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John H.

John H.

Joined on 07/07/10

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Most Favorable Review

OEM means OEM

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B

Pros: OEM products do not come with screws, cables, manuals, CD's, stickers, fun colorful boxes, or anything along those lines. You get a drive. That's it. Please refrain from polluting product ratings with low scores due to your lack of understanding of terminology. As for the drive itself, what do you expect? So long as you have a few screws and an open SATA port + cable, you're golden! Win7 picked up the device no problems, and it is happily performing reads and writes of both CD's and DVD's at perfectly acceptable speeds. Honestly, I just set ImgBurn or windoze default media burner to auto negotiate the write speed and I haven't had a single problem. I replaced an old IDE CD/DVD RW with this drive and it is quieter and faster... as it should be. TLDR: Product works, please know what you're buying.

Cons: None that I have encountered. The product was wrapped in bubble wrap + tape and that's it, probably could have used a shipping box (cmon NewEgg!) I wouldn't have been surprised (or angry) if the drive was DOA. Thats another thing to understand... when factories produce hundreds of these devices, you have to be reasonable in that there will be the occasional DOA unit (not to mention the abuse during shipping could break the device).

Overall Review: #1 - OEM products do not come with screws, cables, manuals, CD's, stickers, fun colorful boxes, or anything along those lines. You get a drive. That's it. Please refrain from polluting product ratings with low scores due to your lack of understanding of terminology. #2 - If YOU get a DOA item, that doesn't mean the product is awful and no one should ever buy it because YOU got a DOA unit. YOU got unlucky, which is really unfortunate, however NOT enough to justify claiming a product is no good.

Most Critical Review

Great for a while, same dying Mic as others have reported.

Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
Razer Carcharias Over Ear PC Gaming Headset

Pros: I absolutely loved this headset for the time it was functional, which was right about up to the 1 year marker. 1. They are super comfortable.. I'd often forget I was wearing them, I have a normal to large sized head, the cans are pretty big but very soft and cushy. 2. Sound quality is acceptable for me (I'm no audiophile) 3. Mic quality is well, meh at best. People would often complain about background noise or poor mic quality on vent, and I know it had nothing to do with sound card or drivers, I tested vent/recording quality with other microphones and saw a significant increase in quality. 4. Braided cord was definitely long enough (perhaps too long?) and very durable, no lose connections at either end.

Cons: 1. As other people have reported, my Mic started acting up on me and eventually one day just died. A mic is still detected by Windows, just doesn't pick up any sound :( I haven't tried re-soldering anything as the audio still works fine so I use the set as normal headphones.. need a mic though. FTR, I take care of my headset, hanging it up after every use, not rolling over it. 2. The mic boom itself is a bit unstable/low quality, after a few months of having the boom down to speak into, then rotating it up when hanging the headset up, eventually the boom got loose so it would no longer stay at a certain position, rather just hang down... kinda makes the 260* of motion (or whatever it is) not so useful. 3. The velvety material on the band/cans is definitely a lint/dust/cat hair magnet. If you get one of those sticky roller things for getting lint off black clothing it cleans the set up nicely, good to have one of those near the desk anyhow! 4. They make you look like a super-n

Overall Review: Based on the countless other reviews experiencing this same malfunction, I wouldn't feel right recommending this headset, despite the overall enjoyable experience I had using it for the first year after purchase. It just doesn't appear to be a reliable piece of hardware in the long run. Once again, I took great care of this headset, hanging it up on a hook on my wall whenever I wasn't using it (it's really easy to get in the habit of doing so, if you don't already.) The mic quality doesn't live up to the quality of the rest of the headset.

Works great! Hassle to clean.

Cooler Master 4-in-3 Device Module Cage
Cooler Master 4-in-3 Device Module Cage

Pros: Slapped in my drives, took off a few front panels on my CM Stacker, slid this in, connected cables and jobs done. The fan isn't excessively loud (or awesome) and the rubber grommets where the side metal faceplates are attached make for a low-noise HD cage. Trying to get more airflow, I use two of these with 2 drives in one (1TB Spinpoints RAID1 array) and 3 drives in the other (500GB WD RE4 RAID0 array + SSD) - HD temps are lookin fine under high load, so this is working great for me. Asides from the technical aspect, it looks pretty cool as well. You could always take out the blue LED's if that's not your style, but otherwise the front of the enclosure is nice and flush with the front of my case. Lookin' fly.

Cons: The fan could move a bit more air, but its not terrible. As other reviews have stated, the unit must be pulled out and disassembled (to a degree) in order to access/clean the dust filters. Then again, you could just blast the hell out of the front with a can of air and setup a vacuum cleaner on the other side. This may not work as great as actually taking everything apart, but for a quick and dirty (ohh!!!) solution, it would probably work fine. Besides, cracking open your case and removing some components for a very very thorough cleaning should be something you do on semi-consistent basis. If the front black plastic mesh were attached via hinge, or if the dust filters sat on a removal tray (HAF style), it would make life much easier when cleaning your PC!

Overall Review: Works just like the 4 in 3 cage that comes with CM stacker cases (or with mine, at least) but you don't replace the plastic black front panel pieces you remove to slide in/out HD cages. Instead, this 4-in-3 will give the front of your case a facelift / glow. Solid construction, solid product. Work out a better way to clean the dust filters and I'd call it perfect!

Its a fan! And it works! And its quiet!

XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1706 170mm LED Blue Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1706 170mm LED Blue Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included

Pros: It looks rather spiffy with the transparent blue fanblades and white LEDs. It moves a good amount of air and doesn't make much noise. I managed to get it attached to my case without using a single screw. It impresses the ladies.

Cons: There are no freaking arrows indicating blade/airflow direction! Had to plug it in and find out for myself. If you're wondering, air flows AWAY from the XIGMATEK logo on the center of one side of the fan. So for me, wanting to use this as an intake fan on the side of my case (older CM case with about a 200mm circular metal mesh vent thing goin' on), I had to get a bit creative with zip ties and the kind of putty used to stick stuff on walls. To have this fan as INTAKE, I had to have the XIGMATEK logo pointing towards the outside of the case (thus making space between the metal grill and fan screw holes) then use zip ties thru the fan screw holes, and put a small bit of putty at all contact points between the fans plastic enclosure and my case. Slight amount of ghetto rigging required, but it worked like a charm! Now I have a nice fan blowing all over my mobo.

Overall Review: It comes with screws, rubber mounting pins, 4pin molex to fan converter... which is cool. It moves a good amount of air and I can't hear it over all the other stuff in my case.... which is a lot. My beast---- Gigabyte GA-870 UD3 Mobo (aftermarket NB / MOSFET heatsinks... they are needed for stable OC) Phenom II X4 BE OC'd @ 4.02GHz Thermax Spire Eclipse II Heatsink ATI Radeon HD 5870 OC'd @ 1GHz 8GB DDR3 1600 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline #996744 60GB Mushkin Callisto SSD for os/programs 2x WD RE4 250GB - RAID0 for large programs / VM disks 2x Samsung Spinpoint 7200rpm 1TB - RAID1 backup 1x 80mm fan (top), 6x 120mm (2x front, 2x rear, 2x heatsink), 1x 170mm Side Intake (this fan)

Love, love, LOVE MUSHKIN!!!

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996744
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996744

Pros: As you have probably seen throughout reviews of other Mushkin products, Mushkin is an absolutely WONDERFUL company to deal with. They are located in Denver, Colarado and in all of my years of professional IT work, I've never experienced more friendly or knowledgeable support. Not only is Mushkin top-notch for customer support, they back incredible products. This RAM is no exception. I've had it running in my RIG (see specs in other thoughts) for a few months now with 0 hickups or memory related errors / BSODs. With just 4GB installed, I get a 7.6 WMI rating - not bad at all!! Customer support at the Mushkin forums was more than happy to help me lock down timings and voltage settings when I was setting up my rig, specific to my mobo bios and overclocking settings. This saved me SO much time troubleshooting, I can't begin to thank Mushkin support enough. This build was my first experience with Mushkin. Needless to say, I am now a Mushkin supporter for life!

Cons: This form field shouldn't be included on Mushkin products. I have two DIMM's available and I still haven't ordered another 4GB. What's wrong with me?! *clicks order*

Overall Review: <3 Mushkin! My build (August '10) - SO MUCH FUN!! ----Components---- CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE @ 4.02GHz Heatsink: Spire Thermax Eclipse II RAM: 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Module 996744 GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU #2: GeForce 7800 GS for additional displays. ----Displays (4 Total)---- 2x Samsung 22" 1080p LCD's (side by side) 1x 24" AOC 1080p (top, center) 1x 20" Hanns-G rotated 90 degrees in Portrait Mode (far left) ----Cooling---- Fans: 2x Front 120MM (intake) 2x Rear 120MM (exhaust) 2x 120MM Push-Pull on Heatsink, 1x 80MM top (exhaust), 1x 250MM Side (intake) ----Storage---- OS + Main Apps: 120GB (2x 60GB in RAID0) Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD's Other Programs & Files: 500GB RAID0 of 2x Western Digitial RE4 250GB Backup: 1TB RAID1 of 2x Western Digital RE4 1TB Misc: 500GB external drive for... well... no real reason. I do a lot of Virtualization, multiple displays help a lot with that, but I need more RAM. I came to order these sticks + write a

12/11/2010

Raw power and Overclocking Ease

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX

Pros: Rock solid CPU! Overclocked to 4.02GHz stable on air! 7.6 Windoze Experience Rating.. it's fast... affordable... what else is there to say? Perfect for your gaming rig. See other thoughts for my setup.

Cons: Stock heatsink isn't the best, but since when hasn't that been the case? If you plan on using this as is (or even slightly overclocked... since it is a BE I figure you're going to O/C a bit...), the stock heatsink is fine, albeit a little on the loud side. Not worth docking an egg for. If you're going to overclock, protect your investment (and make your life easier) with an aftermarket cooler. I imagine to anyone serious about overclocking, this is kind of a null point / common sense.

Overall Review: I guess this is where everyone whips out their rig specs.. Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE @ 4.02GHz Heatsink: Spire Thermax Eclipse II GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 O/C @ 1GHz Displays: 3x Samsung SyncMaster B2230 in eyeFinity Memory: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline #996744 SSD: 60GB Mushkin Callisto Deluxe SSD Storage: 2x WD RE4 500GB in RAID0 (backup to NAS) Windows Experience Rating: 7.6