Date Joined: 04/21/08
Pros: Very noticeably reduced max cpu temperatures of my laptop CPU during stress test. I like the small, plunger system they use as opposed to the squeeze tubes I used to deal with. Not overly thick, so it's easy to spread the optimal thickness.
Overall Review: I bought this because I heard "it was the best". After I fixed an overheating laptop with this stuff (after removing the OEM junk), I became a believer. Running SuperPI on a Core2Duo brought max temps down from 178 degrees F to 158 in a room with 78 degree ambient temperature.
Pros: When the fan is switched on, my drive (WD Green 1 TB) runs near room temperature consistently. The fan runs at a nice, low RPM so noise is acceptable. Construction is VERY solid and high quality. In fact, this is the highest quality hard disk enclosure I've ever used. Supports both USB and eSATA.
Cons: Not really a con since this device was designed for a wider range of environment temperatures, but I wish I could lower the RPM of the fan to a trickle, since that would be enough to keep my drive cool in it's normal environment (65-80 degrees F). I may just add a resistor to do this, to make it near silent.
Overall Review: I needed an enclosure that provided a LITTLE bit more than passive air cooling, since my previous enclosure reached temperatures that came within a degree or 2 of the rated maximum for the drive. The switchable fan on this enclosure was perfect for this task. I'm glad Rosewill did not succumb to peer pressure and put an obnoxious fan in this device. Even the fastest hard drive only uses 15 watts of power when stressed (after spin up of course), so an 8000 RPM fan would be a complete, noisy waste.
Pros: Cable connected perfectly between my 720p tv and PS3. No video glitches or loose connection problems. It was cheap, and it works.
Overall Review: I have not disconnected / reconnected this cable yet, so cannot comment on durability in that respect.
Pros: Looks GREAT as a home theater PC. Case comes apart very easily, and all drive cages pop out for easy access. Internal airflow design works very well for cooling and noise reduction. Quality is very good for the price.
Cons: Front door for drive bays is a little flimsy. Case may be a little long for some people.
Overall Review: I'm VERY pleased with this case. When doing your build, make sure you take out all the drive cages to make installation easier. The power supply output is on the low side (300 watt), so avoid running it at it's limit (huge graphics cards, etc) in order to improve power supply lifetime and reliability.
Pros: Very surprising performance for an inexpensive, single core CPU. Coolest processor I've ever owned. Runs at 85F under high load with stock (small) AMD heatsink/fan. CPU fan runs quietly. Uses very little power, which makes it perfect for a home server or HTPC. This little gem has made me take a deeper look at AMD for future purchases.
Cons: I was expecting to have at least a few, but this CPU has surprised me. No cons to mention!
Overall Review: If you want to build a home server or home theater pc that runs quiet and uses very little power, this CPU is perfect.
Pros: Compact board fit perfectly in my HTPC case. After installing and adding components, the PC fired right up on the first try and installed Windows 7 flawlessly. Has 4 SATA ports which is plenty for a compact PC setup. In general, I'm VERY happy with this board for the price I paid.
Cons: Onboard video not quite powerful enough to handle HD video output and Windows Vista/7 Aero transparency. Overclockers and extreme gamers will not be as happy with this board.
Overall Review: I got this and a Sempron 140 as a combo deal. Onboard video will barely support maximum Aero settings on Vista/Windows 7. If you turn off transparency effects, it runs fine. Onboard video cannot handle HD video content without skipping frames. I added a spare Nvidia 8400GS and graphics performance almost doubled (HD video and Aero works great). The 8400GS also uses very little power. If you are using this as a HTPC, I highly recommend adding a graphics card at least as powerful as the 8400GS (~$30-$40).
Pros: This drive is very fast, quiet, and cool (101F compared to 112F on my 2yr old Hitachi 400GB). This is WD's fastest 7200RPM SATA drive in it's lineup. This model has high platter density of 320GB/platter, which is higher than the 250GB platters used in the 750GB and 1000GB models. Fewer, denser platters means more speed, and less noise and heat. NewEgg wrapped it in bubble-wrap, and placed it in a small box for extra protection. This drive has worked flawlessly for 2 weeks so far.
Cons: This being the OEM version, you get less protection for the drive during shipping. Other than that, I have nothing negative to say about this drive thus far. To me, the price was worth the slight bump in risk.
Overall Review: I ordered some other items along with the drive, which turned out to be a big bonus regarding package protection. NewEgg packed this drive, along with the other components, in a large, padded box. The drive came very protected!
Pros: Well packaged. VERY fast shipping. Despite being used, the TV was in like new condition. I received a manual, 2 remotes (accidental?), and brand new batteries for said remotes. TV is slick looking and does not look cheap. TV has every input I could imagine (VGA, 2xHDMI, COAX, Component, A/V, S-Video, etc)! TV user interface (software) is very intuitive and elegant. Most importantly, the TV responds without lag when using the remote (My cheap DTV converter had a lot of lag when switching channels). A very nice feature is that it will seamlessly navigate through analog and digital channels as you go up/down through the channels (ie. it supports analog AND digital TV). Brightness is uniform across the screen (no bright patches). Sound quality is very nice for integrated TV speakers. I am VERY satisfied with this purchase and am going to recommend it to my friends (and I am VERY picky).
Cons: I can honestly say that I found nothing negative about this purchase.
Overall Review: I ordered this item 3 days ago, and was shocked to have it delivered to my door yesterday after I got home from work (used free shipping)! Now to the TV. I am incredibly surprised and impressed with the quality of this TV. For the price I paid and the brand I was getting (ie. not a Sony or other high end), I was not expecting such a nice TV. The picture quality is excellent. The most impressive thing about this TV is the user interface. I turned on the TV, and it immediately asked me what language I prefer. Then, it asks a few other simple questions (to optimize the picture quality for my tastes) before automatically setting up my channels. I hooked up my PC (yes, it has a VGA interface!), DVD player, surround sound, Wii, and everything worked perfectly and simply without my needing to look at the manual.
Pros: Memory includes a nice little heat sink, which is a nice touch considering the RAM that came with my computer has nothing. I have not had any memory errors or related problems since installing this kit. For the price, I was pleasantly surprised after seeing the sturdy little heat-sink attached to the modules.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Very nice memory kit for the money. With the attached heat-sinks, this looks like it would be useful to over-clockers as well.
Pros: Very clean and sharp looks. Finish is very similar to one of those black, glossy pianos. Everything is hidden behind a door (except for usb and audio), adding to the clean look. Hard disk bays are VERY well designed and aim the disk connectors toward the side of the case, greatly reducing cable clutter near the motherboard. Hard disks mount to sliding trays, which include silicon grommets to prevent hard disk vibration from resonating through the case. Opening the case is easy, via a swing-out, removable door that can be optionally secured via included thumb screws. The large included case fan includes a speed switch and is VERY quiet. The included 500 watt power supply handles my Intel quad core with 8800GTS perfectly and is very efficient and quiet. My favorite aspect of this case is it's sound proofing. It's hard to tell if the computer is even on (with a modest 2.4GHz Intel quad core at default speeds)! Cooling performance is good.
Cons: NOTE: These cons are very minor and are more nit-picky than anything else. The large, quiet case fan does not have an RPM sensor wire, nor a motherboard power connector (it uses a power connector from the power supply). I really like to monitor and have complete control over cooling systems in my computer, which is impossible with this fan. This case doesn't include a duct on the side for pulling fresh air directly to the CPU, but I suppose this would increase the sound output noticeably.
Overall Review: If you want a computer that blends in well with your office decor (ie. No flashy lights, massive drive bays, noticeable vent ducts and glass windows), then this is the case for you. If you want an extreme, overclockers case, then you should probably look for a different model.
Pros: Wow! This drive completely maxed out the bandwidth on my USB2 port. HDTune reported 25MB/s transfer rate (maximum for USB2 on my work Pentium4). Access time was reported as 0.7 ms (hard disks typically run between 7-12ms). From my understanding of the USB2 specifications, this drive will give you the maximum performance possible on USB2. It's also one of the few thumb drives that won't crowd out adjacent USB ports (IE 2 of these can fit next to each other).
Cons: I wish the cap were tethered to the drive so it won't be lost, but it's not a big deal to me.
Pros: Very fast! My old laptop can now transfer data to my external hard drive in minutes instead of hours! CPU utilization is not too shabby. Sturdy so far.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I bought this card so I could stream video (From an old PIII laptop connected to my TV) off an external hard disk.
Pros: Very good price and works perfectly.
Overall Review: I bought this to use in my new LG Dare cell phone to store videos on.