Date Joined: 07/26/04
Pros: - Quiet
Cons: - Very low normal RPM -- inadequate for my cooler but maybe good for yours
Overall Review: Compared against a Corsair H90 140mm cooler fan at normal speed, the Corsair fan is considerably more powerful. I did not test at 100% PWM to see how the max static pressure compares; the BeQuiet drive is spec'ed higher. I would not recommend this for a liquid cooler fan replacement because the normal speed is too low and the processor will heat up, requiring the fan to run faster which defeats the purpose. It's a fantastic case fan, though.
Pros: - Runs at rated speed in a good motherboard
- 40.7 GB/s throughput (SiSoft Sandra)
- 57.8 ns latency (SiSoft Sandra)
Cons: - Price
- Requires a good (expensive?) motherboard to be stable at rated speed
Overall Review: 4 modules run fine in ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard for a total of 32GB RAM, which is my second Ryzen motherboard, My first motherboard was inexpensive ($110) and would not pass post with 4 modules and 1.35V, not was it stable with only 2 modules at 3200MHz.
Setting the Crosshair VI to 3200 MHz worked first try with all 4 modules using "DOCP Standard" and there's room to tweak. Read the reviews; see where others had success when choosing your motherboard. This is good, fast RAM but you will need a solid motherboard to get full speed.
Pros: - Able to run 4 DDR4 modules at their rated speed
Cons: - Price
Overall Review: This is my second Ryzen board in 2 weeks. I bought two of the G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB packages for a combined total of 32GB. My first motherboard was a Gigabyte AX370 Gaming motherboard and the max speed with 4 modules was 2933 MHz on that board.
The overclocking settings are advanced -- I haven't tried to tweak my Flare X modules to see what I can get -- getting 4 modules to run at their max rated speed is difficult enough. Any extra speed I can get will just be icing on the cake.
The Crosshair VI Hero motherboard passed my memory tests and is running fast and cool. I'm a happy camper.
Pros: - Blazing fast
- Great price for 10Gb NIC... I've been waiting a long time.
Cons: - Requires a 10Gb switch. I tested with the ASUS XG-U2008.
Overall Review: I tested by first copying from a file server to a workstation's ram drive. This averaged 495MBps for a 9.5GB file.
Copying from the workstation's ram drive to the file server averaged 592MBps. The first 10-or-so seconds showed about 925MBps and then dropped to around 440MBps for the final write. It appears the first 10 seconds was buffered by the server's hard drive cache until it ran out. The server has only 8GB of RAM -- more RAM would have allowed sustaining 925MBps longer.
I'm using Cat 6 network cables and the longest cable is 25'.
Pros: Low wattage
Great graphics support
Cons: Too hot for a completely passive solution
Overall Review: Built a near-silent HTPC running two of three stock 120mm Silverstone case fans running at 640 and 490 RPM and a Silverstone NT01-E passive cooler. Plays everything (haven't tested any 4K video). Average wattage while playing video under Media Center 7 is 33W at 42 C.
From temperature/wattage tests:
With *no* case fans: I aborted a Prime95 test in 4 minutes at 78 C -- temperature was still climbing.
With closest 120mm Silverstone case fan at 490 RPM: the max core temp stabilized at 65 C under Prime95 after 4 minutes until I aborted at 15 minutes.
BTW, the NT01-E cooler was a pain to install -- perhaps doesn't support socket 1155. That would explain it.
Components: 35W Ivy Bridge CPU, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, 2TB Caviar Green HDD, *no optical drive*, 4GB HyperX Blue DDR3, Silverstone NT01-E CPU cooler, Seasonic SS-400FL 400W fanless PSU, Silverstone GD05-USB3.0 case.
Pros: 3 Fan headers
USB 3.0 header for front case USB ports
Very good efficiency
No compatibility headaches
Cons: Only two SATA-3 ports
3D BIOS was fun for 15 seconds -- sticking to 2D view
Overall Review: My total system draw is 31W at idle, 42W playing video off HDD and 38W playing off network.
35W Ivy Bridge CPU, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, 2TB Caviar Green, *no optical drive*, passive CPU cooler, Seasonic 400W fanless PSU, Silverstone GD05-USB3.0 case.
Overall Review: Plug both adapters into wall outlets, run supplied Ethernet cable from one adapter to your computer, the other to your router. Doesn't get any simpler.
Such a device may not work on all outlets in a house due to the way that 240V comes into a house and is split into two banks of 110V and powerline adapters cannot communicate from one bank to another. My X10 system has a bridgethat plugs into my dryer's 240V outlet -- it was unplugged while using the device and I had no problems. The X10 bridge will not work for bridging powerline adapters -- I had no problems so I don't care.
I brought it to Brazil to see if it would work. It worked fine. 200Mbps is way fast enough for streaming HD video.
Pros: Simple construction. Design fits fits a variety of displays and the universal fittings are well thought out. The wide array of mounting screws should cover almost any model TV.
Cons: Poor quality control. Mine arrived with a critical, but wrong part. Seller did not agree to my request for a replace, instead requiring I RMA for a refund. I bought the unit because it was on sale. If I want to get a working unit, I have to pay more money. Would *you* want to purchase again from someone who treats you like that?
Overall Review: I feel stung by this transaction enough that I have a soured opinion of NewEgg's shell shocker deals and 1SaleADay.com. Also, this unit shipped from Florida and took a week to arrive. I live in SoCal just 50 minutes away from NewEgg's warehouse and expected 1-2 day delivery. Took a week, cannot use it and cannot get it fixed = a lot of wasted time.
Pros: Construction feels solid.
Cons: Bought 2 separate units, we'll call A & B. "A" had a cosmetic issue was RMAed. Its replacement appears to have an electrical issue causing drives in two bays to go offline every 2 weeks.
Unit "B" (after 11 months of service) has an electrical issue that prevents access to the RAID array. Also, if I power on/off its drive, the system reboots. "B"s issue did not damage the hard drive in it, as far as I can tell, but I feel uncomfortable about the drive's lifespan.
Overall Review: My faith is gone in this RAID enclosure model. I went from (8) 2TB drives to (5) 3TB drives and saw the new drives in two bays go offline in the first week -- those were the bays whose drives went offline before I replaced all drives.
One unit, "B", that will reboot the server if I power on/off a drive and another, "A", that appears to have intermittent issues with 2 bays. I will sell both units once their RMA replacement units come in. I am now buying an ICY Dock 5-bay enclosure.