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Michael B.

Michael B.

Joined on 04/24/09

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Most Favorable Review

HOT DOG! It's Fasssst!

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1st Gen - Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Whitehaven (Zen) 16-Core / 32 Threads 3.4 GHz Socket sTR4 180W YD195XA8AEWOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1st Gen - Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Whitehaven (Zen) 16-Core / 32 Threads 3.4 GHz Socket sTR4 180W YD195XA8AEWOF Desktop Processor

Pros: Breakneck speeds, tonns of cores, NUMA/UMA, configurable, 64 PCI-e lanes. I do lots of video editing and transcoding which is time consuming and now Im getting work done more than twice as fast. ...and once in a while I like to put on a game. I don't care what any reviewer says about gaming on threadripper - it SCREAMS (and stays nice and cool too).

Cons: Installation is quite a bit more complex than your traditional intel platform. Be extremely careful as there is no socket cover when you install your CPU.

Overall Review: I was surprised when I first had it in my hands, the CPU is huge & heavy. It's really amazing.

Most Critical Review

Avoid at all costs on all Ryzen/Threadripper platforms

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15Q-32GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15Q-32GTZR

Pros: Pretty fast RGB was nice when it worked, but...

Cons: The RAM has major issues on Ryzen platforms regarding its RGB functionality. There are numerous forums where the RAM could get bricked or other issues (you can fix it but it voids the warranty doing so). This last week mine started having CRC errors, the RAM physically works fine but something happened using G.skill RGB software (this is the official program to change its colors) and it messed up the SPD information and now its stuck in rainbow mode and the G.skill software does not even recognize it. I am using this on the Gigabyte x399 motherboard which has it's own Aorus software for the motherboard lighting and apparently if the driver is running for the motherboard it could potentially corrupt the signal when programming the RAM's colors thus borking the SPD info. This affects Asus motherboards as well, and even some intel platforms with the Aorus lightning. Just Google it and you'll see countless threads about this issue. I wish there was a way to just permanently shut the RGB off now, I stopped care about it after all the problems I began to have. Another issue - theres a problem with the software when the RGB did work where it would flood the SMBus causing an oddly high load on 2 cores of the CPU and causing stuttering. This was a driver issue that was discovered. The only way to stop it was to completely remove and disable the driver. After that the system ran smooth. Trident Z RGB drivers simply are not mature enough for the market and borking the ram is only a matter of time on Ryzen. ugh...

Overall Review: I never altered the ram or OC'ed it. If your someone who frequently makes changes to the color of the ram you run a high risk of corrupting the SPD info using G.skills own software. G.skill allegedly voided your warranty if you used this ram on an Aorus motherboard, claiming the motherboards software 'illegally' re-programmed the ram. Does this sound like a company you really want to do business with? I'm a G.skill fanboy - period. But this has me strongly reconsidering buying their ram again.

An absolute BEAST

PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6 Memory, Powered by AMD RDNA 2, Raytracing, PCI Express 4.0, HDMI 2.1, AMD Infinity Cache, AXRX 6900XT 16GBD6-3DHE/OC
PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6 Memory, Powered by AMD RDNA 2, Raytracing, PCI Express 4.0, HDMI 2.1, AMD Infinity Cache, AXRX 6900XT 16GBD6-3DHE/OC

Pros: This card was much faster than anticipated, makes my Threadripper do some real work. Gaming at 5120x1440 in 10bit HDR10 /w Freesync and always getting over 60fps in modern games on ULTRA settings across the board. Runs CyberPunk ~68fps, FarCry 6 ~80fps, MS Flight Simulator ~70fps, and Battlefield 2042 at 120fps! (All ultra except HBAO shut off). When idling it sips electricity and averages around 20 watts, but be careful you unlock the power target and the card can jump to 360 watts with the right game. Make sure you have a good PSU, Im using an Corsair RM850 and its handling a threadripper + this card no problems and barely getting warm.

Cons: cons: price. I paid a premium but I was ready to get the last card I was going to buy for a long time. The card is frikkin HUGE. Not a real con but its girthy, like real girthy.

Overall Review: Overall I am beyond satisified buying this coming from an RX 480 lol, yeah big jump up like by 10x faster kinda margins.

Nice & Quiet

Fractal Design Celsius S36 360mm Silent High Performance Slim Expandable All-In-One CPU Liquid / Water Cooler, LGA 1700 Compatible
Fractal Design Celsius S36 360mm Silent High Performance Slim Expandable All-In-One CPU Liquid / Water Cooler, LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Keeps my Threadripper 1950x under 62c, idles around 25c. Pretty quiet. Pump has two modes it can run in - Auto & PWM. PWM does the trick for letting my motherboard control the unit from a single header.

Cons: I had a lot of problems with the last fan not having a long enough cable. I emailed Fractal Design and never got a response but I kinda figured out that if you put the cable in front of the fan and tucked it under the lip of the radiator (in between the fan and the radiator) I had enough length to make it to the fan hub. This is unorthodox but it did work and it's not a major con or negative.

Overall Review: On modern PWM motherboards you only need a single fan header for the whole thing.

Excellent!

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD

Pros: 3x faster than DDR3-1333. Went from 20GBps read @ 1333 to 60GBps @ 2400, tested with AIDA64. Worked flawlessly with Asus Sabertooth x79 & i7 4930k. I only raised my VTTCPU to 1.15v form 1.0v to be on the safe side and keep it withing .5v of the RAM's voltage. This ram is begging to be overclocked. I ran OCCT /w 90% RAM usage for over an hour and the ram peaked to 38c. I was expecting 10c higher (case was opened for monitoring too). Which makes me wonder - why even have fans? Its barely warm to the touch under full workload, oh yeah - overclock! Certified to work with x79/2011 platform.

Cons: None

Overall Review: If your system has difficulty using this ram/does not detect the right speeds and your on an X79/2011, before RMA'ing the ram realize that your BIOS/UEFI might not be setting the XMP profile correctly. I had this happen with Kingston. Some motherboards do not like to bump up the voltage unless the user does it. Also on MSi mobos & ASUS Rampage 1150 mobo I have had G.Skill RAM show up as different speeds - its not necessarily the RAM.