Date Joined: 01/19/09
Pros: Speed works as advertised and heat spreaders play well with other memory.
Overall Review: A year ago I purchased a I7 Dell 8930 XPS Tower with 16 gig. I added the RipJaws VSeries DDR4 2666 to the system for a total of 32gig. The memory played well with the Dell OEM memory and I had no problems. Fast forward one year and I upgraded to an new I9 XPS 8930 and again purchased another 16 gb of RipJaws (same type to be clear). I placed all RipJaws memory into the new machine (as I write this one week of running no issues) and put all the Dell OEM memory into the older computer.
Pros: Multiple switch port Gigabit connectivity.
Cons: If the ethernet plugins could be in the back and the lights and status in the front.
Overall Review: I began purchasing D-Link products after other types of products would have failures over time. This is one I have owned for over a year now and have had no issues. I have never had to reboot the unit to get it to work and runs cool during while operating.
Pros: Good quality, fits in the switch and wall plate I am using and switch reports 1gb transfer. Cord unrolls and doesn't attempt to coil back; not that I would expect something like that.
Cons: None that I can think of...
Pros: Powers my USB-C based laptop XPS 13 9370 and broadcasts to two different monitors with no issues. Also able to chain two monitors via the DisplayPort. Also worked with my wife's work USB-C HP laptop.
Cons: Not in a sexy silver box or slimline.
Overall Review: I would purchase it again, it works great as a good USB-C docking station.
Pros: The business end (which goes into the cigarette lighter) has a solid feel to it. The light on the end of it definitely tells you its getting power. I have used it multiple times. It travels reasonably well inside a laptop backpack.
Cons: Phone (LG V20) grew hot when I plugged it in to start a trip and the charge was already close to 100%. Unclear if that was the phone's issue (with apps running etc) or the charge or a combination of both. Regardless, I only plug it in when I know I am below 75%.
Overall Review: I would purchase this again or recommend it to a friend.
Pros: This lightning charger works as advertised, it failed (to show power is on) in one car for me but worked in another.
Cons: The power light which signals that power is flowing, is an intense blue which may be a factor in night driving or general driving if pointed at driver.
Pros: Three Monitors. Quality motherboard and no problems getting items hooked up or working. Documentation is good.
Cons: To run three monitors one has to split it out between, HDMI, DVI and VGA - DSub. I erroneously (when purchasing it) believed that the 2 HDMI ports could be used. Frankly the second HDMI port (not the one next to the DVI port but the farther one is a HDMI *in* port) is simply a point of confusion.
That port (the HDMI in) I believe is why others have erroneously said that HDMI doesn't work on this motherboard; because they plug in a monitor expecting HDMI out when it is (unbeknownst) to them a HDMI in port.
IMHO HDMI in is a waste of a port. I would rather they create a motherboard with three HDMI out ports and not even have HDMI out nor VGA.
Overall Review: Had one monitor, a new dell off of the HDMI out and it would stop working when the monitor would go to sleep. I could hear the motherboard 'ding' that it lost a connection and almost immediately `ding` that it found a connection. After it finally went to sleep, 7 out of ten times the motherboard would never recognize the monitor and I would have to cycle on/off/restart/start to get it to `re`-recognize the monitor. Finally I put in a different Dell monitor. I am unsure if it is the motherboard or the monitor (or both) which caused the problem.
Pros: Installed and is up and running to this day with no problems 4 months later.
Overall Review: It is unknown why they are recertified.
I purchase a lot of computers/monitors and it seems like the failure rate is about 10%. Recently returned a Dell monitor which I swear they never checked, but the replacement came back fine. So if one expects an issue that is a better tack to take when buying refurb/recert products so check the return/replacement policy before buying in case the item needs to be returned.
Pros: No build issues with all the memory (multiple) purchased and they worked with my Intel Motherboard snapping into place. Have used computer over a month with the memory and there have been no blue screens on Windows 8/8.1.
Pros: Took it on vacation and back. No problems with the plugs or how it plugs in.
Overall Review: Would be nice to know the max charge rate on the usb ports.
Pros: Able to get the drivers from windows and have had no problems with it.
Pros: Solid cable, solid connector. Nothing jumps out as being `thin`. Good product for cost (not a dig).
Cons: None as of this time.
Overall Review: Used for over a month in the household and no problems.
Pros: I was mildly surprised at the size of this case and thought Newegg sent the wrong case by accident. Nope its the right case. Frankly its the biggest case I have ever had the pleasure of putting a motherboard into. Three fans, top, back and front all plugged into the motherboard and are quiet. The motherboard sits with a good few inches away from where the hard drives are, so cabling is no problem.
Lots of room to put all items in.
Cons: I was not jazzed with the slide in disk drive holders. It is not apparent by the instructions on how to seat the non screw in hard drive (bolts) into the sled.
What I believe is the included hard drive side holders to place a hard drive into the CD rom area slot (or maybe a 2.5 floppy(?), leaves no room for a screw driver to screw in the mounting screw.
Overall Review: I am quite happy with their choice of very quiet fans. I had to salvage a I7 980extreme from a Dell I purchased from a bad bios upgrade and was quite pleased with the case. But it is way larger than I expected.
Pros: Provides the low response end as advertised unlike a majority of earbuds out there.
Cons: If the earbud is not properly in the ear, the sound suffers due to the requirements of the design and the transfer of sound. In otherwords you will hear the other one better if it is in your ear until you readjust.
Overall Review: I would buy them again.
Pros: I was so impressed with D-Link's NAS DNS-323 I bought this switch.
Because since I bought the aforementioned NAS D-Link has provided software updates which have added features to the unit. That says something about a company...and because of that I bought their N-Router and now this product.
The switch performed flawlessly and the Cat-5 cables throughout my house were able to deliver 1Gig rates between all components. (Yay!) Large packets worked between systems which I set up for 9K packets.
I have been a cheap switch buyer for many years and had to deal with dark ports, failed switches and bizarre dropped packets. No more! For finally I have a professional *grade* switch which was really plug and play. The line test is a nice feature.
Cons: 1) No options to update the firmware.
2) The unit comes with optional side brackets for mounting in a server case. I am using it to be mounted it in my basement between a 2by4 stud and a wall item. It would be nice if the their were more drill holes besides the standard.
Overall Review: Keep it up D-Link...quality and updates pay off in repeat business down the road.
Pros: ESATA port is great. I was looking to buy this again when I say others dissing about 64 bit. That has not been a problem for me.
Overall Review: Have to boot up with ESATA HD attached, but that is same on all motherboards.
Pros: I bought this motherboard to support a development Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V environment.
Virtualization comes from the CPU and is supported via the bios and there is no direct bios setting on this board to turn it on or off. Hence I was initially worried.
There is another option needed for virtualization, one of the CPU command states, and it is there in bios and on by default. But long story short, this board and CPU I bought allow for virtualization and I was happy!
Does raid, bios can be flashed by USB! Very nice. Do that first thing when building and you won't be sorry.
I almost went with a cheaper board but am glad I spent the extra $40 to get this board. I have been buying Asus boards and have not been disappointed and this is the best board yet.
Cons: I have no direct desire to tweak the board to overclock, but I find the interface too daunting to try. Its the best interface I have seen mind you, but I am still a novice on overclocking per-se and though the features are there, its not for the faint of heart.
Overall Review: Side SATA make sense for possible extended overflight of video card, but in cramped cases, it will be a challenge to get those wires in place. You may want to plug in the wires to the SATA first before screwing on the motherboard.
ASUS, if not all manufacturers, provide information on whether your boards support virtualization.
Pros: This case is not as flimsy as other reviewers would have you believe. I found the quality in the case and the fans did not have any problems. Reading other reviewers, any strange fan noise indicates a bad fan which can be replaced if one notifies Thermaltake.
Large fans on top and on the side keep the case cool and are reasonably quiet. I don't use the side fan for the noise is more intense with all the fans on in the case.
The case did allow me to cut a fan, by buying a video card with large heat sinks and no fan. hence a quieter operation.
There was enough room in the case to do what I needed to do and I like the stylish black look of the wire netting of the front of the case.
Well built in my opinion; to those wanting stronger cases...sheesh go back ten years to the steel monstrosities which used to grace the Mobo world.
Get an power supply which blows out for it sits on the side; other reviewers have mentioned that.
Cons: One needs to open both sides of the case when wiring hard drives for the wires go under the horizon of the board to the where the hard drive sits. This isn't too much of a concern for modern SATA drives, but older drives with the ribbon type cables would have problems as each ribbon is added.
The locking mechanism is a good trade off to using screws to mount the hard drive (one can stil use screws if needed) but it takes awhile to get used to the lock and unlock and positioning of the lock flush with the hard drive holes.
I have another thermaltake case which uses slide in rails to accompany the hard drive as it slides into place and that was more convenient that this system; but I was able to use this system as intended.
Front fan is lighted which I wish could be turned off without denying power to the fan.
Overall Review: If the case had fan speed nobs to set the fan speeds on all fans that would be best. Noise increases if fans are fighting airflow due to competition with other fans, noise from air pressure its fighting if flow out is constrained, or needlessly set to high of a speed.
I have such knobs on my other mobo, two on the case and two provided by a 5 1/2 drive addin which once the individual fan speeds are set and airflow is optimized, the case is a lot quieter.
If the option to control fan speed was an option, I would have given this a five. Regardless this is a good case for the price.
Future designs should drop the four four 5 1/2 drive bays to either 2 or three and expand the internal hard drive cage for more flexibility.
Pros: Sturdy construction holds drive in place with a reasonable footprint for the whole unit.
The hidden gems are the standard power plug and voltage. I don't like carrying around the power and was able to re-use a different manufacturers power (rated the same mind you DC12V).
The ability to turn off the fan is the other feature.
Added ESATA bracket was a nice addition for those computers that don't have such a port.
Cons: No way to turn off the super blue light.
Overall Review: My intended drive failed to be recognized by either XP or Vista. When I put in a different drive it worked. When I took the original failed drive to another USB HD Dock, it failed there. But the drive works as a Serial ATA drive. So before assuming that the box doesn't work try another drive.
Also my box required that SATA drive be booted and was not hot swappable per-se.
Pros: I like the side ports for existing non unplugged items and the top two ports for the usb's one removes more frequently.
Overall Review: Works like a charm. It was a replacement for a powered DLink Model, I have other Dlink items and have had no problems, which lost its mind after a few months and would not work.
Pros: This is my second purchased Corsair PS of three. I had purchased Thermaltake PS in the past, no problems with it mind you, but I liked that Corsair has the 80 Plus rating even on their lower end models (if that is really a proper nomenclature for this model).
I had no problems either installing or using this PS. It does come with mounting screws if needed.
Overall Review: Does not come with logo'ed power supply bag. Frankly that is fine with me. I would rather Corsair shave costs and bring things to the market by not supply packaging items of no use.
Pros: Achieves Aero graphics on Windows Seven. I bought this board to replace a stock video card in a Dell 540 I purchased after the stock ATI board kept getting lost during graphics changes on Vista/Windows Seven. This card does not have that problem and works flawlessly.
Perfect for workstation or moderate gaming which doesn't tax the video card.
Overall Review: Dual DVI would have been better. But not a deal breaker for me.
Pros: Dynamic range, low to high is very important especially the lower ranges on headphones. These phones have a good range and sound great; not tinny like the super cheap ones out there. The fit fine in my ears under moderate activity. Haven't skied with them so I can't attest to high activity.
Cons: None to think of....
Overall Review: Be aware that the cord to the phones are not equal, they stop at a point and a short line goes to one earphone while the longer line goes to the other. Franky I haven't noticed an issues with that setup.
Pros: Does as advertised. Vista 64 drivers load Nvidia automatically allowing one to register the card on XFX site and download the current driver. No problems...no hickups or problems for me.
Cons: Large and Long and *Tall*. My card spanned the SATA ports on the back of my motherboard. I had to use the L shape adapters of the SATA to allow the card to sit ontop of the sata ports. So if you are thinking of purchasing, look at the path the card will take and make sure that you don't have anything below or *above* which it may interfere with on your motherboard.
Overall Review: Farcry is a nice addition...but it would be nice if XFX would give a choice of games to download after say registration (regardless of the games ability to test the graphics card to its potential). Or to provide %off on a future game purchase or maybe even card purchase....