Date Joined: 12/15/05
Pros: - Inexpensive
- Works with enterprise class routers (Juniper SRX)
- 1 Gbps uplinks
Cons: - mediocre IPSec performance
Overall Review: I build enterprise networks using Juniper SRXs and switches and I can tell you that this little inexpensive device is perfect for the prosumer home users. I have it running tunnel mode IPSec to my office SRX and it works perfectly in that regards, albeit only managing 25 Mbps worth of encryption/decryption capacity. I'm fairly certain this can handle up to 1 Gbps of routing, and your cable modem/Internet subscription would probably maxed out before reaching that capacity on this little security router
Pros: - SSDs are fast and resistant to vibration, which is a common environment for field laptops
Cons: - a tad more expensive than a regular spinning drive
Overall Review: Bought this to increase the storage capacity of my Dell Precision to 768 GB. I've only written a single document on it so far so really can't comment on stability.
Pros: - works as advertised
- relatively inexpensive
- added three sticks to my DELL's 8GB configuration for a total of 32GB workstation
Cons: It doesn't make me coffee in the morning
Overall Review: At this stage of my life, I'm more concerned with stability than outright performance. It's for my work laptop so it's rather important that it does not crash on me in the middle of doing something important
Pros: Tested it at almost 90MB/s read and 60MB/s write (4GB file size). Random read/write performance obviously slower. But I use it for my action camera so it accurately mimics my usage
Cons: None so far
Pros: Sound quality is justified for the price. I like the design of the earphones as it doesn't fall off easily (whenever I put my helmet on with these).
Cons: None so far and hopefully will stay that way
Overall Review: I wish it came with kevlar or fiberglass cables so that I don't have to buy one of these every year. Broken cables are one of the main reason I keep on ordering earphone once in a while. Tried soldering one before but the cables used are very different and doesn't allow a hot solder to flow freely between the wires thus preventing a proper connection
Pros: The screen is beautiful, perfect for watching mobile video. It can play DIVX, MP4, MKV (see note below) and a bunch of other popular video formats. The Android OS is very responsive and well refined(check note again) considering its fairly new (its linux based by the way but custom built for mobile applications). Sound is infinitely better than my cheap Sandisk MP3 player (im using the same earphone). WebRadio App is a nice addition, I can listen to any online radio over my Wifi network and believe me, they have a good selection (i even tried listening to a radio broadcast from SRI LANKA just for the kicks and I was not disappointed). Built in GPS but havent really tried it as you have to pay a one time $40 charge to activate the license
Cons: Application support is not as extensive as the one found on Apple's Ipod line but they do have some good applications to begin with. The positioning of the head phone jack is somewhat of an inconvenience as it will hinder you from holding the device with both hands like you would hold a book and use both of your thumb to type. You will have to update the firmware to get the latest and greatest from the AndroidOS
Overall Review: Codec support is extensive but in order for you to enhoy those nicely encoded 720P H264 encoded movies with full surround, you will have to purchase the HD plugin. But if you are smart enough to re encode the movie to use a different audio codec (like MPEG stereo, wma, MP3), it will work fine albeit no full 5.1 (if youre listening with the earphone, then it doest really matter). HD plugin adds support for WMV HD and AC3 audio(common to MKV encoded blueray rips).
If you buy this device, the first thing you would want to do is to download the latest firmware and update it immediately. Ive heard reports that firmware prior to 1.3 is somewhat quirky. Latest at Archos website is ver 1.4 me thinks. It makes the device more responsive and a lot faster.
Pros: works as advertised (see other thoughts). inexpensive.
Cons: installed the RAM, booted the PC and ka-ching!!! its not booting. BIOS screen doesnt even show up. Took one of the RAM and installed the original one. Booted fine but showing only the capacity of the original one. Went into BIOS and added 0.5V. Rebooted and finally showed 3 GB (2GB corsair + 1GB generic[old]). Replaced the corsair and Windows finally booted with 4GB.
Did some testing and tried installing a virtual machine. ka ching!!!! Blue screen! Tried rebooting in safe mode but wouldnt even finished booting windows.
So i went again into BIOS and upped the DIMM voltage to 1.9V. Never had crashes so far but im still worried.
Will going to do some testing again
Overall Review: The packaging shows 1.8V but it seems unstable at such so im at 1.9V now. so far so good.
Will update review when something comes out. Im not sending the rebate yet. gotta test this things first
Pros: was able to transfer a 6GB ISO between my desktop and file server for a consistent 50+MB/sec. Thats around 45% gigabit efficiency.
Cons: none so far.
Overall Review: contrary to what others may say, connecting 100Mbps devices will not degrade the performance of 1000Mbps devices. heck, i even have an old computer with 10Mbps card connected and it still works like a charm.
INTEL gigabit card (server)
onboard LAN (desktop)
Pros: Inexpensive, microSD slot, sturdy looking, great sound
Cons: for some reason, my winXP machine can't detect it but my VISTA machines can. upgraded my first unit with the new firmware and it killed it. kudos to NewEgg for their superb RMA service. earphones are a little wimp.
Overall Review: did not attempt to upgrade my replacement unit with the firmware to the new one for fear that it may kill it again. im not really into videos and everything, i just needed something to listen to while i ride my motorcycle and this fits me perfectly. added an extra 2 GB microSD for some extra storage.
Pros: wide as my keyboard. works as advertised. makes me better at UNREAL Tournament :)
Cons: duh, its only a mouse pad.
Overall Review: bought this to replace my aging mouse pad (those that came with my road runner cable internet service as a freebie)
Pros: works as advertised. inexpensive
Cons: cant make me coffee
Overall Review: ECS 690G AM2 mobo
Pros: memory is detected and works fine with my Gateway C-140S tablet
Cons: hey its RAM, either it works or not
Overall Review: NewEgg rocks big time. three days from order submission to arrival (here in Hawaii)
Pros: cheap, works as advertised
Cons: picture is blurry on my PC. compared with the standard VGA that comes with my monitor, picture quality is absolutely unacceptable. texts look like they are horizontally blurred 1 pixel to the left
Overall Review: im running 3 monitors side by side and 2 PCs are connected to all three (1 PC got all the DVIs while the other one has the VGAs).
DVI connections are fine, text are fine. when i switch to the other PC, all monitors go to the VGA. two monitors are using the cables that come with the monitors and they look fine while the other monitor using this cheap KINGWIN VGA looks blurry. i'll order a more expensive one in the next coming days, i cant look at it, its just terrible.
Pros: works as expected. im only using the keyboard/mouse port since i got two inputs on my monitor anyway
Cons: its not free
Overall Review: works well with Logitech MX518 USB mouse via a PS/2 adapter
Pros: works nicely on my media center PC. VISTA Home Premium with 1GB RAM and Athlon64 3400+. handles 1080p video pretty well
Cons: refuse to work on my AM2 system (ECS 690G chipset) so i end up using my S939 (nVidia 6100chipset) with single core Athlon64 3400+
Overall Review: overall, works as advertised. dont expect extreme gaming from inexpensive card.
Pros: 2 DVI ports <- main seeling point for me since i have three LCD monitors and my 8800GTX can handle only two. the fourth DVI port might come in handy in the future (i'll never usa analog VGA again)
Cons: first one died after 3 short days. But NewEgg RMA is amazingly fast. sent back friday and got the replacement a week after (friday). considering i live in Hawaii
Overall Review: works well with my triple monitor setup (primary monitor is connected in the 8800GTX while the other two on these card). i have yet to play games on the monitors connected through this card.
Pros: got these babies running upto 1070MHz @ 2.2V (i have the Corsair Dominators too with these on my 590 mobo). rock stable as the more expensive dominator yet clocked the same
Cons: kinda tall (the dominators are taller though) and its not free
Overall Review: get these babies, same performance as the Dominators yet at a much cheaper price
Pros: been running this for 7 months now and still going strong. highly overclockable. tons of BIOS option for overclocking. paired it with and X2 3600+ Brisbane and a decent RAM (mine is Corsair Dominator) and 3 GHz is not a pipedream. OC failure automatic BIOS reset is a must if youre into overclocking. no need for hard BIOS reset. the system will just boot into the default BIOS if last OC setting failed. about the northbridge having a tight fit with 8800GTX, the only problem would be its kinda hard to remove the card since you have to make your way through the clip in the slot which is blocked by the NB cooler
Cons: 1st RAM slot is very close to the CPU socket. don't even think of installing a RAM in this slot if youre using Scythe Ninja, not gonna happen. RAM with huge, tall heatsinks are a gamble to install if youre running heatsinks larger than stock heatsinks so better research first before forking out wads of cash
Overall Review: overall, this mobo rocks big time. was able to achieve 1400MHz on the HT bus (280x5). currently, im running mine at 310x3 (3600+ Brisbane at 2790MHz). getting 70C on 3GHz since im only using better than stock ThermalTake heat sink. as noted earlier, cant install my Scythe NINJA since i run this thing with 4x1GB RAM (2 CORSAIR Dominators and 2 PNY XLR8)
Pros: was able to push these things to 1080MHz @ 5-5-5-18 @ 2.2V. thats more than the 1066Mhz PC8500 specs. cannot test any higher because my processor is giving up (A64 X2 3800+ 65W)
Cons: i got it for $314.00 after rebate
Overall Review: had these RAMs for almost 5 months now. got the week 29 year 06 batch so it might have the Micron chips, im not sure though. running it on a Foxconn 590SLi mobo with A64 X2 OCed 3800+
Pros: more than enough for typical everyday computing. paired with a BIOSTAR 6100/410 mobo and 1GB DDR333 RAM and you have an affordable office machine. Cool and Quiet means low utility bill and silent computing (ideal for home media/print server and HTPC). runs VISTA Ultimate just fine (Aero interface etc)
Overall Review: i don't intend on overclocking this machine.
Pros: very good design especially those rubber/silicon hard drive mounting things. 2 removable hard drive compartments. 3 120mm fans. silent and sleek looking.
Cons: for 8800GTX users planning to get this, the upper hard drive compartment is partially unusable once you mount you giganormous graphics card.
Pros: was able to push my A64 X2 3800+ (65W) up to 2.6 GHz @ 1.425V with a maximum load temperature of around 46 C (i live in hawaii so its pretty hot in here)
Cons: huge. occupies the first RAM slot of my mobo. need to use slots 2 and 4 to enable dual channel. heat sink still touch RAM module in the second slot
Overall Review: mobo is Foxconn 590 SLI and RAM is Corsair Dominator XMS2 6400C4D
Pros: Easy to install. sound quality is awesome. has 64 bit drivers
Cons: none i can think of
Pros: clocks to DDR2 1000 (5-5-5-18) at 2.10 V. have a good feeling can reach a little higher. sleek heat sink
Cons: above average price
Pros: was able to push to 2.5 GHz easily with a Dominator RAM and Foxconn 590 SLI at 1.3 V