Date Joined: 04/21/16
Pros: -m.2 Temps went from 80*C down to 35*C! What ?!?
-Came with mounting screws
-Came with screw driver
-Came with an extra thermal pad
-Easy to install
Cons: -Did not come with any instructions, not a problem for me and there are tutorials online on how to install these coolers, but novices would likely appreciate detailed instructions in the box.
Overall Review: The m.2 drive in my server was over-heating, the server doesn't get a lot of airflow and the slot is right next to a 10Gbps Intel x540 T2 Network Card, which gets very, very hot. This cooler lowered the temperatures by 45*C, that shouldn't even be possible without water cooling, it's possible that this cooler is just shielding the temperature sensor (which may having been picking up heat from the aforementioned network card), but it's still impressive regardless.
Pros: -Very good speeds
Cons: -Better deal when on sale, but at regular price, the WB Blue 2.5" SSD makes more sense.
Overall Review: I bought this drive to directly record security footage as my server's old repurposed HDD was having trouble keeping up with the 5 1440p 25fps @ 8192kbps video streams coming in over the network and it was very loud at night (the server's in my bedroom), this drive is way faster than I need and is dead silent, it only fits 4 days-ish worth of footage at a time, but that's fine for my use case as I'm constantly moving the data of the recording drive and onto archival HDD storage; Now at my convenience instead of twice a day. (Old HDD was only 300 GB).
Pros: -1440p 25fps Day (12 ftps Night) @ upto 8192 kbps Day (4105 kbps Night)
-Good Day & Night Picture Quality
-Easy to install and use
-Very sturdy mount, easily attaches to siding
Cons: -100ft Night Vision is iffy at best, more like 60ft to see a person and more like 40ft to have a change of capturing a clear image of a face
-AC Power Cable is not detachable
-Proprietory Data Cable is not detachable
-Cable leak protector assumes you are using a patch cable and it is impossible to fit over an ethernet jack, I used a lot of duct tape and put in a sheltered area, just as precauation, it is advertized as water resistant.
-12fps max at night
Overall Review: Overall, I'm very happy with this camera's performance, I own 5.
Pros: -4TB at a pretty good price, if you can buy on sale, although during sales, the higher capcity varients are often a better value.
-7200 RPM, SATA 3.0
-Arrived in very sturdy packaging, Seagate & WD could learn from these guys! LOL!
Cons: -None really
Overall Review: -I honestly think the entire HDD industry needs to embrace large on-board cache as a necessity, people don't buy drives in 4TB+ Capacity to store small files under 128MB (Currently even the highest-end Enterprise HDDs from the likes of Seagate & WD max-out at 256 MB of cache), I think at a bare minimum all large capacity HDDs should have 1 GB of onboard cache, which would drastically increase transfer speed for medium-sized files and actually justify SATA 3.0 existing. Yes you could set up a caching solution with a SATA SSD in an array, however that's inconvenient, cumbersome and not worth-the-cost for my purpose for these drives.
Just leaving my thoughts, these are great drives, I own 4 now, 1 in my server, 2 in my desktop (Game Library) , 1 for back-up.
-2.5" & 3.5" Drives in one dock (Just not at the same time, obviously)
-Very sturdy USB cable & connectors
-Runs on external Power
Cons: -Power Cable is very short (about 2 ft.) and isn't nearly as well made as the USB 3.0 Cable
Overall Review: The dock worked fine for my purpose of just copying some data off some old drives before I scrapped them, I haven't evaluated cloning performance or anything fancy.
However, for just copying some old files off 5400 RPM SATA 2.0 WD Green drives from 2010-ish it worked fine. I got read speed of 35-45 MB/s (Remember I used old (and probably dying drives), you can likely get much, much better performance with newer non-dying drives) with no copying errors.
Detection and mounting were fast and without issue. I didn't pay close attention to the exact copy time, but I think it took about 6 hours overall to copy about 850 GB worth of small files such as documents and photos.
This is the first Externally-Powered Dock I've ever had (I've used poor-quality 2.5" USB-Powered Docks before) and this was a far more painless, not to mention fast experience. I highly recommend this product! :D
Pros: - Fast 5Ghz
- Decent 2.4 Ghz
- Very Fast Bluetooth
- Fairly Reliable
Cons: - One of the most expensive mPCIe Wi-Fi Cards out there and yet reliability is still not perfect even under optimal conditions such as being in a room RIGHT NEXT TO THE ACCESS POINT. When it does work correctly it's the fastest Wi-Fi I've ever used on a laptop
Overall Review: To clarify despite the con listed above; this is a very good Wi-Fi NIC and should satisfy anybody. We can't harp on it too hard because it is the best in it's class as far as I know.
It's a good thing these are still available for older laptops as mPCIe is basically a dead standard replaced almost entirely by m.2 which is not backwards compatible.
Note for Noobs: This card goes in a Half-Height mPCIe Slot, NOT an m.2 Slot or an mSATA slot or a Desktop PCIe slot. It always gets me when people buy the wrong product and give it a negative review because of a mistake they made.
Pros: - It does what it's supposed too do
Cons: - Expensive compared to other retailers.
-Very slow shipping
Overall Review: - You won't catch me waiting a month again. After 2 weeks and not so much as an update to the tracking number, I caved and bought a nearly identical Key Stone Coupler at Canada Computers for $6.00.
Pros: - Very Cheap
- Well Insulated
Cons: -None Really
Pros: -It works and the plastic is strong
Cons: - Mounting Holes are a little too close to the cut-out for the keystone, difficult to mount if you drilled a big hole in the wall.
- Labels were too small to be of use to me (I'm near-sighted)
Pros: - Advertised speeds are accurate
- In-Expensive compared to Samsung
Cons: -Doesn't include any mounting screws (Usually supplied with computer)
Overall Review: Note for Noobs: This SSD Doesn't include a SATA Data Cable or a SATA Power Extender or SATA Power to Molex Adaptor.
Pros: - Very Fast
-Can be found very cheaply when on sale
Overall Review: Note for Noobs: This is an mSATA SSD NOT an m.2 or PCIe SSD, they are different standards and are not compatible. I've seen a lot of negative reviews from people buying the wrong product.
-144Hz (165Hz OC)
-Very Sturdy Stand
-Tilt, Swivel & Rotate
-Includes A Display Port Cable! :D
-All at an affordable price, games look better than ever.
Cons: -Out-Of-The-Box Colour Calibration is utter garbage
-Red LED ring on the stand cannot be disabled (although it is not very bright, nor are there any offensive animations and it turns off when you power the monitor down, so I don't mind it too much)
-This unit did not like to be overclocked, when pushed to the advertized overclock of 165Hz, I experianced screen tearing and artifacting. This did not result in any permenant damge and when dialed-back to the default of 144Hz everything was fine.
I, Personally cannot tell the differnece between 144Hz and 165Hz anyway, so I really don't care. But you're mileage may vary, I doubt most people could notice a difference either, but keep this in mind.
Overall Review: -Manual calibration is required for proper use.
When Properly Calibrated, Colours are very good for a TN Panel with about 85% coverage of sRGB and reasonably deep blacks.
Before Proper Calibration, Black was basically dark Gray and Everything else was over-bright and over saturated.
The Following settings worked best for my unit: 40% Brightness, 100% Contrast, Gamma +1.00, Digital Saturation 55%, Hue +0*. You're unit may be completely different so take this with a grain of salt.
-With that said, this type of monitor is not optimized for content creation. If you need accurate colours and exceptionally deep blacks, you should check out the IPS version of this display for better colours at a somewhat lower frame-rate or a professional-grade work station display with HDR and 10-Bit colour.
-On the gaming side of things, this monitor is a beast! My games look better than ever and I'm finally able to take proper advantage of my GTX 1080. I get anywhere from 70-200+ FPS in the games I play (I play a lot of older titles as well as new) . The 144Hz refresh rate and the 1440p resolution look amazing and make a massive difference to me; having come from a 1080p 60Hz display.
Pros: -Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
-m.2 NVMe Support
-6x SATA Ports
-6x Ext USB 3.0 2x Ext USB 2.0
Cons: -The USB 3.0 Header can interfere with other devices if the connector is extra-bulky
-Only 2 Fan Headers ?!?
-Chipset gets unusually hot, with mine running at about 40*C pretty much all of the time.
-HDMI is only version 1.4 (won't affect you unless you're running at 4K or higher)
-UEFI/BIOS Battery is positioned so that it's virtually impossible to remove, much less plug-back-in without a full system disassembly
Overall Review: I used this board in my server and so far it's been great. But a word of caution this board drivers will NOT work on Windows server OSs.
-Massive Capacity for Hard Drives
-Fits full size ATX Power Supplies
-And still room to cram 3 or 4 2.5 SATA drives in, albiet without propor mounting..but that's not strickly nessary for SSDs
-No RGB nonsnese
-Fairly easy to work in
-Can fit large tower coolers, I used a Be Quiet Dark Rock 3 (non-Pro)
-Great Price, even better on sale
-Light weight, but sturdy construction
-Great build quality overall
-Very well-thought-out and unique interior design and layout.
-The inclusion of anti-vibration mounts for the HDDs is very appreciated
-Makes for a great Server Case
Cons: -You HAVE to remove the suspended HDD mounts to install the motherboard, which is a bit annoying.
-The number of screws is a bit excessive
-The thumbs screws come WAY overtightened, you need a screw driver to get inside the case the first time
-The instruction manual has very little useful information in it, it took me a while to figure out how to remove the front bezel in order to remove the fans (I'm passively cooling my entire build)
Overall Review: Depending on your powersupply, you may not be able to properly mount it grill-side down, I used a Seasonic Fanless model (I know, not really nesseary to mount it grill-side down but I didn't want all the head from the PSU going toward my Hard Drives), I only got 2 screws in out of 4. And, because of the position of the outlet on my PSU the internal power extension cord is kind of a tight fit.
Note, I'm using a network card in my motherboard's PCIe slot and there's room to spare, but if you're using a GPU in your slot, be sure to get a short one. A standard length or longer one will definetly interfere with your PSU's cables.
I'd recommend getting some custom length cables as the ones that come with most powersupplies will be a fair bit long for this case. I didn't bother though, since I'm not using a GPU there's lots of room to loop cables.
Pros: -Great price at $150 CAD, even better on sale for $130 CAD
-Windows Server 2016 boots in under 1 minute, that's very, very fast for Windows Server.
Overall Review: Basically matches the Performance of the Samsung 960 Pro, in the real world.
Pros: -Very efficient
Cons: -The Mounting System is kind of difficult, and the instructions could use some elaborating (using socked LGA 1151), It took me a good hour just to mount the cooler correctly, though this is my first large tower cooler, I normally using an AIO in my builds.
Overall Review: I'm using this cooler (with the fan(s) removed & no other fans in the system) to passively cool an i3 7100t and I'm getting about 35-40*C at idle, 45-60*C under typical load & 70-75*C under full synthetic load. I'm very happy with the results.
Note, I chose not to use the included thermal compound, instead I used a generous amount of MX Artic Silver.
Pros: -Good Dual core for light applications and server duties.
-35 watt TDP.
Cons: -Terrible price, considering you can get a Ryzen 3 2200G for $130 CAD or a Ryzen 5 2400G for $210 CAD both of which would outperform this CPU in every work load by a large margin
Overall Review: I got this CPU specifically for the 35 Watt TDP, because I'm passively cooling my entire Server Build with no fans whatsoever, and I didn't want to risk using the somewhat higher TDP (of 65 Watts) on the Ryzen Ravenridge Platform. I think I made the right decision, as I'm getting 35-40 * C at idle, 50-60 * C under typical load and 70-75 * C under full synthetic load using a Be Quiet Dark Rock 3 (non-Pro) with the fan(s) removed.
If your not passively cooling your system, get a Ryzen Ravenridge APU or even a Pentium, or at this price you may as well step it up to an Intel i5 or an AMD Ryzen 5. I paid through the nose for that low TDP, but I think in my case it was worth it.
Pros: -12 TB in one drive
-210-240 MB/s Reads
-200-220 MB/s Writes
-Fantastic value, if you get it on sale for $500 CAD and still pretty good deal for the regular price of $650 CAD
-Uses PMR, not SMR (SMR is terrible for write speed)
Cons: -None, really.
Overall Review: -Kind of loud when spinning at full speed, but that's to be expected.
Though, they are almost silent at idle.
- I highly recommend buying at least 2 for redundancy or back-up, I mean in the unlikely event of a catastrophic hardware failure, you DO NOT want to loose 12TB worth of data.
- I've had a very good experience with these drives so far, I've got one in my personal rig running NTFS under Windows 10 Education, build 1709 64-Bit and one in my server running ReFS under Windows Server 2016, in a storage pool of course.
-80+ Platinum Efficient
Cons: -Somewhat Expensive, Unless you find it on sale, like I did
-"Haswell Ready" is kind of irrelevant, but it works just fine on newer platforms.
Overall Review: -The included cables were a little long for my build in the Node 304 (A fairly compact ITX case)
-The black sleeving is nice
Pros: -High capacity
Cons: -I used this drive for almost 1 1/2 years and than out of the blue it became incapable of maintaining a file system. I have no idea why. Fortunately I had all the data backed-up else where, so I was lucky in that regard. But for a product that is marketed as "Rugged" I excepted the USB connecter to have a protective cover and I expected to last longer than 1 1/2 years.
Also note that is drive didn't get anywhere near 180 MB/s (Connected via USB 3.1 gen 1 to a SATA SSD [Samsung 850- EVO] )
, more like 45 MB/s on a good day. Even with Write-Caching enabled.
Pros: -Very satisfying but not to loud or overbearing clicky-ness
-Exceptional build quality
-Very sturdy and heavy
-LEDs are bright and highly customizable right on the keyboard, no software required
-Perfect size for me
-The inclusion of a key-puller is much appreciated
-Great programmable macros (upto 4)
-Strong braided cable
Cons: -Can be a bit on the pricey side, recommend getting on sale.
Pros: -Near Silent
Cons: -Mounting hardware did not play nicely with my case, longer screws would have been really nice
Overall Review: -Braded cables would be a welcome upgrade.
Pros: -Very inexpensive, 32GB @ 3000 MHz for under $300.00 CAD is a great deal ! (Bought During Black Friday!)
-Easy to load an XMP2.0 Profile, to get the full 3000 Mhz Speed
-Looks pretty good
Cons: -None really, it's very good RAM
Overall Review: -Works flawlessly on Z270, I don't know about any other platforms
-No RGB, I don't care about RGB but some people do. Just thought I'd mention it in case you're looking for RGB Ram
Pros: -Supports many, many types of flash media
-Very fast (by portable flash standards)
-Internal USB 3.0 connectivity
-Multiple face-plates included to match any case aesthetic
-2 X 2.5" Drive mounts make for a clever use of spare space
Cons: -Possible driver issues with never motherboard chipsets and Ryzen.
-Always on red LED light will annoy some, fortunately it's pretty dim.
-USB 3.0 ports don't appear to work well with android phones (USB 3.0 ports on my case work fine), every thing else works.
-No dust covers for card slots
Overall Review: This is a very good high-performance card reader with many outstanding features which make it ideal for anyone using portable flash media on a regular basis, I bought this mainly for the microSD card slot which makes it muh easier transferring data to and from slightly-older android phones (which sometimes have issues on Windows 10).
The USB 3.0 ports are huge plus for those with an older case which only has USB 2.0 but are mainly superfluous with newer cases, although the USB 3.0 drive this reader uses doesn't seem get along to well with android 5.0 or older the microSD card slots works fine with cards formatted in NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, HFS+ and ext4.0 (with third-part software for HFS+ AND ext4.0), although I can't confirm that this drive is supported on either mac or Linux
Over this is great internal card reader, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Although some are right to be somewhat turned off by the price, try to get it on sale if you can.
Pros: - 4K on the PC for a 1080p price (If you get this drive on sale)
- Supports many disk formats
- Fast for an Optical Drive
Cons: - Issues with HDCP 2.2 pairing, causing some movies to work and others to not
- Arguably not worth the money unless you get the drive on sale
- In order to enjoy movies in 4K you HAVE to invest in a 4K HDCP-Compliant Monitor & Graphics Card, a 7th or newer generation Intel CPU
Overall Review: - Cyberlink Software is very annoying, but what can you do as Windwos doesn't support Blu-ray playback (even just 1080p) and nor dose VLC, there are numerous apps on the windows store but to my knowledge none of them support 4K.
- If you get the drive on sale it's a great value , if not it would arguably be better just to get a compact 4k Blu-ray player and hook it up to your HDCP-compliant monitor