Date Joined: 07/02/10
Pros: If you 'must' have an outlet extender, rather than a power strip, (I'm old and do not like getting on the floor anymore - it's the getting back up I hate) - there's no reason not to go with a brand name we all know and trust. As an old retired moldmaker, I appreciate the styling. No sharp edges, just smoothness.
Cons: 1 egg off, though may be so minor, because a couple of connections were just so hard to plug into. Maybe just too new- or 'as we call it in the trade - 'flash' from the mold interferes.
Pros: For the price, no reason not to have a couple. Think of it as one of those miscellaneous items you'll be glad to have in your toolbox when it's needed. Priced just fine.
Cons: No cons at all.
Pros: My first impression is always aesthetics, and this fan looked nice out of the box. Quality packaging and safety sealed box shows it to be untouched in shipping. The interchangeable colored rings are a nice touch. (Do not use any tool to change these; one’s fingernail pressing inward is sufficient and will leave no ‘accidental’ marks.) The tab that retains them are but .040 of an inch (1 mm), and easily will drop once one is released.
• Comes with a voltage reducer (2 inch length). I think it goes from 12 to 7v. Anyway, it’s a three wire fan plug without the third wire. I have no shortage of fans in my Corsair 600 T (with windowed side panel), so I could care less about reduced RPM. My current build is also another 600 white case, but have gone with Corsair’s hydro cooling radiator H100, (and as a sidenote, yes, the radiator, fits. I found thin fans for a push/pull with them.)
• Corners of molded fan housing are fully inserted, so no chance of collapsing typically hollow corners when installing.
Cons: Reduction is sleeved, but would love a mfgr. to sleeve the rest of wires. Most of us are OCD’d, after all, when it comes to presentation.
• No PWM, but acceptable. I use a fan controller, anyway.
• As a retired moldmaker, I wish the molded ring inserts were truly round and did not have the indented corner sections. I, at first, thought it was a defect, and then a little troubled that it was intentionally designed as such. Concentricity, guys!
Overall Review: Classy, well built, well packaged, and pleasant on the eye. Very quiet, to the degree of silent. I would compare their fan to any I have used for cfm, rpms, and, certainly, dBA.
Pros: Holds lots of data; that's for sure, and they are SATA III's (6Gb/s as opposed to SATA II's @ 3Gb/s [max]) These speeds are not yet attainable,though, for the most part, so don't blame the drive for the bottleneck, even if you do have the proper board. Newegg does sell SATA III PCIe cards for aftermarket apps. I have a dual port card in each. But, have you ever had a drive fail?
Cons: Holds too much data. At one point of failure, I am not at ease with such a large drive. When, as they all do, this one fails, imagine the backup-if one is fortunate to have an updated, reliable backup. Imagine, worse, without an adequate backup. You also can not clone or copy a drive unless the new media is equal to, or larger to that being copied/cloned (Check Acronis or Ghost). You can always have multiple external backups, I suppose. Are you going to do a backup to another 3GB? I prefer, still, a lot of 500 GBs that need not be compartmentalized, dedicated solely to one function (Photoshop/Autodesk/Music,etc.) Easy, retrievable backups and affordable clones. I do currently have 2 300GB WD Velociraptors (system drives), 4 WD 1TB Caviar Blacks, 2 WD 500GB Blacks and 2 Spinpoints (500's just to compare with the Caviars).
Overall Review: I may just be an old timer with old attitudes, though, because really-what's the worst that could happen?
Pros: Best for the buck! Very understated and undertouted board. Lots of options. Had trouble with Corsair memory (4GB ea) x2 till I bumped it up with Easytune, the on board oc'er. For those not accessing Easytune from desktop icon or programs after installation from disk, open the program from the notification area (by your time notification, lower right of your monitor). Start menu click places icon there after you click to open from Start menu, and then it opens from the notification area only, at least on mine. Stumbled upon this method after just about giving up after Googling for answers and finding others unable to access theirs, as well. For trouble-free memory I purchased a matched set on Newegg of A-DATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GC4G9-2G. They are 1600s but backward compatible and future proof for a newer faster board later. Why limit yourself to 1333s. My first board with 16 GB ram!!
Cons: None at all with this board. Would definitely buy again, and even pay more. Keep that a secret.
Pros: These surprisingly, after a hassle with my 2 Corsair 4GBs, just snapped in and booted right up. My Corsairs were purchased each individually rather than a set of two, and though that shouldn't have mattered, being the same make and model, something just wouldn't work with both modules together. Overclocked was my only fix, but having moved from 1333 front end to 1600, I thought I would try these as a set at the same settings before RMA'ing my Corsairs. Thanks to Newegg for the prompt and courteous service in issuing me an RMA ticket, but all play well together so I am going to keep all four (16GB ram) and forego the return and refund. Also the protective heat shield/gripper is nicely appointed.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Just my first reaction today as I installed. I hope I won't be posting any negatives.
Pros: Surprised at viewing. Had to move to a 32 inch screen to setup as I could not for the life of me change resolution to see entire viewing area for initial setup. Did not expect much but to my surprise it looks great.
Cons: Although no fan, the heatsink still eats one of my precious PCIe slots. May unscrew the aluminum and try side cooling to get the slot back.
Pros: Just a great little tripod with lots of potential. Priced fantastic. Wondered how they could even have done it with free shipping. Perhaps Newegg gave us a gift for the holidays
Pros: Great layout and build went fairly smooth; had to buy a 24 pin and a 4 pin extension but was better than replacing a perfectly good power supply.
Cons: Absolutely none
Overall Review: Very capable board with some great features for an incredible price (holiday bought) Buy this one and easily overclock to save the next one up.
Pros: Good ram but may have been mislabeled
Cons: Would not post with second of two modules installed. Only one 4GB stick in either slot 1 or 3. Alternated modules and both tested good individually in either slot. My BIOS showed 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5v with 1333 FSB. Not until I overclocked to 1560 (390@4) did they work. But they are quick and troublefree now. Try bumping up to 1600 in BIOS if you'd rather not blame the sticks as I did for not playing well together. Thankfully Neweggs offer for an instant RMA is not necessary.
Overall Review: I now though have a matched set of A-DATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) due anytime at my door that I thought were going to be my replacements. Fortunately my Gigabyte MB is 16GB memory capable and I can't wait to see that. I've never used more than 8 in any computer.
Pros: None as of yet.
Cons: The form letter response posted below my initial review is a further insult as I had a lengthy phone call with 2 representatives at Sans Digital. They are very aware that damage was not shipping related but poorly manufactured. As a retired tool & die maker, I am very capable of making that assessment.
Overall Review: Passing the buck to shippers or Newegg is unfortunate as neither were responsible for putting this thing in a box to be sold.
Pros: Can' see it in the dark
Cons: Can see it in the light
Overall Review: Sans Digital reps were not willing to make right; told to purchase another unit. Good for sales if gullible enough, but not good for sales for a potential loyal customer. Bottom line my Raidon unit has been flawless and attentively built.
Pros: Outward appearance looks decent but I can not use all 5 bays.
Cons: Die stamp malfunction of one alignment rail prevents tray alignment, preventing removal of tray (bottom one only, even empty) from being removed. Removing drive above it first to get your hand in to somehow lift up on tray is not an option if you have a drive attached. Not going to risk my drive sata connects. Customer service at Sans Digital non responsive for replacement; suggested I purchase another one (what a concept). After all, customer satisfaction means less than an indolent response. I would suggest another enclosure of a different brand. That they would not respect the customer and develop a loyalty is their choice. I will find other, suitable products from another manufacturer. I had never purchased a Sans Digital product before and do not see me doing so again.
Overall Review: We tech geeks would love to find customer-responsive companies that value us as much as we value their next product.