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Paul D.

Paul D.

Joined on 02/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good performer

Team X101 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GX101L3
Team X101 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TG032GX101L3

Pros: Fast Compact No activity light Feels solid

Cons: Haven't found any yet

Overall Review: Averaged 72.19MB/s writing 14.6GB from my Spinpoint F3 Benched in CDM 3.0.1 x64 on 500MBx3: USB 3.0 Sequential Read : 130.696 MB/s Sequential Write : 80.252 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 107.015 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 1.076 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 8.333 MB/s [ 2034.3 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.163 MB/s [ 39.9 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 8.393 MB/s [ 2049.1 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.167 MB/s [ 40.9 IOPS] --------------------------------------------------------- USB 2.0 Sequential Read : 34.811 MB/s Sequential Write : 29.370 MB/s Random Read 512KB : 34.089 MB/s Random Write 512KB : 1.385 MB/s Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 4.847 MB/s [ 1183.2 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.151 MB/s [ 37.0 IOPS] Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 4.792 MB/s [ 1169.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.159 MB/s [ 38.9 IOPS]

Most Critical Review

Finicky/Functional...then dead

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit

Pros: Gigabit switch, 802.11n, looks nice, ample configuration options, good wifi range

Cons: Slow/sporadic wifi throughput: I frequently could not stream SD (sub 800kbps bitrate) video to a wired device from a wireless device regardless of the wireless adapter used (tried 3 different ones). 802.11n should be AMPLE for SD video streaming internally. This was the case regardless of the settings I used. QOS is just an on/off checkbox. This is the one area where the configuration options were skimped on, I felt, and it is very unfortunate. This unit always took an amazingly long time to pull an external IP address. I've had much cheaper routers that could do it in under a minute. This unit consistently took 5 minutes or more, which made troubleshooting/configuring take forever. Yesterday, the unit decided it just plain wasn't going to even try pulling an external IP address anymore, rendering it useless as a router and me without internet access in my home unless I physically connected my laptop or desktop to the cable modem (ie - the connection was fine from the modem directly to a wired device, but not if the router was connected between them).

Overall Review: I'm very disappointed with this router as I put up with all the noted "Cons" (and more) for the better part of 2 years and then it decided it didn't want to be anything more than a switch now. I don't think I'll be trying another D-Link router for some time, if ever.

Mostly great

EVGA CLC 240mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 2x FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 400-HY-CL24-V1 LGA 1700 Compatible
EVGA CLC 240mm All-In-One RGB LED CPU Liquid Cooler, 2x FX12 120mm PWM Fans, Intel, AMD, 400-HY-CL24-V1 LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Great cooling performance Flexible tubing (even in my tiny Ncase M1 sff case) Quiet operation after it settled in initially Easy installation (even on my Ryzen AM4 mobo)

Cons: Open frame fans (less efficient design), but I knew this when I bought it and planned on replacing them with couger 120mm PWM fans anyway so not too big a deal for me Software doesn't seem to detect my EVGA 1080 SC GPU at first to sync LED colors (will have to fiddle with this some as there's a fair chance I just haven't set something correctly)

Excellent so far

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Brown Switches
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Brown Switches

Pros: Price Quality Switch color conforms to standard Cherry color code Switch post identical to Cherry MX's so keycaps for Cherry MX switches are compatible with these Kailh ones too Feels identical to my Cherry MX Brown boards Context menu button (right click button that gets axed all too often on other boards) Windows key lock toggle switch

Cons: No braided cord No USB hub

Overall Review: Both the cons are completely negated by the price difference between this board and it's Cherry MX based competitors. For this much less money it's entirely expected to be shorted a few features on the more expensive boards I've had this board for over 4 months now and it is still every bit as good as the other 2 Cherry MX boards I have. I replaced a few of the keycaps on it with a few promotional ones handed out at QuakeCon this year and they of course fit just as if the switches were Cherry MX (as the posts are identical). I'm glad TT has decided to offer a less expensive alternative in the mechanical keyboard market as with the (deserved) dominance of Cherry MX switches, it has been sorely lacking.

It's good and everyone knows it

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: This is the best SandyBridge CPU for cost conscious gaming systems. The unlocked multiplier makes it a breeze to OC to mid 4Ghz and even past 5Ghz in many cases.

Cons: None.

Awesome card!

EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2680-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2680-KR

Pros: I absolutely love this graphics card. It eats through games without a complaint. It is much more quiet than I would have expected for a top of the line graphics card (just look at the previous 2 generations of reference flagship Nvidia cards as examples). I put this in my ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 with a 2500K and got the following (with the original drivers) at 1080p maxed settings: 3DMark11 : P9690 3DMark Vantage: P32394 / X21698 Unigine Heaven: 53.3 fps Furmark 1.9.2: http://tinyurl.com/cksrcll RE5 bench: 155.7 fps SF4 bench: 367.36 fps GTA4 bench: 65.88 fps Section 8 Prejudice bench: 109 fps Lost Planet Test A: 91.1 fps Lost Planet Test B: 80.6 fps Stone Giant: 129.061 fps Crysis bench utility: 57.88 fps Metro 2033 bench w/PhysX on: 32.67 fps SWTOR: 97.443 fps Tribes Ascend: 151.111 fps

Cons: For $500 on the day of release I'd have expected to get the high flow bracket with the card. Unfortunately it wasn't to be. I was also disappointed that (given I bought this card on day 1) there was no more than 2GB of VRAM on it. The 4GB model wasn't available until some time later, even though the 670 came with 4GB o.O . Despite that, I don't use 3 monitors for gaming and my 1 monitor's maximum resolution is 1920x1200 so 2GB is sufficient for my needs.