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STEVEN J.

STEVEN J.

Joined on 02/01/04

Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Can't Complain!

EVGA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N751-TR
EVGA GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N751-TR

Pros: Nice price (at least from Newegg and with rebate!). Card performs well and seems to handle moderate overclocking nicely (though not thoroughly tested, nor do I ever recommend overclocking to others).

Cons: Some vagueness on specs...Newegg didn't list PSU recommendations and EVGA's website says to have PSU that supports +12V @ 22A (non-SLI) but the manual says 18A (non-SLI). I bought a new 600W w/ 23A anyway.

Overall Review: This replaced a 7300GS card...I'm not a big gamer, but even playing around w/ the occasional demo just wasn't impressive, so this was a big upgrade, easily getting up to 2X+ the frame rate. 7900 cards seem to perform slightly better than this one at stock clocking, but if you MUST have Vista (BLEH!) for DX10 support, this is a great card for the price (ranks a 5.6 in Vista's performance eval).

Most Critical Review

Don't be fooled!

Microsoft Live OneCare 2.0
Microsoft Live OneCare 2.0

Pros: It was free (for me).

Cons: In testing with DOZENS of other anti-virus programs from around the world, OneCare ranks in the bottom 20% of them in ability to detect and rid fairly common viruses. You'd THINK the maker of the OS would be able to clean their OS of junk that shouldn't be there BETTER than most other companies -- do they know Windows better than Microsoft does?

Overall Review: I think I'm a little generous w/ the 'Average' rating, but maybe it'll get better.

Great Support

COOLMAX CXI-600B 600W ATX12V ATX 12V v2.2 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply
COOLMAX CXI-600B 600W ATX12V ATX 12V v2.2 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply

Pros: 3-year warranty, great support, decent price

Cons: It did die on me just short of 3 years (computer wouldn't power on reliably), but the RMA to Coolmax was easy and they replaced it with a brand new retail package (not some OEM or refurb unit).

Overall Review: Didn't buy from Newegg (got a rebate deal elsewhere), but just wanted to share my experience w/ Coolmax support. They even took my word on when it was purchased, not even asking for a copy of the original invoice, etc.

Works well!

AZiO ADP-SU33 ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station (OTB)
AZiO ADP-SU33 ABS Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA USB 2.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station (OTB)

Pros: Inexpensive, USB & eSATA, seems pretty solid even though it's apparently some generic chinese thing.

Cons: USB cable included is too short (3'?) and very low quality (plastic casing around PC end even had 'holes' in it, showing the metal beneath).

Overall Review: After losing 2 HDs on a Coolmax enclosure (due to overheating???), I decided to try something different on the 'cheap' end (instead of the more pricey enclosures w/ fans). I was weary of this since it appears to be a re-branded generic device, but it seems to work quite well.

Great First Impressions

LittleBigPlanet
LittleBigPlanet

Pros: One of the most well thought-out, cute, addictive and beautiful 3D platform games ever. User-created content that can be shared, meaning a hopefully constant stream of new levels to play. Intro tutorials are very nice too.

Cons: User-made graphics for user-created content appears to be currently limited to what you can capture with the PS Eye. Hopefully they'll allow imported media from flash memory or other USB storage device some time.

Overall Review: I was lucky enough to order this before Newegg got the word to pull the original copies, so I didn't have to wait an extra week or so. It would be nice if this was 1080p, but 720p isn't really a con. Seems to use a lot of rumble effect (even when standing still near something that is moving), so kinda makes me worry about DualShock 3 battery life...unknown if really a con yet.

10/22/2008

Died Just Out of Warranty

WD Blue WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail
WD Blue WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail

Pros: Was fairly inexpensive at the time I bought it. Both SATA and Molex power connector (latter covered up). Fairly quiet and reliable while it worked.

Cons: Died just outside the standard 1-year warranty. Computer was even idle at the time it died! Spins up and makes some head clunking noises, but not even recognized by PC BIOS.

Overall Review: I usually stick to drives that have 3-5 year warranties, but bought this one 'cuz it was on sale at the time. Wish I hadn't now. WD offers 'upgrades' to new HDs for slightly out of warranty ones, but the cost is nearly equivalent to buying a new HD elsewhere anyway.