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William F.

William F.

Joined on 12/05/09

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Most Favorable Review

Nice unit, if you take your time.

ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 VGA Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 VGA Cooler

Pros: Enormous. The large fins will probably dwarf your video card--perfect for adding surface area and maximizing heat dissipation. You can remove the mounting screw assembly so that you just have the bare heatpipes and surface to work with. This will allow you to apply the heatsink to unsupported video cards, but you will need to affix the Accelero with thermal epoxy and use the supplied brackets to help support the weight of the heatsink if you don't use the screw mountings.

Cons: Like everyone says, the thermal adhesive stuck on the RAM heatsinks is garbage. Buy some GooGone, soak the adhesive in it, and take it off. Use some dish detergent to degrease the heatsinks so they are totally clean, then let them dry and apply Arctic Alumina thermal epoxy. I had to use a razor blade to completely get the adhesive off. But after cleaning them and applying the thermal epoxy, they aren't going anywhere. Also, the silly plastic piece around

Overall Review: Like everyone else has said below, you must take your time and thoroughly clean your GPU, VRAM, and voltage chips properly. Get some GooGone (available at Kmart, etc) to dissolve the old thermal compunds and generally clean each surface. Then rinse them with some very soapy water (I used regular Dawn dish-soap in very heavy concentration with water). Then use some pure water to remove all traces of soap. Be as neat and clean as possible with these liquids. I applied them with Q-tips. Repeat this process until each chip is immaculate. Mix up your epoxy in small batches and apply a few RAM or voltage heatsinks at a time. When they have set for a while, apply the main heatsink to the GPU. Let sit overnight so the epoxy can cure. Enjoy your new silent card. Don't forget to observer proper Electrostatic safety procedures so you don't zap your card!

Most Critical Review

Poor Support from Masscool

MASSCOOL PCI Card, 4 internal SATA Model XWT-RC040
MASSCOOL PCI Card, 4 internal SATA Model XWT-RC040

Pros: Detected under Fedora 12 and Ubuntu 10.4. Drives attached to this are accessible out of the box.

Cons: Ultra slow transfer rates to drives connected to this board. Identical drives hooked to the mobo via onboard SATA work fine. Less than 10 MB/sec transfering from drive to drive, gimme a break! Contacted Masscool through their support website and have been waiting weeks for any reply -- they haven't contacted me at all. Not sure why I am receiving slow speed, seems to have latest firmware. My advice, if you designing a new system and are considering this board, spend money for a mobo with more onboard SATA slots.

Overall Review: Keep your fingers crossed if you order this unit -- Masscool will not help you.

Laughable broken right out of the box

YAMAHA RX-V6A 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast
YAMAHA RX-V6A 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast

Pros: Looks nice 7 HDMI Inputs Atmos and Dolby Vision support

Cons: It's broken. YPAO setup is forced anytime I play audio into the receiver, but the YPAO process is completely broken I cannot enter any audio to the receiver or I get stuck.

Overall Review: I unboxed it, plugged it in, and ran a firmware update. After rebooting from firmware update I rebooted, powered off the unit, put the unit in place and made all the speaker and HDMI connections. At this point, when I go to HDMI 1 where my Windows 10 PC is input I can get sound to pass from the PC to the receiver in either Stereo or Dolby Atmos for Home Theater modes. However, as soon as I do, the YPAO setup is forced on me. So I plug in the included YPAO mic and run a single test setup. It sends test signals through all the speakers (even the ones I've got set to "None" in the speaker settings) and once I gets through all the speakers I hear a click and then YPAO says "Error - No Mic", even though the mic is still plugged in. This does not complete the YPAO setup, so the next time I play any audio I am FORCED back to the BROKEN YPAO setup process. First the HDMI 2.1 features in this receiver turn out not to be compatible with the new Sony and Xbox, but then the receiver itself turns out to be completely broken with a deep software flaw in the YPAO process. This is better as a door stop than an audio receiver for me at this point. I'm going to need an RMA.

10/28/2020

Great Little Board

ECS NM70-TI (V1.0A) Intel Celeron 847/807 Intel NM70 Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
ECS NM70-TI (V1.0A) Intel Celeron 847/807 Intel NM70 Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

Pros: Tiny fan is silent. Board and CPU are surprisingly quick. Unlike what other reviews have said, it booted into Xubuntu 14.04 64 without any problems. CPU is fast enough to run emulators like MAME without problem (I played MK3 and Samurai Showdown 2 without any visible issues) even when only using 1 2GB stick of 1066 RAM. Price point is fair. BIOS detected the mSATA hard disk without issue, Xubuntu also had no issues with it or anything else on the board. HDMI audio worked fine under linux.

Cons: Documentation is poor. As other reviewers have stated, there is little information on the range of acceptable DC power input. I've found that any laptop power supply will do the trick. I'm using an old Dell unit I had, which works fine. The included SATA power cable is absurdly short. If you need some routing/placement options with your hard disk, you will be disappointed. I'd highly recommend using this system with an mSATA drive. Could not get it to boot using Windows8 Embedded Standard. Oh well, Linux is working great for my use as an emulator machine. If I set BiOS to UEFI mode, the computer simply won't boot and I needed to use the jumper to reset the BIOS. Same deal when setting it Windows 8 mode. That's not very cool. 1080P video is a little iffy, so this might not make a good TVPC if that is what you are considering.

Overall Review: Good board if you have a specific use in mind that requires low CPU power and only 1 hard disk. BIOS is not great and documentation is poor. Fortunately, you won't need the documentation if you are an experienced system builder. Great board for the price if you take its limitations into consideration.

Not worth it - get a dongle instead

Intel Centrino 6235 IEEE 802.11 Dual Band N600 Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps-OEM
Intel Centrino 6235 IEEE 802.11 Dual Band N600 Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps-OEM

Pros: None that I can think of.

Cons: Price is way too high for a piece of OEM equipment that ships in a clamshell. Bluetooth does not work with Windows 8.1, even with latest Intel drivers. I've uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times with no luck. Intel will not provide even a token amount of support since this product is for OEM installation. Product listing says it includes an antenna, but this is false. I was actually able to get the wireless (not bluetooth) working in Win 8 and it could not find any wireless networks. I live in an apartment complex, so it should've discovered at least 20 of them. All my other devices have no trouble finding a plethora of networks in my apartment.

Overall Review: Total garbage. A 5 dollar cheapo dongle would've worked better for my needs. Stay away from this product if at all possible, especially if you need Bluetooth in Windows 8.

Top of the Pops

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw

Pros: Dead silent until it comes under load. Superb electrical performace, just read the reviews on Silent PC Review and other hardware review websites. Obscene efficiency rating. Total modularity. Universal input voltage. Every form of electrical protection known to man. Lovely but useless velvet bag. Using my Kill-A-Watt meter I can immediately see the energy saving difference from switching from an 80 plus bronze to 80 plug gold model. It is a modest savings, but real.

Cons: First one was bought at a heavy discount and arrived DOA. Beware shoppers, if you get an absurd deal from Newegg, they might be clearing out the RMA warehouse and you may be buying a faulty unit. After paying 11 bucks to return the dead unit, waited a week and received a pristine unit that works flawlessly.

Overall Review: If you are building a computer that you want to last forever, I'd go for Seasonic's fanless model...no moving parts, supreme efficiency, etc. If you want a high-quality model and you have an eye on upgrading your machine to a multi-GPU setup and you need 650W of power, get this model. Either way, hard to go wrong with Seasonic's 80 Plus Gold models. Remember, these guys build the PSUs for a lot of the other name brands out there. Chances are, you might be using a Seasonic already.