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kenneth h.

kenneth h.

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Most Favorable Review

Beyond amazing

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X - Ryzen 9 3rd Gen 16-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000051WOF
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X - Ryzen 9 3rd Gen 16-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000051WOF

Pros: - I was able to drop this CPU into my existing x370 gigabyte k7 motherboard (after BIOS updates) - Performance is truly exceptional

Cons: - You will need a serious cooling solution such as a Noctua D15 (minimum), or really good AIO liquid cooler (better), or a proper custom loop solution (best). Do some research before purchasing a cooler.

Overall Review: At this point you have already read the hardware reviews and benchmark results. Here is my story. I built a Ryzen 1800X gaming PC using a Gigabyte X370 motherboard about a year ago. The build sheet is listed at the bottom. It was amazing. When Gigabyte released an X370 BIOS supporting the 3950X, my PC hardware junkie inner self couldn't resist ordering one of the fastest (the fastest?) processors ever produced. I updated the BIOS and then I dropped this CPU in my existing PC. It was really easy. I hope this helps. Gigabyte AX370 K7 GSKILL DDR4 3200 CL14 32GB Vega 64 LCS Corsair HX1200 Cooler Master HAF Custom liquid cooling loop (Koolance EXOS 2.5 / CPU-390)

Most Critical Review

Follow-up

Far Cry 2 PC Game
Far Cry 2 PC Game

Pros: Lots of real estate to explore. Too much? Very good graphics and physics. I love what the explosions do to the plants and trees. I also enjoy starting fires. Fuel tanks and propane bottles can give a lot of entertainment. Try sniping them from a distance at night for a nice fireworks show. Able to choose the time of day (attack your target at sunrise, noon, or any other time of day). You are in control. Also has rain, wind, dust storms, etc. If you don't like the weather or time of day, simply rest for a while at a safe house until the sun comes up or the weather improves. When you do this, you get to see an interesting time lapse effect. Almost all the action takes place outdoors, with huge maps and lots of different ways to travel. For most missions, you can approach your target from any direction. This makes it a completely different type of scripted FPS game compared to Bioshock or FEAR, where you must negotiate through a maze of indoor rooms and hallways.

Cons: Read all the other reviews. Most of this is true, but I never had any stability problems. The game never crashed for me, not even once.

Overall Review: Just a follow-up to my previous review, now that I've finished the game. I will state that the end of the game does offer something positive. In the end, it turns out that you are not such a bad man. There are a lot of really poor reviews for this game and I'm not convinced that it deserves such a bad reputation. Yes, it's repetitive (go kill everyone again). Yes, there is a lot of traveling across the huge maps for each mission. Yes, the story is pretty shallow. No, there are no mutuants. For the record, the original Far Cry appeared suddenly and was a huge hit. There was a lot of excitement when the sequel was being developed and everyone expected something epic. The anticipation and expectations for the sequel caused a situation where it was nearly impossible to match the popularity of the original game. This could have been the game of the year, but the lame story and repetive gameplay killed it. It's worth playing, but it's not the epic sequel we all wanted.

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Ordered in April of 2020 and shipped with the latest BIOS (F40) and "Ryzen 3000 ready" - 5 fan headers (5) - Good placement of all components and connectors - On-board WIFI - XMP Profile 1 automatically set the memory to 3200/CL14 I mainly use Gigabyte motherboards these days because they are solid and Gigabyte has the best support web site, updated drivers, BIOS, etc.

Cons: I don't know if the shroud over the I/O panel serves a purpose or not. I hope it was added for a functional purpose because I think it's ugly

Overall Review: I ordered two of these motherboards, both for gaming rigs. I was super happy that they both shipped with the latest BIOS (F40). I was worried about having to update the BIOS based on earlier reviews. Both builds went really smooth with no problems. -------------------------------------------------------------- GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) AMD RYZEN 5 3600X Noctua NH-U14S (with NM-AM4-UxS mounting kit and Arctic Silver TIM) GSKILL F4-3200C14D-16GFX EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO GAMING Samsung 1TB EVO SSD Corsair Carbide Series 110R CC-9011183-WW Thermaltake 850W -------------------------------------------------------------- GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) AMD RYZEN 7 1800X Noctua NH-U14S (with NM-AM4-UxS mounting kit and Arctic Silver TIM) GSKILL F4-3200C14D-16GFX EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER SC ULTRA GAMING Samsung 1TB EVO SSD Corsair Carbide Series 110R CC-9011183-WW Seasonic S12III 650 SSR-650GB3 650W

Good buy

Samsung HW-N450/ZA 320 Watt 2.1 Channel Sound Bar w/ Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer
Samsung HW-N450/ZA 320 Watt 2.1 Channel Sound Bar w/ Bluetooth and Wireless Subwoofer

Pros: The main thing for me was that the sound bar would be controlled with the television remote. I didn't want my mother to have to bother with using multiple remotes. In my case she had a Samsung television and it works great.

Cons: none

Overall Review: good buy

11/22/2019

Works great

Dell Latitude E6430s 14" 1366x768 Laptop PC, Intel Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256GB SSD, Win-10 Pro, Grade B
Dell Latitude E6430s 14" 1366x768 Laptop PC, Intel Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256GB SSD, Win-10 Pro, Grade B

Pros: Good processor, 8 GB ram, and a 256 GB solid state drive. As expected, it boots quickly and runs well. The OS was already activated. Not much "bloat" applications pre-loaded I purchased two of these. Both arrived in a single box with molded foam packing. Both laptops worked as expected. Both have some light scratches and/or dents on the lid, but that was expected for a refurbished laptop. Otherwise they seem to be in very good shape. Good seller.

Cons: none really

Overall Review: I haven't tested the battery run times yet. I know the batteries are used so I don't expect they will be 100%. I believe Dell laptops are a good choice because they are common (you can find parts easily) and the Dell support is generally better compared to the other brands. I also noticed that the charger for this unit is the same as my company issued Dell laptop. Also the Dell charger is more robust than other brands. Other brands have "dainty" charge plugs and thinner wires so they are more likely to fail/break.

11/22/2019

Solid hardware for occaisonal backups

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB 2 x USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB 2 x USB 3.0 Hard Drives - Desktop External STEL6000100 Black

Pros: Seems to run quiet and cool when in use. Fast enough for my purposes. Seagate generally makes good stuff.

Cons: Not really

Overall Review: I have two of these 6 TB units and they have served me well. I only use these for occasional backups. I did not install the software. All of my USB hard drives spend most of their time disconnected and powered off. I wouldn't ask any USB hard drive to run all the time. If your PC gets zapped by a power surge (or stolen, etc.) then you may also loose your external USB hard drive if it's connected. Please don't use a USB hard drive for constant duty primary storage without backing it up. I know several people who lost all their stuff because they relied on a "constant duty" USB hard drive as their primary storage. If you need a full-time large storage device then you aren't looking for a backup device. You should buy a high quality internal drive and install it inside your PC. If you have an ultra small form factor PC, or a laptop, or one of those "all in one" PC's then adding another internal drive may not be an option. In that case you should probably invest in a really good NAS solution designed for constant duty instead of a USB hard drive. In all cases, backing up your data using a cloud service is a good idea also.