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JONATHAN L.

JONATHAN L.

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Most Favorable Review

Great gaming monitor!

Samsung CHG90 Series LC49HG90DMNXZA 49" 3840 x 1080 1ms 144Hz 2x HDMI DisplayPort Mini-DisplayPort HDR AMD FreeSync USB Hub QLED Curved Gaming Monitor
Samsung CHG90 Series LC49HG90DMNXZA 49" 3840 x 1080 1ms 144Hz 2x HDMI DisplayPort Mini-DisplayPort HDR AMD FreeSync USB Hub QLED Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: 1. Huge display with fantastic picture. 2. Offers wide viewing angle. 3. Fast. 4. Sturdy stand.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: 1. Back panel USB / Headset hook are only useable if you have access to the back of course. not easy to reach over from the front. 2. Perhaps a higher res panel would have been good, but I think Samsung nailed this generation's tech perfectly for speed and picture. It is better than I thought it would be. 3. It is very easy to reduce font size, zoom out, etc, to make use of the large screen in browsers, etc, with a large 1080 screen. With other panels offering higher res you often make fonts larger, zoom in, so it is essentially the same practice. Clearly it lacks pixels, but you wanted that for speed, right? Yup! 4. I replaced my 3x 1920x1200 (5760x1200) eyefinity rig with this and immediately realized I did the right thing. 5. The other option was to go 3x 2k or 4k monitors and buy two or three top end GPUs, I just got tired of bezels, complexity, and cost. 6. "Big" wide screen is great. 7. I use two Asus R9 Fury Strix (Crossfire). Apparently these received HDR support last year from AMD. Fully supported DisplayPort version 1.2a (older DP versions don't support HDR) @ 10bit, 120hz refresh rate (on a 1080p screen). If my GPU's were newer I'd get DP version 1.4, and the 144hz from this monitor. 8. I thought I was having displayport problems, but it seems HDR isn't a perfect science yet... Everything works great in games and movies, but Windows desktop is washed out. This is a common complaint for Windows 10 users and not related to the monitor. In Windows 10 it's easy to turn off HDR in Display Properties, but you might just get used to it or tweak the monitor presets. 9. The monitor came with firmware version 1003, and 1008 is available from Samsung's product page.

XMP Works Perfectly on my Gigabyte Aorus X399 Gaming 7

G.SKILL Trident Z RGB (For AMD) 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14Q-32GTZRX
G.SKILL Trident Z RGB (For AMD) 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14Q-32GTZRX

Pros: Fastest X399 DDR4-3200 kit I've tested. XMP is stable (AIDA64 stress test had no errors).

Cons: None

Overall Review: I haven't tried to use G.Skill's RGB software yet and I'm thinking I will wait 2-3 months before I give it a go. I'd pay more attention to memory manufacturer's QVL for a motherboard than the motherboard maker's QVL. I tried kits on my motherboard's QVL and they simply didn't work. However, every kit I've tried on the memory maker's QVL for my motherboard has worked. I'm sure you can get faster ram to work, such as the G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 or 4000 CL18, however you're going to be putting time and effort into the settings to make it work. This ram you hit XMP Profile1 and it works (for my motherboard), and then you can OC to your hearts content and come back to XMP if needed.

11/24/2017

First Kit that's actually working with my Gigabyte Aorus X399 Gaming 7 mobo!

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DRAM 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X399 Compatible Desktop Memory Model CMR32GX4M4C3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB DRAM 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X399 Compatible Desktop Memory Model CMR32GX4M4C3200C16

Pros: Fast Cool RGB fun XMP works without a hitch

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I tried 4 sets of ram prior this set. 2 non-QVL & 2 on the motherboard QVL. This set of ram isn't on the mobo QVL, but it works. I happen to own other Corsair equipment so managing the RGB doesn't require an additional program, Corsair LINK manages all 3: Corsair 1500i PSU, Corsair H110i GTX AIO cooler, Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3200 memory now! System seems fast and stable which is what I care about most. It passes AIDA64 stress testing on XMP. I had thought the heat spreader was flimsy, but in fact it is designed so you can remove the top and align the logos.

11/20/2017

I'm giving it 5 Stars even though it doesn't work in my X399 (Mobo's QVL said it would!)

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C18D-16GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C18D-16GTZR

Pros: I'm sure it's fast! Sure looks good!

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This isn't a G.Skill issue, and suspect homing this ram on an Intel platform would work perfectly. That said, Gigabyte has this listed for 2 or 4 sticks on their Aorus Gaming 7 x399 motherboard QVL. They state it must be downclocked to 3600, and was lead to believe XMP would do that by Gigabyte (though I doubted it would). So manually setting the ram to 36t00 and voltage to 1.35v didn't work either. but I'm sure I would eventually find the right config. Squeezing out 3600mhz from 4000mhz just isn't something I care about, so dropping back to DDR4-3200 for the X399 and calling it a day.

11/14/2017

Great ram.

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR

Pros: RGB! Fast! XMP!

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Make sure it's on your motherboard's QVL. Manufacturer QVL is very important. It worked on my AMD x399, passed AIDA64 tests, however lost XMP setting every time I had to reboot. I suspect a BIOS update would address this eventually, and sure my issue was specific to my motherboard as it wasn't on the QVL for the Aorus Gaming 7 X399 as of this review. I ordered memory from the same line to replace these, G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4-4000 which is on my motherboard's QVL.

11/14/2017

Great PSU!

CORSAIR AXi Series AX1500i Digital 1500W 80 PLUS TITANIUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control
CORSAIR AXi Series AX1500i Digital 1500W 80 PLUS TITANIUM Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply with C-Link Monitoring and Control

Pros: Capable of powering anything a desktop / gaming PC could have need. Monitoring software so you know what kind of power you are pulling from the wall. Nice cabling that is easily tied together in the back panel. Fully modular. If you have a Corsair CPU cooler and this Corsair PSU, they both use Corsair Link, and if you are handy with wiring you can pull the pins from the cooler's USB connector and populate the other half of the PSU's USB connector to monitor both from a single USB motherboard riser. Some people don't iike this type of ribbon cable, however I found the cable mgmt to be better than braided cables and prefer it.

Cons: I never tighten screws more than about finger tight in anything but my case screws for the PCIe card lock down. The first PSU came with a weak thread in the unit, and with literally zero torque it stripped out. Newegg RMA'd it with no questions asked.

Overall Review: The PSU is long, but fit in my Corsair 780T case perfectly (of course, they're both Corsair). If you have a case fan mounted to the floor of the 780T the bottom row of power plugs on the PSU would be very tight, and you'd probably have to take the floor case fan out. I think that would only come into play for 3 or 4 GPU card rigs though. I have a dual GPU (total of 4 8pin power connections), 3 SSD, 4 spinning disk, & 2 CPU power leads (4pin & 8pin) in my rig, and I still have 1 PCIe 8 pin plug left on the top row of the PSU plugs.