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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Joined on 12/15/15

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Most Favorable Review

Great inexpensive printer

Brother HL-L2340DW Duplex 2400 x 600 DPI Wireless USB Monochrome Laser Printer
Brother HL-L2340DW Duplex 2400 x 600 DPI Wireless USB Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: - Inexpensive - Ipaid $75 on a Newegg sale - Easy wireless setup. Couldn't really be simpler. Follow the instructions! - Fast print - Sharp, crisp looking text - 250 sheet paper tray -Automatic duplex printing... for $75!

Cons: - You have to remember to set the printer to "continue" mode

Overall Review: I was reluctant to buy this because of negative reviews here and on another well-known site. Perhaps this isn't good with Apple computers, but it works very well on Windows 7 Pro that I use. People have claimed it goes to sleep and is difficult to 'wake up' - mine goes to sleep (sometimes I go days without printing) but it wakes itself up and prints within a matter of a few seconds when I send it a print job. The wireless setup simply couldn't be easier. Be sure you have or borrow a USB printer cable, (with the 5-sided connector on the printer end) which makes wireless setup very simple. Also, be sure that you set the printer to "continue" mode. If you forget to do this, it will stop printing when the toner cartridge gets low. At that point, it's too late. The "continue" mode setting is available from the LCD control panel with only a couple of button presses; no software necessary. I replaced a Samsung that started mis-feeding paper with this Brother. Samsung is ok, but if you wait for the sales this one is better and as cheap, and it holds a lot more paper than the Samsung did - which was always an annoying problem for me.

Most Critical Review

Great quality, comes in a very complete kit... but huge and can cause problems.

Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler with 2x NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans (Brown)
Noctua NH-D15, Premium CPU Cooler with 2x NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans (Brown)

Pros: - Excellent quality and thermal performance<br>- Includes a syringe of thermal TIM compound<br>- Includes a splitter cable if you have only one fan header on your motherboard<br>- Includes two low noise adapter cables that slow the fans down if this is important to you

Cons: - Too big for many if not most mid tower cases.<br>- On Asus X99-Pro/USB3.1 motherboard, it is way too close to the card in the first slot.<br>- Clips that mount the fans are very flimsy.

Overall Review: This cooler is great quality, well packaged, and comes in a very complete kit.<br><br>But's its much too large to be able to say it will work in all builds. On my Asus X99-Pro/USB 3.1 motherboard, the cooler fin stack is so close to the PCIe slot 1 that it will short out to the solder side of the card installed in that slot. I made an insulator out of a piece of thin Lexan plastic. Without an insulator, there is no way I would ever run this cooler - 99% chance you will smoke something expensive. On my motherboard, like most X99 boards, slot 1 is one of the two PCIe 3.0x16 lane slots, which you definitely don't want to lose... and *can't* lose if you want to take advantage of all the PCIe lanes available in the processor.<br><br>You will also have to be careful with the case you use - it needs to support at least a 165mm tall cooler. I used an NZXT Source 530 which is relatively inexpensive full tower (183mm of cooler space) and it worked well. But for the same quality, most full towers are a little more money than mid towers, so this does end up costing you a few more bucks.<br><br>If you do find a small case with adequate room for this cooler, you will need patience and small hands because the gigantic cooler will make getting to some of the motherboard connections a challeng.<br><br>The little wire bale clips that hold the fans on are pretty flimsy and seem out of place on a high quality cooler like this. But, they do work fine, and allow you to adjust the fan mounting position to accommodate taller memory. So maybe it's more a "perception" of quality nit pick rather than a real quality shortcoming.<br><br>Other than the fan clips, I can't argue with the quality or performance. However, the gargantuan size of this cooler makes it hit or miss as to whether it will work with your other parts, and that's why I gave it only 3 stars. Noctua's web site said it would work with no issues with my X99-Pro but the closeness to PCIe slot 1 is a major issue that you would be foolish to ignore. For that reason I recommend that if you want less problems in your build and want to simply install your parts and get up and running, get something a bit smaller.

12/24/2015

Snappy performance!

Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM008 2TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM008 2TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Fast - Good price - For a new build, the Win10 installation gets it up and running as the boot drive as part of the Windows install. Couldn't be easier.

Cons: - None so far

Overall Review: Can't comment on the reliability, so far, but the performance of this drive seems very fast. I usually use WD Black, but so far this seems as fast or maybe even faster.

No problems -seems like a good MB so far

ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi 6, LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD, 14+2 Power Stages, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Front Panel Type-C, 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Aura RGB Lighting)
ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi 6, LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD, 14+2 Power Stages, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Front Panel Type-C, 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Aura RGB Lighting)

Pros: - Went together well and ran with no issues. - Good performance. - ASUS UEFI BIOS setup is good and makes setup a breeze.

Cons: - Manual could be laid out better, but the info all seems to be there. - Not all of the MB connectors have ID info silk screened on the board. - Doesn't work well with the Noctua NH-D15 heat sink if you need front-to-back CPU airflow - the Noctua fan interfered with the DDR4 at the the heat sink inlet and the VRM heat sink at the heatsink exit. The middle fan fits perfectly, but you really need both to get your money's worth with the NH-D15. Might work better if you can live with airflow from bottom to top and don't need the PCIe 4.0 slot. Overall...probably best to use a different (more compact) heat sink.

Overall Review: This is my 3rd ASUS build and all have been good. I would recommend this MB, but recommend a different heat sink. The Noctua NH-D15 is a very good heat sink that I've used on other builds, but I don't like the fit. The intereference issues noted in the "Cons" above limit the practical fan orientation and exeed Noctua's 165mm stated cooler height. It is working for me but I wouldn't recommend the behemoth Noctua. Opt for a smaller heat sink. I am not using an SSD on this build, so I can't comment on how well the M.2 or PCIe slot works in that regard. You should be aware that the PCIe 4.0 slot is only supported with 11th Gen Intel CPUs. I knew this but didn't realize that it meant that the slot doesn't work at all if you're running a 10th gen CPU. Not really an issue in my case, but could be for you.

Great features - just what I needed

ASUS X99-PRO/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS X99-PRO/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - UEFI sofware interface is easy to use and works great - Best feature set in its price class - Quality seems to be good - Everything worked flawlessly in my build

Cons: - The software driver disk is shameful - The manual is pretty good but could be a little more accurate.

Overall Review: I am not a gamer. I chose this board because it has exactly the features I wanted for an budget engineering workstation - I can't afford a Xeon workstation so I went with this, which gives great bang fir the buck.. Quality of the hardware is good. It assembled well and everything worked perfectly The UEFI interface is really good, which was a pleasant surprise. The only real downside is that the driver disk is absolutely terrible. It is horribly, painfully slow, buggy,and in general not something I would expect to come with a board at this price point. The manual is actually pretty good, but not 5-star. For example, this board has a two-digit LED display that gives status info, and there is a table of the codes in the manual... but my board displays codes that aren't in chart. Without that info the value of the display is not what it could be. Overall, I like this board. A well-done driver disk would make the driver installation take 10 minutes instead of 45 minutes, but once you get through that, the board works very well.

Roomy and well-designed

NZXT Source 530 CA-SO530-M1 Matte Black Steel / Plastic / Mesh ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Source 530 CA-SO530-M1 Matte Black Steel / Plastic / Mesh ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Large, with plenty of space for the largest coolers and several radiator mounting options if you're using a water cooler.<br>- Designed very well - all the cable routing is accessed by removing the right side (viewed looking at the front) panel which keeps keeps cables from blocking airflow<br>- Plenty of cable wrap tie points<br>- Bottom and front panel filters<br>- Accommodates fans on the back, bottom, top and front, and one fan on a pivoting bracket that you can direct wherever you want. Up to 9 fans, not including CPU fans. 2 fans are included<br>- 3 5.25 bays<br>- 6 3.5" HDD bays<br>- LED lighting at the rear so you can actually see what you're doing, controlled by a button<br>- Mounting location for an SSD on the "cable routing" side, effectively giving you an extra drive bay.<br>- The three HDD cages all come out if you need even more room or want to put a radiator behind the front panel.<br>- Everything fits.<br>-Good assortment of screws are provided.

Cons: - A filter screen at the top would have been a good addition to help keep dust from falling into the case when powered down.<br>- A few more front panel USB ports would have been good. Two ports are not enough these days, but at least they're 3.0 ports. I got a USB add on module that goes in one of the 5.25" slots to add more ports.

Overall Review: I like this case a lot. Having the cables all accessible from one side and the motherboard and related parts on the other, with a lot of tie points for cable ties, makes cable routing and dressing very easy. The HDDs insert from the side, so their cable access is on the side where all the cables are routed, contributing to minimal clutter on the component side. The design is a plain, black, industrial looking box, not something that looks like it's from a Star Wars movie. It's just a good, functional case that will house a lot of gear. CPU cooler vertical clearance is 183mm which means a Noctua DH15 will fit. I used this as the case for an engineering workstation, and even though it's big compared to a mid-tower, it's well worth it. Also, relatively inexpensive for a full tower.

12/24/2015