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Ahren L.

Ahren L.

Joined on 05/23/03

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Most Favorable Review

E6 stepping

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700CFBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ - Athlon 64 San Diego Single-Core 2.2 GHz Socket 939 Processor - ADA3700CFBOX

Pros: See thoughts

Cons: See thoughts

Overall Review: This is the E6 stepping of the San Diego. Differences from E4 that I can tell: Lower stock voltage, and lower max temp. 1.35v vs 1.40v 65C vs 75c I think the jury is still out which is better, but I've seen backed up results (Koolance) up to 3.5ghz. An opti will obviously still get you getter. I believe this part is incorrectly labeled as ADA3700CFBOX, it should still be ADA3700BNBOX, but the stepping will end in CF. Per AMD's website.

Most Critical Review

ToobadsoSad

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 55GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 55GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G

Pros: Boot times are very fast. Small tight drive.

Cons: Failed for me, and looks like a high percentage of users here. I did a fresh install with all new up to date hardware. It went into my HTPC, so when it failed after two weeks of use, it took awhile for me to get the RMA process started. I went and bought a standard 64mb cache drive in its place while I await replacement, and that's running smoothly.

Overall Review: Not sure I'll trust the replacement, but maybe I'll give it a shot with the other drive there for backup, just in case.

Disappearing Act

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 55GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 55GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G

Pros: FAST! SILENT! Small.

Cons: After 1 month of use it now reboots my system on random occasions and won't re-appear without a cold boot. I'm using this on my HTPC which actually gets very little use. It's a pretty straightforward system with this as the system drive, and all media stored on a separate NAS. I have already confirmed that the drive needs to be RMA'd on the OCZ forums. One this to be aware of, some of the "experts" there recommend that this drive is too "fast" for lesser systems; which sound like horsepoopy to me.

Overall Review: Disappointing that newegg only has a 60-day replacement policy, and a no refund policy. Now I have to deal with a manufacturer, which I could of done shopping through any site.

Very Nice Looking cPVA Panel

SAMSUNG 2333T High Glossy Black 23" 8ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 50,000:1 (CR 4,000:1)
SAMSUNG 2333T High Glossy Black 23" 8ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 50,000:1 (CR 4,000:1)

Pros: Great colors and contrast.

Cons: Very slight color shift when out of viewing position. Reported ghosting, though I've never noticed.

Overall Review: Unless you're a hard core gamer, you'll love this monitor over any of the TN panels, especially if you're in photo editing, or watching video. At the sale price, I purchased 3!

Would be tough to disappoint

Rosewill RX35-AT-SU3 BLK Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Rosewill RX35-AT-SU3 BLK Full Aluminum Cover, Metal Tray 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Looks nice, lots of screws to keep the drive stable. Silent.

Cons: Gets hot, wouldn't be easy to swap drives if that's what you're going for.

Overall Review: If you expect to get the product description you won't be disappointed.

12/11/2010

2X DOA

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Never got a working one.

Cons: 3 Different working PSU's say the same thing in both case and test bench. DOA everytime. Sounds like a great board, but I'll avoid.

Overall Review: Annoying waste of other parts sitting around for weeks. Hopefully they'll all work when ever I can get a working motherboard.

11/11/2010