Date Joined: 08/21/16
Pros: Cute little card that packs a punch. It works really well. And even with so little ML cores, it can still work the NVIDIA broadcast noise cancellation so well. Not as good as a 3070s noise cancelling level, but close enough. The fans run really quiet even at 100%.
Cons: It runs a tad hot, but that is expected from the small shroud. Nothing the be alarmed about, but I just noticed that it runs hotter than a typical full-length, triple fans RTX 3060
Overall Review: If you have a small build, you cant go wrong with this guy.
Pros: The cooler on this graphics card is thick (3 slots) so it cools very well. I have 2 RTX 3070, this one and a Gigabyte one. This one runs 10 degrees cooler on the core and like 15 degrees cooler on the memory with equivalent fan noise to the Gigabyte one. It has dual bios, so you can switch between quiet and performance. Even at performance, it is not loud at all. The RGB is tasteful and can be easily controlled/turned off in the precision software.
Cons: The only downside I found is that since the card is rather heavy, it sags a little. Nothing major, but I figures I should point it out for those who do not have reinforced PCI-e slots.
Overall Review: Great card if you can find it in stock.
Pros: This is one of the most efficient power supply that I have ever used. At 50% load with 120Vac, the power supplys efficiency is around 94%. That is much better than most other Gold rated power supplies and is even on par with some platinum power supplies out there. Note that this was measured with a Kill-a-watt. It runs very quiet as well. Very high quality design. Highly recommended.
Cons: None at the moment
Overall Review: The power supply is semi modular, so it may not suit everyone, but since I have a use for all the non-modular cables, it doesnt really bother me. If its in stock and is like $10-$20 higher than other equivalent power supplies, go with this one. The extra cost is worth it
Pros: - very quiet, even at 100% fan speed. At 100% fan speed, to my ears, the noise is comparable to the AMD’s Wraith spire at 70% and the wraith spire is known for its quietness
- a lot of air being moved
- Not flashy/edgy looking
- built-in vibration dampening pads
Cons: - The blue sticker stands out. It would look better if the sticker was black or silver for the grey fans variant.
Overall Review: These are very good fans for the price. If you are looking for high performance airflow without breaking the bank, or if you hate the look of rib fans, you should give these a try
Pros: One of the cheapest RAM on the market
The heat spreader looks nice. However, be careful with the CPU cooler choice if you go with this RAM kit. It is very tall, taller than even the G.Skill Trident Z lines. If you have a large tower cooler, it may interfere a little. This is especially true if you are using a board that is smaller than ATX.
Cons: Timings are a bit loose, expected for the price.
It does not run at 3600mhz out of the box. I had to manually increase the voltage to 1.4v for it to be stable. It boots at 1.38v, but there are errors running Memtest86. Below 1.38v and it won't boot. Completely stable at 1.4v though. When it is advertised to be able to run at 3600mhz at 1.35v, I expect it to be able to do so... (-1 egg)
Overall Review: My kit is Hynix CJR, dual rank. This is neither a plus nor a minus in my book as I don't plan on overclocking it further. However, if you want single rank or Hynix AFR or B-die, you may find better luck with other products.
Pros: Thin and light for the hardware included
Cons: Trackpad is pretty bad, keyboard is ok though
Does not support USB-C charging
No SSD included, though it's understandable for the price
The battery lasts for about 2.5-3 hours web-surfing and 2ish hours when gaming when the CPU is undervolted -165mV and GPU undervolted by -113.4mV this is nowhere near the advertised 7+ battery hours advertised
25W artificial power limit when all cores are loaded, making it so that the cores won't boost past 2.2Ghz. I really don't understand why MSI decided to lower the power limit to 25W when the CPU is rated at 45W. When the CPU is not 100% loaded, then yes, the power limit is 45W and some cores will boost to 4.1Ghz, but when all cores are 100% loaded, the power limit is dropped to 25W. This was measured using HWMonitor and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility.
Overall Review: The laptop is good for the price, but the 25W power limit is such a turn off.
Also, MSI, please don't advertise the laptop as having 7+ productivity hours of battery life when it can only last 2.5-3hrs surfing the web. The 7+ hours battery life is only achievable when the laptop is sitting idle completely stock, with no applications installed and no windows updates in the background. Sitting idle is not considered productive by any definitions, so please don't advertise it as having 7+ productivity hrs.
Run cool, even when overclocked
Overclocked really well
Overall Review: It would have been even better if Lucky the Dragon shirt had been bundled with the card, or even as a form of rebate. I would love to have the shirt. Anyway, it's a good card for the price (sub-200)
Doesn't require a power connector
Cons: Fan is kinda loud with minor coil whine when the fan runs above 50%
It's bundled with Quake's Champion
Overall Review: I don't think that the game worth the advertised $39.99. I would have preferred it better if it was a direct discount to the card, or even better, MSI could have bundled it with Lucky the Dragon shirt.
The coil whine doesn't bother me too much. A solution to that is to set the fan to run at lower rpm. At 40%, it cooled the fully loaded, overclocked card to about 61 degree
Pros: It cools well
6 heat pipes
Cons: Very loud if the fans spins at higher than 40%. As reference, when theses fans spin at 40%, they are even louder than the wraith spire rgb cooler running at 100%.
Proprietary clip on fans
Overall Review: I would have prefer it better if the fans were standard 120mm fans so that I can replace them. I'm satisfied with the cooling, so I'm not going to return it.
Easy to install
Cons: Requires Phanteks proprietary connector to connect to the motherboard.
Pros: Led indicator
USB 3.1 gen 2
Plenty of fan headers
Cons: No dedicated clear cmos button
Led is red and not being able to turn off which limit the possibility of your lighting setup
1 more rgb header would be nice
Very limited overclockability: After so effort to overclock my r7 1700, the highest I would run stable at with the wraith spire is 3.625 Ghz
Very poor RAM compatibility: Even with the latest BIOS (7A33v44) it would not run my 3000mhz trident z at anywhere higher than 2400.
Overall Review: Highly recommended.
Edit: Not as recommendable anymore
Pros: 80+ gold rated
Cons: The black cables are detachable while the cables that are permanent attached to the power supply are ketchup and mustard with fishnet stockings
Overall Review: I would recommend you guys to spend an extra $10 and go with the FOCUS version which is fully modular and has 10 years warranty instead of 5 years and fully black cables
Overall Review: Fast
Pros: Large size
Much cheaper than the WD counterpart
Overall Review: Highly recommended
Cons: For some reasons the volume wheel does not work on my board, but it wasn't so much of my concern.
Overall Review: Well, recommended. I hope that you guys will get better luck with the volume wheel :)
Cons: Not able to reach 3000mhz on my MSI X370 gaming pro board even with the latest update (2666mhz max)
Overall Review: Recommended if you are on an Intel platform. Will recommend this for Ryzen builds in a few more months when all motherboards support this at its rated speed
Cons: I got a slightly bad lottery draw and only able to overclock it to 3.65ghz on stock voltage instead of 3.7ghz like what everyone is reporting. And also, any additional voltage on the core will overheat the chip
Overall Review: Overall, I'm having a good experience with this chip, though I'm considering investing some more on an AIO to get a better overclocking. I truly doubt that I will be to reach 4ghz every with an AIO considering what I'm getting from the overclocking on the wraith spire cooler
Pros: Nice coloring
Easily overclockable to 75hz
Displayport cable included
Cons: The stand is horrible with no adjustment
The stand makes the screen slope downward (sorry for the bad explanation)
Overall Review: Recommended only if you are considering spending a bit more money to buy a different stand
Sound dampening material
Front USB 3.0
Pros: Black cables
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Recommended
Easily adjustable grip
Cons: The screws and the screw holes don't really fit too well and would require quite some force to instal
Ketchup and mustard cables
Overall Review: If/ when cooler master improves the mounting option, then I will recommend this product
Easy to install
Plug and play
Overall Review: I will definitely recommend this item to everyone who needs a reliable connection with ok-price