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Michael D.

Michael D.

Joined on 03/20/12

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Most Favorable Review

A functional fan after it is installed.

APEVIA CF4SL-URED 80mm Red LED Case Fan
APEVIA CF4SL-URED 80mm Red LED Case Fan

Pros: - Relatively powerful for an eighty millimeter fan; two dropped my inherent internal case temperature by ten degrees. - The glow; as noted by other reviewers, is truly sinister. - The fans generate generally little noise.

Cons: - One of the two purchased fans contained plastic holes that did not allow for the screws to be fully installed.

Overall Review: If you wish to increase the aesthetic value of your case without spending more than twelve dollars, a set of two of these fans will add a hellish red glow to your computer.

Most Critical Review

I retract a previous rating.

HyperX 3K 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) SH103S3B/120G
HyperX 3K 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) SH103S3B/120G

Pros: Quite fast for the time that it worked; although it did eventually slow down. Very cheap for the original purchase price; and even moreso now. Very reliable drive. Nice aesthetics.

Cons: Failure-like symptoms after about a year. See Other Thoughts. Mounting bracket is oddly-shaped (although I suppose this is an issue with all solid state drives). Random freezing often occurred (this may not be related to the drive but rather software such as Steam)

Overall Review: I woke up one morning and noticed that my hard drive had frozen. When I restarted my computer; I noticed that I was missing a critical Windows file. I looked at the drive on one of my other installations and noticed that it was zero bytes in size; which led me to believe that the SATA cables were not in place correctly. However; for the past two days I have had to reposition and replace the SATA cables and run scans of the drive in order to allow it to start up; which can remain stable from anywhere between two to eight hours before losing its data and becoming unusable. I am unaware of the cause of this issue as I have less experience with drives than any other component (I still use a seven-year-old Hitachi drive for storage), but I would assume that the hard disk is failing. Now I have to back up all of my critical data and send the drive in; which is unfortunate as it is my primary storage device.

Did not receive factory overclocked version.

ASUS GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX670-DC2T-2GD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX670-DC2T-2GD5

Pros: The GTX 670 itself is powerful.

Cons: I did not receive the proper version of this card.

Overall Review: When I received this card; I was aware that I were soon to encounter trouble. The box said 'ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II', without the 'TOP' branding. I decided to open the box and check the card. GPU-Z, however; stated that I was indeed running the overclocked version. However, upon running multiple tests; it proved to be unstable at the aforementioned overclock; and unable to play any of my games or benchmarks. I have tried the latest NVIDIA beta drivers to no avail to my issue. I am extremely disappointed with ASUS; as I replaced my GTX 560 Ti; which albeit not overclocked; at least ran when I purchased it.

Incredible Speeds

HyperX 3K 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) SH103S3B/120G
HyperX 3K 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) SH103S3B/120G

Pros: - Quite fast. - Simplistic installation. - Fantastic aesthetic design on the drive. - Considerably increased the inherent frame rate in many of my games.

Cons: - As is true with most solid state drives; the maximum speeds to which are advertised are never reached.

Overall Review: Despite the fact that I am yet to achieve speeds as advertised; the speed increase from an aging, five year old hard disk was well worth $160 dollars.