Joined on 12/18/04
Help for overclockers
Pros: In response to the poster below with overclocking troubles (sorry to use this as a make-shift forum, but I really would rate this ram at 5 stars, multiple times anyway - I bought multiple sets!) Anyway, if you have issues, just write G.SKILL customer service or read their forums and they can help you like they helped me. but here is what you do for the ASUS board: In BIOS, set "AI OVERCLOCK TUNER" to "manual", even if the correct timings are set by auto. This gives you access to the "DRAM timing/driver config" menu. In that menu, set the timings like this: FSB:DRAM: 1:4 CL: 9 clocks tRCD: 9 clocks tRP: 9 clocks tRAS: 24 clocks tRC: 40 clocks CR: 2T Then set your northbridge voltage to around 1.4v (little more or little less is fine). Do the same for HT voltage, 1.4v. Then set your DRAM voltage to around 1.6v, a little more is fine. Set DRAM to 1600mhz save BIOS and reboot
Cons: none, as always...
Overall Review: Download a free a program called "CPUZ" and run it to verify if you're running at 1600mhz and if all your clock speeds are correct, or just check it again in BIOS. Should work fine. Good luck and enjoy! SYSTEM SPECS: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black ATX Mid Tower Case ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX Motherboard AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz 125W Quad-Core CPU G.SKILL 8GB DDR3 1600 SDRAM SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card Thermaltake Bigwater 760I Water Cooling System SILVERSTONE 600W Power Supply Corsair 128GB solid state disk Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit Cavalry 4TB RAID Disk Array (NAS/Media Server) Sony BRAVIA 40 Inch 1080p LCD TV
great, but overpriced
Pros: Lightweight, great battery life on reciever, decent range. It even transmits around corners and through walls for short distances. Pretty much anywhere in my small apt, or outside. It's perfect for what it's intended for: lightweight, wireless sound. I can play my bluerays or console games max volume at any hour without worrying about waking the neighbors. I also like using it with a stereo or ipod, and being able to walk around freely without carrying the ipod. This thing is really lightweight!
Cons: Slight static, but hardly noticable at full power in both puck/reciever. The sound quality is horrible, no bass, but it's not intended for great sound. Just replace the Qbean earbuds with quality ones (such as Koss or Bose) and you get bass and worlds of difference in sound. The included earbuds are trash.
Overall Review: I would have given this product 4 or 5 stars if it weren't for the price. I would expect to pay maybe $30-$40 for something of this quality, not $90! If you care at all about sound quality, forget these. If you want lightweight versatility, this works fine. I may even try using it on my motorcycle, connected to my ipod. It's also good for travel, IE using a laptop. Its slightly better quality than laptop speakers, and at least has bass (with quality earbuds). Though, you only need this if you plan on watching movies or something, at a distance. Important note: plug in the puck transmitter for best sound and transmission. After a while, the 3 AAA batteries in the puck (not included) wear down and sound degrades. I thought it was the reciever and would recharge it, but it turned out to be the puck. A full recharge on the reciever will get about 8 hours continuous use, give or take. Quality earbuds are a MUST.
enemy to y data
Cons: Always back up if you've wasted your money on this drive. It will eventually fail. Mine lasted 4 months before the first failure. Good luck. Also - bulky, spins loudly, and sometimes hangs up the USB ports somehow so no other device can connect until I disconnect the Iomega. Forced me to research data recovery, and search for solutions. Completely worthless, expensive, paperweight that I will never trust with data again.
Enemy to your data
Pros: Writes/reads fast with usb 3.0.
Cons: Loses file system just as fast and becomes RAW. Lost 1TB data, TWICE, to this drive. Recovery software not successful.
Overall Review: Always back up if you've wasted your money on this drive. It will eventually fail. Mine lasted 4 months before the first failure. Good luck...
Pros: It can play 720p HD video (WMV). Slight stuttering observed, but at full screen the stuttering goes away. Of course, not capable of 1080p. Battery life is excellent. Possibly the best in class, according to reviews and benchmarks. LED backlight is nice, although screen appears washed out (too much gamma) at times. Fair trade-off for ability to use in sunlight. RAM is extremely easy to install, although only one slot. HDD is easily accessable as well.
Cons: HIDEOUS. Had to dock 1 egg for that alone. The store here overseas only had the blue version. No time to order online before my trip. Probably the ugliest laptop I've ever seen, although well-constructed. The keys are mac-style. Not a fan. Spaced out too much and annoying to type on until you get used to it. This also makes the entire unit larger than most netbooks, also feels slightly heavier than most NB's. Pointless. Only slightly smaller than my 14" Vaio, about 1/4 less weight to carry. Gets too hot to use on your lap. battery is wobbly, but not too much. Overall design is sound, well-constructed and durable, but appears to be designed by someone with no aesthetic sense...like the SAAB of netbooks. Hideous, but well made. In the end, exactly what I expected so I can't say I'm not satisfied. It was the only N280 model left after Black Friday...no doubt due to its looks. The slight difference in FSB between N280 and N270 is worth it to me. In something so small, every bit helps.
Overall Review: I bought this to use with an HD camcorder on vacation, in order to store the video and possibly edit. For that, it is sufficient. I exchanged a one-day-old DELL with Z530 processor for this. Z530 is not even capable of decent video playback let alone HD. This Toshiba is barely capable of HD video playback but it can do it, so nice to use on long plane rides for watching blu-ray (720p) or dvd rips. Coupled with long battery life, it's perfect for such use. it handles most tasks well as opposed to the Z530 which was frustrating to do even basic tasks on.
Pros: As an update, Cavalry actually honored the RMA, even if Newegg wouldn't. Nothing against Newegg, I knew this in advance. I didn't know that Cavalry customer service would be so helpful and still honor the RMA...Thanks Cavalry. To make up for the previous review, I bumped up the rating. PROS: Decent speeds, I seem to get around 12-15Mb/s from usb drive to pc to NAS. I haven't tried directly from PC yet. Torrentflux is a nice app. I shutdown the PC and just leave the NAS on and it downloads all my torrents, extending the life of my overclocked PC. Formatting and set up is a snap. It seems to work fine now, how it's supposed to, if not right away...
Cons: It still does not feel like it should for how much it goes for, retail. It was actually DOA when I got it back from RMA, but for some unknown reason, it powered on when I tried it again later. All I did was remove the back plate and put it back on. I didn't touch a thing inside. Also, the screws on the back were already loose and ready to strip with the slightest pressure. I had to be extremely careful.
Overall Review: For the price, it was a bargain, and a solid NAS if you can get past the imperfections. This is only one unit being reviewed here, keep that in mind. It might not be the same for all, depending on how quality control is. It performs as it should now, and I'm able to use it as I intended. Only time will tell on it's reliability. Cavalry customer service is good, and they held up their end. They delivered the RMA and I don't think you can go wrong when a company's customer service honestly backs up their products. For that I am extremely grateful.