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David J.

David J.

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Most Favorable Review

Being Generous

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: When it works -- it works extremely well. Excellent BIOS, OC features, tons of PWM fans with BIOS control. Obtained a 4.8GHz OC with the first try @ 1.4v vCore. Had no problems with a 8 DIMM slots populated 8x4GB in my case. Spectacular for <48 hours!

Cons: Horrible >48 hours! Repeated random shutdowns which became progressively shorter 'on time.' Did the full gamut to rule-out other components. Long story short, it has been in RMA with ASUS since 2/27/12 and finally yesterday ruled unrepairable and expected delivery date evening of 3/28/12. A MONTH for an ASUS RMA!!! You are out of your minds not to wait and cross-ship with ASUS. I was told there was no inventory, so I got suckered-in to send it to ASUS. --- Wish I bought it @ NewEgg! :(

Overall Review: In very stark contrast - everyone, should kiss the toes of NewEgg! Best darn Expedited and Finely tuned company I've ever run across - period! I love these guys! Most folks who have trouble with this or any X79 are indeed, installing their Windows 7 incorrectly and FAILING to use the correct F6 Intel RST Enterprise drivers during install. DO NOT use the default Windows AHCI, it's slower, problematic for the X79. To prevent a problem, set the SATA-> RAID which forces you to use the correct driver. It's best to create a Flash Drive installer with unzipped Intel RST (folder). Use the latest BIOS, and drivers from ASUS's website, and then use Intel's driver update includeing the latest Intel RST Enterprise and you should be fine. DIMM issues raise the VCCSA & VTT -> 1.10v and AI Overclock Tuner -> XMP (with XMP RAM). I used (2) kits of Corsair CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G; excellent RAM. I realize 2%~3% MOBO's are duds, so I took off 1-star for a 30 day RMA. I'm sure I'll be happy 3

Most Critical Review

BAD RAID - Don't Buy (REV 2)

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: In "theory" it has all the "right stuff", very clean MOBO. USB 3, Good Price, connections in all the right places. 2-Way/3-Way Crossfire/SLI.

Cons: 6/10 rigs built for our office were bad within 1 day!!! BSOD and immediate shutdowns when configured SSD {Primary} and RAID 1 HDD {Data}. We sent them all back to be replaced with Asus P6X58D-E which all are fine. I too read all of the reviews and I assume if I only had an SSD I would not know any differently and been happy.

Overall Review: Sadly, a real disappointment. Gigabyte is aware of problems as I described above (SSD + RAID HDD). I hope Gigabyte can address this problem in (REV 2.x or 3.x).

APC OEM Battery

APC UPS Battery Replacement for APC UPS Models BR1500G, BR1300G, BX1500M, BX1500G, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC, BR1500GI, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC and select others (APCRBC124)
APC UPS Battery Replacement for APC UPS Models BR1500G, BR1300G, BX1500M, BX1500G, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC, BR1500GI, SMC1000-2U, SMC1000-2UC and select others (APCRBC124)

Pros: Last a lot longer than third-party batteries.

Cons: Weight. Price.

Overall Review: The OEM batteries last longer. This is the second APC battery of this model I've purchased from NewEgg and I'm pleased with both the shipping from NewEgg and the battery. I've had good luck with APC batteries, 5+ to 8 years is pretty good. Your millage may vary, but that's my experience. We have 6 x APC Back UPS Pro BX1500M with loads ranging from 200W to 600W and in Florida we have a lot of brownouts and at least 1-2 blackouts. I've tried other third-party batteries and none of them have lasted past 3 years .. at least that's my experience. Price .. you can justify replacing the battery once with a "consumer grade" UPS and I'd replace the unit after the replacement battery dies (about 10 years). The commercial APC UPS definitely are built better, so replacing the battery makes more sense.

12/20/2019

Good Value & Non-Native USB 3 Fail

Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset

Pros: Hmm...folks need to adjust to 7.1 Virtual and things might start sounding a lot better, otherwise the default 'Bypass' is simply awful. For the price it's tough to beat the Corsair 1500 and it's a lot better than your onboard sound.

Cons: If you wear them for long periods of time the inward pressure gets to you and I have an average sized head. So while I appreciate the tiny heads in China the next version needs a looser fitting 'head strap.' Non-native e.g. ASMedia USB 3.0 controller will destroy the sound (horrible distortion) and there's no fix for this, so those with only USB 3.0 ports are out of luck. Corsair confirmed this problem as latency caused by the chipset, and native USB 2.0 work perfectly fine. So what do I do on my Corsair 500R case?! I agree that the placement of the inline volume control is too far down the cord and it can easily get caught on either your chair or desk, plus IMHO the (+) should be on the top not the bottom; counter intuitive.

Overall Review: Overall the build quality is nice, I like the so called flimsy breaded cord, it looks attractive and once properly set-up works just fine. Also, I love that the LED turns red if you disable the Mic, and boom folds-up and positions itself just fine.

12/20/2012

Better Prestige - Bad Servers - Hacks are Back

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC Game

Pros: Prestiging is a lot better than it use to be and you no longer lose your weapon CAMO's and attachments once you Prestige. Also there's a new 'Diamond' bedazzled CAMO after all the weapons in a group are 'Gold.' The maps are new and refreshed but some are rather large. My advice is if you're going to be an avid player Prestige, but if you're not then don't and stay at Level 55 with everything available. Zombies still allow you to 'train' them and some of the newer weapons are fun. Campaign is actually very good and IMHO worth the price alone. Veteran isn't a cake walk and makes the game very challenging 1-2 shots and your dead. Also, based upon your choices there's several different endings. New Weapons & Streaks, there's a lot of new weapons, attachments and Scorestreak which replaces the older Killstreak's in past games. Scorestreak's are unlocked as your 'score' without dying goes up and not as in the past the number of kills in a row without dying. I must admit the Scorestreak options are inventive and interesting to use especially defending your Objectives. For most players I recommend the random 'Care Package.'

Cons: Again, there's plenty of AimBots, Wall Hacks and other Boosting that spoils the game. There's a lot fewer 'PC' gamer's than Xbox but hacks are a lot more prevalent on the PC side. If I watch the film and you hack I'll report you... IMO needed changes: 1. Knife ; 2 front or 1 rear kill otherwise it's too easy and frustrating for most folks. 2-3 bullets vs 1 5' hack from a running knifer?! 2. Objectives & Bonus XP; to earn any Bonus XP should require a minimum of 1 Defend + 1 Attempt to Capture or you get zero (0) Bonus XP otherwise folks treat every match as a TDM and ignore the objectives. 3. Statistical Skill Level Matching ; there's enough data for CoD to do a better job matching-up 'equal skill level' players. Placing a 'Pro' or 'Hardened' team against folks who aren't at that level makes folks not want to play and rage quit. Servers & LAG - once a day either Steam or Activision will have a daily problem of some sort and it takes at least for 20+ minutes to fully recover, but worst is IF it kicks you off then 'POOF' goes both your accomplishments and XP for the entire game ...argh! I have 50/50 Mbps FiOS and I still get daily LAG.

Overall Review: For smooth 1920x1080 graphics I'd recommend either a GTX 660 or HD 7870 for High-Detail or GTX 650Ti or HD 7770 for Medium Detail. Hope this all helps and enjoy.

12/20/2012

Outstanding Budget IPS - No Dead Pixels

Dell S2340M 23" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor IPS
Dell S2340M 23" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor IPS

Pros: Compared it to the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM there's very little discernible panel differences. Overall image quality is very good, and the colors and saturation levels are fine in Auto. Also, good are the viewing angles, Contrast, Clock & Phase, Sharpness, Gamma, and Black Levels. Images look sharp and color accurate. Gaming for an IPS panel is good.

Cons: Important note: NewEgg's product image as of (10/26/12) suggests the screen display is edge-to-edge, it is not and 'Product Tour' is accurate (actual is 5/16" Top/R/L border) ; it's not like some LG TV's. I did find some Ghosting problems with certain middle gray RGB values: 64/192, 96/224, 128/255 and some minor Response time issues. I used Lagom monitor tests. Note: I am no expert. Very limited inputs (DVI-D & VGA) compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM which adds a DisplayPort. Doesn't come with a DVI-D cable, and only a useless VGA.

Overall Review: For the $70 savings the Dell S2340M is a better choice for most folks over the more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2312HM (fractionally better panel, Display Port, 90 degree swivel, USB Hub, and DVI cable). Dell's Display Manager for those new to it takes some getting used to, but it can be customized and comes in handy. As usual go to Dell's website for the latest drivers, the CD's are old.

10/26/2012