Joined on 11/15/05
Great CPU For SFF PC
Pros: This is the perfect CPU for a SFF PC build. I have 3 12th Gen CPUS (12900, 12600K and this 12600) and they are all fantastic. The 12600 is great for an always on, SFF PC paired with a RTX3070 in an office setting. With a Corsair 240mm AIO in a Meshalicious case, stays at 30 degrees at idle and super quiet.
Cons: No cons but I knew it didn't have e-Cores when purchased. I will likely buy a 13600 when released and use this 12600 in another PC to replace the 12600k. Nothing against the 12600k but it is much harder to cool and more than needed in my other build.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend but if you don't need something right away, wait for 13th gen (Raptor Lake) for more for your money.
2010 Macbook Pro
Pros: Packaging was easy to open...
Cons: Appears to be DOA. I installed in my MBP and wouldn't boot. Tried reinstalling and made sure everything was set correctly and same thing...just freezes on the "Apple" screen. Maybe I got a bad set but these are going back.
Overall Review: Picked this up for $25 after rebate. Some deals are too good to be true.
Pros: Bought 2X1TB drives as the only local storage on my always on PC in a smart ITX build. They work great and perform as advertised. The included heatsink is also nice but I had to remove them to install on my ASUS Z690-I which includes stacked heatsink setup.
Overall Review: I normally use WD Black of Samsung Pro NVMEs but I would purchase these again.
Pros: I've been using this for about a week now and its a great keyboard. The clicks are a little loud but I like that they are distinct and really responsive. The RGB is nice - very vibrant.
Cons: I wish it had a passthrough USB but for the price, you can't go wrong.
Overall Review: I would recommend
Pros: Its a beast with plenty of headroom
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Bought this to build a new 4U rack for my home server needs. I combined my Plex PC, my QNAP NAS and added Blue Iris and Home Assistant to this build. Plex and Blue Iris use Quicksync for hardware acceleration and I didnt want to run a graphics card. With 7 IP cams running continuous recording 1440P, my CPU idles between 4-8% on average. Amazing! Add Deepstack AI and it peaks around 20% for a few seconds then back to single digits. Plex transcoding on top of that rarely adds more than a few percent per stream. Im very happy with the performance! I also have a 12600K that is a solid performer. Specs: 12900 w/Noctua cooler and dual fans ASUS Z690 Plus D4 Motherboard 64GB DDR4 3-1TB WD SN570s 100TB of HDDs
Pros: Running dual ASUS 144hz monitors in 3840X1080p and upgraded from a GTX970 so I could get a third monitor for NVIDIA Surround in 5760X1080p @ 144hz. Came out the box close to 2000Mhz boost clock and with the dual monitors, I went from a max of 100fps on the GTX970 to 137fps in Batman Arkham Knight (average of 94fps). Also, very pleased that I was able to cut down on the wiring as this only used a single 8 pin connector versus the 2 on my GTX970 FTW (which also used more wattage).
Cons: Had some coil whine out of the box. After some testing it seemed that with under load and less than 30% fan utilization is what caused the whine. I used EVGA Precision to bump up the fan slightly and the whine was reduced dramatically.
Overall Review: Would have liked the backplate as my GTX970 FTW edition had it but nobody sees the inside of the case but me so no big deal. May consider a second card after my third monitor for SLI when prices drop a bit.