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Scott K.

Scott K.

Joined on 03/07/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great upgrade

XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card R9-270X-CDFC
XFX Double D Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card R9-270X-CDFC

Pros: Upgraded from my old HD 5770 to a retail-exclusive version (it was on sale - same price as here with no rebate + 4 free games). Absolutely excellent card. No lag, no crashes, no driver issues, no heat issues. My only advice is to make sure you have room for this card - it *barely* fit my mid-tower case (a relatively roomy mid-tower). Aside from that, I was able to install the drivers without issue on Windows 7 and then performed a system upgrade to the Tech Preview of Windows 10. I upgraded the drivers to the latest from AMD and tested a few games - Fallout 3, Skyrim (with HD DLC), Mass Effect 3, Sleeping Dogs. No issues. No crazy temperatures. 7.9 WEI score before the upgrade to Win10.

Cons: This is a VERY large card. Measure the space you have before you buy it - I can easily see someone unboxing it only to find that it does not fit their case. No cons aside from that.

Overall Review: If you're having driver issues, try the following steps. I've had similar issues in the past but this has never failed to work for me: 1. Uninstall current nVidia/AMD device (physically remove + uninstall associated software - run on native motherboard/cpu video if possible). 2. Restart the computer. 3. Run CCleaner and clean not only the files but also the registry as well. 4. Restart the computer. 5. Physically install new device and boot up system 6. Install latest drivers from AMD site 7. Restart computer These steps can be time-consuming but very worth it because of the stability this process can provide. Conflicting video drivers can cause a lot of issues with a new card.

Most Critical Review

meh

Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCL40GB-DX
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDCL40GB-DX

Pros: This SSD is okay but not great. Decent speeds, but not really noticeably faster than a HDD.

Cons: I've had some issues with it where it will freeze and lock up and the computer needs to be restarted. Sometimes it locks up badly enough that on reboot, it takes a long time to even get to BIOS because the system is trying to initialize the drive but cannot. When it does finally come up, neither BIOS nor the boot menu will recognize the drive unless the machine is powered off and the drive unplugged then plugged back in. This is especially annoying.

Overall Review: The drive is generally stable but these crashes are quite annoying. Driver updates have not helped. The drive is not over-heating, and the issue occurs at random, even when the computer is asleep.

Take it from a pro: go with Synology

Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation DS720+ (Diskless)
Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation DS720+ (Diskless)

Pros: -Simple set up. For anyone having trouble - stop. Go back to start. Connect to your network, power the box on, wait for it to boot. Go to https://find.synology.com and let it find the box for you. Connect. Go through the guided set up. Done. -Speed, performance, and upgradability - I've added 8GB of RAM and a NVMe SSD for cache. Plex works wonderfully, and write speeds are great even with 5400 rpm WD Red Plus drives -Reliability - this is a legitimate professional, enterprise-grade product. When used with good drives (such as WD Red Plus) it is a reliable product that will last year's and offers those enterprise-grade features, such as remote access, a long list of compatible apps, and more

Cons: -Expensive - this is NOT a cheap option. But trust me - you don't want the cheap option. Some come with crypto-mining malware preinstalled. Others have security vulnerabilities from 10 years ago unpatched. -It's not for people who know nothing about networking. You should either have some background with computers and networking, or be willing to learn. Take the time to do it right.

Overall Review: I work as an IT admin and use Synology products every day at all of my clients. It's cool to have one for myself now, and there's tons of options for it when combined with a Raspberry Pi and a home domain network

12/13/2021

Easy as can be

ATEN CS22U 2-Port USB Cable KVM Switch
ATEN CS22U 2-Port USB Cable KVM Switch

Pros: My dad works from home and has a work laptop which he uses at his desk. However, for years he has been using it at an angle due to space restrictions on his desk, and has had to use his desktop for some of his data-entry responsibilities (accounting). He began to complain of neck pain due to the strain of using his laptop at an angle. After hearing of his complaint, I came to NewEgg in search of a simple KVM solution. I found it with this product. The set up was as simple as possible: connect all the cables and you're done. Now, he only needs to push a button to switch his mouse, keyboard and monitor from his desktop to his laptop, giving him 2 monitors for the laptop, allowing him to more easily enter required information. His neck pain is easing up as he no longer needs to strain himself. This product has made a world of difference for him.

Cons: The cable length is the only con - it could/should be longer. The button has a long cable, which for this set up is not necessary but appreciated for flexibility. Aside from that, there is no complaint. The product works as advertised.

Overall Review: If you're looking for a simple KVM solution, stop looking. You've found it.

5 years later, still running like new!

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Pros: I bought this RAM in March of 2010. To this day, the computer that uses them is running fantastic. No issues at all. Set up was easy and I verified the timings to be correct in BIOS. I'm buying another set of this RAM to increase capacity - though certainly not out of necessity.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Overall Review: I've built a lot of computers in the last ~13 years, and I've always used G.Skill RAM. Never once have I had an issue with any of their RAM, and these DIMMs in particular have served me well. G.Skill, you rock!

G.Skill or nothing

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Pros: I've been building PCs for ~12 years. I've never once had any issues with any product I've purchased from NewEgg. This is certainly no exception. I used G.Skill for my own PC as well as the PCs for family and friends. Let me tell you - the PC I built for myself in January 2010 (five years ago) is still running strong. I used G.Skill DDR3 1333 back then. Now I've bought these for my HTPC. Simple install, and works as advertised. Verified speeds and ratings in BIOS. Can't ask for better than that.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I know there are other reputable brands of RAM - Kingston, Corsair, etc. But I've never had any issues with G.Skill and I absolutely love the performance, reliability and the stability of the RAM over time. What more can you ask for?