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Trevor S.

Trevor S.

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Finally something to give the MX100 a run for the money in $ per Gb

OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G
OCZ ARC 100 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ARC100-25SAT3-240G

Pros: I’ve spent a fair amount of time with this SSD and have tried it in 5 different systems to see if there were any issues as some others have reported. I’ve run this drive in an old laptop running XP, 2 laptops running Win 7 (32 and 64 bit) and 2 desktops (Win 7 64 and Win 8). I’ve had absolutely no issues at all with this SSD and with each install, I gave the drive a clean format and started over. Everyone has their own take on when you “need” to update/tweak firmware on SSDs and I’m of the opinion you don’t mess with it unless you have existing issues you hope an update will resolve. If you’re drive works fine and you’re just hoping to squeeze a few extra Kbs in drive speed, you’re better off leaving well enough alone IMO. As such, I left the drive with the same firmware it arrived with (1.00) and didn’t go looking for tweaks. I’ve been a huge fan of the Crucial SSDs as they’ve been one of the kings in the bang for the buck category in SSDs without skimping on performance and reliability. The ARC100 is now in contention with this drive and as such, I primarily focused on pitting these two drives against each other – a ~$117 256Gb MX100 vs the ~$115 ARC100 240Gb. After both are formatted, the MX100 leaves you with 238Gb and the ARC100 gives you 223Gb. As some people still have serviceable laptops or older desktops that are running SATA II, I started out running these two at the slower SATA to see if there was any appreciable difference or if they would both end up capped. After several tests averaged out across several SATA II setups, here are the #'s: SATA II Atto read/write benchmark: MX100 = Read/Write maxed out SATA II ARC100 = Read/Write maxed out SATA speed accept there was always a drop in the 1024Kb write test capping out at 218MB. Still fast for SATA II but odd. SATA II AS SSD Benchmark: MX100 – Read score = 449 Write score = 188 Total = 877 The odd thing with this test is the 4k-64 Thrd Read test was reading much higher than I think it should have been (as high as 405MB and the slowest was 386MB). Ran this test multiple times (10+) in several systems and it always read almost impossibly high so I take this read score with a grain of salt. ARC100 – Read score = 233 Write score = 240 Total = 598 The total score is skewed because of the strange results in the 4k-64 read test where the MX100 scored impossibly high. The ACR100 was faster in every other measurable way and it was noticeable even at SATA II speeds. If you have an older system, an SSD is still one of the most significant improvements you can make to your overall system performance, but I digress - on to wide open SATAIII with no bottlenecks (ran out of space, specs in other thoughts). CrystalDisk sequential read/write: HyperX 3K = 502/428 MX500 = 498/336 ARC100 = 452/438 IOmeter Fresh 4k read/write: HyperX 3K = 52300/62200 MX500 = 39700/82300 ARC100 = 83850/86700 AS SSD Seq read/write: HyperX 3K = 520/383 MX500 = 503/426 ARC100

Cons: Not much of a con, but it is a very basic package...you pay for an SSD and you get an SSD, nothing more, nothing less. While I had no issues whatsoever, others are reporting problems with this drive locking up their computers and extensive workarounds are out on the forums to fix this potential issue. Again, I thrashed this thing and had no problems at all, but it is something to consider before adding to your cart. Would this prevent me from recommending to family/friends....not at all.

Overall Review: Main STAT III Test setup – Win7 64 bit, Custom liquid loop, ASRock OC Formula board, 2700K @ 5.2Ghz, 16Gb Vengeance ram, 290X crossfire on water, Kingston HyperX 3K (480Gb), Crucial MX500 (240Gb) vs the OCZ ARC100 (240Gb). Lesson learned from testing these at relatively slow SATA II speeds? If you are still running a HDD as your main system disk and think there is nothing to gain from running a SSD on SATAII, think again. In Atto, a 7200rpm Samsung 500Gb HDD maxed out at 84MB read and 88MB write. This is far from the fastest HD out there, but is an accurate representation of what most people will have. In contrast, these SSDs were capping out at around 260MB read/write on the exact same system(s). I could go on and on with the benchmarks results but this paints a pretty clear picture. While the ARC isn’t the fastest, nor does it claim to be, it is a very solid performer across the board in every measurable category provides consistent results every time where some of the other drives fluctuate. For the price, you will be hard pressed to find a better all-around drive.

10/13/2014
Most Critical Review

Beware of refurbished Netgear products

NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAR N600 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab Manufacturer Recertified
NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAR N600 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab Manufacturer Recertified

Pros: Price All software/firmware bugs seem to have been resolved Great range Great speed Several features

Cons: Netgear customer support is horrible and will NOT helo you with ANYTHING if you have a refurbished item. I purchase one of these brand new over a year ago and it worked like a champ and was fairly straight forward on setup. Purchased a refurbished 3700 from Newegg to expand my range even further (have several brick walls between computer room and main living room) and called their customer support section when I was having issues getting the two WNDR3700s to sync. They wouldn't have anything to do with me because it was refurbished. Nevermind the new router that was still on my account. They treat refurbished items like the plaque...now I will return the favor and will not be purchasing any netgear items in the future.

Overall Review: Newegg rocks and Netgear could learn from them. I have the netgear powerline (new) and the original 3700 (new) and because I have ONE refurbished item, they refuse to help without paying them? Ridiculous! For those wondering, you have to give them the model #, part #, MAC address, etc. for every item you are calling about...no way around the refurbished item if you have an issue....really is a shame as I was a huge advocate of their products and steered family and friends to purchase netgear products.....

Almost the perfect vacuum (4/5 stars...won't let me update rating)

Dyson Ball Total Clean Upright Vacuum | Yellow
Dyson Ball Total Clean Upright Vacuum | Yellow

Pros: - Picks up what every other vacuum leaves behind! The performance of this thing is simply amazing...we won't be using any other brand going forward.- Super easy to empty once bagless can is full.- Nice long cord.- Extension handle is very convenient and works well.

Cons: - Doesn't have an auto-rewind cord to store it better.- Standing the vacuum upright is more difficult than it should be. You have to really push the handle down and forward to get it to stay upright.- A light in the front of the vacuum would be nice.

Overall Review: Alost the perfect vacuum. Worth every penny and would purchase another if ever needed.

A good set for the money with almost everything you need to get started

Rosewill 18 Piece Stainless Steel Professional Cutlery Kitchen Knife Set with Shears, Triple Riveted Handles, Full Tang Design, Wood Block, Built-in Sharpener, RHKS-20001
Rosewill 18 Piece Stainless Steel Professional Cutlery Kitchen Knife Set with Shears, Triple Riveted Handles, Full Tang Design, Wood Block, Built-in Sharpener, RHKS-20001

Pros: - Good looking set of knives that feel good in hand. - No cheap, light, plastic handles, and the blades themselves are very sturdy.- Build in sharpener is a nice touch (too bad it didn't work for all the knives in the set however).- Priced right - good bang for the buck.- Very sharp out of the box and seem to do a better than average job of holding an edge. Long term testing will be the real story though.- Some of the knives in this set are fantastic! The few really good ones make the whole set worth it.- The instructions show you where to place each knife in the block. That is super helpful because it's not intuitive. Once that paper is gone though, hopefully you can remember where everything is supposed to go...

Cons: - This is a personal preference thing, but I do not care for serrated steak knives. They are harder to sharpen, can't be used with the built in sharpener, and are overall less useful than a standard blade...for me anyway.- As another reviewer pointed out, the scissors are trying to do to much. On paper it looks great but, in practical terms, it just makes it more difficult to use.- The built in sharpener is a nice feature, but will not work with the serrated knives (which most of these are serrated).- The bread knife is not long enough to use as intended.- Not recommended for use in the dishwasher. Directions do state this, but it is a bummer you can't just throw these in the dishwasher for convenience...or when someone else does the dishes and doesn't realize they aren't supposed to go in the dishwasher. The handles will dull immediately and look pretty nasty if someone accidentally places them in the dishwasher (see photos - and this is after trying to bring them back to life).

Overall Review: For the asking price, this is a good set. If you like serrated steak knives, this is a great set for you! Some of the knives in this set are a 5/5, and if you don't have any other knife set, this is worth it for the price of admission.

Updated review after 4 months of use...

PHORCYS PRO CA240, a full Water Cooling Kit, including  copper water block, 28mm thick copper radiator, D5 level pump, is a top premium quality water cooling total solution for gaming PC & enthusiasm
PHORCYS PRO CA240, a full Water Cooling Kit, including copper water block, 28mm thick copper radiator, D5 level pump, is a top premium quality water cooling total solution for gaming PC & enthusiasm

Pros: - Come with absolutely everything you will need to get your custom loop setup. - The parts are surprisingly high quality, and while some have reported receiving units with pumps that were DOA, the components themselves are in fact high quality. - You would pay more if you were to purchase everything separately, so this is good value considering everything you get in the package - Out of the box, will run cooler than an off the shelf AIO and this package allows you to upgrade parts or build a larger loop should you choose to add a waterblock to your GPU(s) as well - For those that care....RGB - Once setup properly, this is a very clean looking setup and while I'm not big on RGB, I must admit it looks pretty darn good (wish pictures could be attached to reviews here) - WAF approved...even she said it was "pretty" - If you're careful, you can bend the lines without a proper tube bending tool thing that you should really be using but unlikely to have on hand.

Cons: ** - The biggest update to this review - the water block leaks. After ~2 months there was a very small leak detected (1 drop per day of 24/7 operation) that has since turned into visible dripping around the block itself. This is a defective part and should not have failed this soon. - You get instructions for how to mount the waterblock and that is it - Complete lack of usable directions on how to set all of this up - Not for the novice expecting to just plug-n-play - There is a video on the mfgs website but it lack a lot of detail and directions needed - Included fans look nice and are quiet however, seems to be very low CFM/SP and is an easy immediate upgrade for better cooling - As with most kits, the included thermal paste leaves a lot to be desired. Along with upgrading the fans, better paste will also make a dramatic difference in temps. - Some are reporting pumps that are DOA (not my experience but worth considering when making the purchase and warranty services that yet to be tested) - RGB controller (fan, waterblock, and pump RGB plug into single unit that then runs to mobo) died after a week of use. Even though connected properly on a 5V line, it smells fried/shorted. I now only have pump and waterblock RGB running off mobo directly.

Overall Review: ** - Based on the failure of the wateblock, along with everything else, I can no longer recommend this kit to anyone. Better/safer/better build options. I have spent the past several weeks messing with this kit and fine tuning everything. For context, I've been running full water cooled custom PCs for over 20 years now and well before it was even remotely main stream. For comparison, I benchmarked this setup against an H100X AIO 240 cooler and my rather overkill custom loop consisting of (2) 360 rads and a 120 rad run through with dual pumps. For the CPU, I used an AMD 3900X both stock and all core overclock of 4.3Ghz and pretty high voltages (higher heat than stock HSF could manage without instant throttle). With everything at stock settings and only using the supplied parts in the kit, this unit performed exactly the same as the H100X, or within the margin of error. After going through all the work of setting up the hardlines, bending everything into place, checking for leaks, etc., etc., to say I was disappointed in the initial results would be an understatement. I then applied the overclock to the 3900X and ran through another host of tests (Cinebench 15/20, Prime, CPUZ bench, and mined some Monero) and the overclocked temps with this were slightly better (2 degrees) than the H100X with the same fan curve applied. However, not enough of a difference to justify the difference in price. If that was the end of the story, this would be a dud. However…. The beauty of this kit is that you can add on and easily expand your system, which I did here. But first, I applied Kryonaut and re-ran all of the tests. Across the board, at least a 6 degree improvement in temps once the loop stabilized. That is very impressive! I then swapped out the stock fans for some Arctic P12 fans, and again saw a couple degree drop in max temps across the board. That setup allowed the CPU that was running just under 90C with the H100X, to max out at just 82C with this setup using better thermal paste and fans. Out of curiosity and to test the pump a little more, I then added one of my 360 rads to the loop along with 3 more Arctic P12 fans. Of note, there is plenty of spare hard tubing included to allow for you to expand the loop down the road, even if you make some mistakes in your bends along the way. The addition of the fairly low end Swiftech radiator lowered max temps an addition couple degrees which then allowed the overclocked CPU to run wide open mining 24/7 and stay under 80C. It is at this point that the full kit here plus an old 360 rad, is running more efficient than the full custom loop I was originally running (360x2 + 120 rad with high SP fans running faster and louder). This tells me a few things. 1) the pump only needed set at half speed to have plenty of flow to run through the 360 + 240 radiator setup, 2) the 240 radiator is of a good design and with the right fans, cools very well, 3) the included waterblock for the CPU is very efficient performing as good or better than the original waterbock I had, which cost significantly more than this one retails for (back to the good overall value). TLDR: Who is this kit for then? This is a great starter kit for someone that wants to start a custom loop in their system with an eye to expand down the road with either more radiators and/or water cooling a GPU along with this (you will need additional fittings). Someone that is willing to upgrade the fans and thermal grease on their own and is a "tinkerer" that can put things together without stellar (or any) real directions. This kit is NOT for someone looking for an easy install akin to an all-in-one cooler. There is a lot of value and potential in this system....if you're willing to put in the time and added expense to take full advantage of it. So depending on who you are and what you’re looking for, this is either a great value or a complete ripoff. The way I have it running now however, has me very impressed with the overall look, design, value, and most importantly, performance.

Zero stars

AMD Xbox Game Pass Gift
AMD Xbox Game Pass Gift

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

Overall Review: This "free" add-on is anything but. I was charged after the purchase of a new AMD chip was completed and this showed up on my account as a separate charge. Disputed the charge and was eventually credited back. Now I go to actually try and use this and after going through the process of creating and account and downloading the mandatory authentication garbage, it tells me the code was a success however: "CLAIM MY REWARD Your rewards cannot be assigned at this time, please try again at a later time. Click here to return home." And that is where I have been stuck all day. Absolute worst "free" add-on ever.

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Horrible Seller!

If I could give negative eggs I would. Tried to contact the seller several times (no less than 4) as the watch that was purchased arrived with a broken clasp (wouldn't stay closed). Seller refuses to respond, and I'm now hoping Newegg will step in and assist. Buyer beware!

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Horrible, buyer beware!

Order a pair of these earrings for mothers day. Did rush shipping to ensure they arrived in time. I received the item today and only received one of the earrings with the other nowhere to be found. To make matters worse, the one single earring that did arrive was damaged! There is a large chunk missing from the dead center of the stone and another large scratch over the face. Absolutely worthless! These are sold cheap for a reason. Take your business elsewhere. Left me stuck scrambling now before mothers day...

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