Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Joined on 10/27/14


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Most Favorable Review

Perhaps not "top-notch", but surprisingly good for the money!

CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm (CW-9060010-WW)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm (CW-9060010-WW)

Pros: Inexpensive Effective Easy to install Pump provides tach feedback to monitor speeds/detect failure Great value

Cons: Insufficient for high overclocks (or some 6C/12T & 8C/16T chips) No PWM control for fan or pump — (to be expected at this price) Included fan is "okay" (not great)

Overall Review: INTRODUCTION: Although most heavy-duty cooling geeks will tell you that this isn't going to compete with a high-end open-loop system, any diehard liquid cooling enthusiast wouldn't be considering an AIO cooler of this nature anyway. Rather, this is (I believe) intended for the more-than-casual-user-but-less-than-hardcore-overclocker who's never tried liquid cooling and wants to get his or her feet wet — (not literally!) OVERVIEW/INSTALLATION: It's a fairly simple install (provided you have access to the back of the motherboard) and uses a pretty reliable (though not top-notch performance) Asetek Gen4 pump, which is integrated right into the CPU water block. The fan is attached (via four bolts) through the computer's case (and its own mounting holes) to the radiator and comes with a standard 3-pin header connector. Note: If you have some short 6-32 machine screws, you could use them to attach the fan's "inner" ears to the radiator, then attach its "outer" ears to the computer case (using self-tapping fan screws, as you would normally mount a fan by itself). The coldplate comes with pre-applied thermal paste for ease of installation, and the pump/block assembly slots into a metal hold-down ring (over which you insert a plastic "locking ring"), then fastens down onto four threaded posts with thumbscrews, making the whole mounting procedure fairly straightforward and fool-proof — (just don't forget to plug the pump into a "CPU" or "CPU OPT" fan header on the motherboard!) PERFORMANCE: Performance is about what you'd expect from a 120mm AIO – about as good as (or a little better than) a high-end air cooling solution – but the H55 will take up less space overall, will allow you to eject the CPU heat from the case interior, and will probably be about 10-20dB quieter. (Note: While this may not be the quietest pump in the world, it could hardly be described as "loud" either; most likely you won't hear it over your case fans). RECOMMENDATIONS: It's best to mount the radiator vertically, with both of the (intake and outlet) tubes on the bottom, if possible — (don't worry about it if you can't though; it'll still work just fine). When securing the pump retention ring down, try tightening the thumbscrews at two opposite corners simultaneously, then tightening the other two (as opposed to "going around in a circle"). This allows the thermal paste on the coldplate to be more evenly distributed. If you have the room to do so, I would suggest buying an extra (120mm) fan – (if you don't have an extra fan header available on the MoBo, get one that comes with a Y adapter ) – and picking up four 1" long 6-32 machine screws. This will allow you to mount a fan on each side of the radiator in a "push-pull" configuration (oriented to push air out of the case), which will not only improve the cooler's performance, but will remove the CPU-heated air coming off the radiator from inside the case, allowing other components (such as your GPU, RAM and the VRMs on the motherboard) to remain cooler. SUMMARY/CONCLUSION: Overall, this cooler emphasizes value over performance, but a good value it is. Also, unlike open-loop systems (which require regular "pump-outs" and cleaning), it's relatively maintenance-free — just set the "Fan fail warning" in your BIOS for whichever header you've attached the pump to, and forget about it. When the pump finally starts getting worn enough to become clearly audible – (typically 2-3 years) – just replace (or upgrade) the whole system.

Most Critical Review

Wow, is this thing a piece of junk!

BYTECC Black 1.44MB Internal Floppy Drive Model BT-145
BYTECC Black 1.44MB Internal Floppy Drive Model BT-145

Pros: Heavy enough to make decent paperweight

Cons: Useless for anything else

Overall Review: Bought two of these; one does not work AT ALL. The other will read/write/format up to about 85% pf the floppy's capacity. It will then just grind the head's position back and forth attempting to read (or write or faormat) until it either gets it (30-60 seconds later) or you give up out of frustration and cancel the operation. I've never bought two identical independent products and had BOTH be defective at once! Bytecc has set a new standard for lack of QC. I'd much rather get a Sony or Mitsumi, both of which I've had much better luck with, but don't sell retail boxed versions of their floppy any more — (I believe they're both OEM only now).

Chonky and expensive, but GOOD!

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N307TAORUS M-8GD
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N307TAORUS M-8GD

Pros: Absolutely MASSIVE cooler runs as cool as (or cooler than) any other air-cooled 3070 ti. Looks STUNNING. 4 year warranty (if you register it online w/Gigabyte). OCs well (for a 3070 ti). So large and heavy that it can be used as a weapon to protect yourself from intruders.

Cons: Priced close to RTX 3080 territory. Eats up four PCIe slots (five, if you want to leave a decent air gap beside it) plus two 8-pin & one 6-pin PCIe power connector. Fan profile could be a bit more aggressive (but gets a bit loud if you make it so). Shroud overlaps top of (vertical) fin stack more than it needs to.

Overall Review: Gigabyte's gamer-focused AORUS (pronounce "OR-iss") line has always gone a bit beyond their generic-badged product in terms of performance, and well beyond it in terms of aesthetics and features. This card is no exception. The "RTX 3070 ti AORUS Master" sports two extra HDMI display outputs (for a total of 3 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort) a dual BIOS switch, and a 320×180 pixel LCD screen (known in Gigabyte parlance as "Edge View") which can be customized to show GPU temps or other system information, your own images, or even animated GIFs (up to 140 frames). It also features "power check" status LEDs by each of the PCIe 12V connectors, a metal backplate, and one of the highest out-of-the-box boost clocks of all current RTX 3070 ti models. It also uses what might be considered the most "overkill" air cooler on anything short of a 3090 ti; (in fact, this is the same cooling solution they used on their high-end 3080 ti models). It is HUGE, utilizing two 115mm fans, one slightly overlapping the other (which counter-rotates) and a 100m fan over a super-thick fin stack. This card comes in at 2¾" thick and occupies about 3½ slots. All of this heatsink allows it to run surprisingly cool, allowing it hit clocks beyond 2 GHz (if you raise the fan speeds a bit both the "OC" and "Silent" BIOS are a little conservative in our estimation, but they ARE quiet). In short, if you're already using a Gigabyte MoBo and want to control all of your RGB lighting with one piece of software, and/or you want a "showpiece" 3070 ti that runs cool and performs well and you don't mind paying a premium for that privilege then this is your card.

Pretty good, especially for the $$ SCREWTHUMB 6-32, 5/16in Long Black Metal Computer Case Thumbscrew – Pkg of 50 SCREWTHUMB 6-32, 5/16in Long Black Metal Computer Case Thumbscrew – Pkg of 50

Pros: · Good looking · Compact · Inexpensive · Philips head indentation for screwdriver/screw gun

Cons: · A bit narrow (hard to turn comfortably)

Overall Review: Okay, so these are not the BEST machined thumbscrews in the world, but they're more than adequate — no bad threads or bends and the coating doesn't come off from regular handling, i.e. fit and finish are at least acceptable by anyone's standards. They also have a #2 Philips indent so that you can tighten/loosen them with a screwdriver or screwgun, which is helpful, as these are a bit narrow. On the one hand, that's good because it makes them unobtrusive; on the other, it also makes them harder to turn than a "conventional" (wider) thumbscrew. All in all, the best value I've found on black thumbscrews (from a dealer inside the U.S., at least).

Even BETTER than the S2340M!

Dell S2415H 24" (Actual size 23.8") 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor IPS
Dell S2415H 24" (Actual size 23.8") 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, HDMI Built-in Speakers LCD Monitor IPS

Pros: · Good color/clarity · Very slim bezel — picture extends almost to edge of case · Easy-to-clean/hard-to-scratch glass screenfront · Built-in speakers · Fast (for IPS anyway) 6ms response time · Input/cable cover & HDMI cable included

Cons: · Blacks are not the "blackest" · Touch controls are somewhat slow to respond (& hard to find in low light) · AC is external adapter "brick" & uses IEC320-C5 instead of common C13 end · Glossy screenfront can show reflections —

Overall Review: I am a big fan of Dell's S2340M monitors. They are glass-front IPS screens that offer a clarity that (I feel) is unmatched by any anti-glare coating and a picture quality that rivals any monitor in their price range. They also offer a rather slim bezel with a picture that comes (almost) to the edge of the case. As such, I figured the S2415H would basically be the same thing, but slightly larger, and with sound. And it is... except it's even better. The clarity is (if anything) a slight step up (from a picture that was already really good); the sound, while not designed to compete with external speakers of any sort, is passable for YouTube dialog; and the bezel is even slimmer and the response time faster. The addition of touch controls is kind of classy too, I guess, built does make it hard to "feel for them" when you can't see what you're doing. The only real disappointment was the fact the the equipped the AC adapter with an inlet for an IEC C5 cord instead of the standard C13 (or even a C7). Also, there are those who may not like the glossy screen as well — I happen to like the ease of cleaning and window-like transparency of it, but then I usually darken the room when watching picture-critical content anyway. All-in-all, except for the "slightly-less-than-black" blacks and minor amount of backlight bleed inherent to all IPS monitors, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value than this one.

Acer G6 Series G246HYL bmjj Black 23.8" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
Acer G6 Series G246HYL bmjj Black 23.8" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

Pros: ∙ Full 1080p resolution with a fair amopunt of real estate (24") for less than some 22" models ∙ IPS technology, produces brilliant colors and wide viewing angles ∙ Easy hook-up – one HDMI cable carries picture and sound

Cons: ∙ Contrast could be better – (not the blackest blacks) ∙ Feeble, low stand w/no height adjustment ∙ Speakers aren't that good

Overall Review: In the grand scheme of IPS monitors, this isn't one of the best ones, but ANY of the IPS are pretty darn good (when compared to TN) for color and clarity, and you certainly can't beat the price of this Acer for a 24". Yeah, they skimp on the amenities a bit — the stand's a little wonky, and the built-in speakers are more of a convenience than an actual source of high fidelity sound, but lest we forget, this thing is under $120 (on sale) and it IS a 24" IPS picture. Great monitor? No, but not a bad one. Great value? Absolutely. BTW, disregard what "Andrew R." said in his review; this DOES INDEED have HDMI inputs — (two of them, as a matter of fact). The confusion arises from the fact that there are two versions of the G246HYL: the G246HYL "bd" which has a DVI input, and the G246HYL "bmjj" which has 2 HDMI inputs — (both have a VGA in as well).

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SLOW shipping. The product was fine (but I'd already ordered AND RECEIVED an alternative by the time it showed up!)

Ordered (≈4pm PST) on the 15th (which was a Monday), delivered (to MI — 8 states away) OVER A WEEK later. USPS 1st Class (CA to MI) takes TWO to THREE DAYS (i.e., 3-4 TIMES faster!) and probably costs about the same. Unfortunately, most businesses are trying so hard to increase their UPS volume (to get that "next column" discount) that they neglect good customer service. Foolish people. (Don't they realize it's all about the customer?)

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