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Sheldon R.

Sheldon R.

Joined on 08/26/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works great, fairly powerful and can't be the form factor.

Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7I5BNK Black Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7I5BNK Black Barebone Systems - Mini / Booksize

Pros: Replaced almost our whole customer service department's machines with these. They are more than powerful enough for web and office support. Everyone loves the amount of desk space they free up.

Cons: No direct displayport on this model, requires USB-C to displayport. Not a huge deal, but the cables are rarer and a bit more expensive. The few remaining people yet to be migrated complain about their huge (mini-itx!!) machines.

Most Critical Review

LGA 2011 questionable.

XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Mega Killer Double HDT 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Dual Fan LGA 2011 I7 i5 775 1155 1156 1150 Haswell and AMD compatible
XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Mega Killer Double HDT 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Dual Fan LGA 2011 I7 i5 775 1155 1156 1150 Haswell and AMD compatible

Pros: It looks like a decent cooling setup.

Cons: Newegg lists it as compatible with 2011. On Xigmateks site it has instructions for LGA 2011. However the cooler I got must be an early model as it does not include the screws listed on the instructions for LGA 2011 mounting. I've emailed Xigmatek to see if they will just send me the required screws. If not it's going back to newegg, and I'm going to get something else.

Overall Review: Beware, even though it's listed as LGA 2011, Newegg may send you one that's not LGA 2011 ready. (Even if your order contains an LGA 2011 mobo and cpu, common guys!)

12/19/2011

Overheats

RIITOP M Key M.2 NVMe to USB 3.1 SSD Enclosure Adapter PCIe M.2 NVMe (M Key) SSD to USB Type A Converter Adapter with Metal Case in Black
RIITOP M Key M.2 NVMe to USB 3.1 SSD Enclosure Adapter PCIe M.2 NVMe (M Key) SSD to USB Type A Converter Adapter with Metal Case in Black

Pros: Seems to work for limited periods of time, would be useful to for just copying data, or cloning a drive.

Cons: Overheats with any amount of extended use.

Overall Review: I currently use a 2.5" USB 3 SATA enclosure with as a portable system drive. Ubuntu runs fine in this configuration, been using it for years. It's the easiest way I've found to travel back and forth to job sites and work from home. Multiple developers do this where we work. Some newer systems are outfitted with NVME m.2 drives, and we were hoping to use the same paradigm, unfortunately with this unit that's not an option.

Good product, bad description

ASUS PRIME B250M-A LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS PRIME B250M-A LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Works great with i5-7600, 32g of ddr4-3200. Works great with Ubuntu, as I'm using it for a development workstation.

Cons: No Displayport. Not the products fault, but Newegg's description is incorrect. Additionally, it doesn't appear to have a thunderbolt controller, so you CAN'T drive displayport through the USB-C connector. I have one of the latest generation NUCs with a monitor driven by USB-C (TB) to DP and it works fine. So I stole the cable from that to test this, and verified that it doesn't work.

Overall Review: Fine product, but I should have looked closely at the pictures and/or went to ASUS's site before trusting the Newegg description. Side note, one of the primary reasons I chose this mobo was because it claimed to have DP, but I have adapters so I can make it work.

Piece of Junk and Horrible Service

ASUS X99-M WS mATX Dual Intel LAN with M.2/USB 3.1/ 3T3R Wi-Fi Onboard Workstation Motherboard
ASUS X99-M WS mATX Dual Intel LAN with M.2/USB 3.1/ 3T3R Wi-Fi Onboard Workstation Motherboard

Pros: um, the clear CMOS button was easy to access...

Cons: .. which was helpful because it wouldn't boot up any other way. Tried flashing the BIOS; didn't help. Tried RMAing, and ASUS just sent the same board back, and it does the same thing. Now of course (due to RMA) it's outside the 30 day Newegg window, and they refuse to do anything.

Overall Review: Stuck with a $275 dollar paperweight and Newegg/Asus refuse to do anything about it. Oh, and an MSI X99 Raider worked fine, so the issue was definitely the board.

Drops Connection

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa (R7000)
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router, Gigabit Router, Open Source Support, Circle with Smart Parental Controls, Compatible with Amazon Alexa (R7000)

Pros: Great speed and range.*

Cons: *When it works. It regularly drops a connection, even through the ethernet ports. I have a couple computers hardwired to it, and it'll download at ~1.5mbs(my isp max) for several minutes, then drop to 0 for a few seconds before ramping back up to full speed. As another mentioned, It's almost as if it resets the router internally, and it has to re-establish connections. Same thing on the wireless.

Overall Review: I'm planning on talking to netgear, and if I can't get it resolved through them, I'll try dd-wrt. It's apparently a common problem, and supposedly dd-wrt solves it.