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Jeffrey P.

Jeffrey P.

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Most Favorable Review

Nice card, not the best software

Zoom 4312-00-68AF PC Card (PCMCIA) Type II fits Type II, III or Toshiba 16mm slot Bluetooth Adapter
Zoom 4312-00-68AF PC Card (PCMCIA) Type II fits Type II, III or Toshiba 16mm slot Bluetooth Adapter

Pros: This card has excellent range being a class 1 card, and seems pretty fast compared to my old BT 1.1 USB adaptor. My card doesn't have any extendable andenna so when its in the PCMCIA slot sticks out maybe 1/4 of an inch. Will install and work with the Windows Bluetooth stack if you don't install the software on the CD. It has a couple little lights that blink, but they are dim so don't annoy me at all.

Cons: I don't like the Toshiba Bluetooth stack that comes on the CD as I wasn't able to get it to work with my Nokia phone. The Nokia software won't even detect the phone ont he bluetooth setting. I uninstalled and found/installed the Widcomm 5.0.1 stack and it works great!

Overall Review: I used the Widcomm over the Windows Bluetooth stack because I want to use it with a BT Headset as well and I have never been able to get the windows one to do audio. Also, in case anyone is wondering, it installs as a VIA PCMCIA USB controller and then installs as a USB Bluetooth adaptor connected to that USB controller.

Most Critical Review

Almost finished by AC

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: Way better than the joke stock cooling on an i5. Comes with good thermal paste pre-applied (but see cons).. The mounting bracket is odd, but feels very secure once in place. Does not require motherboard removal to install so easy swap from retail HSF.

Cons: AC didn't "finish" the product!. I tried it and the temps weren't as cool as I thought they should be. I removed the HS and after cleaning off the thermal paste, the plate that contacts the CPU is just rough cut unpolished copper!. You can still see the cut marks from whatever they used to cut it. Seriously, how long would it take to machine polish the bottom?

Overall Review: After 45 minutes of wet sanding with 1000grit paper then 3000grit paper it shines and works way better. After that time though I still see couple of hair line saw marks in it, but that's part of what the paste is for right? Would have been 5 eggs if I didn't have to polish it myself and use my own paste.

Excellent and disappointing at the same time...

MSI Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RX 570 GAMING X 4G
MSI Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RX 570 GAMING X 4G

Pros: This card has excellent GPU chip cooling and runs pretty quiet with fairly low power usage. At stock settings is a really good card. I was able to get over 30Mh Eth with the right OC settings and memory straps. (see cons though)

Cons: The ONLY bad thing about this card.. MSI didn't include any memory heatsinks or memory heatspreader on this card like they do on the 580. The card will hit 30-31Mh, then immediately drop to about 25Mh due to memory overheating. I WISH they had a memory heatspreader connected to the massive heatpipes on this card.

Overall Review: Running the fan at over 90% will keep the memory cool enough to stay around 30.5Mh Eth. (while dual mining). Fans this high are loud and GPU stays about 43C at this speed. A simple aluminum ring connecting the cooler to memory would have made this card just about perfect.

Huge and decent card

PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DH/OC
PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DH/OC

Pros: Biggest heatsink on a RX570 I could find Hashrate - 30.8 Eth, 610 DCR dual mining Hynix Memory (would be better if it were Samsung)

Cons: Lots of tweaking to get those hashrates. Running 1270/2140 with custom straps. Can't seem to get it much under 165W per card Those fans are VERY SHARP. I accidentally touched one and it took a chunk out of my thumb.. Red Devil indeed.. Literally no accessories in the box. You get the card in a antistatic bag, a CD, and small book. Also some Devil club card.

Overall Review: Fans look like they are about 70mm so not as large as other cards, but there are three of them Single 8-pin power connector Have to make the fans run faster than normal to keep it cool, their fan curve favors silent over cool..

11/29/2017

Hopefully answer some questions

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home
Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home

Pros: Just received this today, hope to answer some questions. Comes with activated Windows 10 Home pre-installed. No bloatware demos, etc at all. Only thing in programs list are drivers for hardware. The white ring is the power indicator. Pulses yellow when charging and off, then stays off when full. Pulses blue when on. Don't remember the rest of the states. BIOS can be entered by hitting F2. Turning off Secure Boot will allow for the boot menu to be available and displayed with F10. EFI boot order can be changed. Didn't see any options for legacy bootm so might be limited to UEFI supporting OS. BIOS is fairly minimalist. CPU and BIOS does have options for VT as well, though might have limited uses with 2GB RAM. For the Linux crowd: Yes I was able to install Ubuntu 15.10 x64 with little fuss. Installed from USB DVD Drive connected to the USB 2.0 port. Ubuntu was able to see and install to the eMMC drive and took a little more than 4.5GB. USB 3.0 works, did not test speed, but did not work for install. (Used a hub on the 2.0 port). Wifi and Bluetooth work right off, both are Intel controllers. Didn't have a microSD card to test with Linux, and don't know about the Synaptics fingerprint reader. USB had enough power to power an unpowered USB hub with keyboard, mouse, flash drive, and laptop USB DVD-Rom with the AC adapter connected. Didn't try on battery.

Cons: Base install of Ubuntu 15.10 did not have a working battery indicator. I did not try to fix, just wanted to see if it would run. Not really a con as someone with more determination could likely get it working. BIOS does not have an option to turn on after power restored. (useful for mini server). Maybe added in future please?

Overall Review: I got it since it seemed like there would be nearly unlimited uses for it. Micro server with USB HD, maybe a firewall with 2x USB NICs? Its basically got a built-in UPS. I will likely get formatted and installed with many different tests, but this is great so far. I wish the Micro SD slot was full size, but not really complaining. This did work with my generic HDMI to VGA adapter so I could use an old monitor with it. I havent tested it with my iPad Air 2 yet, since I know it will work and wanted to try stuff I couldn't find info for. A dock with Ethernet and more USB ports would be a welcome addition, although you can get a USB 3.0 hub that includes gigabit Ethernet too. Please add power on/wake on AC to BIOS settings!!

11/10/2015

Great little VMWare box

HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 E3-1220v3 1P 4GB NHP 4 LFF 350W PS Server Smart Buy 724977-S01
HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 E3-1220v3 1P 4GB NHP 4 LFF 350W PS Server Smart Buy 724977-S01

Pros: Used HP's custom ESXi 5.1U2 install ISO to install on this, everything works out of box. Fully supported by HP for ESXi 5.1U1 and up with their custom install ISO. Someone says you need drive trays, you do not. It comes with 4 non-hot plug blank trays. If you use a small Torx driver and take out the screws they line up perfectly with 3.5" HDDs. Installed 2x 4TB Seagate NAS drives and mirrored them, Installed ESXi on them as a single datastore and works great!

Cons: Drive bays are non-hot plug. Knew this when buying. Don't think it supports RAID5 but haven't looked, could be wrong. I don't need it so not an issue for me.

Overall Review: Cost me a little more than building a "white box" server, but no frustration or assembly time. Also has iLO which is great and consumer boards won't have.