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Mr. H.

Mr. H.

Joined on 12/11/04

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Most Favorable Review

Fast and Silent

Fujitsu MAW3300NP 300GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SCSI Ultra320 68pin 3.5" Hard Drive Retail
Fujitsu MAW3300NP 300GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SCSI Ultra320 68pin 3.5" Hard Drive Retail

Pros: Excellent quality, runs silent, cool and has very fast access times.

Cons: None, err perhaps the high price..

Overall Review: Runs 24/7/365 in one of my application servers without a single problem.

Most Critical Review

Shuttle Blues

Shuttle SD32G2B SD32-G2-BK-V1 Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel 945G Barebone
Shuttle SD32G2B SD32-G2-BK-V1 Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel 945G Barebone

Pros: Nice SFF design as we have come to expect from Shuttle.

Cons: About everything. But seriously, I have in the past 8 years build more than 100 Shuttle SFF's, without any serious problems, until the SD32G2B arrived on my desk, DOA... No matter what type of memory or CPU I trow at it, it refused to POST. Based on my long experience with the usually good Shuttle quality, I have noticed that as of late the QC level is not anymore what it used to be.

Overall Review: I applaud Newegg's quick and painless RMA of this DOA issue. I opted for a refund, and will stay away from Shuttle for now until they have their act together with 945 and 965 chip sets. Interesting note: you can find the newest SD32 and SD37 SFF's at reduced prices on a well known auction site on the web, even on Shuttles own store there.. Speaks volumes I would say.

SFF for the Professional

SilverStone Sugo Series SG01-S Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
SilverStone Sugo Series SG01-S Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Excellent Design and Build Quality! Given it small size, you get a roomy interior, very easy to assemble, with a very smart HD bay design that holds 2 drives, cooled by a silent fan. Best of all, the case accepts standard ATX PSU's, however make sure that you select one of those "modular" types, because space for power supply wiring is limited, so if you care for free air flow, go modular.

Cons: None that I can think of, unless perhaps the somewhat flimsy USB and Audio front entrance. But this is not really a drawback.

Overall Review: This Silverstone SSF is a tad high priced, considering it comes without a PSU, but its absolutely perfect, and solid aluminium build quality makes up for the price. Bottom line I think there is nothing out there that comes even close in quality to this Silverstone SFF.

Best Processor Ever

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Core 2 Extreme Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 130W Processor - BX80562QX6700
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Core 2 Extreme Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 130W Processor - BX80562QX6700

Pros: Simply the best CPU ever produced by Intel. Baffling performance, and best of all, if yr lucky the chip comes unlocked, and in my case accepted 11 x ratio = 3GHz rock stable, with 4 cores ! WOW !

Cons: Simply none.

Overall Review: A bit pricy, but considering the leap in performance, probably worth it.

DVI KMV Switch to avoid

GWC KD053D 2-Port PS/2 DVI KVM Switch
GWC KD053D 2-Port PS/2 DVI KVM Switch

Pros: There are simply no pro's to mention.

Cons: Unit failed misrably with switching between a Intel based chipset PC and NVidia (Atlon XP2) base PC. Lockups, frozen Mouse and Keyboards, and garbled dispays, and noisy sound. Completely unusable.

Overall Review: Conclusion: bad design, don't buy. I dropped the unit in the trash, and won't buy ever again this brand. A further word of warning buying DVI based KMV switches, many other brands are causing problems with NVidia shipsets (IOGEAR) and many LCD monitors as well. Make sure you do your homework reading customer reviews before deciding which one is right for you.

XEON, running fast

Intel Xeon 3060 Conroe 2.4 GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W BX805573060 Processor
Intel Xeon 3060 Conroe 2.4 GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W BX805573060 Processor

Pros: This core 2 duo XEON processor has more headroom than the standard Conroe, because its main purpose is for servers. With little effort could clock it to 3.2G.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Runs cool (50 C) with stock cooler.