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David D.

David D.

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Most Favorable Review

Just The Best

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I am a system builder with 15 years of experience. I come from the AMD camp and this is my FIRST Intel custom build and I have to say I picked the write time to do it. This board, like everyone said is just amazing! Up and running in no time. I did have a little trouble with the memory but it was quickly fixed with a quick visit the BIOS. Great motherboard! Just make sure you get the correct memory for the board by visiting the EVGA products page. Also, every cable you would need is included.

Cons: The only real qualm I have with this board is the side mounting of the SATA1 and SATA2, along with the floppy connector (I still use a floppy drive for XP and XP x64 installs since I need the RAID drivers which are included with the board).

Overall Review: EVGA motherboard, EVGA 8800GT 512, 4GB OCZ 1066 RAM, Vista x64, Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 (not overclocked...yet).

Most Critical Review

RUN!

NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS V.5 Wireless Gigabit Open Source Router/ USB port Rangemax 2.4/5 GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Like the folks here have been saying, good throughput and a decent amount of features.

Cons: Where to begin? The DMZ aspect of this device is broken as it fails to route traffic correctly. Netgears forum is PACKED with page after page of problems. As a matter of fact Netgear seems to be abandoning this platform all together and is releasing a new series based on this one (WNDR37AV) since there have been so many hardware complaints about this router (it seems they cannot get the firmware straight). Mine dies after 6 months of use and I have spent two days trying to get an RMA out of them. Netgear no longer supports there products after 90 days for free. You have to PAY to talk to someone. Something called GEARHEAD support. I will never buy another Netgear product again. I took a chance and got bit... again.

Overall Review: I do have to say, that when it worked it work pretty well. But to just up and die and then spend two days to try and get someone to support there own product is ridiculous. I'm not asking for anything other than an RMA number but...no go. Lesson learned.

10/29/2010

NEVER Thought I Would Buy A Pre-Built

ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Windows 10 Pro - Ryzen 7 5800X - GeForce RTX 3080 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSD - Corsair 280MM RGB AIO
ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Windows 10 Pro - Ryzen 7 5800X - GeForce RTX 3080 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSD - Corsair 280MM RGB AIO

Pros: - Been building PC's since the dawn of..well...PC's - Didn't want a pre-built. Saw this and loved all the parts. - ALL parts are exactly as described on the page. - AMD (was an Intel guy). - FAST! - 3080 (Mine came with an MSI). Your's may vary. - 32 GB of high-end RGB memory. - If you are using only M2 and SSD's this case is a freaking dream when it comes to installing them. - Shipped in a box within a box. VERY well packed. The video card was also packed with a special layer. Kudos to ABS for doing that. - Fired-up the first time and I was shocked! Beautiful machine! - Will buy from them again. Just blown away at how good this machine is.

Cons: - Adding hard drives (like the old school ones) is a pain. Not ABS's fault. Just the way the case lays out. - I'm supposed to say 'price' here but I got it on sale during Black Friday and saved hundreds. - Nothing else to complain about. I am truly blown away by how well this system performs.

Overall Review: - I WILL be buying from ABS again if they keep up this kind of work. - Props to Newegg. Fast shipping and well packed. - Well worth the price in my opinion.

Decent Board. Should have bought MSI

ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - First ASRock board ever. Normally buy MSI boards. - Booted right up. - No issues with heat that I can tell after running this board for 5 months. - RGB lighting...eh...not really my thing but it seems to work. - I like the fact that the PCI-E for the video card(s) slots are strengthened so the 1080Ti I have does not "lean down" due to its weight.

Cons: - BIOS needs work. 4.0 just came out and I HIGHLY recommend you upgrade the BIOS ASAP. - RGB software and lighting. Uhhh....a joke. BIOS does not recognize when I change the lighting to any color than what the default is already set at. - Windows 10 RGB control software simply "faults" when executed. Never has worked. - Onboard USB is lacking. ASRock provides 1.5 header ports. Not 2! 1.5. I had to buy a splitter so I could get my CPU water cooler and case fans connected to the MB. - Software on the website is a joke. My storage controller is an Asmedia controller and ASRock doesn't even provide the driver on the website! I had to use a "driver finder" to get the correct storage controller driver so my DVD\CDROM would stop hanging my system every time I tried to access it. REALLY! No controller driver at all???? WOW! - After each BIOS upgrade, I have to HARD re-set the MB back to its defaults to get the new BIOS to be recognized. UGH. - Drivers on the website are from 2018 and are the original drivers. No updates to the default driver software since then. This tells me that ASRock has already moved onto its new boards and as decided to leave driver updates to you. Good luck!

Overall Review: I'm not going to say "don't buy this board." What I am going to say is, I have never had to spend the kind of time I have had to spend to get an MB situated from a driver and BIOS perspective than I have with this board. For me personally, I am going back to MSI on my next build.

NZXT Kraken X72 - Good and REALLY BAD!

NZXT Kraken X72 360mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P120mm Radiator Fan (3 Included)
NZXT Kraken X72 360mm - All-In-One RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - CAM-Powered - Infinity Mirror Design - Performance Engineered Pump - Reinforced Extended Tubing - Aer P120mm Radiator Fan (3 Included)

Pros: - Great cooling when the CAM software functions correctly - Large cooling fans that really help dissipate the heat from the CPU (again, when the CAM software works). - Cool RGB colors.

Cons: - CAM control software. SO BAD I'm considering dumping the x72 and going with something else. 60% of the time it does not "see" the X72 and I have to delete the USB driver (Device Manager - HID - Yellow Bang USB Input Device) and re-install it. Horrible software. HORRIBLE! - I'm putting this under "CONS" but it's not really a "CON". I just didn't realize how large this system is. I mean REALLY LARGE! I had to do some "magic" to get the x3 cooling fans and the pump installed and routed correctly and this was in a FULL TOWER case. The main issue was the motherboard power connector (8PIN) on the upper left of the MB was in the way of a standard setup. Thankfully I was able to slide the fans to the right, just enough, so the fans would mount and my case allowed for that. I cannot stress enough how BIG this fan system and cooling cable is!

Overall Review: Great cooler! HORRIBLE software! Unless they get the CAM software fix, and soon, I'm seriously considering going to another solution. I cannot tell you how c***** a feeling it is to boot a brand new, expensive, computer and have to cross your fingers hoping your CPU software functions correctly. PLEASE consider what I have said here before purchasing this product. Also, check the CAM forums and read for yourself.

Card Good. Software Horriable.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING, 11G-P4-6593-KR, 11GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology - 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING, 11G-P4-6593-KR, 11GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology - 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M

Pros: This is the second review I am posting about this card. I had a terrific review (really dug into the good and the bad) but I guess free speech is not what it use to be cause NewEgg pulled it or, someone at EVGA didn't like it. No bother. We'll do it the old fashion way. - Terrific card. 2 PCI-E in width and I believe it's lighter than my old 980 TI. - Runs most games beautifully. Some games crash. Tweaking of the NVIDIA drivers and game settings required (Prey was bear to get running stable but I managed it). - Looks? - Very nice. Can't get the Precision software to change the colors though. As soon as I select a color the software explodes. Literally. It GPF's. - Packaging - It's a 700.00 + card. You get the normal connections and a poster. Very well packaged. Should handle the shipping with no issues. Noting to get excited about.

Cons: - Asynchronous fans do not work as those require the Precision software to function correctly. - LED lighting does not work as, again, the Precision software does not work correctly. (See Pro's for issue). - Tried to see the sensors. Got a 1 second look. GPF. - Un-installed and reinstalled three times. NADA. Same issues. Nothing I did could get this software stable. My card kept overheating. So, after 2 completely wasted hours I un-installed the Precision software and installed AfterBurner from MSI. Card has been stable ever since. Hasn't gone past 61C even with everything maxed in multiple games. - The Precision software looks like it's in a beta stage. I cannot understand how EVGA even puts this out. When I first installed the card and loaded the software I set all the settings in the Precision software to default. I loaded DOOM (2016) and played about 15 minutes. I went to see what the deal was and after a bit of troubleshooting I noted the "Auto" fan setting was not working. I had to set the fans to 75% and then played for hours. After I got my gaming fix with my new card out of the way I went and tried to setup some profiles for the EVGA software. They worked while I was in the same desktop session but as soon as I rebooted, all the profiles I had spent a decent amount of time tweaking were gone.

Overall Review: This card is all about the sensors and Asynchronous fans. If the Precision software is this bad and unstable I would look at the other EVGA offerings. I wish I had. All the cool stuff I can't use. Oh, and I am running a monster machine: Windows 10 MSI X99 Mother Board 32 GB 3000 RAM M.2 512 Multiple RAID SSD's for gaming and VM's It's a monster. I have been building systems for over 21 years. I have never seen software this bad. WAIT! I'm wrong! I have seen software this bad: Windows ME.