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Ronnie B.

Ronnie B.

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Most Favorable Review

Very good entry level widescreen (16:10) LCD

ViewSonic Value Series VA1912wb 19" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor
ViewSonic Value Series VA1912wb 19" WXGA+ 1440 x 900 D-Sub, DVI-D Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor

Pros: 1.Colours are good but it's even better once the monitor is properly calibrated. Nvidia's drivers have a handy gamma calibration for red, green, blue. Colour accuracy is better once you properly set colour gamma. 2. The 16:10 aspect ratio ins't perfect for DVD playback but for working on docs, it's good. 3. Minimal blur with motion video and NoLimits (a rollercoaster sim) has support for 1440x900. I use GRLevel 2 and 3 radar software and the extra width of this monitor is great for the multi-panel option in GR3. 4. Sharp text, especially when enabling cleartype.

Cons: 1.Black levels could be better. Others may have mentioned that the black levels / dark colours can sometimes look washed out. 2. Annoying blue box that states "analog / digital" pops up when monitor changes resolutions (like when windows boots up). 3. You must calibrate RGB gamma values for better colour accuracy (and reduced banding). 4. I believe this is a 6 bit display (16.2M colours) vs 8 bit. If utmost accuracy is important to you, you might be advised to look elsewhere. I'm not uber picky, and this is my first LCD so I'm sticking with it. Some very faint banding can seen with gradients. 5. It's a bit bright (but that can be a good thing in a very bright environment).

Overall Review: Other widescreen LCD's are more pricey and maybe I'll upgrade sometime later on to an 8 bit widescreen LCD. But for now, I'm pleased with the widescreen Viewsonic.

12/16/2005
Most Critical Review

Buyer beware!

Crucial V4 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Easy Desktop Install Kit CT128V4SSD2BAA
Crucial V4 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Easy Desktop Install Kit CT128V4SSD2BAA

Pros: At the time I bought the drive, it was reasonably priced. However, the price has crept up since then. And the price was the only pro, unfortunately.

Cons: Slow performance, especially right before it died on me. Even when the drive was healthy, performance was sub-par. Anandtech reviewed the drive and came away highly unimpressed. Flashing the firmware to a newer version helped for about 2 weeks. However, performance was rather abysmal. It's not Crucial's NAND that was at fault, it was their [BAD] choice with picking a bad [imho] controller.

Overall Review: This is a followup review. I posted one about this drive way back last September, 2012 when I first received it. Now that the v4 has been discontinued, I urge you all to stay away from this one. This could have been a good drive had they chosen another company for their drive controller. So now, this drive will become a paperweight and I will replace it with a Plextor.

1st was defective but the replacement drive works fine!

WD Gold 12TB Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD121KRYZ
WD Gold 12TB Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD121KRYZ

Pros: Very fast drive but it does take a good bit of time to spin up. But read / write speeds are FAST for a spinner. Drive is also quiet. Read / write speeds are fantastic for a hard disk. See the Crystal Benchmark pic.

Cons: Only con would be the slow spin up time but that's probably due to having lots of platters to spin up.

Overall Review: It seems that Western Digital has some QA issues seeing that a few people here complain about some drives being DOA. I had a similar experience. With 12 Terabytes of data, it will take a good bit of time to fill the drive up with transcoded movies. This drive replaces an 8 year old 3 TB Western Digital Black that I bought here 8 years ago.

For any Hackintosh build that requires wifi and bluetooth, get this card!

fenvi FV-T919 Hackintosh 1750Mbps Wireless PCI-E Bluetooth 4.0 BCM94360 Wifi Adapter For macOS Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey/Wi-fi Card For PC, Up to 1300M (5Ghz), Dual Band 802.11ac, Airdrop/Handoff
fenvi FV-T919 Hackintosh 1750Mbps Wireless PCI-E Bluetooth 4.0 BCM94360 Wifi Adapter For macOS Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey/Wi-fi Card For PC, Up to 1300M (5Ghz), Dual Band 802.11ac, Airdrop/Handoff

Pros: It's basically plug and play since MacOS has built in drivers for the Broadcom chip this has in it. I initially had a small issue with bluetooth because I had another wifi card in the system that had an Intel chipset and it didn't play nice with MacOS. Also, this card works with Linux as well. Windows 10 is supported but you will need to install the driver manually. (K)ubuntu Linux and MacOS plugs and plays this card.

Cons: My experience was different because of the after mentioned wifi card I had in my system previously but once I removed the old card and removed the associated kexts for the old card, it began to work. And the Bluetooth worked after another reboot. My only gripe was the Bluetooth snafu that worked itself out. If you're starting fresh with a new build, you more than likely won't have the issue I had.

Overall Review: With this being only a handful of wifi cards that work OOTB with MacOS, I would definitely recommend this card. Installation was simple and involves running the supplied cable from the card to your motherboard's USB2 header, and of course plugging the card into an empty PCI-e slot.

12/30/2020

One of the best GPU's you can get for a Hackintosh project!

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 GAMING 8G (rev. 2.0) Graphics Card, PCIe 3.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5, GV-RX580GAMING-8GD REV2.0 Video Card
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 GAMING 8G (rev. 2.0) Graphics Card, PCIe 3.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5, GV-RX580GAMING-8GD REV2.0 Video Card

Pros: After looking at various cards and reviews of cards that are compatible with MacOS, I finally decided to go for this one. I was going to get a 5500xt but that required a little finagling with config.plist. This card, being slightly older than the new 5000 series, is straight up plug and play. And boy does it perform! My Geekbench "compute" (metal) score that tests the gpu went from a paltry 4900 ish for the Intel UHD 630 all the way up to 50,000 or so for this card. Also of note, a 6 pin PEG connector from your power supply will more than likely work. My power supply happens to be a 400 watt Seasonic, which barely fits the minimum requirement. But it most definitely works. If you run a higher core count processor (i7, i9), get a 500 watt supply to be safe, and of course get one that has an 8 pin PEG connector so that will be one less thing on your mind, in case something doesn't work out. So in short, this card will make a great Hackintosh setup. Also, the fans will spin down and stop once MacOS boots. They will only spin up when the card gets warm. Audio out via HDMI, DP is also supported in MacOS with this card, in case you have it plugged to a tv or a monitor with speakers. Waking up the computer when it's asleep also works...with Intel's integrated graphics, that can be a hit or miss.

Cons: Not any I can think of at the moment. I just got and installed this card so only time will tell. I will revisit this review in the future if anything crops up.

Overall Review: For a good Hackintosh build, you cannot go wrong with this card. If you have deeper pockets, spring for the 5000 series cards (like the 5700xt). Also if you decide on the rx 580, be sure it's the 8gb version and not the 4 gb version.

12/30/2020

Nice budget motherboard!

ASRock B365M Pro4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel B365 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock B365M Pro4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel B365 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It's a basic motherboard but it does have some cool features, with one being an internal m.2 wifi slot (I didn't use that). Sometime in the future, I will make use of the m.2 slot (currently using a SATA based ssd for now).

Cons: Only thing I didn't like was the placement of the SATA 0 and 1 ports (over by the front panel connectors). It's a B series chipset so it won't support every bell and whistle. Fonts in manual can be bigger. Not everyone has eagle eyes, ASRock! ;)

Overall Review: This replaced a defective motherboard I received last week. I'm planning on setting up a lowish end obs studio PC using Linux. Linux mint 19.1 boots extremely fast on the motherboard and I'm using a Pentium instead of a higher end i series. Anyway, I installed the cpu, ram and cabled up the system. It came right on, much to my delight since the previous motherboard was DOA (and it bent the cpu corners slightly in the process!! -- I carefully unbent the corners and viola, it worked!!.. and yes, I had pin 1 (denoted by the arrow) where it was supposed to be!) System powered up and went to the bios screen. RAM size and speed were properly set. On reboot, it went right into Linux Mint 19.1 (as a sidenote, I'm installing Manjaro on the system soon and getting rid of Mint). It boots incredibly fast. And so far, no problems. I would definitely recommend this board for a nice lower end build. Something like basic web browsing, youtube watching, office work, that sort of thing. Yes, it runs Linux (tested with Linux Mint 19.1 and soon Manjaro 18) and it runs WELL. If you're on a tight budget, keep that in mind. :) I like the fact ASRock bundles a manual with the board. I just wished the font size in the manual was a little bigger for my middle aged eyes.