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Steven B.

Steven B.

Joined on 05/02/07

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Most Favorable Review

So relieved to get this!

iStarUSA iStorm7 Heat Terminator Bracket 2x5.25" with 3 HDD Drive with 1x80mm Fan
iStarUSA iStorm7 Heat Terminator Bracket 2x5.25" with 3 HDD Drive with 1x80mm Fan

Pros: Gave an old desktop computer to a friend. The case had limited air flow, which had been fine for me, but they put it into a desk cubby which severely restricted 2 of the 3 case fans. Installed this device, ignoring the HDD slots, and the extra air flow brought the case temperature down approx 15C.

Cons: For my purposes, none.

Overall Review: I would recommend this to anyone facing my same problem. It seems like there should be more of these kinds of things on the market.

Most Critical Review

Dead at month 4

Team Group L5 LITE 2.5" 480GB SATA III 2D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T2535T480G0C101
Team Group L5 LITE 2.5" 480GB SATA III 2D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T2535T480G0C101

Pros: Was completely satisfied until it died.

Cons: Died without warning after 4 months of daily usage. Nothing salvageable.

Overall Review: Would not recommend; will avoid Team Group in the future.

Unimpressed

EnGenius EUB1200AC Dual Band 2.4 or 5 GHz Wireless 802.11AC USB 3.0 Adapter
EnGenius EUB1200AC Dual Band 2.4 or 5 GHz Wireless 802.11AC USB 3.0 Adapter

Pros: 2.4 Ghz Still works. Installation was relatively easy; required download of drivers for windows 10. It works slightly better now than my 10 year old wireless adapter did when I replaced it with this one.

Cons: After about 5 weeks of running flawlessly, it started having problems identifying the network and automatically logging in at system startup. Then it stopped being able to handle youtube reliably and basic online games. I discovered that 5 Ghz had given up the ghost and now have regular problems.

A mixed bag

Rosewill Gaming Computer Case - ATX Mid Tower - Top HDD Dock, Side Window Panel, 5 Preinstalled Fans - BLACKHAWK
Rosewill Gaming Computer Case - ATX Mid Tower - Top HDD Dock, Side Window Panel, 5 Preinstalled Fans - BLACKHAWK

Pros: The SATA port on of the case is a pretty neat idea. The abundance of USB ports is also a plus. The open top & spacious interior keeps everything running cool. And the LED fans on the front are a nice touch.

Cons: The rubber feet were a problem: My case shipped with only three, and by the time I got everything installed & positioned, another foot had worked itself off. Rosewill customer support responded well & shipped another. Running cables to the hard drives interferes with the closing of the case. It's really too tight to close smoothly...and the more drives that get installed, the worse the problem gets. The metal hinges are rather weak and I bent one out of shape almost immediately while trying to get the case open (aggravated by the aforementioned cables).

Overall Review: I didn't notice the top was 75% mesh--which doesn't thrill me, but that's on me. The tipping point for buying this case was a promotional free mouse (mouse is great!). I'll probably not continue to use this case for my primary desktop in the long term, but am not in a rush to replace it.

Works Great!

GIGABYTE GA-AB350-GAMING 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-AB350-GAMING 3 (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Installation went smoothly; everything worked as desired. Gigabyte has never disappointed me. **I didn't test the onboard graphics--I didn't buy a processor that supported it.

Cons: Built in wireless would have been nice... The PCIe sharing makes the other expansion card slots less helpful. But in the past 10 years, I've only needed to install 1 expansion card other than a graphics card, so it's not a loss for me.

Overall Review: The APP Center included on the driver disk removes the Windows10 garbage!! I setup two identical computers with this motherboard and a fresh installation of windows 10. I didn't install the App Center on my wife's computer (she's not going to be overclocking so why?) and her system was infected by the Microsoft CandyCrush nonsense. As soon as Gigabyte's App Center was loaded, CandyCrush gone!

AMD Socket Nightmare

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

Pros: Looks pretty effective... LEDs are pretty

Cons: The orientation of the AMD clips was terrible ("vertical" clip orientation). There was hardly any room to get the clips aligned right--I spent over an hour trying to get it to fit and watched 2 video clips in disbelief to convince myself I was actually doing it correctly. After installation, it didn't work. And after double-checking everything, I noticed the fan blades were jammed in the heatsinks. Not sure if it came like that or an hour of wrestling the clips caused it or if moving it jammed them [the instructions say specifically to not move the computer once installed], but it isn't functional now.

Overall Review: I'm going to be replacing it with a simpler fan. I might try to get an RMA, but I highly doubt I'll get any kind of refund.

12/23/2011