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Graeme C.

Graeme C.

Joined on 06/28/05

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Most Favorable Review

Worth the premium

Seagate SV35.3 ST3750330SV 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate SV35.3 ST3750330SV 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The performance of these is better sustained than the others. Large cache. No annoyingly small jumper restricting performance. 5 year warranty. VERY quiet and no issues.

Cons: A little more expensive.

Overall Review: I put two of these in RAID1 and I can barely hear them from a foot away when I'm opening large (100MB+) files. I have the "regular" 750GB Seagates and these are much better. Worth the difference in price.

Most Critical Review

Die after moderate usage

LINKSKEY LKA-CR811 USB 2.0 Card Reader
LINKSKEY LKA-CR811 USB 2.0 Card Reader

Pros: For the first few weeks you have them, they're cheap, and they work.

Cons: I bought these for camera usage after the holidays. I used them sporadically and lightly for a few weeks. When I used either to copy more than one hundred photos (from 7.1 and 8.0 megapixel cameras), they both died. The light flashes sporadically and Windows 2000/XP doesn't detect it. Given that both died using files from different cameras, different SD media, different computers, and different OS, I can't chalk this up to a rare problem or rare defectivity.

Overall Review: You get what you pay for. Most of the reviewers here (like me previously) have only used the reader for a few days, and had nothing but praise to say for it. However, they die after a short time. Spend a few bucks more for a better SD reader. I'm looking for a better reader now...

Great motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap. Has a couple of SATA cables. Permits core unlocking (see other thoughts). Onboard sound. Decent onboard graphics. Very configurable BIOS. Decent manual. DDR3. Stable. Chipset drivers good. A very well priced and feature filled motherboard. Can update BIOS from USB.

Cons: I'll try to be fair, but for the sake of nitpicking... -No USB3. Normal for this board price. You can always add it in later. -I've noticed changing certain mobo options (EC Fimrware mode, etc.) resets the boot order afterwards, meaning you have to enter the BIOS twice. -Included utilities are kind of silly. The update checker says "No update has to be found" at every Windows boot. Easy Tool 6 is garbage- it throws up a driver error at every boot- Speedfan is better anyways. Drivers CD tries to sneak in a Norton trial- just get the latest one from the Gigabyte site. -Why motherboard manufacturers put the SATA connectors next to the easily pulled out and hard to put in power/led/reset connectors I don't know. Want to pull out your SATA1 cable? Get ready to plug your Power switch header back in! -On this topic...why not use the little 5 cent middle piece Asus uses that allows you to plug in the headers outside the case and plug/unplug the big adapter instead of each little header?

Overall Review: Big fan of Gigabyte, quality is good, skip the included software. On the topic of core unlocking: There are no tricks. The worst case scenario is a failure to POST past Windows and changing two BIOS options back to default- you won't brick the processor or motherboard. I was unsuccessful getting my X3 720 to work - it would seem I got a legitimately bad 4th core. You need to set ACC to AUTO and EC firmware to Hybird. You can also try increasing the CPU and CPUNB volatages to +1.4 and +1.35 respectively (these are total voltages, not additional). If Windows boots, run something intensive for the CPU. Could be Folding @ Home at a high priority, could be a tripcode generating program, could be something else. Run for 12 hours. If you're still going well with no crashes, your core should be great- if it does crash, then you probably have a bad 4th core that is technically functional, but not stable.

Great Mobo

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Lots and lots of inputs! 6 SATA, 3 USB headers inside, 2 Firewire (1394), audio header works with both Intel HD and AC'97 front panel connectors. Stable drivers.

Cons: These are minor...nevertheless... -Front panel audio connector is in the BACK OF THE MOBO? If you have an Antec 900 (not the case I put this in, but a big case), I doubt you'll be able to reach. -Awkward positioning of SATA/Front panel power, reset, speaker, etc. connectors- you need to be careful when removing SATA cables to not pull out the connectors. -Included software is nothing special and the default "easy install" tries to foist Norton Internet Security on you.

Overall Review: Very happy, cheap, runs stably with some nice features. First mobo came DOA, but Newegg is RMAing for refund and I have the new board already.

Great phones, need to break in for comfort

Sennheiser - Professional DJ styled - Closed Dynamic Bass Headphones (HD 202)
Sennheiser - Professional DJ styled - Closed Dynamic Bass Headphones (HD 202)

Pros: Very good sound, pretty much no sound leaks. Cheap. Cable windup and larger jack adapter. Loud. Comfortable after they're broken in. Newegg is an authorized Sennheiser dealer, so you get the warranty too.

Cons: Uncomfortable - like a CLAMP - out of the box.

Overall Review: If you have a large head (I would define that as 23", or 7 3/8 fitted cap), these will give you a HEADACHE out of the box. You have two options (I recommend the latter): A) Take a heat gun (on LOW, with reasonable distance) or blow dryer. Heat the top of the head band slowly, and stretch the distance out. Use a highlighter between the phones to maintain the distance as it cools. B) Take your phones and put them around the headrest of your car (not the ridiculously wide way, unless you have weird headrests) for 8 hours. After doing B, these went from unwearable to dead comfortable.

12/28/2009

Great controller

Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 - Black
Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 - Black

Pros: Great controller, black shows wear & tear less.

Cons: None really. No rechargeables come with it.

Overall Review: I have no idea why the black 360 controllers are $35 with free shipping while the whites are $40 + $8 shipping here at Newegg. I have a white Nyko Charge Base with 2 white batteries, but I don't really care and can't justify spending another $30 or so on white controllers when they show wear & tear more. Oh, Newegg has them in stock in New Jersey, so if you're on the East Coast you should get them very quickly via Ground service.