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Gregory M.

Gregory M.

Joined on 09/01/07

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing Upgrade

SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100352FLEX-2
SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100352FLEX-2

Pros: Eyefinity with 3 DVI Monitors No display port adapter required Huge upgrade from MSI Cyclone GTX 460. Currently running 4032x1024 = (3x) 1280x1024 (with bezel correction) FPS: L4D [4032x1024] = 190+ BF3 [4032x1024] ULTRA = 38 p.s - best rebate process I've ever used. A+ Very simple & clear steps. No need to jump through a ton of hoops.

Cons: Not compatible with quick snaps on HAF 932 case. The bracket is too thick for the snaps to clip. Had to remove plastic snap clips for the PCI-E expansion slots & use the provided case screws. Not a big deal. AMD Eyefinity profiles/presets do not work with hotkeys for me. I have them as always on & switch to them on the fly with keys: windows+p. So "duplicate" displays is actually my eyefinity widescreen preset & "extended displays" is actually my multi-monitor desktop. No idea why I can't use the CCC hotkeys or presets on the fly.

Overall Review: I use AMD's latest beta drivers. I was surprised to find as much as a 20% increase in fps over the non-beta drivers. They also seem to be 100% stable. A minor con... the HD 7950 makes smoke from smoke grenades and other explosions look so incredibly real that I cannot see through it anymore. So much for the "bad-graphics" advantage. Hah. Haf 932 Asus P9X79 Pro i7-3820 g.skill ares crucial m4 128gb

Most Critical Review

Mount Vertically

Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Smoke Color)
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Smoke Color)

Pros: -Still working after 2 years + lots of college dust -Low noise -I sprayed some lithium grease inside & made it quieter -Possible to move a TON of air quietly when mounted away from surfaces. For example: I hung one with zip ties in the middle of a few empty 5.25" drive bays.

Cons: -*DO NOT* I repeat *DO NOT* mount these fans horizontal. Sleeve bearings die very quickly unless mounted vertically. That should absolutely be stated on the product description & packaging -I mounted 1 fan horizontal in a HAF 932 case near the PSU for cold intake. It buzzes at high speed pretty bad even with rubber pads and washers in between the fan & case. But it is still quiet at 1/2 speed so not too big of a deal. -Also these fans are 120x120x25mm and have weak motor coils. This means the fan does not generate a lot of torque or static pressure. So if you place it near a surface (ex: my bottom fan 4" off the ground and right behind HAF 932 mesh) it will spin significantly slower. - Not a con: it's hard to find a cheap 120x120x38mm fan these days so...

Overall Review: I don't understand why any computer fan is more than $4. From my engineering knowledge, fans contain molded plastic, a couple of electric parts that are a couple thousandths of a dollar apiece ($0.001), cheap gauge aluminum wire, a few magnets, more coiled wire, and a plastic molded connector. All of this should be able to be assembled under $0.80 and shipped to newegg under $2. There is no super bearing engineering going on here & barely any flow engineering... one design made back in 2000 or before should've been more than enough to mass produce and tweak year to year at almost no cost. You do realize you can go to walmart right now and get a 36" box fan for fifteen doll-hairs (excuse the spelling didn't want to be censored). .... so the price of this fan obviously makes sense....... :(

Price is my con

Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Works. ~180 MB/s [SATA III] transfers on a Phenom II x6 - 3.8ghz

Cons: The HDD flooding story is still bothering me. These HDDs should be dirt cheap like they were in October 2011. The entire industry has been ridiculous this past year. My linux web/file server keeps eating space.

Overall Review: As soon as the price comes down I'm buying 8 of these for a software raid server.

50/50

WD My Book Essential 750GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDH1U7500N
WD My Book Essential 750GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDH1U7500N

Pros: Gave me plenty of storage in 2009. Helped run a 24/7 torrent server for ~ 2 years before I decommissioned it for lack of USB 2.0 speed. [24/7] Download/Upload Average = 3-4 MB/s = 24-32 Mega Bits It has been a daily backup of my 2nd HDD backup for the last 2 years (2011-2012). It just sat on the shelf and took what I gave it - no complaints there.

Cons: I am quite light sensitive - I had to put a folded piece of paper & black electrical tape over the front blue LED. I defrag'd it yesterday & for some reason it took 24+hrs, which is a lot longer than it's ever taken in the past. & Now when I plug it in it makes a horrible noise. It's not the typical clicking noise you hear from dying HDD's. It sounds like a water wheel turning constantly. I've never heard a HDD like it before. It sounds like it could be the head moving back and forth like 1000x a second. When I access the HDD I can see all the files & It stops making the horrible noise for 1/2 a second. But then it starts up again. It makes the noise even if I only plug it into the wall & not the computer. All the files are good & it's the 3rd back up of a backup - so I don't really care if it dies. But I figure it's on it's way out... Oh and to give you an idea of the noise... I live in a 2 story 4,000sq. ft house & I can hear this HDD across the entire second floor when I plug it in now. I've heard the HDD clicking of death before, but I have no idea what on earth this is. For now I will just unplug it when I go to sleep. But, I'm really contemplating taking it apart to find out what is causing the noise.

Overall Review: Bought: 1/7/2009 Average read/writes or large file copies were around 35 MB/s.

Decent

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

Pros: Way faster than anything mechanical. I can copy GB's around in a snap. & My video editing programs open in about 5 seconds - compared to 30 seconds with a 1TB WD - Black. I can't comment on boot time, because my MB Post is ~ 30 seconds long because of 10+ HDDs. I can say I don't usually see that stupid blue screen before the desktop that says, "Windows loading... blah blah blah." Just a flash after the NoGUI boot & I'm at the desktop with all those oh so annoying AntiVirus Programs loaded instantly. :)

Cons: I defrag'd it once just for kicks using a program called: MyDefrag. The thing was slow for a whole day while I can only assume it Trim'd excessively. I just wanted to see what would happen. I'm a user & abuser of PC components.

Overall Review: ~~~ Crystal Disk Mark 3.0.1 ~~~ Seq-R: 514.4 MB/s | Seq-W: 199.7 MB/s 512K-R: 400.9 MB/s | 512K-W: 201.3 MB/s 4K-R: 27.92 MB/s | 4K-W: 79.69 MB/s 4KQ-R: 198.2 MB/s | 4KQ-W: 160.6 MB/s ~~~ Setup ~~~ Phenom II X6 - 3.7ghz 16gb DDR3 - 1.7ghz Asus M4A89GTD Pro

Not so Sure, but Seems good

Prolimatech PRO-BV14 140mm Blue Vortex 14 Case Cooler
Prolimatech PRO-BV14 140mm Blue Vortex 14 Case Cooler

Pros: Frame is metal? Seriously, after you get the package in the mail you'll wonder why a fan is so heavy (I like it!) Seems like good build quality (none of that plastic stuff) Mounted both mine vertically (as all sleeve bearings should be) Never heard a noise from them at full speed (my cpu fan is louder, but even that is quiet) They beat the $8 coolermaster 120mm fans I bought before in both noise and CFM They are pretty blue I would buy these again... but my case already has 10 fans in it.... No LED's.... I'm a light freak.... So this is good. Cause I sleep in the same room (I've ripped out all my HAF932 LEDs & use quilts for my window curtains.... like in a hotel lol)

Cons: They didn't send me a free airflow meter to measure the CFM and confirm They seem a little weak on the CFM, but I'm used to pretty powerful and loud fans (it's all subjective) These don't pull air like a 3ft box fan... but idk why I would expect them to do something like that - you can dream can't you?

Overall Review: I sit 3ft or less from my coolermaster HAF 932 case Mounted 2 of these fans on the HD bays for air flow via zip-ties because I now have 6 hard drives (iyiyiyiyiyiyiyi - xena) & I noticed they started getting past 30C (75F-80F ambient... yes I need better A/C)