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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Price per performance is phenomenal. I will never understand why a single informed consumer would ever choose corsair over G.Skill... or any other brand for that matter.
-SiSoftware Sondra's Memory Bandwidth benchmark reports ~28GBps and the Cache & Memory Latency benchmark reports ~20ns.
-XMP worked great with my Asus Z97-A.
-For now, I'm running this memory with the XMP timings (9-11-10-28) but at 2200MHz rather than 2133Mhz. It works flawlessly and i can't wait to see how far I can push it.

Cons: -G.Skill has captured me as a loyal customer... Is that a bad thing though?

Other Thoughts: I bought another pair of these because they were on sale last week. They should be arriving tomorrow. I can't wait :)

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nearly doubled the performance in the games that I play:

-Borderlands 2:
-With 1 card - Settings Maxed; 2016x1260 (downsample to 1680x1050); SweetFX Lumasharpen, Vibrance, and Lift Gamma Gain filters: 60fps when not in fights or dense areas. drops to 30s in heavy fight scenes.
-With SLI - Settings Maxed; 2184x1365 (downsample to 1680x1050); SweetFX (see above): 60fps all the time without any dips no matter what.

Assassin's Creed IV:
-With 1 card - Settings Almost Maxed, shadowing, antialiasing, and lighting turned down a bit; 1680x1050: 30fps constant
-With SLI - Settings same as above: 60fps constant (some dips in what seem to be poorly coded areas)

-With 1 Card - Settings on High, draw distance turned down a bit from full; 1680x1050; Sweetfx Lumasharpen, Vibrance, and Lift Gamma Gain filters: 30-60fps depending on the complexity of the scene.
-With SLI - Settings Maxed; 1680x1050; Sweetfx (see above): Almost constant 60fps, some dips but they are not noticeable without an fps counter running.

World of Tanks:
-With 1 card - Some shadowing, floral, and foliage settings turned down mostly for competitive purposes. 30 - 60 fps.
-With SLI - Settings Maxed: constant 60fps but you get horrible artifacts because WoT doesn't support SLI at the moment...

Cons: Together these cards pump out a good amount of heat. My Antec 300 Hundred Case with it's 2 120mm front fans, 140mm top fan, and 120mm side fan does a great job getting it out. It also helps that my Cooler Master Seidon 120V pumps the CPU heat directly out of the case through the back 120mm fan slot.
If you don't have at least decent cooling in your case, I wouldn't recommend SLI.

Also, the second card came very close to my HDDs. I had to use a 90 degree SATA cable on one of my HDDs for it to fit correctly.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your Power supply can handle the extra power draw. Mine is 600W which is plenty based on my other Hardware. There are nifty power supply caclulators online. Just search "power supply calculator"

Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely everything.

Cons: Doesn't warm my room up as well as my old Q9650 rig.

But in all seriousness, I wish there was an option to buy the chip without the cooler. This would reduce the price (not to mention waste) by a non-trivial amount. I'm sure most of the people who purchase at this level toss the stock heat sink in favor of superior solutions, especially for the "k" series processors which imply the intent to overclock.

Other Thoughts: I have this running with an ASUS Z97-A and a Cooler Master Seidon 120V. I was able to overclock the turbo from 3.9GHZ to 4.6GHZ and REDUCE the turbo voltage from 1.2V to 1.12V. Idle temps are around 26C and full load (Prime95 small FFT test) temps are from 60C to 65C. This was truly a great purchase, and I would highly recommend spending the extra $$ for this CPU.


Benjamin M.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin M.

Date Joined: 07/29/08

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/29/14
  • Last Review: 12/01/14
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