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LEE G.

LEE G.

Joined on 12/29/07

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Most Favorable Review

Works Well

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX
MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 HDMI ATX

Pros: All of the features on the motherboard, to which I have connected, have functioned properly. The UEFI BIOS has many useful options, including a search tool to help you find what you are looking for.

Cons: The three x4 (short) expansion slots and the lower M.2 drive slot are PCIe 3.0 (not PCIe 4.0) even if a 3rd gen AMD Ryzen CPU is used. According to the specs shown in the Owner's Manual, the upper x4 expansion slot will be unavailable if the middle x4 slot is occupied. The right-hand mounting screw for the heat sink for the upper M.2 drive is positioned over a hole in the motherboard which is aligned with a stand-off on the case. This could be problematic if your case is equipped with a pilot stud in this location instead of a stand-off. I solved this problem by removing the pilot stud and screwing the top-side heatsink stand-off into a nut on the underside of the motherboard. Overall Review:

Overall Review: I recommend this motherboard simply because it is economical and has performed well without any problems. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

10/10/2019
Most Critical Review

Link Light Blinks Endlessly

ARRIS SurfBoard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SurfBoard SB6121 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Good download speeds - On my 3 Mbs DSL connection, I was getting 305 KBs max. downloads using a DSL modem, and with this cable modem on a 3 Mbs cable connection I am getting 355 KBs max. downloads.

Cons: The link light on the modem blinks endlessly and the modem sends packets endlessly to whatever it is connected - router or computer. These are not packets coming from the WAN, they are generated by the modem internally.

Overall Review: You can do an internet search for: "sb6121 link light blinking" (without the quotation marks) and see many complaints about this. Why Motorola does not issue a firmware fix for this problem is beyond me.

Good Case for Adequate Cooling

Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black Brushed Aluminum and Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black Brushed Aluminum and Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

Pros: In my opinion, the best thing about this case is the perforated grill on the front panel which, along with the two 140mm fans behind the front panel, allows plenty of cooling air to enter the case. Also the case is sturdily built for the most part.

Cons: The 3 supplied cooling fans are 3-pin, not PWM speed-controlled. Thus I had to buy 4-pin PWM fans to replace them. The removable filter on the top of the case is useless if you intend to blow air out through the top of the case. That filter will serve only to keep dust inside the case. The attachment mechanism for the removable front panel looks to be very fragile. It would not take very much stress to break off the plastic retainers at the bottom of the panel.

Overall Review: It seems to me that fewer and fewer cases with good front-panel ventilation are available for purchase these days, so I was glad to be able to obtain this one.

Great Product, Except for a Couple of Caveats

TP-Link DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) High Speed Cable Modem | Great for Cable Internet plans Up to 150 Mbps | Certified for Comcast XFINITY, Spectrum, Cox and More (TC-7610)
TP-Link DOCSIS 3.0 (8x4) High Speed Cable Modem | Great for Cable Internet plans Up to 150 Mbps | Certified for Comcast XFINITY, Spectrum, Cox and More (TC-7610)

Pros: This modem was easy to set up: First I connected the ethernet cable from my computer to the modem, hooked up the DC power to the modem, logged-on to the modem and then changed my modem password. I did this before attaching the coaxial cable to my ISP because I wanted to be sure that no one on the WAN had an opportunity to change the password before I got it done. After connecting the coaxial cable to the modem and inserting my router between the modem and my computer, I called Spectrum, my ISP, and gave them the MAC address of the modem. Immediately afterwards I had internet service and the modem was performing well. Curiously the next time I logged-on the modem, I noticed that the modem had automatically updated the firmware from version 151224 to 160920.

Cons: I've knocked an egg off this review because the modem that I received from Moores Enterprise was hardware version V1 even though version V2 is now available from the manufacturer. Also the LAN light on the front of the modem is supposed to flash (blink) to indicate sending or receiving data, but instead the light remains on steadily whether there is any data activity or not.

Overall Review: Overall, considering the low price at which I was able to purchase this modem, I am quite pleased with the its performance and would recommend it to anyone who needs a cable modem for 150 Mbps or less service.

Versatile Mounting Options

SilverStone SST-SDP08 3.5" to 2x 2.5" Bay Converter (Nickel-coated)
SilverStone SST-SDP08 3.5" to 2x 2.5" Bay Converter (Nickel-coated)

Pros: See: Other thoughts

Cons: Mounting holes, for mounting one of the two SSDs, place that SSD very close to the mounting bracket panel.

Overall Review: This is one of very few SSD mounting brackets that allow for the bracket to be mounted by the 4 threaded screw holes that are located on the circuit-board side of the 3.5" hard drive which you will be replacing with this mounting bracket.

Functionally Superior, but....

Panasonic 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology, White NN-SN651W
Panasonic 1.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology, White NN-SN651W

Pros: The inverter technology gives you constant heat (not full-on alternating with full-off) at the intensity of your choice. The high fan speed provides extra cooling for the magnetron tube. Because the light is off when the door is open, you can leave the door unlatched for ventilation of the interior cavity without putting additional usage time on the light bulb when the oven is not in use.

Cons: On the unit that I received, there were several bubbles under the plastic laminate over the control area on the right-front side and also on the door-release button. This is just a cosmetic problem, but I found it annoying enough to take off an egg from the rating.