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Carl W.

Carl W.

Joined on 05/06/04

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Most Favorable Review

Asus 4870

ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4870/2DI/1GD5
ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4870/2DI/1GD5

Pros: Big fat memory bandwidth, very smooth and fast graphics with a Kuma 7750 and 8 gigs of A-Data DDR2 800+ in my Rev. 1 Gigabyte 770 UD3. Flawless install under Vista 64 Ultimate, I simply uninstalled all the ATI software before I removed my 3850, popped this heavy girl in there, and fired her back up. Oh, and I pre-downloaded the Catalyst suite before I did the uninstall/swap as well.

Cons: I get artifacts and video dropouts unless my CPU cooler (Gigabyte 3D rocket pro) and Asus' "5.8 Oz. copper rod" cooler are both maxed out in terms of fan speed. And this is in a case comparable to a CM690, bottom mount PSU, 7 120mm fans, etc. This card makes my whole bedroom heat up. I am second-guessing this purchase due to the cards power consumption and heat output. To say nothing of the noise, my rig whooshes around 35 dB.

Overall Review: This card is still the fastest thing out there under 200 dollars. I am thinking an aftermarket cooler that has RAM sinks or at least contacts the RAM chips would keep this baby a little farther from the sun in terms of temperature. Am going to try something, have used the Arctic Cooling heatsink before and was amazed at the temp drops, so we'll see,

Most Critical Review

No prob, Bob.

Rosewill - Black, Ultra High Gloss Finished Micro ATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply - R363-M-BK
Rosewill - Black, Ultra High Gloss Finished Micro ATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply - R363-M-BK

Pros: Cheap, looks cool, big power button, quiet, easy assembly, drive clips, no front door, comes with two thumbscrews, speaker is optional, heh

Cons: Thin everything, weird power cable configuration, stealth drive doors not so cool, phillips heads not very, well, "phillips".

Overall Review: Not offended by this product in any way. What I expected.

11/30/2008

Samsung B-die and tightest XMP timings

Team T-Force DARK Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TDPGD416G3200HC14ADC01
Team T-Force DARK Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TDPGD416G3200HC14ADC01

Pros: Installed in: ASRock Steel Legend B450M (slots A2 and B2 as per manufacturer's instructions) With: Ryzen 5 3600 Defaults to DDR4-2400 and upon activating the lone XMP profile, this excellent fast RAM sets itself to exactly the timing advertised. DDR4-3200 CL 14-14-14-31 1.35V Running Win7 GeForce 1660 6GB Rosewill Silent Knight 500w PSU The almost 100 5-egg reviews (Oct '19) are not wrong. No stupid RGB to drive up cost.

Cons: Not gonna beat my head against a wall here but big ugly heat spreaders are just bling. This memory looks awesome on black mb's and is NOT ugly but it IS taller than need be. Not an issue for me, using stock Wraith cooler.

Overall Review: Went with this over Corsair CL 16 RAM and glad I did.

10/12/2019

Sexah

LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Don't listen to the haters. This case is very high quality, with great fit and finish and super precise machining of the aluminum body panels. Made in Taiwan, which apparently is better than China. Way small but fits what i needs! Pick your parts ahead of time, get everything together and ready to go, and don't try to put seven HDDs in there, come on, really. As for chassis flex, it goes away with the side panels re-attached. Also looks like it would fit a 140mm radiator on the front fan with both HDD cages removed.

Cons: It will take longer to build a SFF pc no matter who you get the case it goes in from. Check your limitations on PSU length, CPU cooler height, and VGA card length. Not for constant upgrades or tinkering. Do it once and close it up and open it twice a year to blow it out. Trust me its gorgeous and a genius design, don't listen to the haters. Nicest case ive seen and i own a fractal define mini too.

Overall Review: Way too sexy to hide, but mine is gonna live in the closet. Gaming/htpc/everyday computer. Build: Lian Li case (get it) Silverstone 550w strider gold full modular psu cougar 140mm and 120mm fan (non-pwm) samsung dvd-rw drive for netflix dvd's corsair h60 liquid cooler haven't decided on other components yet, but I will be putting a 6970 in there, with an A10 apu, 16mb 1866 DDR3, samsung 840 pro ssd, maybe gigabyte wifi mobo? I dunno, I'm in no hurry and just sniping the sales he he he ......

Quiet!

Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm Silence Optimized Hydraulic Bearing Black/White Computer Case Fan
Fractal Design Silent Series R2 120mm Silence Optimized Hydraulic Bearing Black/White Computer Case Fan

Pros: I don't like to write reviews but these are good. I have a define mini case (also fractal design) with three of these as intakes in the two front and one bottom slots, using a speed reducer (included) and a splitter (not included) to power them all from the same header. The top and rear slots act as exhaust, and those two fans are on a reducer/splitter combo as well. I have an Athlon X4 740 with a passive heatsink and an asus radeon 7750 that is also passively cooled. At six inches from the case, there is no sound. None. Then you listen harder... Ok, air is moving. But It's as loud as a ghost. My rosewill silentnight fanless psu and samsung ssd complete the package for a totally silent pc that peaks at 60C at the cpu and 70C at the gpu. By far, the loudest component is the dvd-rom drive, when in use watching netflix dvds of course. I just had to share this excellence with you all.

Cons: They were acceptably priced, but I'd pay more for higher airflow with similar quiet operation. Of course I would. Without the speed reducer, these are audible in a normal quiet room. No fancy rubber frames or air-slicing serrated blades.

Overall Review: I installed these with the included black self-tapping screws. I've used the anti-vibration mounts before and I'm not to sure they helped with noise, but I hated the sea of rubber nubs covering the side and top of my case. These fans include a resistor-type inline speed reducer and have fairly long, mesh-sleeved cables. I wonder what cougar or bitfenix fans are like...

Great Fan

MASSCOOL SL-FD14025 140mm Case fan with fan guard
MASSCOOL SL-FD14025 140mm Case fan with fan guard

Pros: Very Quiet. 2-Ball bearing. No LEDs. Moves a lot of air. Comes with rubber silent mounts, they work great. Sleeved wires. INCLUDES 140mm GRILL. Try finding one of those on Newegg!

Cons: 3-pin/4-pin adapter would have been nice, instead of a 2 inch lead from the 3-pin with a big dumb 4-pin molex on it. Silicone mounts were a nightmare to get into place in some fan slots, namely the top two in a CM690 case. That is my fault for working in a loaded box instead of emptying it out. All in all, these are sweet fans, no eggs off.

Overall Review: Just so you know, these come with 4 screws keeping the grill on and 4 silicone mounts. Also, the blades are a translucent blue color. The grill is in the intake side of the fan, if you want to use the fan as an intake you simply have to switch the grill to the other side of the fan. Air direction is clearly marked, but all fans blow out the side with the motor supports on it.