Date Joined: 07/26/06
Pros: * Heavy Duty - Pretty sure this thing could withstand small arms fire in addition to water and heat. It feels robust, very well constructed, and the fittings are tight.
* Excellent Interface - I've been using Synology products for years and the current web interface available for the ioSafe is robust and easy to use. The Help documentation is actually helpful, and it was simple to navigate the sections and get done what I needed.
* Fast - I ran a test with 5x 7200RPM 2.5" 320GB drives in a 1.2TB RAID5 array, and all running on a 10/100Mbps link. Despite all of the expected limitations, it completed a full 1TB encrypted TimeMachine backup to an encrypted volume in very good time. This is anecdotal (unfortunately) as I did not time it, but I was pleased with the speed.
Cons: Heavy, not rackmountable.
Overall Review: I have yet to push it to its limits with large 3.5" HDDs, but if its performance thus far holds for several years, I will be thrilled with the purchase.
Pros: I got two sets (4x8GB) of this RAM when it was on sale and I had some coupons. It may not always be this low, but that was $170 total after promotional pricing and $110 after my coupons. Possibly the best deal I've ever gotten on Newegg!
Installed on a Mac Pro 4,1 2x2.26GHz 4-core (with the eventual plan of upgrading to 2x2.66 6-core, 5,1 firmware). The point is, in dual-channel configuration they work great. And once it's a 5,1, they will reach their native 1333MHz speeds.
Installed, 4 slots are still open for future expansion.
Geekbench shot up 500 points with this RAM from the stock 6GB. I think it's because of the tight timings of this RAM and the fact it's non-ECC.
Looks a lot cooler than the stock Mac RAM, and has a heatsink.
Overall Review: The price may not always be this low, but just 7 years ago I paid $250 for 2x1GB DDR2-800. Before then it was even crazier. $100 for 16GB RAM is an excellent price.
Pros: High 4k read/writes, excellent garbage collection, and synchronous NAND made this the choice drive for me.
I haven't RAIDed them yet due to issues with Mac OS X and Bootcamp, but the option is there and these have been reviewed well for such a task.
The price is excellent for the feature set, especially considering that they are almost perpetually on sale by the Egg.
Cons: The 2.5" - 3.5" bracket is incompatible with Mac Pro drive sleds? I knew it ahead of time, so this isn't really an issue.
Overall Review: Eventually I'd like to RAID these using an onboard SATAIII controller. Until then, these are saturating my SATAII ports with 260MB/s up and down, and that's just dandy.
Pros: It works. I have a flashed XFX 5770 ZHFC in a Mac Pro 3,1, and this adapter works with a 27" Apple Cinema Display.
Cons: $16.99 seems a bit high for a passive video adapter, but it's really the only option.
Pros: It's a Mass Effect game. Big guns, big explosions, generally fun. Graphics are awesome and runs on high settings even on mainstream hardware.
Cons: Writing is weaker, team selection seems more arbitrary compared to previous games. I've played through as a female, and watching the male opening was like pulling teeth.
Overall Review: I've been a fan since the first Mass Effect dropped on Xbox, then later on PC. My female Shepard has followed me through all three games. Still haven't beaten this one (darn you adult responsibilities), but so far, it's a blast.
Pros: * Affordable
* Not the ugliest case ever
* Good cooling
* Fairly robust
Cons: *Not the most attractive case ever
Overall Review: i3 2100 @ 3.1 GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6670, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, 8GB (2x4GB) 1333 DDR3 RAM. The power supply does a fine job with these components, and I'm able to play Skyrim at 1920x1080 with Ultra settings. For a $50 mATX case w/ included 300W PSU, that's not too bad. I'd buy this case again.
Pros: * Very comfortable
* Excellent build quality
* Looks great
* Many options for customization
* Since it's custom-fitted to your hand, people don't want to use it. Keeps them off your machine.
Overall Review: Great mouse. You can't go wrong with it.
Pros: Replaced a similar 6570: i3 2100 @ 3.1GHz, 8GB 1333 RAM (2x4GB), 1TB 7200RPM HDD, 300W PSU, mATX
* Total system draw is only about 170W max, despite 400W warning.
* Windows score 7.1 (up from 6.8 on 6570).
*Skyrim on 6570 - 1680x1050, 4xAA, 4xAF, ~30FPS
*Skyrim on 6670 (5% memory, 10% core overclock) - 1920x1080 with everything maxed, ~30FPS (very playable IMO)
Cons: Expensive for the performance (with rebates, full-sized 6670s on Newegg are as low as $60).
Overall Review: This is the most powerful card currently available for a low-profile build. Systems like the one I'm running (listed above) are highly undervalued; with deals and bargain hunting, I got all the hardware for under $300, and I'm playing games like Skyrim, Mass Effect 2, Crysis 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, etc with their settings fully maxed. Source games all run >80 FPS with maxed settings. My system is clean of bloatware, and it boots within 25 seconds.
This won't hold true forever, but think twice before you spring for all the best hardware. A $2,000 system over 6 years is still more expensive than 3 $500 computers over the same timeframe, and with less resale value over that time. I expect to sell this computer for about $150 - $200 in the next 12-18 months, but a $2,000 computer in six years will probably only fetch about $350 - $500.
Pros: Good, solid RAM. Got it on Shell Shocker for $9.99.
Overall Review: It's good RAM, but nothing special for the current price. If you need 4GB DDR3 1333, this is a fine option.
Pros: It's cheap and it carries quality 1080p content.
Overall Review: Mine is hooked up to a 1080p projector and an HTPC. THe projector throws a quality image, so the cable must be doing something right.
Pros: This case is beautiful, particularly for the cost. It is light-weight but does not feel or look cheap at all. The side-loading optical drive enclosures provide flexibility in the setup, and prevents the front from having either a protruding drive or annoying door. The removable MOBO tray makes life way easier, particularly since by its nature it is a small-ish enclosure. That being said, with the side panels removed, internal configuration was a breeze. It also comes with a plethora of screws, rubber grommets to secure HDDs, and zip ties. It's LianLi, so anyone in the know will see the case and recognize its quality. The cooling fans do their job and are very quiet about it.
Cons: *There is little by way of cable management, but the zip-ties go a long way towards mitigating that.
*The front header cables are pretty short and really require both side panels be removed for optimal configuration.
* The side panels - which really do need to come off - are attached with at least 6 screws each.
* The 5.25" enclosures on the side may prove awkward for some.
* It is difficult to fit more than 4 total optical/HDDs in the enclosure
* Difficult to mount a 2.5" drive in the HDD area; easier in the 5.25" space
* With a 2.5" drive mounted in a 5.25" space, it makes it difficult to properly adjust the side panels
Overall Review: Works great for a mid- to high- range HTPC/workstation (I have BD-R, SSD, two HDDs in RAID1). It can fit larger video cards, so I expect to add a 6850 at some point.
Pros: I got this projector on sale for $850, which was about the maximum I could spend on a projector. The image clarity is fantastic; I've got an 88" 1080p screen where I once had a 24" CRT monstrosity. Even with significant ambient light (outdoors, light from other rooms, etc) and an off-white wall, colors are sharp and the image is clear. Mario Kart 64 looks fantastic at 7-feet. The built-in speakers provide surprisingly acceptable sound quality.
Cons: * Heat, of course
* Light bleed from one of the sides.
* Noisy fans
* Takes several minutes after shutdown to fully cool.
* Sometimes there is a bit of color stutter when switching to full-screen mode in emulators or web browsing.
* The throw distance is not great - my projector is a good 10-12' from the wall and it maxes out at 88" or so.
* Though the sound quality is okay, the maximum volume is paltry.
Overall Review: The cons are small compared to the quality of the image and the price. Plus, some of the image issues may be from the connected computer which uses an integrated Radeon HD 4290. I'm still in total awe of the screen size, and I can't wait to hook up some real speakers for some amazing hockey action.
Pros: 2TB for a reasonable price. I got two when they were on sale back in May to punt in a new NAS. In the end they worked great and I am in the processing of breaking them in.
Cons: One of my drives was DOA. It clicked as if the head could not find the platter, then buzzed. I thought it sounded like a particle of something was in the casing. Anyway, had to RMA it.
Overall Review: Newegg shipping is great, but I had to wait an annoying 9 for the entire RMA turnaround process. This is still pretty good timing, all things considered. Maybe a Newegg Gold Member program where we can get expedited RMAs...?
Pros: Reasonably attractive enclosure, very simple to install HDDs. Works great with 2 WD Caviar Green 2TB drives. Seamless operation with Mac and Windows and expect no problems with Ubuntu. The documentation is very helpful. My RW speeds are acceptable, especially considering the price. It included a surfeit of screws.
Cons: Folder structure of the installer/documentation on the included DVD is not intuitive, but if you can install a NAS you can navigate a DVD. Also, I disliked having to install an application on my iMac to get started 9which in retrospect you may not have to do, but that wasn't clear).
Overall Review: It took about 10 minutes of trial-and-error to get everything working and recognized once installed, but it was minimal, all things considered. I have two (2) 2TB WD Caviar Green drives in RAID1 and am in the process of backing up approximately 1TB of data from three separate HDDs (one 500GB, one 320GB, one 200GB). It is a slow-going process, but pulling data from external drives on USB2.0 and shooting it through a wireless network I didn't expect miracles, and I'm seeing about a satisfying 15MB/s regardless.
Pros: It's a 2TB drive which I picked up on sale for $120.
Cons: I purchased two, one of which arrived DOA. Newegg is of course quick and easy to deal with, but as I wanted these for a home storage project and had to pay return shipping, I was a bit annoyed.
Overall Review: I have the working one in a Synology NAS enclosure that had no trouble recognizing it. I have not formatted or attempted writes to it yet, but it is at least visible.
Pros: I am a Newegg junkie and (by sheer coincidence) a Canon employee (kind of). This hat is high-quality, pre-molded to a more comfortable shape on the head, and I got it for free (see Other Thoughts). What more could you want?
Overall Review: I had accidentally sent an order placed in June to my college, which I was no longer attending. Unfortunately there was nothing Newegg or my school could do by the time I realized my mistake, but Newegg customer service was very helpful and considerate. The woman I dealt with was most pleasant, and I even sent her an email to this effect. Then I noticed a strange new Invoice in my history, which was this hat. Even though the problem with shipping was completely my fault, Newegg sent consolation. That's why I'll continue to shop at Newegg.
Pros: I bought this to replace a flaky connector adapter that I had purchased a year before. This product worked fine without any hitches.
Cons: It does get a little warm, but it never caused me a problem. Also, the sata cable is a bit short, which was a pain since I was pulling data off an installed HD that I did not want to remove.
Pros: The case is much smaller than the Full Tower I switched from. Even with all fans on full (and an additional 120mm side fan I added) the noise is barely noticeable to me. The air cooling really is superior to anything I've seen. And the little tray at the top is surprisingly useful, holding a remote, flash drives, iPod, etc. It is attractive and has easy-to-reach top USB, audio I/O, and power buttons. Very solid, expensive-feeling construction.
Cons: The expansion ports are a little off from the board expansion slots. The result is my Video Card, USB Card, and TV Tuner all needed to be "stretched" a little bit to be secured properly into the case. I reseated my motherboard several times trying to get it to line up better, but eventually I just had to carefully pull everything to get the screws in. It works great, but I was a little unnerved.
Overall Review: Wiring is a bit of a pain, but it always seems to be in sub-$200 cases, so I was not bothered by it (and it is cleaner than in my fill tower). The LEDs are not too bright; I don't care for them myself, but they are not distracting. My 7950GX2 is not as long as some of the more modern cards, but I do have 3 HDDs and I would be hesitant to say for sure a much larger (8000+ series) card would fit perfectly.
Pros: See previous posts.
Cons: I have built five custom computers (still a baby to some of you guys out there, I know), but I have not had hardware issues before. This motherboard, which I've had and gamed on quite regularly for the past 14 months, died the other day (Saturday). No BIOS posting and no system beeps.
Overall Review: I called Asus support on Monday and was kept on hold between 7-10 minutes. I was then informed that all techs and customer service reps were busy, so could they please have my name and number so they could call me back as soon as they could? I received no such calls all day, nor yesterday (Tuesday) when I was too busy to call back myself. I will try again today, as my board is still under warranty. Asus support was there for me a year ago, I don;t know why it was so lacking now.
Pros: The design is wonderful, music playback is fantastic, and headache-free synching with iTunes. Cover flow is amazing, and actually fun to use to browse through music. Wi-Fi works as advertised.
Cons: It does tend to get a little scratched on the back (why didn't they use all black like the iPhone?) and the screen a little smudged, but it doesn't affect my pleasure of the device at all. It's not as bad for me as many seem to feel it is.
Overall Review: 8GB is not a lot of music/movies. It's not a con, since I knew this going in, but it was (and still is) hard to isolate those few songs from a library 3 times that size to put on the iPod.
Pros: The screen looks fine. It isn't the highest resolution or contrast ratio, but the refresh rate is pretty good, and it is a low price.
Overall Review: I got the model without speakers on sale somewhere else for $xx cheaper, and for the price, it was unbeatable (all other specs were the same). I always buy from Newegg when I can, though!
Pros: The screen is advertised at only 250 cd/m2, but it looks fine when used. The price is great for such a (relatively) large monitor supporting DVI.
Cons: Mine did not come with a DVI cable, though I do not believe it was advertised as being included, so I didn;t epect one, anyway. The base is a pain to get OFF, which is inconvenient if you need to repackage it to move it.
Overall Review: I expect to purchase another one of these for a ocmmunit terminal.
Pros: The length is spectacular, especially for use in a full-tower case. Great transfer speeds. The neon glows really coolly in a case with blue LEDs.
Cons: The cable between the master and slave ports are several inchess apart, when they really don't need to be. I don't know anyone who puts primary drives far away from their secondary drives.
Overall Review: I needed a long cable for my third and fourth drives on a computer with a P5W-DH deluxe MOBO. I was very pleased with this really cheap solution.
Pros: The price is great, and the other reviewers (at the time of my purchase) had never placed it below 3 eggs. The RAM, I'm sure, worked.
Cons: One of the sticks is dead.
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Overall Review: We bought the RAM for a VISTA build inan office environment. We had to troubleshoot endlessly with VISTA, and eventually had to upgrade it from an XP install. Both VISTA and XP picked up the two sticks of RAM, and XP ran for two days on both gigs. When Vista was installed, it wouldn't take both gigs. MS support said VISTA was having problems with the RAM, and to take on out. Now the BIOS won;t even see the RAM; I think all the action might have damaged it.
Pros: This is an update from my post 8 months ago. The board is still working well, even after a year. The wireless works wonderfully, and keeps a strong signal from even over 200 feet away. My older post is wrong, as there are 2 IDE ports, just one is located weird and the documentation is lacking on this point.
Cons: When I purchased it, there was a promised update/upgrade for the board that allowed SLI. One year later, still no support, and I can't SLI anything. Also, is an aolder 5xx chipset.
Overall Review: As a "media" board, this works well, since up to 4 IDE devices can be placed.