Date Joined: 04/15/07
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.
Pros: Thunderbolt 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Solid construction
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.
Pros: I ran out of USB 3.0 ports on the back panel and needed a couple more. My board had extra 3.0 19 pin connectors so I bought one of these and put it on. The cable is a fine length and the USB port side of it doesn't block any airflow for the HD7870 its mounted right under. Its worked without any problems so far.
Cons: I wish someone made a 4 port 3.0 back panel but I couldn't find one. Not really a con though, this works perfectly if you need a couple extra USB 3.0 ports.
Pros: I've had no issues so far and it's worked just as it's supposed to. I was pretty impressed that it can handle 6+ drives, my HD7870 and everything else without any problems when I needed to transfer stuff between drives. Now I only have one drive so I really don't push this thing at all. Very stable voltages, processor seems to like it just fine when I push the clocks up.
Cons: My case (like many these days) has the power supply mounted on the bottom and I had a bit of an issue with the 8 pin secondary mobo power cable being too short to route through the case and around the back, I had to run the ugly cable over the top of everything until I bought an extension. Not a big complaint all things considered.
Overall Review: If your running one video card (or even a couple mid-range cards), a decent processor, and a few drives this is the perfect power supply. I often hear of people running uselessly massive power supplies, there really is no reason unless you've got huge power demands.
Dont be surprised if your video card uses both of the 6 pin power cables like my HD7870. Obviously cross fire or SLI wont be possible if one card takes both 6 pins to run it.
Pros: Okay, seriously, this stuff is awesome. There is no reason to not buy a full 16gb stack when the price is this low. I've not built a new rig in several years so the new speed was unexpected.
I used to max out the 4gb of ram I had before but 16gb is a bit harder to do that with. It's actually downright impossible in almost any normal scenario. I've tried goofy stuff like running a couple games in the background, 30 or 40 tabs in my browser, and doing a ton of filter work in Photoshop CS6 all at once and I still had almost half the memory available.
I've never had one problem with the memory, even when overclocking and such. I've run my 3570k at 4.2ghz pretty easily and the memory stays rock solid.
Cons: I doesn't bring me breakfast in the morning... Really though, there are no cons, its memory and it works, in this case it works really well.
Overall Review: Make sure to enable the correct memory profile in your BIOS, I ran these with loose timings accidentally for a couple months before remembering to use the correct profile. It was very easy on my GA-Z77X-UP5 TH, literally just go into the BIOS and select the memory profile labeled "profile1" (the only choice) that has nice 9-9-9-24 timings. Otherwise I think it runs it on a looser default setting, it was never slow before, its even faster after.
Pros: Works as a great mSATA drive with my Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH board. When I first built my machine I had the Corsair Force GT SSD as my main boot drive (CSSD-F90GBGT-BK) and that was EXTREMELY fast. This drive isn't quite at that level but the empty slot on my mobo bothered me haha.
I now boot off of this Plextor because 90gb simply isn't enough for a main HD. The ~200gb is more than enough for a main drive but I run a 3tb and do most of my big program installs off of that just to make sure. Basically I install anything that starts when the computer boots up on this drive and all of my games and big programs on the 3tb, its a system that works quite well, just have to remember to change the drive letter during install.
This drive scores a 7.6 in the windows 7 experience rating, my 90gb corsair force scored maximum 7.9 marks. I haven't noticed a huge difference in read or write speeds and with both my boot times are sub 15 seconds so the difference is negligible at wost.
Overall I'm quite happy, it runs great, has more than enough space for a main os install and I've had no problems whatsoever.
Cons: I wish there were independent tests to verify the claimed IO performance of drives that were kept up to date. Tom's hardware is great but they haven't rated this drive yet.
Pros: Really great to have every possible connection possible and no stupid power brick. Comes with every cable too (even double FW800)! Feels really solid. A top quality drive all-around.
Cons: Seriously loud sound when placed vertically (in stand) from internal fan (otherwise silent). Activity light is bright, annoying when trying to sleep.
Overall Review: Button on front is pointless...
Pros: This thing is awesome, not only do you get a great looking external hard drive, you also get a usb hub (great for laptops with only a couple of ports, ex. MacBook). Not one problem on my MacBook with nearly constant use *ahem* torrents *ahem*. I have connected other external drives to the hub on the front and moved files to the external drive and the speed was comparable to transferring from the computer to the external drive, right around 35mbps (what you get on any external, really, its no slower). Really great finally having extra usb ports too.
Cons: My 750gb WD drive (WD7500AAKS) does get pretty warm at times, but is suspect it would be at the same temperature inside an external enclosure. Drive tends to be very easy to remove, especially with the guard removed. Simply pulling the drive forward in the cradle will result in the drive being disconnected. I have observed that different drives fit more snugly than others.
Overall Review: Removing the drive cover really completes the look by exposing the hard drive (similar to the other thermaltake exposed externals). To do this simply tilt the cover do to a nearly horizontal position and push up from the center of the cover, bending the entire cover until the pegs on the side of the cover come out of their slots. Also, you might want to consider placing rubber buffers on the back "shelf" that the hard drive rests on, depending on how well your drive sits in the cradle, the drive can start vibrating from time to time because of the plastic on metal contact.
Pros: Well, I'm sure there great headphones.
Cons: After an incredibly anticipated wait, I received the headphones and much to my dismay the left ear cup was dead. Not a sound. Very annoying, especially after hearing so many great reviews.
Overall Review: I guess there has to be a bad pair every so often, just annoying that I caught it.
Pros: Works perfectly with my MacBook 1.83 core duo. Speeds up everything A LOT. Recognizes in OS X and Windows without fault. The cl4 is nice for one-uping friends, but thats about it. I really dont think your going to realize a difference between this and a cl5 pair, but i figured it was only a little more $ so why not, you'll be the only person with cl4 memory.
Overall Review: Takes a firm push to install.
Pros: Decent drive. Came with my 1.83 core duo macbook. Because my comp has only 512MB of ram page file usage is frequent. The 5400RPM is a definite draw back in that regard as the speeds just aren't the same as the 7200RPm drives in my friends macbook pro's. I'm looking to upgrade soon. 60GB and 5400RPM just aren't enough in todays world. It is nice and quiet though, and cool.
Cons: Slow speed and lack of space. Unrealistic in todays computing environment.
Overall Review: For the hell of it, Newegg rules.