Joined on 07/05/05
GREAT COOLING ABILITY
Pros: This cooler was sent to me as a free item for review. Months of warranty problems with a video card that caused repeated crashes whenever the computer was under a load, delayed this build & review. I was impressed when I looked at the temps in my computer. All in all, its benefits outweigh the detractions. The MB sensor showed the CPU at way below room temp so I couldn’t use it. I used an IR thermometer to check temps of the CPU & other parts of the computer. I overclocked an AMD FX4100 3.6GHz Black Edition CPU to 4.5GHz for 24 hours in a 74°F room. The radiator showed 93°F, the hottest reading I could get from the side of the CPU was 97°F. The 8 hard drives ran between 83-87°F & the 970 chipset heat sink was 109°F. They include adapters for a wide variety of socket types. It does an excellent job of keeping the CPU cool. This design cools the CPU using the cooler outside air before anything else warms it up & avoids running the normally pre-warmed recycled air that accumulates in the case. The heat, like a regular CPU cooler goes into the case, but the absence of a bulky cooling assembly in the middle of the case allows for much better airflow, so everything else stays cooler because the airflow is better.
Cons: I had to give it 4 eggs because of the PCI-e slot blocked by the radiator. You may be able to mount a very short card there by temporarily removing the video card. Like a conventional CPU cooler, the radiator & hoses are still obstructions where they are located. When installed inside the case you need to make allowances for what the radiator may interfere with. It’s not designed to allow for the radiator to be mounted outside the case. Their website lists the screw specifications to get for a push/pull setup if you want to do that. In my case it prevented use of the PCIe expansion slot closest to the CPU so now I have an unusable PCIe card & I had to buy a less capable, more expensive, PCI SATA card that only supports 3Gb/s vs. 6Gb/s available with PCIe. All my HD’s are 6Gb/s rated. They are clearly relying on a picture/drawing being worth a 1000 words. The written instructions are extremely brief. The radiator may block or impede access to top mounted case fan and the 4-8 pin ATX power connection on the MB. The written instructions are extremely brief. They are clearly relying on a picture being worth a 1000 words, but these are drawings.
Overall Review: For most MB’s you will have to have it out to attach Corsair‘s back plate to match screw threads. For me it seemed easier & reduced the risk of damaging the radiator and/or MB if I completely attached my H50 to the MB while it was outside the case. I lined up the pump with the holding bracket in the locked position with the CPU and mounting holes then tightened the screws. I left the radiator hanging outside the case till I got MB mounted in the case with the 4-8 pin ATX power cable attached & the top case fan installed in the area the radiatior+fan would be mounted. Once everything is installed, the center area of the MB has lots of unobstructed space for air movement. It also gives you more room to work on connections to the drives or other parts inside the case. Since it is recommended that you have the radiator fan blow air into the case, you may want to change one of the normal intake fans into an exhaust fan; otherwise you will lose efficiency of air moving through the case. Their website lists the screw specifications to get for a push/pull setup if you want to do that.
Good HD poor package
Pros: Drive installation was plug n play. Ran the install program on the drive, the latest version of software is downloaded & installed. No separate power cable needed. For a 1TB HD powered by the single USB 3.0 connection, it is in the same speed range as USB 3.0 drives with separate power. The drive is very fast, it was only 5-10% slower than an internal to internal HD copy of 57GB of data. I quickly restored 57GB of files without problems. Runs cool; A thermal scan of mine was 88° normal, 98° after a 600GB copy. The backup program is nice for default type setup systems that have less than 1TB of files (see cons). It includes 1 yr of 4GB of Cloud storage when registered. You can buy up to 1TB additional cloud storage. The backup is fast & has several preset backup sets based on default Windows storage locations, like; photos, documents, etc. If you have customized locations, things quickly get more difficult. Backup scheduling options are; snapshot, constantly, hourly, daily, weekly & monthly. It has additional features for uploading & downloading files to social sites (not tested).
Cons: This is marketed as backup package, but has excessive limitations. The drive by itself is a 5 egg. A quote from the PDF manual: “Note that Seagate Dashboard does not back up certain files, including: • The contents of the Windows directory • The contents of the Program Files directory • System files • Hidden files • Files on detachable USB drives” The backup part of this package is further crippled by the short cable & a backup program that becomes difficult if you do not or can not use the preset backup options. The already short 18” cable only has a useful length of barely 15” in normal use. I had to make some sharp bends in the cable by the plugs so the drive could lay flat on the desk & the short cable meant I had to keep it at the rear of my case. If I had used the front USB port built into the computer case, the drive would be hanging in the air. I have numerous drives & my C: drive is for the OS & core programs, not docs, photos etc, so the defaults are useless. The closer to 1TB of data you have, the worse the backup program is. The included backup program is poorly designed, especially for custom backups, had NO easy review of the backup task summary & NO WARNING if your backup is TOO BIG, you only get a DISK FULL error notice. It doesn’t even say backing up # of # files. It took 3 tries to get all the settings correct to back up my E: drive with 57GB of mixed data. The 1st try showed no safeguard to warn that a backup will exceed drive capacity; it tried to fit over 6TB of files onto it from all the drives in my computer rather than just E:. I stopped it at 600 GB, 10% done. No assigning of useful backup set names like “TAXES”. No option for better compression vs. speed.
Overall Review: This may be worth buying just for the quick addition of 1TB storage space. You have to download the manual in PDF format. A longer cable would make this much easier to use with a desktop computer. Right after this drive was recognized, I changed the drive letter to X:, this had no adverse effect on any of its operations. Unlike most other backup programs I’ve used there is NO one page summary of your backup selections to review before it starts, increasing the chances of errors happening. If you have a better backup program, they will probably work great together.
DO NOT USE SHIPPED FROM ASIA FAKES
Pros: As I've previously reviewed, I regularly get 2000+ draft mode pages from a cartridge. When I get the low ink warning, I usually have about 100-200 more pages before the cartridge runs dry. This order has a Item# starting with N, so I'm not worried about quality.
Cons: The GENUINE cartridges are still a bit expensive at regular price.
Overall Review: I made one order of "GENUINE" HP 901XL cartridges that came from Asia (NOT the Newegg Item# starting with N). They were bulk packed & HP labeled. The printer ID'ed them as NOT GENUINE HP. In draft mode the the ink flow was so heavy that my paper wrinkled. In less than 500 pages the cartridge was dry. Stick with USA providers. I had to do some internal cleaning of my printer due to ink getting on internal parts from this one cartridge from ASIA. I've rescued 2 printers of friends & 1 family who used refills. Another one was too messed up to get running again; thankfully the replacement printer used a different numbered cartridge so the remaining refills could not be used to mess it up. I'm not saying all refills are bad. Some people I know have found good refills, but I'm not taking the risks.
Cons: 1 worked briefly, for maybe 20 characters on my LG Cell phone. The stylus I was replacing works a whole lot better than these new ones. They are supposed to be UNIVERSAL.
Overall Review: It would cost me more to return than what I paid, $3.89 This is one of those times I wish Newegg allowed a zero star rating.
Great warranty replacement
Pros: I had a Logitech G500 that quit scrolling after 2+ years, but was still under warranty. Using Newegg’s order history I was able to find the invoice proving it was in warranty. Logitech was out of G500’s, so they let me pick something comparable to replace it. This mouse looked like it would NOT be very comfortable & I did not need all the extra functions. The tech person said this mouse would probably have a better feel than the G500. The tech was right. It turned out to be even more comfortable than the G500. It also tracked better. I do more business like work on the computer, but I still get several hours of gaming in during the week. It is not listed as supported for XP. I have a multi-boot setup; XP, Win7, 8 & 8.1. I have not tried out the advanced functions, but all the basic functions have the same feel under all the OS’s, including XP. Maybe the extra gaming functions don’t work under XP, but all the standard functions work with the games in XP.
Cons: I'll probably never make use of all the functions.
Overall Review: The warranty process was pretty easy. Being able to retrieve a copy of the invoice using Newegg's order history, quickly provided the proof that it was still under warranty. I’ve been using Logitech mice & keyboards for about 20 years. 1st mouse warranty issue.
Pros: I’ve got the 2, 3 & 4 TB versions of this in both the flat & upright models. The oldest one is about a year old. Using a USB 3.0 connection, these drives are FAST. Copying files from one Seagate USB 3.0 drive to another using TeraCopy averages about 110 MB/s. The fastest internal HD to the external Seagate USB 3.0 drives, tops out at about the same speed, with the exception of 1 internal drive which tops out at 70 MB/s. Copying from an internal SSD to a Seagate USB 3.0 drive, tops out at 178 MB/s. I used the same 10 GB mix of files for the comparison tests. Setup for all of the Seagate was smooth & simple plug n play
Cons: If the transformers were about 3 mm narrower you could put them side by side on a regular power strip without blocking any of the other outlets.
Overall Review: I only tried the backup software on the older drives. It was simple, but limited, probably great for a novice user. When I contacted Seagate about it, they said a more sophisticated version was available online for free. It is better. I already had a different retail backup program that could do much more & kept using it.