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Roy H.

Roy H.

Joined on 01/14/05

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Most Favorable Review

Good update to 3 year old motherboard

EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This was purchased as an upgrade to an old foxconn motherboard back in 2009. We wanted SATA III on board to install a new SSD in our computer, as well as, at the very least, the same functionality of the old board. Motherboard was physically installed without issue or any caveats, and Windows 7 installed base drivers for everything (got the rest for EVGA's site). 2 Months later, the board keeps on rocking, being on for the majority of 24 hours.

Cons: None really, worked out of the box without a hitch, and it hasn't died on me yet (knock on wood).

Overall Review: Quick, painless shipping from newegg as per usual, I must always be lucky in this regard.

Most Critical Review

Has the potential somewhere else

DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported
DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported

Pros: Got this router to move my house on to Wireless-N, had some good reviews then (and still now). at sub-$30 dollars the router is a steal considering the features available to the user during setup. Initial setup was not painful like other routers I have used in the past. When it does work it has a strong and clear signal, never had problems with speed with any of my devices.

Cons: At my house this router has some very strange behavior. After a couple of days with being on and running, Wireless users get kicked off the router, requiring a restart of the system, power cycling the router, or both. Wired users can still access the internet and instant messaging, but cannot access the router directly or play internet games. I thought it was a heat issue since this thing gets HOT due to lack of relevant heat slits, so I used a notebook cooler to cool it. Didn't help. I then called newegg and the promptly did an exchange for a new one and that router also had the same problem. Finally, I contacted Rosewill, but they were only able to suggest things I've already done physically and in the router settings, but at least they tried. I eventually went back to my old router which works juuust fine.

Overall Review: I'm not convinced that this issue is entirely the routers fault. I knocked it down to 3 eggs as opposed to 1 because I do not presently have a way to test for this behavior in a different environment. However, the behavior is disruptive enough to make me consider whether or not I should purchase a Rosewill router again (their other products I have yet to have a problem with).

They do the job

LOGISYS Computer LT400PL 80mm Purple LED Case Cooling Fan
LOGISYS Computer LT400PL 80mm Purple LED Case Cooling Fan

Pros: - Got a pair of them, and both were not DOA. - noise to airflow is not bad. - DEFINITELY PURPLE.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Rare is it you need 80mm fans nowadays, glad I could find these, in purple no less.

They do the job

XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1255 120mm Purple LED Case Fan, 2 pcs in 1 package CFS-SXGJS-PU2
XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1255 120mm Purple LED Case Fan, 2 pcs in 1 package CFS-SXGJS-PU2

Pros: - Package of two, both worked out of the box with no DOA. - Relatively quiet; not the quietest, but far quieter than other 120mm fans I've had in the past.

Cons: - They did not quite match in color. One was much more blue but still technically purple, while the other was very much purple.

Just what the doctor ordered

Koutech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express (x1) (2xExt+1xICC) (with 15-pin SATA power connector) Model IO-PEU432
Koutech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express (x1) (2xExt+1xICC) (with 15-pin SATA power connector) Model IO-PEU432

Pros: - Very simple installation. - Drivers on CD actually worked. - Actually works at USB 3 throughput.

Cons: Doesn't tuck me into bed at night.

Overall Review: Kidding aside, I installed this expansion card onto an older motherboard to make use of the front panel USB 3. Everything works, even double checked to make sure unplugging devices did not hang the system. Can't really ask for more when everything works as it should.

Very Possibly Worth the Effort?

ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid Extreme VGA Cooler-nVidia/AMD, Liquid/Air Combo Ultimate Cooling
ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid Extreme VGA Cooler-nVidia/AMD, Liquid/Air Combo Ultimate Cooling

Pros: - I installed this onto a EVGA GTX 570 SC. And bought it on sale on the Egg for $110. - Idle temps dropped from mid-high 40s to low-mid 30s. Under heavy load, temps dropped from high 70s-mid 80s to low-mid 60s. With number fiddling it comes to about a 20% decrease in overall temperatures, which considering the enclosure I'm using, that's very substantial. - Looks a little cheesy but everyone else likes it. - Included fan is very quiet even at higher RPMs, and adding a second fan (had my own hardware) only sweetens the deal. Questionably silent compared to stock cooling.

Cons: - As everyone else has said, this thing can be a nightmare to install for the uninitiated or weak of heart. Particularly the double sided tape used for some of the spacers; by FAR the most frustrating part of it all but thankfully Artic Cooling supplies extras. - The shroud actually makes the graphics card SLIGHTLY WIDER (!) and a little taller than the stock two slot cooler. I had to give my side panel some tender love and care with a rubber mallet to make it fit. Fitting more than one in tandem will be difficult if you don't have the spacing on the motherboard.

Overall Review: I installed this and my graphics card into BitFenix's Prodigy case. Almost Micro ATX in physical size but still very small on the inside. Between the dual push-pull radiators (I have the H80i for my CPU), all the drives including an optical drive, and not initially having enough space between the Shroud and the Side panel, there is not much space in this case and by association not much room for heat to dissipate internally. The fact I have any decrease in temperatures is a miracle, and for an all in one kit, the Accelero Hybrid does not disappoint my expectations.