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Anthony M.

Anthony M.

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Most Favorable Review

Not bad

SAMSUNG 204B-SV 20" UXGA 1600 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments
SAMSUNG 204B-SV 20" UXGA 1600 x 1200 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments

Pros: HUGE. Came with 0 dead pixels. 1600x1200 is awesome, makes games very pretty. Monitor itself is visually appealing. Stand is awesome, swivel base and rotates for landscape/portrait modes. Feels sturdy too. Buttons are well-placed and out of the way. Blue LED is attractive in it's application. This monitor is very bright. Easy brightness control thingy is handy. The monitor scales between resolutions fairly well, and it's of course a 4:3 aspect ratio so it will scale better than ANY 5:4 monitor. Colors are nice, as good as any CRT I've seen.

Cons: Included DVI cable is single-link. Nothing critical but I'll probably get a dual-link one here in a while. Ever so slight amount of bleeding from the cold cathode on top on mine. Viewing angle is not perfect, but still far from horrible.

Overall Review: This monitor is for gamers, word processors, and MySpace connoisseurs. Don't buy this for high-precision Photoshop type stuff. The colors and contrast is good enough for anyone dabbling or a light PS user, but not for someone who goes professional to the point of matching their monitor's colors to their printer's colors. This monitor does not flicker, you may have read about the 204B firmware error that made DVI @ 1600x1200 flicker on and off. This has been corrected on every monitor made since January 07, so don't worry about that. I think this is an amazing buy, but for PS pros, buy a real photo-editing monitor for what they cost instead of this, you can't get what you will want in this price range. I think this monitor is awesome and love it to death, but this isn't for someone who utilizes PS a lot.

Most Critical Review

not the best . . .

POWERCOLOR X1600PRO 256MB AGP Radeon X1600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 8X Video Card
POWERCOLOR X1600PRO 256MB AGP Radeon X1600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 8X Video Card

Pros: Performs pretty well . . . bought it for my dad and he usually leaves the levels at default in most of his games, so naturally he gets 50-80 fps most of the time . . .

Cons: uses non-standard cooler holes, so DONT buy an aftermarket cooler for it because it will not fit, wasted 30 bucks on a nice zalman before i found that out. also the driver support is horrible. none of the 'ati tray tools' or 'ati tool' type programs i have found work for it, so theres no way to tell if it's about to explode.

Overall Review: theres a lot better stuff out there . . . i personally bought a sapphire x1600pro (512) and it works about a thousand percent better than this one. if i were you i would buy something else.

10/14/2006

2 out of 4?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL

Pros: First two sticks are still going strong after 5 and 3 years respectively.

Cons: Newest two sticks are less than 3 months old and already failing.

Overall Review: Bought the first stick in 2014. Loved it. Still running great. Bought another stick in 2016. Loved it. Still running great. Bought two more recently to max out my motherboard. System immediately seemed slower and less stable. Games that used to be find would crash randomly. This gradually deteriorated into BSOD's, now at a rate of 4 in a 24-hour period. Okay, so one or both of these was a lemon. It happens, no big deal. However, G.Skill's customer service has not gotten back to me so far after an email and several attempts to call. Being that they are only ~75 days into a lifetime warranty, let's get these bad RAM sticks replaced so I can give this product the 5-egg review it deserves (based on the first two, anyway)! PS, this was my second attempt at writing this review. Got a BSOD typing it out the first time. :/

Nice Cooler

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: Lots of surface area on the fins, and the fan is quiet. My stock cooler (E4600) was 40* at idle and 70* under full load. This one brings it down to idle at 32* and 38* respectively. I haven't given the thermal compound time to expand yet, so it's likely to drop a tiny bit more. Installation for me was a breeze. Comes from the factory with a tidy little pad of AC's MX-2 thermal compound, which is supposed to be better than AS-5 (haven't had the patience to test this myself though).

Cons: The LGA775 heatsink attachment method has been widely criticized, but I think a lot of these people haven't actually taken the time to experiment with how the clips work. Once I got the old cooler out and the CPU cleaned off, installation for me literally took about 15 seconds, and it's on there solid as a rock. Each clip snapped in and locked smoothly and securely.

Overall Review: The clips are really not that huge of a problem if you know how to use them. I've built numerous LGA775 systems so I'm probably a little more experienced with it than most. Also, with regard to the claims of poor lapping of the contact surface, what I could see of mine was a mirror finish. I would buy this cooler again and tell my friend to buy one.

Good Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Low seek times, quiet, doesn't use much power. Very cool-running too, a full-bore defrag leaves it at only 41*C in a case with middle-of-the-road airflow. Also considering it's right underneath a 500GB drive that idles at 44*C, that's a very good thermal output.

Cons: It doesn't wash my car or keep the dog fed like every other hard drive I've owned has. ;)

Overall Review: Came well-wrapped in a sealed static bag. Would recommend to a friend any day. Formats down to just a tad over 930GB with NTFS.

darknight = derp

Panasonic SC-PT1050 Complete Home Theater System
Panasonic SC-PT1050 Complete Home Theater System

Pros: The previous reviewer forgets to mention that ALL wireless-rear-speaker home theater systems are set up like this. The rear speakers connect with wires to a base that recieves the wireless signal from the DVD player.

Cons: None, just wanted to rant at some stupidity

Overall Review: Vote Nader!

12/14/2007