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Nicholas F.

Nicholas F.

Joined on 07/13/05

Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Great Drives

HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S04005
HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S04005

Pros: I received these drives about 7 days ago. Since that time these drives have gone through hell. I ran Darik's Boot and Nuke with the DoD 7 pass preset, verifying after every round and then did a long SMART test. All 4 drives I bought are running great.

Cons: Price hasn't really come down much since HGST first released the NAS line 3 years ago.

Most Critical Review

Steay Clear!

ATRIX PSCI-500BLK 500W ATX12V Power Supply
ATRIX PSCI-500BLK 500W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Worked pretty well, handled my 6800 GT, Athlon XP 3200+(Barton)fine.

Cons: -One 12v rail -Died after 6 months

Overall Review: Ok, I bought this product because of its cheap price, since it had 18amps/12v i thought it would do fine for my system. I was right and it did, however about 6 months later it started to die. This thing is running 11.31v on its 12v rail. Its safe to run at least 11.7v. All my games started lagging even though my connection was fine and my FPS were high. Stay away if you want your PSU to last.

Great bang for the buck!

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: -Seeing 16 threads in task manager -Video encoding flys with this thing -Gaming performance is pretty good with my RX 470 crossfire -Pretty good overclocking, got 900

Cons: -Clock speeds are comparatively low next to the competition

Overall Review: I have mine rock stable at 3.9GHz on all 4 cores with 1.388 volts, 3200MHz Gskill FlareX memroy and an MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon. I really would have liked an even 4.0GHz but even at 1.488v I cant get it stable.

Great Motherboard!

MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Feels solidly built-- this I think is an often overlooked quality. This PCB is nice and thick and durable. -Matte Black -RGB Lighting -Stable with 3200MHz memory on GSkill FlareX -Decent VRMs for overclocking

Cons: -Could have used a couple more USB ports at the back panel. -For the price I would have liked to see some additional network connectivity.

Overall Review: UEFI layout is a little weird and took a bit to get used to...I guess I'm just used to the old style of things.

Extremely Fast/Flexible Router + Great for QOS and Traffic Shaping

Ubiquiti Networks ERPRO-8-US Advanced Network Routers
Ubiquiti Networks ERPRO-8-US Advanced Network Routers

Pros: I actually use this router in my home, and it is quite fast and provides me with an excellent stable connection. I had been using an ERLite for the past 3 years and I've upgraded to this because Ubiquiti recently added support for fq_codel. My ERLite could manage to support about a 70Mb connection down running fq_codel before running out of CPU horsepower. This beast can do up to 300, providing me with a rock solid 150/10 connection to Comcast with no bufferbloat and excellent stability. Should have enough gas for Comcast's initial push into Docsis 3.1 or their next speed upgrade over the next few years.

Cons: Will need to upgrade again to run fq_codel or whatever the next implementation is by Ubiquiti to support a 1Gb connection.

Overall Review: I replaced the fans with Noctua 40mm fans because the noise profile, while not overly loud, was annoying.

Great Fans

Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX, Premium Quiet Fan, 3-Pin (40x10mm, Brown)
Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX, Premium Quiet Fan, 3-Pin (40x10mm, Brown)

Pros: I've mounted these fans/ replaced fans in my small 1u rack routers, switches and servers for the past 3 or 4 years and in every case they have provided adequate cooling for a fraction of the noise profile. They come with lots of mounting and power options

Cons: A little on the expensive side.

Overall Review: Worth the money and will buy again