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Edward S.

Edward S.

Joined on 03/22/04

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Most Favorable Review

Nice Video Card

Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 (DVI-I, HDMI, VGA), 900358
Visiontek Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 (DVI-I, HDMI, VGA), 900358

Pros: Bought this to upgrade an old AMD setup that had an integrated video card on the motherboard (pre-APU design). My kids were playing Minecraft on Ubuntu Linux 14.04 Desktop and had a lot of glitching problems. Installing this card along with the proprietary AMD Linux graphics drivers made all of those glitches go away so now the gameplay is smooth as butter.

Cons: Doesn't cook me breakfast in the morning.

Overall Review: Works with the proprietary AMD Linux drivers on Ubuntu so you can get the most out of this video card without running Windoze.

Most Critical Review

Worthless

Corsair Hydro Series, H60 2018 (CW-9060036-WW), 120mm Radiator, Single 120mm PWM Fan, Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible
Corsair Hydro Series, H60 2018 (CW-9060036-WW), 120mm Radiator, Single 120mm PWM Fan, Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: None

Cons: I have tried this product twice on an AMD Ryzen 1700X and both times the water pump has failed within a couple months. Why is my PC no longer responding? Open up the case. Hmm, the water lines are ice cold. Reset the water pump. Turn back on. Hmm, the LED light is on but the pump is obviously doing nothing.

Overall Review: Give your money to anybody else but Corsair for Liquid CPU cooling

Worthless

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700X Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD170XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700X Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD170XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: None

Cons: Burned up several liquid CPU coolers and motherboards

Overall Review: Runs way too freaking hot

Worthless

ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING X AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING X AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: None

Cons: Failed in less than six months

Overall Review: Don't purchase ASRock motherboards

Running Two in AMD Crossfire

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card GV-RX570GAMING-4GD
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card GV-RX570GAMING-4GD

Pros: - Plug and Play with compatible motherboard using latest AMD drivers on Windows 10 - Works great with AMD Freesync monitor

Cons: - Draw a lot of power (need 650W power supply for one, 850W power supply for two) - Stock thermal paste on the GPU is garbage - Need to adjust Wattman settings for proper fan control - Fans sound like a leaf blower when properly tuned

Overall Review: Lessons from running SETI@Home on AMD Crossfire setup: - Both cards were crashing from overheating - Had to remove heatsink, clean the stock thermal paste off, and reapply good quality thermal paste - Default Wattman settings for fan control just don't work as the cards will still overheat. Set to manual and ramp up the fan speed accordingly

12/19/2018

Worthless Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: None

Cons: I spent a lot of money on the G.SKILL Flare X 16GB DDR4 3200 memory modules because these were certified by *both* AMD and Gigabyte to be able to run at 3200MHz. This motherboard refuses to boot with supposedly certified RAM at 3200 MHz.

Overall Review: Definitely would not recommend this motherboard since the purpose of this product is to be able to run overclocked RAM with the AMD Ryzen CPUs which it obviously cannot do.