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Gustav D.

Gustav D.

Joined on 04/15/07

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing Headphones

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones
Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones

Pros: I honestly cannot recommend these headphones enough. There is nothing anywhere near them for the price in terms of build quality, wearability, and durability. Sound is excellent, I haven't tested many cans since buying these but sound is amazingly good and almost as good as anything I've ever heard (at much higher price points).

Cons: The first pair I received did have a dead ear cup but 6 years on with the replacement pair that Sennheiser sent I've had not a single disappointment despite daily use and tortuous conditions.

Most Critical Review

Memory failure after six months

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GVKC
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GVKC

Pros: Ran great for a while. Very fast. Reasonably priced.

Cons: Ram developed faults and began causing system crashes after 5 months of use.

Overall Review: I've been using g.skill ram for years and held them in high regard. Sadly the memory in my latest build has started to error after less than six months of use. I had the 32gb kit (2x16) of 3600 memory in my latest z490 build and it ran great for the first 5 months. Over the last few weeks I've been getting random full system shutdowns. Lockup, black screen, then off. No errors show up in windows event viewer. It was usually while doing something mundane like browsing the internet, but occasionally during games too. It took me more than two weeks to diagnose it as faulty memory. Confirmed my suspicion by running memtest 86 and found multiple errors on my first pass at the standard xmp timings. Since then I have turned off the xmp profile and am running the ram at the default 2133 timing. The system is stable under the looser timing. I have written to g.skill regarding a warranty replacement but have yet to hear back from them.

Perfect feature set, great board

MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Thunderbolt 3 Dual m.2 Very clear and complete bios Well designed VRM delivers very consistent voltage under load

Cons: Front m.2 slot is located on top of the chipset and the m.2 heatsink also serves to cool the chipset - I would prefer to be able to just have the m.2 drive cooled naturally without the cover.

Overall Review: It's been 8 years since I last build a computer, bios layout and features have come pretty far. Almost everything is automatic when you first set up the computer. I have a slightly complicated dual 970 evo m.2 RAID 0 configuration but the manual and online documentation walk you through the exact steps and it was pretty simple to set up the array. MSI dragon center is actually worthwhile to install and does a good job of tracking down all of the chipset drivers and other things. I have a 10700k on the board and everything runs great. The internal headers line up to exactly what the NCASE M1 has for IO ports and I use a corsair commander pro to run all the fans and such. I've had no hangs or strange behavior, even after more than an hour of stress testing the computer. Very impressed by the quality of this MSI board.

First time water cooling made easy

Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: - Quiet - Low temps - Easy to set up - Software works great Seeing maximum temps around 70c in pcmark stress tests, 40c idle. My 3570k is running comfortably at 4.5, lots more left in it I'm sure but need to do more research on voltages, etc. Setup was super easy, I took much longer than I needed to. Basically plug and play. The backing plate will be loose until you tighten down the water block. Unlike what other reviews have mentioned, the Corsair Link software works great in Windows 10. full control of all parts of the cooler including lighting (even has nifty temp dependent lighting). I have a nice custom fan curve set up so it stays nearly silent most of the time and ramps up as needed.

Cons: Provided thermal pad isn't great, not seeing temps that match benchmarks online. Have arctic silver 5 on order, suspect that will improve performance quite a bit more.

Overall Review: Also purchased an NZXT Grid and mapped all of my case fans to either CPU or GPU temps, GREAT way to keep noise low and performance high when needed. Installed in Corsair C70, fit is perfect.

Amazing Card

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2

Pros: - The benchmarks you've seen speak for themselves, everything looks amazing and silly smooth at 2560x1440. - Card is silent until you start pushing it in a game, I love that the fans stay off until needed. - Lighting is nifty. Coming from dual Radeon HD 7870's I was expecting a little bump in frame rates and quality but this card really is crazy awesome, every setting all the way up. Anti-aliasing is really where you start to see the extra overhead pay off, things just look great. I wasn't expecting such a huge difference in noise either. This car is silent until you really start making it work, and even then I can hardly hear it over my case fans. The little side logo lighting is a nice touch too, you can actually program it to a ton of different stats (temp, load, etc.) so its more useful than just looking nifty.

Cons: - Will probably spend tons of time replaying every game I own with settings maxed out now.

Overall Review: I was pretty bummed to see the card was out of stock everywhere but I put my backorder in anyways here on newegg expecting a few weeks wait. The card showed up at my door 4 days later, amazing!!! Running on a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH and i5 3570k and everything works perfectly together (as expected). Just got water for the processor so I can make sure I don't have any bottlenecks.

A bit misleading

ORICO Aluminum 2.5 Inch to 3.5 Inch Bay Drive Converter Kit for Hard Drive/SSD Bracket Converter Adapter 3.5 to 1x2.5 - Black (AC325-1S-V1)
ORICO Aluminum 2.5 Inch to 3.5 Inch Bay Drive Converter Kit for Hard Drive/SSD Bracket Converter Adapter 3.5 to 1x2.5 - Black (AC325-1S-V1)

Pros: Solid construction Nice Finish Rubber isolators included Works for some applications

Cons: I wish I had looked at this a bit more as the holes on the side are NOT THE FULL LENGTH OF A 3.5" HARD DRIVE. In other words this will not fit properly in most quick release type drive bays. I still managed to make it fit by using the first two side mounting holes and letting the back be loose but this isn't ideal.

Overall Review: A very nice piece if this is what you need but it very well might not work for you.