Date Joined: 07/08/04
Cons: -Top slot kept failing intermittently. Swapped cables, drives, ports, you name it. Was driving me nuts trying to troubleshoot.
-Build quality of the included SATA cables is quite poor. Connectors do not fit snugly. Tried them on another rig to be sure it wasn't this hot swap rack.
Overall Review: In the past, Rosewill used to be good to me. However, I have to say that in the last year, I've been getting nothing but garbage from them, and this is probably going to be the last straw.
Pros: -On-board video that's separate from the CPU
-Shared RAM for video adjustable (rare for this type of setup)
-IDE and floppy interfaces
-Large array of CPU support
Cons: -Memory slots can only support one pair of whatever type of RAM you're using. There's two slots for DDR2 and two slots for DDR3.
-CPU fan controller only supports 4-pin fans. 3-pin fans will run at full speed regardless of settings in BIOS (even after BIOS update).
-SATA controller does IDE and RAID modes, but not AHCI. Not a huge deal since I'm using a PCI x1 add-on controller that meets my needs in this regard.
-Only one PCI x1 slot. A full-size ATX version of this board would be nice so we can have more of these.
Overall Review: Got this to replace the motherboard I fried in my data recovery rig; the IDE and floppy support make it perfect for this task. Plus the AM2/DDR2 support meant that I didn't need to get new CPU/RAM. What I have still works perfectly, and it plenty for what I use the rig for.
ASRock's motherboards never blow me away, but they've never died on me either. There's always little things that irk me though, such as everything I listed in the cons. Really can't complain too much given this is the only non-used motherboard option out there for AM2/AM2+ CPUs.
Pros: -35W @ idle
-65W @ 100% cpu (this i3 by itself is rated @ 65W, meaning the PSU and motherboard are incredibly efficient)
-Whisper quiet, even while running almost a dozen routers in GNS3
-Front fan duct designed well for keeping the internal drives cool
-Completely tool-less case design
-Best tool-less PCI slot system I've ever seen
-Nicely designed internal drive vibration mounts (not sure why people are complaining about this)
-More USB 3.0 ports than USB 2.0 ports
-Windows Server 2012 runs SMOOOOOOTH as butter with this hardware
-The lack of a hard drive reduces the price, and allows you to get ones you prefer instead of whatever brand they want you to have
Cons: -Tool-less external drive mounts are poorly engineered... just use the screw holes with some thumb screws instead
-COM 2 header does not take standard DB-9 harness connector (not a huge deal, but still)
-No RDIMM ECC memory support (but at this price point, you can't really expect that... at least it does UDIMM ECC)
-Front USB 3.0 harness header is not a standard connector
-Non-standard power supply connector, but same voltages and pin sizes and typical PSUs. Easy to adapt to an aftermarket unit (and if you think otherwise, you have no business being inside of a computer chassis).
Overall Review: If you plan on a 10Gb NIC or running a 12Gb SAS setup, be sure to use the 1st X16 PCIe slot for the best bandwidth. That one is a Gen3 PCIe while the other slots are just Gen2.
Also, I'm really shocked at how many of the one-egg reviews are way out of line, especially the guys using Server 2003 and non-R2 2008. If you value the security of your servers, you'd get smart and upgrade already. Lenovo did you a favor by not supplying drivers for those operating systems. Additionally, if you think this is really an enterprise class server, you should seek another profession. This is designed for specialty tasks and small business needs, not a datacenter. The specs alone should be enough to tell you that.
In closing, this server is perfect for things you would typically see an appliance for, like an IP camera security DVR, a small business database server, or even a firewall/VPN system. This would also be a good light-duty NAS, and also does ok with GNS3 (though I have since changed over to one of the Xeon-E3 models for Cisco training).
Also, these servers are made in Mexico, not China despite what another reviewer said. I guess nobody reads anymore.
Cons: Worked for about a month, then the images started getting dim, followed by the loss of all red and blue colors on one of the outputs. I barely moved the thing around and it's doing stuff like this, imagine if you used it on the go.
Pros: -Great Price
-Included fans are good for being only 80mm
-Case supports 120mm fans
-Good variety of drive mounting options (see "Other thoughts")
Cons: -The HDD LED is brighter than the sun, while the power LED is barely visible... a tad annoying
-The PSU's 12V rail is only 11.5A. Keep this in mind if you're tossing in a power-hungry CPU and GPU.
-The SATA power cables are a bit short for the 2.5" hard drive mount (see "Other thoughts")
-Front fan exhaust requires ample clearance UNDER the case for proper ventilation due to lack of vents on the front cover. Get thick rubber feet to keep this from being an issue.
Overall Review: The drive mounting specs are WAY off! Shame on you, Newegg!
Here are the correct specs:
1x 2.5" internal (mounts on bottom of case)
2x 3.5" internal
1x 3.5" external
1x 5.25" internal
1x 5.25" external
Pros: -Remote monitoring over LAN works flawless on iPhone app
-Very quick system recovery after power loss
-Relatively easy interface
-Can use an old TV or a newer PC monitor
Cons: -Awful user instructions (none for the smartphone apps)
-Reliability of remote monitoring over internet is hit or miss
-Remote download video format is not a common one (requires laviewcloud website to view)
-Remote viewing site only seems to work with Internet Explorer
-Included camera IR range is 15 feet at best; nowhere close to 50 feet
Overall Review: If you need security on the cheap, and this isn't your first rodeo, you've found the right choice. If you're a novice, stay away and look elsewhere.
Additionally, expect 4 cameras to require 1TB of hard drive space for one month's worth of recordings. Keep this in mind when you chose a hard drive.
Pros: -Great range for both frequencies
-Great speed on the 5.0GHz channel
-Has a USB NAS feature that actually works (it's asking too much of Netgear for this)
-External wireless on/off switch (good for when you're on vacation)
-5 months running strong with ZERO downtime
Cons: -USB drives are limited to 2TB (per partition). It will support larger sizes, but only if they're split up through reformatting. Not worth knocking an egg off, and you should really look into buying a dedicated NAS if you're needs are that high.
-The USB interface is not going to win any races, but it is by no means the slowest of routers in this category. It's definitely fast enough to stream 1080p video across your network and backup your computer while you sleep. Again, look into a dedicated NAS if this is a concern.
Overall Review: Other routers try to do what this one does, and they come up short. Other routers in this category do not have the reliability or the bang-for-the-buck that this one has. TP-Link has made a quality product for me yet again, and has become my go-to networking resource for home and small-office needs.
Pros: -Fantastic price-to-performance ratio
-Great wireless range, even with iPhones and iPads
-The 300 mbps wireless speed makes this PERFECT as a wireless bridge
Cons: The RJ-45 connections are only 100 mbps, but if you're only using this for internet connectivity that isn't even close to that speed then this won't be a bottleneck for a majority of the people reading this. Not worth knocking an egg off, and not something to really complain about for the price.
I had some minor issues with setting up the wireless SSID and channel number when I was using Firefox, but using Internet Explorer worked fine. Just keep this in mind if you run into issues with the setup utility that it may just be the browser you are using. I had a similar experience with Netgear about a decade ago. Again, not worth knocking an egg off the score.
Overall Review: Installed one of these at a friend's house, and also currently using two of these in my church (one as an AP and another as a wireless bridge). It's working flawlessly, and FAR exceeds the performance and reliability we were getting from Netgear and Linksys. TP-Link is quickly becoming my go-to resource for home and small office networking equipment.
Pros: Decent price for a full ATX-sized board.
Cons: Died in less than 3 months of light use. It eventually stopped going beyond the BIOS menus, and now it won't even bring those up.
Additionally, this board's build quality is the worst I have seen since the socket 7 era of the 90's! Incredibly flimsy connectors, especially the VGA connector. Plus, two of the USB ports stopped functioning after a month, followed by two more about a week before it completely died.
Despite them marketing this board as being "triple density", it flexes far more than a board should and leads to broken connections as a result just by simply plugging and unplugging connections on the rear as any computer would normally go through.
Overall Review: If this is what I can expect from ECS as far as quality, then they shouldn't expect me to be a future customer.
Pros: -Decent Price
-Comes with SD adapter
Cons: It failed after 3 months of gentle use. Pretty much stayed in my tablet during that time, and anytime it was removed, it was ejected properly. Tried reformatting in both Windows and Linux on other computers in different formats, but it will only read as having 44KB of space instead of the 59GB it's supposed to have formatted.
Overall Review: Thankfully, I was just using this as an onboard backup for the data in my tablet, thus I didn't lose anything permanently. Just for kicks, I tried doing data recovery with various forensics software I have access to and nothing was able to access the data. Dead as a doornail, except for a small 44KB section.
The fact that it has a lifetime warranty is the only reason I didn't give it one egg. Regardless, if you need something for critical data, look at a Samsung or San Disk one instead. They're both far more reliable.
Pros: -Retractable connector
Cons: -The first one was DOA
-Other USB 3.0 flash drives perform over 50% faster
-Takes significantly longer for a system to recognize the drive than other USB storage devices
Overall Review: As soon as I got the replacement for my first one that was dead-on-arrival, I benchmarked it in Kali Linux against my Corsair and Patriot USB 3.0 flash drives. I was blown away at the fact that they both performed over 50% better than the Silicon Power one.
If you have systems with USB 3.0, then get a drive that will actually take advantage of it. This drive will not, and therefore I cannot recommend it.
Pros: -In the sub-$50 class, this is one of the best CPU's for multi-threaded applications.
-It overclocks on air cooling very well, though for my current needs I've actually been under clocking it to about 2.0GHz.
-With a Biostar A75MG and 3 hard drives, the whole system typically uses about 50 watts to operate, which is incredible!
Cons: -With the FM1 socket dying out, getting a replacement CPU in a year or two could become difficult if it happens to fail.
-The included cooler's fan noise is a little high at full blast, but it's not a problem if you set your system to only raise the fan speed based on the processor temperature. If you plan on doing alot of gaming, you should look at a better heatsink/fan unit.
Overall Review: I used this to create a small file and print server, but I've been finding this able to handle more tasks than I expected. I'm also using it to send alerts across the network from a serial I/O unit connected to flood and pump failure alarms.
Since the GPU is obviously being underutilitzed with these tasks, I've been using it for the Folding@Home project, which is seems to be knocking out most research tasks in around 15 hours or less.
Cons: -Enclosure cuts out during extended periods of data transfer, thus screwing up the data transfer
-Enclosure has poor heat dissipation
-The claimed 4.8 Gbps transfer rate is impossible, despite being USB 3.0: The internal interface only goes up to SATA-II, which is rated at 3 Gbps (realistically, 2.4 Gbps).
-Unless you're resting the drive on top of, or right next to your computer, the included USB cable is too short.
Overall Review: I tried multiple drives to make sure it wasn't my drive, and I also tried those drives in another enclosure, as well as inside a computer. The enclosure is definitely bad.
This is the second Rosewill product I've had to return in a week... NOT HAPPY!!!
Overall Review: I tried multiple drives to make sure it wasn't my drive, and I also tried those drives in another enclosure, as well as inside a computer. The enclosure is definitely bad.
I own the black one, which is exactly the same minus the color of the enclosure, but I reviewed here as well for obvious reasons. This is the second Rosewill product I've had to return in a week... NOT HAPPY!!!
Pros: -Supports 5 x 120mm fans
-Has built in air filtration
-Tool-less features are somewhat useful
-Has a very logical airflow scheme with no vents on the sides, which helps me greatly, cause the left side of the case is against a bookshelf.
(And frankly, I think from an aerodynamic and thermodynamic standpoint, it makes more sense to have air come in from the front and bottom, and out the top and back, like this case does)
-The shock mounts for the hard drives work really well, and make for easy swap-outs of the hard drives
-Even has a filter for the power supply, which is nice, cause it's hard to get dust out of power supplies without opening them up.
-The top mounted audio jacks, buttons, and USB ports are a nice touch.
-Amazing price for what you get!
-Has holes for water cooling... good to have for future upgrades.
Cons: (Note: All of the cons are nit-picky items that are nowhere close to taking off an egg... all they do is increase man hours during assembly)
-They picked the dimmest yellow LED they could find, and used it as the hard drive LED.
-The filter on the top two fans is absolutely pointless as the top fans make more sense as exhaust fans, not intake fans... you don't need a filter on an exhaust fan: rip it out!
-The intake filters don't help if high airflow and low noise are your main goals, but you already knew that.
-The tool-less drive latches don't work on smaller drive bay items, like fan controllers, cause they don't go as deep as a CD/DVD drive, but there are screw holes when you take off the latch, so don't worry about mounting a fan controller.
Overall Review: I recommend setting up the front and bottom fans as intake fans (as these both have filters), and the rear and top fans as exhaust... this is the best way to get cool air in, and hot air out.
And if you want to use 120x38mm fans instead of 120x25mm fans, go ahead for the one on the bottom and the one on the back, but the other 3 require 120x25mm.
And as for the LED situation, I swapped out the dim yellow hard drive LED for a 3,000 MCD white one, and hooked it up to the power LED socket, then hooked the blue power LED's to the hard drive LED socket... In this setup, it is now PERFECT, and I recommend it to you all!!! I just wish they did it like this to begin with, but not worth knocking an egg off.
All in all, I love this case, and it's features exceed my needs for a Music Production PC, and would work great as a gaming rig too... I almost want to get a second one as a gaming PC for when Crysis 2 comes out.
Pros: Recognized by the BIOS right away.
Cons: Does not work in Windows 7 64-bit, even with drivers downloaded from Rosewill's website.
There's a very bright blue power LED that's always on, and it's kinda annoying.
Overall Review: Until now, Rosewill has always been good to me (no surprise being Newegg's house brand). I'm kinda shocked that they've actually messed something up. I hope this isn't the start of a dip in quality from them.
Pros: The colors are completely different than what the picture shows, but it's nicer looking than the picture.
It has legacy connections, like a parallel, floppy, and ide on the board, as well as a serial port in back (some of us still need this stuff).
Cons: RAID does not work! Why advertise that you have a feature if it doesn't work?
Any attempt to use RAID with Windows 7 will not work... no matter which drivers you use, and even if you update the BIOS, a blue screen intermittently comes up saying the BIOS cannot support AHCI.
Unless you're running Windows 7 Ultimate, don't expect to use RAID.
Also, there's a utility to change the BIOS's startup picture that shows up when you first boot the PC, but even that doesn't work! Again, why include this if it doesn't work?
Overall Review: I was really hoping this would work out well. I've used Biostar graphics cards in the past, and have had great results... I just wish their motherboards were as good.
Pros: -The keys might seem small, but if you can text message on your phone, this will be no problem for you.
-Comfortable fit in either one hand, or both hands together.
-Very small sized dongle... so small it can be stored inside the remote.
-This is the only device of its kind for under $100
-IT HAS A TRACKBALL! LONG LIVE THE TRACKBALL!
Cons: -So it's not backlit... neither are any of my other remotes.
-No function keys, but there's always the Windows virtual keyboard if you really need them.
Overall Review: I don't know why people aren't loving this more... I'll say it again, IT'S THE ONLY DEVICE OF ITS KIND FOR UNDER $100! If you have a HTPC (Home Theater PC), you need this thing, cause lets face it, a wireless mouse doesn't work well on couch cushions, and who wants a big keyboard taking up the entire end table next to your couch?
Sure, there are keyboards with built in touchpads... but they're not as sexy as this baby. Phenomenal job Lenovo!
P.S. I googled and found a coupon code that brings this down to $35... I recommend you all do the same.
Pros: The following is with an MSI K9A Platinum motherboard, Athalon 64 X2 5200+ Processor, and 2GB of RAM. OS is Windows XP SP3 32-bit.
-Runs Crysis (Single Player) and Crysis Warhead full DX9 quality @ 1080P resolution with no stuttering
-Runs Crysis (Multiplayer) and Crysis Wars @ full DX9 quality @ 1440X900 resolution with no stuttering, even with 20+ players.
-Blu-Ray playback is smooth and free of problems
-Has HDMI, DVI, and VGA (D-sub) outputs
-Quiet fan compared to other cards with similar price
-ATI's Catalyst software has far fewer bugs that it did a year ago
Cons: The audio through the HDMI is tricky. A novice will have much difficulty getting it working. ATI may have finally figured out how to make bug-free software for graphics, but they need alot of work on getting their audio drivers working.
Search online for "Realtek HDMI drivers," and specifically look for version 2.13. I had no luck in getting prior versions to work.
After installation of these drivers, you will need to go into the "Windows Control Panel", and go to your "Sound Properties". Select the "Audio" tab, then in the "Default Device" box, select "Realtek HDA HDMI Out". If this does not work, go into your BIOS and disable your on-board audio.
You may find that some sources will not give you more that 2-channel output, such as MP3 playback; yet if you fire up a Blu-Ray movie, you'll have the full monty.
Also, disabling your HDMI display disables the HDMI audio as well. Prepare for dissapointment if you use an A/V receiver for audio like me.
Overall Review: Another note with the audio: My motherboard's onboard audio is from Realtek as well, so I had the "Realtek HD Audio Manager" program already installed. This made the audio much more enjoyable.
Also, the audio is not Biostar's fault. Expect the same issues with any ATI HDMI card.
I upgraded from a pair of Radeon 1650XT's in Crossfire configuration, and it was a night and day difference. This really is phenomenal in the graphics department, which is why I gave it 5 eggs, but if you want reliable digital audio, stick with the optical and coax outputs on your sound card or motherboard.
Honestly though, if you get the audio working, this is the best thing for a Home Theatre PC with the TV as the primary display. Playing Crysis from the couch then following it up with Iron Man on Blu-Ray is really something.
Pros: -It's under $100
-It's a 1GB Crossfire card
-It has HDMI, DVI, and VGA
-The HDMI port enables one connection for video and audio (great for A/V Receivers like mine)
Cons: -Any attempt to operate 3D programs results in driver failure after 10 seconds, including Crysis, Crysis Wars, and Crysis Warhead, no matter what version of the driver, Catalyst Control Center, or game.
-More than half the time, card will not support simultaneous use of DVI and HDMI ports. One screen will usually stay blank.
-When switching from DVI to HDMI actually works, image on DVI output slowly fades away in a distorted image rather than instantaneously blanking out.
Overall Review: Although ATI's software is garbage, my original Sapphire Radeon 1650XT cards use the same software, and do not have any issues... no doubt the hardware is the weak link here.
I really had high hopes for this thing... but I was let down hard. Diamond was lousy a decade ago... I see things haven't changed.
Pros: Storage space per dollar ratio is phenomenal. Transfer speed is decent.
Cons: Bought 2, and the first one failed mechanically in the first 24 hours. It started with certain applications not wanting to install, then the 3rd or 4th time I booted up after that, it made grinding and clicking noises.
It's also a bit louder than my 160JJ's.
Overall Review: If you're not doing a mirror RAID array, don't buy one of these, cause it's a good chance you'll have one fail on you.
Pros: Nicely priced, high quality case. Feels heavy and solid when loaded up with components, unlike those cheapo cases out there.
Cons: As stated earlier, the 3.5" bay can only have screws inserted from the bottom, which can be a pain, but Mitsumi makes a nice floppy disk/media card combo drive that will screw in from the bottom.
If you have a power supply that doesn't have modular cables, you'll find things a bit cramped in there.
SATA power cables that are at a 90 degree angle might be a pain if you mount a drive at one of the 120mm fan spots.
Doesn't include enough motherboard standoffs if you use an ATX board. It needs about 2 more.
Overall Review: A note to Josh... there might be only one hard drive bay, but you can use one of the 120mm fan spots to mount a hard drive on this case, and one of them is right by the hard drive slot. Works fine for me.
Also, it isn't mentioned in the specifications, but there is a spot for an 80mm fan below the power supply, and I recommend putting one there.
Also, the 2 80mm units in back are 4-pin molex, not the 3-pin type, so you'll need an adapter if you want to use a fan speed controller.
You can also fit 80mm fans where the 120mm fans go. There are holes for both sizes.
Pros: I bought this to replace my busted Audigy NX2 unit, and I'm glad I did.
This thing has crisp clear sound quality, and you don't need to fuss through millions of settings to get it that way.
Cons: Optical In/Out would be nice, but for the low price, I'm not upset.
Also, an on/off button would be nice, incase I want to default to the motherboard's sound device without having to disconnect the cable, but that's not a biggie.
It's cheap, it sounds great, the cons are meaningless!
Overall Review: The blinky light isn't so bad for us guys with custom pc lighting. I have red and blue lighting, and this compliments it nicely.
Pros: Kapersky blows "Trend Micro's Pc-cillin Internet Security" away, and found so much that they couldn't. It also beats "Spy-bot" and "Ad-aware" in the spyware category.
Where this really shines is in the firewall area. I always felt that "Norton" was the best, until now. Kapersky is by far the best software firewall I've found.
The trainer mode is an impressive feature.
Cons: The trainer mode is annoying.
Overall Review: In the long run, the trainer mode is a good thing. The program actually learns how your system runs, and adapts itself.
Pros: A great entry card into the PCI Express world. Also, it's one of the cheapest "ATI Crossfire" cards out there.
With a "Crossfire" compatible motherboard, 1GB of RAM, and an Athalon-64 4000+, I can run "Halo" at full resolution... even when playing a 16 person multiplayer game, and it's still smooth... freaking awesome!!!
Cons: I had some issues with the software. It took about 5 tries to get it to install properly. What I downloaded off ATI's site was even worse.
Also, when trying to set it to "clone" between monitors, it doesn't do it manually. You need to go into the display wizard to get it to work.
Basically, ATI needs to do some improvements to the software. It has no logical sense to it.
It's this card's only weak point.
Overall Review: I only gave it a 4 because the software issues were darn annoying. Software issues aren't permanent though. I can only hope that ATI will get it straight.