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Wesley D.

Wesley D.

Joined on 04/29/07

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Yup, it works well on P67

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

Pros: I let my Asus P67P8 Deluxe with a 2600K overclocked to 4.4 run with this. I wanted enough RAM to load some VMs, and 8 might not have been enough (to run a server version of Windows). This has done well and I have no problems. As far as speed goes, I just thought "If I'm spending this much, might as well get the 1600". Between the 2600K and the Vertex 3, I am quite satisfied with the speed of the system. I don't game, but I do some heavy SW development at times, and that can tax the overall memory use a good deal. It's not so much heavy CPU use the way media encoding is, but it involves a heavy memory footprint where real stuff is loaded into memory and used, although not the way a benchmark would test. Anyway, it's more than good enough for me.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I have the Antec Kuhler 620, which blows some air into the case (I have 3 exhaust fans at the top) and past the memory. While I can't measure the airflow, it is just enough to feel, which should be fine for cooling this ram which I am not trying to overclock (whatever the asus OC tools set it to, I left it at that).

Quiet, enough air

XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED Orange Case Fan  PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED Orange Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included

Pros: I needed to cool the not-as-low-power Vertex 3 (compared to earlier generation SSDs anyway) in the lower drive area of my new Corsair 800D, which has a fan on the upper drive area but that section is only SATA 2. The lower one is whatever cable you use, in my case SATA 3, but I wanted to be sure the expensive SSD was in good hands regarding temperature. Well, the fan moves plenty of air, more than enough for the lone drive, and is quiet enough. It's just a little more noticeable than the Sythe gentle Typhoons I put on the case top spots where I don't want extra light shining at me, but this Xigmatek is down low where just a little orange light comes up through the case side (the P67 motherboard and 560 Ti have their own lights, so it will never be dark), and with the case side on it is inaudible. Actually, you have to get next to it, a foot or so, to hear it with the case sides off.

Cons: None

Overall Review: A fan should be an install and forget item, and this one is just that. I'm satisfied.

Fast, Compatible

WD My Book 3.0 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAK0020HCH-NESN Black
WD My Book 3.0 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAK0020HCH-NESN Black

Pros: This replaces another WD external drive that insists on loading a log of special SW that can accurately be described as obnoxious. The old one was USB 2, and this drive is easily several times as fast. Normally read and write speeds aren't too much different, but I can say that copying the data from the old system and loading it onto hard drives on the new P67 system was far faster on the write, meaning USB 3, than the old system, whether this drive or the 1.5 TB WD drive it replaces. As near as I can tell it is rather quiet, but the drive is near the back of the computer behind the 30" display so ... that dampens the sound a bit no matter what. I like a quiet system and the main full tower is down to a very low noise level thanks to custom fans and cooling. This drive seems excellent in that regard - listening to music while doing computing is a pleasant experience.

Cons: none

Overall Review: With Win7 64 it just worked, in fact windows saw it as soon as I loaded the USB 3.0 drivers (I have the OEM version which does not load drivers when it installs Windows), meaning w/o a reboot. So it is essentially foolproof. Most people will have the retail or at least a pre-installed copy of Windows that will have USB 3.0 drivers installed (my motherboard has both front and rear panel connections), so this drive will work as soon as it's plugged in.

Works Well

PLEXTOR Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Disc Burner PX-B940SA-11
PLEXTOR Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Disc Burner PX-B940SA-11

Pros: I bought it for reading and very little writing. Heck, I have a media system with a hard drive so burning disks is ... a less used option as my pioneer in-dash GPS unit can take disks as well as SD and thumb drives. So I burn some disks just to make a quick mood change (rock to classical) without messing with media while driving (like changing a radio station). I have some need for sneakernet, but that is rare, and is related to taking data things into work.

Cons: The Cyberlink software is good but ... not so good. It installs too much "I will not be unloaded" SW. I run win 7 64 and finally found out why the start menu icons, which I do not want cluttering up the root of the Start Menu, kept coming back. Found the perps hiding out in HKLM-Wow6432 Run. Deleted them and a few other things and booting is also a better and faster experience. For those of you running a 64 bit Windows 7 setup, you should know where this 3rd Run place can be found in RegEdit to get rid of autoloading stuff that is only needed now and then - CL doesn't just load one or two items. So CL SW works okay when I want it to, but I wish these vendors would give us an easier way to not have it be so obtrusive. I work in IT so I know how and why less can be more even when I have all kinds of stuff should I need it.

Overall Review: This was for a new system and I am pleased. I only used it a little, as I was able to create ISO images of the HW items' DVDs on the old system when waiting for the last item to arrive (Vertex 3). I will say that the drive worked well - and quietly when installing windows, which has to be done from the 5.25" drive (as far as I know). For several previous generations of DVDs, that was a noise and obnoxious experience. This time it was nice to sit and read, quietly, while waiting for the prompts about date/time etc., and this drive (possibly thanks to the Vertex 3 and 2600K) made things happen far faster than any previous Windows install, by far.

Quiet, Foolproof

GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560SO-1GI-950
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N560SO-1GI-950

Pros: I don't game - I'd need another of these given my 30" dual displays. What I like is that this is fast and quiet and drives the displays at 2560 very well. Yes, I have thought about going SLI, just not yet. The dual DVI connections are welcome, thank you. Better than DVI + display port. For a few weeks I'm working from home (IT work) and I have it hooked up to both the new P67 super system and the company notebook, and switch between the 2 (swivel the monitor slightly and switch positions; HW does not get moved otherwise). The notebook docking station does not have DP (it does, but it doesn't work; it's not built into the notebook), so the dual DVI is the best route. Some DP - most? - do not come up quickly enough when booting, so my default display has to be DVI. ATI doesn't do that, and I used to be an ATI person.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I was surprised at how quiet things are. I run a sealed CPU cooler that is as quiet as a hard drive, and having a quiet video board is really nice. I like to listen to classical music when I work on stuff, and the low noise is welcome.

Well thought out

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Scanner for PC

Pros: I think it was well thought out in terms of how someone would actually use it. I do not want some hulking all-in-1 unit next to my system running hot and noisy and taking up space. This can stay on the desk when folded up.

Cons: I set up the new P67 system for decent overclocking, a 2600K running fairly cool (aftermarket HW) at 4.4 GHz. I left this thing connected when booting, and the power draw on the USB is high enough before Windows drivers kick in and configure it that the computer will not boot and turns the overclocking off. My 850W power supply is loafing on my system (only a single 560 Ti) and the scanner works perfectly after booting, if I wait to plug in the USB cable until the desktop comes up (which is quick given the Vertex 3). That is not a show-stopper, but simply a "now that you know" item. Still, Fujitsu should re-think the power draw (it was plugged into the AC line) just to be a little-more user friendly. There is no on/off switch on the back, for what that's worth. You have to remove the cables.

Overall Review: The software seems pretty good, but I will need another couple of months of scanning receipts, bills, formal paperwork and all to be sure. I have some non-Adobe PDF software that also lets me edit or add pages after saving - it will be a while before I'm sure it all works. The general ergonomics of the software, on initial use, are good.