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Christopher H.

Christopher H.

Joined on 08/07/01

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Most Favorable Review

Great in a Nikon D80!

Kingston 4GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model SD6/4GB
Kingston 4GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model SD6/4GB

Pros: Good price for high quality class 6 memory. Plenty fast. In the D80, I can take 7 raw shots with no lag. (3 FPS) After that, they go about 1-2 FPS. I had a Transcend class-6 card before this that would make the camera lurch and sputter in continuous mode.

Cons: It will be cheaper next month. And the next month.

Overall Review: Highly recommended.

Most Critical Review

Power supply squeals!

Koutech IO-RCH620 USB 2.0 All-in-one  External Hub & Card Reader Combo
Koutech IO-RCH620 USB 2.0 All-in-one External Hub & Card Reader Combo

Pros: Really nice combination of USB ports and card slots.

Cons: Power supply squeals badly! Very annoying high-pitched whine.

Overall Review: Nice unit, but this squealing is a deal breaker.

11/19/2012

Nice, quiet fan!

BitFenix Spectre All Black 230mm Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre All Black 230mm Case Fan

Pros: Very quiet. Seems well made. Goes totally silent at about 8v, and will start up fine at 6v, maybe lower. (I didn't test lower)

Cons: None

Almost perfect

AFT PRO-57U USB 3.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Media Card Reader
AFT PRO-57U USB 3.0 5.25" Bay, CompactFlash/ SDHC/ SDXC/ microSD/ microSDXC/ miniSD/ miniSDHC/ MultiMediaCard/ Memory Stick/ xD-Picture Card. All-in-one Internal Media Card Reader

Pros: FAST!! Importing photos from Compact Flash cards is noticeably faster than my old USB 2.0 reader. USB 3.0 Dual-port USB 3.0 header is included.

Cons: The only problem is the bulky USB 3.0 header. It physically interferes with other things on the motherboard. On my Asus P8Z77-V LK, it interfered with the chassis fan connector, so I had to clip a corner off the fan connector and shave a bit of the plastic off the side of the USB 3.0 header. A better design would be to have a dongle made of flexible wires, or include a cable with two USB 3.0 on one end, and a 20-pin USB 3.0 on the other.

HTPC dream!

ASUS GeForce GT 640 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GT640-2GD3
ASUS GeForce GT 640 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GT640-2GD3

Pros: Awesome picture quality in HTPC applications. Boss hardware acceleration. Four monitor ports Low power consumption High price/performance ratio

Cons: DDR3 memory, not GDDR5, but to be expected at this price. Makes no difference to HTPC applications. Not the quietest fan.

Overall Review: Excellent for home theater! I think I am actually getting better-looking video out of my plasma screen. This card has allowed me to get rid of an entire other computer system that I use for photo editing! Instead of running two systems, I have four monitors hooked up to this card, two in each room, with bluetooth keyboards and mice. Two of the monitors are cloned and serve as the primary displays for each room. (Start menu and login screens) and the other two screens are a plasma TV and a 21" analog monitor I use for photo editing. It works great, and I only have to maintain one system now!

Great board, but missing CMOS jumper!

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Excellent board, I don't have anything new to say about that. Capable of 6-drive RAID! (I am running 5x1TB) There are rumors that Z77 boards are only capable of 4-drive RAID, due to the fact that the six built-in Intel SATA ports are split between two 6Gb and four 3Gb ports. This is not really a problem. I have five 1TB drives connected in RAID 5 with one drive connected to a 6Gb port. Works dandy!

Cons: None that I have found.

Overall Review: Mine wouldn't POST until I realized that the CLEAR CMOS jumper was missing entirely. I found an old jumper and installed it in the normal position and everything came up fine. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem... No big deal though.