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ryan m.

ryan m.

Joined on 05/25/04

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Most Favorable Review

works just fine in a X230 tablet

Crucial M4 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD3
Crucial M4 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD3

Pros: works just like a normal SSD as long as your notebook is msata capable

Cons: non yet

Most Critical Review

bad stick after a month of use

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997102
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997102

Pros: inexpensive, great timings

Cons: unreliable one of the sticks failed horribly (verified with memtest+)

Overall Review: I've been seeing a lot of bad mushkin ram lately, I wonder whats going on with their QC...

12/24/2013

Not a beginner's motherboard, but has a LOT of flexibility and is very stable

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: has just about every option (excluding 10 gigabit ethernet) you could really want. Stable under very heavy loads

Cons: complicated setup - you best know what you're doing. Older bioses can also cause confusion (see my comment below)

Overall Review: If you're going to use a 2nd gen thread ripper, make sure to update the bios using the bios flash back method (check page 41 of the motherboard manual on how to do this). My setup (using a 2950x) did not post until I updated to the newest bios using this method. Fortunately this isn't hard to do if you read the manual

Not cheap, but worth it for high end server builds

Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U, Premium CPU Cooler for Intel Xeon LGA20xx (92mm, Brown)
Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U, Premium CPU Cooler for Intel Xeon LGA20xx (92mm, Brown)

Pros: I've used several of these on high end dual cpu 2011 and 2011 V3 builds. They mount extremely well and are easy to install. Cooling performance is excellent, keeping dual 160 watt CPU's within limits. Fans are very quiet when not running the system hard (obviously if you're running the system hard, the fans will make more noise).

Cons: not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

11/12/2015

nothing fancy, just works

ASRock Z87 PRO4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z87 PRO4 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: intel gigabyte ethernet. flexible bios options, decent board layout, lots of usb ports, seems pretty stable so far

Cons: usb options in the bios could be explained a bit better see comments too

Overall Review: while not asrock's fault, do NOT accidently install the Z77 USB 3.0 drivers for the Z87 usb 3 controller. Intel has totally reworked it, and accidently installing the Z77 drivers will hose your windows 7 install.

it worked, performance in line with what I expected

StarTech USB21000S Compact Black USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter
StarTech USB21000S Compact Black USB 2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Network Adapter

Pros: I'm using this on a compact linux server that didn't have a free pci or pci-e slot. I compiled the ASIX module into my kernel, and the card detected just fine without issues. Performance was roughly 200-250mbps during large file copies, which is what I expected due to the USB bus limits. For giggles, I also plugged this into my Windows 7 workstation. The driver detection wizard found the right driver from Windows Update, and the card seemed to work great in limited testing with Windows.

Cons: no usb 3 support ( I knew this buying it, so no "eggs" off. USB 3 support would be awesome though, you'd get the gigabit network speed on it.