cover
Nicholas C.

Nicholas C.

Joined on 06/10/11

0
0

Product Reviews
product reviews
  • 5
Most Favorable Review

Undervolt!

PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 480 8GBD5-3DH/OC
PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 480 8GBD5-3DH/OC

Pros: -Extremely quiet -Runs very cool

Cons: -Looks (depending on your preference)

Overall Review: Undervolt! Based on overclocking results, AMD clearly pushed Polaris 10 to its max with this card, and PowerColor turned it up to 11. If you want this card to be vastly more power efficent, and run much cooler and quieter (not that it needs it) undervolt your card. Its amazing what a 75mV decrease can do. This thing is a beast that can sip power, but it will guzzle it down if you let it.

An excellent product for HBM gpus

RAIJINTEK MORPHEUS II Superior High-End VGA Cooler, 12Pcs 6mm Heat-Pipe, TDP Up To 360 Watts, Fully Nickel Plating, 24 RAM Heat-Sinks & 1 Big VRM Heat-Sink, High Compatibility With Modern & Future VGA
RAIJINTEK MORPHEUS II Superior High-End VGA Cooler, 12Pcs 6mm Heat-Pipe, TDP Up To 360 Watts, Fully Nickel Plating, 24 RAM Heat-Sinks & 1 Big VRM Heat-Sink, High Compatibility With Modern & Future VGA

Overall Review: I purchased this for a Vega GPU which it works extremely well on as there is no GDDR ram for this to get in the way of. I tested this on a 5700XT which worked well but not quite as well due to the GDDR6. This can partially block some of the chips, allowing only low profile heatsinks under the heatpipes. If you have ram that runs hot (like early GDDR6) it may be better off to go with an AIO (with heatsinks and a fan pointed at the ram) or full cover waterblock in order to maximize your gpus potential. (I'm really looking forward to the next gen of HBM gpus as this cooler is extremely well suited for them.)

Very nice case for the price

ZALMAN Z3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Compatible with Standard ATX / ATX12V (Not Included) Power Supply
ZALMAN Z3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Compatible with Standard ATX / ATX12V (Not Included) Power Supply

Pros: -3 quiet and effective fans -sleek look -solid air filter in the front

Cons: -not a case that one can sit on, and sometimes has some left over steel from manufacturing in screw holes. -air filter in the front is a foam that is so effective it wont let dust go, even when you want it to -fans are likely going to die faster than quality third party ones -no option for a side fan blowing on the GPU, a little machine time would go a long way on this one.

Overall Review: -I moved the two 3 pin fans to the front of the case, and the molex fan to the back. This should ensure a majority of the air intake is through the filter, preventing dust buildup, and helps the sleeve bearing fans as they last longer in the vertical position than they do horizontally. -for the awesome ($36) price, it is a sexy looking case, with decent build quality, and 3 fans.

Undervolt!

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM PCI Express 3.0 x16 TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card 100379NTOC+SR
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM PCI Express 3.0 x16 TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card 100379NTOC+SR

Pros: - This card scares me as the fan often times just doesn't turn on when gaming. This is intentional as it wont start until 60 - 65c. - When the fans engage it is at extremely low speed and is almost never audible. - Temps don't go over 75c when undervolted

Cons: - Some coil whine, not nearly as bad as my old R9 290. The coil whine is still the loudest thing in my system when under heavy load.

Overall Review: Overclocking this card can yield around 10% improvement, however a full -96mV undervolt can result in a massive power consumption drop. (Look up "undervolting the r9 fury" toms hardware has a great article). This drop in power consumption, from almost 280W to a little over 210W, may not directly reduce temps of the card as the heatsink is amazing, but made a huge impact on room temperature. My personal card is stable at 1070MHz Core, 522MHz memory, and -96 mV undervolt.

Good looking, Good price, and Good performance

RAIJINTEK TISIS BLACK, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler, 5* 8mm Heat-Pipe, 2*14025mm PWM fans, install 3 fans, Fully Nickel Plating, Copper Base, Multiple Mouting Kit for Intel & AMD
RAIJINTEK TISIS BLACK, Dual-Tower CPU Cooler, 5* 8mm Heat-Pipe, 2*14025mm PWM fans, install 3 fans, Fully Nickel Plating, Copper Base, Multiple Mouting Kit for Intel & AMD

Pros: This heatsink looks great and cools my Xeon x5650 at 3.8GHz very well. I got this on sale and as far as I can tell it performs as well if not better than the Noctua NH-D14. The fans move a surprising amount of air for the level of noise they make, as well as their RPM.

Cons: Challenging to mount until you realize the screwdriver that came in the box is not the right size for the screw heads. Unlike the Noctua NH-D14 fans, these are sleeve bearing, they are still very quiet and seem to be high quality though. While the heatsink itself has adequate clearance the fan sits on top of some ram modules. This is not a huge problem as the fans are mounted with rubber plugs, thus have some play to them, however, can become one if the ram being used has a tall heat spreader on it on it.

Overall Review: Seems like a good semi small company that I will definitely keep on my radar :)