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Richard H.

Richard H.

Joined on 11/11/04

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Most Favorable Review

No lag with two PS3's, solid 1mb/sec PSN downloads

D-Link DGL-4100 Gigabit Gaming Router GamerLounge Broadband 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
D-Link DGL-4100 Gigabit Gaming Router GamerLounge Broadband 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

Pros: Great network speeds, easy to configure, consistent performance.

Cons: The LED's are very bright. They light up the entire room. All of our neighbors are 85+ and they spent 6 months speculating about the "blue room". Now that we told them it is our router, they speculate what a router is.

Overall Review: I bought this cuz our old wireless router bit the dust and our launch 60gb PS3 never connected to it well anyways. I replaced the comcast cable modem at the same time and now speedtest.net shows 23mb down/3mb up from any computer or ps3(b4 update when you could connect to ST.net with the ps3). We have two ps3's, a launch 60gb and a 1st gen 40gb. Downloads from the PSN store are a solid 1mb/sec with both ps3's downloading at the same time. We rarely get lag and the only time we have is on BF:BC(EA servers). We were regularly the host on COD4 online and never had lag issues.

Most Critical Review

Died after 2 months

Sabrent 7 Slot USB 2.0 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer (CRW-UINB)
Sabrent 7 Slot USB 2.0 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer (CRW-UINB)

Pros: Worked well for 2 months, fairly fast transfer speeds for our microSDHC cards and CF cards. Newegg customer service is great.

Cons: Died after two months. microSDHC card slot is upside down.

Overall Review: I bought this 12/12/08 when it was a shell shocker for ten shipped. It died today and gave me a BSOD, and I couldn't boot until I removed it. Newegg was nice enough to credit the original purchase price towards a different model. Sabrent-0eggs;Newegg-5eggs!

Keeps stock 3570k @ 44c in cramped case

ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm PWM Fan Long Life Bearing Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm PWM Fan Long Life Bearing Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler

Pros: I have the cnps8900 in a silverstone gd06b htpc case that is buried into a cramped entertainment center. The case & entertainment center do not have good airflow. Even after running the 3570k at 100% for hours, it keeps the cpu at 44c(22c ambient)

Cons: When I initially installed the cooler, the fan would hit the heatsink while spinning. I'm not sure if came from the factory that way or if one of my little ones messed it up. Either way I just had to push the fan back into position(a little force required) and it didn't hit the heatsink anymore.

Overall Review: A bit pricey for what it is.

Great HTPC/Gaming case w/6" height limitation

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Grandia Series GD06B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Grandia Series GD06B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: -Asthetics, a true HTPC case -Locking front panel to keep the little ones out -Lots of HDD/SSD configuration options -Can fit large GPU's -Front cover has enough clearance to fit small RF dongles while not reducing their performance

Cons: -Doesn't fit the silverstone ST50F-P modular PSU with fan in down orientation with modular hdd bays installed -Stock fans are a little loud -Too many screw sizes -Optical drive mount blocks large portion of cpu cooler and ram height -No good way to install H70 cooler

Overall Review: As a combo HTPC/Server/Gaming case, this case has been great. With all of my components my entertainment center limited me to a 6" tall HTPC case. As has been previously stated, the HDD hot swap bays limit you being able to install some modular PSUs with the fan facing down. The nice part is that you can simply take them out. It leaves a hole in the front of the case, but it isn't visible with the front cover closed. With the hot swap bays gone the PSU can be mounted with the fan facing down. The bridge still allows you to mount two storage drives. FWIW, my samsung F1 3.5" HDD ran about 10C hotter when installed above the power supply. My 2.5" HDD doesn't see a temp difference. The optical drive mount limits ram and cpu heatsink height. But once again, the optical drive mount can be taken out if you don't need it. Heatsink & ram limitations are now only limited by the case height. FWIW, a thermaltake cnps8900 fits under the optical mount. With the components listed below, and the hot swap & optical mounts removed, the system idles at 34c. After a few hours of Civilization V the CPU/GPU/HDD temps are all between 40c & 45c with the loudest components being the case fans. I may swap them at some point but it's still quieter than an idle ps3. -Silverstone GD06B w/ST50F-P modular PSU & short cable kit -Intel i5-3570k -Zalman cnps8900 -Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H -32GB Crucial Ballistic 1600mhz CL9 -HIS 7850 IceQ X -Crucial M4 256gb -WD blue 500gb 2.5" -Logitech K400

Stable with voltage bump

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

Pros: No more "out of memory" prompts from Windows. I would buy this again.

Cons: Had to bump voltage to 1.55v to get stable. Could be my board though. With the way the Asus m4a's throttle my cpu, I wouldn't be suprised if their poor build quality could be the reason for the ram instability at 1.5v.

Overall Review: Asus m4a87td/usb3 1100t @ 3.8ghz Corsair tx650

11/22/2011

It throttles the cpu under heavy load.

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Unlocked the two dormant cores of my pII 560, ran 3.8ghz for 6-7 months. When I upgraded to an 1100t, things didn't go quite so well.

Cons: What I initially though was horrible vDroop ended up being the mobo throttling the cpu. It only happens under hard workloads(ie: Prime95, AMD stability test, video encoding, 3D rendering). So if you're wondering why your multiplier is dropping down to 4x in the above workloads (even with CnQ, c1e, etc disabled), now you know. It's a known issue on the m4a87td boards. Just google m4a87td throttling. Overclocking makes the issue worse. Someone below mentioned that the VRM's don't have mosfets, so that could be a bit of the issue. I really can't believe asus cheaped out on this board like that. They used to be the "go to" brand for reliability/quality...not so much anymore.

Overall Review: Apparently turning on 'core unlocker' will mask the issue as it disables some of the temp sensors. But just because it doesn't read the temp sensor doesn't mean the mosfet isn't too hot. So think twice before taking that advice...

11/10/2011