Joined on 03/11/05
Very fast, works out of the box in Linux Mint
Pros: Very fast! Write speed is dead on. Read speed is a bit lower than maximum rated, but not too far off. These are my results: Avg Read: 216.9MB/s (100MB files) Avg Write: 99.9MB/s (100MB files) I actually really like the way this drive slides in and out with the switch. It's not a free-sliding mechanism, it's has kind of a spring-loaded feel to it and has a nice feel to it. Immediately worked out of the box in Linux Mint 17.2 (speed tests were done in Linux)
Cons: VERY tight fit in the USB port. This actually really bothers me, because I've had other USB ports in the past get stretched out by tight devices before, making everything else fit loosely over time. Outer casing feels a bit flimsy (plastic).. I wouldn't trust it on a keyring. It gets pretty warm, but nothing too excessive.
Overall Review: Overall, happy with the speed of the device but a little bothered by the snug fit. I did not test the encryption because I don't need it and you need software for it that's only available for Win/Mac. If anyone is curious about there being multiple model numbers for the same flash drives.. G46 (this one) is the European model. A46 is North American. The A75 model is an older version. NA and EU versions seem to make no difference whatsoever.. probably just different model numbers for inventory/financial reasons. Others have expressed concern about older revisions of this drive showing up as fixed disks, while newer revisions show up as removable media (as they should). This is true, and apparently Sandisk fixed this in 2013. The one I got shows up as removable. Ordered mine from the seller 3C Expert and it arrived within 3 days. Although, it arrived with a whopping one packing peanut... had a bit of a laugh about that.
Looks great and good build quality, but loud.
Pros: All metal, sleek look, rubberized feet, easy to slip disks in and out. Windows and Ubuntu both detected it right away without issue. Speeds are great over USB 3.0
Cons: Noisy, and ran into some issues with the drive remaining accessible in Linux
Overall Review: I really like the build quality and design of this enclosure. It looks great, feels great, easy to get disks in and out.. but it got on my nerves so much I had to shut it off. It's not *loud* per se, but it's loud enough, and just the right sound frequency to be annoying in a quiet room. A constant, high-pitched whir. Like when your video card spins up playing a graphically intensive game.. but a bit quieter. I also had an issue where the disk was constantly spinning down (going to sleep) in Linux, despite my power settings configured otherwise. I tested another enclosure and it stayed awake.. but this one would power down every few minutes of inactivity, making it inaccessible. I ended up having to write a script to continuously touch the drive every so often to keep it awake. The solution worked fine but I wish I didn't have to do that. All in all, it's a good device with some irritating kinks to work out. I may look at replacing the fan with a quieter one if possible, because I'm happy with the enclosure now with the exception of the noise.
Great case, but terrible acoustic design.
Pros: Excellent two chamber design and very good airflow. The included fans are very quiet. Thoughtful layout with plenty of room despite being fairly compact.
Cons: The top panel is wide open, there is no noise suppression whatsoever. Fans are not PWM (4-pin), but the case includes a 3-step fan speed controller .. although it requires power from a SATA connector. Keep that in mind if you're filling your system with drives or you may run short on them.
Overall Review: This case has been reviewed to death, there's no point in adding more of the same. But I did want to comment on something I think is important to consider, which I didn't read about beforehand. This case has 8x 3.5" HDD bays - obviously Fractal Design wanted to target users who had storage needs. I bought this for use with a home NAS/VMware build with 6 disks. I finally got the system built and it turned out to be unbearably loud. I didn't realize when I bought it that the entire top panel was open mesh, and the drive cages are right up against it. 100% of the sound from your spinning hard drives escapes right through the top; there is no difference in volume with or without the top panel on. No consideration to acoustics was made to this case for users who need it for mechanical storage. There is an option to put the drive racks on the bottom, but that doesn't help with noise. If you plan on using this case for a NAS or similar function and noise is important, don't waste your money. It's an excellent case otherwise, but noise is a big issue. It may also be a problem for those running loud GPUs, or worse yet, multiple GPUs.
Great motherboard, bad BIOS
Pros: This board easily has some of the best features you can get for the price. The onboard audio hardware is very good. Built in headphone amp (needed for higher end headphones), upgradeable OP-AMP.. you can tell a lot of thought went into the sound on this board. Dual M.2 sockets, USB Type-C... you just don't see all these features on a $150 z170 board right now. Build quality is outstanding, the board looks and feels very solid.
Cons: BIOS, BIOS, BIOS. As of the latest version (F3), the BIOS on this board needs serious work. I dual boot Linux and Windows and the BIOS cannot figure out how to manage my boot order. My boot list is constantly changing on its own at random. Sometimes Windows will appear at the top, sometimes Linux. Even if Linux is at the top, it will boot into Windows. Sometimes all boot options disappear entirely, and the system will halt on startup unable to find anything to boot into. The mouse is also VERY sluggish in in the BIOS... you have to move your mouse a foot across your desk to go from one corner to the other.
Overall Review: There's a lot of good to say about this board, but I mainly wanted to write a review to highlight some of the issues I've run into. I haven't messed with overclocking yet, but I would advise you go read the reviews for the Gaming5 and Gaming7 versions of this board (they have more reviews), as people have been running into some issues and the firmware is likely similar (or even identical). I would also suggest doing a side by side feature comparison on Gigabyte's website between these three models.. because very few people are going to need the more expensive 5/7 variants.. most users will not need the extra fringe features added to them. Also, if you plan on running Linux on this board.. make sure you update your kernel at least to version 3.19, otherwise the audio will not work. Gigabyte support was rather good from my experience. I had to call in about the boot order issues and the guy I spoke with was very knowledgeable.. so knowledgeable that I was actually curious if he was on the engineering team or something. Overall, a good board suffering from a buggy BIOS.
Great monitor, a few small issues
Pros: The panel is wonderful. Stunning color out of the box. Thankfully I did not have to do any adjustments, it looks great as is. Overclocked to 96Hz without issue, did not bother pushing it to 120. No dead pixels as promised, no backlight bleed. UNBELIEVABLE shipping speed from MNW Global.. 36 hours from South Korea to my doorstep in Texas.
Cons: Non-standard VESA mount depth (more on this) Backlight glow, not bleed (more on this) Monitor housing and stand flimsy like everyone else mentioned. 8ms response time is a TINY bit noticeable in games, but not a big deal.
Overall Review: So, I wanted to write this review because I haven't seen anyone else comment about the VESA mount. VESA is a standard, the spacing of the holes and the depth of the holes is standard. On this monitor, the screw hole depth is shallower than the standard. The roughly half-inch screws needed to mount the monitor will be about 3mm too long so your screws will not go in all the way. I had to use 2 washers with each screw to fill the extra space when mounting to ensure a tight fit. So if you have any and plans to mount this, also plan for a trip to the hardware store. There is also a slightly annoying backlight glow. It's not bleed. The bleed issue some people have is because the framing around the panel is bent and light seeps through. The bleed is fixable. The glow has to do with the matte coating and the way the light scatters as it passes through it. As you move your head around, the glowing moves. It's present in all 4 corners and comes and goes depending on the location of your head relative to the screen. If you search for pictures where people fixed their bleed problem, you will still see the glowing pretty clearly. It's more of an annoyance than a problem, but it is something to consider, and you can't fix it. And yes, the plastic that holds the panel in place is a piece of junk. Very flimsy just as everyone said. With that out of the way, the monitor is otherwise just stunning. The colors are great straight out of the box. You may be shocked how bright it is at first, but there's no getting around that.. the bigger your screen is, the more surface area needs to be filled with light, so naturally it will be brighter. No dead pixels as promised. I was completely floored by the shipping speed from MWN. It shipped Monday morning from South Korea (add 14 hours for time zone difference), and was out for delivery Tuesday morning. Box arrived in perfect condition with more tape than I've ever seen on a package in my life. It was packaged very securely. Overall happy with the purchase. A little annoyed by the glowing, but I'll get over it.
Great mini HTPC/server
Pros: Powerful Quiet Tiny Low power consumption USB 3.0 all around Very solid construction, thick aluminum all around the sides UEFI BIOS looks and functions great, easily the best I've used
Cons: Expensive to get it up and running mSATA SSD required with stock case (there are some aftermarket cases coming out with room for 2.5" SSDs) Low-voltage RAM requirement can limit your options No reset button Mini HDMI cable/adapter required
Overall Review: Fan is quiet, but it CAN be heard in a silent room.. but not loud enough to drive anyone nuts. My external HDD is significantly louder. Basically everything that can be said about this NUC has already been said, and if you're looking at it, I'm sure you've already read all about it. I mainly wanted to write a review to let readers know about a few things. If you plan to run Linux, make sure you use kernel version 3.10.x or above, as audio over HDMI does not work on the Haswell chips on prior kernel versions. I mention this because those of you planning on running XBMCbuntu will have issues, as it uses kernel 3.5.x. I also ran into some issues connecting my USB 3.0 external HDD .. it kept spinning down and waking up every few minutes, and was seemingly immune to power management settings. I ended up having to add an entry to the crontab to touch the disk once every minute to keep the disk running. More than likely not an issue with the NUC though. I am using my NUC to run: XBMC, Plex Media Server, Teamspeak 3 server, Minecraft server and some various other small things. It handles everything perfectly well. Plex transoding at 1080p is smooth as butter. I occasionally get a tiny bit of stuttering in the XBMC menu animations, but that may not be the NUC's fault, I am not sure. Awesome little computer overall. Buy it if you don't mind spending the $$$.
I am thoroughly impressed.
From my experience so far, I would buy from this company again in a heartbeat. I ordered a Pixel Perfect QX2710 monitor. It was shipped (for free) out from South Korea on Monday, arrived on my doorstep in Texas at 7PM Tuesday. I am floored.. that is incredible. The box came with literally a dozen "FRAGILE" stickers slapped all over it, and it was taped so well, I actually had to go get sharper scissors to cut through it. As for the monitor, it arrived "pixel perfect" just as described. Very impressed with everything. Good company. No experience with customer support, and hopefully won't need to.