Date Joined: 03/06/07
Pros: Great quality, good feel, lighting is amazing and synapse configurations all in same place as my headset and mouse. Highly configurable and very feature rich. Great keyboard
Cons: none really except 1. I had trouble adjusting to the keyboard due to the row of keys running vertical on the left hand side. I have to realign my fingers sometimes since I am used to a regular keyboard at work. Not a design flaw so much as a human habit issue.
Overall Review: a friend and I purchased this keyboard at the same time and we both do different lighting effects than eachother. When we game in the same room it's pretty cool to see.
Pros: Good size, good configuration. Fans nicer than expected, over all better quality than I expected, and really good for the price.
Cons: Not the highest quality case, but for the price it's extremely good quality.
Overall Review: I bought this for a pink computer build. It was a gift, and they were extremely happy. All in all a great purchase if you're looking for a pink case.
Pros: Fast, stable, works great
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I bought this to replace some memory that was no longer working. My G.Skill has a lifetime warranty, but I didn't want to wait for an RMA process and have downtime on that machine. I purchased this memory and have had no issues with it. It benchmarked high and has been stable since I have purchased. It remains at comfortable temps and I would recommend to others. Good buy.
theoretically will scale with home internet speeds in my area
not comcast equipment
looks kind of cool
Cons: I have comcast and had to call to get it activated
bright lights (I guess is an issue)
Overall Review: I read the reviews good and bad. I read the support forums and decided on the 6141 vs the 6121 due to the scalability. The reviews were far fewer with it being new and all, and the bad reviews seemed to be based on ISP issues. I was glad that I was correct.
Installation was easy, activation was unfortunately not as painless (I had to call in to have them activate it). After about 3 reboots I had internet access. After getting off of the phone I started running speed tests. Other users had issues with a bad boot config file that halved their speeds. I decided to wait until the next day, reboot a few times and read up a little more to be certain I had as many points to cover with Comcast when I called so the call was as short as possible. What I found out was that the modem speed was halved because the last rep that said I have a great deal with your service and then some at a lower price failed to note my internet speed and bumped me down. Again, ISP issues are the problem with this modem. The support rep increased my service with me on the phone and my speeds went back up.
In conclusion, this modem works as described. It's a great modem. It's inexpensive and should last a few years based on reviews and specs. If you have issues you will want to touch on the fine points (firmware version, boot cfg file, and the service you pay for). Either way, it's not the cable providers equipment so you can't lose. I recommend it.
Pros: Worked great for a while. Stable, fast (clock speeds as expected). Heat spreader design was nice, this kit worked well in triple channel mode. It did what I needed it to do with no issues for quite a while.
Another pro would be price.
Cons: This ram started throwing errors about a month ago. I started getting NT Kernel blue screen errors that went away when I replaced this ram. The modules were very hot when I pulled them after an error. I did extensive testing, but no errors thrown when cold. Disappointing, but it could be the triple channel mode/clock settings were just too much for them over time.
Overall Review: Good ram, I tend to go with G.SKILL to save a buck, but quality fluctuates with this brand. Some modules work great and some fail after a short period of time. I still like this brand and have bought a different series of G.SKILL to replace these. Worth buying, but watch your settings.
Pros: Good length, good quality, good speeds, saved me time making a cable.
Cons: none (maybe price)
Overall Review: It's a cable, it works, it's durable and it does what it's supposed to. I had no problems with this cable and it helped me with a long cable run to another room.
Pros: Works and it was cheap
Cons: doesn't work on x64 windows 7 out of the box (if that's what you want to call it) Received a cheap burned disc with old software and drivers that are for 32 bit.
Overall Review: Easy enough to trouble shoot with the device id. I found a post on toms hardware that linked to a website called instructables. Someone posted some lines to replace in an inf file for the x64 drivers from Microsoft directly. I replaced the the codes and manually updated the drivers with the modded inf file and voila. It works. Might not be for the average user, but it was worth the $ paid.
Pros: Cheap, plenty of extra brackets (different types so can potentially work for multiple cards depending on connectors on cards). Easy to swap brackets on cards.
Cons: Not 100% for every video card. It would be nice if it came a little more "adjustable" but it is inexpensive at least.
Overall Review: If you have a good set of pliers then these will fit pretty much any card that is low enough to slide into a sff case. The reason for the pliers is so you can tighten down the threaded screw holes (parden my french) so that they don't come loose when you unscrew the vga/dvi connectors. They should be enough to hold the bracket to the card as long as you're not man-handling them.
I think these will fit most low profile cards, they fit the variety of cards I have in my spare parts bin, but of course that's assuming the card is low enough to fit into the sff case of course. I suppose there are cards that mount the vga and dvi ports at different lengths, but just look at the picture and take your best guess. You should be ok, and if not, then you have spare parts for $5.
Pros: Easy to install, easy to configure, easy to manage, great coverage.
We are using a couple of these in our office. We bought them direct, and we resell them. They have a strong signal, and we have had no connectivity issues on our network. They work extremely well, better in fact than the cisco aps we were pushing before these.
The true pros on these are seen when you buy the 3 pack, or if you have a large campus area to cover (I setup 11 of these on a school campus). The management software is easy to use, and with a properly scaled map you can get a fairly accurate heat map representing your coverage area. Auto discovery and configuration make these extremely easy to manage and configure. Multiple VLANS are easy to configure and manage as well.
We had full bars on a Lenovo laptop in a downstairs basement with a concrete ceiling even though the ap was upstairs mounted on a 15' high ceiling. We put one of these in a school gym office and it lost 1 bar when we crossed to the far corner of the gym opposite from the office.
We had a laptop have a stronger signal on one of these 2 buildings over than the cisco ap in the same room.
These are absolutely incredible.
Cons: Not a huge benefit with just 1, the benefits of these are seen when using multiple ap's over a large coverage area. The management software is pointless with just one. Also, not so much a major con, but the mounting plate is a little hard to unlock on some of these. Some were perfect while others locked and I thought was going to break it when unscrewing the ap from the plate on a couple.
The biggest con is the wait, but that just shows that these are worth it. If you can find someone that has these in stock (Like Newegg) then don't hesitate.
Overall Review: I don't have a major need for one of these in my home. I have a small space and therefore there's not a huge benefit to having just 1. These are about scalability, easy management, and the coverage you get on a large campus with these is absolutely unbelievable.
Pros: Does it's job, period.
Cons: No legacy connectors, Windows 8 support not really there (but you don't hear me actually complaining about that one to be honest).
Overall Review: I bought this to keep my cost down on my last personal build. I haven't had any problems. Windows 8 support not there. It installs drivers, and it seems to run fine on 8, but I had some issues with a couple of games that I didn't have in 7 with the mfg drivers. I probably could have resolved it with 3rd party alts but I prefer 7 over 8 personally. That's my 2 cents.
Pros: Amazing card, amazing quality, still high on benchmarks/passmark site. Enough said.
Cons: Runs hot. EVGA did someone wrong with DirectX11 games if you're not an overclocker. I had to up my voltage using the EVGA tools just slightly to keep it from crashing in some DX11 games. It gets a little power hungry. This is something most overclockers won't even notice, but after some research I found that I wasn't the only one that kept mine stock and had this problem. Easy fix, no problems otherwise.
Overall Review: I bought an ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme+ II VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 3 Quiet 92mm PWM Fans, SLI/CrossFire to get the temps down. Great purchase, but not for everyone. Voltage increase has fixed my problem with crashing now for over a month. With the extra cooler the increased voltage hasn't raised my temps high at all so no worries.
Pros: Fit my SSD fine, does it's job
Cons: Was a little tight getting it into my case.
Overall Review: I can't complain too much for the price. Not perfect but good enough. Once I got it in my case it secured just fine, but was a tight fit and a slight strain to slide it into place. For the price, I am not complaining.
Pros: Lowered my idle and load temps dramatically. 10 degrees C on idle and about the same on load. I have no concerns with heat and haven't for a long time.
Cons: None, or maybe it's big? My case fit it just fine.
Overall Review: I periodically check my temps and after a year haven't seen them get close to what they were on stock. Amazing cooler.
Pros: Great performance, very reliable.
Cons: None that come to mind
Overall Review: This has been a great processor now for over a year. I bought it when it had a price reduction due to not selling as it was the middle range in it's processor line. I love the performance. I have never strained this processor. I do some gaming and rendering and it handles everything I do with no hiccups.
Pros: Dropped the idle temps on my EVGA GTX 580 by about 20 degrees C. Yes, my video card was running very hot and I didn't like it. This solved that problem big time. I am no longer worried about my GPU overheating.
Cons: Raised the ambient temps in my case quite a bit. It used to be very cool in there and required little extra cooling. I am shopping around for a couple of better case fans now.
I will call this a con, but there is quite a project ahead of you with this card. You will be applying heat syncs to all of your memory individually. Mounting the gigantic heat sync/fan combo is a chore as well. Fitting it into my case was a challenge, but that's after letting the glue/paste dry for 8+ hours (which was a bummer to have to wait overnight). It was a project, not a quick install.
Overall Review: After getting it to fit in my case by relocating my HD's I added a little re-enforcement to the back of it (just a little) with a tie to hold it up and prevent it from warping. It's fairly heavy to be held in there with the mounting solution that came with it. I made it work, I am satisfied, but this isn't for everybody. I happen to have fun playing with hardware like this, some will curse and have violent outbursts through this installation.
Pros: Fast. It is incredibly fast. I hesitated on the SSD upgrade for a while now, and it is an opinion changing upgrade once you own one like this. It is much faster than the SSD in my i5 work laptop.
Cons: Price and capacity, but worth it in the end.
Overall Review: I put this in my desktop. My bottleneck was always my 10,000 rpm HD that I replaced with this. It was a long overdue upgrade. With the prices as they are, it was really difficult for me to take this step, but I was in need of a new HD and took a chance. I have an SSD on my work laptop, and the performance on that drive doesn't even touch this one. I slaved another 7200 rpm sata drive into the machine for downloads, and also for installing applications that don't need the speed increase. I have already off loaded all my files to a file server on my network. I advise getting some form of network storage before upgrading to an SSD. It helps to not feel like your HD can barely fit your OS. It does put things into perspective when trying to decide if a program is worth your HD space. I am extremely happy overall. I am doing another build and hope to pick up another one of these, possible go with the larger one though, if I can afford it.
Pros: Works as described, no issues
Overall Review: Wish it was gigabit, but who can complain. Works great. I added this switch to my living room to support all of my media devices. Was trying to escape wireless streaming. No setup, plugged in and works like a charm.
Pros: Quality! It's been a while since I've opened a box and had a wow moment. Everything is packaged very nicely.
Cons: None so far. I guess it could have been cheaper, but that's not a con, just a preference :)
Overall Review: I bought this to replace a faulty Coolmax PS and the difference between the 2 in visual quality was like night and day.
Pros: Significant drop in temps with this compound
Overall Review: A must have.
Pros: Affordable, sound good considering power of this system, GAMES and MUSIC sound good
Cons: Wish I had space for a proper 5.1 setup or higher because movies aren't too enjoyable through these, but I blame my surround sound in the living room for spoiling me.
Overall Review: Great little 2.1 setup. Sound good.
Pros: I got with a kit, so was "free" i guess. Look cool.
Cons: Don't know if I"ll use them
Overall Review: I gave them 5 stars because for the old red/blue 3d glasses they are pretty cool.
Pros: Cheap! Works Great! Not a bad burn yet
Overall Review: Bought to replace old PATA drive. Was nervous since was so affordable but was very pleased with purchase.
Pros: Lower core temps than stock, fairly easy install
Cons: HUGE, but case could handle
Overall Review: Planning on OC in future. Want to get a feel for stock speeds. Temps with this are very reassuring. I expect to see low temps, but we'll see when I get there.
Pros: Cheap! Fast, and umm... triple channel come on!
Overall Review: I bought these for budgetary reasons and I am super pleased.
Pros: Easy setup, Great price, works great
Cons: SLI looks to be a challenge. Will have to probably go with alternate cooling on the graphics cards.
Overall Review: I gave this 5 stars because though SLI will be a challenge, it's definitely not an impossibility. I bought this board for budgetary reasons so to complain about something so trivial is just plain silly. You get what you pay for and this is a great value.