Date Joined: 04/28/06
Pros: - Hybrid does seem to speed up
- No special software to install to use solid state memory
- Decent capacity for a laptop
Cons: - Expecting SSD speeds then get an SSD
Overall Review: Hybrid drive seems a little gimmicky, but does seem to have faster boot times, and faster loading of things like browsers that I use often. This drive has very similar speed and capacity to other non-hybrid drives, but with a little faster boot time. Is the hybrid setup a little gimmicky; sure, but it does have a slight advantage in boot times from what I can see (after a few boot cycles) and it costs the same as a non-hybrid so why not?
Pros: -CHEAP (picked up for twenty bucks - 10 dollar newegg promo card! = ten dollar heatsink!)
-HUGE improvement over stock Intel cooler!
-The mounting hardware is actually really nice (no more screw drivers needed!)
-Comes with everything you need for a 2 fan push-pull setup
Cons: -Instructions are horrible...seems like they have one set of instructions for all their heatsink products
-Rubber mounts for the fan are a pain...they may reduce vibration, but you pretty much have to take the heatsink off if you want to adjust or swap the fan out and getting the thing on without bending the heck out of the fins is a challenge.
Overall Review: Using this cooler was able to get my Core i5-3570K up from 3.6 to 4.5 without too much drama even running prim95.
I had an older model XIGMATEK from 2008 on my previous setup that seemed to have a bit more fin surface area because this one decided to have a fancier look with the X cutout design, but not sure how much that actually makes a difference, and for the price difference between this cooler and item N82E16835233087 which looks like my old one I didn't care.
The instructions were pretty hard to follow. I just gave up and put it on they way it looked right. If you've worked on these before you won't have a problem. If it's your first time I'm sure someone has something up on youtube that may help.
All the mounting hardware for this thing was really impressive compared to my older version...I know this thing isn't going anywhere!
Just get it, for the price you can't go wrong!
Pros: - Nice look
- Clear Sound
- Separate control of the bass built-in the speaker
- Clear bass throughout the range with fairly consistent output throughout the range (with equalizer tweaking).
Cons: - Wires seem like they may be a little short for some people, but they are adequate for my desk use.
- Glossy finish shows prints
Overall Review: 40 watts may not sound like a lot of power, but if you're using this in a small study or bedroom these will pump out enough sound for almost anything. For the money these speakers are great. The sub is much stronger than the speakers and out of balance if you turn the bass nob past 25%, but produces pretty clean sound. These will probably not satisfy audiophiles, but after a little adjusting on the computer equalizer I'm pretty happy and I'm fairly picky. The 360 degree sound makes a difference, but I wouldn't buy them just for that; may make a bigger difference if your speakers will be in the center of the room. Over all I gave these speakers 5 eggs because the sound is very good for the price and I would definitely recommend at the price point!
Pros: Unit seems to function just as you would expect. Transfer rates all seem fine while running on USB2 (haven't tried running over eSATA yet). The on/off switch on the back is nice. The simple design and black color allow this device to blend in with your computer case or hide easily out of site. The power unit is smaller than most on older enclosures I have used.
Cons: Plastics used on this thing feel incredibly cheap but they look ok. Would be nice if it needed a few less screws (takes 6 to mount and close the unit). Black seems to show a lot of finger smudges on the case, but it's not that big of a deal.
Overall Review: Complaints are pretty minimal with this unit since everything works great. Can't complain about functionality with eSATA and USB on the device. Just WORKS!
Pros: Unit worked perfectly right out of the box. It is very quiet and seems to produce low heat. Uses nylon sleeves for cable management which is good for this price range when you take the mail-in rebate into account. Black color always makes the case look a little nicer.
Cons: Really can't complain about anything for this price. It works and it's quiet!
Overall Review: As long as 400w is going to cover your power needs don't think twice about this PSU!
Pros: -Excellent look (get compliments all the time since buying this)
-Runs pretty cool with very low fan noise
-Battery life of about 5 hours of wifi and movie watching
-Aluminum design feels very sturdy even though parts of the case are plastic (very little flex in the casing)
-Almost a Netbook form, but more comfortable and better usability at 13 inches (Cannot beat size to performance for this price!)
-Looks like a macbook pro, as powerful as a macbook pro, but at about 60% the price and a PC so less compatability problems!
***I am running the SP9300 (2.26GHz) with the GeForce G 105M card so I assume this model will have slightly longer battery life and produce even less heat!!)***
Cons: -No DVD drive (not a problem for me, but pick an external up here on newegg if you think you'll need it)
-Screen does not look good at extreme angles (partly because of extremely small size)
-Track pad buttons are a little hard to push for my liking
Overall Review: -People complain about the track pad, but I find it works alright
I bought this computer with the Intel Core2 Duo SP9300 (2.26GHz) processor and the discrete GeForce G 105M, but though I would add to the Newegg ratings since this is where I look to find reviews on many things. Would have bought from Newegg if they offered the specs I wanted!
Pros: Seems to stay pretty cool at standard clock with standard heatsink (never seems to be above 30C which I didn't believe but the heat sink never seems to get hot. OCed it to 3 GHz without a problem using the included heatsink. No lag with any
Cons: Haven't come across any yet...works beautifully!
Overall Review: May want to change the heatsink out if you plan on OCing.
Pros: Works well, and seems to be a pretty stable overclocker!
Cons: Full price is just ok, but if you can pick it up with a rebate it's good ram.
Pros: Cheap! Runs my AMD Athlon II X4 620. Build quality was actually better than expected and everything. I like the Power and Reset buttons on the board. The CMOS was easy to reset (not the board's fault...someone was messing around too much in bios). Everything works! Great board as long as you don't need too many free slots.
Cons: Says it supports 1080p, but ATI Radeon HD3300 staggered quite a bit when running Hulu videos in HD so I ended up putting a 7200GS card I got for free after rebate in and that seems to run it just fine. Worked OK in SD. was able to run Windows7 graphics just fine.
Overall Review: Looks small in my full sized asus server tower...
Pros: They fit, they look nice in the case, and I don't get angry every time I have to remove my huge graphics card to mess with other stuff because I can't find the screwdriver...
Cons: They're screws and they fit...not much to go wrong here and nothing did.
Pros: Seems to moderate voltage well enough and looks decent on the back of the case.
Cons: Could have used a little longer of a wire but it's not that big of a problem.
Overall Review: I'm not using this with fans as none of my fans use this connection type, but rather to change the brightness of LED case lights so I can sleep at night! Controlling four sets of LEDs and they all dim together...works perfect for this with a continuous gradient!
Pros: Pretty bright and when used with a fan controller they dim with a continuous gradient which is a huge plus over the cold cathode lights I've used. This thing is also super small and fits into just about anywhere you can think to put it! I'm using them to light up the inside of my case as well as one behind the faceplate of my Sonata III case so that it lights up the slits nicely! The color is a pretty dark and full blue and it is slightly UV making my orange sata cables glow and as well as my green zipties. The glue on the velcro also seems to be staying well enough.
Cons: They are very focused LEDs. This may not be what you want but I found you can do some cool effects by "spotlighting" specific components if you like.
Overall Review: I actually own the blue ones but it's been dropped by Newegg so I just wrote a comment here. I used the APEVIA FC-01 fan controller to turn them on and off (so I can sleep at night) and the LEDs dim beautifully using it so that I can adjust the brightness of all my case lighting if I want.
Pros: This card CAN still be OCed. I'm running at GPU 750/Memory 2200 and don't see too much heat. The fan is EXTREMELY quiet and cool for a GPU and especially compared to my friends 9800GT single slot. Card looks much better than the picture in real life IMO. OCs, runs pretty cool, and runs pretty quiet...overall a great card!
Cons: Included software to control fan doesn't seem to want to increase my fan speed. I never get above 68C because of a fan mounted in front of my hard drives, but it would be nice to try to keep it a little cooler if possible.
Overall Review: Really a reasonably priced, quiet option in the 9800GT class. OCing increased my 3DMark score from 11708 to 14305 (15-20 fps during the test) while still staying below 70C with the fan staying quiet. If that's too hot, you can always change the settings! Never dipped below about 36fps running 3DMark stock, and 44ish when it was OCed. Great card for a hundred bucks!
Pros: Works with XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle in case you are worried! Allows you to mount so the CPU fan blows toward the back exhaust case fan in addition to getting rid of the cheap pushpins!
Cons: Not included? It just increases the shipping on my order!
Overall Review: WAY worth it if you are worried at all about the included pushpins holding!
Pros: CHEAP if you get it with the rebate right now! This thing is BIG and it cools GREAT! Keeps my E8500 OCed @ 3.9GHz running around 34C idle and 39-40C load (Prim95). Still fits with plenty of space in my sonataIII so other cases about that size should be ok as well. If you pick this you should get the mounting bracket so you don't need to use the cr/\p push-pins to hold it in place because those weren't designed for this baby! Make sure to get the XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 as this is the one that works with this cooler! This will also give you the ability to mount the cooler sideways so that it blows directly toward your rear exhaust fan!
Cons: Push-pins suck so get the mounting bracket so you can screw this baby in (Model XIGMATEK ACK-I7751). Feels extremely sturdy with this mount, but it does add to the cost. Something this large should include a better mount! Goop included didn't look very good so pick up some good thermal grease!
Overall Review: Can't believe how well this thing cools for the price! Make sure to get the right mounting bracket I listed above as others have said they bought the other one and it DID NOT FIT!
Pros: Mid-line price with great OCing ability and extremely COOL! I am running OCed at 3.9ghz with no voltage increase on a GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L board. Will boot higher but does not pass Prim95 stress test. XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler keeps this processor at 34C idle and 39-40 load with the fan on low! Much cooler than almost any processor I've seen and hasn't hung up on anything so far!
Cons: May become dated since it is only duel core once programs get optimized for multiple cores but for now the higher clocked duels seem to outperform the quads for game play...probably upgrade by that time anyway!
Overall Review: Haven't played with the voltage yet...wonder how high it can get!?
Pros: Unit looks very well finished and you can find it for not much more than the psu sells for if you look. The hard drive mounting keeps them resting only on thick rubber for sound reduction. Excellent fit on the front door leaves no gaps for light from fan controllers or other things to come through (so I can sleep at night). The air filter is a nice touch but does seem like it will only catch the big stuff (better than nothing). Sideways mounting for hard drives keeps wires hidden and give you more space to work with in the mobo.
Cons: Rear Antec fan is now mounted with screws instead of the pull through rubber design they used in the previous sonatas but is still very quiet. Does not come with a second fan to mount in front of hard drives, but the setup does keep them cool once you get a second fan. Door seems to be a little bowed...not sure if that is antec or shipping, but there are screws that fit in back of the case that keep it fitting snug (just a little annoying to use).
Overall Review: The front bezel is actually black. I actually think it looks better but it's up to you. Heard they switched it because of a problem with static electricity but not sure if that's true. The case is extremely good if you don't want something intrusive in terms of light and sound or that fell out of a space ship. Enough space to fit my 120mm cpu cooler and 9800GT. Over all a great case I am happy with (especially if you get it on one of the discount prices) and I would suggest it for a friend's build.
Pros: Super cheap and basically the same thing as those costing much more. I haven't had any problems with it.