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David A.

David A.

Joined on 04/07/04

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent product!

EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Typical EVGA quality. Great-looking and effective cooling solution by Swiftech, already installed. Backing plate is a nice touch and complements the card beautifully. Overclocks like a Boss - running an easy 900/1800/2200Mhz with a custom H2O solution. Rarely reaches 50 degrees C in my setup.

Cons: None at all.

Overall Review: You can buy the cheapest 580GTX and add the cheapest cooler and a backplate for about $40 less. But then you waste at least an hour of your time (how much is that worth?), lose your warranty and take the chance of messing up your card. Plus, you then have the cheapest parts. To me it was worth the extra dough to have the cooler installed from the factory. It's a very nice-looking card, with a bright chrome finish near the connectors which looks amazing when it's installed, especially in SLI.

Most Critical Review

Not bad

iStarUSA DIY-RP-HDD2.5 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Bracket
iStarUSA DIY-RP-HDD2.5 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Bracket

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: More difficult to assemble than a one-piece unit. Drives placed in center rather than edge of bracket. Could be an issue with some cases. Uses non-standard mounting screws (why?)

Great product; works as advertised.

Samsung 32GB BAR (Metal) USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (MUF-32BA/AM)
Samsung 32GB BAR (Metal) USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (MUF-32BA/AM)

Pros: Good read/write speeds. Super form factor.

Cons: Gets really warm in use. Nearly too hot to handle.

Overall Review: I've had a lot of USB drives through the years. Usually they fail after being on my keychain or in my bag for a year or so. We shall see ... so far, so good.

Super product; works as advertised.

TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 To Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 To Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter

Pros: Built-in partition with Windows drivers built-in so you don't have to download anything to make it work.

Cons: Not well shielded electrically. Produces a ton of RF noise which interferes with my Bluetooth keyboard & mouse. Had to use an extension cable to put the USB BlueTooth dongle farther away from this device.

Overall Review: Good product. A bit slower than a real Gigabit port, hardly noticeable for ordinary tasks.

Does the job

SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with adapter – Global Model SDSDQUAN-032G-G4A
SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with adapter – Global Model SDSDQUAN-032G-G4A

Pros: Small

Cons: Not super fast

Overall Review: Had some trouble trying to format in Windows, would fail about halfway through (not a quick format). Ended up using quick format and so far, no issues. Time will tell ...

Awesome little PC

Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home
Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer KJ2B#001-NA Intel Atom X5-Z8500 (1.44 GHz) 2 GB LPDDR3 32 GB eMMC Windows 10 Home

Pros: Super low power usage. No fans. Comes with Windows 10 and it's pretty good. Can install Windows Server OS, but it can be a bit complicated.

Cons: Built-in EMMC storage does not show up as "fixed" disk, leading to challenges installing Server-type OS. Very limited graphics capabilities.

Overall Review: I bought this machine in the hopes I could use it as a replica Windows Active Directory Domain Controller. I toyed around with the installed Windows 10 before I changed anything, and I found it quite snappy and useful. Windows 10 will play my library of .MKV movies without installing any codec packs, and it will do so wirelessly! Wireless performance is adequate, but unimpressive, probably due to the lack of an external antenna. The unit comes encrypted with Windows 10 BitLocker. To improve performance you can unencrypt the disk, at least doubling write performance. I used a TP-Link Gigabit to USB 3.0 network adapter without any trouble to connect to my wired network. Installing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 was easy using Rufus to create a bootable USB drive from the ISO. Promotion to a Domain Controller was complicated because the dc promotion tools refused to install on the EMMC storage (it does not show up as a typical "fixed disk"). To overcome this you can boot the whole system as a VHD, or you can temporarily mount a small VHD during the Domain Controller promotion. Once promotion is complete, boot the system to Directory Services Restore Mode, mount the temporary VHD, copy everything to the internal SD card (which is in addition to the internal 32GB storage, bought separately), make sure the SD card drive letter is set correctly, then reboot. I've been running DNS, DHCP and Active Directory for a week now with no problems. Machine is surprisingly quick via Remote Desktop, no trouble to manage. Now I have a working replica AD DC using less than 10 watts with a built-in UPS. The battery lasts for more than 30 minutes under standard load - probably longer but I didn't bother to test it further. No RAID or anything like that, but this is just a replica DC so I don't care. All in all, worth every penny. Great product. Looking forward to a slightly more powerful version with better graphics, this could replace most desktops soon!