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Bradley E.

Bradley E.

Joined on 11/11/11

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Most Favorable Review

Great Processor

Intel Core i5-4690K - Core i5 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54690K
Intel Core i5-4690K - Core i5 4th Gen Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 88W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54690K

Pros: Let me first say that I have been an AMD fanboy for the past 5+ years. As far as I'm concerned price per performance is still in their corner. However I was willing to spend a few more bucks on this build and got a sweet deal so I upgraded to Intel. And with that said, I'm very happy I did. The 4690K chews through every I throw at it (mainly gaming). I have this paired with an Intel 530 Series 120GB SSD as a boot drive with small programs. In benchmarks the 4690K is absurdly better over my old Phenom II X965 and that continues in real world usage as well. The only time I get a slowdown is with high pressure stress testing but granted that's Intel Burn Test running with Chrome (10+ tabs), Dota 2, OCCT, Corsair Link, AMD Catalyst and a file server running at the same time. I'm impressed. I've also done well with the silicon lottery. 4.6GHZ @ 1.25Vcore. Idle temps average 25C and load temps with IBT hit around 70. This is with an H80I set on performance mode. Real world/gaming never goes above 60C. CPU intensive tasks like file compression/rendering/unzipping are easily 75-150% faster than my previous system. Just a great buy when on sale. I'm also running a Radeon 7950 with this chip. I haven't found a game yet that I can't play on Ultra with my 23" 1080P LG Monitor. Granted thats more graphics card dependent but I certainly don't have to worry about a cpu bottleneck. Even with Wolfenstein and COD I don't go above 60C. Buy this cpu if you can afford. End of story.

Cons: Intel chips get hotter. Account for that. The silicon lottery on Intel is also harder to win. I've seen many people not be able to get over 4.3 with their i5. But even at that speed it's a great chip.

Overall Review: My system: i5 4690K Intel 530 120GB SSD WD 1TB Blue; Seagate 1.5TB ADATA 8GB 2400 MHz DDR3 Radeon 7950 Corsair H80I

Great RAM

XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model AX3U2400W4G11-DGV
XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model AX3U2400W4G11-DGV

Pros: Got these sticks at a good price. They run at 2400MHz no problem after being manually set in BIOS (XMP Profile 1). No compatibility issues with my Gigabyte Z97 UD3H Black or i5 4690k

Cons: Heat spreaders are tall but didn't matter to me because of the H80i. The spreaders themselves aren't quite as thick and robust as G.Skill or Corsair but they match my color scheme well and didn't fall off. My big negative with this RAM set is that you cannot change timing speeds whatsoever. They do run at the rated 2400MHz, which is great, but don't think you can buy these and get them to run at CL9 such as some kits from other manufacturers. Does it make any difference in real world usage? Doubtful. Just be aware you're stuck at CL11.

Overall Review: My system: i5 4690k @ 4.6GHz Gigabyte UD3H Black 8GB ADATA 2400MHz Corsair H80i

12/12/2014

Good Board, few drawbacks

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: So far this has been a great board. Packaged very well and looks great with my yellow ADATA RAM. The SATA cables included are sleeved in black mesh as well which matches my power supply and looks fantastic. The board itself is thicker than many other brands and feels solid. It has an adequate number of ports but is missing some that many people might want. I'd definitely double check that; but for me it has plenty. I have this paired with an i5 4690k @ 4.6GHz (1.22vcore) and 8GB ADATA 2400MHz RAM. The overclocking features in the BIOS are very simple and easy to use. There are actually 2 screens to utilize though. Once you hit DEL at startup, hit F2 then F2 again to mess with vcore settings and a whole lot of other overclocking essentials like RAM timings and voltage. The board recognized everything right away and I had no problems setting the XMP profile up.

Cons: There is a disparity between BIOS voltage and max voltage shown on OCCT (which is normal). 1.22vcore shows as 1.23. Temps are still within reason so no worries. My biggest issue with this board is that it's not the full 9.6" wide to match the ATX form factor. It's kind of a pain but I got it for 99 bucks AR so I can deal with that. It would be really nice if the 8 pin connector was in a different place instead of the top left corner. It makes routing it impossible without an extension. I'm using a Corsair H80I that covers it completely and I had to buy an extension to be able to hide the majority of it behind the motherboard tray. Just something to think about

Great Cooler with Problems

Corsair Certified CW-9060008-WW Hydro Series H80i  Water Cooler
Corsair Certified CW-9060008-WW Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler

Pros: Great cooling solution. It's somewhat compact and it looks cool to have something like this in your tower. The LED light on the pump is a nice little touch. The tubing is much improved from older models and the whole thing just feels solid. My temps aren't too bad. Idle ranges from low 20 to about 26C on an i5 4690k 4.6GHz @ 1.22Vcore. Load with Intel Burn Test can hit 80C. Gaming never breaks 60C. So far I have no regrets buying refurbished (aside from the fan - see cons)

Cons: The mounting system is simple but it's easy to mess up. The first time i mounted it, the back plate wasn't tightened down as far as it should be. It's very easy to screw this up though. The plate itself is loose without extreme pressure on the motherboard. The first time I mounted it, only 1/3 of the cpu was actually covered. Thankfully I noticed it before running anything extreme. 2nd problem are the fans. First off they sound like a small vacuum at full speed. But my main issue is that one of the fans came with a bad bearing. Even at lower speeds there is a very, very annoying whining sound that can't be stopped unless the fan is turned off....which isn't going to happen. I'm hoping to get the bad fan replaced through Corsair.

Great Buy

PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)
PC Power & Cooling ZT Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ-ZT750W)

Pros: 750W of 80 PLUS certified power. Fully modular cables system

Cons: Cables are very stiff The power supply itself is longer than the one I had before

Overall Review: ChillieD0g is an idiot, for anyone reading his review. The power supply comes with 2 4+4 pin power cables for your board. If you are running a board that only requires one 4 pin cable (LIKE THE ONE I'M USING NOW!) all you have to do is slide apart the connectors. Takes 2 seconds. This thing is great though, powers a 965 BE @ 4.2GHz, Biostar Board, 1x1TB, 1x1.5TB, 1x40GB drives, 9 Case fans, DVD, a couple PCI cards and a Crossfire 5770 setup with no problems.

12/18/2011

Great Buy!

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Absolute beast of a cooler. Keeps my Phenom X4 965(C3) @ 4.0GHz below 47C on max load. Amazing for the price.

Cons: Doesn't include 2 fans.

Overall Review: Put another fan on the backside for push/pull air flow, lowered temps another 1-2C. Highly recommend this cooler, you just can't beat it for the price.

11/16/2011