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Joe S.

Joe S.

Joined on 08/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

Enermax Liqtech 240

Enermax Liqtech 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler 27MM Thick Radiator w/ Duo High Pressure Airflow Fans
Enermax Liqtech 240 All-in-One Liquid Cooler 27MM Thick Radiator w/ Duo High Pressure Airflow Fans

Pros: Quiet, keeps things cool.

Cons: When fans ramp up to max speed one of them vibrates sometimes.

Overall Review: Currently I have this cooling an Intel 4770k cpu. Cpu is overclocked to 4.4ghz with a core voltage of 1.270. I do alot of gaming. While playing BF4 on ultra settings with mxsaa disabled and the screen resoultion bumped up to 125% Core 1 average temp is 53c. Core 2 average temp is 51c. Core 3 average temp is 47c. Core 4 acerage temp is 43c. Also I emailed Enermax wanting to know how much fluid this pump can flow per minute. There reply was : 750ml/min. Which is about 1/5 of a gallon. Really doesnt seem like much but it keeps the cpu cool. Highest temp spikes I see in BF4 are 60c. Also get some good Cpu paste, the stuff it comes with is not very good. I used the stock paste for a few days and then switched to some Gelid Extreme thermal compund and lowered my temps about 6c average per core.

Most Critical Review

780 Lightning Review

MSI N780 LIGHTNING G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
MSI N780 LIGHTNING G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Looks nice. Performace is good when it works.

Cons: Have gone through 4 of these since Janurary. Average RMA time here in US is 3 weeks.

Overall Review: Just yesterday my 4th Lightning died. I run stock bios on all of them. The overall performance of these cards is awesome, but they are not reliable, cant trust them to last to long. I own lots of other MSI products and they are great so by no means am I going to trash MSI in the following paragraphs. I actually enjoy MSI alot, allways have, allways will. Right before my first two Lightnings died they would artifact alot and I would have to lower my clocks down to stock but then eventually they would die. My 3rd and 4th Lightnings just suddenly shut down and never woke back up. The clocks I was running was between 1280mhz and 1300mhz on all cards. All the cards would work fine for weeks and months at these clocks then suddenly out of no where they would die a quick death. Ran stock bios on all cards, gpu voltage in MSI indicates a lower voltage than what is being shown. I used a multi meter and voltage check points at the cards were never above 1.29 volts. I ran an EK water block also so temps were never an issue. Also after the 2nd Lightning decided to go to gpu heaven I swapped out my power supply and motherboard because I thought maybe they may be the problem, but I was wrong. My gut feeling tells me there is a design flaw with some of these cards. MSI added a bunch of fancy electrical contraptions to the card so it could clock high and compete with EVGA's Classified. When you fancy up the circuit board with extra fancy things that increases the chance of more things breaking. These lightnings are a flop, easily the biggest gpu blunder of this 700 series of cards of all makes and brands. Also I will add one more thing, I play BF4, thats all these cards have ever seen, I never bench them like some.

Big 1080

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, ZT-P10800B-10P, 8GB GDDR5X IceStorm Cooling, Metal Wraparound Carbon ExoArmor exterior, Dual-blade EKO Fan, Spectra Lighting, PowerBoost, FREEZE fan stop
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, ZT-P10800B-10P, 8GB GDDR5X IceStorm Cooling, Metal Wraparound Carbon ExoArmor exterior, Dual-blade EKO Fan, Spectra Lighting, PowerBoost, FREEZE fan stop

Pros: My card boost to 2079mhz on its own with no tweaking, I run fans at 95%, after a few minutes of gaming clocks drop to 2038mhz. This card I have wil run any bench at 2114mhz. Memory is pre-clocked to 10800mhz, was able to push memory to 11000mhz for bench runs. For gaming clocks this card is 100% stable at 2050/10900mhz.

Cons: Way too much stock thermal paste on gpu, 3d load temps were 59c at 95% fan speed. Removed cooler and applied Grizzly Kryonaut, 3d load temps now 53c at 95% fan speed.

Overall Review: Gpu is very heavy and sags a bit, currently using a small screw driver to support gpu on one end. I have not had any fan speed issues as a few have had. I use MSI afterburner to manually set fan curve at 30% at idle. Also I have a 1080 Fe here, the Fe will clock shift when hitting its power limit, this Amp Extreme will never hit its power limit, it is a much smoother gaming gpu than the Fe ever will be.

Highly Recommended

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C17Q-16GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C17Q-16GVK

Pros: Easy to setup. Currently have this set installed on a Asrock Z170 OC formula mobo with a 6600k. As of today on gskills website they have this ram not being compatible with the mobo im using. But the ram works just fine, XMP profile easily enabled in bios. Ram works very well. Make sure you update your bios.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Passed memtest and windows memory diagnostic tool, no errors.

12/28/2015

HyperX Savage 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model HX426C13SBK4/16

HyperX Savage 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model HX426C13SBK4/16
HyperX Savage 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model HX426C13SBK4/16

Pros: These are short low profile sticks. They are not tall and flashy like other ram modules brands. Currently using these in a Asrock Extreme 4 mobo with a 5820k @4.5. Xmp profile easily enabled in bios. These modules work really well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Tested Aida 64 memory and cache benchmark. Stock xmp profile for 2666mhz is 13-14-14-39 CR2. Read 50760, Write 50274, Copy 55328, Latency 59.3 ns. 2666mhz 12-13-13-38 CR1 Read 52021, Write 50289, Copy 55831, Latency 56.9 ns. I have been running the lower timings 12-13-13-38 CR1 2666mhz for the past few weeks and has been rock solid. I tryed to overclock the ram to see if they could go faster but the mobo or memory controller on the cpu cant handle anything higher than 2666 mhz at the moment. I do alot of gaming and some video rendering and recording stuff. I have thrown everything at these modules and they have been a very good purchase for me.

12/12/2015

Zotac 970 Amp Extreme

ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 970 4GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card (AMP! Extreme Edition) ZT-90103-10P
ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 970 4GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card (AMP! Extreme Edition) ZT-90103-10P

Pros: Runs cool, runs quiet, runs up to 1525mhz. Voltage is unlocked with newest updated Firestorm utility, 1.31volts checked at card with multi-meter. Boost straigh out of box is 1405mhz. Temps stay low around 52C, fan speed at 62% at 1525mhz while running Folding@home.

Cons: Firestorm utility is mostly broken. Zotac knows this. I use this card to run Folding@home and nothing more. When clocked at 1525mhz while folding, gpu power usage is around 50 to 60%, gpu voltage is 1.24volts checked with multi-meter. If I try to go to 1535mhz, the power usage throttles to 30% and stays there. That is the bios at work there, Zotac implemented a protection into the bios so it would not go above 1525 mhz. I can actually max out voltage and it will not change. I can run the card all the way up to 1620mhz before I actually get an all out driver crash. So this card is capable of hitting 1600mhz but it won't because power usage protection kicks in above 1525mhz. Card will also coil whine sometimes if I get a work unit that makes the gpu usage go up to 99% Most work units though has the gpu usage hovering around 50% usage.

Overall Review: This card has alot of potential, but is being held back by the bios. I have modded many different bios for this card to try to get around the gpu power throttling issue and have not found an answer yet. Printed on the back of box the card came in it says''Total Unlocked Access''. Well, that is far from the truth, I have proved it. This card is just screaming to be woke up, and can't. Zotac is a good company, they have alot of good things going for them over there, they put alot of real great good people working for them. Zotac knows if they do unlock this card, then they run the risk of increased rma's. A 1525 mhz overclock for this card is actually pretty good, I should not be complaining, but I know I own a product that has more performance left inside of it. And I would like to have access to it when I need it. If Zotac does not release a fixed bios for this then I will be selling this card at the end of the month and picking up something better on black friday.