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GHEORGHE I.

GHEORGHE I.

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Most Favorable Review

great low power CPU

AMD Athlon X2 4850e - Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM2 45W Processor - ADH4850DOBOX
AMD Athlon X2 4850e - Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.5 GHz Socket AM2 45W Processor - ADH4850DOBOX

Pros: - cheap, good price for the value, pretty fast, runs cool and quiet; now I can finally hear my HDD noise... - easy overclocking (I'd recommend 2.8GHz or more, read below to see why) - when overclocked temp is about 31C idle and max. 48C fully load.

Cons: - more L2 cache - independent memory controller (not linked to FSB), like Phenoms (if it's not too much asking :)) - I'm not sure yet how good is the default Cool'n'Quiet. I used RMClock in the past and it is very good and effective. I will see down the line...

Overall Review: I got this paired with Asus A3M78 and you need to keep in mind that by default, memory will run as DDR2-714 (check with everest for instance). This is due to the internal memory controller using a divider of 7 for CPU multipliers of 12.5 ... to 14 (if over 14, then it will use a divider of 8, but those CPU aren't on the market yet). If you do the Math, for an AMD X2 @ 2500 / 7 = 357 and multiplied 2 (for DDR2) you get the magic number 714. So, in order to use benefit from DDR2-800, your X2 should be overclocking at 2800 (set FSB to 224)! Only after this value you are going to start overclocking your memory, but beware, don't go over the fence, don't forget about your cpu already overclocked w/ 12%!

12/12/2008
Most Critical Review

sometimes may be ok

maxell 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 634081
maxell 8.5GB 8X DVD+R DL 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model 634081

Pros: decent price, decent media quality.

Cons: I opened the pack, put in first blank and start burning using ImgBurn 2.5 and 4X. After 30 secs I got error "Failure to write sector 0-31" - coaster. Pop in another blank, start Nero, select image again and 4X but got similar error message for second coaster. Well, they are cheap, so i take another one, back to ImgBurn, but this time I select 8X and voila, it's burning... I did not restart the machine in between or change img or something else, just swap blank. Afterwards I was successful in burning about 4-5 of them without error (@8X) using both Nero and ImgBurn, but later on I received the same error and another coaster. I was so upset, I decided to waste another one, but this time I picked 4X... surprise, it worked!?! Go figure.

Overall Review: I am using an LG (GH22NS30) burner w/ latest firmware on Win 7 x64. Media code is Ritek S04 (nobody mentioned it); Made in Taiwan. Overall, so far I'm having a 25% failure rate, still have to go through the whole batch, but every time I start burning process I'm waiting like 30 secs to see if i need to replace the blank due to a failure. Maybe I was unlucky w/ this batch. I am not happy, I wanted to RMA, but the cost of shipping back does not worth it, so I rather keep it, I ordered some other media, some other brand (not expensive Verba*), maybe i have better luck, if not I will proceed as everybody else, pay premium price for "premium product" :). If you go with this, "good luck!", you may need it...

10/14/2009

Works as expected

Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model TLZGD432G3600HC18JDC01
Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model TLZGD432G3600HC18JDC01

Pros: Works as expected on a Ryzen setup with MSI MPG B550 motherboard - I had to select XMP in the BIOS and it is running at 3600. - works as promised; - easy setup; - great price; - no LED lights;

Cons: - 18 CAS latency sounds 'high' but in every day apps, I don't think it will make a big difference; - no LED lights :)

Overall Review: I would recommend for this price!

Hot Hot Hot (but not like a girl!)

TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, Broadcom Chipset, DD-WRT Open Source support
TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, Broadcom Chipset, DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: - price per performance (according to specs)<br>- DD-WRT support<br>- The engineers who designed this thing should be FIRED on spot!

Cons: - extra high temperatures; DD-WRT reported 100C!!!<br>- once you install DD-WRT your warranty is gone and you are on your own (this was my choice!)<br>Once I received the unit I installed latest firmware but I was not happy with performance, it was hot and I wanted DD-WRT. Installed open source and reported temp was in 100C!!! - I was hoping for a mistake so I opened the router and behold, no mistake, that cooler was hot like an oven. It was not even well tighten against the chip so I removed it, add CPU thermal paste and put it back. This time, with open case it settled at 85C but it's winter (70F inside) and there was barely some activity on it.

Overall Review: I ordered small copper RAM heat sinks and installed them today and with open case it will settle at 75C (CPU usage ~ 20-25%). Gosh all of them are very hot at the touch and that's unacceptable imho. I think I need to make a hole in the case and install a fan to help with the cooling. <br>But before going that route now I'm going to give him a try for a couple of days to see if it's worth the trouble. If not, I'm out two dozen bucks (I added copper RAM heat sinks) but at least I know to avoid this manufacturer in the future!<br>I'd be curios what Adrian or one of the TRENDnet support people has to say about the main chip recommended limit temperature... 210F? Later Edit: after adding heat sink, installing a small fan to cool off the sink (powered from its own USB port at this time) and finding a version of DD-WRT that fits my needs, this router was on for almost a month now, running stable without any issues. Temps are in the lower 60C.

Delivered what was promised

Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP120GBSS3S60S25
Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP120GBSS3S60S25

Pros: - great price - nice brushed aluminium case (solid) - 9mm adapter - 3yrs + 2 warranty (hope company will still be in business and honor any claims! - no pun intended) - speeds as advertised!

Cons: - old controller SF-2200 (reported by HD Sentinel) or SF-2281 as found in an online review of S60 240GB, no specification on mfg webpage - speed not on par with current SSD mainstream, but, you knew that!

Overall Review: Installed without any problems and worked right off. I am not using this as a boot drive, but I filled about 40% of the drive's capacity and then I ran ATTO Benchmark, AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark: in all of them I got results very close to what manufacturer specified on Newegg's page!!! And this on an AMD based system (Asus M5A99X EVO rev 2.0 + FX-8320 + 8Gb PC3-14900 G.Skill memory using Windows 8.1 x64 and Antivirus active). To sum this up, I'd say this product lives to expectations and I would recommend it to a friend.

11/27/2014

Set it and forget

ASUS RT-N16 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer and Media Server
ASUS RT-N16 802.11b/g/n Gigabit Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps DD-WRT Open Source support with USB Storage, Printer and Media Server

Pros: There are a lot of pros for this starting with hardware and ending with Open Source, so I will stick to my own experience: - Did a couple of updates, decided for Merlin firmware, set it and forget about, not even a need for reset. - Mostly used for wireless: 2 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 tablets, 3 phones, wireless printer and one magic jack - all working nice, no issues in a 3br ranch home. - Torrent client works acceptable for me.

Cons: - only 300Mbps - but I knew that when I bought it. - a bit pricey nowadays - wireless may not be enough for HD content - after a power loss, MagicJack (ver.2) will not work, I need to unplug and plug it back once the router is up... - powerful LED lights :)

Overall Review: I hate to spend time configuring and waiting to see if there are no issues, so once I decided that Merlin firmware has everything i need and it's stable, I set up the router and forget about it; not even a reset was needed and it is working flawlessly for a couple of months now. I'm a bit worried about reviews stating that unit died after 2 years... time will tell!