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James L.

James L.

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Young in late 70's, Engineering Tech, retired. Worked on computers and systems from the time they came out. I have built many. HECK I can recall when the first transistor radios came out. In college (EE) I had to use a slide rule (called a slip stick), no portable, hand held scientific calculators.

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Very Good the G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) F4-3200C14D-16GFX DDR4 3200 RAM

G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X370 / B350 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3200C14D-16GFX
G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X370 / B350 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3200C14D-16GFX

Pros: The G.Skill Flare X (2x8GB) F4-3200C14D-16GFX ddr4 ram was easy to install and setup to get the rated 3200 speed. A few days later started having error code pop ups and reboots. I ran windows 10 memory diagonistics. 1st pass ok, 2nd pass at 75% detected problem. I swapped the ram sticks and booted into default 2400. Ran chkdsk on c:, ran sfc scannow which found corrupted files and could not repair some. Did repair of wim file, ran dism to restore health. Ran sfc /scannow again, this time it found and repaired/ replaced corrupted files. shut down set ram to 2933 speed booted and ran memory diagnostics, all is ok. Rebooted to bios and set memory to xmp file 2, rebooted and ram is running at 3200 speed. Ran memory diagonistics test and all is running fine. I added all this information because I know a lot of people run into simular problems with memory speed and it is not always the fault of the ram. In my case the memory diagnostics said it detected ram errors in 2nd pass, but after performing all the operations as I did above, the memory diagnostics shows the ram to be in perfect condition running at 3200 speed cl14. So before going to the trouble and delays of returning ram as bad, be sure to check out things as well as you can. The G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) F4-3200C14D-16GFX DDR4 3200 RAM is fantastic ram. I hope this little review can help some of you.

Cons: I have no cons to report for this product.

Overall Review: I did a lot of research before purchasing the ram for my X470 system build because I had seen a lot of posting complaints about ram stability and speed on Ryzen cpus and am4 motherboards. My build, MSI X470 Gaming Plus ATX mb, AMD Ryzen R5 2400G apu, AMD Wraith Max Cooler, Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5" 240GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal ssd (entire drive for windows 10 1903). 1 tb WD Blue work hdd, 3 tb WD Red storage hdd, StarTech 4 port USB 3.0 front panel hub, LG BlueRay DVD r/w optical drive all installed in Thermaltake Versa H22 midtower case and powered with Ultra LSP 550 watt ps with AOC 23 inch display monitor. Ram installed easy into mb A2-B2 dimm sockets with minimal pressure and locked in. with only ram and cpu installed, booted into bios, ram at default 2400 speed, set axmp on to xmp file 2 and restarted into bios, ram speed now 3200. Shut system down installed Team 240 ssd that already had windows 10 installed mbr bios. Booted into bios saw ssd connected, saved and booted into windows, installed new mb drivers, system and chipset, and ethernet drivers. Rebooted and used convert mbr2gpt to convert windows 10 ssd from bios mbr to uefi gpt. Rebooted into windows and system now is uefi. Shut down and connected all other devices and hdds. Rebooted went into windows update and updated. System running stable and speedy.

GLOTRENDS M.2 Heatsink Kits

GLOTRENDS M.2 Heatsink Kits fit for PS5/PC, 0.12inch(3mm) Thick M.2 Cooling Fin for 2280 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
GLOTRENDS M.2 Heatsink Kits fit for PS5/PC, 0.12inch(3mm) Thick M.2 Cooling Fin for 2280 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Pros: GLOTRENDS M.2 Heatsink Kits, a 0.12inch(3mm) thick M.2 Cooling Fin for 2280 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs. Universal fit for 2280 M.2 SSD a fit for M.2 PCIe NVMe 3.0 SSD, Western Digital, WD_BLACK SN750 SE, WD Blue SN550, WD Green SN350 it can also be used with for M.2 PCIe NVMe 4.0 SSDs. I purchased this to go on a newly bought WD Black SN750 SE NVME M.2 1TB SSD PCIe 4.0 device. This size Cooling Effect is 5°C- 20°C with an aluminum Body Groove Design. The heat dissipation area, with 5°C- 20°C cooling effect (Varies depending on the environment temps used in). The Item Size: 2.76 x 0.87 x 0.12in, has a Net Weight: 0.28oz. It comes with thermal Pads, you have to tear off the transparent protective film of the thermal pad, otherwise there will be no thermal conductivity. The aging time of this material is stated as 1-3 years, but repeated use will accelerate the aging. Best to put it where you want it and leave it. It is a little soft, and a little elastic, but no elasticity, if you pull hard it will break. Size: 2.64x0.79x0.04 inch. The Package contained the M.2 Heatsink, Thermal Pad, 2 x Metal Clips, 2 x Rubber Bands and a Cleaning towel. I used the towel to clean the heat sink and NVME SSD surfaces that the thermal pad would be attached to. I removed the the protective plastic covering from the thermal pad and applied it. After mating the components together, I used the rubber bands to hold everything in place. I elected to use these versus the metal clips for my installation.

Cons: None that I have found at the time of this review, which has been a few months. I like to use purchased items a bit before I review them, that away I can include any related problems encountered farther down the line after installation and use.

Overall Review: I gave this little device 5 stars because I received what I ordered (no surprises), the cost is very, very affordable (way less than buying NVMe M.2 SSDs with heatsinks), the installation is very easy, and the results are worth it. I am pleased that I purchased this little device and yes, I would buy it again as the need for more arises.

Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1B0E

Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1B0E
Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1B0E

Pros: This is another fine Western Digital drive. As you know, if you have read other of my reviews at Newegg, I had already bought a WD Black SN750 500GB PCIe NVMe M.2 drive that I use as my C: drive. I bought this Western Digital Black SN750 SE 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 drive to install as my Work-Data D: drive. This will be installed on my MSI X470 Gaming Plus motherboard that had (2) on-board slots for M.2 M-Key PCIe NVMe SSD installation. I had already used the M.2-1 slot for the OS C: drive, so I installed it into the M.2-2 slot. I booted into the BIOS to be sure it was detected then started Windows 10. I set the disk to GPT type and formatted it. I then ran CrystalDiskMark to check out the drive, the results was as shown in photo (1) above. In my case (1585.97 read) and (1537.57 write). The drive was only working at half the rated speed. Reading in the MSI manual, I found that the M.2-2 slot only worked at PCI ver. 2.0 and not 3.0. But to the good, the manual and the BIOS also showed that this motherboard supported PCIe bifurcation (running multiple NVMe drives from a single PCIe slot). I ordered this device, a PCIe NVMe M.2 adapter for a PCIe slot. You can see my review on installation and usage of this adapter here at NewEgg. I installed the WD Black SN50 SE 1TB NVMe M.2 M-Key drive in the adapter, plugged it into PCIe 3.0 slot 1, booted into the BIOS and set all the PCI bifurcation settings to (auto). I saved the new configuration settings and rebooted the PC into Windows 10. The OS detected the new device and set everything up. You can see in photo (2) above that the Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1B0E is performing now at high rated speeds as advertised. Running CrystalDiskMark again showed, in my case (3481.34 read) and (2838.22 write). This Western Digital drive is very easy to install and set up. New users, hopefully you can use some of my information to get your drive installed, set up and running so you can enjoy its speedy benefits. I also installed the Western Digital Dashboard software to check and manage my PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs, I find it to be a very useful program.

Cons: There are no cons for this WD NVMe drive. The only problems you will likely encounter is setting the drive up for your particular motherboard. Read your manual, browse your motherboard manufacturer website and search the world wide web for helpful information related to your particular needs.

Overall Review: I definitely would recommend the Western Digital WD Black SN750 SE NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1B0E to anyone lookin for simple, speedy, reliable drive of this type. I have used many Western Digital drives and have many in use and performing admirably, some in se a few years. They also have a good warranty if you ever need to use it, I haven't so far. I would buy this particular SSD again and will be buying more Western Digital products. Yes, I am a very satisfied customer.

NVME Adapter, High Performance PCI Express 3.0 x4 to M.2 PCIe SSD (Key M) Card

[Upgraded] NVME Adapter with Heat Sink, High Performance PCI Express 3.0 x4 to M.2 PCIe SSD (Key M) Card, Support PCIe x4 x8 x16 Slot
[Upgraded] NVME Adapter with Heat Sink, High Performance PCI Express 3.0 x4 to M.2 PCIe SSD (Key M) Card, Support PCIe x4 x8 x16 Slot

Pros: This is a review of the NVME Adapter with Heat Sink, High Performance PCI Express 3.0 x4 to M.2 PCIe SSD (Key M) Card, Support PCIe x4 x8 x16 Slot Item #: 17Z-00TP-00001, that I bought recently from NewEgg to allow me to get the max speed and performance from the newly purchased Western Digital Black SN750 SE NVME 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD from Newegg. I originally installed the drive into the available M.2-2 slot on the motherboard which worked fine EXCEPT the slot was a PCIe 2.0 ver. and not 3.0 ver. so I got only about half of the drive advertised speed ( in my case 1585.97 read and 1537.57 write) according to CrystalDiskMark. To fix my drive's slow speed problem,I checked out to insure my MSI X470 Gaming Plus motherboard and BIOS supported PCIe bifurcation ( about running multiple NVMe drives from a single PCIe slot), which it did. The PCIe NVMe M.2 adapter that I received was a well designed and well built device, very solid and sturdy with excellent manufacturing components. I believe that it was built by Nubrent and sold by GLLAI GLOBAL TRADE STORE. This adapter came well packaged and protected with plenty of bubble wrap. The device itself was enclosed in a small plastic box with plastic hinged lid. Inside the plastic box was 1x M2 NVMe PCIe Adapter with Heatsink, 3x Silicone Thermal pads of various thicknesses, 1x Screwdriver, Spare Screws, 1x User Manual. This device supports Key-M PCIe M.2 NVME SSD (form factors 2230, 2242, 2260,2280), and DOES NOT support SATA-based M.2 AHCI SSD (Key B/B+M), please confirm your SSD before buying, and check that it supports your hareware and OS. If you put this in a PCI-e 2.0 slot, the transfer speed will be 16Gbps, please note that. For full speed you must plug device into a PCI-e 3.0 slot. The features of this device is that it converts one M.2 (M Key) NVMe/AHCI interface to PCIe 3.0 16x interface (PCIe 2.0 Compatible), No drivers required. Supports PCIE M.2 SSD (NVMe , Key-M), PCIE 3.0 X4 32 Gbps bandwidth. Supports TRIM and UASP. PCIE x4/x8x16 lane installation and supports PCIe 1.0, PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 motherboard. ( in PCI-e 2.0 slot, the transfer speed will be 16Gbps). It is compatible with Windows/MAC/Linux, and no driver required. (Note: Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are not compatible with NVME SSD). The operating temperature range: -40 - 85 oC. PCIE power supply: 3.3V. After assembling the 1TB drive into the device as depicted in the little manual and installing it into PCIe 3.0 slot 1. I booted into BIOS and set PCIe lane bifurcation parameters to auto, saved the configuration and rebooted the PC. My 1TB drive was already set to GPT and formatted NTFS. Running CrystalDiskMark showed that my drive was now operating at full advertised speed (3481.34 read and 2838.22 write). See photo (1) above. If you are having problems with your NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs running slower than advertised, you might want to look at one of the NVMe to PCIe adapter cards. It could help you as it did me.

Cons: There were no cons to this product. I was well satisfied with it. The website shows them to be out of stock now. I wish I had ordered another (1) or (2) while I was at it.

Overall Review: Yes, I would highly recommend this product to all needing this problem solver. I would very definitely order it again for myself.

Great Product - TESmart 2 port HDMI KVM switch (Review revisited 31 OCT 2021)

TESmart KVM Switch 2 Port, UltraHD HDMI 2.0 2 In 1 Out KVM Switcher 4K@60Hz YUV444 18Gbps, Audio Out, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby/DTS, HDCP2.2, 2 Computer to 1 Monitor/TV (2 In 1 Out)
TESmart KVM Switch 2 Port, UltraHD HDMI 2.0 2 In 1 Out KVM Switcher 4K@60Hz YUV444 18Gbps, Audio Out, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby/DTS, HDCP2.2, 2 Computer to 1 Monitor/TV (2 In 1 Out)

Pros: I have to say right off the start that this is one of the finest KVM switches that I have used. For those of you needing to work on multiple pc's using one keboard, mouse, monitor, printer, sound system, etc; TESmart has a KVM solution to handle your needs. I think they provide devices for 2, 4, 8, 16 ports. I ordered the TESmart KVM Switch 2 Port, UltraHD HDMI 2.0 2 In 1 Out KVM Switcher 4K@60Hz YUV444 18Gbps, Audio Out, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby/DTS, HDCP2.2, 2 Computer to 1 Monitor/TV (2 In 1 Out) product. The device was very easy to install, package contained KVM switch, HDMI/USB cables, power supply, remote control and user manual. This device has an available USB port that I connected a 4 port USB hub to and was able to switch my camera, printer and 2 scanners to share with each computer. I really liked this feature, very helpful. The cables were long enough to connect all my equipment, (about 5 ft). The product seems to be well built and sturdy and has a pleasing appearance. I have been well satisfied with using this product. It does its job and very effectively. I have used other very good KVM devices, but feel this has been the best so far. I can't say anything for the warranty, RMA's, or tech support as I have not had to use these yet and hope I do not have to. At this time I am very satisfied with the seller and their product. If anything changes I will update this review.

Cons: No cons at this time. ***NOTICE UPDATE (31-OCT-2021)*** So that my reviews remain reliable, and in all fairness to people who read my reviews, I have to update my findings (good or bad). I have used this device a little over a month. I still maintain all that I said in the (PRO's) area. I am still satisfied with the product, but have to report to you that after this amount of usage, the (2) blue No. 1 PC indicator lights no longer work, The (2) blue No. 2 PC indicator lights are still working at this time. I have tried unplugging power and other connection cables to the device to see if they would rest. Nothing worked. This device is just beyond the 30 day return/exchange period. So I guess I am just out of luck with having the (2) blue No. 1 PC indicator lights. I have had to change the rating from 5 star to 4 star. Reliability has suffered a little bit in the product manufacture component area. PLEASE TAKE NOTE that the device still functions reliably as before in all other areas, I am still pleased with using it. But I felt that you as potential customers needed a heads up.

Overall Review: It is all said in the PRO's review, the only thing I can add, (and it is not a con), is that it might have been more helpful to some to have had besides the selector button on the front panel, a pendant selector switch about 18 inches or so. This would have better aided the device placement.

10/31/2021

Artic Silver ASFive-3.5G cpu thermal compound for my pc work

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: Doing a processor upgrade to be able to install windows 11. I am reusing my AMD Wraith Max cpu cooler on the new processor an AMD Ryzen 5 5600G. This cooler does a very efficient job of keeping the cpu temps very low. I have used the Artic Silver paste before and it does a very good job. To detach the cooler from the cpu, I let the system warm up for several minutes, then unplug everything (power), unlatch the cooler from the motherboard and very gently twist the cooler heat sink back and forth to loosen the bond to the cpu, then lift off. Clean off thermal paste from cooler heat sink, I use a plastic card to clean majority off then use alcohol pads to clean off all residue to help insure a good new bond. I know there are several methods of applying thermal compound to cpu's and coolers as shown on many websites. I have my own method I learned many years ago when heat transfer from cpu to heat sink was very important (I think it is still very important now). I use a very thin piece of plastic and cut a square hole in it just smaller than the cpu. I align this template on the cpu and squirt a small amount along one side of the template hole. I then use a harder plastic card (like credit card) to evenly drag the compound the length of the hole this leaves a very thin evenly spread coating on the cpu. I let it set a couple of minutes then remount the cpu cooler. I reapply power and turn the system on and let it run for a good while. This is my way of using the Artic Silver thermal compound and I find it to be a very reliable product.

Cons: I have found no cons to this product.

Overall Review: In passing thoughts it would be great it they made a package that contained the compound, small amount of cleaner, application template and plastic card spreader. But as I said there are no cons for the use or reliability of this product.

10/14/2021
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My 1st product from TE-Smart - HDMI KVM switch 2 port

I ordered the Model HKS0201A2U-USBK HDMI KVM switch through Newegg. It was shipped to me from seller TESmart. This is my 1st product from TESmart. The product was well packaged, I received it within a reasonable time, no package damage. This 2 port HDMI KVM switch is all the seller said it was. I am very satisfied and pleased that I ordered this particular product. It installs very easy and performs way above my expectations. I would definitely recommend this product and the seller. So far, I find them both to be top notch.

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10/16/2021

The seller (Sedna) an overseas company.

They delivered a new product, in good shape. The product was as described. I am well pleased with this company's product. On Newegg they state that shipping will take 8-15 days. I ordered 9-6-16 and got it on 9-21-16. It did take the 15 days with my experience. I would buy from them in the future.

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