Date Joined: 03/20/14
Pros: MANY connectors, not modular as expected. Doubled boxed, double taped inside a bubble wrap.
Running all night on server no problems. Arrived in reasonable time from CA to FL.
Cons: none yet.
Pros: Clarity, lightweight.
Cons: Doesn't pivot. I mistakenly thought it had analog audio out jack to bypass the tinny internal speakers for use with external powered speakers but it doesn't, my mistake. You still need to use your computers audio out for quality sound.
Pros: Price breakpoint during sale period.
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: Substituted 2 solid state drives in my old re-cased Acer x1700 (MCP73T-AD V1.0 motherboard) resulted in much faster boot /access times. As prices decrease further and reliability is proven the electro-mechanical hard drive will soon be in computer museums.
Pros: Easily and intuitively assembled and disassembled for storage in little black bag with string. Powerful hand vac attachment gets everything off micro fiber couch. Converts easily for floor usage. I live in a small studio apartment and I was able to vacuum the whole place in a few minutes. VERY long power cord supplied.
Cons: It gets hot if you have it on a while.
Pros: Full height short length was just right for the cheap case I used. I recased the guts of my old Acer X1700 in a mini-ATX case substituted a 400Watt PS and the old beast is flying at about 140FPS Max. Gets all power from PCI bus no extra power cable needed. Linux and FreeBSD have proprietary(Fast) drivers available for it as well. All OS on my old machine are utilizing it at full potential.
Cons: none. working fine since 4/16.
Pros: With a $5 rebate it's $25. Gets down i7-4790K temp to 39C under moderate load. Fan is quiet.
Cons: Pictograph installation instructions are confusing for those of us who are more 'word people' than 'picture people'. But I figured it out - eventually. (The first time a saw a Macintosh in 1984 I was told - 'Just start using the mouse - it's intuitive. So I picked up the mouse started moving it in the air in 3 dimensions... when I saw nothing was happening I reported the computer broken...)
Pros: Was able to put it in a cheap $40 LGA1150 tiny Biostar MB. It works! With a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU temp is 39C. Not overclocking yet. Handbrake average FPS conversion number is 550. FX-8350 averages 350 FPS.
Cons: $339 CPU plus $40 MB to get this performance. YOIKS! CPU plus CoolerMaster towering above this tiny MB looks like an alien head transplant gone wrong. But I like it. it's funky strange looking...
Pros: Fires up and recognizes the i7-4790K CPU! Blows away my FX-8350. With a huge Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO towering above this tiny MB(yellow sockets) with McDonalds colors with 16GB(Red) Hyper memory CPU temp is 39C. Handbrake FPS conversion averages 550FPS as compared to 350FPS average with FX-8350. Appears to be somewhat overclockable, though not friendly about it. I'm waiting for heat sinks for the MOSFETS before I attempt any OCing....
Cons: You need to put in a $339 processor to get this performance...ridiculous...
Pros: Low profile bracket included. Works fine in my low profile Dell OptiPlex 580 to give it 4 USB 3.0 connections with Windows 10 and 2 LINUXES. The only spot I had available was in a full length PCI slot and it still fit and works.
Cons: Case width opening is a bit tight. Took some adjustment so the USB 3.0 connectors for various cables would fit through case metal separation slots. Needs a separate PS connector. Be aware you may need another MOLEX power y-adaptor.
Pros: The OptiPlex 580 just had enough clearance around the large plastic cover over the passive heatsink to get this card in. I also have a low profile USB3.0 ports card next to it. The stock power supply is handling it fine. The GTX 730 I had in here previously was only getting about 45 MAX FPS in Heaven 4.0 and Valley 1.0, Here are the new performance numbers for those interested in
putting this card in a low profile case:
Dell OptiPlex 580 with AMD Phenom II X4 B97 CPU upgrade
16 GB Gskill Ripjaws ram
PCLinuxOS - NVIDIA proprietary driver 367.27
Heaven 4.0 MAX FPS 115.9
Valley 1.0 MAX 74.3
Deepin Linux OS - NVIDIA proprietary driver 352.79-2
Heaven 4.0 MAX FPS 112.3
Valley 1.0 MAX FPS 73.2
WIndows 10 -NVIDIA proprietary driver 10.18.13.6881(7/14/2016)
Heaven 4.0 MAX FPS 138.6
Valley 1.0 MAX FPS 96.7
The Windows stats above were arrived at while a windows update was being done in the background so these numbers might actually be a bit low.
Well worth the money to breathe in some extra life in this old beast.
Cons: None so far. The card has hit 80C during the above benchmarks but that might be a breakin temp. Subsequent runs of the benchmark sw has resulted in MAX temp of 75C.
Pros: The observations I have been reading from others using this CPU appear to be correct. Unless code is specifically written to use the extra 4 cores. It performs like the fx-8350. Handbrake video conversion numbers were the same as for my fx-8350 system for half the price. In addition coupled with the ASrock 970M R3 motherboard, it was automatically overclocked to 4.5 GHZ and the CPU never got over 40C with the stock fan so no problems with heat from my perspective in a cheap case with only 2 fans, though the prime95 stress test did quickly cause it to lockup. Now when I put in the new ASUS gtx960 tomorrow I'll see what the new fps and heat numbers are with the the Heaven and Valley benchmarks.
Cons: I still have to put a heatsink on. I hate that!
Pros: 4 DIMM sockets. Took 16GB of old DELL Optiplex 580 memory. Runs fine on it no errors. Mild OC capability and there's heatsinks on the MOSFETS as there should be. Temperature of my Phenom II quad core is 38C with an old stock fan on the CPU. 4 expansion sockets 2 of which are PCI-E. Front panel usb 3.0 header connection. Got it for $39 after rebate. Accepts wide range of CPU upgrades. Sexy BIOS.
Using it as a crash and burn LINUX and BSD sandbox to check out latest distros. Using with refurbished 2TG HD.
Cons: It won't make me sausages and eggs in the morning...
Pros: Sparkling clear HDTV quality. I'm using this as the central connect point for 3 computers and HD cable. All graphics cards/OS on all computers recognized the monitor and adjusted resolution automatically, Linux Mint, Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux, PC-BSD all look great. Only paid $250 delivered. COMCAST doesn't even have 4K material yet. So I'm set for the next ten years.
Cons: Internal speakers are tinny laptop quality. Use a receiver or external powered speakers. No big deal.
30K resolution does affect the mouse granularity. But for these 62 year old eyes it's too small anyway so I adjusted the resolution to 60hz 1080p for Photoshop use. If you attach the base instead of wall mount make sure you have a strong electric screwdriver. Using a manual cheap screwdriver is VERY difficult as the screw holes are not pre-tapped. Stripped two cheap screwdrivers attaching the base support.
Pros: Dell solid construction. Decent modular design makes upgrades fairly straightforward. Have already upgraded to 8GB ram. A19 bios. 1TB HD. Windows 10 installation went flawlessly. Easy swap out of HD makes running different OS on separate disks easy.
Cons: none for now.
Pros: Works perfectly in several systems. Prompt shipping, well packed. Would purchase from this vendor again.
Pros: Great deal. Not an off brand. You can recognize which brand it actually is from the styling of the drive case housing - Seagate, WD, etc.
Fast deliver. Packed well in tight layers of bubble wrap to withstand rough shipping.
Cons: none I can see now. Fast throughput on new FX-8350/Biostar TA970 system
Overall Review: will buy from this vendor again.
Pros: Item delivered as described. Well packed. Looks new. I've upgraded with 16GB RAM and Processor upgrade to AMD Phenom X4 3.2GHZ. Added faster graphics card. Still very useful for a 5 year old computer.
Cons: Dells proprietary disk caddys are hard to find.
Pros: affordablebasic player with good flash drive interface. very small footprint.
Cons: as usual all controls are on the remote. lose the remote you can't do much with it.
Pros: cheap, nice granularity of motion.Lots of controls.
Cons: Batteries come loose in chamber. Need to stuff chamber with cardboard to keep batteries in place.