Date Joined: 03/28/05
Pros: Very cheap.
Cons: The "maxiaum" output of 85W may be too low for your needs. Even with the 35W 4130T processor, once you add in HDD, optical drive, SSD, heat sink fan, and other peripherals you will likely be at 100W or greater. Consider the picoPSU line of power supplies (not sold on this site)
Overall Review: -1 egg (and probably -500 customers) for teh missppelling.
Pros: Tiny wifi adapter works great on SFF HTPC. No issues with range or connectivity.
Cons: Annoying blue light
Pros: Connected my slim slot load blu ray drive to mini-ITX motherboard for a HTPC build
Cons: Could be cheaper
Overall Review: Originally bought an adapter from Hong Kong on a popular internet auction site. It was constructed of cheap plastic that snapped immediately. The cable is a better solution.
Pros: I bought this for a low power HTPC / file server build and I am very impressed with its capabilities. Intel HD 4400 graphics are far better than I expected.
Cons: Obviously not as fast as my ~150 watt overclocked AMD machine, but under load the performance per watt is about 60% better. At idle it's no comparison.
Overall Review: This processor with a mini-ITX board, HDD raid 1 array, SSD, and slot load blu ray combo drive all run on a picoPSU! Looks beautiful in a tiny homemade plexiglass case. Was able to justify the expenditure to the wife by considering the savings on the electric bill.
Pros: Pretty color
Cons: The fat ends on the connectors will block adjacent SATA ports. On all three of the motherboards I own you cannot plug in two of these cables next to each other.
Overall Review: Totally functional if you only plan on using half of the SATA ports on your motherboard.
Pros: A nice assortment of standoffs and screws that come in handy when building a custom case
Cons: 6 of the standoffs and case screws were machined improperly and the threads did not fit. ~7% failure rate is subpar, but you there were enough extra to complete the job.
Pros: This extension cable works well with everything I've tried it with. Wireless keyboard/mouse receiver, iphone, webcam, and Alesis DM-10 drum set all connect without noticible lag.
Cons: None that I can find.
Pros: Love this camera! Bought it for my wife 3 years ago and it never quits. It's fun taking pics under water. Vacation is much more fun when you're not worrying about dropping your precious camera in a mud puddle.
Pros: This is a nice looking set of ram sticks. I've been running mine for 2 years straight at 1720MHz 9-9-9-28. I have run them as high as 1888MHz as well with no issues.
Cons: My most stable overclock ended up with a more CPU multiplier and a much lower FSB speed than anticipated...
Pros: Good SSD that has been running for 2 years now with no noticeable degradation in performance.
Cons: 60GB is too small. You will get windows and a few essential programs, but that is it. Very frustrating when terrible software *cough itunes* wants to fill up 5GB with cache files that can't be moved.
Obviously not worth the current 200 asking price
Pros: This mount has been holding my 50" for close to 2 years not with no issues. Not as snazzy as other adjustable mounts, but once it's in place who needs to move it? Just enough space to slip your hand behind and make a connection, but slim mounts aren't great if you'll be doing this often. Great value too.
Cons: discontinued so I can't get the same model for my wife's TV :(
Pros: It's been working for a year now, never needs rebooted. Rock solid
Cons: It was a great router when it was on half price special. Not the best bang for buck at 170
Overall Review: I only use this to distribute internet, not local file sharing so I haven't tested the speed limit, nor have I experimented with the dual band technology.
Pros: Awesome little hooks, great for hanging Christmas lights
Cons: One ripped the paint off my wall when too much weight was applied to it. I blame the paint, not the hook
Pros: I purchased this HD almost a year ago to set up a RAID 1 array when my old data drive started making strange noises. Working great so far, no issues.
Pros: Love this cable! The smooth right angle connector is easy on the hands when playing games in landscape while charging.
Pros: This controller reports speed and temps in a clear and well lit display that is visible from across the room. Running 2x 140mm YL high speed fans and a pump there were no problems after 9 months except...
Cons: I was running a phobya DC12-400 pump off of this controller with no issues. Suddenly the pump will not start on any of the 4 channels. The pump draws 1.8 amps and the maximum rated output per channel is 1 amp. I can't take off an egg as I was exceeding the spec and never expected it to work in the first place. Nothing burned up or died, I just had to move the pump to a mobo header.
Overall Review: Pricey, but it looks and functions better than any other fan controller I've used.
Pros: This box is sturdy and well built with great fit and finish. The fans and lights still run solid after 9 months of continuous operation. It is an excellent case for a small custom water cooling setup. A 280 black ice GT stealth rad fits perfectly inside with 140mm fans in the top once you drill a few holes and trim bolts to size.
Cons: The toolless external bays work with drives, but short fan controllers or card readers will not lock into place without wedging something behind the clip. There is no option to remove this clip and put screws in both sides. You need a screw in the right side anyway to keep drives from moving, so there really is no point in having this "toolless" design.
The top grill restricts airflow significantly so keep that in mind for top mount rads. My water temps were 7-8°C higher with the fan cover on. The dust screen can be removed with some modification.
Large power supplies will block the bottom radiator mount.
There are grommets galore for cable routing, but there is a shortage of space behind the right side panel if you have oodles of drives, fans, and light controllers.
The removable hard drive bays are a little flimsy but they work.
Overall Review: It looks amazing and it fits more stuff than most mid towers. It will even fit a second radiator on the bottom if you remove an internal drive bay and sacrifice on power supply size. None of the cons are worth losing an egg.
Pros: Bought it as a gift last Christmas. Still works great.
Cons: Stay away from the USB 3.0 version. It is a piece of junk that is guaranteed to fail when you need it the most.
Pros: No coasters
Pros: Connections are secure
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: does its job
Pros: With a custom water loop I was able to achieve 4.08GHz without exceeding 1.45Vcore with all 6 cores unlocked. This processor (at least the chip I received) is every bit the equivalent of the much more expensive 1090T
Cons: TDP does jump up considerably with the extra cores unlocked. Make sure you buy a motherboard capable of supporting this power draw if you plan to unlock.
Overall Review: Perhaps I got lucky, but this chip appears to provide both the best value and best performance on the AM3 platform.
Pros: 24/25 ain't bad!
Cons: The top disk on the spindle was a coaster 8-0
The other 24 worked perfectly.
Pros: Worked great for about 3 weeks.
Cons: Search Corsair's forum for "innostor NAND" which is a lovely 0MB USB removable storage device that this product magically transforms into right at the RMA deadline. Flash drive metamorphosis is bad.
Overall Review: This is a known issue that hasn't been addressed in product revisions.
Pros: With lowered multipliers the fsb seems to have no limit. I currently have my 2.8GHz sempron running at 4.05GHz, 300MHz fsb with no issues.
A plethora of 3 and 4 pin fan headers is a nice to have.
My GTX 460 card fits in all 3 slots with no clearance issues.
IDE, floppy, and PCI support is useful for those of us who work with lots of legacy equipment.
The UEFI bios is pretty, though I miss the grungy industrial feel of the low res bios. Keyboard shortcuts haven't changed so I don't notice it much. Slots for saving 3 user defined defaults is very helpful. After several bad experiences with running multiple OS's off the same drive, I may give the new bios boot manager a try.
The clear CMOS button on the rear is as redundant as the onboard power button--this bios will load automatically after 3 failed attempts to post. But even if you never use it it's a smart feature to have.
Dr. Debug comes in handy when your OC crashes and you need to know what device failed initializatio
Cons: The onboard sound produces a hiss every time windows starts up or shuts down. I suspect the HD audio drivers aren't playing nicely with my GPU, which installed its own HD audio drivers. I'm still working out this problem.
Flashing the bios from within the bios using a file from a hard disk is a brilliant idea! I don't know how many times I've had a board crippled because my pet lemur ripped out my usb thumb drive while a flash was in progress. Unfortunately, for this feature to function the drive must be FAT32, so you'll have to partition off a section of your hard drive.
Overall Review: When the box came in the mail and I sat down to open it like a kid on christmas morning I was a little puzzled by the rattling sound it made when I picked it up. Thinking at first they must have loosely packed the cables, I was horrified to open the lid and see a snapped off SATA port and exposed pins glaring at me through the beautiful plastic dome. My first RMA in 7 years went well and newegg took care of me like I always expected they would. It went down as a shipping claim, but it's possible bad QC from ASRock played a part.
Pros: I bought this thing thinking "more power" but I got a bit too much power. When mounted as a side intake, it turned two nearby fans on orthogonal planes from exhausts into intakes (via Bernoullli's principle i presume).
Cons: I ran my vacuum cleaner next to this fan for a comparison. The vantec is slightly quieter. However, it's much louder than my dirt devil.
Overall Review: Has the power to reverse the flow through a 120 and an 80mm fan while pointed 90° from them.