along for many months, until.... POP! Seems that the magic smoke really wanted out. This time it took my mobo with it... I'm pretty sure this wasn't a wiring issue, as the first one popped in a completely different building than the first (different power grid, also). No thunderstorm, quite the sunny day actually.

Overall Review: My buddy got the 750w version, it was DOA as well. No smoke, the mobo just failed to turn on fully with his PSU connected. Tried other PSU and worked fine. Yes, it was installed properly. Had 3 techies checking everything ;) I'm switching to another brand (hint-they're also related to memory), will see how it goes. Unfortunate, these PSUs seemed to be quality.

10/19/2008

Works perfectly

Kingston 1GB MicroSD Flash Card with 2 adapters (miniSD and full-size SD) and black USB reader Model MBLY/1GBKR
Kingston 1GB MicroSD Flash Card with 2 adapters (miniSD and full-size SD) and black USB reader Model MBLY/1GBKR

Pros: The amount of stuff you get for less than $10 is amazing. I remember when 1gb of flash was the size of a brick and cost as much as the house it was part of, and was just about as fast. Using it in my LG enV2 phone to copy over music and stuff. No need to pay for ringtones, stick it to the man!

Cons: Not super fast, but gets the job done. Also, easy to accidentally drop it in your food and eat it. This thing is _small_.

Overall Review: Lol who cares about personal data encryption. Copy your data onto this and drop it between two floorboards ;)

Good while it lasted...

Foxconn X38A LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn X38A LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: X38 chipset is very nice. DDR2+DDR3 is super useful, build your computer today with fast, cheap DDR2, then upgrade to DDR3 when it becomes fast and cheap. Buttons and POST code display are nice.

Cons: Seems to have killed 2 PSUs, then itself. I bought this for a new build just over a year ago. A week in, the PSU blew (Corsair 620W). Thought it was Corsair's fault, RMA'd the PSU. Worked fine until a few weeks ago when the PSU blew again. Replaced it, found the mobo is now dead. I'm pretty sure Corsair did not send me a faulty product the second time around... Corsair PSUs seem like quality products. Going through RMA process with Foxconn. Horrible experience, web site is a mess. It wanted to make me log in to create a user account... how messed up is that? Been over a week and I have not heard any sort of answer from their end. This may not be related, but my QX6600 runs hot on this board- almost 80 deg on load. I'm using the Zalman 9700 and AS. I'm absolutely sure I'm applying TIM and mounting the sink right. Lapping both CPU and HSF did nothing. Air circulation is ridiculously high.

Overall Review: I'm not sure what the Foxconn connector is even for... is there anything that uses is? Is it somehow better than 1394/USB/eSATA? I search the intertubes in vain to find something... Replacing with EVGA 790i motherboard. EVGA seems to be an excellent company, problems are resolved in days not months as it seems to be the case with Foxconn. Time will tell, though.

Good cable, so far.

StarTech.com DVIMM6 6 ft DVI-D Single Link Cable - Male to Male DVI-D Digital Video Monitor Cable - DVI-D M/M - Black 6 Feet - 1920x1200
StarTech.com DVIMM6 6 ft DVI-D Single Link Cable - Male to Male DVI-D Digital Video Monitor Cable - DVI-D M/M - Black 6 Feet - 1920x1200

Pros: Solid feeling cable. Plastic casing on ends is fairly short, so you can't see it sticking out of the bottom of my Gateway HD2200 LCD.

Cons: None AFAIK.