Date Joined: 06/27/08
Pros: No issues with it
Cons: No Cons to list
Overall Review: Picked this up when upgrading my wife's work laptop. She was wanting to get an entire new system and at the time we didn't have the extra money to take that expense. I ended up changing out the HDD for a SSD of the same size and also added this RAM to help speed it up. Worked out great. Wife said it's like an entirely new system with these changes. Can't really go wrong with it.
Pros: - cheap cost
- RGB looks cool
- over clockable
- fantastic customer support
Cons: - picked up 2 dual channel kits, 1 stick DOA
- kinda tall, but not too bad while using an AIO.
Overall Review: Picked this up for a build for my son. First had issue with the motherboard. Got that resolved, then discovered one of the sticks was DOA.
GeIL's customer support was fantastic. Wonderful communication throughout the entire process. I was getting emails from the customer service rep assigned to my issue everytime anything happened or changed. Notified by them when the RMA parts were received, again when the replacement shipped with tracking number. They went as far as asking me for the S/N of the dual channel kit I had that the replacement was going to be paired with so they could make sure it would match up as best as possible. Their customer service team is by far the best I ever had to work with.
Due to time restraints, I ended up using a different brand of RAM in my son's build. I did test these in another system and then boxed them up and have them ready to go in another build I'm getting ready to do.
4 star rating because any time I have a DOA product, I give 3 stars max. Because of their customer support team, they earned the 4th star back. It's great to see a company that makes a product at this price point and stand firmly behind it. I have no reservations in choosing GeIL products in the future and put them in the top 3 companies I buy RAM from.
Pros: - Great look to the water block
- Water tubes are sleeved
- Pre-applied thermal paste on copper plate
- 120mm RGB fans are solid performers
Cons: - Mounting hardware was a little confusing for installation (first time installing a water cooler)
- 240mm radiator was a little to big for the mounting location. Though this could been the case's issue. (Thermaltake Versa V24)
- Issue with the 90 degree swivel on water lines at the water block bumping, pressing against mounting bracket screw
Overall Review: Not a bad system for the price. My son picked this out for his game system theme build. The water block look is what sold him on it with the RGB ring look. The fans were replaced with the RGB fans that were added to the case but these fans are being added to another system shortly. The cooler works great and have not had any performance issues.
Mounting the system was a small challenge. He wanted the water lines to go into the radiator to the back of the case. This caused issue with clearance running the lines towards the back. This was resolved by running the water lines towards the front off the bottom of the block. The lines then circle up and over the top of the block to the back of the case and into the radiator. It's basically an S on it's side. I also had to use 2 zip ties to act like cable combs to get them to run together.
Overall, not a bad experience and the cooler works well. I did end up painting the metal mounting brackets with flat black high heat paint. The silver was just too much with the theme. But that was an easy adjustment made. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a water cooler.
Pros: Simple little fix for an old wifi router (D-link 615) I had sitting around that I started using again. When I got my old router out, I noticed on of the 3DBi antennas were broken. I ran it for a week while waiting for these new antennas to come in. I wasn't needing much since it was to give coverage to a 950 Sq/ft apartment. Only one external antenna worked to get coverage.
On low power, I was getting signal around the place with no dead spots and at least one bar reception anywhere. Once I put these new antennas on, I was getting max signal everywhere in the apartment with the acceptation of the farthest bedroom from the router. The far wall gets a fluctuation of loosing one bar at that spot only. Coverage goes outside the apartment and out to the edge of the parking lot. Quite impressive since there is another 950 sq ft apartment between mine and the parking lot, along with being on the 3rd floor. For lowest transmit power, I am quite impressed with the extended coverage these antennas give.
These are duel channel antennas, and my router is only a 2.7GHz. But for the price these are well worth it. If I upgrade this router to a 2.7/5GHz, then I have these antennas ready to go. I'm really satisfied with this purchase.
Cons: Nit picking just to have a con, but the antennas are kinda stiff. By this I mean to screw them on and turn em so the bend will put the antenna in the position you want it is a little difficult to do. I don't really count this as a con, however I did need to put something here.
Overall Review: I highly recommend these. Cheap quick fix when you need it.
Pros: - Unlimited Devices, as long as you can install to it (see Cons)
- Seems to work well (see Cons)
- Better than running freeware versions of anti-virus (See Cons)
- Installed easily on my son's iPhone 6
- Installed fairly easily on my Windows 7 system
Cons: - Unable to install it on my Windows Phone
- Slowed down my Windows 7 system considerably (both internet browsing and running programs [graphic work])
Overall Review: I used to like McAfee products (like 15-20 years ago) and used them at that time. I pulled away from McAfee because of other options (and lower price points) I tried and liked better over the years. I chose to try McAfee again because of the reviews it received, offered unlimited device protection and when on special, was in the price point I wanted to stay within. I am not thrilled about the service so far, and it's been a month since I purchased it. I gave the 2 egg review because 1 egg is the minimum and the 2nd egg is because even though I'm having the results I am, it's still better protection than either not having anything (such as on my windows phone, that is still without protection) or freeware antivirus/security. If I knew I was going to get the performance hit and not be able to install to my Windows phone (v 8.1) I would have went back with either Panda or AVG.
Pros: Price, PCIe card, dual band, great reception from my Linksys 3000
Cons: "blank" driver disk
Overall Review: Solid network card. This is my first Rosewill purchase into their tech products. I have used their cables and wall mounts, but nothing of electronics. I was nervous getting this, but for the price I paid (under $20 on sale w/ free shipping) I figured I would give them a try. I installed and booted the system up (Win7 Home Prem) and nothing. I used the driver disk to install, nothing. The disk was reading as a blank disk. I switched over to a laptop and downloaded the latest driver from the Rosewill support page and copied to a flash drive and installed the driver to the system. Everything then worked. I was able to connect to my 5GHz home network with no problems and it maintains connection. Full signal strenth, my cell phone connecting to my 5GHz network usually shows half signal strenth in the same location in the house. So I'm quite pleased with the reception this adapter gets.
Even with the "blank" driver disk, I feel that it is still a 5 egg purchase, so I didn't take an egg away for that. Even if it was not on sale, a dual band PCIe 802.11n at this price and performance is awsome. Going to download the drivers from their website is only a small nucance and still keeps this card worth the price. So if you need a cheap PCIe network adapter, this is the one to get. Just make sure you have a way to download the drivers incase the disk is unreadable.
Pros: Cheap case with features that I would expect at twice the price point.
Cons: Cleaning all the air vents
Overall Review: I picked this case for a build because I like the HAF series look and I didn't want a full tower case. I had people tell me that I should go with the HAF 922 because it has more features and is a better case. I've never been let down by CoolerMaster at any level and stuck by the choice of the 912 and I am more than happy that I did.
I found it easy to work in. The motherboard tray was still easy to work on even though it is not removable. I also liked that the tray was cut out to get to the back of the motherboard at the processor socket. This made mounting the 212 Evo cooler a lot easier than what a lot of people seem to be saying in their reviews of that cooler. Plenty of room and great cable management features made this a joy to work on. I ended up lighting it with 2 red LED 200mm fans (one on top and one replacing the 120mm that comes on the front.) and also red lights to light the drive bays up a little more. This thing looks mean as heck in low/no light with the red glow in it. I like the 2.5 bracket is removable along with the lower 3.5 bracket in the front. Like I said, it has features I wasn't expecting to be able to get at the price point this sells at. I am looking to do another build using this same case. It comes down to that I got everything in the 912 that I needed with a little extra. Solid case, a great alternative to the 922 for those that don't need all the bells and whistles that the 922 provides but still want a solid case with great features. Also, the Evo 212 CPU cooler had no problems fitting inside the case. If you are looking at this case, get it. You will not be dissapointed that you did.
Pros: Small, has a fan.
Cons: a little taller than what I needed with the mounting option provided.
Overall Review: I picked this up to replace the heat sink and fan on an old MSI K8Neo2 platinum mother board's chip that burnt out. Mounting was a little tricky since it is so tall and the video card was catching it. I ended up mounting this with a 45* rotation so it looks like a diamond instead of a sqare with the edges of the mother board. This gave me just enough clearance for the video card to not touch the cooler. Once I got it mounted in this way, it works great.
Pros: cheap card. 512MB of memory is great for systems not needing to produce a ton of graphics for normal daily use. Has HDMI port.
Overall Review: Great cheap card. I picked this up to stick into an older computer I was converting to a home server. I was needing something small and cheap with not a bunch of memory but with an HDMI port to connect to the TV for when I wanted to work with the server directly. This card fit the bill and I am not dissapointed. It's not something I would put in my graphic design or casual game systems, but for this application it was the perfect choice.
Pros: cheap, 32GB of storage
Overall Review: Using this in my Galaxy SII with no problems at all. It's great for keeping a small library of movies and music on my phone.
Pros: Small 4" lights fit in areas that others won't. 2 lights off one controller and fasten to the case with sticky back velcro patches.
Cons: wires are a little short.
Overall Review: I picked this up for a build I was doing with my son in a CoolerMaster HAF 912 to brighten up the external 5.25 bays. Running a 200mm red LED fan on the front and these on the sides of the 3 empty drive bay areas provide a ballanced glow from the front of the case.
I placed the switch on the highest empty expansion slot bay on the case and ran the wires around the back of the motherboard tray. I mounted the controller in the only possition and place that would allow me to run the wires to the far light and left 0% slack in the line when mounted. Another 1-2 inches of wire would have made a huge difference. Remember to test fit everything prior to mounting. Once the velcro is placed on the controller's mounting point, it will not come off so easily.
Pros: Server software at a price point anyone can afford. Automatically backs up your computers and works as a great file server.
Cons: License agreement will not allow use of this software as a domain controller. If you are running a Home version of any Windows OS, it's no big deal. But if you are running Pro or higher and want a domain controller, you would have to break the license agreement in order to get it with this software.
Overall Review: My main interest was to put a cheap domain controller on my network since I have multiple computers where everyone has access to and wanted to manage user rights on a domain instead of each individual system. The file server capabilities is nice since stream to an Xbox 360 and a Bluray player and didn't have the ability to connect an external USB drive to my router when I bought this software.
Cons: thin and flimsy metal
Overall Review: Mounted right up to the wall. With it being made from such a thin metal I am nervous about mounting anything over 42" on this.
Pros: small and compact. Connects with USB plug.
Cons: Battery went out after about a year. Try to charge it over USB and it will not hold the charge. Also, the USB plug is a flip out one on the top edge and if the flip is not sitting on something that will put it at the right height with the port, the USB plug will break on the Flip. I suggest using a USB extention cable, not sure if it came with one since I got it for my wife while I was deployed.
Pros: Price, works fantastic, keeps the CPU well within a comfortable temperature while under load.
Cons: Size, but what would you expect with a 120mm fan on it?
Overall Review: Used this cooler in a build with my son. It works great, temperature is nice and cool for the CPU. One of the RAM chips went bad after 20 days of use and so I have yet to see how this cooler will work with an overclocked CPU. (I won't overclock a new system untill it's been used for 30 days) The install was ok, mounting it was a little tricky with the x bracket, but nothing too bad. I have not put a 2nd fan on here for the push-pull config I am looking to do once the system is overclocked, but that will come once I have the RAM replaced and break it in. This was used in a HAF 912 case, and there was plenty of room for it to fit. I am looking at using this cooler in an upcomming build using a HAF XB case since it looks like it should fit in there also. A really great CPU cooler for the price.
Pros: price, long cords, quiet operation
Cons: it's only 460w
Overall Review: I needed a replacement 450w psu for a system that I was replacing the ATA hard drives with SATA. The original PSU in the system didn't have SATA connections and was starting to go bad. So instead of getting the SATA power adapters the customer agreed to replace the PSU also. It was cheap and a little beefier than the 450w that was in the systems so I ordered this. The PSU has worked great and is quiet. All the connection plugs I needed were there and long enough to reach everything in the case while running the cords out of the way, behind the motherboard tray. What more can you ask of a PSU?
Pros: Easy to install, easy to operate, dual band service. Has a 2nd WiFi "guest "network capability.
Cons: Set up can be tricky depending on how you do it.
Overall Review: I picked this up because it was a good deal and I needed to replace a d-link router that was starting to give me problems. When it was set up, I used the cisco set up software instead of following my gut and do it over the browser. The "guest" network was broadcasting it's SSID and unprotected. I then web browsered into it to turn it off. There was no way to do it though the browser and once I used the browser, the cisco quick connect software wouldn't recognise it anymore. I recently flashed the software and rebuilt my network after moving and have been able to keep the guest network secured. Another problem I had was overheating. The router would overheat and stop working. I ended up putting about 1/3rd of an inch of extra clearance under the router. It still runs a little to warm to the touch in my opinion but it has not stopped working since.
I use the guest network for devices my family uses that only need access to the internet while I use the main network for those devices that need access to the attached USB drive and network printer.
Pros: Solid Price, heat spreaders.
Cons: height of heat spreaders, chip went bad after two and a half weeks of light use. This is the 1st time in 12 years I've had Corsair RAM go out on me. Usually the systems I build falls under the title Legacy hardware and is replaced with the original install of Corsair RAM still going strong.
Overall Review: I did not buy this from NewEgg, but a local store while I was stationed in NY for a build with my son. I ended up moving prior to getting the last parts of the build, the memory was keeped in it's packaging until all parts for the build were recieved. We finished the build once we got to our new home and used the system for about 6-8 hours per week. After about 20 days, the system would blue screen and go into a memory dump while booting up. Tested the RAM and one of the chips tested bad. I removed the bad chip and powered up the system, no more blue screen.
The one piece on the heat spreader height is because the system has a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler (which I did buy from NewEgg) and I had to slide the fan up on the heat sink fins to install the RAM and then slide it back down once the RAM was in place. The fan needed to stay up higher on the heat sink to give the heat spreaders on the chip clossest to the CPU clearance.
I don't want to give this product 1 egg because outside of the one chip going out on me, this RAM was doing great. If it wasn't for the heat spreader causing me to have the 120mm fan on my CPU cooler shifted up about 1/4 inch I would get these chips again. I am not going to drop another $65 on RAM that makes me reposition some of the cooling features I have in the system and prevent optimal performance of those parts. There is a reason I choose the parts I did, and I wish to use them to the fullest extent that I can. Because of this, I'm looking for replacement RAM that doesn't have such a tall heat spreader on them.