Date Joined: 02/27/10
Pros: - Pure Sine
- Survived 2 blackouts so far
- It's nice to be able to monitor the wattage draw of my system
- Didn't notice the smell that some people mentioned
- Beeping and LCD can be disabled if you know how to read
Cons: - Nothing against this unit, but the research / shopping process of finding a good UPS was very long-winded.
Overall Review: A 900 Watt UPS doesn't mean you can't use a PSU rated over 900 Watts. My PC has a 1000W PSU, 1950X Threadripper w/ 64 GB RAM, Radeon VII, and two 27" monitors, all running on the battery backup ports and doesn't even break 500 Watts running at 100% load (180W normal desktop use).
When the power went out, the estimated battery time ranged from 15 - 45 minutes, depending on usage of course. I didn't run the battery down to actually test the time limits.
This unit is exactly what I expected, that is, a battery backup that provides peace of mind with my PC.
Pros: -12 year warranty
-PSU is smaller than I expected
-Cables run flat instead of bundled together
-Fan control switch is a nice touch
Cons: -Each PCI-E cable splits into two 6+2 pin heads, but they don't recommend using both heads on the same GPU if it demands more than 225W. So you need to use two PCI-E cables, and each one will have the second head dangling connected to nothing. This doesn't bother me, but I could see it bothering someone who is picky about cable management.
Overall Review: I bought this PSU because I heard nothing but resounding acclaim for Seasonic. I wanted a PSU that could stand the test of time and not limit me on any future configurations for my build. I think I definitely found what I wanted, and with a 12 year warranty, it's clear that Seasonic stands by the quality of their products.
Pros: Not relevant.
Cons: Started getting black screens / freezes after 3 years without overclocking.
Overall Review: Since this card isn't sold anymore I'm only writing this review in case an owner of this card happens to come here looking for help.
If you're getting random black screens that freeze your PC, whether it's under load or just sitting at the desktop, get MSI Afterburner (Wattman / Trixx didn't work for me) and downclock the memory clock to 1400Mhz.
I spent over two weeks troubleshooting this card in two different PC's. It isn't a thermal issue (I reapplied thermal paste) or a driver issue (I tried new / old drivers, it still kept freezing) or a physical issue (I took it apart and closely inspected the circuit board for burns / breaks / corrosion). It's a memory issue.
So if you're having issues with this card, try downclocking the memory clock to 1400Mhz before you throw it away. The GPU clock can stay the same (1080), and let Afterburner automatically set the Core Voltage (It put mine up to +19).
When I downclocked to 1400Mhz, I was able to run FurMark for 20+ minutes without issues so I called it good (It would freeze within a few minutes at the default clock of 1500Mhz). Bumping up to 1450Mhz made the freezing come back.
-100Mhz isn't too big of a hit to performance, and hopefully I can get this card to last a few more years before upgrading.
I hope this helps someone out there in a similar situation.
Pros: All of the negative reviews are from people who bought this board early on, before the BIOS issues were sorted out. Did they have the right to be angry? Absolutely. They paid for a premium motherboard and got a buggy pile of junk. Is the board having issues as of right now? Nothing major that I'm aware of. In fact, I feel as though it's my duty to chime in on how pleased I am with this board:
-Incredible amount of connectivity. 3 M.2 ports, 128GB of RAM support (I "only" have 64GB installed)
-Incredible amount of fancy features: Things like built-in Start and Reset buttons, onboard OLED display, tons of LED error indicators, Wifi, Bluetooth, 10Gbps extension card, fan extension card, etc.
-Aesthetically pleasing: Not only in the architecture but the lighting as well. Rear connection panel looks very nice.
-Easy overclocking with built-in fail-safe button if you seriously mess up (Clear CMOS).
Cons: -Like you've heard from everyone else, the mounting screws for the CPU require an uncomfortable amount of pressure to thread.
-No official Windows 7 support. The OS wont recognize USB 3.1 ports and there's no bios setting to override this issue. A lot of people solved it by using the Windows DISM commands to slipstream USB drivers into their Windows 7 install image but I couldn't get it to work with this motherboard.
-The little "COV" fan mounted on the rear I/O. It was so noisy that I seriously thought I had received a CPU cooler with a faulty water pump. Lucky the latest BIOS silences the little thing...
Overall Review: -Have the latest BIOS downloaded and ready to install. This should be the first thing you do when you power on.
-RAM is supposed to be installed in a specific way depending on how many modules you use. It doesn't go "left to right" or "whichever way you want"......... Read The Friendly Manual! ;D
-Requires TWO CPU connections from your power supply in case you didn't notice.
-"Form Factor" section is misleading. This in not an E-ATX board in the sense that it mounts on 12 screws. Sure, it is about an inch wider than a standard ATX but it still mounts on only 9 screws.
-Sure this board is more expensive than other X399 options but I think it's totally worth it considering the build quality and features. The motherboard is where everything in a system connects and if its a 1950x I'm connecting, you'd better believe I'm not gonna go cheap.
Pros: 6 feet!
Very thick 22AWG wire.
Connection is firm on the micro end. I could plug my phone in and swing it around like a medieval mace if I wanted.
Cons: 6 feet can be overwhelming in tight spaces, i.e. a car.
1 year warranty.
Nothing worth losing an egg over considering the price.
Overall Review: I always laugh when I see the dinky 4ft cables being sold for $10 a pop at stores...
Pros: Beautiful 27" Samsung PLS display with excellent color representation.
Deep blacks and pure whites.
Perfect for graphic design and/or video editing.
Very high resolution, 108 pixels per inch!!
Overclocks nicely to 90-96Hz, so you aren't stuck with a jittery 60Hz refresh rate.
Fast international shipping!
Turns on in less than 2 seconds.
Cons: This is a high-end panel surrounded by cheap plastic with a pitiful stand.
**YOU HAVE TO OPEN UP THE CASE IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE STAND**
The power button is the only button with a function. The other 4 don't do anything.
It has built-in speakers for some reason.
Coming from a 1ms 144hz Asus monitor, this monitor has noticeable input lag when playing FPS games.
I like to think that I have very keen eye, but I really don't see a difference between 1080p and 1440p in most games. Yes, text and the HUD look a lot clearer in game, but the actual graphics don't look much different to me.
Overall Review: The description clearly states that you could receive a monitor with 3-5 dead pixels. Mine has one dead pixel, but the resolution is so high that I need to TRY to find it in order to actually see it.
You need to remove 4 screws and pop open the black bevel edge in order to access the internals. Using a metal tool to pop it open will damage the plastic.
Pros: Very, very effective and efficient cooler.
Idles 12C lower than stock cooler (FX-8350)
Games run 20-30C cooler.
Opens the door for fairly heavy overclocks.
Fits in my mid size case (Check for compatibility before you buy this)
Has optional adapters to lower power consumption.
Comes with good thermal compound.
Cons: Doesn't match the Black and Blue color scheme of my tower. But that's barely a con, this could be a Hello Kitty cooler and I'd still use it.
Overall Review: Go to the Noctua website and check your motherboard/RAM/ and case compatibility before you buy this. This cooler is HUGE.
Pros: This dedicated mousing surface is black and comfy to the touch.
This dedicated mousing surface is the appropriate size for my mousing needs.
Cons: When I try to place this dedicated mousing surface on my desk, it phases through my desk and lands on the floor. This is very frustrating because my mouse is difficult to use without a dedicated mousing surface.
Overall Review: Firmware update took 14 hours and Windows still doesn't recognize this dedicated mousing surface in the Device Manager.
Pros: Class 10 card.
Made my Android into a 32GB mp3/video player/ flash drive!
Card reader is the size of a Corn Flake. Comes with a little lanyard so you don't accidentally lose/ eat it.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: Check your pockets before you do your laundry!
Pros: Solid build. It doesn't feel weak and flimsy. Yet it is still flexible.
Supports the 144Hz refresh rate that my ASUS VG248QE puts out.
Reasonable price for the length.
Cons: You can't use it to tow a car.
Pros: Very good stock clocks!
Insane overclocking capabilities. AMD Vision Control Center lets you clock it up to 1500MHz Core/ 2000MHz Memory... What!? Standard clocks are fine, I'm not trying to start a fire..
Dual fan heat-sink does its job very well.
Good variety of output ports, up to 3 displays.
LED's that light up the Sapphire logo look good from the side but.....
Cons: If you keep your computer on the floor and look down at this card, it can be an eyesore. It looks like there is a panel missing that is supposed to cover the LED's. I understand it's probably like that to maximize air flow, but when I buy a high-end graphics card I expect it to look sleek.
This is a pretty big card, I would have liked if it had a 3 screw mounting bracket for the chassis. The 2 seem to work fine, but it made me feel a bit uneasy during installation.
Overall Review: I was waiting for the ASUS Matrix HD7970 to go on sale, then a friend showed me this one was on sale so I just went with it.
I had overlooked Sapphire cards before because I'd never heard of the brand, but I'm pleasantly surprised with the power this card puts out and it's cooling capabilities.
Pros: USB 3.0 is just awesome!
+100 Mb/s transfer rates.
Stays spinning when not in use, so it's always ready to roll.
Blue LED to indicate usage.
Cons: Buyer's remorse? I don't know. I got this drive for school to transport large media files. I bought it on impulse because the Price/Capacity ratio was too good to pass up $100/3,000GB. But I keep asking myself "Why the heck did I buy a 3TB drive, I'm never gonna need that much space!" That's just me being crazy though, it's definitely worth having a lot of space just in case!
Overall Review: Am I the only person who didn't buy this to use as an internal drive?
Pros: 4.2 GHz stock. I've seen people run it at 5.0 GHz and maintain stability. (With aftermarket cooling of course)
Stock heatsink works great! I've never seen this CPU get hotter than 55C on a full gaming load. Hangs out around 30C while browsing/ watching videos.
Frame rates in games jumped up about 10 FPS. (Compared to my ancient Phenom II 955)
Insanely low price.
3 year warranty.
Cons: No hyper-threading.
Comes in a cardboard box, not the fancy tin that is pictured.
Overall Review: Make sure your motherboard is compatible. If it is, update your bios to the newest version and clear your CMOS before install. Ground yourself and handle this chip properly! People seem to have difficulty with those simple steps so they come back and leave a review blaming the product.. It's most likely an ID-10T error. Don't be ashamed to watch a "how-to" video before installing sensitive hardware like this.
Pros: It does it's job. I use this with my digital camcorder (Also purchased from NewEgg) and it provides plenty of space. It's never given me a problem.
Pros: Powerful sound. I did not expect this much bass from these little things!
The length of the cord is just right, and the 3.5mm plugin has an "L" shape, so it doesn't stick out so much.
Got them on sale for under $20.
Cons: None that I can see.
Overall Review: You can do some serious damage to your ears with these kinds of headphones, so be careful!
Pros: Great output. PLENTY of settings and customization. S/PDIF input works very nicely with my computer.
Cons: The speaker wire inputs are a little awkward, but they work fine.
The text on the digital display seems a little big for how large this receiver is. It shouldn't have to "marquee" the words.
Overall Review: Auto-Shut Down is a great feature if you're forgetful like me :D
Pros: This is much cheaper than what Microsoft charges for a year of Xbox Live ($59.99). I got it on sale for $33.99, you can't go wrong.
Cons: I didn't start buying these from NewEgg sooner..
Pros: Fair price and huge amount of memory for a Micro SD card. I turned my Android phone into an MP3 player and haven't experienced any problems.