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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: A lot to like with this iniital entry by G.Skill into the mech board market, even for those familiar with mech boards. It works as advertised. All the touted features are nice such as hot keys and media controls. Has a good look. IMO you get what you pay for when compared to other boards. The USB and audio inputs on the board are a nice touch. This board took a lot of cue from the Corsair board, in fact I would imagine that they share manufacturers on keycaps and the aluminum faceplate.

Cons: The board has to be used with a wrist rest because like the Corsair K70 the mechanical switches are installed on the surface of the top plate. So, the only con I have is the wrist rest, it angles down too far too quickly for my liking but that's a personal preference. Same con as the wrist rest on the Corsair K70. I removed it and use my flat Ducky wrist rest and prefer it by far. So, if G.Skill ever reads this....give the wrist rest an option for being level and flat from back to front.

Also would be nice if they threw in a wire keycap puller instead of the all plastic one which can scratch your keycaps if you're not careful.

Other Thoughts: I hope G.Skill continues with peripherals and make mprovements on their next generation. The software interface design could use some polish and wrist rest modification I mentioned would round this board out well for me. Make the USB passthru a 3.0 instead of a 2.0.

Other boards I own:
Corsair K70
Ducky, 7 different ones including Year of the Snake and Mini

Klevv Cras 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Memory Model KM4C4GX4A-3000-16-18-18-36-0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Played with this memory for a few weeks and from a performance standpoint I can't fault it. Outside performance considerations there are a few cons, listed below. For the pros:

-Quality chips, all 4 pieces worked out of the box without issue, XMP worked.
-Excellent heatspreaders, designed to maximize surface area to dissiipate heat, best I've seen yet. Highly attractive modules, looks like something you would imagine installed in Skynet. : ) They are beautifully dense!
-Overclockable beyond the published ratings. Don't hold back playing with these!
-Great LED accents along top of modules if Red/Black color schemes are your thing.

Cons: - Very tall sticks, recommend CPU colling be liquid cooled to avoid heatsink bulkiness interfering with space issues.
-Price, these are highly expensive when compared to other high performance DDR4. They definitely perform as good as anything else out there but when taking cost into consideration you will pay much more for a few percentage points of improved performance......if that! Some other products can stand to do as good and slightly better, depending on the batch you get, for significantly less money. However, if this memory were produced on the scale of Corsair and G.Skill I think the price would be more comparable. Economies of scale and all that.

Other Thoughts: I was very fortunate to receive these modules for review considering I was starting a new X99 build. I used these in a Gigabyte Gaming 5 and both products played very well together. Meshed real well with the color scheme on the board as well. If you have the money, this kit will get you performance and proper looks!

These sticks have some great OC potential in the right hands, if you're not looking to OC and push things to their limits I would stear clear of these sticks. Clearly, they are for those who love to meddle with tech and wring every bit of juice they can.

OCZ Vector 180 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Other reviewers have spoken very well already as to the performance of this unit. I'll just add here what is most important beyond that and that is price for performance and not just price per GB which is often overlooked in the enthusiast segment for SSDs. These drives are excellent under both criteria and a great choice in the 120GB segment for BOTH price and performance. Speeds are awesome! If you are looking to do a budget build with a speedy OS Drive and a lower cost bulk data mechanical hard drive then this is a perfect unit for such a build. In practicality, I've come to use it as a mobile USB flash drive by purchasing a standalone adapter, in this particular situation I used a case. I can recommend the Silverstone TS10 which converts to USB 3.0 in an slim aluminum chassis for $22.99.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: Comes with a license key for Acronis cloning software, you'll have to download the software from Acronis directly which is not large at all.......for those who wish to clone their existing OS on a current HDD to this slick little SSD.


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Date Joined: 03/27/05


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