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Gregory V.

Gregory V.

Joined on 09/06/06

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Most Favorable Review

Correcting a Grievous Error

XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card R9-290A-EDFD
XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card R9-290A-EDFD

Pros: I would like to correct a grievous error. When I wrote my previous review of this video card I was angry and frustrated after spending so much money on it. I've since come to the realization that the problem was not with the video card but with my motherboard. I've had two motherboards' PCI Express 3.0 x16 video card Expansion Slots fail in less than a year. Now that I have this card installed on a quality motherboard it runs like a champ. I'm playing games with all the settings at max and the dual fans on this card just barely speed up. I'm so happy with it.

Cons: absolutely none

Overall Review: Learn form my mistake and get a good quality gaming motherboard to mount this in. You will save yourself a lot of grief.

Most Critical Review

Not worth the money I spent on it

ADATA 32GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-32G-RGY)
ADATA 32GB S102 Pro Advanced USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 100MB/s (AS102P-32G-RGY)

Pros: Inexpensive.

Cons: VERY slow write speed. Approx 12-15 Mb/s.

Overall Review: I bought an "ADATA Superior Series 32GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-32G-RGY" eight years ago and it served me well all this time, with write speeds of about 36 Mb/s. I recently broke it (my own fault) and bought this one as a replacement thinking it was just a modern version of my trusty drive. I was severely disappointed when I tried it. The slow speed just makes it unusable in my opinion.

New mounting specs

Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST8000DM005 8TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST8000DM005 8TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large capacity. Low price.

Cons: Apparently the specs for the spacing for the mounting screws has changed in the last few years. The mounting screw holes on this drive do not match the holes in my case. The mounting screw holes on the bottom of this drive are 3 inches apart, the holes on my case are 1.75 inches apart. I should have read the specs in the on-line manual more closely. :(

A Great MB

MSI Z97A GAMING 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z97A GAMING 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This is a great gaming motherboard with everything that you could want. MSI makes great quality products that last. I bought my first MSI motherboard in 2006 and it still works.

Cons: The audio jacks are NOT color coded (they're all black except for one red) and are NOT in the standard configuration. (It took me quite some time to plug my headphones in properly. The plugs on my headphones are not labeled and the writing on the BLACK back plate was difficult to see) With the release of the new LGA2011 and LGA2011-v3 sockets the LGA1150 will soon be obsolete.

Overall Review: The powered audio requires a 4-pin molex line from the power supply (FYI). If you are not a big gamer or just do not need all the bells and whistles you might want to consider a less expensive board.

Very Good, but...

ADATA Superior Series 32GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-32G-RGY
ADATA Superior Series 32GB S102 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Titanium Gray) Model AS102-32G-RGY

Pros: Faster READ and WRITE speeds than the 8GB version I bought a few months ago. Best price for its capacity that I have found. (Shell Shocker deal for $46.99)

Cons: Just some minor things. It is too wide to have two things plugged into the two USB 3 ports on the back of my motherboard at the same time. I wish it had the size printed on the outside, I can't tell the difference between the 32GB and the 8GB by their physical appearance. (I have wrapped a rubber band around the 8GB in order to tell them apart.)

Overall Review: Actual capacity is 31,425,134,592 bytes which equals 29.2GB.