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Robert H.

Robert H.

Joined on 09/02/12

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Most Favorable Review

Great price and works well with Synology NAS

APC BE670M1 675 VA 360 Watts 7 Outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB Charging Port (Stepup of BE600M1)
APC BE670M1 675 VA 360 Watts 7 Outlets Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB Charging Port (Stepup of BE600M1)

Pros: Recognized by Synology NAS. Gives you an accurate estimation of remaining time while on battery. I get 55 minutes with TWO 2 bay and 4 bay NAS drives. I also have one of these hooked up to my wife's AIO Dell PC and she gets over an hour if the lights go out. This is a great backup power option for light load devices.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I would recommend this unit based on my experience with it so far. 55 minutes on two NAS drives. Over an hour for my wife's AIO computer. When my larger 10 year old UPS needs to be replaced, I will buy one of these to run my Cable modem and router. I'd imagine one could get a few hours up time supporting a model and a router. I've had APC UPS devices for many years and have yet to be let down. 5 eggs.

Most Critical Review

Junk

BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P14025KK-RP 140mm PWM Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P14025KK-RP 140mm PWM Case Fan

Pros: None, mine both arrived non working

Cons: Both fans arrived defective. One fan had a cracked blade, the 2nd fan had a grinding rattle in the motor. RMA'd both fans back to Newegg. Newegg is great with their RMA practice and offers no hassle returns. The fans themselves felt kind of flimsy and are made of a brittle plastic. In this price range, there are way better choices out there. I tried these fans based on the decent reviews here on Newegg. I must have received a bad batch. I can only give 1 star do to the fact they both arrived non functional.

Overall Review: The fans themselves felt cheap. The blades seem weak (obviously since one arrived cracked) and the case of the fan is made of cheap plastic. There is no girth or weight to these fans. The cables and connectors also seemed on the flimsy side. Again, I may have just had bad luck and got a bad batch, however, once around is enough for me. I RMA'd theses puppies and ordered a pair of better quality Noctua fans. If you need good fans, and you are already at this price point, save yourself the hassle and spend the 5 or 10 extra bucks and get top of the line. To me, it's not worth the hassle going back and forth worrying if you will get a good batch or not. I have had good luck the past few years with Noctua and Cougar fans. I'm sticking to what I know from now on.

Fast and quiet!

WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 128MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFZX
WD Red Plus 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 128MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD40EFZX

Pros: Fast and quiet Reliable Purchased a 4 bay NAS drive and pair two of these drives with 2 other WD 4tb plus drives for a larger storage pool. The previous 2 drives are going on 3 years old and have had no problems. These new drives perform just as well as the older drives.

Cons: Kind of lame that WD can't give a 5 year warranty on the plus drives like they do on the pro drives. Corporate greed at it's finest! CHEEEAPP!!! I guess they want us to buy drives every 3 years. Hopefully my two new ones will last as long as the old ones...and hopefully the old ones will keep on truckin' along!

Overall Review: I've been a WD fanboy for many years. I have had very few problems with their drives over the years and in the rare case that a problem occurs, they have a fast RMA procedure that is 2nd to none. You'll have a replacement drive in hand in a few days tops. You can cross ship your old drive back to them. They cover the shipping too! As stated above, I have a pair of these drives that are going on 3 years old in a 24/7 environment and have had no issues. I expect the same from the 2 new drives. 5 eggs

Not worth the price of admission

Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut Thermal Grease Paste - 1.0 Gram

Pros: Easy to spread and easy to clean up. Holds decent temps with a AIO water cooler.

Cons: No temp difference coming from Artic Silver. I'm not a big over clocker so your results may vary on higher temp operations. On a modestly overclocked 12th gen i7 the temps at idle and load were exactly the same for me vs using Artic Silver. I purchased this product on recommendation by a friend. For half the price, I'd stick with Artic Silver and will do so next time I have to redo my CPU paste.

Overall Review: Based on reviews, I guess this stuff works well for people that do extreme overclocking. I am not an extreme over clocker, so I can't make that call. For a gaming machine running mild or no overclocking, the performance of this paste isn't worth the price they charge for it. You can get much cheaper stuff like Arctic Silver that works just as well. Don't let the hype fool you! It's not bad, but I expected a few degrees minimum drop on my temps, and it did not deliver for me. I'm knocking off 2 stars for the hype and the price.

Great DDR4 board

MSI MPG Z690 EDGE WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MPG Z690 EDGE WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Fast easy to setup MSI board. Enough bells and whistles for most advanced and new users alike. BIOS is laid out in logical fasion. Coming from a Gigabyte board, it was refreshing to not have to hunt all over for settings. Super fast post and bootup.

Cons: Some of the MSI software is finicky, but it works for the most part. If you're using Corsiar ICUE, there are some conflicts. No way to save config if doing a bios update. I got spoiled by Gigabytes ability to save your configuration. Oh well, I'm willing to live without it for the ease of use factor of this new board.

Overall Review: If you're doing a new build and want to stay with DDR4 for now, this is the board to get. I purchased this board in December of 2021 and I'm giving it 5 stars.

So far so good.

Seagate IronWolf 8TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST8000VN004
Seagate IronWolf 8TB NAS Hard Drive 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s CMR 3.5" Internal HDD for RAID Network Attached Storage ST8000VN004

Pros: Fast ish for the price range. Seem to be reliable so far. I purchased 2 of these drives in December of 2021. I usually get WD drives, but at the time, the WD red plus drives in 8tb were unavailable and back ordered for weeks. All in all, so far so good.

Cons: LOUD. You can hear these drives chugging along across a medium sized room. In my home office, the clattering drive heads sound like rain on a gutter on a quiet evening. Kind of annoying. These drives also seem to run hotter than WD drives. My drives are in a Synology DS720+ and the drives run 39 to 40C on average.

Overall Review: Though the drives have been reliable so far and perform on par with my beloved WD drives in my other server, I'm knocking off an egg for the noise level. IDK, the noise is annoying, but it's not a deal breaker. I would advise not installing these in a library or a bedroom. The 39 to 40c temps are concerning to me as well, but according to Seagate, that is in spec. I guess I'm just used to WD drives and I've become a WD fanboy over the years having zero problems with their products. Hopefully these drives will last a few years and I won't have to deal with Seagate's poor service. I haven't had to deal with Seagate for a bum drive in quite a few years, but back in the day, it was a nightmare to get them to make things right. WD drive rma's are painless and easy. I've rma'd a handful of WD drives for work over the years and had no issues. Fast turn around no questions asked. Hope this helps someone that is on the fence. At the end of the day, if I had to do the whole order over again today, I'd go with the WD plus drives.