Joined on 03/09/04
Great for the patient builder
Pros: The CPU temps run cool at 23-25 degrees idle, CPU Burn-in could only push it to 32 degrees, and my video work only pressed it to 33 degrees. I have yet to see more than 47 degrees on any of the four cores.
Cons: Some call the installation a "con", but to avoid those plastic snap-in pins employed on other coolers, this was much better. Yes, the installation on to my EVGA X58 LE board was a bit tricky, because of the high positioning of the processor on the board. But it's not even close to difficult on a new build. Since I installed this cooler on a Core i7 920 processor, I had the same problem that a number of others have had doing the credit card method that they recommend for the thermal compound. It required two installation checks to be sure I got even and ADEQUATE coverage... using an "adaptive frosting" method. This requires an eye for pressure spreading, after the CPU is installed, much the way bakers do with cakes.
Overall Review: I was disturbed by some bad customer reviews, but none of them described any experience that I had with this cooler. As far as directions... I'd love to see some good directions on anything I buy... try a kid's bike on Christmas Eve. I always wind up trying to read the non-English pages, somehow.
Update on previous review
Pros: It can read optical discs and write the contents to an HDD. It can install an operating system, as long as you have the disc.
Cons: If you try to burn more than one copy of a BR disc, it slows to the point of taking a full day to write each subsequent disc. Seems to be okay for DVDs, but I use it on an HD video editing machine, and DVDs are not part of the deal. I returned this unit to Pioneer, and evidently, they can't fix it, and won't even try. The work order sheet had some internal notes that stated they rejected it for being out of warranty... as a non-stock item, which kind of throws Newegg under the bus for selling me a non-stock Blu-Ray burner, if I am to believe this cryptic note. There was no explanation note to me, explaining what they did or the reasons they rejected my RMA, which was initially accepted. The unit still does not function properly, and it is now back in the shipping box as a reminder for me. Maybe someone can fix it locally, if the cost isn't more than buying a new drive. The unit still does not function properly, and it is now back in the shipping box as a reminder. Maybe someone can fix it locally, if the cost isn't more than buying a new drive.
Overall Review: Pioneer appears to make a good drive, but if you get one with problems, I would suggest having a local repair person fix it rather than wasting time on sending it to Pioneer. Since I have gotten the unit back, I have tried to contact Pioneer on several occasions, and all have been cut off without completing the communication. Phone calls are shut down when I select the appropriate voice mail option, and the web based emails are chopped when I hit the send button, and I am informed that there was some sort of internal failure, and to try again. All subsequent efforts meet the same fate. So far, I have no evidence they are blocking me, but I sufe can't contact them, anymore. My conclusion is, if I would ever buy Pioneer equipment again, and it has any kind of problem, I am on my own... no warranty is available. I just wish Newegg had warned me of the factory only warranty situation with this drive... or maybe in larger print.
Saved my Newegg
Pros: They are optical media sleeves... the product does exactly what I needed, but Newegg came through when another vendor left me hanging. See other thoughts.
Cons: The clear window is slightly smaller, so I have to print the media type a bit closer to the center of the disk... a small inconvenience. They are heavier weight paper, but that could be under the Pro heading just as well.
Overall Review: I had ordered similar sleeves from another vendor and expected them to barely arrive in time, but two days later, no ship confirmation, so I saw these on Newegg, and figured a "backup" purchase might save me. Luckily, Newegg came through and I had my sleeves in time for my deadline and the other sleeves came in three days later, so now I won't need to order sleeves for quite some time. I'll look on Newegg for sleeves next time I need them.
Most effective investment in speed
Pros: Boot time improved by 45 seconds or more. Websites now display with the same speed as when I moved from a phone modem to a cable modem... which has slowed considerably over subsequent years.
Cons: It took this long for the prices to drop to my ability to pay.
Overall Review: I have two video editing machines that occupy the same corner desk. I can start them both at the same time. Before the addition of this SSD these two Win7 Pro machines would start within seconds of each other. Now the SSD boot drive machine is ready nearly a minute before the other one. I haven't done any converting or rendering, yet... but I will very shortly, hoping for similar results to the boot test. I'm just waiting for the next SSD sale to launch. I've done all sorts upgrades to speed up my computers, from doubling RAM to video card upgrades. Of all the singular hardware items I have ever purchased, this was the most effective, short of building a new machine with at least two CPU generational jumps. Even those haven't made me feel this good about my expenditure.
Good software BUT!
Pros: The price was really good for not being an upgrade version. I had two purchases of the X4 version, which I learned was nearly the same as this newer one. I was relatively knowledgable about using the product.
Cons: I had difficulty installing the software, and found how difficult it is to get help, when you have difficulty with a Corel product. Somehow, I couldn't talk to their forums, because they said I didn't know my password from previous visits. When I tried use their "forgot password" function, they said my email address was not registered with them. When I tried to create a new account, they said my email address was already in use, and to ask for a new password. Luckily, updating DirectX at Microsoft fixed the problem, and I won't be needing their stuffed shirt forums, which you can't email the moderator, unless you have a membership. Sheesh... what a mess. But the software does exactly what I want it to do, once it's installed. I just have about a dozen more gray hairs, and about two dozen fewer.
Overall Review: After the circle twerk I did with that bunch, I don't want to think about it anymore.
I think I like it
Pros: Other than the B in the notification area, I hardly know I have a security suite. I feel confident I have one, but compared to my last ten years, using another brand, Bitdefender seems to do the work more transparently. I don't meter anything to know if there is a definite speed differential between Bitdefender and my previous security software, but it certainly isn't any slower, and most of my problems with speed are my own fault, and as long as things keep working, speed is less important to me than full functionality.
Cons: I think the proof of a security suite is in the long term performance, and how much it interferes with the everyday things you do on your PC. For me, there were two problems on my previous security software, and the company created a situation that I understood as saying they really didn't care about my problems, as long as I paid the subscription payments. If Bitdefender treats me the same way, I'll dump them too. So far, my only complaint would be the slick and minimally elegant interface. Those who say that slick and elegant can also be user friendly have never done design fort those two purposes. User friendly, to me means all functions are showing and easy to understand. Minimally elegant are things that show little functionality, but have many functions. I hate reading directions or needing more than two attempts to learn something. Call me demanding... and old. Oh well.
Overall Review: If after ten years of use, I haven't had a scary invasion of my three PCs, I'll be ecstatic, just like I was with my last security suite... but two problems over a one year span with no help offered to me... the customer, and dump Bitdefender, too. Today, it's so far, so good. Check back in ten years.