Joined on 02/06/10
PC enthusiast/builder for over two decades. Father of five. My basement is a private internet cafe. I build PCs for people and I also repair them. I write reviews and I have a YouTube channel. I also like to resurrect old PCs and save them from the dumpster to help reduce e-waste.
GIVE ME 40 LANES AND I'LL TURN THIS RIG AROUND
Pros: 40 lanes of bandwidth can be very handy when running multiple applications. The CPU can handle 128 GB of RAM easily and this I can attest to because I'm running it with that much Corsair Dominator memory as I type this review. I've used this chip for nearly a year now with minor issues. It is certainly fast but the best feature, in my opinion, is the 12 threads I get with this hex-core CPU. If you're a multi-tasker and you like to put your PC to work you definitely have enough "horse power" with this puppy. Thermals are a bit high but nothing that can't be rectified with a good cooler. Just for a test I ran a game, played YouTube videos, and typed a chapter with Microsoft Office open, while running a backup all at the same time with at least a dozen other tabs open on my browser. There was no noticeable difference in performance to what I would expect simply surfing the net. The extra bandwidth allows for multiple PCIe lane usage and my PC is jam packed with cards so this is a big bonus. For the record I'm running RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10 (via LSI FALCON) with this CPU without a hiccup so that should tell you something about what this chip can do. Data transfers are fast and smooth, it runs well with a RAM DRIVE, and can handle as many hard drives as you are willing to plug into it. (Mine currently runs twelve.) It may not be your best "bang for the buck" but it does have Intel's reknowned tried and tested reputation going for it and for me, it has passed the test of time with flying colours. Works well with the NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU. What more can I say? It's a beast.
Cons: SAMSUNG informed me that I cannot run their EVO 850 M.2 card with this particular chip. I had to return the SSD but Newegg was very good about the matter and accepted the return without charging me a restocking fee. Plus they refunded me shipping. WOW NEWEGG YOU GUYS ROCK! Once you know Newegg...
Overall Review: I would recommend this CPU to anyone who uses an X99 WORK STATION motherboard and needs more bandwidth. This is not a gamer chip per se but you can certainly game on it if you want to. It's great for video rendering, work station, home server, and forensics. I also use it for data recovery. I wouldn't say this chip is a good "overclocker" but it is certainly stable out of the box. It was designed for heavy workloads and it certainly performs well in this regard. I would not down play the speed of this chip. It is fast for all intents and purposes but if speed is your number one priority you're probably better off with a Skylake or one of the newer chips. Think of a high performance semi-truck and you're on the right track.
RECOMMENDED FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES
Pros: Functional. Inexpensive. Basic.
Cons: Found bad sectors within the first week of use. Files reallocated. Crystal Disc doesn't lie. Not worth paying the shipping to return. I took a gamble against my better judgment. The fault is my own.
Overall Review: If you are really strapped for cash and you simply must have an older style mechanical hard drive for your old klunky PC then this might be a worthy choice BUT... Unless you're just trying to get your 63 year old aunt Martha's e-machine up and running again why not consider saving a few bucks and getting yourself a reliable SSD for twice the price but half the storage and seriously faster speed? If you need storage there are numerous cheap external drives for you to store your archives on. These drives are over priced for what they are and they should be selling for 20 bucks apiece before the rest of the PC users wake up and realize they're not really a good deal. This is clearly a buyer beware scenario. I purchased two of these for an old raid array my six year old uses (she experiments a lot so RAID 1 is a handy thing for her) but that was my own foolhardy choice. Western Digital is putting out 500 GB SSDs out for 150 bucks apiece. Something with half as much storage would easily suffice in most domestic situations. Another way of looking at this is looking at the price of a brand new 1 TB external hard drive. What I paid for two refurbished 500 GB drives could have brought me a brand new 1TB external hard drive. So even though two of these are inexpensive that does not mean that they're really cost effective.
A GOOD POWER SUPPLY FOR AN OLDER PC
Pros: The product works. Fans are quiet. Very lightweight. Smaller than conventional power supplies. For a smaller sized PSU it packs a pretty good punch. Plenty of connectivity. I may have originally given this unit 4 eggs but apparently my review has vanished and I have since had a change of heart. This is a good budget PSU. I'm giving it 5 eggs.
Cons: Not enough to dock a star as dimensions are listed. This was my own mistake. There is a gap at the back of her PC as the original PSU was considerably larger and this PSU is compact.
Overall Review: I replaced the original Dell PSU with this unit in my daughter's old X58 rig. She runs several hard drives (mechanical drives) and 4 SSDs, plus an MSI 1050 TI GFX card. Since I had upgraded her PC from an i920 Bloomfield to an i960 I thought I would change out her power supply as well as it looked to me like Dell was only giving her 430 watts nominal in the Studio XPS huge tower she had inherited from yours truly. She is very pleased with it and the blue screens have gone away.
CAN'T GO WRONG WITH SINEWWAVE
Pros: This is an excellent product and CyberPower is an excellent company.
Cons: Let me simply say this: Do not buy this from ANY third party company on New Egg. (Not naming any names of any companies that exist in British Columbia.) Not going to say never buy from Mike's. If you buy this from NewEgg make sure you get it directly from NewEgg. Otherwise you may not get what you ordered. Make sure it is the PFC Sinewave UPS.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend buying this UPS as it's one of the most affordable Sinewave UPS on the market and excellent quality. I have run several tests on this unit since I've owned it and every result comes up flying colours. If you have particularly expensive equipment you are much better off running a sinewave UPS than any standard UPS. I simply cannot say enough about this product but I would invite you to find out for yourself how wonderful this unit is. Aside from the fact that it bears the famous CyberPower name, known for durability, stability, and quality I would go so far as to say that this is the best UPS I have ever owned and I happen to own several.
NO 80 PLUS RATING BUT LOOKS PURDEE
Pros: It's Purdee 650 Watts of probably not-so-filtered power. Very light affordable
Cons: No 80 Plus rating power cables are too short. Seriously... I hate draping cables over the main board. This PSU should be used in a mid size case because it won't be enough for a full size tower. Perhaps it is best used in an Apevia case. not a lot of installation flexibility when it comes to using the screws (alignment)
Overall Review: Got this for my seven year old daughter who is doing a daughter/daddy project with me. She picked it because it looks purdee. I tried to explain to her what an 80 Plus rating was but she said she didn't care because it lights up blue and looks awesome. (She has a blue led lit case). Of course she won the debate but mostly because it was affordable. Her mother has an Apevia case and it has proven to be a good purchase. Then again her mom has an EVGA GOLD STANDARD PSU in that Apevia case. Only time will tell whether or not this was a prudent purchase. I would advise surge protection and perhaps a UPS just to be on the safe side.
GOOD BUDGET CASE - NEEDS A LITTLE WORK
Pros: — Large side window — Metal side panels — Three front Bays for card reader, DVD ROM, Fan controller etc. — sturdy legs — Good air flow — USB 3.0 (1) ready — Comes with five fans (Exhaust fan and two front with blue lights. Two top fans are standard but effective.) — Hot plugable (remember to make settings in your Bios for this) docking bay on top — Six hard drive bays plus 1 bay for SSD — Affordable
Cons: — Fans are a little noisy (this can be changed with replacements) — Burs around holes in the metal (watch your fingers!) — Components do not mount that well in the bays. It's hard to make them all sit flush. — Drive sleds are cheaply made but still serve the purpose. Be gentle. — Don't go tool less . Use the screws. — top filter to keep the dirt in the case??? Does not jive with positive pressure.
Overall Review: Let's face it. When you shell out just a little over $100.00 for a PC case you can't exactly expect top notch quality. Still I feel the manufacturer could have done a little better. The drive sleds are cheaply designed and don't always "click" into place. Some do and some don't. There are burs around the holes in the metal that could provide some safety hazard. Watch your fingers! Don't bother with the toolless locks because they don't work effectively . Instead pull them off and put your components in the old fashioned way -- with screws. I have seen better quality construction in cheaper brands than this but overall I still find it to be a good case. I like the retro design that allows for things such as a DVD ROM and a card reader and a fan controller. Yup. I still use those things and so does my daughter. I like the overall cooling design (although the top filter makes no sense to me at all) and the fact that it has a docking bay for external drives. The six hard drive bays + 1 for an SSD are an added plus for storage but if you want to use them all remember that you may need to purchase a SATA card if your main board doesn't have enough ports to satisfy the demand. I purchased this case for my seven year old daughter but it is likely more than enough for the average adult. It does include the capacity for liquid cooling if that is what you like. My daughter and I made this build together. She's pretty handy with a screw driver so she was delighted to make this build with me and she was the one who picked out this case. Although the case conveys space it is narrow enough not to be too intimidating eventhough it is in fact a tower and taller than most cases in its class. Some tower coolers might present a problem. Shorter tower coolers will work fine. I'd say all-in-all it is a good D.I.Y. PC case for the price and a good beginner case as well.
So far, so good
Originally I had purchased this keyboard for a guest PC, or possibly for use by a client. However my wife has a weakness for pink and although her keyboard lit up with pink LEDs, it was basically white. The soft bubblegum pink colour of this keyboard matched her pink Apevia case and matched her pink computer desk and back shelf perfectly. This keyboard is 100% pink and it was something she has been wanting for a long time but I wasn't certain how well she would take to the feel of a mechanical type keyboard. The short answer is that she absolutely loves it. The tactile feel of the blue switches is a bit gentler than the original cherry MX blue switches and after testing it I was convinced that she would take to it like a fish to water. The unit has a bit of heft to it, indicating that it is built strong and solid. It doesn't feel cheap and junky at all. It has weight like a proper durable keyboard should. Although it comes with 18 types of RGB (some of them rather engaging) I am not surprised that the solid pink lighting was what the user preference became. Not hard on the eyes at all but not so dim that you can't make out the characters on the keys either. Just right. I couldn't find this keyboard anywhere else but on NewEgg. I saw many imitations but nothing that matched this one entirely. It is a full featured keyboard with the number pad and my wife especially appreciated that. Since I just purchased it this month I can't say much about it passing the test of time but for the time being it rates 5 eggs here because #1) It is everything it was advertised to be. #2) It doesn't feel like a cheap second rate piece of junk. #3) It is built solid. #4) The cost was reasonable #5) My wife was happy with it. (And she isn't easy to please.) My daughters are envious. Depending on how long this keyboard lasts I may have to buy more.
Timely Delivery - affordable price
Save yourself the trouble and do the math. What you are being charged for these compared to what you would pay for say a 500 Gb Western Digital SSD is hardly worth the expense you shave off your investment unless you are really desparete. I paid too much for these and although they were functional Crystal Disk still gave me yellow flags. I could have bought a brand new 1TB hard drive for the price of these two refurbished 500 GB drives but I was trying to restore RAID 1 for a client at an affordable price. Unless you insist on using a mechanical klunk drive this isn't what you need and IF you insist on any mechanical drive you're better off buying brand new hard drive with a dependable warranty.