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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good for the price 11/11/2015

This review is from: LIVA X 2GB/32GB Mini PC

Pros: Compact...take it anywhere. Capable everyday family PC. Better than Smart TV browsers (ugh). Definitely not for anything but the lightest gaming use. It's perfect for the purpose I bought it...slap it on the back of the TV and who cares if the kids hose was only a couple of hundred bucks....and now I don't need to use my TV's not-so-Smart features.

Cons: Not really a con for my usage, BUT....the mSATA expansion slot is SATA II 3Gbps, not SATA III 6Gbps. So don't bother splurging on the fastest mSATA SSd out there. Even a low end one will saturate the connection and have a speed cap about half what it would be on SATA III.

Other Thoughts: I'll bet this would make for a very snappy Linux system, though I haven't tried a distro on it yet.

Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best mid-tower case I've owned 10/10/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Excellent build quality. Very well thought out case. Very quiet case and virtually dust free. I have had the case since Feb 2015 and there is next to no dust in the case. I moved the included rear fan to the front to have a matched set and mounted a 120mm rad in push-pull on the back. Case pressure must be just right. Nice, effective fan filters too. Good airflow helps to keep CPU and GPU's running cool. 4690k @ 4.4 GHz idles in the high 20's, never went o over 62 C during stress test. I don't use the fan mounts on top...don't need them.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My brother bought the newer R5 which has a few nice improvements. Fractal has some nice understated designs.

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GV-N960G1 GAMING-2GD 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Silent as the grave. Perfect for 1080p gaming. Runs very cool even with fans stopped. More connection port options than other 960's. Blue led Windforce logo suits a blue-themed build in a windowed case.

Cons: None for me...if I gamed beyond 1080p it might be inadequate for some titles.

Other Thoughts: Don't let the 128bit bus fool you...this thing has plenty of juice for 1080p on high, or in many games ultra settings. Are there cheaper gpu's with similar performance? Sure...but you will not find any as quiet as this unless it's another GTX 960. Bear in mind that this is a looooooong card due to the huge heatsink and triple fans (overkill really), but imho it's a beautiful monstrosity. I am completely satisfied with performance, build quality, and looks.


Martin L.'s Profile

Display Name: Martin L.

Date Joined: 04/02/08

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 12/17/09
  • Last Review: 11/11/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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