Date Joined: 03/24/04
Pros: - Can be undervolted for significant performance gains and power savings
- Good 4k performance
Cons: - extreme price volatility for Vega cards in general
Overall Review: Bought to replace my aging Sapphire Fury. Hard to find these @ the $399 price point. Personally I think Sapphire makes the best AMD based cards. The Pulse Vega 56 is no exception. Running the card at stock settings so far and getting excellent performance across the board at ultra settings in games. Haven't experienced the coil wine others have mentioned. The temps and noise are low.
Pros: - Excellent cooling
- Low fan noise even under full load
Cons: - Large and heavy
Overall Review: Bought this to replace my R9 Fury's I was running in Crossfire. No problem getting it in my case (Thermaltake Core V51) and I didn't have to use the included support bracket. This is a fantastic card for 4k gaming. Averaging >60FPS for most games at 4k which is better than my R9 Furys in Crossfire. Hard to beat for the $499 price since 4K is where this card really shines.
Pros: Runs stable at AMP settings for MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard
Overall Review: Great memory for Ryzen builds. Using the Ryzen 7 1700x with MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon and runs stable at AMP settings without issue.
Pros: Runs stable at XMP settings for x399 Taichi
Overall Review: Fantastic ram. Runs at XMP timings at boot up with the ASRock x399 Taichi motherboard and Threadripper 1950x CPU. Great choice for TR builds.
Pros: SMT enabled
Quad channel memory
64 PCIe lanes
Energy efficient with good thermal profile
NVMe RAID capability
Cons: Not 32 cores
Overall Review: Workstation Build
Motherboard: ASRock x399 Taichi
RAM: 32GB (4x8GB) Kingston Predator HX433C16PB3K4/32 (DDR4 3333)
Cooler: CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240
OS drive: 1TB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe
Case: Thermaltake Core V51
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Purchased the 1950x for an image processing workstation build. Piece of cake install with the sTR4 socket and the included torque wrench is genius. No issues with Windows 10 Pro. Booted up with correct RAM XMP timings on the x399 Taichi. Using the CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240 cooler along with Artic MX4 thermal paste (a huge thanks to CoolerMaster for providing the sTR4 mounting bracket free of charge). Runs cool even under load. I’m seeing 29C idle and 49C under 100% core usage with image processing workloads. I can’t say enough about how good this CPU is at image processing. Our company makes cellular image analysis software that utilizes 100% of the CPU for multithreaded calculations utilizing close to 100 different image analysis algorithms. Just for perspective our software is compiled using Intel Performance Primitives libraries and our previous workstation build used dual 8 core Xeon E5-2620 V4 Broadwell CPUs. Our 1950x build is outperforming the Xeon workstation by over 2 fold using the exact same data file processing benchmark. Astounding performance gain given the same core/thread count and that our software is optimized for Intel CPUs. Congratulations to AMD for building such a great CPU and for providing such an amazing value for HPC applications. Hope to see a 32-core version of Threadripper in the near future.
Pros: - Good DDR4 3200+ memory support out of the gate
- High PCB quality with two CPU power connectors
- BIOS flashback option
- Optical audio out with DTS support
- 3x Ultra M.2 and U.2 connectors
- Frequent BIOS updates
Cons: - Wireless 802.11AC does not support full 867Mbps speeds
Overall Review: This board offers a great combination of a server/workstation features with all the features of a high end gaming board (high quality audio / overclocking features, etc.) Bought this motherboard to build an image analysis workstation with the TR 1950x. Excellent memory support out of the box. I installed 32GB Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3333 and it runs at XMP timings at boot up. The TR 1950x performance is amazing for image processing. I'm cutting my workloads by >50% over my previous dual 8 core Xeon workstation.
Pros: - High quality PCB, capacitors, VRM heatsinks
- Optical audio output
- USB 3.1 type C port
- Options for fan curve adjustments in BIOS
- Pump header
- Dual NVMe
- Frequent BIOS updates
- Plenty of fan headers and good layout of SATA connectors
- High quality isolated audio
Cons: - No CMOS reset button
- No CMOS jumped pin included
- BIOS updates require flashing from USB
- Command Center software lacks ease of use and features
- Does not support AMD's Ryzen Master utility
Overall Review: Running smoothly with my 1700X. Initially I couldn't get my 3200 G.Skill Trident RAM to run above 2133 but with the latest BIOS updates I'm now able to get it to run at 2667. Hoping further updates will allow me to run at the XMP 3200 settings. The UEFI has plenty of options for tweakers. I especially like the options for fan control (PWM vs. DC and fan curve adjustments). For some reason I can't get AMD's Ryzen Master utility to run with this board. I think MSI has disabled the functionality in favor of their Command Center utility which in my opinion is inferior.
Pros: - AM4 compatible
- Quiet, high CFM fans
- High quality radiator
Cons: - No software for CPU temp and fan monitoring
Overall Review: Very simple and secure installation with AM4 bracket. Make sure you set the pump for DC in your BIOS and not PWM otherwise the pump will run at full speed and make a lot of noise. I set the fans with PWM on the CPU fan header and they run super quiet with smart fan control under normal CPU loads. The block keeps my Ryzen 1700X at around 62C under full load.
Pros: Optical output with support for DTS
Supports 24bit audio
Cons: Can interfere with native on-board audio
Overall Review: Offers a nice solution for anyone looking for optical SPDIF with DTS support from PCs or laptops with no optical output. I did have issues with the sound output until I disabled the onboard audio in the BIOS. After that it runs like a champ and the audio quality sounds great.
Pros: - Modular
- Platinum efficiency
- LED indicators
- High quality near silent design
Cons: - Cable connectors are a bit stiff
Overall Review: These Quark PSUs are just awesome. Have 3 of them of which one has been running 24x7 for more than a year in a server without issues. Can power an FX 9370 with 2x Radeon Fury's with wattage to spare. The Quark PSUs offer a significant improvement over Rosewill's older Capstone and Tachyon PSUs.
Pros: Works great with my D-link 890L/R router. Getting full AC1200 speeds. Range is fantastic. Nice extendable antenna. Works with default Win 10 driver. Affordable price.
Cons: Doesn't come with an USB3.0 cradle/extender
Pros: - Supports FX 9370 and 9590 CPUs
- Excellent VRM/NB/SB heatsink with connected heatpipe
- High quality PCB and capacitors
- High quality audio with SPDIF optical output and PCB isolation
- USB 3.1 support
- Multiple fan headers and good placement of headers and PCI slots
Cons: No M.2 or NVMe support
No CMOS clear button - jumper pin only
Overall Review: One of the few 990FX motherboards that supports the FX 9370 and 9590 CPUs. Bought this to replace my ASRock 990FX Extreme 6 board that burned up from an overheated northbridge running the 9370. Since NBs tend to run hot on 990FX boards with the 9370/9590 the NB heatsink is critical. The 990FXA has an excellent NB cooler with heatpipe to spread the heat over the SB and VRMs to prevent the NB from burning up. The chipsets run much cooler on this board by comparison.
Pros: - Pascal with CUDA: good for CUDA accelerated applications
- Single 6-pin connector
Cons: - Cheap build quality
- Inferior Vulkan and DX12 support compared with AMD
Overall Review: The reason I bought this card is to run CUDA enabled applications where AMD APP is not possible. After purchasing many GPUs from Nvidia and AMD in the past few years I'm not impressed with Nvidia cards these days. They have cheap build quality compared with the AMD cards, especially compared to the Sapphire RX series. Not a big fan of Nvidia's drivers either. They're always trying to push their garbage like GeForce Experience down your throat. I find myself only installing the base driver for that reason. For my gaming PCs I've been sticking with the RX series. I've found AMD's Crimson drivers far more powerful and flexible and definitely superior for DX12 and Vulkan enabled games.
Pros: - Runs cool and quiet even at full load
- Very sturdy backplate
- DP, HDMI and DVI output options
- Only requires a single 8 pin power connector
Overall Review: Compared to all other AMD GPUs I've owned the Sapphire RX 480 is hands-down superior when it comes to power consumption, heat generation, and sound level at full load. Sapphire has really put an incredible level of detail into the engineering into the RX series including the heatsink and fan design. Looking forward to Sapphire's Vega cards when they come out.
Pros: - Quiet even at full load
- Ridiculously high quality heatsink that rivals the best GPUs on the market
- Detachable fans
- LED indicators for funcationality
- Power efficiency / lower heat output
- 8 pin power connector
- Nearly 60fps in pretty much all games at 1080p at ultra settings
Cons: - Availability - wish I could buy another one!
Overall Review: Sapphire has truly outdone themselves with their latest generation of RX 470 and 480 cards. Amazing pieces of engineering. Hard to believe they can pack these features and performance into a $200 price range. Good luck buying one of these. Wouldn't be surprised to see this being one of the best selling GPUs of all time.
Pros: - Good range
- Automatic tri-band connections
- Simplified interface
- 1.3Ghz/s when using the DWA-192 adapter
Cons: - Price
Overall Review: This is unquestionably the best router I've owned as far as reliability and performance. I upgraded from a DIR-868L. The range is better than my 868L but not quite what I was hoping for given the 6 antenna configuration. I still have to use an extender for the upstairs to get full speed. I have a fairly big house and have the 890L located downstairs on the left side of the house. My ISP provides a 85 MB/sec. connection and my devices upstairs on the right side of the house can only sustain about a 25MB/sec. connection on the 5ghz band when connected directly to the router (not using an extender). My devices connected downstairs will get the full 85 MB/sec. speed and I can get full 1.3Ghz/s using the Dlink DWA-192 adapter. The streamlined web interface is a welcomed refresh from previous D-link routers. Overall the 890L is an excellent router which I suspect will only get better with new firmware improvements. My only complaint is the price. In my opinion it's overpriced for the advertised range. This router should be priced under $200.
Cons: - cheap construction
- incredibly loud fan
Overall Review: Power supply arrived in a cheap cardboard box and looks in used condition (scratches, blemishes, etc.) Plugged it in and couldn't believe the loud obnoxious sound coming from the fan. Literally as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Can't believe Newegg would sell this, especially for this price. Submitted an RMA immediately.
Pros: - Level of quality and craftsmanship
- Simple and elegant design
- Ability to handle E-ATX boards
- Tooless drive cage
- Variety of fan sizes and placement options
- Liquid cooling options
- Very quiet fans
- Magnetic dust filter for top of case
Cons: Really the only downside I can find with this case is that on the access to the backside of the drive cage where the SATA connectors are is a bit limited so you have to use the straight type SATA cables (the bent type cables don't really fit)
Overall Review: I have 3 of these and this is my go-to standard case now for new PC builds. Just a fantastic high quality case with a lot of room and with so many options for fan and liquid cooling placements. Fits graphics cards up to 12". The removable magnetic dust filter on the top is a big plus, especially if you mount your air intake fans on top.
Pros: - Air cooled
- Runs cool: 44C at idle and 67C at full load
- Runs quiet: virtually silent at idle and barely audible at full load
- Excellent Crossfire scalability
- Performance in Crossfire is virtually equal to Fury X in 4K and better than 980ti SLI
Cons: - 12" long
Overall Review: I have two cards in Crossfire driving a 49" Crossover 494k 4K monitor and the performance is amazing. Using the latest Crimson drivers and FRTC I'm able to get 60fps in 4K consistently in every game I've tested. The reviews of this card are no joke: the performance is amazing in crossfire and beats the 980ti hands down in 4K. Love the fact that these cards are air cooled but run cool and quiet. Only downside is that they are gigantic at 12" so make sure to have a big case. Nice job AMD and Sapphire!
Pros: - Latest mobile Intel 5700 HQ CPU
- Nvidia GTX 980M GPU w/ 8GB memory
- 32GB RAM
- 17" 1080P IPS display w/ G-sync
- m.2 SSD and SATA SSD support
- Ready for Win10
- Excellent audio quality (even has a subwoofer!)
Overall Review: If you're looking for a seriously high performance laptop MSI pretty much ranks at the top of the heap. The GT72 ranks #4 on the SIS Sandra 2015 laptop benchmarks (#1 is the MSI GT80 2QE).
Upgraded to Win10 with no drivers issues whatsoever. Boots insanely fast with the m.2 SSD OS RAID array. I use this laptop mainly for image analysis work. The display on the GT72 is gorgeous (can't say enough about the quality) and it's an IPS panel even though it isn't mentioned in the specs on Newegg. This is a fantastic desktop replacement if you can afford it. I especially like the support for up to 4 x m.2 SSDs for the OS. If you have the bucks it would be fun to load up all 4 m.2 slots with 480GB HyperX Predator drives
Pros: - Compatible with WIndows and Linux (Ubuntu)
- Decent graphics performance for price
- built in Wi-Fi
Cons: - No dedicated graphics card (only integrated graphics)
- No USB 2.0 ports (only USB 3.0)
- No HD audio output (other than headphone jack and HDMI)
Overall Review: Installed Ubuntu 15.04 and using this to run Steam Linux games. Can easily run most games on medium to high settings. Note that when installing Windows 7 you need to disable USB 3.0 support in the BIOS in order to get USB mouse and keyboard support during installation since Win7 does not install the USB 3.0 host driver by default.
Pros: - 140mm
- Closed loop
- Simple to install. Fits easily in cases designed for 140mm
Overall Review: My FX-9370 CPU paired with ASRock 990FX Extreme 6 at idle is around 28C. Under full core utilization the temps only reach a max of 48C (measured with CoreTemp). Impressive.
Pros: - Best of the binned Visheras available
- Incredible price / performance for multithreaded applications
Overall Review: Paired with an ASRock 990FX Extreme 6 mobo makes an excellent image analysis workstation. I do a lot of multithreaded image analysis work and have always had excellent performance with the Vishera CPUs. I upgraded from a 8350 and the 9370 is performing about 30% faster in my image processing benchmarks.
People complain about the heat and power consumption but at idle it's almost identical to the 8350. With a Corsair Hydro H90 cooler my 9370 idles around 28C and under full peak core usage it's only around 48C.
Pros: - Support for FX-9370 and 9590 CPUs
- Support for up to 64GB DDR3 2450
- High-end 24-bit Purity Sound 2 onboard audio with support for XFi-MB3 and DTS connect
- High end platinum caps and ESD protection
- Atheros GB LAN
- USB 3.0 header
- PS/2 support
Overall Review: Another high-quality state-of-the-art motherboard from ASRock. One of the best AM3+ boards out there. I bought this for the FX-9370 support and onboard audio. No problems posting to the BIOS from the start. Haven't done any overclocking of the CPU yet but the BIOS has plenty of options as one might expect. The PS/2 support is a plus given the absence on a lot of new high-end boards these days. Supports the XMP profile for my G.Skill Trident X DDR3 1866 Cas 8 RAM.
Pros: Consistently averages 720kh/sec with Scrypt
Overall Review: Out of the dozen or so R9 280x cards I have from multiple vendors the GV-R928XOC-3GD Rev2 outperforms all of them at Scrypt hashing.