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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Joined on 05/16/02

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent HTPC

SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card  (11202-03-40G )
SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11202-03-40G )

Pros: No problems. Fit fine in a Silverstone HTPC case. Downloaded the latest drivers, I really don't understand using the CD to install drivers on a video card. WEI 7.4 on Desktop and Graphics. After a few hours watching video temperature was 44C in a case that DOES NOT have good ventilation. Noticeably better desktop and video than the ATi 5850 it replaced. Very nice radiator heat pipe assembly. No driver problems whatever in a w7 x64 system on a x58 platform.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I was concerned the card might be a little tall. It was not and fit under the crossbar in the case. Might be a concern on a mATX build. Exceeds expectations and makes a fine HTPC silent video solution.

Great For Car Audio

Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-032G-B35)
Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-032G-B35)

Pros: SanDisk seems to have targeted this Flash Drive for Car Audio or anything that's primary purpose is to read. I am using this on the rear USB of a Kenwood BT955HD. It is read almost instantly by the Head Unit. Casual speed measurement indicates that the Read is almost 10X the Write. So if you are looking for a USB drive that is safely out of the way and unobtrusive it would be difficult to do better.

Cons: None really. People that need fast writes should look elsewhere. If your goal is fast Reads for Car Audio I don't know if there is a better choice. It is USB 2, BUT so are Car Audio HUs, my Kenwood was new on the shelves March 2013 and it is USB 2. All the Head Units I know of are USB2/Fat32.

Overall Review: Small size is perfect for people who plug the thumb drive into the front of the head unit. Even if you plug the USB thumb drive into a read USB the small size is still a bonus, easier to tuck away, less physical stress on the USB plugin. There is also the bonus that people have mentioned before of just plugging it into a laptop and forgetting about it.

Excellent Design

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Best thought out case I have ever built. Cable management is a joy. Great design for anyone concerned about noise especially people in dorm rooms on one bedroom apartments. The hard drive mounting is outstanding and effective, when you really want to get silent the hard drive noise can be difficult if you don't want to sacrifice 7200 rpm drive speed. HD mounting is almost as effective as using a suspension system like NoVibe, close enough to impress. Fractal really went the distance on design, great stuff. Hard to imagine how anyone could build a quieter case with better cable management.

Cons: Huge. Measure before you order if you have a space issue. No HD LED, but maybe this feature is due to go away. CDROM behind a door if you still need one, I don't install them much anymore, useful on game builds but not much else. Also very heavy which is a sonic bonus. Fit and finish are not Lian Li. But excellent non the less especially being fair about the price point.

Overall Review: I was concerned an Icy Dock 2.5/3.5 Hot Dock would fit in the 5 1/4 bay without interfering with closing the door. It dents the foam but DOES NOT interfere with closing the door.

12/22/2012

Exellent

Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: Leaves about 1 cm of clearance over GSkill Ripjaw, not enough to swap memory but not a concern here. Mounted on a GigaByte mATX with lots of room in a Corsair C300. Fans have been removed in the case for as quiet as possible and with the ivy bridge 77W the case fans are not missed. Lowered MB temp by about 4C over a Corsair H50. I like the Cooler Master HSF that blow down, they have also been used to lower IOH on an X58 build by about 8C.

Cons: A bit of a bother to mount, but no biggy. I am not a plastic pin fan and prefer the Cooler Master "bolt down" solid and secure. Case with a good MB cutout is a good idea. Changed out stock fan with a Gelid for silence. CPU fan does not need to spin above 710 rpm. Silence and MB/Memory cooling was the goal, exceeded expectations.

12/16/2012

Excellent Solution

ARCTIC F8 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 80mm PWM Speed Control, 31 CFM at 22dBA
ARCTIC F8 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 80mm PWM Speed Control, 31 CFM at 22dBA

Pros: I wanted to get rid of the wire mess that comes with a fan controller on a HTPC and get quieter. Artic solution of "daisy chain" works perfect. Connected two Arctic 80mm fans together and plugged in a Gelid fan for the CPU cooler. Final result was much quieter than using the Silverstone HTPC case fans running at 40% with a fan controller.

Cons: None. Fans are all but silent and ramp up correctly.

Overall Review: Good solution if you want to have the MB control case fans and want a clean install.

Excellent

StarTech HSB110SATBK 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in SATA HDD with LCD & Fan
StarTech HSB110SATBK 5.25in Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack for 3.5in SATA HDD with LCD & Fan

Pros: Well thought out and rugged device. Changes the way I do things. Overcomes various limitations using the aging ThermalTake BlackX portable hot dock. The Key is a bother but the design makes sense. Dock is off, fan is off unless you turn it on, saves unnecessary fan noise and drive detection. More useful than I first thought it would be, cloning, restoring images, checking new and suspect drives, etc.

Cons: None really, not a fan of the bells and whistles like the blue display, but it works correctly and looks good if you are fond of this kind of thing.

Overall Review: Bought another one.