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Nicholas H.

Nicholas H.

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Quality for Price

XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-695A-CNFC
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-695A-CNFC

Pros: A definite upgrade from XFX HD 4850 1GB

Cons: Length - I have a full tower case and this is ridiculous

Overall Review: BIOS flashed to 6970 and overclocked to 880Mhz on stock cooler; works without a hitch.

Awesome server for homelab

Dell PowerEdge R620 Server 2x E5-2670 2.60Ghz 16-Core 64GB H310
Dell PowerEdge R620 Server 2x E5-2670 2.60Ghz 16-Core 64GB H310

Pros: - Cheap and powerful, great for homelab and dev purposes - 8 drive bays is dope - The E5-2670 can boost to 3.3GHz - Good I/O (2x front USB and 2x rear USB) - Internal USB for boot - Room for expansion cards

Cons: - Not very power efficient, but hey, it's outdated generation tech - Loud (keep it in a server room or you'll be annoyed) - Runs hot, but not too hot

Overall Review: The H310 mini cannot easily be flashed to IT mode, however, I ended up not needing to flash mine; setting the card to non-RAID mode actually met my needs. I installed Proxmox 7.1 (Debian-based) to use this server as a virtualization host. I read online others were having issues booting from live USB keys, but I had no issue. You have to press F11 to enter the boot menu. It doesn't show the USB key by default, you have to scroll down beyond the viewable space and it will show you the USB key. It will NOT boot the USB key by default, though. Proxmox 7.1 is correctly reading SMART data with non-RAID mode on the H310 mini. I'm using those cheapo Water Panther drives for this build because I'm just using this server to host clusters of Ark: Survival Evolved and Minecraft servers. I'll update my review once I've verified if SSD TRIM commands are passed through the H310 mini in non-RAID mode. I'll also update once I've verified if I can build a stable RAIDZ pool.

12/14/2021

Perfect Case for My Needs

Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C Black Brushed Aluminum/Steel ATX Silent Modular Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C Black Brushed Aluminum/Steel ATX Silent Modular Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I bought this case because I needed front IO USB-C and a 5.25 drive bay. The build quality of this case is spectacular, as well as the amount of room for drives. Its so versatile between the open and closed layout.

Cons: The included fans are nice, but be careful, theyre extremely delicate. It would be nice if you could fit a 280mm top-mount radiator in standard layout. It ALMOST fits, but would have just required a little more engineering on Fractals part to make it work.

Overall Review: For anyone who needs to know this, even though the manual says otherwise, I was able to fit an NZXT X63 top-mounted while still loading a blu-ray drive. The trade-offs are A. you need the open layout, and B. you can only screw in the 5.25 on one side. I included a photo for proof.

My new go-to

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic Compact ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic Compact ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: - Awesome - Especially love the SSD mounts built into the case - Case was designed to fit large GPUs with ease - Price

Cons: - None

Great headset!

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound for PC / PS4 / Mac / Mobile - Gun Metal
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound for PC / PS4 / Mac / Mobile - Gun Metal

Pros: - Comfortable - Feels like a quality build - Sounds great!

Cons: - None that I can tell so far

Overall Review: I bought these for my 11 year old sister. We play games online together and I wanted her to have a decent headset. She absolutely loves these! She sounds great from my end, too.

Comfortable and Quality

SONY - Studio Monitor Series Stereo Headphones (MDR-V600)
SONY - Studio Monitor Series Stereo Headphones (MDR-V600)

Pros: Extremely comfortable. I wore these for a twelve hour gaming spree and at times forgot I was wearing them. Also, they sound fantastic and I'm completely satisfied with the bass level.

Cons: cable could be longer, but there are extensions to solve those types of problems