Date Joined: 06/09/09
Pros: - It moves lots of air at a very high static pressure and is very efficient at it
- It's not ugly-beige (finally, Noctua understood that the paradigm systematically associating beauty with poor performance, is a very weird - if not deviant - dogma more than anything else)
Cons: These are overpowered... And NOISY! A very obnoxious high pitch starting at around 1200-1500 RPM. Having known this, I would've have bought these "industrial over-powered" fans (usually, a good static pressure fan at around 2000RPM max should be more than sufficient for most builds involving radiators).
Overall Review: I bought three in prevision of having a 80mm thick 280mm radiator in my PC, if not for shooting air with lots of static pressure, or running at half-speed max for thinner rads ( 44mm or less). Don't go the same route I took if noisy fans bothers you (which it will).
Pros: Ce n'est pas un outil, c'est une oeuvre d'Art / It's not a tool, it's a Work of Art
Cons: Ne décapsule pas les bouteilles de bière / Doesn't work with beer bottles
Overall Review: Ma première utilisation fut sur un Intel i9-7940X, avec succès. Maintenant je peux aisément atteindre les performances du récent i9-9940X, et plus encore / My 1st usage was on an i9-7940X, and it worked flawlessly, now I can easily reach the newest i9-9980X's performance levels and beyond.
Looking up to offer this on more client builds...
Pros: - I bought these for the ASUS WS X299 SAGE 10G (in the QVL)
- CL18 for 4000MHz means timings of 4.5 ns, which is very good for that frequency and capacity vs its pricing (good value)
Cons: Have to search as this model seems to be manufactured in very limited quantities (although there was a restocking lately, but for not so many, which makes its pricing to vary a lot between resellers - Currently, Newegg has the best deal). As for many High-End parts on the Canadian market...
Pros: Running RAM in XMP level 2 (3200), and a Threadripper 1950X CPU OC'd at 3.9 GHz on all cores while solely using an active cooling solution (Noctua)! With 2x GC in Crossfire, I also have 2x SSD in RAID0 for the OS, 2xM.2 Samsung NVME in RAID0 for the applications, library files and Windows swap file, and 2x Crucial 1TB SSD in RAID0 for user's documents and production files. This board rocks!
Cons: BIOS update is touchy : the only method that works is via BIOS flashback using a max 2GB Fat32 USB stick, which must be inserted in THE sole port that's dedicated for flashback (look up the manual), and then a BIOS reset via the Clear CMOS button (above the BIOS flashback button). It took a while, and almost an RMA, to figure this out as the BIOS feature for updating itself doesn't work (more over, do NOT try this via MSI's Live Update application - which is flawed bloatware, don't use it). That's why I've removed an egg since it made me lost valuable time to figure it out - and thus money.
Pros: Works fine, as advertised. About the warranty, one review was over dramatic about a FALSITY that it stated, that supposedly it will apply a warranty from the date of sale to the reseller, which is plain wrong. As per the link PHILLIP V provided (the one who made that false statement), here's what it actually says
"A valid proof of purchase may be required to prove eligibility. If you do not have a valid proof of purchase, the limited warranty period will be measured from the date of sale from Western Digital to the authorized distributor."
IN SHORT : if you don't have a proof of purchase, the warranty is measured from the sale date to the reseller. Which is still good, since many manufacturers who don't get a proof of purchase will simply deny their warranty.
Cons: None yet
Pros: Sturdy, nice and works fine, as expected. I bought it here at a great bargain, just get it.
Cons: The base isn't very stable, but it works if you don't run around the house with your stereo alarm clock...
Pros: As a refurbished laptopit it surpasses all expectations. It has good and stable hardware components performing excellently for its advertised specifications.
Overall Review: I'm very happy with this purchase, as is my old Mom to whom I offered it.
Pros: Cool lights, great features, the hardware should bring this baby on top among the best routers out there
Cons: Something is wrong. I don't know if it's related to the firmware (which is as important, if not more, than the hardware itself), or some odd circuitry/essembly on a factory lemon, but now nearing the end of a year since I bought it, I get constant internet connection drops. Also, although I've applied the last firmware update to Version V126.96.36.199 (from v1.0.2.04), the Wi-Fi speeds are roofing at 54 Mbps on both the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands. SInce a couple of month it began to really downgrade my online experience, with gradually poorer range especially for the 5GHz band and Internet drops.
Overall Review: I've been using Netgear products since a while for my network needs, but they've been quite disappointing with these new breeds of routers. Especially when knowing that they should be among the best in terms of hardware components. Considering my context, I would not recommend this product. Unless some Netgear representative comes here and tell me that I got a lemon and should do an RMA (and no, I don't want to pay a supplement just to get such basic customer support).
Pros: Third and last review - minus 2 eggs, plus tens of gazillions of eggs if someone tells me where to find spare pins... They broke after a year, almost burning my CPU.
Second review (update) - About the pros, as stated in my first review it's a perfect FF for my chassis/mother board layout, easy install, READ OTHER THOUGHTS.
Work around for temp drop - Temps went down from my last review to around 32C idle (I had 40C+) : using PK-1 thermal paste instead of the included one, and spreading a thin layer with the tip of the finger over the CPU surface helped a lot... The trick about "put a small amount in the center as it will spread when mounting", is an inconsistent trick to set aside (that said IF you're skilled enough to evenly spread a thin layer with a finger), since it can create bubbles and micro areas without contact over the whole contact surface. Use a medical glove (so as to not contaminate the paste or the surface), and spread evenly with the finger tip over the whole surface area for best heat dissipation, as a thin layer will NOT make the material to spread over the sides too much if at all (anyways, the PK-1 paste is non conductive).
You'll also notice that spreading evenly a thin layer over the whole area requires LESS paste than the "nut in the center" trick : that later trick relies over a probability that it will evenly spread when tightening, which actually is a GAMBLE : you don't have any control over that spreading being even, without bubbles and uncovered areas, thus you'd need to put more paste in the middle so as to raise that probability (either ways ending up into less heat dissipation efficiency).
SOME INDIVIDUALS SAY ON YOUTUBE CLIPS AND SUCH THAT IT'S NOT IMPORTANT THAT THE PASTE COVERS A BIGGER SURFACE, that the "nut trick" is the most efficient : THEY LIE OR ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO REASON THEIR OWN LAZINESS, DON'T LISTEN TO THEM : SIMPLY PUT, A BIGGER AREA MEANS MORE HEAT TRANSFER, thus you don't want any bubbles nor uncovered areas, as much as possible.
Cons: Flimsy plastic pins for mounting, READ OTHER THOUGHTS about not breaking them while removing them... After 2 tryouts I'm afraid that at least one pin will break. They are so cheap, I wonder WHY DOESN'T COOLER MASTER INCLUDE MORE, knowing that they're prone to break!
Overall Review: I removed and reinstalled this cooler a couple of times for testing on two different mobo/chassis. A simple trick : use a crocodile plier so as to squeeze the mounting pins "nozzles" under the mother board CPU socket, and while they are squeezed pull them from the other side, that way they won't break.
EDIT (last testing before sending this review): that's it I just broke one of those cheap plastic pins while tightening the screws (third install, the two that I did before with the same cooler were successful)). I WILL NOT loose my time with CRM over this... Maybe that's how they were "indoctrinated" as written above : sell cheap stuff not worth a penny and expect the clients to simply abandon since it doesn't cost enough to loose a couple of hours (and days before having a complete build) over this?... Yeah I know this is cynical, but it's also quite odd and weird from a company supposed to hire the best engineers for their products, this should not happen. I will try another company for my next HTPC build.
EDIT: as expect the little cheap plastic pins broke after a year, although the mobo isn't even vertical, it's at about 60deg instead of 90. I was knowledgeable enough to know what to do, else my CPU would have fried in a day (if not constantly shut down from the BIOS) : I've replaced this cooler with the stock Intel that came with the CPU, back to start.
Pros: Antistatic with small dots...
Cons: Very uncomfortable and poorly designed. I guess you get what you pay for. I won't even use them...
Pros: Apart from many features which are quite comparable with other new Gen6 chipset motherboards, here's what I found outstanding with this mobo...
- Future proof as it some of the latest features and an optional Turbo U.2 header.
- M.2 PCIe at 10Gbps which allows Gen3 Turbo M.2 (up to a ridiculous 32Gbps, if you have such SSD going that far...), or SATA 3.0 (up to 6Gbps, but if you use that M.2 port you don't want this "backward compatibility"), and is compatible with Turbo U.2 headers for future SAS SSD up to 32Gbps.
- Has strengthened PCI Express slots for those huge and heavy Graphics cards out there, with reinforced heavy soldered connections
- Although not listed in MSI's memory compatibility list, the ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2x4GB) Model AX4U2133W4G13-DRZ works splendidly well with this motherboard.
- Has a brand new UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10
- Cool looks...
- Offers CPU-Z with a nice customized GUI
- Unlimited RAMDisk app for free (Fatster disk access at the speed of RAM memory - count in nanoseconds instead of milseconds)
- Gaming Hotkey app allows you to customize any key on your keyboard (up to 8 steps macro programming)
Cons: 1- Not really a con, but after doing some tests with USB... Don't get confused like me: this motherboard actually offers USB 3.0, not the newest USB 3.1. In fact, The USB-IF organization announced that USB 3.0 connectors capable of 5Gbps (SuperSpeed) would now be classified as USB 3.1 Gen 1 (this mobo). While the new USB 3.1 connectors, capable of 10Gbps (SuperSpeed+) would now be classified as USB 3.1 Gen 2.
2- Only one USB 2.0 header! Hence, 2x USB 3.0 headers (or another which is 3.0) would have been nice for those front panel expansions e.g. multi-card readers, unless you sacrifice your chassis front panel USB ports - many devices don't require USB 3.0 speed. I've removed one egg because of this, although it's a personal issue and I knew about it before hand (I already have a PCIe x1 card with a USB 3.0 19 pins header thus it's not such of an issue, but it occupies one PCIe slot).
Overall Review: Simply put, USB 3.1 Gen1 is USB 3.0 plus all of the changes that have been made to USB 3.0 over the years. According to the USB-IF's documents, these changes include "added performance boosts to meet requirements for USB storage, display and docking applications," as well as USB 3.0 Engineering Change Notices (ECNs)
Overall, a great motherboard at the correct price point.
Pros: Worked fine while it worked, for a good price
Cons: Forget about the pricing : it won't last a year (8 month in my case). The middle button stopped working without no apparent reason (never felt down, out of standard daily usage). This was designed so that you can throw it in the garbage and pollute the planet, while being obliged to buy another. But not this one, I'll try another brand.
Overall Review: I Left a message on january 29th 2015 praising this mouse and giving it 5 stars. Unfortunately I have to write back to say what this mouse really is : too cheap to endure normal usage (breaking before a year under standard usage is NOT normal, not at all). I wrote that it was designed that way since the middle mouse issue happened to ALL reviewers. Oh, and forget about Roswill's replies here : it's simply ridiculous to spend more money then it costs just to get it replaced.
Pros: After 4 years it began to throttle and slow down intermittently: time for a replacement, which Newegg promptly sent me. Relatively quiet (much less than my HD6950 GC). Perfect for my small MicroATX Sylverstone Lascala HTPC-Gaming casing.
To modify its speed, I also use a rheostat on one of the PCI back-port. Fan is connected to it and itself is connected to the PSU. I bought the APEVIA FC-01 multi-fan controller on Newegg but it's not available anymore (N82E16811998129).
Pros: I was looking for dividers in my "PC building Tool Station", bottom drawer (22"W, 12-3/4"D, 4"H), for power cables and connectors. I leaves enough room to fit a redundant PSU nearby it. Perfect.
Overall Review: Can't attach pictures anymore.
Pros: Very good "soft" nylon (it bends well without breaking). The locking tab doesn't snap-off easily. Read "Other Thoughts"
Overall Review: It looks like there are two types of zip ties from Nippon Lab: those that are made with cheap plastic, and those that are made with a more "workable" nylon polymer. I've ordered the 6 inch version (N82E16899994066), and it was unusable as they're made of cheap plastic (1/6 that works should be considered as "junk"), I can really feel the material difference. However, at the time I bought N82E16899994066 it was advertised as being made in plastic and today the same item is advertised as being made in Nylon. I don't know if Nippon has "upgraded" N82E16899994066, be aware though.
Pros: A friend said my comment wasn't constructive. She's right....
1- flawless delivery from Newegg.
2- Another "Pro" is that you can experiment this for yourself: cheap plastic isn't suitable for such application, even for people going "cheap" on this (as such item should be cheap). Go with nylon.
Cons: Average of 1 effective for 5 fails (braking either at their length, either at the lock tab. Which snaps off easily even when you pay attention and are gentle with the ties).
Overall Review: Moving along with nylon (not "in" nylon)
Pros: - Pass the multimeter tests with a relative "comfort" margin on all rails
- Has an On/Off toggle button for the LED
- relatively quiet and works well
Cons: - Haven't done the life-cycle test yet (if you can wait 5 years for my next review...)
- It's not "certified", but that's not really a con as long as it works within advertised parameters (I haven't assessed the actual consumption under full load, but it provides "juice" for that full load Haswell CPU + GTX750Ti GC+2xHDD + 1xSSD + 3xfans + ODD + multi-card device)
Pros: These are black oxide screws (they're not painted) and are of a very decent quality.
Overall Review: I'm looking for #16-32 thumb screws that have a bit wider head than these.
Pros: * The plastic isn't molded out of a cheap thrill...
* Lots of areas for fans. I use 3 fans (read "Other Thoughts")
* Cool features allowing different configurations (read Other Thoughts).
* Can accommodate 4x 3.5" HDD and 2x SSD (one SSD on the back of the vertical plate, another one on top of the HDD cage).
* Can accommodate ATX PSU without much clearance problem (read cons).
Cons: * The right side of the chassis has NO room for any decent cable management. However I was able to make the power rails go over the back plate of the mobo (for powering the mobo and the CPU) : a very tight fit but the panel closes without forcing much.
* The removable HDD enclosure is on the wrong side, as the data/power ports will face the left side panel (when looking from the front), instead of facing towards the right side panel, which obliges for another modular rail from the PSU, while leaving a tight clearance for cable management.
* The mounting holes for an 3.5" HDD on the inside vertical panel are a bit too low : if you're also using the HDD cage, don't use the provided thumb screw to attach the cage as it will prevent an HDD on that vertical panel from being plugged, use a standard #6-32 screw with a flat head instead.
* As opposed to the Xigmatek pictures on the Overview tab, there's no blue LED fan, but personally I don't really care about this.
Overall -1 egg for those cons.
Overall Review: I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality, design and adaptability of this chassis for its price point, and would whole-heartedly recommend it whatever the budget (unless you want a full aluminum body of course). I tried two configurations :
* 1xHDD 3.5" Hybrid and 1xSSD 2.5" opposing each others on the inside vertical panel, with the HDD cage removed for better air flow (and eventually a long Graphic card). This configuration would be optimal for a gaming rig, awesome clearance and ventilation for the size.
* 2xHDD 3.5" in the HDD cage and 1xSSD 2.5" on the vertical panel : you still have enough clearance for a long Graphic card, with added room for more digital mediums. The draw back is the very poor cable management this would impose (because of the HDD cage orientation, read cons), while eventually cluttering the way for ventilation. But it's still very "workable".
Pros: Follow up over my last pseudo-review : IT WORKS! Here's how (simple really, as I thought of it after my last review...duh) :
1- While the red light blinks, as it's a quite bright led, check out for the weak green lights appearing in sequence in front of each cable wire. If they're all green then bingo it's a good cable, else repair/redo the cable headers or buy another cable.
2- The "S" position means for a slower scan of connections.
3- You can use the main module alone, just plug the other end of the cable on the computer or on the router (so that there's some mean for a signal to take place from one end to the other).
Overall Review: At that price and considering the relative sturdiness of this tester (as well as its vinyl enclosure), I would recommend this product.
Pros: Magnets aren't very strong, but just "ok" for the context. Good filter, here's the test I did:
- blocked all vents over the rear and side panels;
- put the filter on the top fan vents (2x), and set a negative air pressure by engaging the rear exhaust fan;
- Blown air filled with dust over the chassis.
Most of the dust didn't get through, the inside is clean and the filters are full of dust. WORKS!
Cons: None. Yeah ok the magnets are weak but they work. The worst case scenario would oblige in using double sided tape over the whole filter mounting frame sides length, or use screws, and these filters would still do the job.
Pros: 1- Very cool steamer, reminds of the old days (color, type fonts and the fact that it's for hot dogs).
2- Another reviewer is wondering why the dial can go up to 60 mins. while hot-dogs don't take more than 10-15 mins... Actually, this steamer is good for steaminhg anything that can be steamed (and which can go in), especially vegetables: that's what my brother use it for most of the time, for health food more than for hot-dogs!
Cons: Cool to look at but not cool to clean...
Overall Review: I offered this to my bro at Christmas, and until now he used it every day... But not for hot-dogs, not yet...
Pros: 3rd Update. I used a small nut wrench to secure the Wi-Fi antenna mount that got flimsy after the slightest force to secure the antenna : if this happens as it did for many reviewers, actually nothing broke really (at least in my case) : use a small nut wrench to tighten it again, it looks that it's the tooth washer which got the nut to "slip" over 1-2 screw threads, that's all.
For the rest, it's a great little gem of a motherboard, read my 1st post and other reviewers.
Cons: As what happened for an MSI H97 Gaming 3, and an MSI Z97 Gaming 5 that I also bought from Newegg, updating the BIOS from 5.0 to 5.4 while following MSI's step-by-step procedure to the letter (Using the flash BIOS utility), bricked my Motherboard (it seems to post but I get a black/blank screen). I filed an MSI Technical Support ticket which was confirmed by e-mail 5 days ago, but I haven't received any news form them yet (they say that they'd reply at most 24 hrs after such ticket is confirmed).
Pros: Delivers power as advertised. I checked with a multimeter before hand and all voltages are slightly above specifications. Very good! .......... Délivre une puissance telle qu'annoncée. J'ai utilisé un multimètre avant l'installation, et toutes les tensions/voltages des lignes sont légèrement au-dessus des spécifications. Très bien, très bon!
The fan is in pull mode, unlike usual PSU fans which are in push mode. Which is perfect for my case (Lian Li PC-Q30) since doesn't have any vent holes for a PSU fan (the PSU is mounted with the fan facing the mobo) ......... Le ventilateur est en mode extraction aul lieu de l'habituel mode en prise d'air, ce qui est parfait pour mon chassis LIan Li PC-Q30 n'offrant pas de fentes d'aération pour le PSU (ce dernier est monté avec le ventilateur faisant face à la carte mère)
Pas d'interrupteur, ce qui est bien pour un HTPC totalement contrôlé via télécommande, et devant répondre aux demandes de mise en service réseau ............... No power button, which is ok for an HTPC. I was baffled at first when nothing happened after pluging the PSU on the electrical outlet (since during the multimeter test while shorting the green pin, plugging to the outlet would power it up automatically), but then I plugged the case's power button, used it and voilà, it works.
La surprise : silencieux ! J'ai pris le risque de l'acheter malgré les évaluations disant qu'il est très bruyant, mais ce n'est pas le cas, c'est relativement silencieux, aucun problème de ce côté .............. The surprise: quiet! I took the risk in buying this although many evaluations state that it's noisy, but actually it's relatively quiet. Before receiving / installing this PSU, I began looking up the Web for a fan replacement solution, and this surprise has put an end to such loss of time.
Cons: None / Aucun
Pros: C'est le deuxième ensemble que j'achète, et je dois dire que c'est rapide, XMP est détecté sans souci par le BIOS (MSI mobo) ainsi que sa fréquence nominale à 1600MHz, et bas voltage = moins de dissipation de chaleur. Ce dernier point pourrait faire en sorte que les capuches de refroidissement puissent être enlevées s'il manque de l'espace pour un ventirad de CPU (bien que cela soit risqué alors attention). Je suis franchement impressionné par G.SKILL, bravo!
Cons: Ma mémoire n'est pas aussi efficace que ces barettes... Je suis jaloux XD