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Regis M.

Regis M.

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Most Favorable Review

ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler

ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire

Pros: Very quiet, highly efficient.

Cons: *Fan takes up two adjacent PCIe slots. *Glue that was supposed to be used to fix heat sinks to the memory and other components on the graphics card had solidified in the tube. This means that i) this had been sitting on the warehouse shelf for a long time or ii) the glue was not properly manufactured. *The fan is powered by a cable from the power supply instead of the power supplied for the fan on the video card.

Overall Review: Good fan but could be better designed.

Most Critical Review

Look Before You Leap

HP / HGST  8TB 7200RPM SATA HUH721008ALE604 3.5" 857643-001 0F27474
HP / HGST 8TB 7200RPM SATA HUH721008ALE604 3.5" 857643-001 0F27474

Pros: See Below

Cons: See Below

Overall Review: This is a hard drive made by HGST for HP Enterprise. There are a couple of important points to note. 1. These drives were manufactured in 2017 so they are out of warranty. The SMART data states they haven't been used since manufacture. 2. There is a fatal flaw in the firmware. An update is provided on the HP Enterprise website. Simply download and run it through Windows and then reboot your system. Check the HP Enterprise website for other operating systems. 3. To power up the hard drive, you must attach it to a SATA power connector that is connected to a molex connector. This disables Pin 3 on the SATA power connector. If you simply attach the hard drive to a SATA power connector that is directly attached to the power supply, the hard drive will not work.

Great Read Speeds. Poor Write Speeds

Asus Black SATA 24X DVDRW E-Green No Logo  Model DRW-24F1ST/BLK/B/GEN
Asus Black SATA 24X DVDRW E-Green No Logo Model DRW-24F1ST/BLK/B/GEN

Pros: Read speeds are good.

Cons: As another reviewer has mentioned below, the drive writes extremely slowly so there is obviously some software issue with this optical drive.

Garbage

Intel BOXDB85FL LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDB85FL LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Does run well when up to 2 RAM modules are installed.

Cons: The board I got from this site would not boot when more than 2 RAM modules were installed. I sell Intel products and I got an Advance Warranty Replacement through them. The second board had the identical issue! I transferred everything to a Gigabyte board and now everything works well. Intel motherboards used to be high quality - no longer. I've had endless issues with Intel desktop boards over the last 12 months. When I compare the same chip set on a motherboard coming from Gigabyte, the quality of the components on the Gigabyte board is much higher even though Intel is more expensive. Intel is shutting down their desktop motherboard division so it's probably time to jump ship anyway.

Overall Review: Think about something similar from Gigabyte or Asus

11/13/2013

Causes Blue Screens

GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N470SO-13I
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N470SO-13I

Pros: Fast and quiet with low temps when working at maximum capacity.

Cons: Causes blue screens 0x0116. This is happening on two separate motherboards so it is definitely the card. In any case 0x0116 on bsod's means there is something wrong with video card.

Overall Review: Deeply disappointed. Hope the replacement is better!

12/19/2010

Total Garbage

LIAN LI MF-515B 5.25" to 3.5" Converter Kit (Black)
LIAN LI MF-515B 5.25" to 3.5" Converter Kit (Black)

Pros: Looks good outside the case!

Cons: Doesn't fit properly inside a 5.25 inch bay - the black faceplate juts outside the aluminum tray holding the 3.5 inch hardware so that it is too wide to fit in the case. Totally useless.

Overall Review: Get this product instead.N82E16817994080