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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Joined on 11/11/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Works fine for me in XP Pro

SYBA SY-PCI40010 PCI SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
SYBA SY-PCI40010 PCI SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: Four internal ports! The connectors work with locking latches.

Cons: None really...maybe the price could be lower. It cost me twice as much as what I had paid for the RC-209.

Overall Review: I wanted an inexpensive 4-port card that supported the 300 speed. I've been using it with my 1 and 1.5 TB drives for over 3 months with no issues. My other card that I use simultaneously with this one (Rosewill RC-209) does not plug and play with my 1 and 1.5 TB drives. Since I needed more SATA ports, I decided against messing with the drives to make them compatible with the RC-209 and decided to just get this Sil3124 based card. I have not tried the RAID functions. I currently have 13 drives on my system (6 on the motherboard's ICH8R, 4 on the RC-209 with the Sil3114, and 3 on this Syba with the Sil3124). I use the 4th port of the Syba for a backup drive that I store in a fireproof safe. I run XP Pro 32-bit.

Most Critical Review

Won't read my SDHC card

Aluratek USB 2.0 All-in-One Multi-Media Card Reader AUCR204
Aluratek USB 2.0 All-in-One Multi-Media Card Reader AUCR204

Pros: CF and xD slots work for me (the only other two I've tested)

Cons: I chose this model because it advertised SDHC compatibility (at the time, it was the cheapest reader that advertised SDHC compatibility). I cannot get it to work with my 8GB SDHC card. The built-in reader on my laptop can read it just fine. My camera can read the card just fine.

Overall Review: I'll try to contact their tech support (if possible) someday to see if my unit is defective.

Works perfectly with my Windows 7 system and my 3TB Seagate external drives

Rosewill RC-505 - 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
Rosewill RC-505 - 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card

Pros: Installed the card and driver, and it works perfectly in my Windows 7 64-bit system with my two Seagate 3TB external hard drives. Now they both run 2-3 times faster than they did when connected to USB 2.0 ports. I'm very happy!

Cons: None!

Overall Review: I'm not using the internal power connector.

It's a smart-fan y'all!

JMC/DATECH DS9238-12HBTL 92mm Case Fan w/ Thermal Sensor
JMC/DATECH DS9238-12HBTL 92mm Case Fan w/ Thermal Sensor

Pros: This fan is a thermally controlled fan. That is why it is silent when it's not hot.

Cons: Newegg needs to update the specs about the thermal control. See the little blue thermistor in the picture?

Mine runs at 4.0 GHz with the stock cooler!

Intel Pentium D 805 - Pentium D Smithfield Dual-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80551PE2666FN
Intel Pentium D 805 - Pentium D Smithfield Dual-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80551PE2666FN

Pros: I got mine after reading Tom's website and boy am I happy! I got mine to 4.2 GHz with the stock cpu cooler! Though to be on the safe side, I drop to 4 GHz to remain stable. I'm about to install a Scythe Ninja. It's the best cooler available (quiet as the Zalman 9500 in quiet mode, and cools as good as the Zalman in full speed mode). Maybe with this cooler, I can achieve stable operation at higher clock speeds. I'll be back to update this review after I've installed the Ninja.

Cons: This thing produces a ton of heat. But I'm a positive guy so I'm gonna turn it into a pro. I won't need a space heater during the winter! Hehe, but seriously, it only uses as much power as turning on an extra light bulb or two. It's no biggie.

Overall Review: Make sure you get a quality power supply and a good motherboard. When searching for a power supply, look at the specs for the 12V rail(s). Wattage ratings mean very little if you don't know what you're looking for. I chose the Asus P5WD2-E motherboard. I decided to get a premium MB with an inexpensive CPU because I like the features of a nice MB (8 SATA RAID, cool software and a great voltage regulation system).