Joined on 11/10/08
Great DVD-RW Lightscribe Drive
Pros: So far so good, fast read/write speeds - lightscribe is on the slow side - but it's like that on every Lightscribe drive so this is not a negative factor. To me, it looks like this drive is manufactured by the same people that make the LiteOn drives - it is identical except for the face plate. I have both and they're both great products.
Cons: Maybe I got a bad one, but it's just a poor drive. Only reads and doesn't write CD-R's, DVD-R's, etc... Just crashes my brand new system. LiteON Drive I have in addition to this one is 10x better. Poor quality product from HP, no drivers available online either.
Great RAID NAS
Pros: Another great product from LaCie. I don't know why people say this and that about LaCie but I have over 10 of their products and they have worked absolutely superb to date. As an IT professional for many years and someone who uses enterprise-class NAS and SAN storage - this is one of the best consumer-grade NAS devices you can buy. Negative 5 stars for Netgear products they truly make garbage and have let us down time and time again. Buy this if you're in the market for a great NAS.
Fantastic Chip from AMD
Pros: This is a great chip from AMD and is one the best and fastest chips you can buy today. I've always been an Intel guy and have numerous servers running on Xeon's. But recently I've been using AMD Opteron Shanghai processors which perform better than the Quad Xeon's I have. That convinced me to buy the Phenom II X4 940 and see what it was capable of. Simply awesome results. I've OC'd it on air to 3.7Ghz and will start pushing 3.8-3.9Ghz soon. A few have been able to get it to 4.0Ghz but with proper cooling this thing should be able to get 4.2Ghz. This chip, OC'd @ 3.5Ghz, beats the entry-level Core i7 920 hands down in 95% of all benchmarks. You can read that line again, but we have both here so all we do is bench and OC and play with these things. A great chip with awesome OC potential, very nice price factor and fits in existing AM2 MBs. What I don't like about the new Core i7's is that in typical Intel fashion you have to buy new RAM and a new MB for a chip that's not that am
Cons: None really, aside from that fact that I can't get it 3.9Ghz + stable. I really want to get this thing to run @ 4.2Ghz stable.
Pros: I researched many cases before finally settling for this one. I read dozens of reviews on newegg and many other pc builder sites. This case is almost perfect. Plenty of airflow to keep components cool, plenty of space to add on components (6 HDD bays!), easy and solid tool-free implementation (and you can screw in drives for more security as well).
Cons: The reset and power buttons aren't solid and the main reason this case gets 4 stars. You have to play with the reset button a few times to finally get it to reset the machine. The buttons should be designed and implemented better.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a great case this is one the BEST that you can buy. It's no obscene and disgusting looking like some of the gamer cases out there (you don't really need that unless you want a hideous PC, but to each his own). This case gets 90% from me and I would certainly buy it again and again.