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William M.

William M.

Joined on 02/20/07

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Most Favorable Review

Update to previous review.

Acer K242HQKbmjdp Black 23.6" Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers
Acer K242HQKbmjdp Black 23.6" Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers

Pros: Have experienced some issues with the display port cable included with this monitor.Sometimes it will not display anything on first boot and requires a reset. Other times AMD Control Center will tell me that it has detected an issue with the connection between my video card and monitor. Re-seating the cable fixes this, but it is probably worth the money to buy a known VESA DP 1.2 compliant cable.

Cons: Cable included is a little iffy.

Most Critical Review

Beastly performance, questionable cooler

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GeForce GTX 1080 TI ARMOR 11G OC
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GeForce GTX 1080 TI ARMOR 11G OC

Pros: A very nice upgrade from my 980 Ti No flash, no frills, no bloated cost

Cons: The For Honor/Wildlands promotion when this card was first available was janky to say the least. Some were honored, some were not. This is honestly an egg off more for Newegg CS consistency than anything else. The fan speed issue: it gets hot, looping Unigine Heaven for 10 minutes is not torturing a GPU, and in-game temps will creep higher and higher. Highest reported fan speed is around 2400 RPM at 100%, 40% fan speed is reported at 948 RPM. This seems like a vBIOS reporting issue and should be fixable, however how this got through any level of QC is beyond me for a $700+ GPU regardless of the fact that it was only $10 over MSRP of the founders edition. Two eggs off for this.

Overall Review: Overall, it really is a beast of a GPU. Hopefully MSI quickly fixes the fan speed issue and all will be right with the world. Will update in 30 days, either to bump it up to 4 eggs because it was fixed, or to further cement the 2 egg rating. Completely unacceptable for a flagship release and would have gladly paid extra for a Strix if it meant no thermal runaway at stock settings. As a small disclaimer: I will be putting this underwater around May when EKWB releases a compatible waterblock, but this is not a viable solution to fix an issue that should have been caught. EDIT 4/4/2017 This edit is to reflect the complete and utter lack of any sort of professionalism on the official MSI forums by their moderators. If anyone has looked and seen the 1080 Ti Armor threads; I am Murakume. I am docking this down to one egg as the moderator in question perfectly reflects this card and the thought put into it. As far as the actual product, I'm still in the same stance. Not bad, not great.

Keeps an i7 3930k cool

CRYORIG A40 Ultimate Hybrid Liquid Cooler 240mm x 38mm Thick Radiator with Additional Airflow Fan
CRYORIG A40 Ultimate Hybrid Liquid Cooler 240mm x 38mm Thick Radiator with Additional Airflow Fan

Pros: Originally bought this for a new Ryzen set up, but here we are 3/27/17 and no news on bracket availability. So it went into my Intel build while I pursued other avenues of cooling. -it works -it's cool -not very loud either

Cons: -nothing to not like about it, the Ryzen mounting issues aren't limited to only Cryorig

Overall Review: To this day 6/2/2016 never received an AM4 mounting or received any word back from Cryorig support. Bought on 2/24/2016. Last contact was March 9th of Cryorig stating my request for the mounting kit still stands. Other manufacturers have gotten their game together. I have since put together a custom loop for the Ryzen PC. Unfortunate because this is honestly a nice cooler, but horrible service.

It's a drain

Phobya G1/4 Knurled 2-Way Ball Valve - Silver (68259)
Phobya G1/4 Knurled 2-Way Ball Valve - Silver (68259)

Pros: It drains, probably. Haven't had to use it yet. Cheaper than competitors and gets the job done without looking ugly as heck.

Cons: None so far.

Easy to work with

Barrow G1/4" Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-3/8-B03)
Barrow G1/4" Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD Compression Fitting - Black (THKN-3/8-B03)

Pros: Doesn't leak Works with EKWB parts in my possession Tight fit for tubing. PC has been up and running with multiple of these for three weeks and no worries.

Cons: No complaints here

No leaks

Barrow G1/4" Male to Male Anti-Twist Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TBX2D-02)
Barrow G1/4" Male to Male Anti-Twist Rotary Adaptor Fitting - Black (TBX2D-02)

Pros: No leaks, it twists, it didn't cost an arm and a leg. Used to set up a drain system for a custom loop.

Cons: None