Joined on 05/07/05
1070ti at about the best price one can be found right now
Pros: 1070ti for not a lot over MSRP. I see the price dropped another thirty bucks since I bought this one (c'est la vie). Gigabyte makes good stuff and is one of the easier companies to deal with warranty issues if you ever do have any problems. This 1070ti performs exactly how I would expect it to and powers through every 3D game I've thrown at it plus HEVC video transcoding speed is extraordinary.
Cons: This one runs a little bit on the hot side. It was bumping up against 70c during relatively short gaming sessions and getting slightly above when benchmarking. It runs pretty close to ~6-7c hotter than the gigabyte 1060 6gb I previously had in this system and that card has an identical 2X90mm fan Windforce cooler on it. I'll suggest creating a fan curve in the aorus software (or riva tuner or afterburner or whatever you prefer for graphics overclocking/tuning software). After setting a fairly aggressive fan curve, I haven't seen it above 65c, but these fans are pretty loud when they're spinning at 70% or faster.
Overall Review: This card performs as I would expect a 1070ti to perform in my system. I have an i7 7700k, 16gb of RAM, and I game at 2560X1080 so this card is a pretty good match and gives me plenty of performance. I'm sure it would remain a good match if I were running at 1440p. If I gamed at 4k I would have chosen a 1080ti instead. I mentioned that this card replaced a 1060 6gb. That card is still running just fine in a different system. I have replaced most of my monitors at home and at work with 2560X1080 ultrawides, and though the 1060 6Gb was enough card for nearly every game at that resolution, it struggled a bit with a couple of the newest titles in certain scenes. This 1070ti doesn't even seem to notice a difference in the same situations. It powers through everything I've thrown at it. I mentioned that this one runs a little hot. ~70c or so is well within safe operating temperature range. Pascal GPUs start to throttle somewhere around 83c. So, I don't mean to infer that 70c or so is unsafe. It's just hotter than I want it to be. Ideally, I'd like to keep it at or below 65c. The fan curve I had to create to keep it under 65c is fairly aggressive and these fans are pretty loud. So, this card has convinced me to finally move my personal system to a more modern case. I've kept the same case through the last 3 or 4 computers I've run. My current case is a Lancool PC-K7B from 2009. I'm going to move to a Silverstone RL06 this weekend, and I'll suppose that should make a significant difference in how hard I have to run my GPU fans.
You should probably avoid this version
Pros: It's an RL06... sort of... almost... not really. It looks like an RL06, but has no front fans and no fan splitter (controller) and only 2 of the 3 drive caddies it's supposed to have. So, it's not really an RL06, but does look like one.
Cons: I assumed this version came without the front fans even though newegg and silverstone's marketing material is far less than clear about it. I was correct. No front fans... but what absolutely nothing from silverstone, newegg, or anyone else mentions is that this version also doesn't ship with the fan splitter (some people call it a controller, but it isn't a controller, just a power splitter for eight 3 pin fans) I paid seventy four bucks for this case plus I bought Noctua redux 3 pin version fans for it (which don't come with accessories besides fan screws)... not knowing I'd need adapters for every fan because this doesn't come with the fan splitter. Just missing the fans, seventy four bucks is too much, but I was willing to pay it because I wanted to use my own choice of fans anyway. Throw in other missing features like the splitter and the third drive caddy and you can just call this a rip off. In fact, that's exactly what I'm calling it: This is a rip off.
Overall Review: There are about 250 forty nine dollar cases here on newegg that are as good as this case the way it comes, and you can probably even find 20 or so thirty nine dollar cases as good as this the way it comes. I'm sure the "pro" version of this case is fine, but not just coming without fans but also without the fan splitter and one of the drive caddies, this is in no way worth the price of an RL06. Not even close. So, if you choose to ignore my advice and you get this version of this case, be aware that you'll need fans, you'll need a fan controller or splitter or adapters or whatever method you prefer for connecting those fans to power, and here's the big one that I haven't even mentioned yet: To mount three 120mm front fans, you can't use regular fan screws. You'll need a dozen #6-32 pitch X 30mm long or #6-32 X 1.25inch long machine screws and it's probably a good idea if you get some blue locktite thread locker for those screws. Noteworthy here is that if you call Silverstone to inquire about the size of the screws needed, they'll tell you M3 with .5 pitch X 30mm and that is wrong. Here's some good news regarding mounting front fans: There's a lot of clearance between the fan filter and the fans. You aren't necessarily limited to 25mm thick fans. If you want fans with silicone corners that add a mm or so to the thickness, or if you want to add some rubber grommets between your fans and the case, no problem. I haven't measured the distance between the fans and the filter, but I wouldn't be entirely surprised to hear that someone has been able to stick 38mm thick deltas in there. Of course if you use thicker fans, you'll need longer screws, so do keep that in mind.
Sort of Good and Really Bad
Pros: Rich, full sound with decent highs and acceptable lows when noise canceling is on. Very comfortable to wear for up to two hours at a time (your ears will get pretty warm after a while, but the muffs are nice and soft).
Cons: These cans sound like tin cans when noise canceling is off. No joke. When you turn off NC they sound exactly like a cheap speaker from a 1970's AM radio sitting in a soup can. When noise canceling is on, the highs and lows come to life, but there is a distinct and annoying buzzing in the right phone. You can hear it at all volume levels and it's quite pronounced between music tracks or in quiet scenes in video content. Bluetooth range seems pretty short on these. These cut out in my environment at about 20 feet from my phone or PC. Just for comparison, I have some 2 year old Brainwavez bluetooth earbuds that stay clear to about 50 feet. I haven't dug through both manuals to see which bluetooth version each use, but 20 feet seems short even for inexpensive stuff.
Overall Review: I wouldn't buy these again. They might be OK for maybe audiobooks or something, but they're not good for music or movies with NC off, and the right phone buzzing with NC on is just too annoying for words. At least they were inexpensive at the discount shell shocker price.
cheap, relatively short, works fine
Pros: Heat pipe cooler only 149mm high. Way more than enough capability for the 65w TDP processor I needed it for even in a cheap, airflow restricted case. Very quiet when system is under normal loads.
Cons: Clip installation is not ideal. This sort of clip mount installation just doesn't provide as secure/stable contact with the CPU as one would hope. Furthermore, even though this cooler isn't very heavy, I think this style of mount means extra care is required if you ever need to transport the PC it's in.
Overall Review: The case I was working with is a little narrow compared to most and I only had about 152 mm to fit a cooler. That ruled out nearly all reasonably priced 120mm fan heat pipe coolers like the Cooler Master 212 and etc. So, my choices were to either spend more than I wanted to for this machine on a Noctua, DeepCool, or BeQuiet cooler with a lower profile design, or use a 92mm fan cooler. Even in the 92mm fan sized coolers, I still had to be careful to find one that would fit the case I was working with. This one fits. The trade you make between a 92mm fan cooler and a 120 or 140 is noise. The bigger the fan, the slower it can be turning to move the same or even more air. I put this cooler on an i5 7400 and it's more than capable enough cooler for that chip even in a small case. The fan is quiet under normal loads, but it's pretty audible when it spins up for a busy processor. This machine will be under a desk on the floor and not on top of the desk near the users ears, so the noise level is acceptable.
Works fine. Inexpensive.
Pros: I had a used i5 7400 on hand from a failed system. There aren't very many non-crypto-currency-mining boards available in socket 1151 any more without finding a system pull on an auction site. This one is reasonably priced and the bios supports 7th gen (kaby lake) intel processors out of the box.
Cons: They advertise this as supporting up to 32Gb of DDR4 2133. I couldn't get it to run with more than 8 Gb. 2X4Gb sticks were fine. 1X4Gb stick was fine. 1X8Gb stick was fine. 2X8Gb sticks didn't work. 1X16Gb stick didn't work. 2X16Gb sticks didn't work. Mixing an 8Gb and a 4Gb stick didn't work (not that I'd recommend doing so anyway, but since I was testing, I decided to try). All of the non-working situations were the same. Fans would spin up. On/off and reset buttons behaved as expected. No display. I didn't hunt down their approved memory list for this board, so take it for whatever you think it's worth, but I have a whole lot of new and known-working-used ram laying around and this behavior was the same with every attempt over 8Gb. Some of it was Crucial, some Adata, some Hynix, some G.Skill, and some Kingston.
Overall Review: The board otherwise runs fine and I have no problem recommending it as a replacement board in a situation like mine. I had a processor, ssd, power supply, optical drive etc from a system with a failed board. Those parts, while being a few generations old, are still pretty appropriate for a business desktop or general use workstation. This board allowed me to recycle everything but the ram from the previous machine. And, while I'd prefer to have been able to install 16Gb, the user got a fresh install of WIndows and a fresh install of the necessary software for the tasks they perform and 8Gb is more than enough for what they do anyway and they feel like they got a brand new machine.
Too quiet and missing midrage and missing highs and muddy lows.
Pros: It's cheap.
Cons: It's too cheap.
Overall Review: Lows are muddy. Highs are non-existant. Midrage is inaudible. So, really, it doesn't play music in any enjoyable way and it doesn't reproduce voices in dialogue at any audible level, so it isn't much of a soundbar for tv or a bluetooth speaker. At max volume, I can't hear this over a slow speed small fan 25 feet away in another room.
Ordered on 5/14. today is 6/2. Don't have it yet
Newegg asked me to rate this seller... I don't have the item yet, so that's not easy (also seems silly since Newegg's system knows I don't have the item yet and shows me clearly it's "in transit")... But, even though tracking says the item should get here today finally, I can say without a doubt they were in absolutely no hurry to ship. I understand that shipping anything in America is hit or miss between covid and the civil war that's going on, but these folks really were in no way concerned with getting this item out the door and on the way for about 3 weeks. They created a lable and then never bothered to drop it off at fedex for 3 weeks according to the tracking details. That's simply not very good service.
Item shipped from China and took 28 days to arrive
Neither Orico nor Newegg gave me any indication the item ships from China until 4 days after I ordered it. That's misleading at best. By the time the item *did* arrive, I had purchased a similar item elsewhere because I needed it before 28 days had past. So, I really have no use for this item now... but what am I going to do? Ship it all the way back to China? The only good news is that the item I purchased elsewhere while waiting a darn MONTH for this to arrive is far superior to the junk Orico sold me.
It's cheap enough that it isn't worth the time or effort to send it back
Took several weeks to get here from China and newegg wasn't super clear about the fact this item was shipping slow boat from china and then pack mule over the Rockies and then turtle back from the State line. The item itself is junk. It's hard to close the tray and then the tray won't stay closed while in use. It's defective. - The only reason this seller/transaction gets two eggs is that I chose not to initiate any communication with them or newegg. I didn't give them any opportunity to change the outcome and "make things right". This item was inexpensive and therefore, my time dealing with this nonsense is far more valuable.