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jason b.

jason b.

Joined on 04/21/03

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Most Favorable Review

great for a media computer

Logitech diNovo Mini Black 63 Normal Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard
Logitech diNovo Mini Black 63 Normal Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard

Pros: I'm running it on a mac mini, with ubuntu linux installed. I had to use the included bluetooth dongle to get it to work, but no worries there unless you don't have a usb slot to spare. It's great to have so much functionality in something so tiny.

Cons: The mouse trackpad-ish thing doesn't work in linux (yet?). Also, sometimes it seems to ignore directional button presses... maybe I just have a semi-bad one.

Most Critical Review
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

Pros: * Just about the best cooling-to-noise ration on the market, outside of more elaborate water cooling. * With arctic silver 5, I'm running a core i7-960 (3.2 quad) at 39c idle, hitting a high of 51c under load. I don't overclock, though it's nice that I could.

Cons: * Absolutely awful instructions. Not just incomplete, but misleading/incorrect if you follow them. * The back-plate is plastic, and the little metal pegs that go through it are supposed to be held in place by it... which is a problem if the screws going into said pegs meet some resistance, thus tearing the back-plate so that the pegs just spin in place. My tip: put the screws all the way through the pegs prior to sticking them in the back-plate, just to make sure there aren't any snags. * Also, the instructions make it seem like you should put the screws in all the way, allowing the heatsink to twist into place... not so. Don't put the screws all the way in until after you have the heatsink applied (and aligned properly for the ring to hold it down).

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: See previous review at 4/21/2011 3:03:06 AM

Cons: Turns out this board has issues trying to run 24GB at 1600 after all -- even though the Kingston KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX (2 sets) is listed as compatible. I had it going, but it just wasn't stable. I ran memtest86 on each individually without errors, and later found on google that many people are unable to get this board running 24g at 1600 -- with the set I have and others. I knocked the frequency down to 1333 which seems to work. Presumably I could tweak settings to get it stable somewhere between, but I'm disappointed... especially given the other limitations of the board (mentioned in my other review).

Overall Review: It's still a nice board, but I'd expect more for the price. 4 eggs. (3 here to average out with my initial 5 review)

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Solid board; everything worked immediately. I'm running 12gigs of Kingston 1600 ram (KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX), since it's confirmed to work with 24gigs. If I ever need an upgrade, I'll get another set. Can run dual pcie x16, and still manage x4 in the third slot (which I put a Revodrive in).

Cons: It cannot manage all: dual x16, single x4, Sata6, and USB3 at once. I knew that before buying it though, and just opted not to use sata6 orUSB3. Still, it would be nice.

Overall Review: I don't overclock myself, but the bios looked rather customizable for those that do.

EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter
EDIMAX EW-7811Un 150 Mbps Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n Nano USB Adapter

Pros: Linux support Cheap (especially at the shell-shocker price; Newegg rocks :D) Tiny (I just leave it in my laptop) Way better connection strength than the defunct wifi

Cons: Maybe a bit slow. I'm getting just over 2MB/s at close range, but that's plenty fast for my purposes (browsing, email, etc.).

Overall Review: Very easy installation in Ubuntu. (I downloaded the linux driver from the edimax website, rather than using the mini-cd) 1) unzip; cd rt[tab]/driver; untar; cd rt*[tab] 2) make; sudo make install; sudo modprobe 8192cu 3) add 8192cu to /etc/modules (after kernel update, you'd need to redo step 2, preceded by 'make clean')

wonderful

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Seems nice and quick. Of course it's big, and it's a great price. I actually bought one of these, and one of the more expensive WD 1tb drives... and the other was DOA. I should have just bought two of these.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Not an issue for me, but for those of you still running old 1.5mb sata, this is downscalable via a jumper until you get a new mobo that uses sata 2.