Date Joined: 12/04/03
Pros: Handy tool for an external drive replacement
High quality cord
SATA connector stays in solid
The connector also had an LED
Manual is very informative
Cons: Cord is too short to use for a desktop PC
Inserting and detaching the SATA connector takes a lot of force
SATA connector does get warm as expected
Safely removing the drive is not as easy as the manual states
Overall Review: Using an enclosure would be a good idea because, it's
possible to damage the SSD if you're not grounded.
Overall, I've had a great experience with this product
and would absolutely recommend it to anybody who
is looking for a very simple solution for data backup
and reusing other SSD drives.
Pros: Shielded twisted pair high quality Super Speed USB 3.0 cable
Thick 28 AWG wiring
Stirdy USB 3.0 Micro B connection that stays connected firmly
Cons: Very stiff and may be a challenge to manage drive placement
Overall Review: I'm replacing a possible faulty USB 3.0 cable which may
have caused my storage device to finally perform very slow.
Sometimes the computer would not even turn on the drive
during post. In Windows 7, I found that Event ID 11 was
showing up in the Event Viewer on device 4 which was the
storage device. This was a cheap Bytech cable which
failed on several occasions.
Pros: It's nice having some more overhead in memory.
Windows Explorer has not crashed ever since I've upgraded.
I can work on large projects with the recommended amount of memory.
This memory actually stays about 22C-23C in my system so far.
Cons: I ran Windows Memory Diagnostic for Windows 7 and there were no errors found.
Although, I recently had a signal loss from my display for 5 seconds. In the end,
the Nvidia popup notified me that there was an error that had been successfully
recovered. In the Event Viewer, I found the error was listed as Event ID 13. I'm
still in the process of figuring out what is going on. I plan on checking the
memory with Memtestx86.
Overall Review: I just updated the GTX 1050 TI Nvidia drivers which may fix the problem.
Pros: It's easy to setup and worked right away after pressing the connect button
A good replacement if you're trying to get away from fancy over priced mice
The traction is noticeably more accurate than optical mice
Scroll wheel feels smooth
Comfortable and conforms to your hand with less pain
It's very large which is crucial
It feels very light, despite it's size
The left and right buttons are not too loud
The internet navigation buttons are placed in the perfect place
Cons: Software control would be nice, because not every application will scroll when clicking on the scroll wheel
The scroll wheel is very loud when clicking
Overall Review: I would absolutely recommend this mouse if your trying to get away from paying only for the brand, but not for quality and features. Adesso quality is amazing for the given price. This mouse is for power users for sure.
Pros: Cool Room Temperature
AMD FX-6300: 22C - 26C
Warm Room Temperature
AMD FX-6300: 25 - 32C
Cons: It is quite a challenge installing. The cooler may have to be angled to
the top vent of the enclosure in order not to interfere with the ram.
To install, you may have to use your hands to anchor the cooler in
place. You will have to have some serious strength to install this
cooler, but it's not impossible.
Overall Review: I'm currently running the same CPU cooler in my second system and
it is still performing flawlessly after ownership of 6 years.
Pros: Temperatures tend to adjust a little more frequently,
but by about a degree or so. I could feel the air
moving out the back of the enclosure. The slot
covers do seem to cool down the pci-e cards.
When the system is not as cool, I usually notice
small detectable glitches in audio from the sound
card, but so far I don't remember hearing that
As a note, It's important to point out that the slot
covers do seem to block EMI interference.
I have all 3 empty slots ventilated even
with a wireless NIC, I haven't had any
Cons: There does not seem to be an overall difference in cooling temperatures compared
to before when I had fully covered slot covers. Either way, it's better than a fully
covered slot cover that blocks air from escaping out the back of the enclosure.
On a note, the metal is not very solid but I haven't had a problem with it bending.
Overall Review: I would recommend this to anybody who is in desperate need of a cooling
solution. Overall, I would say that ventilated slot covers are important for
Pros: At the highest speed of 2,000 rpm, the fan is still fairly
quiet. The build quality is solid. The fans are reliable
and keep the system running cool.
Cons: The wires can be very confusing, and there is no manual that comes with the product. Fortunately, there is a manual online
which is a little helpful, but pictures showing a diagram
would be ideal.
Pros: The D-Link DWA-582 Wireless adapter has a very strong
signal strength. I have not witnessed a single drop in connectivity so far.
Cons: After installing Windows 7 Pro x64, I did have trouble automatically connecting a couple of startup sessions, but everything if fine
now. It may be due to the fact that I installed the hardware
before the software which was against the advice of the manual.
The D-Link connection manager is nowhere to be seen for some
As a note, the antennas are very long and bulky but not really a
Overall Review: I'm just using Windows default Networking software to connect through the internet and everything if working fine.
Pros: The DataVac blows out all of the major debris of dust thoroughly enough to keep the PC running in the best
condition. It's more convenient than using an air
compressor that makes you wait and wait for the
next burst air to come to a certain level of pressure.
On the other hand, using the canned air alternative is dangerous and I'll never go back to it again. I hate to
think of what that gas would do to sensitive hardware
Cons: The only thing I noticed is that there is a very thin layer of dust that still wasn't blown away from some of my hardware devices. Even though, that's not really a big deal, as long as the computer runs at it's best.
Overall Review: For those new to dusting out the inside of a PC, never have the duster to close, it's possible something might go wrong.
Seriously, this product is powerful, don't underestimate it just because it's small.
Pros: This ram is highly stable and reliable with the default timmings turned on. My last pair was identical to this
and had the black edition profile already set to 1333 MHz DRAM frequency, but I had occasional lock-ups. Ever since I installed this pair, so far I have had none. Games play faster with less stuttering and applications run much much faster. 8 GB makes a world of difference.
Cons: It would have been nice if the advertised speed would not have to be set manually. Not having expertise in tuning ram timings, I just left the BIOS settings alone because I see barely any difference in the DRAM frequency of 1067 to 1333 MHz.
Overall Review: I tried and tried and I just can't lock-up my system!!
Pros: The M5A99X EVO is undoubtedly a revolutionary board with its unique power design and innovative BIOS. You don't even have to worry about the ancient wasted space of bulky IDE cables.
Cons: Firstly, I've been buying Asus boards for almost ten years now and never bought a board from them I didn't love. This is the first board I can't stand. First I turn on my system and it takes way too long to even begin to boot. When I enter BIOS the first time, it locks up. After I reboot taking forever... I'm finally able to save some BIOS settings and then suddenly the monitor led starts blinking and the screen is black. Eventually... it dies.
The SATA settings are confusing, where you have to set only certain ports just to run a Windows install. The SATA connectors are in a direction that is hard to plug in.
It's not even worth getting a replacement. I urge you not to buy...
Overall Review: Before you buy from Asus... think. The problem seems to span from the M5A boards using the new power design. For some reason, some hardware seems to work better than with others for this board. Unfortunately, my system was highly unstable. Asus has a few dozen kinks to work out on the new boards.
Antec TP750 New
AMD Pnenom II X6, 3.2 GHz
EVGA GTS 450
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Pioneer Blue-ray Burner BDR-206BKS
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB