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JOHN K.

JOHN K.

Joined on 08/15/03

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Most Favorable Review

I definitely got a good one

AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 2nd Gen - Ryzen 7 2700X Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) 8-Core 3.7 GHz (4.3 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W YD270XBGAFBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Fast Stable (at standard clocks) Very reasonably priced for the performance vs other brand CPUs

Cons: No cheaper option to buy it without the air cooler

Overall Review: Already had a Ryzen 7 1700. This dipped price-wise below my "I'll buy it when it hits this price" cost threshold. Was not disappointed. Updated the mobo UEFI BIOS as required, uninstalled the 1700 and installed the 2700X. Ran it for a couple days to let thermal paste set. When I ran the benchmarks, the CPU scored about 2.5% higher than the world average at standard clocks on my ASRock X370 Taichi and with a Samsung 970 EVO 250GB NVMe 2280 M.2 SSD as the OS/boot disk. This CPU line is why I stick with AMD for custom builds. Best bang for the buck.

Most Critical Review

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White LED Pump, FEP Tubing, Dual 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Dissipation Technology LGA 1700 Compatible
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White LED Pump, FEP Tubing, Dual 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Dissipation Technology LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Good price Decent cooling

Cons: Poor fans

Overall Review: Just FYI, I have been building PCs for myself and others for over 20 years, so I'm not some inexperienced person at building a gaming rig. I got this in late May 2019 for a new Ryzen build. I had noticed the fans making a bit of noise every once in a great while, but just dismissed it as possibly a cable maybe having popped out and being tapped by the fan (my system sits between my desk and a printer stand, so I can't actively look in it on a whim). Over time, it was becoming more and more frequent. I later upgraded the system a couple of times, and had to move the fans to accomodate some memory. A few days after having repositioning them, I started noticing the noise again (but this time louder as the fans were now outside of the case). I manipulated the case a bit and it alleviated the sound for a while, but it got worse over the course of a few more days. Finally, I got fed up with the noise frequency and was concerned with it not cooling my CPU properly. So, I took the worse of the two off while running, and the fan had a noticeable wobble and I could feel like the bearings were not good as something was rubbing/scraping as it spun slowing it down as it did. Feeling these fans in hand after I'd removed them, they felt cheap. I never noticed when installing them. I went to a local electronics chain, and bought a 3-pack of fans from another manufacturer whose LCS units I'd used many times before and never had issues of any kind. Things are all running well now that I replaced the stock fans with the other manufacturers' fans. I give it 3 eggs out of 5, due to the pump still working well (seemingly), the cooling capability being okay (43-45 idle, which is cooling a Ryzen 9 3900X), and the fans being on the cusp of failure after only about 6 months (I have other brands of LCS that their fans have lasted 10 years, and I've used them a LOT more). I don't know if this was a freak thing with this cooler, but basing it to just this experience I can not recommend this liquid cooler. I have several from other manfacturers which have been much more reliable and in the same price point.

works like a charm

Patriot Viper Steel 16GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model PVS416G240C5S
Patriot Viper Steel 16GB 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Laptop Memory Model PVS416G240C5S

Pros: Good price. Perfect Fit. No problems.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: Used this to upgrade my new laptop I've been using for work, since it was lacking in RAM. Gives me a solid total of 20GB now. Not having any issues opening multiple browsers or apps. Only drawback was it comes up at 2133MHz, but I think that is because the on-board RAM runs at that speed. And, I don't feel like trying to get it to 2400. So, nothing lost. Still works perfect.

excellent device

Silicon Power 512GB NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 TLC SSD (SP512GBP34A60M28)
Silicon Power 512GB NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 TLC SSD (SP512GBP34A60M28)

Pros: Good price. Good speed.

Cons: Only con is it didn't come with the M.2x3 screw.

Overall Review: Was in simple packaging, easy to install, recognized right away by Windows 10 21h2. Used it to upgrade the laptop I am giving my great-niece for college. Sped up disk access by multiples over the low-speed HDD that came stock. Will make the laptop great for her going to college in the fall.

A pretty good laptop for the money

HP Laptop AMD Ryzen 3 3000 Series 3200U (2.60GHz) 12GB Memory 2TB HDD AMD Radeon Vega 3 17.3" Windows 10 Home 64-bit 17-ca1007ca
HP Laptop AMD Ryzen 3 3000 Series 3200U (2.60GHz) 12GB Memory 2TB HDD AMD Radeon Vega 3 17.3" Windows 10 Home 64-bit 17-ca1007ca

Pros: Decent amount of RAM (12GB) Good drive space (2TB) Fairly new tech CPU Ryzen 3xxx series mobile

Cons: Drive is slower than I like Resolution is mediochre Touchpad is quirky Oh Lord the bloatware from HP and MS

Overall Review: For the money, this laptop is pretty good. If you need a laptop to surf and do email and maybe watch Twitch streams or YouTube, this laptop is pretty good. It had its laggy moments. But the price of this model (if you have a budget with some money left over) can be improved significantly by adding 8GB chip in place of the 4GB that comes standard, and putting an M.2 SSD in to do system side loading and performance tasks. Then use the standard 2TB drive for data storage. All in all the laptop is a good product so far. Screen is clear, had no dead pixels. It's not as high a resolution as I'd like, but you can't expect golden dreams on copper budgets. The feel of the keyboard is good. The touchpad is a bit sensitive. Find the touchpad manager often resizing my text size in Chrome because it detects the ball of my hand as a finger because it has to sit right next to the touchpad for me to type. I'm a big guy, and have big hands. So with the off-centering almost all laptops have now, the touchpad has become more bothersome. I can't give it a perfect score because of a few little issues, aka- the touchpad some, but mostly because a) HP's bloat ware, and b) MS's apps that I disable but still load processes that take up processor time on a 2C CPU. This is unnecessary and adversely affects the PC's' performance. But, I give it a 4 out of 5.. If you're looking for a starter laptop that you an put a little money into upgrading as time and money allows, this could be a real good option to have something that with another extra $200 of upgrades can be a great laptop for the on-the-move person wanting a larger laptop for doing everyday tasks.

GeIL EVO POTENZA AMD 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 Ram

GeIL EVO POTENZA 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model GAPB432GB3000C16ADC
GeIL EVO POTENZA 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model GAPB432GB3000C16ADC

Pros: Great price. Worked at advertised speeds with no fuss.

Cons: Heatsinks taller than expected.

Overall Review: This memory worked perfect out of the box. I got 2 sets to put 64GB in my Ryzen 9 3900X build. Popped up running as 2666. Went into the BIOS and set the DDR4-3000 memory profile, rebooted, and zip away it was running 3000. I went in later, and used a looser DDR4-3200 profile and it successfully runs on that now. Only down part was it was taller than I expected, and I had to reorganize part of my liquid cooler to accommodate the height. No biggie. Took all of 10 minutes. The memory looks nice. Fits with my mobo which is basically almost all black surfaced. And, it was a great deal for the price. First time ever buying GeIL memory. I am quite satisfied with the results. I will consider them again in the future.