Date Joined: 03/04/05
Pros: I purchased this switch to replace a very light plastic unit that would not stay on the desktop due to the weight of the cables. This switch is made out of metal and has more weight than the plastic unit that it replaced. It weighs just enough to keep the switch from sliding around on the desktop.
I also like the status lights that are on the front of the unit. I can see the status of each connection by just glancing at the switch.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: There isn't much that you can say about a switch when it is all plug and play except that it works. This switch seems to be very well made and should be able to withstand a certain amount of abuse. I am very pleased with it's looks and operation. For the price you can't beat this switch. If you are wanting a 5 port inexpensive switch then look no further.
Pros: This was a nice switch with 5 - 1 gigabit ports that adjust the power for each port based upon the cable length connected to the switch. For ports with no connections the power to the port is minimal. Overall the switch is very efficient. The price that I paid for this switch makes you wonder how they can make it, package it, and sell it for that price.
Cons: Contrary to the images in the overview in the ad, the front of the unit has a single green LED that simply shows that the power is on. It does not contain any LEDs showing the port activity or status. The activity LEDs for the ports are on the back of the unit are very small and are not visible from the front.
The switch is very light and the switch is very tiny. I was definitely surprised by the size of the unit
Overall Review: The unit works great and for the price how could you complain. If you are looking for a heavier 5 port switch then this unit is not for you. However, if you are looking for a quality switch made by a reputable company then this may be exactly what you are looking for.
Pros: This motherboard is an excellent choice for an inexpensive AMD 3000 series board. Installation was a breeze and I had the entire system up and running in short order with everything functioning as it should.
Cons: There are only 3 fan headers and one CPU water cooling header supported on the motherboard, but there are a total of 5 LED strip headers on the board. I would have preferred to have a couple more system fan headers and 2 less LED headers. My system has 4 case fans and a CPU fan so I had to plug 2 of the fans into a molex connector.
Overall Review: I am quite pleased with the way that this Motherboard went together and how well it performs. I believe that if you are looking for a reasonably priced motherboard that you will be satisfied with this one.
Pros: The SSD drive has a very heavy copper heatsink that make this an attractive drive. Unfortunately I had to remove the heatsink that was included with the motherboard before I could install the drive. The drive is very fast and I measured speeds that were very close to the published read/write speeds.
Cons: The heatsink adds a certain amount of depth to the bottom of the SSD drive. On a Gigabyte AX370 motherboard the copper heatsink actually touched some components on the motherboard preventing it from booting up. By placing a piece of paper under the drive I was able to boot up on the SSD drive and test out the unit so be careful when you install this to make sure that there is separation between the SSD drive and the motherboard. On the motherboard that I purchased the drive for the M.2 socket stood higher off of the motherboard which gives more clearance underneath the drive for the heatsink. The only other complaint that I have is that the speed of the drive does not max out the bandwidth of the PCI-Express 4 specifications so the drive could be significantly faster. I am also disappointed that the drive cost about twice as much as a PCI-Express 3 M.2 drive and yet doesn't provide twice the speed.
Overall Review: This drive came in a box that was very substantial. The cardboard was nearly twice as think and the packaging of other drives that I have purchased. It reminded me of a jewelry box that an expensive watch or bracelet would come in. Perhaps if they would have reduced the thickness of the box they could have sold the drive for a lesser amount.
Overall this drive is pretty much one of the fastest M.2 drives on the market which makes your programs and apps seem to open immediately which is very nice. If you have the desire to have a premiere M.2 drive then this will certainly fit the bill.
Pros: It is a antivirus program and it was included with another program.
Cons: There are a number of other programs/apps that you can install or leave out. The software is downloaded so there are no manuals or explanations as to which apps are required and which are optional. After installation there are a number of windows that pop-up the are annoying and you have to provide the program with instructions or exceptions to make them stop reoccurring. Update: (August 19, 2019) This antivirus package prevented me from logging into my home security system so I had to exit the antivirus program and then access my Security program and then re-activate the anti-virus program when I finished. Needless to say I am not pleased with this program.
Overall Review: I was not pleased with this program so when my 365 days are up I will be removing this program and going back to Windows Defender which is not as intrusive.
Pros: This product includes the three most popular applications in the Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). It also includes the Onenote application. I always keep a copy of the installation files or the installation disc just in case I ever have to reinstall the program. It was a little difficult to find but the option is located under install, other options. It is roughly a 4GB download so it takes awhile to get the file. The Home and Student version 2019 was reasonably priced for what you get.
Cons: None, really. I had a little difficulty getting the serial number accepted from the local installation because it was already registered in the Microsoft account. I was able to figure it out so all is well that ends well.
Overall Review: If you want Outlook, Publisher, or Access then you need to purchase a different version of Microsoft office because they are not in the Home and Student version. I am not one that likes software that has a recurring annual fee so the Office 365 version is not for me. I like to have the entire program installed on my local machine so I know that it will work when I am offline. I was quite pleased with the package and would probably purchase it again.
Pros: Everyone wants the memory they purchase to automatically configure itself and run at the rated speed. That is exactly what this memory did. I went into the system bios to select the XMP option and it was already configured and the memory was set to the correct speed. I simply plugged in the two memory strips and that was it. I have a Ryzen 7-2700X processor and a Gigabyte AX370 Gaming (rev 1.0) motherboard so I was expecting it to be a little more problematic, but what a surprise.
I ran Memtest 86+ and the memory performs exactly like you would expect it to. MemTest takes a while to run because this processor has 16 cores and the tests cycle through them.
Cons: The installation guide and warranty information was not included with the memory, but is available on the vendor's website. That is just fine for anyone that has internet access and can access their website. However, if this is your initial build then you better know how to install the memory because until your machine is up and running you can't get to their website.
Overall Review: I have purchased off brand memory before to save a few dollars only to have my machine get hung up attempting to train the IMC with the memory settings. Figuring out what is causing a machine to repetitively reboot and fail to initialize is sometimes difficult. Just to be kind look for a bios option, "MRC Fast Boot" and if it is enabled change it to disabled. If it is disabled then change it to enabled. I spent about 3 days figuring it out.
I am very impressed with this Ballistix memory and was quite pleased with the price. This is the second pack of Ballistix memory that I have purchased and I do not think that it will be the last. This memory doesn't have any flashing LED lights but the heatsink is a nice red color that blends in well with a lot of cases. I you are looking for reasonably priced memory that is pretty fast then look no further. This memory fits the bill. I am confident that you will be happy with it.
Pros: The first thing that you should notice about this drive is it's speed. My actual measurements using ATTO resulted in a read speed of 3,230 and a write speed of 2,850 (not quite as high as published, but real close). Next on the list would be price which is considerably less than units with comparable speed. And last would be temperature and looks. The fact that this drive comes with a heat sink is a bonus. When I was copying lots and lots of files to the drive the temperature I measured was 36 degrees Celsius. It would be my opinion that the heat sink would keep this drive from getting too hot and throttling it's speed. Lastly it looks nice.
Cons: There are a couple of things that need mentioning. First would be the height of the drive. The heatsink adds about 1/2 inch to the drives height. That would be a problem on some motherboards where the GPU sits directly above the M.2 slot. Second, the drive does not come with any software. You have to go to the Patriot website to locate their SSD utility software, but you will have trouble finding it because it is listed in their downloads as firmware. I always make sure that I always have the latest firmware installed so I downloaded it. If I hadn't I probably wouldn't have found the software either.
Overall Review: I am very pleased with this drive and will certainly buy more of their products. If you are looking for a cool drive that is sleek looking and super fast at a very reasonable price look no further. I am quite confident that you will be pleased with this drive.
Pros: This AV2000 allows you to quickly provide wired speeds to places that do not have Ethernet connections. It is significantly better than wireless connections that I have attempted to use. I have a 5 connection hub plugged into this Power-line adapter and am running 3 devices off of the single power-line connection. I am paying for a 10 meg DSL connection and I am seeing 7+ speeds over my power-line.
Cons: Does not attain the rated speed on the package. I knew that up front, but it certainly is fast enough for streaming video to my entertainment center. If you plug in the adapters to outlets that are on different phases of your AC the signal has to go all of the way to the power transformer and then back into your breaker box to get to the other adapter which could possibly lower the speeds that you will see. I have never had an issue, but you could depending on the age of the components and distance the signal has to travel.
Overall Review: I would only buy power-line adapters that are listed as 1,000 Mbps or higher to insure that you get the throughput speeds that you are happy with. My network has a mixture of 1,200 Mbps and 2,000 Mbps adapters and it was all plug and play. Very simple to install and to get working. There is a power-line utility that will display the adapters, connections, and speed between your router and the adapters. No software comes with the devices so you have to go to the TP-Link website to obtain the utility software and adapter firmware. Both of my adapters came with an older version of firmware and had to be updated. You have to have the utility software to update the firmware. This starter kit was on sale so I could not resist buying it. If you were like me and had a need for a decent connection this kit may be the perfect solution for you.
Pros: Very nice M.2 drive. I put this M.2 drive on a m.2 to PCI-E adapter because my motherboard only supports PCI-e M.2 X2 on the M.2 socket. My thought was that with the PCI-E X4 slot the M.2 drive would give me better speed than the M.2 socket. The drive installed just fine but all that I saw was 1,470 MBps read speed and 1,350 MBps write speed instead of the published speed. I even tried installing the HP driver that was on their web site and the speed was considerably worse than with the Microsoft drivers. I saw similar behavior on the same motherboard with a different M.2 drive so I believe it is because of my board being PCI-E X2 instead of X4.
Cons: The driver and firmware files are not located on HPs website. Instead you have to go to https://www.multipointe.com/downloads/ to get the updates. I could not get the HP Utility to locate the M.2 drive and I was not able to change the firmware using the HP Utility. However, I do not have the temperature issue so I believe that I have a newer firmware on the M.2 drive that I received. The firmware version on my M.2 drive is issue SVN163.
Overall Review: I was somewhat expecting the speeds that I am seeing based on an earlier M.2 drive that I used in this machine. The speed that I am seeing is 3 times as fast as a conventional SSD drive so I am pleased with the results. If you are looking for a decent sized M.2 drove that is reasonably priced then this may be the drive for you. I feel confident that if you motherboard supports X4 you will see the rated speeds so I would not be reluctant buying this drive. UPDATE: After looking carefully at the user's guide for the Motherboard I have discovered that the second PCIE slot only complies with PCIE 2.0 standards. That means that 16 GBps is the fastest throughput that the board would support. So the drive is going about as fast as the motherboard will allow. Update: 4/3/19 - I moved the 512GB PCI-E drive to another machine that I know supports PCI-E X4 and the drive matches or exceeds the advertised specifications for the M.2 drive using Crystal DiskMark.
Pros: I purchased this monitor to replace an older monitor that was failing on my wife's machine. My wife's words describes the monitor perfectly. She said, "This monitor looks great".
Cons: The installation pamphlet is inadequate to say the least. All of the controls on the monitor are represented by a single illustration with universal symbols for the switches functions. The pamphlet is the same for several different monitors which forces you to resort to guessing. I ended up googling online for the manual for my particular monitor where I found a manual with text describing the various controls. I believe that ASUS should have included that manual with the monitor instead of the single page pamphlet.
Overall Review: The monitor was shipped with cables for all of the connections. This was a pleasant surprise because normally you get a VGA cable and have to buy the rest. If you need a GOOD inexpensive monitor then this monitor should serve you well.
Pros: This is a pretty inexpensive 1TB NVMe X4 drive and for the money you can't complain too much. The sequential write speed is fairly close to the advertised speed. Unfortunately, as I have indicated in the Cons section the sequential read speed is not. The drive shipped with what appears to be the latest firmware version SVN163. Even with the lower sequential read speed the drive is operating at 3 times the speed of a standard 2.5" SSD drive so it is still very fast. If you are looking for a large NVMe X4 drive then this drive may be the one for you.
Cons: The NewEgg specifications indicates that the warranty period is for 3 years, but the box the drive comes in says 5 year warranty. I contacted customer support and they responded that the package was correct and the drive has a 5 year warranty. The information in the NewEgg description for this drive should be updated to show 5 year warranty.
The specification for this drive shows a maximum sequential read speed of 3200 MBps, but the measured sequential read speed on my machine using Crystal Disk Mark is 1,588 MBps. This is about half of the advertised read speed. I have the PCI-E drive installed in a PCI-E express adapter plugged into the PCI-E X4 motherboard socket because the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming motherboard only has one M.2 onboard socket. I
do not know if that is the reason for the lower speed that I am seeing or not since other individuals are reporting higher speeds. UPDATE: My motherboard's second PCI-E socket (PCIEX4) only conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard which explains why the sequential read speed is slower than the published spec (PCIE 2.0 16GBps). If you are seeing slower read speeds carefully examine your manual to determine the speed of your PCIE sockets. The Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming motherboard 1st PCIE X16 socket conforms to PCIE 3.0 standard and the 2nd PCIE X16 socket conforms to PCIE 2.0 standard.
I requested the free shipping which states delivery withing 4 to 7 business days. The tracking information shows that the item was sent to federal express on the 5th of March. It wasn't until the 8th of March after speaking with NewEgg customer service that the item was received by Federal Express so the item sat somewhere for 3 business without moving. I wonder how long it would have stayed in a limbo state if I hadn't called. As it was the item took 8 business days to arrive (10 calendar days). I was surprised that it took so long to show any movement by Federal Express.
Overall Review: The online location for find the drivers and firmware updates is https://www.multipointe.com/downloads/ which is difficult to find. The temperature of the unit running at an idle on my machine is 28C which seems to me to be very cool. I had purchased a external heat sink to add to the drive, but it is not necessary.
Pros: This SSD drive is very reasonably priced for the space that you get.
Cons: Using ATTO benchmark the best read speed that I was able to obtain with this SSD drive was 526 Mbps and the best write speed was 484 Mbps. That is a long ways from the advertised read speed of 560 and write speed of 520. The speeds I measured are not that unreasonable for a SATA III SSD drive, but I wish that they were a bit closer to the advertised speeds.
The drive supports secure erase capability, but there is no utility available to securely erase the drive so you have to locate and use a free utility called parted magic to securely erase the SSD drive.
Overall Review: Included with this SSD drive was two online game codes. The two games were Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. As it turns out both of these two games are available online for free. I have yet to figure out what the online keys are for since it appears like they weren't necessary. The first thing that happened was the game server needed to update itself which took about 2 hours.. Once I got everything installed and working neither game was worth the time it took to install it. I ended up removing both games and server off of my machine.
Now in all fairness you are getting a reasonably fast, large SSD drive for a decent price. For that reason alone the SSD drive is worth purchasing.
Pros: We used this smart plug on our Christmas Tree lights and it works very well. Once Christmas is over I am not sure where we are going to plug the device into. Perhaps the lamp beside my chair or somewhere else. It certainly has it's benefits of being able to, from your smart phone, remotely activate the lamp when you are away from home.
Cons: We have both an Iphone and a android. I found it so difficult to install the app and get it functioning from the Iphone that I gave up and provisioned it on the Android. I also had a very difficult time configuring it to operate on the Google home. I believe that it is was because the instructions were not clearly written.
Overall Review: It works very well once you get it installed and functioning.
Pros: This power supply is fully modular which makes it very easy to install custom cables. In addition the fan does not activate until high loads are placed upon it. My system requires about half of the units capacity so the fan never comes on making the system very quiet when it is running.
Cons: The first power supply I received would start up and run for just a short while and then it would power off. Once it powered off you would have to turn off the main power switch and then turn it back on before you could get the system to power up again. Usually this behavior is indicative of a short on one of the power leads however, I could not find one.
Overall Review: I was very pleased to see that NewEgg pays to the cost of the return shipment of the defective unit. It was also a pleasant surprise to see that they also provided you with the ability to print your shipping label. I would have given this unit 5 stars if the first one had performed like the replacement unit. However, I have been buying items from NewEgg for years and I can count the number of defective items I have received on one hand so it is very rare that you receive a defective item. I like buying these factory refurbished power supplies because you get a break on the price and end up with a quality product. I would not hesitate to purchase another one from NewEgg.
Pros: This motherboard was listed as Ryzen 2000 Ready which lead me to believe that a Ryzen 7-2700X would plug in and work in this motherboard. The board contained bios version F22 so it truly was Ryzen 2000 ready. It has 8 SATA sockets and one M.2 socket. As expected if you use a SATA M.2 SSD drive then one of the SATA sockets is disabled. If you use a PCI-E M.2 SSD drive then all 8 are available for use. This is great if you want to install several drives or create a raid arrangement. The motherboard also has two USB 3.0 20 pin USB sockets which is rare. It also has 3 on board case fan connections with one that supports a pump. Other than that this is pretty much a no frills board.
Cons: I could not get Windows 10 installed with a raid configuration in the system bios. Windows 10 stops and prompts you for a driver for the RAID. I could not get windows to use the drivers on the installation disk so I had to go back and remove the RAID arrangement and install the drives as AHCI instead. Afterwards I found the drivers on the Gigabyte website. Once I obtained the correct drivers off of the website I was able to configure the RAID. The other thing that puzzled me was that the RAID software limited the size of the RAID to 2TB and you had to manually override that to use the maximum space on your disks. I was confused by this as it was the first time that I had encountered it. There was nothing in the instruction booklet explaining about the size of the array.
I also had difficulty turning off the Red LEDs on the motherboard. In the manual it lists the Ambient LED setting under peripherals as being the Audio LED setting so I did not think that was the correct option to extinguish the LEDs. Turns out it was.
The last thing on my complaint list is that the motherboard is listed as a ATX board. The ATX standard lists the size as being 12" X 9.6" and this board is 12" X 9.1" so the last row of screws on a ATX board is missing on this one. In addition there is a screw hole right beside the memory slots but no hole in the case for a standoff there. I had to mark it and manually drill a hole to add the standoff. If I had realized that this wasn't a full sized ATX board I may have reconsidered.
Overall Review: This motherboard was relatively inexpensive and worked flawlessly. I found that it was very easy to configure. If you are the type of person that likes lots of bling (LED Lighting) then this board is probably not for you. If on the other hand, you are looking for a inexpensive AM4 board with reasonable configuration options then I believe that you will be happy with this one. The Wraith cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7-2700X processor moves a significant amount of air downward through the heatsink. As a result my APU stays a lot cooler and the fans stay off a lot of the time. Overall I am happy with my purchase.
Pros: I have bench-marked this processor against an I7-4790K and a I7-7700K and under multitasking this processor has no competition. It is amazingly fast. When you bench-mark single processor performance it is faster than the I7-4790K and just a tad bit slower than the I7-7700K. All in all it is a very good processor for both gaming and other normal operations. Any program that recognizes and uses multiple processors will certainly benefit from the Ryzen 7-2700X.
Cons: The instruction pamphlet is less than adequate, not to mention the font size, and does not cover the CPU cooler (AMD Wraith) much at all. The CPU cooler has a power connector as you would expect, but it also has two additional cables (A RGB-LED cable and a USB cable) with nothing explaining what you do with them. The Wraith cooler has two miniature rubber plugs on the side of the cooler where the cables are plugged into. If you have a motherboard with a RGB connector then you use the RGB cable. If your motherboard does not have a RGB connector then you use the USB cable. You do not use both cables. Next you need additional software if you use the USB cable. I you get that from Coolermaster for the Wraith cooler. No-where in the instructions was this spelled out.
There was also a paragraph in the pamphlet that states that the warranty is VOIDED if you use any other cooler with the Ryzen 7-2700X processor that what was supplied. I must state that the Wraith cooler does an excellent job of keeping the processor cool, but I feel like another cooler would do a better job than the Wraith cooler.
Overall Review: I am very pleased with the Ryzen 7-2700X's performance. I was hesitant to purchase the processor because I had two other machines with very decent performance so I wasn't sure if this chip would be worth the investment or not. I can't say enough about how well this chip performs. If you are looking for a very good processor that pretty much covers all bases then do not hesitate to buy this one. My only complaint concerns the lack of user information about the CPU cooler.
Pros: Does what it is designed to do and that is to convert a 19 pin USB 3.0 to operate off of a USB 2.0 connector.
Cons: The heat shrinkable tubing was done perfectly on the USB 2.0 end of the cable. Unfortunately, on the USB 3.0 end it doesn't look like any heat was applied to the tubing at all. That end looked like it was not finished. I ended up wrapping the end with electrical tape to give it a finished look.
Overall Review: If you are looking for an inexpensive USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 adapter then this may be exactly what you are looking for. Personally, I would rather have a cable that looks like a quality item which, in my opinion, this one does not. However, the important thing is that it works.
Pros: This drive contains a 256Meg cache which was a surprise considering the price point that it was selling at. The price point made me wonder just what was wrong with the drive or was it an older model that is being phased out. The drive also has a spindle speed of 7200 RPM which should give you slightly faster read speeds than the 5400 RPM units. Using the Crystal Disk Mark benchmark application the read speed was measured somewhere between 122 MB/sec and 132 MB/sec. Currently I have the drive installed with a single partition with 4K sectors as I only have one drive. When the second drive arrives next week I will install the drives in a Raid 0 configuration and re-test the R/W speeds. My plan is to install the two drives in a Raid 1 configuration so I suspect that these are the best speeds that I will see from the drives.
Revision: I purchased and installed a second drive in a Raid 1 configuration and the benchmark of the two drives improved to somewhere around 230 MB/sec which pleases me much better than the earlier measurement with the single drive.
The drive was very easy to install and set up. The internal temperature of the drive after 1 hour of operation was 31 degrees centigrade.
I plan on using this drive as a file storage drive and it certainly looks like it will do fine for that purpose. If you are looking for a large drive that is very quiet then this drive should please you. It certainly has me.
Cons: None that I can think of that really stand out. The package may have received some rough treatment as both ends of the package were loose but the top was still sealed. The strips of tape were plenty long so I am at a loss to understand why they didn't hold the top securely.
As is normal luck for me, NewEgg sent me a coupon reducing the drive an additional 10% 3 or 4 days after my purchase. So the reduction in price was enough for me to go ahead and purchase another one. I would have loved to have 10% off of both drives. Oh well, it is what it is.
Overall Review: I have purchased lots of hard disks over the years and this is the first drive that appears to be recently manufactured. As a matter of habit I always check the warranty of drives that I purchase and this drives warranty is good until June 7, 2021. Considering that I purchased it June 14, 2018 my warranty is almost the full three years quoted by the manufacturer. Normally the warranty is from the date of manufacturer or at least that has been my experience.
Revision: The second drive has a warranty that expires in July 2021 which is also a full three years. I am pleased with the warranties on both drives.
Pros: This clock radio has as many features or form than the more expensive clock radios. I was very happy with the functionality contained in the unit.
Cons: The documentation indicated that the battery backup preserved the clock's time and the Alarm's time. This was not 100% accurate. The Clock's time was preserved, but the alarm time was reset back to default values.
Overall Review: I probably should have returned the radio and exchanged it for another one but that would drive up the cost of the unit by another $10.00. Then assuming that the radio is actually broken and the new one is good I will have had to spend my money to replace a defective product. So instead I am just keeping the radio as it is since everything else works. I have an inexpensive UPS sitting around that I can use on the radio and keep it functioning during power failures. Overall I am disappointed with this purchase and would not recommend it to my friends.
Pros: A keyboard is a keyboard so what else can you say. The two things that come to mind are; 1) the keyboard is comfortable to use, and 2) the multi-function keys work extremely well.
Cons: This keyboard has a large enter key which some people like, but that means that certain other keys are positioned in different places than keyboards with a small enter key.
Overall Review: I purchased a Adesso keyboard that was specifically for the visually impaired for a friend and I really liked typing with it. So I went online to see if I could get the same keyboard in black instead of yellow. The AKB-132UB is that keyboard. I have used a lot of keyboards throughout my career and I am pleased with the feel of this keyboard. If you are looking for an inexpensive keyboard that looks well constructed this may be the one your are looking for. I do not think that you will be disappointed.
Pros: This card is unique in the fact that it is a gaming card with two fans that is able to run without external 6 or 8 pin power connectors. It gets all the power that it needs from the PCI-E slots. The fans are exceptionally quiet in normal use.
The card has three output connections, Display Port-1.4 *1 (Max Resolution: 7680x4320 @60 Hz), HDMI-2.0b*1 (Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @60 Hz), and Dual-link DVI-D *1 making it pretty much compatible with most monitors. If you require a DB15 video connection then you would have to purchase a separate DVI-D to DB15 video adapter as one does not come with the card.
Cons: The specification description on the NewEgg specifications and on the Gigabyte websites indicate that the card requires a 6 pin PCI-E power cable which isn't true. Gigabyte manufactures a similar card with significantly more video outputs that does require external 6 pin power connection. Also I was not able to find this particular card on the Gigabyte site by accessing their drill down menu for graphics adapters. When I used Google searching for the exact model name listed on the box then I found a listing for the Gigabyte site which did list the correct card. I only mention this in case you would like a user's manual or a driver for the card.
Overall Review: First let me say that I am very pleased with this card and would recommend it if you are wanting to upgrade your video card to enable you to play games at 1080P and are on a limited budget. The fact that the card will function on a machine with a 300 watt power supply is remarkable. This card is 191mm (7.6 inches) in length and should fit into most any case. I am running this card on Windows 10 machine and I had previously installed an optional Windows Experience Index application that rates your machine similar to Windows 7. The rating of the WEI app is from a 1 to 9.9 and this card's gaming graphics performance is a 9.9.
The card came with a free game that you can select for a list of three games. One game was a racing game, another was a shooter game, and one was a puzzle solving game. I selected the puzzle solving game MAIZE on Steam since my reflexes aren't fast enough any longer to play the action games.
Revision: I just bought a second card on January 2018, for another machine that I have. I am very pleased with the performance and the price of this card. If you are looking for a dependable video card then you won't be disappointed with this one.
Pros: I was quite pleased with the unit. You have 4 USB 3.0 ports that are easy to see and access. I only tested the SD card slot because I did not readily have other cards. I was pleased that there is a blue light that is illuminated when you plug in the memory cards because it matches the other LEDs on my DVD burners and front fans. I am very pleased with the unit.
Cons: The USB cable is long enough to go to New York and back and still have some slack. I put this unit into a Antec 300 V2 and I have the cable behind the motherboard and then looped around to one of the lower cutouts at the front of the case going to the front USB 2.0 socket. I had to connect it to a USB 2.0 socket because the USB 3.0 socket was already used and I had conflicts with the PCI-E lines. Even if you had a full sized tower the USB cables would still have to be accounted for and the cables are on the stiff side. In my case they could have been a foot shorter and would have been fine.
The unit was a little loose fitting into my case and since the Antec case has no way to screw the unit in securely I had to improvise. There were two foam adhesive pieces that came in the box that I stuck to the sides of the unit. The tool-less mechanism was able to hold the unit in securely once I used the foam pieces.
Overall Review: I believe that the price of this unit was a little over priced based on what you get. There are other units available that are $10.00 or so cheaper and basically have the same capability. I purchased this unit over the other (I purchased another vendor's product for a different machine) because I was able to see that you had a single USB 3.0 connector which makes a cleaner appearance once connected. I really like the unit and even though it is priced a little higher I would buy it again. I guess it just boils down to you get what you pay for.
Pros: This is a very nice, compact cable. It is about 6 inches long with a USB 2.0 connector on one end and a 19 pin USB 3.0 cable on the other. I needed an adapter to install a USB card reader and a 4 port USB 3.0 hub. My motherboard only had a single USB 3.0 connector on the motherboard which was already used and conflicts with the PCI-e bus so this was the only answer for my problem. It certainly served my needs and is working very well.
Cons: The USB 2.0 connector is a very tight fit. It would be very easy to insert it at an angle where the connector would only make contact with a few of the pins. I had to remove the connector and position it over the USB 2.0 socket and push it in with each thumbnail on both hands to get it to seat properly. All's well that ends well, but it was way tighter than was necessary.
The vendor supplied a tracking number so you could track the progress of your package. Unfortunately, the vendor did not specify how the parcel was being shipped so the tracking number was useless. I attempted to figure out which company was used for shipping the order, but I was not able to find out. So all I could do was sit and wait.
Overall Review: I am certainly glad that I wasn't in a big hurry for the cable. The text on the item stated that it could take anywhere from 9 to 19 days to receive the item. I figured anywhere from 10 to 15 days, but it was 21 days from the day I placed the order before I received the item. So if you are in a hurry for a USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 cable I would suggest that you purchase it from somewhere else. If you are not in a hurry the cable appears to be well constructed and for the price ($1.98) you just can't go wrong.
Pros: I had an extra 500GB SSD drive sitting in my drawer so I wanted to purchase an enclosure that would allow me to utilize my SSD drive. I measured it's performance using ATTO and found that the USB 3.0 bus was limiting the performance of the SSD drive somewhat. Although it wasn't by much. Since putting my SSD drive into this enclosure I have retired all of my other external drives to my drawer. I use this enclosure for everything except for backup storage and long term movie storage.
Cons: I am just sorry I didn't have a larger SSD drive to place in it.
Overall Review: The USB 3.0 cable seems to be slightly longer than the ones on my other external drives. Overall I am very pleased with this enclosure and would certainly purchase another. It is a very nice enclosure.