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Brian A.

Brian A.

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RAIDMAX Scorpio series RX-535AP-S 535 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply
RAIDMAX Scorpio series RX-535AP-S 535 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply

Pros: Purchased this PSU on 5/16/2016. Powering an i5-6500 with an r9 380 in an Aerocool 500 case. Been gaming and running folding at home for over a year with no problems. Over 6000 hours of 100% CPU and GPU usage. It is quiet as well. Very pleased, semi modular is perfect, the non modular cables are essential to any system.

Cons: None for me. I recommended this PSU to a family member and they had a bad experience - DoA.

Overall Review: I've noticed that even brand name and very expensive gold+ rated PSUs almost always have about 5% of reviews reporting a bad experience / DoA.

Most Critical Review

Nice looking but flawed.

V7 KM0Z1-5N6P Black USB Wired Slim Multimedia Keyboard
V7 KM0Z1-5N6P Black USB Wired Slim Multimedia Keyboard

Pros: Nice looking design. Keys are widely spaced. Plenty of media & function keys placed along of the bottom edge of the keyboard. (unusual placement but no complaints here) I like the firm wrist rest.

Cons: Construction is somewhat cheesy. Keys are mushy, not a nice tactile response when hitting keys. I have a cheapo laptop with chiclet keys that at least give a click when hit. These just go smoosh. Significant learning curve coming from a traditional cheap keyboard layout.

Overall Review: Buying input devices online is difficult, you just don't know until you use them. For the price this keyboard may make some people very happy.

Excellent mid-range CPU

Intel Core i5-12400 - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake 6-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 1700 65W Intel UHD Graphics 730 Desktop Processor - BX8071512400
Intel Core i5-12400 - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake 6-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 1700 65W Intel UHD Graphics 730 Desktop Processor - BX8071512400

Pros: Amazing gaming performance, less than 10% slower than flagship CPUs that are triple the price. Runs extremely cool and efficiently Works with Windows 10 (no efficiency cores) Included stock cooler contains a solid chunk of copper and is more than adequate in a case with good airflow.

Cons: The F variant wasn't available at the time I purchased so i spent an extra 25 bucks. Oh well, I have it in an ITX motherboard and years from now I can convert it into an HTPC or something.

Overall Review: If your primary goal is playing games this is all the CPU you need, save your money for more GPU which is far more important. Because it is so power efficient you can also get by with stock cooling and a cheaper motherboard to allocate even more budget to your GPU. Get more cores and more threads if you do professional work or if you need more serious multitasking like streaming from the same PC you game on. The small subset of games that do perform better with more cores AND aren't GPU limited don't typically benefit as much from higher frame-rates. I'm using an NZXT H1 case which comes with a 140mm AIO, total overkill for this CPU. I can barely get the CPU over 105F during stress tests.

Excellent non-RGB ram kit

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model MRC4U320GJJM16GX2
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model MRC4U320GJJM16GX2

Pros: No problem getting it to load with the correct timings and speed. Product looks very sharp in person, the pictures here don't do it justice. The heat spreaders look and feel solid and have a nice matte finish. Pretty sure they're aluminum. The stripe at the bottom of the heat spreader is unpainted and has a very shiny fine stripe pattern - nice contrast. Mushkin is a respectable brand, headquartered in USA. No RGB?

Cons: No RGB?

Overall Review: I was shopping for a DDR4 16 GB kit in my new build but found this on sale for only 30 bucks more. I did a quick Google and professional reviews of the Redline series I found were very positive - added to cart. I have not attempted overclocking with this kit.

Works great!

Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Ultra-Slim Data USB Hub with 2 ft Extended Cable [Charging Not Supported], for MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Surface Pro, XPS, PC, Flash Drive, Mobile HDD
Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Ultra-Slim Data USB Hub with 2 ft Extended Cable [Charging Not Supported], for MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, Surface Pro, XPS, PC, Flash Drive, Mobile HDD

Pros: It has 4 USB ports, they work. Can handle multiple input devices simultaneously I've had good luck with Anker products in the past Sleek and slim The manual gives a simple breakdown of how many amps it provides vs how much some common devices draw.

Cons: Only 3.0? Not really sure that matters for most users. Not for multiple devices that draw power from USB. If you have big or wide usb devices not all ports would be available.

Overall Review: I had my buddies over for game night we played fighting games and Streets of Rage 4 which supports 4 players co-op. I had up to three different gamepads of different types plugged into this hub at the same time and everything worked flawlessly. Two of the gamepads we used were powered by internal batteries. This hub probably wouldn't be able to deliver enough juice to 4 devices that draw their power from USB. I ran the cable from the back of my mini ITX PC on the floor and about halfway up the side of my desk used some removeable 3M fasteners (hard plastic velcro type) to attach the hub. It looks like the hub is built into my desk.

"*CPU performance may be limited due to power phase design."

ASRock B660M-ITX/AC LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard
ASRock B660M-ITX/AC LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard

Pros: Low Price Connectivity and features should accommodate most users BIOS is great, plenty of options and settings far beyond what most buyers of this board would need. DDR4 support saves money Works well for its intended audience of budget socket 1700 users (i5-12400 and lower)

Cons: CPU voltage hardware not sufficient for higher end CPUs - they are compatible and will function but may have reduced performance in heavy work loads and some gaming applications. (do a search for professional reviews for more details) All socket 1700 chips are listed as compatible but with an asterisk on ASRock's website: "*CPU performance may be limited due to power phase design."

Overall Review: I was unaware of this when I purchased and based on my budget and other considerations I went with a 12400 chip - my personal experience has been fine. But I don't think a 5 egg review is warranted.

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Sent me the wrong product

Two eggs, because they actually sent me a big toner cartridge for an office laser printer instead of an ink cartridge for my HP Deskjet. I could have just sold the Toner cartridge for a profit but I am an honest schmuck and have requested an RMA.

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