Date Joined: 04/01/07
Pros: The WH14NS40 has been burning BD-25 and BD-50 discs fine without any coasters. I'm using Aiseesoft 6.3.22 and AnyDVD for movie backups, and IMGBurn for data.The drive is quiet enough in my HTPC. I have not burned any BDXL or 4.7GB M-Discs yet.
Cons: No Lightscribe support, but I rarely use it.
Overall Review: This is my third LG Blu-Ray Burner. I have a WH12LS38 and a WH10LS30 too that have been performing well- with the latest firmware updates. The black faceplate styling of the WH14NS40 is an improvement over the "woody and chrome" (think 1960's station wagon) of the other two models.
Gotta get busy backing up my data to M-Discs before that EMP coming EMP attack!
Pros: Installs easily.
Lots of adjustability.
Cons: Latch spring could be a little stronger.
Overall Review: Installed on one of my 3 mountain bikes. However, Ibera says don't use it offroad. I use this bike in around town. Rack is sturdy enough to leave on without the pack for trail rides.
Pros: The OCZ Fatality has been a stable PSU so far and has been powering a fairly hefty system for over a month.
The Fatality 750w is Heavy/Beefy as is typical of a good PSU. It also seems to be well crafted and is attractive.
The Flat Cables are great: they look better than braided; have better airflow; they are easier to bend and fold.
The 12v rails are clearly indicated on/by their modular connector.
5 Year Power Swap Warranty.
Cons: Did we order and get the same power supply?
Overall Review: The Fatality 750w has been a stable PSU that has been powering the following 24hr/day for over a month now without so much as a hiccup:
Phenom II x 4 555 (3.2GHz) OC'd at 4.0GHz; Crossfire 2 x HD-4850's; 790GX Mobo; 8GB Ripjaws DDR3 1333; 5 x 2,000 RPM Yate Loon LED Fans; Dual DVD Burners; WD Velociraptor 300GB; & 2 x 500GB Hitachi HDD.
The Red Fan is silent and goes really well with my Red windowed AMD/ATI themed den rig.
All my connectors- 20 + 4 & 8 Pin etc.- all fit perfectly.
It's hard to understand all the negative reviews; poor Quality Control, who knows?
Pros: I contacted Foxconn and they got me the latest BIOS 8C2F1TT1 & now I'm running a 6 Core 1090T (3.2GHz) at 3.8GHz, rock solid. Had it at 4.0GHz stable too.
Cons: Foxconn should put the new 8C2F1TT1 BIOS on their support site downloads, but at least they respond to Newegg customer comments.
The reason this MOBO has gotten slammed so bad is because the Owner's Manual incorrectly says to put the CMOS Jumper on pins 2 & 3 for normal operation... Jumper has to be on pins 1 & 2. (Pins 2 & 3 is for Clear CMOS)... Everyone thought their boards were DOA.
Overall Review: These really are solid 790GX MOBOs.
I'm running: Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0; AMD Phenom II x 6 1090T (3.2GHz) OverClocked at 3.8GHz, 2 way X-Fire Saphire Extreme HD-5830's OverClocked; 8GB G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333; LG Blu Ray Burner; 300GB Velociraptor; WD Black 750GB; HEC 800w Modular PSU; customized Raidmax 3mm all Aluminum Iceberg Case; 6 High Speed Yate Loon Fans; Sunbeam 6 x 30w per Channel Fan Controller; nMedia PC multi function Display Panel; and a Phillips 47" 1080p HDTV/Monitor;
Pros: The Nmedia PC LCD Display is extremely useful with tons of options as to what to display. I actually like the M-Play software and all the stats one has to choose from; and the way you can add things and customize what is displayed.
The Blue LCD Brightness can be adjusted down with the software.
Cons: Some people don't like the M-play software. If that's the case you can use LCD Smartie or other software.
Overall Review: I have 2 of these; one in my desktop in a 5 1/4 inch bay; the 2nd one I removed from its housing 9unit is less than 3/4 inches deep) and mounted it in a custom cut-out in the front panel of my Newegg HTPC/Gamer Lian Li A05B Mini-Tower... It looks Awesome! I could have bought the OEM version of this display which has no housing, but I thought it was worth the extra couple of dollars.
This has to be the best Media/System Display anywhere for its price. It really dresses up any PC and is super functional.
Pros: This is one fantastic 6 fan controller!
This is one of the few High Power fan controllers out there.
30 watts for each fan channel!
Looks great with the front grill of my Newegg Raidmax Iceberg.
All knobs have a good feel- smooth.
0-12 volts so you can turn fans off!
Overall Review: This thing is built really well; simple design; it's almost "industrial grade".
Most fans won't even begin to spin until they are getting at least 6 volts; hence, you won't see fan action until the knobs are Halfway or more.
Pros: Exmor R CMOS- Backlit.
Superior Low Light performance- with sharper resolution and lower Noise.
Faster Shutter response- 10fps.
True HD: 1080i 60fps AVCHD Video with zoom.
Advanced Signal Processing- BIONZ Senor.
DSLR like Background Defocus capable.
Backlight Correction HDR.
Superior Auto mode.
Soft Skin mode.
Anti-Motion Blur Mode.
Cons: Almost too small.
Not the best Lens- see technical reviews.
Overall Review: CCD sensored Cameras are not yet able to approaoch the speed and Low Light performance of Backlit CMOS Digital Cameras. The Sony DSC-WX9 shoots indoors without a flash in low light conditions (high ISO'S) at fast Shutter Speeds. There are a few better High ISO Backlit CMOS cameras in the point-shoot category, but most are hundreds more in price- and worse, they shoot HD Video as 1080 24p MOV MPEG 4 format- hard to edit.
Pros: Runs at rated speeds and beyond when OC'ing.
Overall Review: It's crazy how cheap RAM is these days.
Pros: There are no rattling/buzzing because it's plastic.
Customizable: I mounted the drives forward in the bracket. This allowed me to drill holes by the SATA data and power cables so I could secure them in place with zip ties.
Overall Review: The plastic sees a little on the soft side, so be sure to apply firm even pressure when screwing in bracket support screws and don't over tighten. My Lian Li has standoff screws with rubber grommets. The assembly then slides in and locks into notches. I was worried the screws might flex and pull out, but they didn't.
Pros: Well built. Rubber grips. accurate. Works on armchair!
Cons: Hyper Scroll wheel is a little sluggish compared to my Logitech VX Nano. This one sometimes takes 2 flicks of the wheel to do a whole page from from top to bottom. My VX Nano flies through pages on 1 flick.
Overall Review: Was only half the price of the Vx Nano. The Mx Anywhere is pretty heavy. Overall a good value if you get it on sale.
Pros: If you are an Overclocker this really is a must have item.
When pushing a PC to its limits, as evey OC'er knows, often results in BSOD & Boot & even POST PROBLEM scenarios.
With this Clear CMOS Bracket there is no more having to pull off a side panel, and having to remove components such as Video Cards to get to that tiny CMOS Jumper- as is obvious.
It works as advertized as I have had to use it many times when OC'ing over 4.0GHz. The little red switch cover is a good feature too.
Cons: Not really a con, but the darn wires are about a mile long!
Also neither the instructions, nor the web site tell you anything about which color wire connects to which prong of the Jumper; although it's pretty easy to figure out.
Overall Review: Great product. Switch can be removed from its PCI bracket and mounted in a case hole, etc. so that you don't have to sacrifice a PCI slot.
Pros: Nada Nunca!
Cons: a Gazillion
Overall Review: Sorry to have ranted; this is the worst review on Newegg that I have ever had to write, but this product has caused me extreme disruptions...And I forgot to mention it killed my $180 rare 980a NVIDIA & AMD MOBO. Luckily there are still some ASUS 980a boards- 1 model available. Just ordered one.
Pros: Beautiful refined and highly functional design.
Very easy to install with its clever design.
Cools extremely well both at idle and under heavy load.
Super easy to swap out fans.
Good clearance for RAM with tall coolers.
Construction is so much more refined than say an HDT (they look like the Ford Pintos of coolers while the Scythe looks like a Lexus!).
Design cools extremely well!
Cons: Not a con, but the fins are so thin they are easy to bend, but they are thin for maximum heat dissipation.
Overall Review: I have used this and other Scythe coolers in a 1/2 dozen builds they function and look terrific. I always swap out the fans with programable LED fans so I can Trademark/advertize my custom PC business.
Pros: 4.0GHz on air , all 6 cores!
Screams through video transcoding, Batch photo processing, streaming Netflix all at once.
So , so easy to overclock!
Cons: Nada Nunca!
Overall Review: MSI NF980-G65 9 Nvidia 980a chipset). 2 Galaxy GTX-460's in SLI. Air cooled Scythe Rasetsu. In Lian Li A05B minitower w/ 8 fans- yet chip always runs cool.
19.5 Multiplier, Bus at 206, CPU voltage at 1.47.
Turned off Nvidias "core Calibration", C1E, Cool & Quiet, & Turbo Mode.
Pros: First Board was DOA; only peripherals came on.
MSI RMA and Techs were great.
Cons: I had waited 2 months after purchase to begin the build, so had to RMA thru MSI- My Fault & also not a con... MSI Was Great.
Overall Review: Installed 1st with a Phenom II x 2 and did all the updates via MSI's Online Utility- Went fabulous.
Dropped in Phenom II x 6 1090T and SLI GTX 460's. Up annd posted great.
I was having trouble getting any Overclock until I Disabled Nvidia Core Calibration; and of course C1E & Cool & Quiet.
Got 4.0 GHz OC'd: FSB= 206; Multiplier= 19.5; CPU Core VDD= 1.4v. Set FSB/RAM ratio= 1:3.33- Ram at 1377. All is good!
MSI Customer support was great on Phone & via Email- Thanks!
Pros: _Like the product description states, this case does it all; and in surprising functionality and and style.
_All intake fans filtered- a must. I reverse & filter the rear 12cm fan too, so that there are 3 intake and 2 (chimney) exhaust fans. Plus, the resultant positive case pressure bans all dust, and extra air and heat can exit via the attractive side grill .
_This case is so easy to work with! After 4 I can almost build with it in my sleep. Sides, top, and front pop right off- order some black thumb screws.
_Same as the no longer available: HEC 6BRBBB which came with factory installed external 3.5" bays. But no worries Blitz comes with 1 3.5" converter.
_Super easy to swap out/add fans.
_This case often has free shipping- not to mention discounts.
_PSU mounts at bottom and intakes air through a filter from the case exterior; hence, PSU Heat/Air are a non sequitur.
_In all the builds with this case I have never had Buzzing or Rattling trouble.
_No cheesy plas
Cons: Shoot, can I even legitimately gripe that there are not more stock fans?
Feet could be a tad taller for better Basement fan airflow.
Overall Review: HEC/Compucase has been around for some time... Their Cases and PSU's represent solid values for any system builder, imho.
Paint finish is extremely durable; interior finish is very good.
Pros: _Snagged 4 of these on Cyber Monday Steal-Deal with Free Shipping- they each weigh about 20 LBs!
_They're still a steal today.
_All 3mm= Thick & Heavy Duty, Aluminum.
_Very, very good quality; no sharp edges; not L&L but not far off.
_No cheesy Plastic "Tool-less" Junk here; instead you get tons of black and silver multi sized thumb screws for EVERYTHING: Mobo, DVD, HDDs, Expansion slots, case parts, etc.
_Finned top conceivably helps with cooling and looks great.
_Delicate grills over LED fans also look great.
_Brushed Aluminum DVD Bezel is Awesome.
_11 x 7 window shows off CPU Cooler; any fancy Mobo chipset cooling; RAM; and Video Cards- don't see the wiring.
_Plenty of room inside & behind Mobo Tray to hide wires.
_OK to Nice feet with rubber.
_HDD bays have butyl rubber for noise isolation.
Cons: These are out of production- THEY ARE A 2008 MODEL, so they will be gone soon.
Fans week & have Molex connectors, wth?
Mobo Tray not removable...YET!
Mobo tray has no hole for CPU Cooler access...YET!
Baseplate has no fan...YET!
Overall Review: OH SO MODDABLE!- All Aluminum.
Origanally 1 1/2 bills, Fancy Spring Loaded Latches on sides.
The pic's don't do this case justice. Its beauty really grows on you after a week. It makes me smirk knowing what I paid for em.
I'll post a video review soon.
Pros: Galaxy has 10+ years in video cards.
The cards are built rock solid. Soldered well; no cheap plastic.
Both came packaged well enough for baggage handlers!
True HDTV Nvidia Blu-Ray 3D Tru HD & DTS-HD only Video Carddis the GTX 460 currently.
Free game coupons.
Cons: Maybe fact each card needs 2 x Pcie 6 Pin
Overall Review: See specs for HDTV Blu-Ray 3D Nvidia 3D Vision Requirements: SEE FOOTNOTES 4 & 5; ONLY GTX 460 MEETS BOTH dubwa duwa duwa nvidia dot com/object/3d-vision-requirements dot html. Running 2 SLI on MSI 890FXA-GD70; AMD 6 Core 1090T Thuban BE 3.2 GHz; G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333; hec XP1080 1080W ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular PSU; LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case Customized for HTPC/GAMING.
Pros: 12MB L2 Cache, 45nm, etc. makes it a much better investment than the excellent Q6600 if you got the extra cash.
Enormous OC'ing headroom.
Performance is just as good as the Nehalem's with all the programs currently out.
Tried and true tech & the rest of core 2 Quad associated parts are now cheap.
Cons: Price? Nehalem's beat the pants off it in Benchmarks.
Overall Review: Current Nehalem' are just Intel baby steps- 8 core Intels at 32nm Process due as earlyQ4 of '09 or at least by Q2 0f '10. The 1st Nehalem's are the "Tick" in the Intel "Tick- Tock" product rollout strategy & roadmap. Wait for the "Tock" and price drops.
Pros: Fits my EVGA 790i with Digital PWM Motherboard fine
Blows air through the very tall heatsinks surrounding the CPU on the motherboard. Easily clears my Patriot Viper DIMM's with tall heat fins.
Cools my Q9550 OC'd at 3.6GHz (2.83GHz stock) fine...
And that's in a Lian Li PC-A05B MINI-TOWER with 2-Way SLI BFG GTX 280's!
Cons: It is a little difficult to install, especially using the Xigmatek backplate... I had to remove some fans, but did not have to remove the MOBO, as I had cut a hole in the MOBO tray specifically for the task before assembling the system.
Overall Review: Get the backplate! Also the backplate comes with a wrench- toss it!- and use your fingers to tighten the bolts. Apply a little pressure on the bolts and springs & the bolts turn with ease. To ensure even tightening for even pressure on the CPU you can use Calipers or eyeball the amount of bolt threads protruding through the backplate.
Pros: No more worries or nightmares of my heatsink crashing into PCI slot components and frying my MOBO!
Cons: Why not include it with the Heatsink in the first place; or at least offer it as a pay-for-it option?
Overall Review: Use a metric mm mini-ruler or calipers- measure protruding screw threads- or micro-torque screwdriver (yes they are spendy) to ensure even pressure on CPU.
Pros: _1) Mini-Tower Height at 15 1/4"
_2) All Aluminum
_3) Holds Full Size ATX Motherboards
_4) Holds 3 Nvidia GTX 280 Graphics Cards with Ease!
_5) Holds full size PSU
_6) Lian Li impeccable Quality
Cons: Potential Cons:
_ Case is a tad flimsy.
_ The 2 Stock fans don't have the greatest airflow.
Overall Review: SEE THE VIDEO REVIEW!
Pros: GO TO NEWEGG MANUFACTURER PRODUCT TAB TO SEE EXPLODED VIEWS OF THIS GREAT CASE.
Huge compartment can handle17" & 18.4" Laptops.
File pockets and other zip open accordian style pockets for chargers, mouse, aircards, etc.
Huge compartment with hold down straps for clothes- 2 days worth.
Thick ballistic nylon.
Non marring heavy duty skate wheels.
Heavy duty collapsable Handle.
Nice heavy duty and padded shoulder strap.
Easy access to Laptop for going through security.
Fits Boeing & airbus overhead bins even when stuffed to its max.
Cons: Barely fits overhead compartments in Canadair & Embraer regional jets- but with effort and not too much stuff it will fit.
Fully loaded this case could be too heavy for some to use the shoulder strap, but it's padded and has worked for me.
Overall Review: Absolutely the best roller/shoulder case for your big rig Laptop. The big clothes/toiletries compartment is great. It saved me much frustration when they sent my checked bag to Detroit when I was headed to Miami. This case is very well made... The heavy duty construction and wheels do fine on long walks from one gate to the next. The case is also great for everyday use as you can pack books etc. in the clothes compartment for Office/ Grad School.
Pros: Hyper scroll blazes through web pages.
This Rodent works on every surface I have tried it on: sheets, pillow, LazyBoy armrest, carpet, right leg, notebook palmrest, and of course on my desktop.
Love the plug it in and forget it USB receiver.
Nice solid and heavy- just the right weight- not cheesy light.
Cons: On rare occasions mouse pointer will lag due to RF interference, but it has been quite rare.
The Nano's skates are so good it that it occasionally "wanders" on its own on slight inclines.
Perfect for Notebooks and traveling, but it is a little on the small side for someone with big hands.
Overall Review: Excellent buy! Reduces Mouse Fatigue with its Hyper Scroll! This mouse does not have RF issues anywhere near those of some of the other 2.4GHz mice. Rubber grips feel so much better in the hand.