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James K.

James K.

Joined on 02/02/07

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Most Favorable Review

Worked as expected, no bios update required for Ryzen 3000 CPUs

ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Came pre-flashed with ryzen 3000-compatible bios, which was a nice surprise. Has all of the essential features for a micro-ATX build.

Cons: Diagram for power pin layouts was too small to read, forcing you to guess. Included documentation for memory layout was confusing. If only installing one or two DIMMs, read the online documentation carefully to see what configurations are supported.

Overall Review: Still a reliable choice for mid-range AMD gaming builds in 2020. There are bigger / faster variants out there, but as of 2020 they tend to encounter issues with newer Ryzen CPUs or Radeon cards. This has been rock steady so far!

Most Critical Review
ASUS Eee PC EeePC4G-BK029 Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD Netbook
ASUS Eee PC EeePC4G-BK029 Black Intel Mobile CPU 7" WVGA 512MB Memory 4GB SSD Netbook

Pros: Light, portable and as shock-proof as you can get for a laptop. Runs stripped-down Linux distros very well (xubuntu, etc).

Cons: There are much better eeePCs out there now; not great for multitasking. An 800x480 screen is NOT optimal for web browsing- the average webpage was made for a 1024x768 or similar width window. I still use my eee 4G and it is functional, but this first model was the guinea pig- you will find it has shortcomings that the newer models have improved upon.

Overall Review: Asus has announced they are releasing a new-and-improved baseline eeePC for $200 in 2009. It will have much better hardware, and a bigger screen. If you don't want to pay for the $300-400 eeePCs, wait another month and you'll get more hardware and performance for your money.

12/19/2008

Great performance for the price!

XPG SX8200 Pro Series: 1TB Internal Solid State Drive PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280
XPG SX8200 Pro Series: 1TB Internal Solid State Drive PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280

Pros: Performance that is comparable to Samsung, at a much lower cost. Games load quickly, and random write speeds are zippy.

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Great value for a gaming or multimedia box.

Performs as advertised

SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 100419P6GL
SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 100419P6GL

Pros: Pretty quiet Performs to spec Great performance for price

Cons: None

Overall Review: Works great in a mid-range AMD build, with standard ATI drivers. As of 2020, can handle just about any game at 1080p ultra quality, or 1440p medium/high quality.

A smart, well-designed case

Fractal Design Define C Black Silent Compact ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define C Black Silent Compact ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Dampens sound Smart design for airflow and heat management Cable channels keep things neat

Cons: No slot for BD / DVD drives Case screws are a little finicky

Overall Review: I really like this case. Coming from a slim-but-cramped mATX cube case, this one is nice and roomy. The front of the case is mostly plastic, but it has a brushed metal appearance. The side panels come off easily, revealing a number of compartments with cable channels between them. The panels themselves have a thin layer of fibrous texturing on the inside, to provide some sound dampening. The power supply and hard disk slots are sectioned off from the main board area, which is good for heat separation and air flow. The cable channel running up the middle of the case, keeps most of the cable mess at bay. The bottom of the case is vented, and it has a thin removable screen to catch dust particles. It has two hard disk slots that are easy to access and remove, and they support both 2.5" and 3.5" disks (and they even have dampening rubber mounts for the larger disks, presuming they are the spinny kind). Overall, this is a nice option that gives you many features without breaking the bank. It has a minimalist, understated look on the outside, and oodles of practical design on the inside.

Works as expected on Linux 64-bit system with SATA3 motherboard

ADATA S511 Series 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AS511S3-60GM-C
ADATA S511 Series 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AS511S3-60GM-C

Pros: Drive is freaking fast! Using a supported motherboard from ASUS, I'm getting average real-world write speeds of about 5Gigabits/sec (note this translates to around 650 MegaBYTES per second; don't confuse bytes with bits.) Drive is formatted in ext4 with default block sizes. In my case it was a good bang for the buck.

Cons: None encountered thus far.

Overall Review: I am running with out-of-the-box firmware 3.2.0. If people are having issues with their drives, there is a new firmware published on Adata's site and I recommend trying an upgrade. Also, if your motherboard only supports SATA2, then don't expect greater than SATA2 speeds (thought the dirve should still perform better than an equivalent HDD.)