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Ronald J.

Ronald J.

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Works great with right drivers!

areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
areca ARC-1210 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: Superfast! Easy to configure! Great tech support! Great RMA service! Easy install. Nice web interface for configuring your raid card in windows, it will even allow you to upgrade the firmware. I updated it with Vista Home Premium x64 without a hitch on a fresh install. I highly recommend using floppy/usb firmware upgrade as vista has too many programs running that may interfere and cause the flash to fail.

Cons: No toll-free tech support. poor drive identifier. (I have 4 of the same drives and when 1 fails it's impossible to tell which one as they only use the drive model # for a drive name) When it first came out this series was to use the new raid 6, but this one doesn't. in theory it should support it as it needs only 2 extra drives for fail safe which still leaves 2 drives for raid. I heard you can flash one of the other raid card's bios to this one and get raid 6. But I decided to not try as it would slow down my transfer speeds. Drivers not well supported. I kept losing my raid constantly lately after I rma my controller after I damaged it. I just found out through some googling that this thing has issues with Vista drivers unless you use the StorPort driver. I was using the scsi driver as storport isn't compatible with XP and I just recently switched to Vista last x-mas. I've been running 100% for over two months now with the Storport drivers!

Overall Review: Make sure to use StorPort drivers for Vista or you'll lose raid. I've hit over 300mb/s on my four 150GB Raptors in raid 0! I now have 4 Seagate 250GB with the Perpendicular technology and I hit around 250gb/s in raid 5. I might be able to get higher on this board, but I have a P45 chipset and it slows down my second PCIe port, so I'm not sure if this card is running 100%. But all-in-all this card is awesome!

10/27/2008
Most Critical Review

BEWARE, Norton will try to rob you.

Symantec Norton 360 - 2014 - 3 PCs
Symantec Norton 360 - 2014 - 3 PCs

Pros: Does a very good job and all around I recommend.

Cons: two things, 1) They don't scan for PUPs or PUMs and they clog your system 2) If you enter a new key before the subscription is fully expired, they steal your time from your subscription.

Overall Review: I had updated my subscription a month early as it notified me it was about to expire. Then when it was done it said I had 365 days left on my subscription. I've done this for others recently and they experienced the same thing. This is very shady from such a reputable company. If I pay for a year, then pay for another year, I should get my whole amount of time. Not being shorted every time I update my subscription.

The product is fine, Gigabyte Tech Support is nonexistent.

GIGABYTE AERO 16 XE5 - 16" 4K/UHD+ Samsung AMOLED - Intel Core i7-12700H - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 - 16GB DDR5 RAM - 1TB SSD - Win11 Home - Creator & Gaming Laptop (AERO 16 XE5-73US934HH)
GIGABYTE AERO 16 XE5 - 16" 4K/UHD+ Samsung AMOLED - Intel Core i7-12700H - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6 - 16GB DDR5 RAM - 1TB SSD - Win11 Home - Creator & Gaming Laptop (AERO 16 XE5-73US934HH)

Pros: It seemed to be working fine. All features I tested were fine. Benchtest scores were within acceptable ranges of others that are online.

Cons: I call Gigabyte for tech support on getting temps down on my more stressful games and they said it was likely just fan issues and said to return it as it was defective. I know this wasn't the issue as fans were working fine and laptops just run hotter than normal and laptop makes like making laptop run hot to get better performance. The bad thing is that they didn't even try to diagnose anything or send me to next level of tech support.

Overall Review: Sadly I can't recommend anything Gigabyte anymore. I mean they made zero effort to help me at all. I even got the same guy every time. He even recognized me on the third call. It seems it is a warehouse number instead of actual tech support. Sadly, I had to return the laptop if I can't get any tech support. I bought an Asus Ryzen edition instead. I works great at least and I was able to get help lowering my temps down by adjusting some settings that Asus were able to walk me through.

11/10/2022

AWESOME! With caveats. Read carefully.

BGears b-Draco5866 RGB Front with Tempered Glass side mid tower case
BGears b-Draco5866 RGB Front with Tempered Glass side mid tower case

Pros: Nice and small - see cons Fits ATX Motherboard - see cons Holds a pair of SSDs in front of the MB facing the window - see cons Has three front panel 120mm fan slots. - see cons Front RGB light.- see cons Front power panel is on top to provide more room - 1-usb3 and 1-usb2.0 Has vent holes - see cons Has removable 3.5 drive bay mount behind motherboard tray. - see cons.

Cons: I knew beforehand this was going to be a big pain in the behind case. It was highly discounted and the reviews weren't positive on all of the web sites I checked. Nice and small: You need a standard power supply. The larger ones won't fit. The side panel lip it catches on is slightly cut out on the end where the power supply mounts. My standard sized power supply wouldn't fit directly into the case. I had to put it in at an angle and twist it around, while overcoming the PSU rails on the bottom of the case. It did finally fit tightly, but it fits. Fits ATX motherboard: Mine did not fit as it had a shroud over the rear panel, plus my rear panel plate in installed on the motherboard already. The shroud hung over the edge of my motherboard and the mounting screws wouldn't align as the shroud was bumping the case on both sides of the motherboard. Holds a pair of SSDs on a raised part on the motherboard tray: I mounted two SATA 3 LED SSDs for extra bling, but the one SSD was blocking the SATA ports for my SATA LED SSDs. So I can't use them. I am currently looking for sata cables with 90 degree connectors that point upside down, so I can get access to 2 of the 3 top sata ports of my motherboard. Make sure your motherboard has SATA ports that point straight up, so you can get access to the ports for SATA SSDs. Has three front panel 120mm fan slots: They are designed to mount behind the front bezel. The LED strip is in the way. You should be able to mount the fans on the inside, standard fan screws should be long enough. If you mount the fans behind the bezel, you may have interference from the LED mounting hardware, and low airflow from the front bezel blocking air flow. Airflow will likely be restricted as well, if fans are mounted inside the case, as they is only a small section of grill for air to flow. Vent holes: The metal is stamped in a pattern, and there is a small amount of airflow available. It would have been nice to stamp them deeper for more airflow. Has removable 3.5 drive bay mount behind motherboard tray: There is little room for wiring. I added several RGB lights, so there is little room for all of the wires. I bought a modular power supply, so I was able to remove 4 cables from system. I decided to not use the hard drive tray, so that freed up a little more room.

Overall Review: This is a decent case overall for the price I paid, and works very well. Just don't use it for a high end computer or you will likely have airflow issues. If I had to pay full price for this case, then I would have definitely purchased a different case. There are a great many other cases I would have chosen, with may more features and higher quality in its price range.

Awesome

ASUS USB-AC68 AC1900 Dual-band USB 3.0 WiFi Adapter, Cradle included
ASUS USB-AC68 AC1900 Dual-band USB 3.0 WiFi Adapter, Cradle included

Pros: I can't believe how well this works with me new Asus GT-AX11000 router. I get full 60MB/s downloads where I struggled to go past 12 on last router/wifi. The range is insane. I used to have to need a repeater to reach the full length of the house (70 feet). now I get 4-5 bars on the other end of the house. I'm sure a lot has to do with the router. But it works insanely well.

Cons: Price, but I still think it is worth it in the end. It's big and bulky. But it comes with and extension and a stand. so it helps a little on my laptop.

Overall Review: I definitely would buy this again, even if I have to pay full price. Now, if they an shrink this down to a stub, like my old slow usb wifi card, I'd be ecstatic.

Does not work well with newer Ryzen 3000XT series CPU.

ASRock B450 PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B450 PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Doesn't seem to support the 3800XT I purchased and my overlcoked RAM. I tried manually adjusting the RAM, but the motherboard won't let me go past 1.300 volts for DRAM voltage. I set it to XMP and it says 1.35v as it is rated, but it randomly crashes and it says 1.33 volts for RAM with various monitoring programs. Tech supports says I need a certain BIOS for it to work and it still doesn't work. I call support and they want a RMA replacement. I get replacement with same issues. I luckily come across some X99 intel RAM DDR-2400 @ stock 1.2v and it now works. but it lags a little.

Overall Review: Terrible tech support that just wanted to pass the buck. Didn't try to resolve anything other than return it, and replace. Zero diagnostic at all. The forums helped me diagnose and the consensus was XT wasn't supported properly. Or the memory controller can't keep up with the newer 3800XT CPU and they had to cripple the DRAM voltages to make it work. They have also made a newer V2 of this board and I assume these issues were addressed on V2 of the motherboard as there are no complaints for V2.

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Great

Came well packaged, easy to install, worked flawlessly. Added instructions as the screen didn't say it had a screen protector on it that was needed to remove, but the included instructions said there might be one to remove. Once removed it was great.

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Horrible product

Item came used. Finger prints on everything. Plastic film gone from everything. My friend I purchased this for was upset, but needed a monitor and had to keep it. The screen was faded and calibration helped a little, but not enough. Likely was was a return that was pawned off onto me. Be leary of buying things on newegg that are sold by other companies. I missed that it wasn't sold by newegg. Don't make my mistake.

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