Defective fan4/11/2013 10:07:01 AM

Pros: Has the potential to be a nice, quiet card. But mine wasn't. I'm more than happy to write a favorable review if I get a good card.

Cons: The fan near the 6-pin power connector is defective. The bearings aren't lubricated or something so it whines incredibly loud. As the card goes from a cold boot to being on idle for a minute+ it just gets worse. MSI Afterburner reports the fan speed at 30% so something is wrong with that fan. On idle this card is clearly twice its advertized 25dB if not more than twice. You should also now that the MSI box says this card needs a 450w PSU with a 12v rail at 24 amps. Probably something you should know... something that isn't listed on NewEgg or on their website.

Overall Review: I waited eight days for this card and now I have to send it back. To add insult to injury it looks like I'm going to have to pay twice the original shipping cost just to return a defective product.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer, We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. 30% is minimum speed supplied by nVidia VGA BIOS, therefore you will not be able to set a percentage below 30%. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time. Or you can email us at, thank you. Best Regards, MSI Review Team |
4/1/2013 6:15:27 AM

Pros: -Looks great. -I'm not used to having a PSU come with sleeves so that was a nice touch. Keeps a black theme and cable management is a bit tidier with that. -The unit is pretty quiet and that's excellent.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I'm barely tappin' into this PSU's potential. I was really looking for stability and a quality PSU to buy at a great price point. This is/was it. Been running 24/7 since Nov. 2012. Will continue to do so. Some people have chimed in on the rebate. Mine came in very quickly. Probably the fastest I've ever received a rebate from a company... kudos to Corsair.

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4/1/2013 6:01:06 AM

Pros: Been running perfectly since November 2012. The computer is pretty much on 24/7 so I'm confident this mobo will work well. For a non-gaming computer look no further. Eh well, maybe at FM2 CPUs but for those of us with FM1 this is good.

Cons: None, really.

Overall Review: If you're looking for instructions or a manual just dial up MSI's website. That was necessary for me when arranging the little audio pins and whatnot. I couldn't tell where they were supposed placed just by lookin' at the board.

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12/12/2012 10:43:35 PM

Pros: This is a pretty slick case and I just love how it looks and feels. It has plenty of room and expansion and at this price point it's a no-brainer. I like how both side panels come off for better cable management. I'm not aware of many $40 cases that do this.

Cons: -If you have a large graphic card, you'll need to avoid mounting your HDD(s) in the top two slots. Put your SSD there... -I couldn't fit all the PSU cables behind the motherboard. The 24-pin was too thick. No issue, it's just tucked away near the HD mounts.

Overall Review: mATX APU build. In fact, this case could be for moderately-priced gaming builds. Save money in this area for a better GPU sort of build.

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12/12/2012 10:24:11 PM

Pros: Put it right in, ran a memory test, and it was good to go. Great value ram.

Cons: Can't think of any. G.Skill never fails me.

Overall Review: A55M-P33 motherboard. Works great.

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12/7/2012 1:08:03 PM

Pros: -Low power usage. -Modest temps. -Small, light whirr from the heatsink/fan. I'm happy.

Cons: I think FM1 is a dead end.

Overall Review: Well, I was looking for an Athlon X2 so this fit the bill. I know that Trinity has come out but I built this system for the grandparents looking to spend only two bills. It's a great solution that will be used for typical web browsing, office work, e-mail, and a few light (like chess) games.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
11/30/2012 11:39:05 AM

Pros: -Works -Simple to use and install -Great way to save old IDE drives/HDDs -Comes with a SATA cable

Cons: -The four pin power connectors are flimsy and will come loose. One of the pins actually came out of the plastic when I was installing. Took some jiggling to connect. -The SATA connection on the device itself does not hold in the SATA cable as well as I had hopped. There's a lot of wiggle, I guess you could say, with the whole thing. For a desktop that won't be moving around that shouldn't be too problematic.

Overall Review: With the current state of hard drive prices, these little units are worth it to salvage functioning HDDs. Will buy it again when needed.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer, We value your input about our product and will strive hard to provide our customer with good quality products. If you have questions about our products, or anything that are not functioning the way it is advertised, please feel free to write to us for assistance at We will try our best to support and answer your questions. Thank you for looking into our products. Best Regards, Vantec
11/23/2012 11:19:23 AM

Pros: It's a good inexpensive solution to bring wireless to old machines. I used it with a G3 Powerbook without an airport card (which aren't made anymore and used ones are too pricey).

Cons: -Gets very hot -Connection range

Overall Review: No issues with Win 7, Ubuntu, or OS X (PPC 10.3 and .4). Their website has drivers for the Mac which you'll need. So for a kitchen computer that looks up recipes, this is good. Didn't need drivers for Ubuntu-PPC.

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11/23/2012 11:12:20 AM

Pros: Fast Reliable Good space/$

Cons: Might want to buy a bracket for neatness.

Overall Review: Brought new life and speed to my 3+ year old desktop. SATA II speeds are nice but I can't wait to upgrade my mobo to III. Also, don't clone. Do a fresh install.

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Once again, G.Skill delivers11/22/2012 8:45:52 PM

Pros: I bought a 4GB kit of this memory three years ago and to my surprise, it's still for sale! So, rather than mixing and matching I just bought another set. Passed memtest with flying colors. Great RAM with a red color if you're into having matching colors in your components.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Sure, it's 1333 but I don't mind.

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8/12/2012 3:37:11 PM

Pros: Holes line up, drives are secure

Cons: See Other Thoughts.

Overall Review: My case has four 3.5" drive bays with trays that slide in and out. There are four screw holes on the bottom of each tray to be able to fasten a 3.5" drive. I was hoping I could screw in the bracket to one of my trays but the holes were too small in the bracket. Mind you, this bracket has eight holes on the bottom--four will screw in an SSD or 2.5" HDD and another four for mounting. It's those outer four for mounting that are too small even though they lined up with the tray's screw holes. So, my case came with three sets of optical mounting rails 'cause it has three 5.25" bays. To my surprise (and this is why I'm giving it 5-stars) those mounting rails line up with some of the screw holes on the sides of the bracket. And what's even more surprising is the fact that it slid right into where my HDD tray would slide in. So, I used my final spare pair of optical rails to put this bracket in one of my 3.5" bays. Sweet! Antec Sonata III case WD Blue 500GB drive Samsung 830

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
iPod Shuffle, meet your competitor1/5/2012 11:08:05 PM

Pros: -Great battery life -The sound with my a700s is fantastic. -It's lightweight -The FM tuner is pretty decent -I can play OGG files! -You're not trapped into using iTunes or any SanDisk software. -This unit remembers where I left off in my audiobooks and podcasts. So if I go to play a song or some songs or if I turn the unit off and then come back to my 3hr long podcast, it gives the option to resume. I like that. I bring this unit to the gym and the fact that I can clip it on my shirt makes it more enjoyable to use.

Cons: -I still can't get this thing to mount in Linux -Fast forwarding is really slow

Overall Review: Update the firmware before you use your Clip+ or use Rockbox. Also, if you don't organize your songs by putting them into the proper folders you may find playing issues. I dumped 150 mp3s in there from a few different albums and it was having issues playing the songs in order. Use the files it has--Podcasts, Music, etc and keep your different albums in different folders. Be sure to tag your music!

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The last great HDD?11/27/2011 12:07:47 AM

Pros: Bought in September for $49.99. Marginal performance difference compared to its WD counterparts. It's fast, quiet and has lots of room.

Cons: Current prices.

Overall Review: Buy one when you can because the only HDD makers left are Seagate and Western Digital and I think Toshiba. Seagate has taken over the Samsung stuff and it's looking like WD will take Hitachi. I have never liked Seagate so I hope to order another F3 before the stock runs dry but I fear prices won't go down soon enough.

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Great device but don't use the CD8/30/2011 10:39:19 AM

Pros: The unit itself is built well. Reception is good. If you're running a somewhat up-to-date kernel you don't need to worry about drivers. I had plugged it in and booted up to find everything working. Clearly someone contributed to the kernel... thanks!

Cons: Don't use the drivers that come on the CD because it will bork your Windows system if you install it. After boot, Windows would lock anywhere between a minute and five minutes. Any attempt to uninstall would fail. It was a bit frustrating to have to roll back my system so use the appropriate driver found on their website.

Overall Review: The packaging was exquisite. Ubuntu 10.04/Win 7 64 Phenom II X4 etc...

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Awesome buy11/7/2010 3:06:19 PM

Pros: Depends on room temperature... Immediate 10 centigrade drop, however, in CPU temps despite not having broken in the thermal paste on first boot. For those who don't know, AS-5 has a 200hr break-in period. This is miles ahead of the stock AMD fan. Not only was that thing a screamer, but my CPU was constantly at 49-53 when idle. Near-silent operation for $30? Worth it for the sound reduction alone. Goodness gracious. 35-39C idle, mid to upper 40s on load now that the paste has broken in.

Cons: I live in Texas and it's hot here... this affects temps.

Overall Review: Taking out the motherboard, removing the backplate, and then piecing it all together ended up taking more time than I had originally thought it would. Definitely worth it, though. Phenom II X4 955 Gigabyte 770 motherboard (ATX) Antec Sonata Case (mid tower ATX) Will overclock shortly.

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120mm11/7/2010 2:55:13 PM

Pros: For a fan that spins at 2,000rpm it sure seems quiet. It's great now that I don't have to spin my Antec fan on High all the time. PC noise has gone down and cooling has become more efficient.

Cons: The four screw holes are not threaded. I don't get it. I had to go get a couple nuts... Some 3cm screws would have been nice to have as well.

Overall Review: I liked the LED lights more than I thought so I switched this fan to the rear. Good fan.

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