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Derek D.

Derek D.

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Most Favorable Review

Well, I am impressed

Corsair Neutron Series GTX 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK
Corsair Neutron Series GTX 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-N240GBGTXB-BK

Pros: Extreme step up in performance when compared to a mechanical hard drive. I was doing file transfers, rates were between 300-400. Load times for games are absolutely terrific!

Cons: No issues yet.

Overall Review: My brother in law had one and raved about it non stop. For my new build I knew i had to get one, probably the best purchase out of all the parts in my system now. His SSD is fast, however, mine doubles his even. After looking at a few reviews I believe that only the Samsung PRO can outshine this drive with a larger price tag. For 190, I couldnt go wrong.

Most Critical Review

Looks like a great AP to have

Cisco Small Business WAP4410N Wireless Access Point 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps/ PoE/Advanced Security
Cisco Small Business WAP4410N Wireless Access Point 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps/ PoE/Advanced Security

Pros: Directional antennas, superb coverage in a business environment, tons of features.

Cons: I have six of these APs, four setup and working currently. I havent had an issue with only one of these APs and I dont plan on messing with it anytime soon either. The other five have given me nothing but fits and stress. Constantly having to reboot to get the APs to fire up the wireless signal or get packets flowing again. Some start to sputter and slow down in a very major way - dropped packets and kicks random clients on the floor off the network.

Overall Review: I have tinkered with them enough to find my own stable solution which has gotten three APs back online without having to powercycle daily. A vast majority of the features have to be messed with/disabled and its basically a huge waste of time to fiddle with all the settings, trial and error JUST to get the darn things operational. Cisco has no solution to these APs and all the troubles it has. I have seen and read many threads from others with the exact same problems. Two of mine are now unusable as they just flat out drop off and never come back. This is while on BBU power as well, all APs on different channels, and then switches/fiber/BBU, all other equipment has been tested - I know its the AP. I have slowly begun to swap these out as I cant trust them. I come in to work two hours later then those on the plant floor, I need a product I can trust to be reliable so people can get their work done. I refuse to be blamed when these APs are down, just a plain waste.

Decent headset while it lasted.

Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset

Pros: Comfy when used for short periods of time, sound was pretty nice for a 25 dollar headset. I also liked that the mic was detachable and the top/speaker pieces had padding.

Cons: With the material used for the padding, it does not breathe well nor does it block other sounds. For extended gaming sessions, my ears would get extremely hot. Other material used felt cheap and was flimsy. My unit broke not even after two weeks of use @ maybe 3-5 hours of use per day. Mic went dead, unable to get it back but the speakers still worked. When the mic did work, it had to be pointing right @ your mouth for anybody to hear you. Had a few guys tell me they were unable to hear me on vent.

Overall Review: RMA'd the device, looking for another pair. Did not want replacement due to the unit not lasting 2 wks, meh mic, and feeling weaker than a 10 dollar unit I could of got locally.

11/22/2013

Looking for the best, got the worst

NZXT Kraken X60 RL-KRX60-01 Ultra Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 280MM
NZXT Kraken X60 RL-KRX60-01 Ultra Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 280MM

Pros: It is a liquid CPU cooler, how many pros can it actually have? - Large radiator - ...and that is it.

Cons: Unlike Pros, a product can have multiple cons. - Came with two fans, for the price I paid (higher then other products) I think it could of at least came with four but would of settled for decent fans. - Fan quality is horrible, straight on boot the fans has made horrible noises. Took me awhile to figure out where it was but could not understand why. Unplugged the fan and left one on, few weeks later it started doing the same - great. - Tubes from radiator to cpu base are long, may not be a con for some but for somebody who likes to route and hide cables this was an issue for me. - Software - never, EVER worked. I tried to figure it out but always stopped in frustration. - Screws that came with the kit seemed cheap, again - I feel like it should of been given better quality material for the price. - Setup was troublesome compared to other self contained coolers I have installed. I chalk this up to the size of the radiator more then anything. - As for the LED, what? I suppose that could be on the CPU base but I have never seen the LED light up. Probably a software related item, sad cause I wouldnt mind having.

Overall Review: I have contacted suppoort about the fans, didnt even mention the software because.. well, its software. Press install and go - should be that easy and if it isnt then I probably dont want to mess with it anyways. As for the fans, support takes days to get back with you. Stated the fans were making noises and that I had to unplug one. Of course I have been asked to reseat the fans by email from NXZT but when the tower is fine then boom - noise, then it goes away again. . . well, I dont think that is the issue. Also, already did that. So yea, havent heard anything from them. Kind of sucks to see them deliver an item with this price tag and also fall off in the customer service when issues arise. On a side note, I have tried almost all the Hydro series at home and have some units at work with the H50/60 - No random fan noises, no cheap parts, cables are perfect lengths, It. Just. Works. I should of just went with what I knew worked - if the problem isnt resolve then I will just add NZXT to the do not buy from list. Ticket ID: AKW-803-70532

This is interesting

Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K
Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K

Pros: Could be overclocked to reach 5Ghz if you win the lottery. It worked, arrived in good condition.

Cons: No performance increase for me, see thoughts below.

Overall Review: I came from a i5-760 @ 4Ghz and honestly, I cannot tell a darn bit of difference between the two chips. My uses are of course, internet, remote desktop, ripping dvds, gaming, and sometimes hosting private servers. I guess I was expecting more in performance, perhaps I just havent taxed the CPU enough. Still though, I wanted to see what the hype was for i7 processors., was not impressed for the price. Slapped all the same hardware excluding the processor and motherboard into the i5 system performed the same way so if you already have that setup, I probably wouldnt bother buying this.

Okay, it is big.. what else

Rosewill Full Tower Gaming Computer Case, support up to HPTX MB, Support Dual PSU, come with 8 cooling Fans - BlackHawk-Ultra
Rosewill Full Tower Gaming Computer Case, support up to HPTX MB, Support Dual PSU, come with 8 cooling Fans - BlackHawk-Ultra

Pros: Eight fans and seriously, enough room to do any type of build. This monster can handle a lot of hardware going into it. Sata hot bay at the top was a nice touch, top or bottom mounts for PSU.

Cons: The quality is pretty poor on my build. Sure, it has a lot of room but the side panels are flimsy to say the least. The top mesh has a bow to it, the front piece is a struggle to get off, and the side panels have to be placed quite carefully so you dont have to fight them. Fans that came with the unit felt extremely cheap, also, if you are thinking about mounting two 230mm fans on the side panel - forget it. Even though it has the room it does not have the mount holes. Also, two of the rubber pieces on the mount holes just fell off while unboxing which makes it cheaper looking when staring at its side.

Overall Review: I wish another case was in stock, I do regret this case since I feel it was not even worth the 150 I paid. All around cheap, honestly, the big pro for me is the size alone and the hot swap on the top. Other then that, the case is nothing special. I believe almost the same size and better quality could be had at the same price I paid or a little bit more.