Date Joined: 12/24/07
Pros: Not much science behind a wrist strap. The cable leads are nice with the option to use a alligator clip or banana style plug (really, how many of us own ESD workbenches). The cable retracts back to its original shape no issue unless you over stretch it.
Cons: The manner in which the wrist strap locks is poorly engineered. The strap locks in place by a friction clasp that will stay for may 30 mins before it lets loose. Once the strap retracts or expands to its largest dimension, it is very difficult to get a hold of to pull tighter. One almost needs pliers to initially get a hold of the retracted strap.
Overall Review: If one is a home user like myself, this strap is a cost effective option that is of adequate quality. Do not get this model if one intends for everyday use or for commercial/professional use.
Pros: I'm a critic of cable quality, particularly the strain relief on the connector housing and the flexibility of the cable.
These cables have a very soft feel and do not have a memory, which is ideal from my experience. The XLR side connector even looks removable.
The fit is tight as it should be, but not overly tight. Cables do not have play in their sockets.
Cons: None. This is a fine product for a good price for the quality.
Pros: I'm transitioning from the Zalman 9500 on the 775 socket type and some of you may remember the difficulty of the install on that CPU cooler that probably lead to many hard impacts with screwdrivers on the underlying motherboard. This cooler is a considerable step above that. Installation is clear and straightforward. They even include an Allen wrench, however mine was defective and I had to use my own.
My CPU is an i7-6800K and it idles about 30C in a 21C room. Maximum heat achieved using Prime 95 was 42C which is pretty phenomenal (stock frequencies).
Cons: The fan assembly mounting scheme inside the heat sink is poorly engineered. The fan housing is more or less press fit into the heat sink and held in place by friction I had to straighten mine to get the fan to run in the same plane as the heat block.
The nickle plating on the heat pipes looks like it is not adhered as well as one might find on a nickle plated industrial part, but is sufficient for this consumer application.
Overall Review: This cooler has a sleek look with the blue LED adding a nice halo effect the the photos on Newegg don't do justice. As I mentioned, the cooling characteristics are typical of Zalman and should not disappoint anyone looking for a great air cooler with margin to overclock.
Pros: Wish I could give 4.5 eggs, but it earns a 5. The construction is solid and everything is aluminum or steel, except the item in the cons section. The front of the case is on quick release push-lock clips that allow for instant and tool-less removable to clean the fans in the front. This is quite a remarkable idea that was a nice surprise.
HDD 5.25" bays are modular and re-configurable with easy access from the back.
Plenty of wire slots (all with rubber grommets) and even cable tie down hard points bossed into the sheet metal that can accept zip ties. This case can accept additional top mounted fans (I believe it is 120mm) The fans on this case are Corsair AF140L and are pretty quiet.
All internal cables are of sufficient length with the exception of the HDD, LED, On/Off, lights which if routed through the back, one cannot use a quick connector for these cables due to being about 2" short.
Cons: Few, but the 2.5" SSD bays are not that well designed. If used, they can interfere with the 5.25" bays but the construction is reasonable.
The 5.25" HDD holding brackets are pretty lousy and the one vice of this case. The plastic is very thin and can probably easily be broken if bent too far. Use caution when installing the HDDs and use a knife to pry the locking last locking pin into the HDD.
Also HDDs cannot be mounted such that the cables face the main door. All HDD cables must be routed through the back of the case which is not normally an issue.
Overall Review: This case has a very clean look and solid construction. It comes with a high degree of configuration options and if definitely a choice if one wishes to invest in a platform for 5+ years to allow for future upgrades.
Pros: The output design and layout is overall pretty clean. The fit of all the connectors was smooth and none were tight. The bag included for spare cables was a nice touch and the cables themselves are sturdily made with solid crimps and pin placement in connectors. I'm an industrial design engineer and notice these things :)
Cons: The 8pin CPU cables are about 2" too short for a comfortable cable run in a full tower case. On my setup, they barely reached my 2011-V3 CPU connections while routed around the back of the motherboard (as they should be!). I was eventually able to "massage" the cables to a fit that is tighter than I would like, but acceptable. As I said, this PSU is perfect for a mid tower case, but 1250 watts in a mid tower would be quite difficult. I have the Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow CC-9011078-WW case for reference.
All 22pin and 4 pin power connections have 3x plugs. It would be nice if they included a cable with only 1 each for those oddball or isolated peripherals.
The 8pin PCI power plugs as well as the 8pin CPU plugs have a "locking" mechanism that does not always provide a secure fastening of the plug halves (split 6+2 for the PCI and 4+4 for the CPU) and these can be difficult to get fully mated. Ensure that both locking clips latch!
Overall Review: I've been using PC Power and Cooling for years and they run and run and run. This PSU has audible relay clicks which tell me that the relay is a healthy size and without opening it and looking, the construction seems just as fine as the PC Power and Cooling Silencer I bought 10 years ago.
Pros: The quality that which this card is capable exceeds most audio systems commercially available. I'm running this card through a Peavey PV6 mixer into a set of M-Audio BX8a monitors and going to the RCA inputs has completely eliminated the static I used to hear on my Creative X-fi Professional (already a fine card) card when turning up the gains. With this card, I have a pair of 170 Watt monitors at around a +13dB gain before I can hear static. While this card will certainly not disappoint for the gaming or home theater enthusiast, this is really a studio level card capable of fully experiencing the sound of high bitrate audio with stunning clarity. I have not tried the recording quality as I don't have equipment high end enough to test this card, but it stands to reason that the quality is comparable to the audio: fantastic.
I have installed the optional software, but have not really used it. It seems intuitive enough and rather capable for OEM software.
Cons: Cons. Funny joke on this product. The only con remotely applicable is my 4 pin molex power connector was a little tight, but this could be the pins from my PSU and not the card itself.
Overall Review: If one is looking specifically for a card with RCA and 6.3mm outputs, it can be assumed that the audio setup of this individual is already more sophisticated than the 3mm 2.1 speaker setup.
Pros: This camera comes with the power and software to get the job done. With the appropriate GPU(s), this camera can deliver very high quality images and pictures with HD audio with a high degree of clarity. The software also allows you to use other microphone inputs such as a headset or a dedicated mic.
Cons: The Logitec VID software I don't like, I use it for AIM.
Overall Review: It is relatively small, I do no keep it on my monitor as I prefer it on my desk, however it does sit solidly and firmly on almost any monitor that is not a CRT, but who uses THOSE anymore ;P
Pros: This joystick is everything a sim enthusiast can ask for; programmabillity, functionality, durability, and quality. The buttons are logically laid out, well lit, and responsive with NO sticking what so ever. The LCD display can be used with Windows Media Player and its clock works great for timing spawn times on targets =D. HEAVY duty metal parts that experience high wear like the triggers and dual ball bearing assembly.
Cons: Like all electronics, dust is the enemy. THE RUDDER WILL STOP WORKING AFTER USE!!! This fix is easy though! Just take some aerosol cleaner that is safe for electronics and printed circuit boards and take apart the handle part of the joystick and spray it in the potentiometer, or the gold disk thing with slots in it. Just be careful taking it apart as the pinky toggle has a wire that must be taken note of. Also the palm rest must come off and it is HARD to get off. Just be patient and work it off SLOWLY as it is easy to crack the plastic sockets that hold it in place.
Overall Review: I've had this for about 3 years and I love it. Works great and will last many more.
Pros: Good case, VERY VERY QUIET. Has good motherboard compatability and is in a sleek design that looks good and is great for a home office computer.
Cons: BUYERS BEWARE!
This case comes with ONE HDD cooling fan BEHIND a dust screen. TAKE THE DUST SCREEN OUT. I had a RAID 0 array go bad due to this screen getting clogged with dust. This screen is THE ONLY air inlet and if it gets clogged, your out of luck very quickly. Save yourself the trouble and take the screen out and clean out this case at least once every 4 months.
Overall Review: Consider this a fine case for a mainstream PC. Great for home office looks and noise levels. Size allows for some pretty serious hardware BUT BE MINDFUL THIS CASE HAS COOLING LIMITATIONS THAT WILL BOTTLE NECK THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR COMPUTER. Add some ram with huge heat sinks and a ZALMAN cooler facing the rear fan would help to keep temos to a low. :D
Pros: This OS is unbelievable. If you are one who has a totally 64bit compatable system TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. This OS works great at handling large amounts of information. I have also found that it is 100% virus proof (in the respect that it can fix itself). Almost ALL programs developed past 2003 will work on this, I even have a 1999 game (Roller Coaster Tycoon) running with no issues.
Cons: Installing raid drivers STILL needs a floppy drive.
Overall Review: MAKE ABOSULTLY SURE that if you are installing RAID drivers that the floppy disk is 1.44 MB and BRAND SPANKING NEW, do NOT risk corrupting these critical system drivers by using a previously used floppy disk. Also I have found AVG Free works like a charm on this OS, I'd highly recommend that. Also make sure you set your system to check for updates automatically and EVERY DAY, this will make your system just about 100% virus proof and operating as well as it should.
Pros: This case is fantastic. Coupled with a Zalman 9500 my CPU is 33* C, System is 43*C and both my GPUS have never gotten over 75* C with NO over clocking. This case moves air like no other and the top blowing air out works to use the laws of thermodynamics to keep your system cooler than most liquid cooling machines - no joke. The reason for that is the power supply being on the bottom, so a 200mm fan could be right at the top, that thing is 1, quiet, and 2 like a windtunnle as hot air rises.
Cons: With the fans on highest it IS loud, however when they are on low the noise is very tolerable, its a little quieter than a fridge. If you are using a large card like a gForce 8800 series you will need a lot of zip ties to keep the SATA and power cables tucked back in order to give the card(s) a comfortable fit.
Overall Review: Water cooling is rediculasly expensive and most liquid systems without a good radiator will be much hotter than this air cooled case. Also if you are doing SLI make sure you install the optional 120mm fan just to give your cards some extra cooling, this side fan should blow air IN.
Pros: VERY VERY FAST. This pretty much gives you SLI performance and quad core performance in a good 2 core CPU and a card such as the 8800GT. This OS is very fast and more stable that the 32bit version.
More advanced features and more streamlined mechanics.
Cons: Java and flash have problems, still cannot get them to work properly.
Overall Review: Great upgrade from 32bit but make sure you check your processor and motherboard for 64bit compatibility.
Also installation is a breeze.
Easy to set up
User friendly BIOS
2 PCI-E x16 slots
Comes with an Audio card
Cons: No integrated video but why not just buy a 8600+?
Overall Review: Good board. Great buy and is Quad-core compatible.
Pros: Bass adjustment
Convenient power and volume switch.
Cons: Only the rear speakers may not have a long enough RCA cable in instances like mine, this is easily fixed by buying an extension.
Overall Review: If you want that unbelievable sound, get these.
(Using with Creative Inspire 7.1 Sound Card)
Pros: Coupled with the Creative Inspire 7.1 speakers this card is incredible! It opened new settings like "ultra high" under audio that I never knew were there. 50 million transistors, crystal clear sound.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Overall Review: Great for that upgrade from the integrated audio card.
Pros: Fast response time (2 ms)
NO DEAD PIXELS
You will swear its a real picture.
Cons: No adjustments expect z axis rotation on surface.
Overall Review: Great Display, Great for video, games, and video editing. Worth every penny.
Pros: Fastest for its price.
Works beautifully in RAID 0.
Did i say FAST?
Overall Review: If looking for a FAST hard drive that is affordable DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY!!!!
Pros: Great! Easy access, great layout. This thing helps keeps all but my video card at below room temperature and is pretty quiet at the low fan setting. You can also fit up to 6 HDD in the case!
Cons: Fairly heavy. Doe not come with a universal fan speed controler.
Overall Review: If looking for a good sized roomy desktop case get this one, it looks nice and will suite almost any one's needs.