Date Joined: 11/16/01
Pros: I've bought about at least 100 of these over the last five years. Most run 24/7 in desktops and servers. Other than one unit that had a problem right out of the box, I haven't had a single failure or problem of any kind. I've used many brands and models of power supplies over the years, and these are by far the best. They run whisper quiet, 300W is more than enough for any system or server I have, and the power savings are significant. Best of all is the reliability. It's something you can only know after running a many units for years and not having any problems.
Pros: I bought two of these and was pleased to find that they "just work" when plugged into Linux (OpenSuse 11.3). Video quality is great and the Mic works too (again, just plugged it and and there it was in the sound mixer as an input source). Perfect for Skype.
Pros: Great boards. I use two of these with 16GB of RAM, 6-core CPUs and OpenSuSE 11.3. Each hosts dozens of virtual machines and I've never had any problems. Completely solid running 24/7 for months and months.
Pros: Fast - Sustained read and write at just under 20MB/sec with my USB card reader (using dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/null b s=1000k on the command line).
Works in my Canon camera without any problems at all
Pros: I've bought about 30 of these over the last year. Most run 24/7 in desktops and servers. I haven't had a single failure or problem of any kind. I've used many brands and models of power supplies over the years, and these are by far the best. They run whisper quiet, 300W is more than enough for any system or server I have, and the power savings are significant. Best of all is the reliability. It's something you can only know after running a few dozen units for a year or so and not having any problems. Thank you, SeaSonic, for making such a great product!
Pros: I bought 2 of these 120G and 2 60G G.SKILL Phoenix Pro drives about 3 months ago. All are very, very fast and have worked flawlessly under fairly heavy 24/7 workloads. These are an amazing upgrade from even the fastest hard drives, especially when they contain dozens of running VM images.
Pros: I bought 2 of these kits for 16GB total. I've had plenty of memory failures in the past and was worried that at least 1 of the 4 sticks would be bad. But, all 4 work great and pass Memtest 86 for many hours with no problems. Thanks, G.Skill!
Pros: Worked right out of the box. Fast, solid, no problems. Using 6 core CPU and 16GB RAM for a VM host. Runs Linux (OpenSuSE 11.3) great. BIOS allows turning down the northbridge video speed to as low as 200MHz which cuts power and lowers the operating temp a lot. Perfect for server applications where it's just a text screen anyway. BIOS option for fan speed control on the system fan as well as CPU fan is another nice touch.
Pros: I bought 20 of these units over the last few months. Every single one powered right up and worked flawlessly. None have had any problems at all. They're whisper quiet and save power. Even if a power supply is still working, I think it's worth upgrading to one of these for the power savings and quiet operation.
Overall Review: Power consumption is significantly lower on every system when these power supplies are used to replace the standard one. For me, replacing a typical 300W power supply nets a 20-30W reduction. When replacing an oversize power supply (450W/550W), I've seen 35-40W reduction, and these power supplies have no problem running the system.
Pros: Significant power savings over typical/older power supplies. Using a Kill A Watt device, I measured my system at ~147W. I was using a Sparkle PSU that's about two years old. After switching to the SS-300ET, the power dropped to ~110W. My system is on 24/7, so I figure the 37W savings will net about $35-$40 a year in power cost reduction. That'll just about pay back the cost (ROI) in one year. Highly recommended.
Cons: Caps are "Su'scon" brand. Websites and discussions of the dreaded "Capacitor Plague" (early capacitor failures common in motherboards and power supplies) indicate this brand has had problems in the past. Only time will tell if the SS-300ET will suffer from capacitor failures too. I would have preferred to find top-quality capacitors inside.
Overall Review: High quality ADDA 120mm ball-bearing fan (AD1212MB-A71GL) is whisper quiet and I'd expect it to have a very long and reliable lifespan. This PSU is only 300W, but this is sufficient for many systems, and power efficiency is often better using a properly sized PSU. If you wonder how much power your system actually uses, get a "Kill A Watt" device (available on NewEgg and surprisingly inexpensive, in my opinion) and find out.
Pros: 3 year warranty
Cons: I bought three of these for my office a year ago. After just a few weeks, one started having problems with colored lines jumping and wiggling all over the screen. Had to ship it in for replacement. Now, a second one has started having problems where the screen will flicker and jump, changing colors, turning red, and shimmering. I'll have to send it in too.
Overall Review: Not impressed with the reliability, but the 3-year warranty is good.
Pros: Fast. Sustained read/write of ~100MB/sec. By specifications, a perfect drive for serious use where you need speed and reliability.
Cons: Horribly unreliable. I own 5 of these drives, for about a year. So far 4 of 5 have had major problems. You can write data to them, but after a few weeks to a few months, you can't read it back. Trying to read your data results in I/O errors. No option but to reformat and restore from backups, a complete pain and waste of time. If you use these drives, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DAILY BACKUPS!
Overall Review: Problems: One of the drives would "click" and go off-line trying to read anything past ~330GB. Another worked fine for a few months, then became very slow (read/write of data at 5-10MB/sec, instead of 100MB/sec like normal), 2 others have thousands of pending/reallocated sectors and have to be reformatted, repeatedly. The drives have been used in 4 different systems, all with problems. I never had such problems with smaller capacity drives.
Pros: I'd been looking for a solid, affordable board with built-in support for dual monitors. This is it! I have two 1920x1200 displays running for a month+ with great results. Fast, stable, works with SuSE Linux.
Cons: Chipset runs pretty hot (but at least it's fanless)
Cons: I would not recommend this memory to anyone. Both sticks worked fine for a week, passed Memtest and ran stable at stock speeds. Then, programs starting crashing constantly and Memtest found that either stick alone, or both together were totally bad. Putting them in another system had the same result. Tried to get them replaced, but couldn't because I didn't have the complete retail package anymore.
Overall Review: Keep your retail box! I found out the hard way that without it, even totally defective memory won't be repaired or replaced. I just had to throw my sticks out. Ouch!
Pros: No dead pixels. Decent image even with analog video at 1920x1200.
Cons: I'm very disappointed. I bought this monitor because the Specifications say the viewing angle is 178 (H)/ 178 (V). Even NEC's web site lists these angles. The user's manual, on the other hand, clearly states the viewing angle is only 160 (H) / 160 (V), and this is consistent with the appearance. If you move you head up or down the colors change and the screen either gets washed out (up) or really dark (down).
Overall Review: I guess this is just another overpriced monitor with a cheap TN panel. Not at all what I thought I was buying! Don't make the mistake I did and assume that the viewing angles of 178/178 are real or that it means this a high-quality display with a PVA panel.
Pros: 5 year warranty is good. WD does send replacement drives when they fail without much hassle. You'll just be a week or two without the drives each time. I have a couple of drives that will be going back for the third time in less than 2 years. WD keeps sending back replacement "Recertified" drives. They keep me going for a few more months until the next failure.
Cons: In the last two years, 7 out of 8 drives that I've purchased have failed... The most recent two failed in the last week, with only ~2200 power-on-hours. That's only 3 months of use! The first few failures I just accepted as bad luck or something. But 7 out of 8? Enterprise quality? Are you kidding, WD? I really don't enjoy spending half a weekend rebuilding a server from backups when your drives fail!
Overall Review: I bought these drives because they're supposed to be designed for servers, reliability and have a great MTBF rating. Seriously, none of this marketing seems to mean anything. In retrospect, I wonder if I'd have done better with desktop drives. I use dozens of desktop WD drives and have never had them fail like this.
I bought these drives in pairs over the last two years. Each time thinking "maybe it was a bad batch last time, surely this pair will work great." Wrong. I've learned my lesson.
Pros: I have two of these side-by-side on my desk and they are simply fantastic. No bad pixels. Bright, beautiful, clear. I upgraded from three 19" LCD's and these are SO much brighter and better.
Cons: Controls are on the side. This makes using them side-by-side a pain because you must separate them to turn them on/off. Still, I think they're worth it.
Overall Review: Other reviews mentioned needing to use HDMI/DVI instead of VGA for a quality picture. I was worried about this because I'm very picky on image quality, but thought I could get DVI cables and converters if necessary. But, I have them both connected by VGA at full 1920x1200 and the image is PERFECT.
Pros: 4 Lines, easy-to-read display, works great, fairly inexpensive.
Cons: Wireless handset option is almost useless because you can't be on the phone and use the wireless extension at the same time. Why this is the case, I can't imagine. When you try to pick up the wireless handset when on an existing call, it just says "Inhibited" and fails. You can't use it for a call on another line or anything.
Overall Review: I have 6 of these phones, and all are used all day to make calls (using two lines). Other than the useless wireless handset, they've all worked perfectly.
Pros: Two Lines, Speakerphone.
Cons: NO Caller-ID. Hard to believe that any phone today would be without callerID, but this one is. (The LCD display just shows the numbers you dial.) Also hard to believe a phone like this would be unable to run on AC power, but this one takes AA batteries ONLY. There's not even an option for an AC adapter.
Overall Review: If you buy this, be prepared to live without CallerID and to change the AA batteries frequently if you use the phone much. The phone doesn't work at all without the batteries.
Pros: Solid, stable, affordable. 4 memory slots work, even with inexpensive DDR memory. Nforce chipset offers great performance and decent on-board video.
All onboard components work with SuSE Linux 10.1.
CPU Fan speed control with good BOIS settings. Under nomal use the fan hardly needs to run with an Athlon 3800+ installed.
Cons: Only has 100MBit Network. Should be Gigabit.
Overall Review: The XP network driver does something to the onboard network chip that stops it from working under SuSE 10.1 until the system cold-boots.
Pros: I bought two, They work perfectly on a Biostar TForce6100-939 with Athlon 64 3800+. Very fast memory access in dual-channel mode. They passed all tests in Memtest 86 and run stable in XP and SuSE 10.1.
Pros: Replaced my old Surfboard 4100 that would intermittantly stop working. This new modem has worked perfectly from the moment I plugged it in.
Pros: Nice size, lots of pockets and dividers. Padding all around.
Cons: Construction quality is so-so. Brand-new, out of the box, the bag is already not in great shape. One of the zippers sticks very badly with a broken plastic tooth about an inch from the end. Internal sewing is coming apart in several places and will likely need to be glued or sewed back together. I don't think this bag will hold up well to extended use.
Pros: Excellent value. Very fast, I measured just over 15MB/Sec read _and_ write on a USB 2.0 card reader (Stratitec USB2CR25 with GL819 chipset, test timed transfer of 100 2MB blocks).
Cons: None. The speed and capacity is exactly what you need for a high-end digital camera.
Overall Review: Fdisk shows the card is partitioned with W95 FAT 32. This allows cameras to see the full 8GB capacity. Even worked on my 3-year old Minolta Dimage A1. Might not work on older/different cameras that can only use FAT 16. Check your camera for FAT 32 compatibility before buying.
Pros: Great price and features. I have four of these now. VPN functions work very well and are easy to configure (after you play with it for a few hours and look at the logs to see what you've done wrong). The dial-up interface is FASTASTIC for those with a remote location without broadband - it works flawlessly with an external 56K modem.
Cons: Parts of the VPN documentation are not clear and some new options on the screens are not documented. After reading the docs a few times and having no VPN success, I just started guessing at settings and eventually got it to work.