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Brandon A.

Brandon A.

Joined on 08/22/09

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Most Favorable Review

Good card with a few bugs

HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 SGL PCI-Express x4 SATA / SAS Controller Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 2640X4 SGL PCI-Express x4 SATA / SAS Controller Card

Pros: Excellent raid card, have 4 7200 RPM 1tb drives (Samsung F3) in raid 5 as a data drive and it has been handeling them well for 2+ years

Cons: Only issue i have had was that the controler keeps reporting smart test failed in the events log, but the status page shows SMART test is nominal and the hard drives themselves agree. Not a major issue, just tends to fill the log and as far as i can tell, no one else has had a similar issue.

Most Critical Review

Good board once its working

ASRock H55M-LE LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H55M-LE LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good board if you get it to work, plenty of sata slots for a board of its size, easy enough to install

Cons: Any time i make any kind of system change, the motherboard tries to default to the processor gpu, (but my i5 does have one) so it doesnt work, resetting the bios fixes this even once had to do this after a windows update

Overall Review: can be annoying to work with, its fine though if you know enough about computers or dont plan on making many system changes after the install, once it is in a stable state, it usually is fine for a good long time

Last card i buy from MSI

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G

Pros: Good performance at the price as long as you dont use that last .5GB of vram

Cons: If you run a game that tries to use all (or close to all) the vram, the frame rate drops significantly, this is a known issue with the GTX 970 cards that NVIDIA is responding to, NVIDIA stated it is trying to help those affected get a refund (as well as other things to help mitigate this issue, namely driver updates, though I doubt this will help much since the issue is a hardware limitation); however, MSI seems to be one of the few companies refusing to accept refunds. Unless this is changed, this will absolutely be the last MSI product I buy for my self or those that buy through me.

Great for the price, but has a few issues

Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit
Adaptec RAID 6405 2271100-R 6Gb/s SATA/SAS 4 internal ports w/512MB cache memory Controller Card, Kit

Pros: immeasurably faster drive speeds than any other raid card i have used, great management, good bios and software interface, gets good marks on the key points

Cons: HOT!, make sure it has a good fan near it or you will get overtemp alarms, also, makes resuming from sleep take forever (since it has to boot the raid card's bios during the resume, too a week of testing before i realized that the resume was just taking forever, I thought it was just not resuming at all)

Overall Review: Just a note all of my references to other raid cards are comparing to firmware cards, mobo raids, or software raids

The do everything Micro ITX motherboard, but no beeper ?!?

ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77E-ITX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Has everything, USB3.0, SATA III, PCIe 3.0, PCIe mini for wireless, display port, HDMI, eSata, Optical audio, put this in one of those micro ITX cases that takes a full PSU and video card and you have a Powerful, Portable gaming computer, drop an SSD on it and everything just gets better, this is a tiny titan and for a good price

Cons: Didnt care for the antenna, ended up just salvaging a standard antenna from one of my old routers, wiring it was a bit of a pain, some of the plugs were in unusual places, but i expect that has to do with how much they had to fit on such a small area, only 2 fan plugs on the mobo, it came with a mobo chearper, but I could not find anywhere to put it, so if you need to troubleshoot the board it will be significantly harder (this is actually my biggest con)

Overall Review: I replaced the wireless card so that i can connect my 5GHz wireless, no big deal, most dont support 5GHz wireless anyways, but the replacement card worked just fine, CPU was quite low on the board compared to most micro ITX boards i have used, but that didnt cause any notable issues

Not bad for the price, but could be more comfortable 3.5/5

Azio Levetron GM2000 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse
Azio Levetron GM2000 Black 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Acceptable price, long warranty, looks decent.

Cons: The mouse was a little small for my hands, i also wish the dpi adjustment had more range, and A few sharp edges make it not as comfortable as other mice. All in all, nothing major, but enough minor things to be an annoyance

Overall Review: All in all, if your looking for a quality mouse that is comfortable, look elsewhere, but if you want something cheap that you dont want to worry about breaking, you can do alot worse than this mouse.