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Nicolas B.

Nicolas B.

Joined on 09/06/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great feature set, including legacy support. Plenty of room for expansion, for SATA, USB, and PCIe. Smart layout.

Cons: Fatal1ty logos, everywhere.

Overall Review: The layout is good, be aware though the main power is at the top.

Most Critical Review
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

Pros: Okay looking, acceptable timings. Not overly large.

Cons: Dodgy quality control.

Overall Review: I bought 2 kits of this for a new build. Was getting blue screens so I ran memtest. One kit came back with tons of errors. RMA'd for a replacement. Replacement kit was a similar story. 1 working kit out of 3 is not acceptable.

ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5

Pros: Quick, cool, going to last. Okay to look at.

Cons: Doesn't sing or dance.

Overall Review: It seem that we're getting to a point where games aren't able to fully utilize all of the power of our graphic cards. Or games just haven't caught up yet.

Rosewill - THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case White Edition, Supports Up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, Comes with Four Fans
Rosewill - THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case White Edition, Supports Up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, Comes with Four Fans

Pros: A nice looking case, with the white on black coloring. Generally solid construction. Easy to work and build with. Includes offsets to replace side and front fans. HDD trays accept 2.5 and 3.5 drives. Everything fits in it with no compromises.

Cons: No issues with this case.

Overall Review: Continues the case manufacture trend of barely helpful manuals. The manual actually describes a latching system for holding expansion cards in place. Whereas in real life it's just the classic thumbscew. The Thor logo serves as the power LED, but for whatever reason it's a MOLEX plug instead of the usual front panel connector. Fans operate at an acceptable noise level. I get the impression that this is a case that can last me awhile.

NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
NZXT HALE90-750-M 750W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Nicely colored black and white. Flat and long cables with plenty of plugs. Well packaged and well manufactured. Stays within acceptable voltage tolerances and is actually as efficient as it says.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Effectively, this is a PSU that doesn't it's job admirably. Cables reach all the places it needs to in my full ATX case. At this wattage level could easily handle dual graphic card machines. Also it doesn't come with crazy number of lighted up fans. (Which is a good thing).

Disappointment

FUJIFILM FinePix F40fd Silver 8.3 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
FUJIFILM FinePix F40fd Silver 8.3 MP 3X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: Fast operation, large pictures. Plenty of settings and options. Finally supports SD cards.

Cons: The pictures are disappointingly unclear, even when taking them in the proper settings. The proprietary software is frustrating and doesn't run properly on my Win2k machine.

Overall Review: Camera is stuck in USB mode and is basically unusable. No return possible cause I lost most of the packaging. Gonna have to spend another ton of money at a repair shop.