Joined on 07/25/02
Best Bang For The Buck
Pros: The Hyper 212 keeps my 125W Athlon 64 X2 6400+ B.E. 15 Deg. C cooler then my previous heatsinks (AMD retail and a KingWin), and is still in Frosty Tech's top 5 after a year. Unobtrousive at full speed (2K RPM), make a slight rumble over the case fan and hard disk. At 1.5K RPM, you can't hear it unless your trying to, and at 1K RPM it's silent. With the BIOS fan control enabled, and my CPU idling, Core Temps runs 2 Deg C over case ambient, and with CPU fully loaded, the Core Temp has yet to break 15 Deg C over case ambient. (This week that's 30 Deg C case ambient, 32 Deg C idle, and 43 Deg C loaded) One of the only affordable (under $50) tower heatsinks that can use TWO fans, and I think the ONLY direct contact cooler that offers that option. Just forget the other coolers you were looking at, they will either underperform, or cost you many $$$ for a Degree or Two of better performance.
Cons: Mating surface of heatsink is not smooth, though it is very flat. The gaps between the heatpipes and the mounting block will suck up thermal paste, so you'll use more that premium thermal compound that's going to be pitched to you when you hit checkout. The mounting system requires motherboard removal, and it's kind of Rube Goldburgian, as it fits AMD and Many of the myrid Intel sockets. Really it just needed a spring clip so it could clamp to the excellent AMD retention frame, though shipping a system with this heatsink and it's mounting system is probably safe. The fins are fragile, so don't drop it, or you will spend some time straightning them out. May interfere with the first memory slot, don't stress, the 212 is not very sensitive to orientation, and can usually be rotated 90 degrees by adjusting the retaining bracket after threading it thru the heatsink. Did I mention I had to pull the motherboard? It's a good excuse to dust everything out.
Overall Review: Instructions are unimpressive, it's one ginormous sheet of paper with a 5 real diagrams (contents, intel installation and amd installation) and 18 languages. The layout makes reading the thing, non-trivial, should have been an 18 page booklet, seperated by language. I had two fans on it, pulled the second one off, as it was unnecessary and made more noise. Won't fetch beer, but that's OK, the family dog needs his job just like the rest of us need ours.
Cute Digital 720p TV, Badly Packaged for Shipping
Pros: Nice cute little TV from what I can use of it. Damanged in shipping. Not the TVs fault, so I'm not docking it for bad packaging and NewEgg's failure to overbox the package. Very Compact, will fit on a nightstand, and gets good reception, Found all of our channels, including the nearly impossible broadcast channel 2. The LCD Panel is a TN panel with the color fade inherent in those, but it's a good picture when your in front of it. You will need to adjust the TV if your laying down though. It's got built in wall mount capabilities, and you can mount it upside down, and set the screen to flip 180 degrees so it displays correctly Add a mini ITX PC and you've got a cool "Portable" computer with a 1366 x 768 display. This would work well in a RV, bedroom, or kitchen
Cons: It's packaged in nothing but a brown a cardboard box with the model number and refurbished printed on it. Another piece of cardboard is folded around the device, inside of the box. There is no crush space, and no padding for shock protection. It's shipped in nothing but it's brown box, all by itself. There is no overbox to help protect it, and there's no padding, so it's likely to be broken when you get it. The sound is kind of tinny, but not bad for a small TV.
Overall Review: Was to be a christmas gift, but the bezel and corner is smashed to heck and back. Until now I was running a debt free holiday, now I'm going to go out and purchase a TV on credit, hopefully Newegg refunds this disaster.
Stop reading & press BUY already.
Pros: Just plain works as advertised. The guys that claim they sell the "World's Most Elite Memory Modules" will not get my business ever again.
Cons: Depending on your motherboard, it may require manually configuring the Memory timing in the BIOS. This is your motherboard vendor's fault, not G. SKILL's.
Overall Review: Time for MORE, MORE!
Pros: Works, works, and oh yeah, works, two years now. Pretty good reception in my area, better then my Samsung. Uses sony codes for remote (It used to argue with an old Sony I had in the office, untll I ditched the Sony). Comes with more cables and adapters then anything I've ever purchased.
Cons: Kinda klunky at times, make sure your using the latest firmware update. Configuring subtitles for a larger/different font is a PITA. No HDMI Audio, as it's really a DVI device. Sometimes it looses it's mind, and needs to be reprogrammed.
Overall Review: Would be nice if it could be configured to ignore the extra 120 pixels on a 16:10 display.
Likes to sleep
Pros: 3TB, USB3 3.0, cheap, was less then the internal drive, $10 more then the 2TB drive. My unit contains a ST3000DM001-9YN1
Cons: Likes to sleep, a lot, you need a silly Seagate utility to disable this. It also runs hot, probably why they want it to sleep all the time. Keep this drive well ventilated, the Smart status on my 2TB Seagate USB3 drive states that it has overheated several times, not a good thing, heat kills drives, I no longer trust the 2TB drive, and am looking to replace it.
Overall Review: Needs either a heatsinked case, or a case fan, the first is expensive, the second is noisy and fails, with the tiny warranties they now provide on drives, they need to be thought of as expendable, and you need to plan on replacing them as soon as the warranty expires.
Pros: Windows media Center recognizes it fine, will wake the PC from sleep, or put it to sleep, some BIOSes will recognize it enough to power on from the sleep key if powered off, check you settings, try power on from USB keyboard.
Cons: Button layout is poor, no BluRay buttons, that can be hacked around. Not so much a remote, as a limited function multimedia keyboard. The RHRC-11000 will work in Linux, this unit, the RHRC-11001, no so much, expect support in the 3.5 kernel.
Overall Review: Meh, was a shellshocker.