The overpayment for a little timing rate doesn’t worth it

Product: RAM Kingston Hyper X 16GB Memory Kit Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work, I wanted all work applications to open and run very fast. Having a fast chip and SSD is not enough, you also need fast RAM. However my motherboard could support only standard frequencies of DDR3 1600. So, after a short cogitative pause I decided to look for differences between different RAMs of equal frequency rates. Some companies ask to pay more than their competitors for some RAMs. It turned out that the lower timing rate the higher price, so I had chosen RAM with the lowest timing rate CL9, two bars of 8 GB each, working in pair. We have been using them in the second ...

It hasn’t lived up to my expectations fully

Product: Hard Drive SSD Kingston SSDNOW 300V Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work and had a strong decision that even if the system is low-cost, I cannot do without SSD drive: I think the times of HDD are gone. I think that SDD drive has to run at least as a system drive. I have a SSD drive from Vertex on my main computer for work; it is really fast, I enjoyed the drive and the company. And for the second computer I’d decided to buy something simpler, I’d chosen a Kingston drive; it was 10-15% cheaper, even with same features as Vertex drive. The setting up hadn’t had any problems; everything had found its position. During the working process I had noticed by ...

The best power supply in its price brackets

Product: Power Supply Corsair HX650 Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work, I had to choose as small power box as it was possible; however I still wanted it to be powerful enough. I didn’t have many options to choose, maximum length of the block was 5,9 inches because of size and specs of the casing. The smallest boxes were of 300-350 watts, so I decided to search for 5,9-inched power boxes. The choice wasn’t great, but good enough. As the computer had to be low-cost, so I paid attention to the price too, and I wanted to buy a box of a famous producer, not any infamous Chinese thing. Of course, I wanted a quiet box. I had chosen a box of approximately 650 ...

European vision of mini-ITX casing. It is good enough at all.

Product: Computer Casing Fractal Design Node 304 Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
One time I had an urge to gather a mini-ITX computer; it is a very compact size, about two times smaller and neater that ATX. The selection of mini-ITX casings of good quality isn’t as wide as one of ATX, but it is possible to find something. Specifically this casing is Swedish. They tried to think over everything, but there are still some disadvantages. The casing is not very heavy; I can say it is even light. Its first problem is connected with its weight – the casing is quite noisy, the walls are too thin, so it can’t insulate noise perfectly. At least I’ve solved the problem with standard chip coolers by replacing ...

Stable, reliable WI-FI connection

Product: Wireless router Edimax EW-7733UnD Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
As there were no space for standard PCI card in the mini-ITX computer (only PCI socket was occupied by graphics card), I decided to buy a USB net adapter. I had chosen the cheapest, the first I had looked at. Later I regretted it; I should think this question out more deeply. The producer says that it is possible to work with 2,4 and 5 GHz with speed rate to 450 MB, in real life it works with 75 MB speed rate. The antenna is telescopic, however if it is pushed inside, the signal does not change. The assembly or it is better to say constitution of the device looks very fragile, the details move after a slight pushing and squeak. ...

The best hard drive among classic variants

Product: Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Black Series Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer, I was going to set up two hard drives, one SSD for the operating system and one classical HDD for storing work data and other information. If I had an option, I would buy only one SSD, but they are too expensive, so I had to buy one SSD of little capacity and classical HDD of 1TB. I already had Western Digital production, I have been using it for many years, and however I was not very amazed with it. Nevertheless there were no problems with their production. I would describe them as slow but reliable hard drives. I wanted to buy something more modern, so I searched for the newest ...

If quality is same, why do I have to pay more?

Product: Motherboard ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
When I was assembling a mini-ITX computer for work I was faced with the choice what motherboard I should set up. It is the most necessary part of the computer, in my opinion, so I should make a choice carefully. Moreover a motherboard is liable to different glitches connected with the amount of part set up on it in opposite to processor. In other words, if you use cheap details with your motherboard, the probability of glitches and defects is very high. So I chose from expensive motherboards, however the selection of motherboards for mini-ITX computers was not wide enough, especially of those which are capable for ...

The best Bluetooth Headset, but the price is a little bit high

Product: Bluetooth headset Jawbone Era Category: PC Headsets Author: Albert Author´s opinion:
I bought this headset a long time ago, but today it is still quite expensive, about $110 - $125. It is really expensive, in my opinion; however, I really think this thing is good. First of all, the package looks very bright and serious; everything is great and nice to touch. There is a manual, charger, adapters and many different mouthpieces inside. The headset itself seems to be of very high quality, there are no plays of pieces and squeaks. The headset is solid to touch and to look at. An ear feels comfortable, nothing disturbs and chafes. Well, this headset is so expensive because it uses a bone sound transfer ...

It definitely costs its money

Product: Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White computer casing Category: PC Hardware Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
Not a long time ago I had to assemble another Midi-Tower format computer for my job. As I work at home, a question about noise has risen. We do not turn off the computer for the night, so the noise of coolers is quite annoying. In connection with it I had to search for a quite casing with a good shop-built sound proofing. As a result, I have chosen a Swedish casing; it has noise-attenuating mat covering all walls, even all places for coolers of the casing are covered. Everything is well thought-out inside the casing; there is a lot of cable trunkings inside, which are also covered with rubber gaskets. I cannot call this ...

The fastest minicomputer of all existing ones and the last one with the discrete video card

Product: Apple Mac Mini Category: Desktops Author: Eric Author´s opinion:
I have already written the review of my previous Mini. Later I bought a new model of Mini, the most powerful at the moment, it was in 2012. Though its configuration is highly rated in 2013-2014. It has Intel i7 2.7 GHz processor that is more than satisfactory as for work as for any purpose in general, besides probably heavy games as for example Crysis 3. RAM is 8 G. It is enough for everything you need including Photoshop. At my Mini I even rendered video files using Premiere and it was sufficient. Its hard disk is 750 G. I was going to exchange it to SSD but since time left it alone. 750 G are enough for me personally, but for ...
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