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Nick J.

Nick J.

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Most Favorable Review

Good SDHC card reader

Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay
Rosewill RCR-IC002 - 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 2.0 Ports & Extra Silver Face Plate - Fits 3.5" Drive Bay

Pros: Great card reader, Newegg super saver had this arrive at my doorstep in two days. I bought this to replace a card reader that wouldn't read SDHC cards, and to have a built in microSD card reader slot. It also reads the ADATA 8GB class 6 microSDHC card that I bought from Newegg and it is fast.

Cons: SD card reader isn't hot swappable. If you don't choose eject from the desktop and simply remove the SD card the card reader will power off until you reset your PC or remove and reinsert the USB header (which i'm not too comfortable with but it works). This was not the case with the microSD slot and I have not yet tested the other ports.

Overall Review: All in all this is a great reader, it has a cool blue light that shows it has power and a green light to show a card is inserted. Also when using a micro SD card, make sure that it is fully inserted if the green light will come on but the card is not reading. Simple mistake.

Most Critical Review

Great motherboard with RAM issues

ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: USB 3.0, SATA 6, SLI or Crossfix, X58 chipset, triple channel RAM support* (also a con, see below), BIOS tweeker (one of the best I've seen, literally set about any timing). Also has a reset button on board to avoid pulling the CMOS battery after a bad BIOS setting is made.

Cons: Biggest con by far is that this board has issues with triple channel memory. At first I tried reseating the processer so that all 6GB of my OCZ (Asus recommended from the motherboard manual) triple channel kit would read again. It worked, reset my PC again and it still worked. Powered off and the next morning tried again, only 4GB readable. I tried to RMA the RAM because one chip seemed to not read regardless of how many other DIMMs were used. The RMA'd RAM had the same problem, so I RMA'd the board. The new board recognized the memory for two days and now only 4GB is read. This board in my recommendation is too unstable for use with triple channel memory. With a single memory module it worked okay. Also be prepared to adjust the RAM timings and voltages in the BIOS to get their manufacturer recommended speeds.

Overall Review: I really wanted this motherboard to work out, but it's like buying a six cylinder engine at full price and only ever getting four cylinders to work.

10/18/2010

Great motherboard, can't complain

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bought this motherboard last year to complement my i7 4770K processor. I'm running it with 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory, a Crucial M4 128GB SSD, and a Gigabyte GTX670 OC (until the new 870 arrives), and Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. I enjoy the SATA 6Gb/s ports and 4 USB 3.0 + onboard 3.0 header. Drivers are stable in Windows 7 Pro 64 and Windows 8 Pro as well. Shortly after setting everything up my computer would freeze up occasionally to the point I would have to do a button press reboot. I took the time to troubleshoot and found the issue was the Titanium Fatal1ty card I had in my computer at the time. The drivers were only certified through Vista and even custom drivers only went so far. I am going on about eight months without that card and my system has never run better. I'll eventually pickup another sound card, but for onboard sound this motherboard does better than most. The BIOS is GUI based and can be controlled with a mouse. Not a huge fan, but it is surprisingly simple to navigate and adjust settings from.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: On sale this motherboard is a great buy. Supports Windows 8.1 64-bit (and Win7ProSP1 64bit) very well.

Great WiFi card, can't speak for the AC

Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal
Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal

Pros: I bought this to replace a problematic Azureware AR5B95 (also wireless N) from our Asus laptop. Night and day difference with wireless connections to our Linksys E3000 never dropping and the card continues to work when the other would drop off from being seen by the motherboard randomly between 10 minutes and just over an hour. I have yet to buy an AC router, but I don't doubt that the connections will be as advertised around the 750 to 800MB available through AC and or gigabit wired connections. This card is the half mini card and not the latest NGFF (next generation form factor) found in some of the latest thin laptops, so it should work as a replacement for any laptop that is several years old.

Cons: none

Great upgrade from an i7-950

Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K
Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K

Pros: Gets an 8.1 WEI in my system. In fact 8.1 is my score across the board (see build below). I hesitated upgrading from a slightly overclocked 950, but the processing enhancements other than just the core clock difference (3.02 to 3.5) make video encoding and just the general computing or gaming run better. I am getting temps averaging 37C, but haven't tested yet under load.

Cons: The cost could is higher than other similar 4770. Unless you are planning on using this to run some VM's or are willing to pay $1000 for an Extreme Intel processor, this is the best value in my opinion.

Overall Review: My build: 4770K (standard clock), MSI Z87-G45, Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600 kit, Gigabyte GTX 670 OC, Crucial M4 128 SSD, Win8Pro 64.

Great game, poor server coverage

SimCity Limited Edition PC Game
SimCity Limited Edition PC Game

Pros: This is graphically and mechanically the best Sim City game to date. It is in a word, beautiful. The game runs fluidly and wonderfully even with online requirements. The amount of options available to players allow for creating the city of your dreams and micromanagement down to the sewage and wants of your individual sims. I love how zoning density is now based on access road types. If you build a dirt road or a two lane road, don't expect to have rising skyscrappers next to it. In my limited experience playing the game I have not had issues with game saves.

Cons: The ONLY con I have seen are the EA servers. I did not purchase from Newegg on this game but had a digital copy from EA's Origin Service. The first night the game took about 15 minutes to download and install. I was able to play for 3 hours before deciding I needed sleep after thoroughly enjoying the game. The next two nights the servers where packed and I could not connect, period. I was finally able to connect the next night to a European server. Not a big deal, but different servers have different save files, so don't expect to hop on another server and pickup your existing town. That said I have a few cities now and with recent feature cuts to the social network I can hop on the European server at about any time. The US server is still fairly busy, but I am able to connect occasionally. The only other "complaint" I have is toward the small city sizes. If you played SimCity 2000 or SimCity 4, you will notice the smaller sized cities, yet being able to create several cities in a region that support each other, the game is ultimately more complex than past games and I could reason would be unmanageable with monstrously large cities.

Overall Review: The game is AMAZING, GREAT, FANTASTIC, BEST EVER. EA must and will fix their launch issues, this is a given. We all wish it was immediate. Truly EA should have known this game would sell very well and plan accordingly for their own online requirement. For now if you keep your options open and have at least a few cities on different servers you should be able to connect to at least one of your cities until this is fixed.