Excellent Compact Mid Tower Case3/15/2021 8:37:11 PM

Pros: • Typical Fractal Design quality • Well laid out and easy to work with considering its size • Full power supply shroud with removable panels, if desired • Good airflow given it is a compact mid-tower • Includes two 140mm intake and one 120mm exhaust fan • Good cable organization options • Plenty of fan and radiator options • Roomy enough inside, especially when considering length for graphics cards • USB-C and 3 ports • Convenient access to ports/controls • Looks good

Cons: • A bit narrow, which limits CPU cooler height and leads to tight cable space behind the motherboard plate • No HDD LED, which is becoming increasingly rare among cases • Fans are not PWM

Overall Review: I’ve gone with Fractal’s compact mid towers for the last few builds I have put together. As such, I am used to some of the space constraints from the compact versions. Handling it is not rocket science and a few minutes organizing the cables solves the problem, and is a good idea for airflow. The Meshify 2 Compact is sturdy. Airflow is good, keeping temperatures down. The unit lives up to my past experiences with Fractal cases, which has been good without exception. I resolved the lack of an HDD LED by installing one of my own. The LED I used had a 16" lead which was nearly the perfect length. The power LED bank is white, so I used a blue 5mm LED for the HDD activity, attached a black cable tie mounting pad to the underside of the power LED bank, and tied the LED to that. Problem solved, and it looks good centered under the white LED bank. The mesh front helps tame the LED brightness. A picture is attached to this showing the results. There are plenty of options for mounting 2.5” SSDs, and a couple of spaces for 3.5” HDDs in the tray in the power supply bay. The tray can be removed, and should be if you are not installing HDDs since it will provide more room for power supply cables. I would recommend removing it before you install the power supply and cables. A modular power supply will also help alleviate some of the clutter in the power supply bay. If I were going to change anything, I’d probably add about another half to three-quarters of an inch of width to give a bit more cable clearance behind the motherboard and some additional clearance for the CPU cooler. For now, if the extra space is needed Fractal offers the Meshify 2 which is both wider and deeper. But, if your CPU cooler fits within the specs, the Meshify 2 Compact is an excellent option.

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So Far, Flawless1/6/2021 8:57:00 AM

Pros: - Typical G. Skill quality - Worked well in an MSI MPG B550 Gaming Edge WiFi - No problems

Cons: - None really, but memory is either stable at the speed it should or it doesn't

Overall Review: I've been using G. Skill in builds for years. This set is in a Ryzen 5 3600 setup, on an MSI MPG B550 Gaming Edge Wifi motherboard. It is on the MSI compatiblity list, which is why I chose it. Plus it was on sale when I needed to buy memory, otherwise I may have gone with G. Skill Flare X, which I have used before. Memory was recognized right away as 2133. Went into the BIOS, selected XMP Profile 1, rebooted and it came up as 3200. It has passed several MemTest sessions with no issues, and also did its part in PassMark burn ins, again with no issue. I am yet to have a problem with G. Skill memory, which is why I stick with it.

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No Problems with Gigabyte B550 and R5 36009/3/2020 6:18:07 AM

Pros: - Worked the first time - About two months later, it still works - No issues in Memtest, Passmark, or in operation - Good value for 3200 memory

Cons: - None that I can find

Overall Review: The biggest issue I had was with the motherboard initially identifying it as 2100. When I enable XMP the correct settings came right up, and it has been trouble-free since. I need stability in this system, and the memory is holding up its end of the bargain quite nicely. It resides in a build with: • Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC motherboard • AMD RYZEN 5 3600 Processor • G. Skill Flare X Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GFX • SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 1TB SSD • Noctua NH-U12S Chroma (bought elsewhere, they only had the Chroma model in stock) • EVGA GTX 1660 SC Ultra • Existing Corsair HX650 Power Supply • Fractal Design Define C case using 2 Silent Wings 3 140mm and 1 120mm PWM fans

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Very Satisfied with This Board8/18/2020 7:13:39 AM

Pros: - Good layout - Plenty of USB ports of various versions - Sturdy - Worked the first time with the components I have - BIOS provides everything I need, and then some - Windows 10 Pro like it

Cons: - None thus far. - If anything, the available software utilities are the typical bloatware, but solved by simply not installing them.

Overall Review: I’ve been using Gigabyte MBs for years, since Asus had a capacitor QC problem over a decade ago. I have never had a reliability problem with Gigabyte. I am not used to assembling much of anything that works the first time. So, I am impressed that this build has worked right out of the chute with no backtalk. What I have thus far is: • Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC motherboard • AMD RYZEN 5 3600 Processor • G. Skill Flare X Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GFX • SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 1TB SSD • Noctua NH-U12S Chroma (bought elsewhere, they only had the Chroma model in stock) • EVGA GTX 1660 SC Ultra • Existing Corsair HX650 Power Supply • Fractal Design Define C case using 2 Silent Wings 3 140mm and 1 120mm PWM fans Everything went together, POSTed properly and booted the first time. It came with the F1 BIOS which I updated to F2 and later F3 without any issue. It passed numerous Memtest cycles, including a 24-hour test, and a considerable amount of time running Passmark. Windows 10 Pro installed without any complaints (other than the Resume on Alarm note below) and has not given me any problems thus far. This build worked harder on the test bench than it will in service. As for the motherboard, itself, the layout is good, it feels substantial, and the overall quality does Gigabyte proud. The layout looks to be a good design. It has plenty of fan headers. Overall, there is nothing I want that it does not have. The BIOS is easy to work with. The heatsinks included for M2 SSDs are appreciated, and fairly beefy for stock units. There are a ton of various USB ports on the back plane and headers on the MB. I don’t care about LEDs, other than the diagnostic ones on the motherboard (which work). The memory installed and was recognized fine, although initially at 2133 vs. 3200. I enabled XPM in the BIOS, and it responded with a memory profile with the correct timings and adjusted voltage, then everything was fine. That configuration is what Memtest and Passmark have run on without failure. I installed the device drivers from Gigabyte's web site, but not the utility software. I have used Gigabyte software before, and while some may like or want it, there is nothing there I need for my application and I don't want to install it for the sake of installing it. I set the fan profiles in the BIOS and don't want their software monkeying around with it. If anyone is going to use the Resume on Alarm function to automatically power the system up at a specified time, it did not work for me initially regardless of the BIOS settings. That turned out to be a Windows registry entry. If anybody is interested, make sure HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power, HiberbootEnabled DWORD is set to zero. My installation had it set to 1 by default. This is not a motherboard issue, but a Windows feature that speeds startup but wreaks havoc with Resume on Alarm or Wake on LAN. Amazing what one can find on the internet! Based on what I have seen thus far, I have no reason to expect any hardware or compatibility problems going forward. While this build will not be worked hard, it needs to work reliably.

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Good SSD5/10/2020 10:32:53 AM

Pros: - Easy install and it works

Cons: - None

Overall Review: Installed in an Intel NUC being used for video streaming. I normally use Samsung, but this system is not critical, will hold next to no data, and Samsung's equivalent were not in stock (anywhere) and noticeably more expensive (the WD was on sale at the time). No regrets, it works fine and has given me no problems.

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No Problem, the Norm for G. Skill5/10/2020 10:29:58 AM

Pros: - Worked without any backtalk

Cons: - None

Overall Review: Put these two modules in an Intel NUC being used for streaming. Put them in, put in an SSD, turn it on, and installed Windows with no issues. A couple of weeks later they are still working with no problems. Pretty much what you hope for from RAM, and what I have grown to expect from G. Skill.

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Another Excellent Seasonic Product4/9/2019 12:59:40 PM

Pros: - Built like a tank - Fully modular, so no unused cables to deal with in the case - Quiet - Stable power - Titanium rated, so less heat and wasted power

Cons: - Pricey - A little longer than your average bear, so may be tight in some cases

Overall Review: I've used nothing but Corsair and Seasonic Power Supplies for years, and have transitioned over to exclusively Seasonic in the last four or five years. I have never had a problem with them, and to my knowledge, they are all still in service. Some after the original build has been upgraded. This particular unit is in a Fractal Design C case powering a Ryzen 5 2600 system where reliability is paramount. It has not coughed, sputtered, or had second thoughts since being installed. It has been stable, quiet, and reliable. With power supplies, you get what you pay for. Nothing can cause more damage to a system than a power supply that malfunctions. While questioning whether titanium is worth the price over platinum over gold, which is a fair debate, do not try to save a few bucks with the "Shifting Sands of Omaha" unit. Stick to a quality brand. Oh, and I am not getting any kind of perk for writing this. I am just a satisfied customer and "unpaid spokesperson."

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Great Case4/9/2019 12:18:18 PM

Pros: - Shallower footprint since there are no accessible drive bays in the front - Quiet - Good cable management options to keep the MB area clear of obstructions - Professional looking - Very efficient use of space - Sound insulation seems good

Cons: - None for this build - In a perfect world, maybe some top-mounted USB 2 or a USB-C ports to go with the USB 3 ports that are already there

Overall Review: I used this to build a new business computer for my wife. It consists of a Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro Wifi, AMD Ryzen 5 2600, a Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4, Samsung M2 970 EVO SSDs, and typical memory and video card. So no storage not mounted to the motherboard. I used a Seasonic 650W Prime Ultra Titanium power supply. I removed the 3.5" drive trays and housing from the lower compartment. I did not check to see if the PS would have fit well with that installed, as I had no need for the drive trays. I think it would have worked but been tight, but that PS is deeper than many. The Seasonic I used is completely modular, so there are no unused cables to be bundled up down there. I would not recommend a PS that deep that is not completely modular. I also removed the front 120mm fan and replaced it with two SilentWings 3 140mm fans to push air in. Airflow seems fine, and the temps of the system are very good. Overall it was an easy build. I read some complaints about how fragile the included MB standoffs were so I had my spares nearby, but I had no problems with them. Cable organization options are good, with plenty of slots around the outside of the MB area to have all but the connectors behind the MB panel. I have a couple of kits with various ties and velcro fasteners, but I needed nothing that was not included with the case. The design of the interior is very efficient and well engineered. The thing is also dead silent, even with the fan minimums turned up to 40-50%, including the CPU fan and video card fans. Overall, I would use this case again for any build not requiring externally-accessible drive bays.

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Solid Product on F2 BIOS10/2/2018 8:50:09 PM

Pros: Sturdy and well laid out board Wifi on board Dual BIOS F2 BIOS very stable Memtest and Prime95 passed with flying colors Windows Installation was a snap

Cons: Started life DOA RAID UEFI setup can be confusing Would like another USB header

Overall Review: Other: My main priority for this setup is stability. This board will go into service in my wife’s business PC, where it needs to be problem-free from the time the power button is pushed until it is shut down. Squeezing every ounce of speed out of the configuration is not important in this application, although my wife's middle name is not "patience." The board is coupled with a Ryzen 5 2600, 16GB of G. Skill Flare 2933 memory, a pair of Samsung 970EVO M2’s in RAID 1, and a Gigabyte RX570 Gaming 4G (overkill). It has passed every test I have thrown at it, and done three installs (by design) of Windows 10 Pro without a hitch. It was not always this good. When I received it, the CPU, and memory, I mounted it on my test bench, plugged in a known-good power supply and video card, hit the switch, and nothing. I spent 30 minutes troubleshooting and finally gave up, was ready to send it back, and when I turned around to disassemble the parts, it had fired up. My guess is a BIOS issue based on its performance since. From there it ran a day’s worth of MemTest with not a single problem, then several hours of Prime95 with no issues. The next day, again, nothing. Once it came back to life I flashed the BIOS to F2 and it has not flinched since. When the M2 SSDs and new video card arrived, I did my second of three Windows installs, a test to verify the driver configuration. The RAID configuration was a bit confusing (and I’ve set up RAIDS for years, both using the MB or a dedicated RAID controller). “Enabled” and “Disabled” mean selected and not selected respectively for the menu you are on at the time. Even if, in context, it would logically mean the drive is disabled. For NVMe RAIDs, that needs to be enabled, CSM support disabled, and SATA can be either RAID or ACHI, as need, in the BIOS. The MB initially had established two arrays, one for each drive. I had to delete both, create the one I wanted, add the two drives and initialize them. Finally, load the RAID pre-boot driver during Windows set up, which is two separate loads. That all worked like a champ, and the RAID has been solid ever since. Samsung Magician says it writes at 1.5GBs, and reads at 3.3. More than fast enough to keep my wife happy, once she gets her hands on it. One more oddity: by default CPU virtualization is off. Kaspersky complained about that until I turned it on. Including two heat shields for the M2 drives is a nice touch, as some boards I looked at come with only one. The wifi antenna is unremarkable but seems to work well enough. This system has been and will spend its life attached to a wired LAN, so that is just a backup. Despite the temperamental start, this board redeemed itself and has been solid, especially since moving to the F2 BIOS. The BIOS upgrade moved it from a tenuous 3.5 to a 5 star rating.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works, No Problems To Date2/11/2016 7:19:14 AM

Pros: -Installed without a hitch -Updated the Quicken 2014 data file without issue -Has been trouble free to date

Cons: -Some minor additions over Quicken 2014, but nothing really major for our use -Future status unknown

Overall Review: I purchased this when it was on sale at Newegg for a price I could not walk away from. My intent was to wait until the initial bugs were worked out. The product was initially installed on a laptop that previously did not have Quicken running, along with a copy of my data file. I had read about problems with the data conversion process, and my data file goes back to 2001. I wanted to both try the conversion in a safe environment and test the program for a while before installing it on the two desktops that normally have access to Quicken. The version installed was R3, and it gave me no problems. I updated the data file a couple of times from the 2014 version during the test period, and each conversion was done without incident. When R4 was released, I updated the laptop, ran in that mode for a couple of days, and satisfied that data handling was fine and stability was good, I then upgraded the two desktops and converted the then current 2014 data file, again without incident. Overall, the 2016 offers a few things that 2014 didn't have, but other than the credit score I have not tried them. R4 has been stable, and the normal tasks I use on a regular basis are fine. Had Quicken not been in limbo I may have waited for the 2017 version to upgrade. Before purchasing this product, I also evaluated other alternatives but decided to stick to Quicken. I am not enthused about having our financial data outside of my own firewall and security software ("on the cloud"), so those options are somewhat limited. This upgrade buys me 2 or 3 more years before I have to reconsider that again. To sum it up, R3 and R4 worked fine, and I am happy with the seamlessness of the upgrade and stability of the program. Quicken adds new functionality slowly, so the fact that I don't see much new relevant to me was pretty much expected. I do not have a problem with that approach. For an application such as this, stability and data integrity are more important to me than a ton of new functions. Quicken gives me what I need and enough flexibility to get reports to keep me happy.

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Always Dependable7/12/2015 6:43:41 AM

Pros: Consistently good quality from G. Skill

Cons: None that I have found

Overall Review: I've been using G. Skill memory for new builds and upgrades for about five years and have never had any issues. This set was no exception. I split these into 16GB installations for two builds.

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Second Set of Builds with These7/10/2015 6:39:33 AM

Pros: Simple installation Well constructed board Nice Feature Set Proven Reliable for me in the past

Cons: NB heat sink could be better Side-facing SATA ports sound like a better idea than they are

Overall Review: Three years ago, I built two systems for our home offices based on rev 1 of these boards. They worked flawlessly for three years, until a nearby lightning strike took out my router, switch, cable modem, DSL modem, three printers, two monitors, and the two motherboards, their CPUs, graphics cards, probably the memory, and one RAID card. All of that stuff was on some pretty serious surge protection (along with a whole-house surge suppressor and lightning suppressor), but the strike also came in via the phone and cable lines, back-dooring the network and spreading that way. I had a spare rev 1 motherboard around and ordered this, which came as a rev 4. There was a small learning curve in getting the new board up and running with the new BIOS and the fact that the onboard RAID apparently uses a different driver than the rev 1 version, but nothing huge. This unit is coupled with an FX-8320, 16GB G. Skill Ripjaws, and an MSI R7 265 OC video card. It got the same twoCrucial SSDs and WD hard drives both in a RAID1s from the lightning-enhanced predecessor (no damage or data loss). Other than having to use my bean to figure out how to get the new RAID driver without a lot of effort, all that went together easily and has worked well for a week now. The UEFI BIOS took me a little getting used to. I originally knocked this down an egg only because one of the SSDs failed during re-installation (physical damage to the connector, my fault, not the board's), and replacing it has not been as easy as popping a new SSD in and rebuilding the array. I think I have that figured out, but have not had time to experiment with the solution yet. I believe that to be an AMD SB950 RAID issue, not something specific to this board. Otherwise, I am still sold on these boards. I am also a little mystified that one reviewer gave it 2 eggs based solely on the negative reviews of others, without even trying it out. The purpose of these reviews is to relate our own experiences with a product, not summarize what others have to say. To offset that lunacy, I added the egg I subtracted for the RAID confusion back in.

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Performs Well Beyond its Price Point11/7/2013 1:02:10 PM

Pros: Reliable, Highly configurable, Dual WAN support, good Tech Support, good value.

Cons: User interface may be a intimidating.

Overall Review: I'll echo what the previous reviewer said. Let's understand exactly what this is: a reasonably low cost, business-class router/firewall. We needed one that had dual-WAN support, and it came down to this and a couple of Cisco's lower end offerings. Given the relatively poor reviews of the Cisco's, I decided to give the USG50 a whirl. After several months of continuous service, I'm glad I did. Job One: Reliability. The USG50 passes this with flying colors. In the months it has been in service, it has not rebooted or required rebooting once. It has not dropped a connection that I can see, nor has it cough, hiccuped, sputtered, or otherwise misbehaved. It just functions reliably and with no attention from me. Job Two: Handling Dual WANS. Yep. We have a cable modem that carries most of the weight, with DSL as a backup and overflow. It handles the spillover fine, when I have induced failovers, it handles those quickly, and when the failed WAN is restored, it comes back quickly. Job Three: Configurability. Yep. My needs are few, and it handles all of them. I have certain IP addresses (an outgoing mail server) that has to go through the DSL line for authentication. That took about two minutes to set up, 75 seconds of that finding the IP address of the mail server. I have other addresses I want to ensure always go through the cable modem (WAN1) unless it is down (video streaming). Again, it takes as much time to look up the IP address of the sites as it does to enter the routing rule. I could also just assign the IP address of the internal streaming devices to WAN1 (again, unless it is down), but I am too lazy to do that (and it would probably be a better solution). Factor Four: Tech Support. Check. When the cable modem was installed, I was having a problem that appeared to be the USG50 defaulting to the DSL speed. I called Zyxel Tech Support twice, and although they were scratching their heads, they at least knew what they were doing and understood their product. Had I bothered to check the error log, I would have found the USG50 was working exactly as it should when the patch cable on the cable modem is faulty. Add to that the firmware upgrade process is relatively painless. It takes a bit to get used to the object oriented user interface. But, once you figure out what exactly each of the fields wants and the logic of how it works, it is pretty easy to work with. I've messed with the command line interface, and it is cryptic, but they all are. I can't speak to the VLAN capability or some of the deeper functions. I have not tried the UTM features, although I had thought about the anti-virus. I may rethink that reading the previous review. At this price point, I think I'd be hard pressed to find a better router/firewall. Given the cost, just using it as a basic, reliable, dual-WAN router/firewall is a decent value. The fact that it offers flexibility beyond that for more advanced needs and wants is a bo

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Reliable Memory12/20/2012 11:16:58 AM

Pros: - Plug it in and it works - I got it at $15 off, so it was a good bargain

Cons: - None I can think of

Overall Review: This is plugged into a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, which recognized it fine (although I had to manually set the clock, but that is expected). Basically, I plugged it in, ran a memory text, installed Windows, and it has been running without issue since. I normally use the CL9 (red) versions since I don't need the fastest, greatest memory for my purposes, but this was on sale and it works fine. When I have to build another system, I'll certainly consider it again. I pretty much always use G. Skill or Crucial these days, and never have any problems with RAM.

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Good Low Cost Video Card12/20/2012 11:09:58 AM

Pros: - Easy installation - Runs fairly cool - Quiet - Smooth and responsive on a 24" display at 1920 x 1200

Cons: - A second DVI connector might have been nice

Overall Review: Let me state up front, for most of my use, this card is the equivalent of driving a nail into the wall with a sledgehammer. Every now and then I do something that pushes it, but otherwise it's biggest challenge is Google Earth. The card is a little shorter than the average video card these days, I think. It is quiet, runs cool, and is not a power hog. Setup was easy, Windows 7 liked it, and it has been rock solid, both card and driver, since. Like I said, I am not pushing this card. Someone in a heavy gaming environment may want to opt for something more. But for run of the mill applications, photo editing, video streaming, etc, it seems more than up to the task.

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Impressive Ultrabook11/1/2012 7:23:17 PM

Pros: Snappy, especially with the SSD. Boots in a few seconds, shuts down equally quickly Terrific display. Bright, clear, good color. Size and weight. Backlit keyboard Decent sound Battery Life is good

Cons: Not a fan of the touchpad, but I am not a fan of any touchpad Pricey In a perfect world, it would have another USB port

Overall Review: I purchased an Open Box version from Newegg. I’ve been using it a couple of weeks as a replacement for a 6-year old IBM. So far, it is everything I wanted and expected. The very first thing anyone notices is the display. The downside is text can be small, but that can be changed on a application by application basis. I’m a touch typist and the keyboard is fine. I wouldn’t trade my desktop keyboard for it, but I’ve had no problems. The wireless has been reliable for me, both at home and on the road. The build quality feels solid. There are software controls for pretty much everything, although there is also a fair amount of bloatware to selectively remove. Some of it is useful, some redundant. I redid the partitions. It comes with about 102GB for drive C and 128 for Drive D. I generally keep Windows and system utilities on about an 80GB C partition. Since this is Home Premium I had to shrink C, delete D completely, then create a new D for what was not used by C or the backup partition. My only gripe was finding the Windows activation key, which is on the AC adapter (odd place, since wall warts have been known to need replacing. Asus didn’t even know where it was). I shouldn't complain, because based on where Windows booted to during setup, I think it was an open box because the original buyer could not find the key, either. I always use a wireless mouse with notebooks, so the touchpad is not an issue for me, and my not liking it is a personal thing, anyway. It could be the greatest touchpad ever invented and I wouldn’t like it. Overall, I'd recommend this Ultrabook to anyone in the market. Like someone before me, I did a fair amount of research into 13-14" notebooks, and am quite happy with this one.

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Great Upgrade9/1/2012 5:32:00 PM

Pros: * Fast * Small * Easy to install (especially with 3.5 adapter) * Cleans up after itself when attached to a RAID card * Decent Size for an OS/critical apps drive * Fast

Cons: * None Yet

Overall Review: It was time to rebuild my wife's business computer, where availability is a must. The planned to use a pair of 500GB Velociprators in a RAID1 configuration. During testing, I decided to get a pair of these and offload the operating system and most often used apps also in RAID 1. Both pairs of drives are connected to an Adaptec 6805e. The Velociraptors are no slouches, but the boot time using the SSDs is about 45 seconds faster. The apps launch instantly. Google Earth opens faster than I have seen it on any system. Crucial's recommendation in a RAID is to periodically boot the system to the BIOS setup menu and let it sit idle for a period of time to allow garbage collection. Also, there is no way to do a firmware upgrade while they are in the RAID configuration. I'm not worried about that since the firmware was up to date and everything works. Thanks to that experience, I'm thinking about offloading the OS and common apps on my own system. Impressive!

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Just What the Doctor Ordered7/18/2012 2:35:33 PM

Pros: * A decent set of settings and controls * Low cost alternative to motherboard/software RAID * Storage Manager is easy to navigate * Fairly simple Windows 7 installation (see other thoughts) * Ability to control cache by read or write

Cons: * Heat, it is a little furnace * Loading the kernal during startup takes time * Wish the cache was bigger

Overall Review: I have this connected to two WD 500GB Velociraptors in RAID1 in my wife's new business computer (downtime is not an option). The controller has been running for about a month doing tests with no issues. So far, I'm impressed with it. I recommend installing a 40mm fan. The heat sink has the mounting holes that use M2.5-0.45 screws. I mounted one that moves 7.5 CFM and the temp is much better. Read Adaptec's instructions when installing Windows 7. You have to load the driver twice. The error that Windows can't install on the drives is Microsoft for “reinsert the Windows 7 installation disk.” The only problem I had was the card was not initialized in a PCIex4 slot that was attached to the south bridge. Adaptec's tech support was helpful, although whether that is a valid diagnosis or not is proven. The current MB has all x4 and x16 slots from the north bridge. If anybody follows it, the drives get a WEI of 6.4 vs. a 5.9 attached to the MB. Overall, I'd buy it again.

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1/7/2012 6:55:48 AM

Pros: * 95-watt, lower power = lower temps = lower heat * Easily overclocked * Great value * Possibility of unlocking a couple of extra cores

Cons: * Mine would not unlock cores, although I believe that may be the MB BIOS, not the CPU * No cons that I see on the CPU in general

Overall Review: I'm impressed with this CPU. This is going into a new build that will be a gift for my nephew, who is currently running a dual-core Athlonx64 5600. It is being paired with a Gigabyte GA-A790-UD3, 8GB of PC1600 G. Skill DDR3 and a Zalman 9700. It easily overclocked to 3.8GHz, but blue screened at 4.0. The third active core loses it at 3.8 in Prime95, so I dropped it back to 3.6 and everything is happy after 24 hours. I have not been able to see the two unused cores. I see at least on other reviewer has with this motherboard, but I suspect he is on the previous BIOS based on the date of his review. At 3.6 it zips along, does not break 40 during Prime95 or any other stability test with the Zalman and some Arctic Silver. On the stock cooler I was seeing 47. WEI is 7.4 at 3.6, for anybody who puts a lot of stock in that. I suspect I'll be buying another for an upgrade project I have coming up.

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Great, Light Headsett10/2/2011 1:12:09 PM

Pros: *Lightweight *Comfortable *Works well with my Smartphone *Audio quality good both in and out *Voice information is handy *Batter life has been great thus far

Cons: *Some people say I sound a little like I'm in a tunnel, but that was only when I pressed them for a comment on the voice quality

Overall Review: This replaced a Plantronics Voyager 520 that I loved, but disappeared. I looked at several units including the Voyager Pro and decided to go with something smaller and lighter. I only use this unit for calls. My smartphone is 1) a phone, and 2) a means to access the internet. For my purposes, this is a great little headset. The fit is good and snug. I wear the ear strap because I'm afraid if the Savor popped out of my ear I might not notice it. It is comfortable enough both in weight and fit it can be worn for hours with no problems. All in all, I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a lightweight bluetooth headset for cell calls.

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Response to “High Hopes” re: AT&T8/5/2011 8:43:59 AM

Pros: Inexpensive, does what it is supposed to. Pretty good basic router. I didn't find setup to be difficult. Cheap enough to keep one around as a spare if you can't afford network down time.

Cons: Every now and then stops doling out DHCP addresses and has to be reset.

Overall Review: I have two of these (keep one as a spare because two of us work at home and can not afford down time). They work fine with AT&T DSL modems (at least, the Westells). There are a couple of things that need to be done, if you haven't tried this already. 1) DSL modem needs to be in bridge modem. Look on AT&T's site to figure out how to set that in your modem. I'd recommend against calling AT&T tech support. Six calls will get you one person who can tell you anything without reading it from a script, including wanting you to go through more troubleshooting than is necessary. 2) In the basic setup of this router, you have to have the connection type as PPPoE. Then enter in your entire user name (including the @att.net, bellsouth.net or whatever your primary email address is) and the password. 3) You also want the connection to be kept alive. I've been satisfied with these routers.

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Another Fine Netgear Switch5/26/2011 6:22:42 AM

Pros: Easy to install, no maintenance, works as it should and never needs attention, reliable

Cons: It won't win any aesthetic awards. LAN plugs and indicators being on the same side can be a bit unsightly on a desk.

Overall Review: I've pretty much standardized on Netgear for switches and wireless access points. Over the years I've used a few from each brand and never had a problem with anything from Netgear, including having to reset them. This particular one is in a dusty environment, worked from the start and has not cause me any issues. It sits next to a Netgear 10/100 (FS-108) which has been in service for 3 years with no issues. I'll need another 5 or 8 port gigabit switch for that office in the next few weeks, and it will be another Netgear. If you need an unmanaged switch with 5 ports, look no further. You may find better looking switches, but none that work better.

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Works Plenty Good11/15/2010 10:46:19 AM

Pros: Stays reasonably cool, runs fine in Windows 7 Pro and XP Pro, very few issues so far.

Cons: Non really.

Overall Review: I upgraded to this from a 3850 when I transitioned to Windows 7. The system dual boots between XP and 7, and this card works fine in both. I see some artifacts when moving a graphic in Corel Photo Paint or Draw and did have some in Windows 7 after playing some random game. The former is tolerable and the latter has not recurred. Use the latest drivers from AMD/ATI. I don't play a lot of games, but in graphical applications this card is gives more than enough horsepower. I knew it was overkill when I bought it, but at the price it was a decent value (assuming I get the rebate). Scores a 7.4 in the WEI.

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Does What It Should10/16/2010 7:55:45 PM

Pros: Reliable brand, worked right the first time, relatively low voltage and no frills.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I bought this to upgrade my system from 2GB to 6GB in preparation for the transition to Windows 7. The existing 2GB is Crucial Ballistix, and these worked fine with them. In short, these did exactly what they were supposed to.

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Work Fine in RAID 110/2/2010 2:19:05 PM

Pros: Look, act and sound like any other hard drive. Haven't run any benchmarks but they seem quick. Mine are quiet.

Cons: None that I've found.

Overall Review: I pressed two of these into service to replace to 160GBs in a RAID1, as part of a migration to Windows 7. They were noisy in random seek tests, but most drives are during those tests. They've been quiet ever since. Other than some complications cloning the original drive set and then altering the partition size (software issue), the transition went as planned and Windows XP and 7 both live on these two. The switch also resolve an intermittent parity error with one of the 160's. The RE's are a more expensive than non-array drives, but they seem well built. Considering what has happened to the price of drives over the years, the difference is a pittance. I've been using WD drives as my drive of choice for 10 years now with minimal issues. They aren't Velociraptors (which I also have in use in a similar setup) but they are doing the job quite well.

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