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William I.

William I.

Joined on 12/11/06

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Most Favorable Review

Simple, works, not sure max capacity is accurate

12V Car Truck Battery Tester Universal AH CCA Voltage Battery Load Analyzer
12V Car Truck Battery Tester Universal AH CCA Voltage Battery Load Analyzer

Pros: Simple, intuitive to use, seems to be accurate for state of charge. Not sold on the state of health yet.

Cons: Shows "OL" as in "over limit" when set to 1200CCA on a battery rated for 900 CA and 730CCA when fully charged. It's been fine with it at lower charge states and has worked on other batteries with lower ratings. It says 1700 max CCA, but I have some doubts about that.

Overall Review: Should be reliable for small batteries. Not so sure about batteries over 700CCA in good condition.

Most Critical Review

Bathtub Effect... Failed in about 2 months.

Hitachi GST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725032A7E630 (0J26003) 320GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725032A7E630 (0J26003) 320GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It's a Hitachi (post WD buying them), so I expected excellent quality. It arrived quickly and was new and sealed.

Cons: I've never had one die so fast before. It didn't even last 3 months, which may be just a "Bathtub Effect" failure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_curve) I resumed my laptop from standby and the drive started making horrible noises. Clicking rhythmically and un/parking the heads, followed by a 0x0000077 BSOD. The failing drive this replaced was doing better than this one is now.

Overall Review: Will update after I RMA this thing. I'd better not get a refurb. I bought new for a reason. Refurbs already failed once and were repaired.

One died, but the monitor is pretty great.

Lenovo L24q-30 24" (23.8" Viewable) 2560 x 1440 QHD 2K IPS 75Hz AMD FreeSync HDMI DisplayPort VESA Tilt Monitor
Lenovo L24q-30 24" (23.8" Viewable) 2560 x 1440 QHD 2K IPS 75Hz AMD FreeSync HDMI DisplayPort VESA Tilt Monitor

Pros: 2560x1440 native resolution gives more screen real estate than 1080p by like 70%. Good backlight. Adjustable in most ways... adjustable color, brightness, and contrast levels but see the last con.

Cons: I bought 2 and 1 of them started having random horizontal sections of the screen flicker with rainbow static for a split second. The autoselect is way too aggressive. I want to be able to set it to the input I want, and the monitor autoswitches in like 0.5 seconds to whatever input is active. Probably doesn't apply to most people, but I'm using this for a work and home pc. The menu is a bit confusing and if you turn on certain settings like low blue light, it locks out 80% of the other options and doesn't tell you why.

Overall Review: Yes, but get an extended warranty. The existing warranty includes sending you a new one before you send in your old one, but is only 1 year. Excellent resolution and good color quality.

Keeps my stupid-hot CPU cool enough to use without underclocking it.

Corsair Hydro Series, H60 2018 (CW-9060036-WW), 120mm Radiator, Single 120mm PWM Fan, Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible
Corsair Hydro Series, H60 2018 (CW-9060036-WW), 120mm Radiator, Single 120mm PWM Fan, Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Seems sturdy, no leaks, single SATA connector for power.

Cons: Tubing is pretty springy, which is a bit annoying because if you move either the radiator or pump. The thermal paste that comes on it is of unknown quality. Someone suggested TM-30 with a thermal conductivity of 3.8 W/mK based on a Corsair ad, but I don't know. It is very thinly and evenly applied, much better than a person could do it, but maybe not that effective. I couldn't fit the cooler where I wanted to in my very old (2005?) case because of the end-tanks, but I did find another spot to mount it. That's more about the case though.

Overall Review: This is my first AIO, so keep that in mind. It's doing what I got it to do - I can run my i9-10900x at full speed without thermal throttling. It keeps it at about 80C running Prime95 and at about 60-65C while running Folding@home and games. I'm going to build a custom loop, but this makes my computer usable until then. With the rebate, this is cheaper than the "good" air-coolers.

12/24/2020

Disappointing performance from such a large cooler - is it the paint?

FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler 6 Direct Contact Heatpipes 6mm Aluminum Alloy with 120mm Blue LED PWM Fan (AC601)
FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler 6 Direct Contact Heatpipes 6mm Aluminum Alloy with 120mm Blue LED PWM Fan (AC601)

Pros: Massive, secure attachment (a little hard to align/attach), lots of fins.

Cons: Just barely fits in the case (less than 5mm from my case side) "vertically" with the CPU at the bottom. Fins appear to be painted, which I learned because there was some paint on the copper base Fan does not impress me - will try putting a different 120mm fan on it. Fan touches my low-profile RAM modules. Thermal shutdown running prime95 for <6 minutes with the fan at max speed and arctic silver 5 on an i9-10900x. I have excellent airflow in my case, and this only puts out about 100w more than the cpu before it (according to independent testing ~365W vs 255W) My old cooler kept temps below 60C, and this one showed 98C before shutdown.

Overall Review: I am honestly confused at how poorly this seems to perform. I wonder if the paint on the fins is part of the problem. Even with the fan turned to 100% speed, the flow through the fan seems to be just barely tangible. I'm going to try another fan. I might even try stripping the paint off of it with acetone and see if that helps. I am sure it is strictly for corrosion protection and not to improve heat-transfer. I was hoping it was anodizing on the fins, but that's not the case because it's on the copper heat-pipes too. Update: Meh. Bigger better fan didn't do much of anything. I moved on to an AIO, but this i9-10900x runs very hot. Even a 1x120 corsair AIO barely keeps it under 80C running Prime95. This processor had a measured immediate power consumption of ~350W in a Tomshardware review, so I would guess that this "240w TDP" printed on the box is an instant and NOT a TDP number.

12/24/2020

Beefy, Solid, lots of power

RAIDMAX Cobra Series RX-1200AE-B 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply
RAIDMAX Cobra Series RX-1200AE-B 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: -1200W rating -Voltages stable -As fully modular as makes sense (motherboard connectors are not modular) -Solid warranty coverage -Overvoltage and overcurrent protection works...

Cons: -Connectors could use more substantial retainer clips. I added hot glue to one edge of each of mine. I've seen horror stories about connectors coming loose over time. -RMA requires *all* the parts and packaging.

Overall Review: I bought this for an SLI rig planning to pull about 600W-800W peak. It has not let me down. My motherboard somehow burned its PCI-E switches up, but this PSU stopped it before it actually burned up. I installed an old Thermaltake TR2-700W, and it made the board glow. RMA was pretty quick and easy, but I did have to send back everything - cables, unit, plastic box, etc. If you buy this, keep the packaging in a closet or something in case of warranty claims.