Date Joined: 01/21/09
Pros: Small Form Factor.
Easy to use.
Has a cap (probably a con for most).
Cons: Using one of these as a "tool box" that holds all of my diagnostic/repair programs, also as a easy to use transfer medium. Pulling the cap off (gently I might add) one day, the drive pops out of the outer plastic housing, exposing the flash memory and bare circuitry. Did you know these have a red LED activity light? Me either. Would've never known (or cared for that matter) until this happened. Maybe the glue holding the innards to the outer shell dried up. I don't know. I've used TEAM products in the past and not had any issues, so this was a little surprising.
Overall Review: For the price, I can't complain. However, as this held a lot of sensitive things, I will be upgrading to a more "solid" flash drive. I'll chuck these (I had bought a pair as a combo) into my drawer o' flash drives and use them if I need something in a pinch.
Pros: Excellent quality. The braiding on the cables seems like it is very strong. The plugs are tight, and all the pins seem like they are nice and tight in the plugs. The included cable combs are a very nice touch (I wasn't expecting them to be included at this price). These cables definitely added a nice aesthetic to my new computer. You get the 24-pin main power connector and 4 8-pins (2 are 6+2, [PCI-E] and 2 are 4+4 [EPS]). 2 24-wire combs, 8 8-wire combs, and 4 6-wire combs are included.
Cons: The included case badge is probably the lowest-quality thing in the box.
Overall Review: I'm still working the individual cables and "training" them to sit how I want them in my bend.
Pros: I needed a wireless adapter for the M.2 Key E slot on my motherboard, and this little card fit the bill very well. It keeps a very stable connection and the antennae are sturdy. The fact that the antennae wires are connected directly to an expansion slot is great. All you have to do is install the card, mount it to an expansion slot, tuck your wires, and boom! You're up and running. Bluetooth is a wonderful addition to the wi-fi. The range and stability of the Bluetooth is excellent. I have no issues with clarity using my BT speaker.
Cons: Driver install was a little bit of a pain. I had to go to Intel's website to get them. Not a problem, just a minor inconvenience. The antennae wires are a little thin for my liking, but it's almost to be expected. A standoff is not included with this card, only the mounting screw. You didn't throw away all the accessories from your motherboard, did you?
Overall Review: I definitely recommend this product if you need an M.2 Key E adapter. Do yourself a favor and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Pros: This reader seems very well built. It is made out of aluminum. It gets detected by windows very quickly and gets ready to be used quickly. Fast read/write speeds, as is expected from a USB 3.0 Type-C peripheral.
Cons: I am a little concerned about the length of the cord. It is very short. Like 6-8 inches short, rendering this almost useless for a desktop.
Overall Review: Great little product. I do believe, however, that the length of the cord should be clear in the description. Otherwise, I love it.
Pros: + Budget Friendly (bought for $69.99)
+ 2GB of memory
+ Small footprint
+ Connectivity (1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 2x DVI [1x DVI-D and 1x DVI-I]). Will support up to 3 monitors.
- Low power consumption (needs 1x 6-pin PCI-E)
Cons: - Only 1 fan
- Gets kinda noisy when fan speed increases
- Only 128-bit memory
Overall Review: Overall for the price, this graphics card is a great budget-friendly item. Unfortunately at the time of writing, it is no longer available. However, XFX does make high-quality products and would definitely recommend graphics cards manufactured by them. This is the second one I've bought and have not been let down yet.
No the card is not comparable to a 1080 TI, but that's not what its meant for. It can play Minecraft and World of Warcraft at medium-ish settings and will not cause artifacts/tearing. Don't overload it and it will run great! Also, be sure to clean it every so often as you would any other component.
Keep up the good work XFX!
Pros: Bought 1 for me and 1 for the gf. I love the feel of the switches. They're not too loud, and they have a nice clicky feel.
The LEDs are nice and bright, but not so bright that it's blinding. 7 color options selectable by the key that would normally be next to the right Windows key.
Great for gaming.
The mouse is smooth and the optical sensor is responsive.
Cons: No RGB, but at this price point, you can't really complain.
No macro keys
Overall Review: Definitely a great option for someone on a tight budget. Cooler Master makes a quality product.
Pros: Bought 2 of these (1 for me and 1 for the gf) on Shell Shocker and love it.
Easy, no hassle installation. Plug it in and wait for Windows to do its thing.
Dim blinking blue LED light is a nice touch to let you know it's connected.
Sound quality is excellent and range is decent. I have it plugged into a front panel USB 2.0 port, and the speaker I use is less than 2 ft away.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: I'm not sure if it's the dongle or my speaker, but sometimes audio cuts out. Also, sometimes I have to completely re-pair the speaker when it loses connection. Still giving it 5 eggs though because I can't determine if it's the dongle, or my speaker, or Windows.
Pros: Love this graphics card. Bought it to put into a Dell Optiplex 9010, and this one was able to fit.
Handles most games fairly well (I play World of Warcraft, Fortnite and Minecraft).
Excellent price pre-pandemic.
After I replace this GPU, I will keep it as a backup. It is very capable.
Cons: None that I can think of...
Overall Review: Great budget card. Pre-pandemic price was excellent and it had physical dimensions that would fit the PC it went into. Now that we're in the midst of The Great Graphics Card Shortage, I would like something better, but I will manage with my 1650 Super until I'm able to score a 3070/80 FTW.
EVGA makes a quality product. I've never had an issue with any EVGA product I've ever owned.
Pros: - 700W of 80% efficient power
- Modular design
- 140mm cooling fan
- VERY quiet
- Cables are long enough to reach everything in my case
- 4 12V rails
- Sleeved cables provide a touch of high quality
Cons: None that I can think of
Overall Review: I've always loved Thermaltake's products. They make high-quality products. PSUs, Chassis, Fans. 700W was probably overkill for the system I have, but it's modular so I don't suck too much power out of the wall.
Pros: - Been running strong for over 3 years
- Runs games, movies and everything else in 1920 x 1080
- Only requires 1x 6 pin PSU connector.
- Cool looking shroud design, however, it's face down so you can't see it
- 1 GB of GDDR3
- Dual slot
- Dual DVI
- S/video out
Cons: None, that I can really think of.
Overall Review: I bought this card because the 4/5 series were just coming out (or not yet at all) and VERY expensive. It has served me well over the 3 years I have owned it. However, the cooling fan has stopped working. Thank goodness my NZXT Apollo case has a 120mm fan right where the card sits, so that's been cooling the GPU! I will soon replace this card with a GT430 for now until I build my next Beast.
Pros: - Quad Core
- 95W TDP
- Low cost, many features
It performs very well. Does exactly what I wanted it to, and that is to run a mild gaming rig, with the ability to do other everyday things. I use it to edit video, photos and audio, play games, code, and it takes it like a champ. Given my system (listed in other thoughts) I haven't seen a bottleneck anywhere.
Cons: - No VT. I've never needed it, and don't see why I would with this processor.
Overall Review: I don't know why people are saying "it doesn't overclock well". I've OC'd mine to 3.00 GHz (429 x 7). Yes, I had to do it via the FSB, but my vCore is nominal, and it's stable. Has been for over a year. Yes it stinks the multiplier is locked. It's an ecobox. It's not meant to perform super fast like a "K" series processor.
- ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard
- This Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
- EVGA nVidia 9600GT 1GB vid card
- 8 GB (4 x 2GB) Kingston HyperX DDR2-1066 memory
- WD 1 TB HDD
- ASUS Combo Drive
- Thermaltake 700W Toughpower PSU
- Sabrent 68-in-1 Card reader
- NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen fan controller