Date Joined: 06/08/06
Pros: Fastest X399 DDR4-3200 kit I've tested.
XMP is stable (AIDA64 stress test had no errors).
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.
Cool RGB fun
XMP works without a hitch
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.
Pros: I'm sure it's fast!
Sure looks good!
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.
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.
Pros: 1. Huge display with fantastic picture.
2. Offers wide viewing angle.
4. Sturdy stand.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Low profile, works without issue on my ASUS Sabertooth x99.
Cons: None I can think of.
Pros: Fast, faster even in Crossfire :)
Cons: I think Asus is still getting their production QC in check. Other than that, once I had good hardware, I have no issues.
Overall Review: Computers can be challenging to get new builds up and running. That is all I have to say about that.
My initial card didn't show problems right away, and ultimately just degraded to the point I couldn't boot my machine. The second card (in Crossfire) I think got a bad BIOS flash and died.
I now have two brand new R9FURY from Newegg (THANKS NEWEGG for rapid replacement!), and everything is working perfectly.
3DMark record shows Crossfire results 99 percent faster than anything else out there and I don't OC my system. Not to shabby AMD! :)
ASUS Sabertooth x99
2x ASUS R9FURY Strix.
8 x 4gb Corsair DDR4 3000
Plextor M5Pro 512gb
Pros: Memory that installs and does what it's supposed to do, it works.
Overall Review: Installed in an Asus x99 Sabertooth motherboard.
ATX Form Factor
BIOS interface and configurability
Cons: No Virtu software, but believe you can purchase this separately if you need it.
Overall Review: I had hoped you could use the center black PCIe slot in conjunction with the top and bottom slots to allow a space between video cards for air cooled 3-way SLI @ x8/x8/x8. However, when you put a card into the bottom slot it deactivates the center black slot.
Pros: It's slim, external, & USB 3.0. Burns disks just fine and plays back Blu-Ray movies to my PC perfectly.
Overall Review: I use Nero software, but I'm sure the bundled software would work just fine.
I didn't need to use the extra USB connection for power on my desktop, but I suspect it's needed if your USB controller doesn't provide enough juice.
It never stopped working, but on my ASMedia USB 3.0 controller I'd periodically get a dropped USB sound from the PC consistently. I moved it to my USB 3.0 Intel controller port and this issue stopped happening. I didn't put this in the "cons" section because the issue could very well be the controller and not this drive.
Pros: It's fast! & competitively priced.
Overall Review: S.M.A.R.T tools doesn't see drive status when the SATA controller is in RAID mode. My other SSD is read properly, as are my hard disks, but not this drive.
Pros: Great layout, great action on the keys, great quality, good backlighting. Very simply, a near perfect keyboard!
I got this keyboard over the K60 because I type as much as I game, so I needed it for all around use and great gaming functionality. It is exactly that.
Cons: The software isn't complete yet. They don't have selectable USB report rate yet, but Corsair said with the next release of the software it'll be there.
Overall Review: I wish it had all Cherry Red switches instead of a hybrid, but the silicon dome keys feel well constructed too.
The front wrist rest is nice and it's removeable.
I wish the keyboard had the front feet like the K60 has, but the K90 only has rear feat to raise up the back of the keyboard.
Pros: Great construction, great ergonomics for the FPS gamer, and great feel to the action of the keys. Has feet on both the front and back of the keyboard enabling 4 angles - flat, raised in rear, raised in front, or raised in front & back.
The red keys are very easy to swap out, making a change to gaming or back to typing mode swift and simple.
Cons: I would have given it 5 stars but the USB Selectable report rate isn't available yet. I do not like products rushed to market, but understand it with the xmas season upon us, and the absolute great quality of the product in general makes this tolerable. It needs software to enable the report rate selection which isn't available yet.
Overall Review: This is a gamer keyboard, if you do a lot of typing you might not like the wrist pad only on the left, but an aftermarket full gel wrist rest will do the trick nicely I'm sure.
Pros: Flawless installation, perfect for my Sandy Bridge Z68 ASRock Extreme7 Gen3 motherboard w/i7-2600K CPU.
Z68's chipset spec is max 1333mhz, so these are recognized as that, but the XMP profile is as stated 1600mhz, 7-8-7-24, and 4 x 4gb in my system is running rock solid, (while the Intel spec for the CPU is 1333mhz, the motherboard supports up to 2133mhz OC, 1600mhz top non-OC speed which is why I bought this module).
At stock CPU speed using the XMP profile, read/Write bandwidth is 19K MB/sec +/-, copy 20K+, and latency at 44ns +/-.
Overall Review: Seems like these are in high demand as they keep selling out!
Pros: Great feature set. The pinnicle of Z68 motherboards at the moment!
No other motherboard has it put together as complete as the Extreme7 Gen3 from ASRock (October 12, 2011).
Cons: The USB 3.0 has some issues with compatibility and stability, but unloading XFast USB made it workable for my 1.7TB transfer. The front USB headed was completely unstable, but they are sending a new cable.
The manual isn't so great.
Tech support is email only, but responsive. If you had a dead board i'd feel covered, but if you have any significant issue it would take a lot of time and you'd probably fix it yourself first.
Overall Review: It's there in the specs, but easy to overlook, the ASMedia data controller doesn't support raid, only the Intel controller does, so no 6gb sata raid 10.
Pros: I bought two of these which are working in Crossfire on my Asus Rampage Extreme Mobo without a hitch.
State of the art graphic's processing, rich video detail, and high performance, even when set to the highest quality settings.
Cons: You better have a case that can fit 11" cards. My 10.5" 4870x2 I replaced had exactly the needed clearence in my Antec 900 case with 6 sata disks installed, not a millimeter to spare, so the case could not fit these 11" cards.
I bought an Antec Lanboy Air, mounted the disks sideways, and walla! Midtower with room to spare.
This isn't really a con as much as a reminder to make sure you measure how much room there is in your case for large video cards.
Overall Review: First Crossfire rig for me. So far so good!
If you install Asus' utilities (SmartDoctor), don't forget to remove other graphics card monitoring utilities first or you might lock up your system.
Pros: 1.8v 2gb DDR2 800mhz modules. Nice low voltage requirements for people who don't want to overclock their DDR2 motherboards. I've read they over clock nicely too, but I am not an OC'r.
I own a Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R motherboard with 4 of these modules, turned voltage to auto (was raised by bios to from 1.8v to 1.94v for 8gb system), had to manually set the timings to 5-4-4-12 on this mobo, but others might read the EPP settings properly. Not a hitch, Vista 64bit and runs all day with 8gb ram, nice and cool.
Cons: Be careful inserting them. Don't depend on the heat spreaders for leverage to install into the mobo. This really isn't a con, as much as a warning during installation for those that haven't installed memory much. I used the blunt side of a pen, gently but firmly guided by my grip snug up to the memory card, and again gently but firmly applied pressure on the memory card itself, one side at a time, until I heared the "click" of the memory seating as I pushed down.
Overall Review: The memory is listed on Mushkin as 1.8v, but there is a sticker on the chips says 1.8v to 2.1v, and since my mobo automatically raised the voltage to 1.94v I was glad to see the sticker's actual voltage range.
I'm sure there is more OC optimized, higher voltage capacity, DDR2 out there, but there aren't many 2gb modules that list 1.8v. In fact I don't think I found another 2gb chip out there. This is the good stuff. I like nice stable systems, which run at spec, and work for years.
Nice job Mushkin.