Date Joined: 01/03/05
Pros: very fast speed of service. improved my cpu and gpu heat characteristics noticeably.
Overall Review: easy to use product, works well, fast shipping, good price. the 1 g tube was enough for re-paste of cpu and gpu.
Pros: It cools really well. In fact, it's surprising how well this cools. for what it cost, it's a great deal.
Cons: The fan is average. I changed mine out for a Noctua Redux. That's quieter and has a better lifespan. They can be expensive so you need to get them on sale or for some deal online.
Overall Review: This is a good product. I like it. It cools really well for the price point and I prefer this style of cooler in my builds since they work so well.
Pros: It's reliable and has worked daily - all day - for the past 5 years with no issues. Does that say enough? It isn't very noisy at all.
Cons: It's a mechanical hard drive so don't expect SSD speed.
Overall Review: This is best used as a daily driver and on a business machine. It isn't a boot-up racehorse but it boots in less than a minute. It has good performance in regular use and isn't annoyingly slow. Just make sure your system has enough RAM (8 gb or better for 64 bit Win10) and you won't be blaming the hard drive. Win 10 seems to have made a change this past couple years where it is requiring 16 GB RAM to operate without crashing under heavy load.
Pros: reliable, no issues, good price, looks good, tunes pretty well.
Cons: no cons, you get what you pay for and a bit more in this case.
Overall Review: Used in my gaming rig daily for 1 1/2 years. I tuned it, used XMP on it and it is rock solid; would buy again and I recommend this product. I like Ballistix ram.
Pros: No trouble with this board in 1 1/2 years of daily use. I can OC and tune the RAM. This is great for a normal locked cpu. No real need to OC these days. This board was easy to set up and navigate the BIOS. It has nice heatsinks, good power distro electronics and it's nice to look at. ASRock are my preferred MBs.
Cons: No cons. If I could change something, I'd change where the M.2 and Ultra m.2 slots are so the graphics card doesn't have to be removed to install/uninstall them. The slots ought to be vertical and not flat on the board so they'd take up less space on the board and build up less heat against the MB. I use a AIC SSD (the kind that is a M.2 mounted onto a PCI express card with integrated heatsink) so I really never needed to use the M.2s. I think it's a better solution overall.
Overall Review: I recommend this product
Pros: It's sounds like a good idea. It's easy/convenient to use. That's the good.
Cons: Heat transmission is less efficient than the ceramic thermal paste I use. The pad has a thickness to it that caused me to be unable to use the aftermarket cooler I bought specifically for this build. Too much pressure was put onto the cpu and it affected its operation negatively. I ended up using the stock intel cooler since I was checking for basic operation. It's fine. I just didn't want to take the system apart and use the new cooler with ceramic paste.
Overall Review: I don't recommend this product. I won't buy it again.
Pros: Install is easy as it gets. Zero complications or quirks. Bought on sale at great price. It looks really nice with the lights but computer lighting isn't really important to me.
Cons: The price went way high then went out of stock/unavailable. It's a con because I want another one.
Overall Review: Having used this daily for gaming and general computing for 10 months, I've not had any problems and it's very quick and fast. This type of drive makes any system better. The heatsink is a big plus. Reliability is very solid.
Pros: This is a good, solid fan. Good airflow and lasts a long time. It fit perfectly as a replacement fan on the inside of my electric 12v cooler.
Cons: It's not very quiet. But it wasn't very expensive. I didn't need quiet for my application; replaced a thermo-electric cooler fan that was dying. It's not a good fan for a quiet computer.
Overall Review: Very limited choices in this fan size. It moves a great amount of air for its size. This is about the best fan you can get in this size. If Noctua had a Redux fan in this size, I'd have gotten it.
Pros: It works well. Easy to operate. Reliable. Low power requirements and usage. Heats quickly if you are using compatible steel/iron pot/pan. Very good price for what you get. It's nice to use. Easy to clean. Fabulous for a quick boiling pot of water.
Cons: You need to use steel or iron pots and pans. Not every stainless pot/pan will work.
Overall Review: If a magnet attracts to the bottom of the pot/pan it'll work. Some stainless pots/pans aren't made that way and a magnet won't stick to their bottoms = won't work. If you buy pots and pans for use with induction cooktops, test them with a magnet on the bottoms. If the magnet won't stick, it doesn't have enough iron in it to work.
Pros: 6 year warranty. Very quiet. Great airflow and reliable for years. Better color (gray) than the unattractive (odd brown) color of the normal and more expensive "premium" versions. Buying and installing cheaper fans isn't cost-effective if you sacrifice components due to fan failure. These are much quieter than most so-called silent or quiet fans. I've tried many others and they either had poor airflow or were noisey. These are great long-term replacements for other items like thermo-electric coolers that come with a sleeve-bearing fan that lasts maybe 6 months. They just work for years without need for further attention.
Cons: None for me. They don't have lights or color options but not an issue for me.
Overall Review: I've gotten a few of these and I'd buy again. They are a "go-to" item for me. They are great, in various sizes, for case fans, large cpu coolers and other applications requiring reliable and quiet cooling.
Pros: Easy to install, takes advantage of new tech, plugs right in to m.2 slot on MB. Win 7 installed on it with no difficulties at all - really fast by the way. This is a good size for an OS drive plus 2-3 large games like WoW, War Thunder and SWTOR. Really the price isn't so high considering it's new and faster tech. No BSODs, quick boots, fast performance. Win 7 WEI = 7.9! This was true at the time it was written - shortly after I got it. Recently I had some problems - see below.
Cons: None - for quite awhile. I had to re-load Windows on it several times after 10 -11 months. Data corruption caused several system freezes and crashes. The drive was unusable as it was not reliable and I can't afford the time to reload Windows and restore my system over and over again. It was less than a year old and I started to regard it as garbage. Windows will only crash so many times before a system re-install is needed. It had the worst time when I was playing WoW. I had my OS on it and the game. I just don't use it at all now. I tried to contact Plextor Customer Support. The voice message told me to leave a message, that they were busy. I contacted Plextor customer service after I waited over a week to hear back. This time I got through easily. The rep gave me some avenues and assured me the 5 year warranty would be upheld in RMA if I wanted, I downloaded a Plextor testing tool and the latest firmware. I used both. I reinstalled WoW and I haven't had any issues in about 1 1/2 weeks now. My OS isn't on the drive now.
Overall Review: Mine was OK for awhile, but then, within a year, it wasn't. It seems that it needed some maintenance. The new firmware seems to have fixed mine. It's working good now. I just use it as a game drive now - maybe the new firmware makes it viable as an OS drive but my system is stable now and I don't want to mess with it.
Pros: Good quality switches. Very positive tracking. Very quick responsiveness.
Cons: This mouse is on the small side. After many gaming sessions, I went back to my Anker 8200 DPI gaming mouse. I wanted a Logitech because I like the on-the-fly option to freewheel the scroll wheel. Can't do that with the Anker. It always has the "clicky" scroll mode. But the Anker fits my hand better. Therefore it works better for me. Other Logitechs have been larger and I didn't have this issue.
Overall Review: If this mouse were larger it would be great for me. Since I can't use it for its intended purpose, I took off 2 stars. Disappointing. I have never had this issue before except with the type of OEM mice that come with a new computer. I have hands that use large to XL men's gloves. My hands aren't huge. I am 6' 2" tall and my hands are proportionate to my body size.
Pros: Very easy install. Just plug in the ethernet cable to the modem, plug in the power cord, plug in ethernet cable from router to computer (s) or plug in wireless adapter on each computer. In other words, plug it all in and power up and turn on computer. The router does an auto search and sets itself up and asks a few prompted questions - takes less than 5 minutes. It works!. I tested this on comcast 75 mbs internet. I get about 88-89 down and about 8-9 up. It's supposed to be 75/6! Using wireless my speedtest was about 1 mbs higher than with the cable!. For the price, this is a really excellent router. It's more than capable of handling the speed I have and beyond. We have 105 mb/s internet available and this would handle it no problem. It works great with my Roku. Loads faster than with the modem/router supplied with current AT&T 18 mbs service.
Cons: It has some bad reviews. Were these on previous editions? I don't know.
Overall Review: I like Belkin products and this one is just fine. My thought was - If it doesn't work, take it back. I bought mine at sale price at the world of Wally. I like it. Just how much router does a person need? This one is faster than most at a price that's in the lower tier where those routers are rated slower. I got the 2 year replacement option for $6.00. I feel I'm covered.
Pros: The price is right. I bought mine off "the bay" over 7 months ago for $72 - and it was a good deal back then, It's stable and I just use the preset XMS setting for 2400 and all the timings are auto set. Just so easy and it works well - 7.9 Win 7 WEI and no BSODs. Fast? There are no RAM issues in any game or process I run. This RAM is good and I have been favorably impressed. Plus it looks good.
Overall Review: ASRock Z97M OC Formula, i5 4690K @ 4.4. Take note: If you look over the HyperX Beast series, they are all getting great reviews. Even if your mobo wants slower RAM, you can get faster ram and underclock it for now and use it later at higher speed when you do a mobo upgrade.
Pros: There are many. Looks great, good price, very powerful, runs cool, quiet, more than adequate for current online games at ultra/maximum/movie quality settings. Runs cool @ 53-58C all the time. The AMD Catalyst Control lets me auto-select to keep the frame rate at whatever I want. I set it for 60 FPS (it runs War Thunder at about 200 FPS otherwise) at all the settings I want maxed out completely. The software throttles back the GPU speed to save power and lower heat and fan speed while keeping FPS steady at 60. It's a very attractive and solidly built card. I couldn't ask for more. Backplate? It doesn't need it and I didn't care to pay extra for a card that has it. Backplate is totally not needed or wanted here. Build quality is perfect. The card isn't at all flimsy, droopy or saggy. Absolutely no need to OC this card. Ran perfect right out of the box (I had already uninstalled the old driver and then installed the new one. It just works perfectly. I play War Thunder which is an online WW 2 airplane simulator game. The game has built-in benchmarks. I upgraded to this from an MSI R9 270X ITX version (that card was perfect too BTW). I ran 4 random benchmarks from this game with the 270X. Then I ran the same 4 with the 380. Results were that in these War Thunder benchmarks, the R9 380 scored 250% higher than the R9 270X. Seriously. With some settings turned on or set on high, the 270X would drop to about 37 FPS - still OK. I used to run the game at about 100 FPS with the 270X with almost everything set on high. The 270X is more than adequate for War Thunder, WoW or SWTOR and gives a really great gaming experience for lots less money. I run this with an EVGA 750 PSU that's 80+ gold certified. I have zero psu issues and it runs cool. This is more PSU than I need - and this vid card doesn't require this much power but I got it on sale and I like the modular high quality PSUs.
Cons: I didn't need this much graphics power after all. But it's really nice and will be ready for higher res monitors and more demanding games later on.
Overall Review: The picture quality didn't really improve ( it is ever so slightly richer looking) as it was already really good. FPS potential drastically improved but wasn't really needed for me. GTX 960 vs R9 380? Flip a coin. These days, a $150 vid card is all a person needs for a great MMORPG gaming experience. This card truly satisfies, though, because it's always comforting to know you have reserve power when it's needed.
Pros: Fast, simple, reliable. Prices have been steadily going down. My unit got to me quick and safe and worked great with no issues. Then, I did something very amateur; I did a hard swap while the computer was still on and I saw a spark. OOOPS! The drive no longer worked. It wasn't recognized on this or on my other 2 systems - both Win 7 and Linux. I called their customer service seeking some tech data about the circuitry so I might do my own re-set. The customer service person was awesome. I explained what I'd done and that I didn't expect support because I'd improperly handled the drive. They gave me an RMA! Really!! It took a few weeks and I believe they paid postage (can't remember exactly) I got the new drive back and it's been in speedy & dependable use ever since.
Overall Review: Buy this company's products with confidence - they are top shelf and their customer service is in a league of their own. The 120 GB size is totally fine for a Windows-based home office computer or for adding to an existing machine to add a fast gaming drive for WoW, War Thunder, etc. My new preferred OS drive is the 256 GB size. I can install OS + games on that size and it works out more economical in the long run. I am considering the 480 GB size for future builds. The M.2 format SSD is awesome for those who can accommodate them.
Pros: Runs cool. No real need to OC - but you can!!! More efficient than Ivy. Better than ANYTHING AMD has. It's in the architecture! Do not fear the Haswell. It is better than Ivy. Also, you have more - and better - motherboard choices.
Cons: It's pricier than it needs to be.
Overall Review: Why hasn't AMD leap-frogged since 2009? I loved AMD for their ability to come back and beat Intel - but they haven't done so in 6 years. I miss those days. AMD please get it together - we need you! You CAN do it. If you don't, then Intel becomes the new Microsoft and monopolizes the market.
Pros: For what you get, it's reasonably priced. It's improved over Ivy Bridge a bit. definitely over the top compared to Lynnfield and smacks down anything with the AMD label. It runs cool - at least with a nice after-market cooler. It's Intel. To me, Intel means I'll be able to use this CPU for many years before upgrade. It's way more CPU than I need - even for gaming. My last CPU still works just fine (i7 860) but I wanted SATA III, M.2, USB 3 and PCIE 3. So, I needed a new Mobo and a new CPU. Win7 WEI = 7.7 on my system at stock speed. This CPU is my bottleneck - everything else rates 7.9. All it means, really, is that my other system components are not really holding back my CPU within the currently available tech.
Cons: Doesn't have the same stock speed as the i7-4790K out of the box.
Overall Review: I have no buyer's remorse for this CPU at all. I have an i3 as well @ 3.4 Ghz with HT (i3 3240) in an office machine. It would suit my existing needs - even gaming - just as well as this i5. Intel's single-core capability and efficency is superior.
Pros: The easiest thermal compound to use I've found. It's very effective and it helps me not to make a mess. It isn't electrically conductive. Alcohol with a tissue cleans it up easily. If you've ever fried a board using the real silver stuff, you'll be glad to use this. It isn't nearly as messy and you aren't risking shorting out your board/cpu. It performs just as well as any high end/expensive stuff; look at the OC type tests all over the net.
Cons: I can't think of any.
Overall Review: For a spreader I prefer to use a cut-off from an old credit card. I don't use the "pea" drop method. I pre-treat the cpu with the compound and scrape it all off with the credit card piece but don't clean it off with alcohol for this step. Then I put a line of compound onto the heatsink base and spread it as evenly and thinly as possible. Then I assemble. This gets me great results. A little 2.7 size tube gets me 3 installs with this technique. You might like sometthing different that you like. For now, this works well for me.
Pros: Solid. Price was exceptional with discount + rebate = $59.99. You'd be happy too! It's EVGA = very good products. It's 100% modular. EVERY cable can be disconnected. This feature is handy if you'd like to make the mobo's PSU cable connections before installing MB into case. This would be great for SFF cases where you have a very tight working environment for your hands. It works great and was easy to hook it all up. The cables are all heavily mesh protected and heat-shrinked where applicable. It's very quiet. It has 4 12v rails and 4 VGA power cables. 80+ Gold certified.
Cons: none - except now I'm spoiled and will not be satisfied with lesser units in the future.
Overall Review: Normally I look for PSUs with a single 12 volt rail. I actually overlooked that feature before I ordered. However, this is really sweet and works great. I have this running an AsRock OC Formula Z97 MB, 8 GB RAM, i5-4690K and a single R9 270X. No hiccups-no worries. It's in a full ATX case with bottom-mounted PSU. All cabling is more than long enough.
Pros: came free with i5 CPU purchase.
Cons: It wouldn't matter how many of these you get or which items you got the entry codes with, you only are allowed 1 entry per person. I had a 2nd code from another purchase. When I input it, I got a message that I'd already entered and I was only entitled to 1 entry.
Overall Review: By the way, I didn't win anything yet.
Pros: This board is laid out better than any of the many I've used since 1992. The RAM slots don't cramp the large CPU cooler I am using or the vid card. It has excellent components. I has the great features of its ATX sized counterpart at half the price. I don't need the extra expansion of an ATX board but I could SLI/Crossfire on this one if I wanted. The beauty of mATX is that I can use this in a smaller case if I want to later on. An ATX MB won't work in a small case if I want to use this in a SFF case later on for HTPC etc. I have a 4690K in it, 8GB DDR3 2400 RAM, a R9270X and a Plextor M.2 256GB SSD. It's really snappy. The CMOS jumper is on the edge of the board near the case plug-ins (on/off, leds etc) where it can be easily reached. It looks very classy and came together very easily. I love the M.2 feature. I built a 3570K system on a MSI Z77A-GD65 board with the same vid card and a SATA 3 (6Gb/s) SSD. This setup is very noticeably faster, snappier and a better user experience. I liked the UEFI on this board much more than the MSI 1155 board I recently built.
Cons: I don't have any cons with this board. Yellow isn't my fav color but the heat sinks actually look good in real life.
Overall Review: I really like it and believe it's an excellent buy. If you are considering building an Ivy Bridge system, I'd go with Haswell. It's better, will have a more current life cycle and really not cost you more.
Pros: Great cpu. Runs surprisingly cool - according to the mobo utility. Never goes over 53 C. Usually high 40s in 3d gaming. Idles high 20s with cooler such as Black Knight. It has no performance flaws and is faster in games than ANY current consumer grade AMD chip - I WAS an AMD fanboi in the day.
Cons: Try finding a nice socket 1155 mobo -especially mATX. They are all over-priced. The availability is going away. You can find some on eBai but that is risky business. Basically it's obsolete. It's been made that way by Intel due to their new CPUs not being backward compatible with earlier sockets - AMD gets high marks for that one.
Overall Review: If you have one you're using, keep it because the 4690K isn't much of an upgrade = waste of money. If you're building a new system, go with socket 1150 simply due to current cost and availability of quality mobos. I docked 2 eggs simply due to obsolescence.
Pros: It looks great, low power needs make it ideal for upgrade of an otherwise "stock" computer. Most store-bought average desktops will need no power supply upgrade for this card, I can now play WoW and War Thunder on a 2006 machine with an AMD Athlon x 2 5000+ CPU and a 350 watt PSU. Gets 50+ FPS with medium - hi settings. It's totally plug n play. It does not draw attention to itself through noise or heat or system crashes. It simply works well. If you have a better base system, it will work even better. Excellent picture quality.
Overall Review: I bought this used elsewhere; I buy from Newegg all the time. I like getting a good deal. This is the upgrade you want if you want to be able to casual-game with your older machine - or even a newer machine.
Pros: Good capacity/price. Best SSD I've had - I've had 4 others. It's really fast - scores 7.9 on WEI in Win 7 64 bit on a SATA II MB. About 2X as fast as my SATA II 60 GB OCZ. Noticeable improvement in overall boot time and performance. No BSODs.
Cons: Not cheap enough for high capacity use, No other issues.
Overall Review: can't wait till these are 1 TB for this cost.