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JOHN B.

JOHN B.

Joined on 04/17/02

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Most Favorable Review

It's 2013, and this board still works perfectly

BIOSTAR TForce6100-939 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce6100-939 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I bought this board in 2005, yet, it still works till this day, Sept 23, 2013. It used to be my counterstrike 1.6 computer and i left it on 24/7 for 2 years. Now its my office computer and it boots up every single time. Paired with WD black 640gb and corsair pc3200 1gb ram, it runs xp right. But now the firefox and chrome take a lot of processing power, so its kind of slow somewhat. This board allows me to slightly overclock and i believe this board has been a very good solid board, only just getting more ram for it makes it expensive to maintain these days. Works great and its been a good performer for what i needed it to do.

Cons: Ddr1 ram is still expensive as hell. Only two fan headers. Sata ports bad placement for gaming cards.

Most Critical Review

Bad batch or Sony DRU-180A doesn't support this media?

RiDATA 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD-4716-RDCB100
RiDATA 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model DRD-4716-RDCB100

Pros: Pretty Cheap for a pack of Riteks, great packing by newegg. No Outer area packing rings. Smooth surface.

Cons: I'm not sure of the media, but even with my Updated 1.63 firmware on Sony DRU-180A dvd burner, I get power calibration error, and it will not burn, on both of my Sony Burners (which Verbatim and TDK works great with). YMMV, I will try this media on my Apple MBP to see how it stands. Power error on Img Burn and Nero 8 if anyone wants to know, no matter the data, or iso.

Overall Review: Installing Windows XP Ultimate by Johnny v3.9.4.1 at the moment. This Ritek pack would work great on Lite-on burners according to other comments.

Actually still working, purchased 11/25/2013, this review is 07/15/2020.

Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V / EPS 12V, 660W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular  certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V / EPS 12V, 660W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: -No coil whine on my unit, ran fine for my old ITX system, was running in Fractal Designs Node 304 with PSU bracket removed(from end of 2013-December till 2020-May). -New 2020-July update, now will be transfered to a new Fractal Designs Meshify C case (when it arrives) -Quiet fan and still blows good amount, and there is no heat coming from PSU on idle. -Many power attachment cables for the modular wire & PSU experience. -Mostly used as casual CS:GO gamer but with Photo Editing (Lightroom) power usage, so it's mostly not reached 80% power usage through everyday gaming or running the system on high or overclock for all 7 years ownership.

Cons: -SUPPORT- :When I called the customer support about more than 4 years ago for shorter wires for the PSU unit, they simply said there was nothing that they had for shorter wires for the PSU unit and I ended my hunt for shorter wires for my ITX box build that night. At least it was a perfect speaking human who answered my call I remembered. -PSU PROBABLY allowed my ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard to die from a thunderstorm strike one day in 2018. I do not know if it was through the LAN port from the modem or through the PSU lines which was directly hooked to an outlet without surge protection; the system wouldn't boot up hours later after storm,( the mobo made it look like the PSU was not giving power) PSU lived till this day though, and I still have the old ASRock board currently, searching for a tech to be able to repair it. So it has been powering an ASUS Z97I-PLUS ITX motherboard replacing the ASROCK board since until just last week. -Wires are all flat mostly, makes folding cables for wire management a little bit tougher during the time I was not able to find a shorter wire kit (or a service to shorten wires), and kind of have to live with it until the PSU goes into a larger Mid-ATX case. -PSU is slightly 10mm too long for my old ITX build, which I should of went with a different PSU at the time, doesn't count as an actual con though.

Overall Review: Now the PSU is powering ASUS x570 TUF Gaming Wifi motherboard that I've also bought from Newegg just last week (July 4th Sale 2020), with Ryzen 3900x CPU, and G.Skill TridentZ RGB 4133mhz and an EVGA Geforce GTX1060 SC 6GB that I'm reusing from the ITX build box. Power delivery looks great as all the voltages are within range on the Bios screen and within HWiNFO64 v6.28-4200 and performs as expected I assume. I am a little weary coming back to the product page and seeing all these reviews of the PSU actually going dead, and I hope it's not on it's last legs, or last non-bulging capacitors that can make the PSU go caput anytime this year in 2020. I hope it will last me another 3 years to make it a great 10 year PSU workhorse. First pic attached is from July 16, 2020. 2nd pic is from June 2014 of the old ITX Node 304 build.

Not the speed anyone would like to see

StarTech  ECUSB3S2  2 Port ExpressCard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter - Retail
StarTech ECUSB3S2 2 Port ExpressCard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter - Retail

Pros: drivers readily available on the website works with win7 64bit updated

Cons: not going the speed of 100mbits per second or anywhere near it. it posts at first 100 MB/second the first few 10 secs, then goes down down down and stays at 24.6MB/second in windows transfer, transfering 22GB of music from usb 3.0 seagate external to dell m1530 laptop. takes 14 minutes to copy 22.0 GB of mp3 files. only 36 MB/second "real world transfer" to copy same 22GB mp3 music from 7200 rpm hard drive on Dell vostro 3700 onto seagate 3TB usb 3.0 external (with power brick) - Expansion Desktop - STBV3000100 is the bottleneck of bandwidth/througput because of the expresscard port? towards the last 5mins of the transfer from external to laptop, the speed is down to 19.3 MB/second...........i'm baffled, this isn't right speed at all! the card uses a NEC chip, i'm going to keep trying these tests to see if it's the card itself or the external drive, which is brand new.

Overall Review: i didn't buy from newegg, but elsewhere, but newegg sells it and i'm wanting to contribute my experience with this card to new buyers. i was hoping to copy 22gb of files in 10 minutes to and from the external hard drive but it takes 20mins for transfer from laptop to usb, and 14mins to copy the same amount of data to a different dell laptop system. the dell vostro 3700 is an i5 2.4ghz with western digital black 7200rpm drive, the dell xps m1530 is intel T9300 @ 2.5ghz dual core with hitachi 7200 rpm 500gb hard drive.

Rebate did not go through for me

RiDATA EZ DRIVE 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model EZR2G-F-Y0N
RiDATA EZ DRIVE 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model EZR2G-F-Y0N

Pros: The flash drive works great on every single computer I have plugged it into, my Dell LTop, my custom rig, all of the college campus lab computers I have used and also works in some printers. I've stuffed it up with software I used for backup, and saving school work on it. It hasn't corrupt on me yet. Runs warm after being plugged for several hours. Nice is that no cap is needed, because the usb connector pops back in.

Cons: The rebate was a big no no, I did everything correctly but I'm not sure if it was on the rebate form part or that Newegg taped over the UPC bar code on the packing to prevent my Rebate to go through. But now the price as of right now is the same as if I had done the rebate.

Overall Review: I'll look forward to a 4gb or 8gb drive later on in the future. But avoid the Rebates, since they(Ritek) can't understand that I did attach the WHOLE UPC code into the mail letter/stapled the form, and the invoice or link the rebate form right(Newegg).

11/28/2006

This is not loud, its quieter than my PSU!

TR2TT A4014 Sleeve TR2 M14 SE (K8) Cpu Cooler
TR2TT A4014 Sleeve TR2 M14 SE (K8) Cpu Cooler

Pros: This makes my AMD3500+ NewC. tops 41C, at full load (100%) for the whole night doing batch conversions on my biostar geforce 6100 mobo that I got here on Newegg too. This was the easiest heatsink to put on the mobo too! I didn't use Artic Silver either!....Yet. Runs quiet and cool to touch.

Cons: None.......hmmm. No Flasy LED fan light.