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Nestor R.

Nestor R.

Joined on 03/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

THE NEW ONE'S HAVE A POWER SWITCH

WD Elements 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDE1U5000N
WD Elements 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDE1U5000N

Pros: 500GB for a great price, sleek design. The new ones come with a power switch on the back.

Cons: None

Most Critical Review

Excessive humming (twice). Terrible mounting. Great looks

Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011 FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3
Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011 FM1/FM2/AM2/AM3

Pros: Probably the best looking air cooler around.

Cons: Unnecessary compatibility problems. They could've easily designed this to not have such extreme ram compatibility problems. The one I had came with a fan that was vibrating extremely loudly. Faulty fan. However, I decided to not get a replacement for the following: The mounting hardware and setup for this is terrible. It's a two man job for some reason. Add to that the price of the cooler and it's just not worth it.

Overall Review: I returned this and ordered a Cryorig H5 Ultimate. Similar in cooling capacity, far cheaper, good looks, and their mounting hardware reminds me of Noctua's, which is a good thing. If Noctua's coolers (especially fans) weren't so ugly, I'd go with them all the time. It's why I always keep a spare NH-U12S around, just in case. Great performance and easy to mount for emergencies. Hopefully the cryorig works out. All of my case fans are be quite silent wings 3 fans, which is why I tried this first, surprised by how bad in comparison their cpu coolers are.

Beastly beautiful

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING

Pros: Excellent performance at 4k Very quiet under load Excellent build quality with the brace adding significant structural integrity to such a fat card Great looking aesthetic that plays very well with Asus' Aura software and with lights off is color neutral

Cons: Absurd price. But this is more an nvidia thing than Asus. The premium over the Founder's Edition is worth it. The fact that Nvidia prices are so high to begin with though is ridiculous.

Overall Review: Best 2080 Ti you can get.

Great performance and cable management

Fractal Design Celsius+ S24 Dynamic X2 PWM Black 240mm Silent Performance Slim Radiator AIO CPU Liquid/Water Cooler, LGA 1700 Compatible
Fractal Design Celsius+ S24 Dynamic X2 PWM Black 240mm Silent Performance Slim Radiator AIO CPU Liquid/Water Cooler, LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: This is an asetek based cooler so we know it delivers good performance. What Fractal Design adds on top of it is their minimalist design approach. This has a fan hub mounted on the radiator and comes with fans with short cables that make it very easy to wire up right on the radiator. All you have to do is then plug the pump into your CPU fan header and set it to your desired mode (auto or pwm) and you're good to go. By default the RGB on the pump block will light up a very nice non intrusive white. If you want the RGB off of it you can plug the RGB cable included into the pump and your motherboard, but it's not required. This requires no special software as it uses standard PWM and RGB headers, which you an configure with whatever software you're using for that already. Competitors require you to plug the fans into the pump block through a mess of wiring and then require that to be plugged into power, usb, and possibly a RGB header. Then you have to install their buggy software to control the pump, fans, RGB, etc. This software rarely is even available outside of Windows too (if you're a linux user).

Cons: Normally the main PWM cable comes out the bottom of the pump block on AIO liquid coolers. Fractal Design has it coming out the side with the bottom being the optional RGB cable. This makes it a very tight fit for mini itx motherboards as a lot of them have a big IO heatsink cover on the left that this gets smashed up against. I installed this on an Asus Strix Z390-I for example. It fits ultimately, but the cable is a tight squeeze vs had it been coming out the bottom or even the top. The top seems like the better exit point since that'll be the direction of your CPU fan header on most motherboards. The inclusion of a separate cable for RGB seems like a missed opportunity to continue the trend at minimalism with cabling that these coolers are known for. It would've been nice if they offered just one cable exit point on top of the pump block and gave you two cables that you could plug into the pump block here. A PWM only or a PWM and RGB combo cable. The PWM and RGB combo cable would have a splitter on the end to split into the standard PWM and RGB ends that you could then plug into the headers on your motherboard. Note that because the tubes effectively carry cabling between the pump block and radiator, they are a thicker than usual. Not much that can be done about this, but it's the price for better cable management. This means they're trickier to bend, but I still fit it fine in a Cooler Master NR200.

Overall Review: The Celsius+ line is the only line of AIOs I'd recommend due to their cable management simplicity and lack of required software.

Beastly beautiful

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING

Pros: Excellent performance at 4k Very quiet under load Excellent build quality with the brace adding significant structural integrity to such a fat card Great looking aesthetic that plays very well with Asus' Aura software and with lights off is color neutral

Cons: Absurd price. But this is more an nvidia thing than Asus. The premium over the Founder's Edition is worth it. The fact that Nvidia prices are so high to begin with though is ridiculous.

Overall Review: I transitioned from a desk setup to a TV and couch setup and needed more performance for 4k. Had an Asus Strix 1080 Ti OC prior. The performance boost is significant and I haven't found a game yet that I have performance problems with keeping 60 fps in yet at max settings (AA on low). The card is practically triple slot wide so you'll need to have ample room for it. No mini itx cases that I know of will fit this guy. Fits snugly in a Fractal Design Meshify C

Good heatsink and install hardware, terrible fan.

CRYORIG H5 Ultimate Mid Tower Cooler for AMD/Intel CPU's
CRYORIG H5 Ultimate Mid Tower Cooler for AMD/Intel CPU's

Pros: Good looking heatsink Good performing heatsink. Very easy installation. It's pretty much noctua's, but sideways.

Cons: The included fan completely goes against the whole quiet experience thing they advertise. My fan's motor made periodic buzzing/grinding noises, but even without those, this fan's operational rpm range is very narrow. It's min is 700 rpm, which means your fan will at all times be spinning pretty fast and be very audible. So, unless you replace the fan with something else, you're stuck with that problem.

Overall Review: If you're ok with a noticeably audible sound floor for your cpu cooler and get a non faulty one. This isn't a bad buy. You get good looks, good cooling performance, decent acoustics, and decent pricing. Also, do note this thing is huge and make sure it not only fits in your case and motherboard, but doesn't block any expansion slots you may be planning in using. On my maximus ix hero board I'm pretty sure the first pcie slot would not be usable for anything but very short expansion cards and the first ram slot was blocked.