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Gerald D.

Gerald D.

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These are swell

Cyber Acoustics Cyber Acoustics CA2016 2-Piece USB Powered Computer Speaker System (Black) CA-2016wb 3 Watts 2.0 USB Amplified Computer Speaker System
Cyber Acoustics Cyber Acoustics CA2016 2-Piece USB Powered Computer Speaker System (Black) CA-2016wb 3 Watts 2.0 USB Amplified Computer Speaker System

Pros: Because of some of the negative reviews here, I had not expected these speakers to perform too well, but they are great, certainly compared to any laptop speakers. These are not at all tinny, but they are not concert grand, either. Wow, I took a gamble on these since they are so inexpensive, and they make me laugh because they are so cheap but good. They are used for my Home Theatre PC (HTPC) as computer speakers, for which they are well suited. Movie and music sound is routed from the HTPC to my room's speakers. Get them for desktop use. You'll love 'em for that. Even at 3Watts and at 10 feet away, they provide loud, clear sound. Very little if any interference. I think, I guess I heard a tiny bit once, really not at all. Also, they have nice looong wires. Love the USB power source.

Cons: none

Most Critical Review

RMA'd

GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GB28GB6400C4QC
GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GB28GB6400C4QC

Pros: Met specifications with no initial problems.

Cons: But one of them failed after a couple of days. I should have heeded the warnings in the reviews, below.

Overall Review: Except I really don't have many problems with the gobs of great stuff I get from newegg. It makes me laugh to think that electronics this complicated functions at all -- how do they do this? -- and I design these things and am still amazed it mostly works so well.

Best thing I ever owned

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: I've tried for years to keep my overclocked processors cool and this thing does it in it's sleep, quite casually, with quite low noise.

Cons: Difficult to find the right case for a good, cost effective, fit.

10/11/2014

Fast

Team X Series 64GB Flash Drive Model TX12164GR01
Team X Series 64GB Flash Drive Model TX12164GR01

Pros: I took a quick Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and the R/W transfer rates were faster than specs -- 190/90 (in OS X 10.8.5). I don't know what happens to flash speed over time. It's a bit slower in Windows 8.1, 180/80. Okay, okay, if you spend a whole lot more money, there are faster drives.

Cons: Bulky, large, which I suspected would be the case before I purchased, but I liked the graphic design. It does not fit in the first USB slot under an Ethernet port. The drive is too wide, thick. But I have gobs of USB 3.0 ports, top and back, so clearance will not be a problem.

Overall Review: The 64GB capacity is about right for me. I always worry I'll need more room than I have, although my 32GB flash drives have very little on them.

These are way too cute, Windows 8 x64 machine

Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0
Ballistix Tactical 8GB DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0

Pros: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB Low Profile BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0 Bought a couple singles, not a 16GB kit. There's never a problem running singles. These are specified as 1,600MHz 8-8-8-24 @ 1.35V, so it was a no-brainer to run them 7-7-7-24 @ 1.5V -- on Shell Shocker for a great discount. Too! Note: the 1.35V spec is a dead give away that they'd run faster. Opened my case, opened the new memory, took out the old 2-stick 8GB, put in the new, booted into BIOS, set memory to the second of two XMP profiles to get the 1.5V setting, changed the timing (only those shown above), rebooted, ran Windows 8 memtest with no errors, ran WEI to no avail since the results were the same 8.1 as before. So now I'll hold my breath for at least a month before I'm confident in this new RAM. The yellow isn't too prominent because they are so short, but what I can see goes quite well with some of the yellow power wires. Sort of ties everything together. It all looks great with my purple cold cathode light. Pressing the memory into the slots worried me, but the heatsinks took the pressure and they felt nobly robust. Low profile. Where have these been all my life? I've needed them forever. For my last three systems I have needed low profile. Except I don't need 32GB, four sticks, and my ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard wants two sticks in the outside slot pair, therefore there is no heatsink clearance problem out there anyway. But I don't care. My first low profile DIMM and I love them. Actually, I don't need 16GB, either. I just wanted to see if they would run 7-7-7-24. I knew they would. Maybe it helps that I worked for a memory manufacturer who's initials are I.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I'll let you know if there are any problems that come up later. For this new build I got a Haswell i7-4770K.

Great heatsink, and Quiet

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: This is my second Hyper 212 EVO; the first one is used on my Intel i5-3570K (1,632 to 3,876MHz), and this one is on my i7-4770K (800MHz-3,900MHz). Both have two fans (comes with one fan, two pair of brackets), which are incredibly easy to mount, one of the reasons I bought a second EVO for this new system. But primarily they keep these processors at ~33-35°C in an 27-28°C room ambient, idle. Fully loaded with prime95, one is 70°C max, and the other is ~65°C. If I could tolerate more idle fan noise, then both of them would run cooler. As it is, I can't hear the fans at all on the newest system. The new motherboard has much better fan control than last year's model. BTW, prime95 is synthetically severe. In the real world, running as hard as they can, 45°C is a high number.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Oh, did I say they're really quiet?