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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Joined on 02/06/08

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Most Favorable Review

Tiny but slow and flimsy

PNY Micro Swing Attaché 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Dark Green) Model P-FDU4GB-EF/DGRN
PNY Micro Swing Attaché 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Dark Green) Model P-FDU4GB-EF/DGRN

Pros: It's small and fits well on my keychain. Stores the 4GB and is cheap. positive lock keeps it from popping out in my pocket.

Cons: The upload rates for large files are not fast, although not terrible either. The tab is so long that it's a little flimsy. I won't put it in my USB port an leave the keys hanging there off of it, because i'm afraid either it will break, or the port will break.

Overall Review: I do put it in a port if the keys hit the ground, or if it's a vertical port. I suppose it should be three stars, but i'd buy it again for the size, so I'll leave it at 4.

Most Critical Review

Not so great

ASRock X48TurboTwins LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock X48TurboTwins LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked fine most of the time. Wasn't hard to install, or to set up. Placement of everything seemed fine.

Cons: Couldn't handle the heat from two un-powered (workstation) video cards I tried. Occasionally crashed even with a Radeon HD 3870 running on high for a while. In general, couldn't handle high loads, and overclocking anything made it crash, even using ASRock software.

Overall Review: Board eventually gave up the ghost when I was cleaning it with spray air (probably my fault) and the Gigabyte P45 replacement I bought is better and tougher. I actually had the wifi version of this board which is why it doesn't show me owning it. I couldn't get the wifi hub function to work. I should have had more fans, but the board should have been able to handle more power too; I mean what do they expect you to do with those PCIE slots if you can't get power to them.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: great. easy. sturdy. simple

Cons: haven't tested to see if it can handle an unpowered vid card in the pci express slot.

Overheated my MB

AMD FireGL V5600 100-505512 512MB PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card
AMD FireGL V5600 100-505512 512MB PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card

Pros: Ran Maya well, Rhino passably. Worked for 8-10 hours at a time before crashing.

Cons: Because it does not have a separate power supply, it overheated itself, my MB, and my processor, causing both PU's to run slowly, and eventually to crash. It's insane that such a powerful card, drawing so much wattage could fail to have it's own power input. I'm not sure what system this could run on.

Overall Review: Upgraded from a Radeon HD 3870 and gained very little. It's unclear how much I would have gained had everything not been slow due to overheating. My CPU ran at 50c and would have been higher had it not self-slowed in order to keep temps down. MB temps were similar, and both are under 40c with my 3870.

10/28/2008

Motherboard?

HP Desktop PC Pavilion M8120N(GC674AAR) Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 7350LE Windows Vista Home Premium
HP Desktop PC Pavilion M8120N(GC674AAR) Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 7350LE Windows Vista Home Premium

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Used

Overall Review: What motherboard does this computer have? What is the fastest processor it can handle? Can it handle the 1333mhz extreme quad cores? Assumably not the 45nm one right?