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Randy A.

Randy A.

Joined on 02/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

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ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This may not be the place for this, but a post like this sure would have helped me. My computer is running at 4.5 GHz, on AIR, idling at 1.0 volts & 31c. 80F room temp. Full load w\Prime95 for 1 hour, max of 1.328 volts & 68c. Completely stable. The voltages are EXACTLY the same as running the preset Turbo 4.0 in the BIOS, except I'm running at 4.5 After a lot of reading and experimenting here's what I have for UEFI BIOS settings. In Advanced\CPU Config; Everything Enable\Auto except; No-Execute Mem Protection--Disabled In OC Tweaker; Everything at factory settings except; CPU Ratio Setting\Max Ratio--45 Spread Spectrum--Disabled Power Saving Mode--Disabled CPU Core Voltage--Offset Mode Offset Voltage-- +0.030 DRAM Configuration; Load XMP Profile--Profile 1 Everything else Auto except; Command Rate--1N I'm a programmer and nothing I do will run the system at full load on all 4 cores for anywhere near 1 hour. I think I should be safe for 24/7 usage.

Cons: None other than the time and effort spent to find the overclock settings listed above. Of course, if something dies, you can bet I'll post it here.

Overall Review: System Components: Case--CoolerMaster CMSTacker 830 SE Power Supply--CoolerMaster 1000w (came w\case) CPU Cooler--CoolerMaster V8 Motherboard--ASRock Z68 Fatl1ty Pro Gen 3 CPU--Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K Memory--GSkill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM DDR3 1600 (PC312800) CAS: 8-8-8-24-1T Video Card--XFX HD-685X-ZDFC HD6850 1GB R Hard Drives--2 x Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB DVD--Asus DRW-24B1ST OS--64 bit Window7 Pro So far, I'm VERY happy with ALL of the components in this machine and I LUV the way it responds. Of course, your mileage may vary. Hope maybe someone will find this info useful and save themselves the hours of research, trial and error that I went thru. Cheers...

Most Critical Review

Good Motherboard, but...

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI THUNDERBOLT 3 USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI THUNDERBOLT 3 USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Once it was finally working it's been great.

Cons: Loading Windows 10 and Motherboard Drivers was a NIGHTMARE! Every time Windows tried to reboot during the install the computer froze. Had to manually shut it down and restart it, then Windows installation would continue. After Windows was finally loaded I inserted the USB stick containing the drivers that came with the mother board. Every time it tried to run the setup, the computer would lockup (blue screen). So I update to the latest BIOS. No change. Had to go to the Gigabyte website, download and install each driver manually. It's ridiculous that they send you a driver install USB stick that doesn't work!

Overall Review: This is my first Gigabyte Motherboard... and most likely my last. I've always used *srock in the past and have always been happy with them. I debated between this board and the *srock Phantom Gaming X. Should've gone with that and saved both time and money.

Very good cooler...

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2

Pros: Keeps my I5 2500K running 4.5 GHz @ 30-32 idle temps and max of 68c under an hour of Prime95 full load. Plus it's pretty cool looking...

Cons: The fan could be quieter. It's fairly quiet below 50% speed, but it could be quieter on the upper 50% In fact, CoolerMaster, when your going to sell a high end CPU cooler, you SHOULD put a SILENT (or the closest you can get to silent) fan in it. Anything less is just being cheap, and if people wanted cheap, they probably would have bought a different cooler in the 1st place. All you accomplish by being cheap is lowering your reputation... and that doesn't help sales.

Overall Review: I do like this cooler for the most part. It works well. But at some point I'm going to have to replace the fan in it with something quiter. Then again, I'm a bit particular when it comes to fan noise... I don't like it. :)

I'm VERY impressed...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

Pros: First, let me say, I'm brand new to Overclocking... I'm a long time puter programmer, but not a gamer. I'd rather have a good, quick, solid, QUIET, RELIABLE work puter than be on the bleeding edge of trying to outspend and outtweak my buddies for another .5 frames\sec. That said, first I OC'd the I5 2500K to 4.0 GHz (running a Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler. Max CORE temp running Prime95 heavy stress test for 1 hour was 68c, in an 80 degree Fahrenheit room) Then I OC'd this RAM to 1866 @ 9-10-9-24-1n on my AsRock Z68 Pro Gen 3. Left DRAM voltage at 1.5 and all other settings on "Auto". Works GREAT! Out of curiosity, I OC'd it to 2133 @ 11-11-11-30-1n, 1.53 DRAM voltage and all other settings on "Auto". It works, but it had a couple "issues". Would lock up occasionally on boot or stress test. If I had any clue as to what I was doing, I suspect the "issues" could be resolved. For the most part, it worked fine.

Cons: Unless it dies suddenly or something, I think I got a heck of good deal. Definitely 5+ stars. I'm gonna buy another 8 GB

Overall Review: This seems like REALLY good RAM. Or maybe I just got lucky and got a good set. Either way, I'm VERY pleased with it and would certainly reccomend it to anyone with a setup like mine.

Great for my purposes.

POWERCOLOR 24PRO 256M SCS Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
POWERCOLOR 24PRO 256M SCS Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Pros: It works with no problems.

Cons: Had to upgrade the driver and software from ATI before the "Catalyst Control Center" software would work.

Overall Review: Since I'm not a gamer and this card was used on a business workstation, I can't comment on it's gaming qualities. Seems to have a lot of tweaking capability for those that like that sort of thing.

Great Chassis

iStarUSA S-8-BPU340-620w Black 1.0mm SECC/SGCC (chassis) ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 620W Power Supply
iStarUSA S-8-BPU340-620w Black 1.0mm SECC/SGCC (chassis) ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 620W Power Supply

Pros: Built a server for a customer using this chassis. ABSOLUTELY LOVE the 4 bay hot swappable disk drive cage!!! I also used a 3ware 9650SE-4LPML 3 Gb\s SATA Raid Controller and I'm very pleased with it too. I set up Raid 1 mirroring with a spare disk... As backup, I simply pull the mirrored disk, take it off site, and let the raid card rebuild the mirror on the spare overnight. (It actually only takes about an hour to rebuild a 500 Gig disk!) I bought two 120mm Scythe chassis fans to keep it cool. Works great.

Cons: None that I've found so far.

Overall Review: This is the ONLY "non-server" case with a hot swappable drive cage I found on Newegg. The fact that it comes with a 620 watt power supply was just icing on the cake. I thought it was very competitively priced as well.