Date Joined: 01/31/05
Pros: Looks cool
Cons: BSOD when run with xmp 4000MhzC15, and ALSO at 3600MhzC16. I was getting BSOD while gaming so I underclocked it to 3600, then got BSOD outside of game sitting at desktop. Besides that, xmp doesn't even set it to the rated C15, it sets to C16. Strangely, passes memtest and prime95. Absolute garbage.
Overall Review: Bad
Pros: This is my new favorite case. Just a pleasant build start to finish.
Nice cable management with built-in velcro straps in the back.
Great overall finish. Very surprised at quality for price.
I love the front angular mesh design. It looks dope.
The tempered glass has the perfect amount of tint for visibility of internals when paired with some RGB case fans. Just so beautiful to look at.
Back panel has two screws with short threads that are fast to take off and resecure. They also stay attached to the panel so they never get lost!
There's a mesh panel that attaches to the top with several magnetic strips. I thought this was a neat solution. No risk of damage re magnets, unless you like to store stuff on top of your case which you shouldn't be doing anyway and the magnets aren't even that strong so it's a non-issue.
Cons: Metal could be a little thicker? But then it would weigh a lot more. It's honestly fine though, and the case feels solid.
The whole front (not just the metal mesh panel) pops off (although you can make JUST the mesh panel pop off if you want), which is nice, but I wanted to point out that this front assembly is indeed plastic and might bother some people. I thought the whole thing was gonna be metal, but whatever. I still like it.
The specifications section should be a little more verbose when it says you can fit a 280 or 360 radiator up front. In order to do this, you have to take out the hdd cage. It doesn't tell you that, I think. I ran out and bought a 240mm aio (H100i V2) and stuck it up top where it just baaaaaaarely clears the ram. It would actually hit the ram, except for the fact that the ram heatspreader tapers off at the ends, so be mindful if you wanna put a 240mm aio up top. Oh, and make sure to connect the cpu power cable on the mobo prior to installing any aio up top. It'll block the connector once in place. If you pay attention, you'd obviously see that, but if you're like me, you end up having to unscrew one of the radiator fans temporarily to gain access.
Pros: Dual M.2 is dope. Nice aesthetics.
Spartan, but still gives me everything I want and doesn't break the bank. This is my 2nd mATX board and I'm not sure I'm ever going back to ATX. So efficient.
Cons: Getting windows to install to a raid0 M.2 setup is tricky. Make sure to update the BIOS, and then in BIOS settings enable/disable the corresponding win7/win10 support. This is key. Other than that, it's super easy to create the M.2 raid0. Just enable M.2 Genie on main BIOS page.
No USB-C port (whatever).
When connecting the HDD activity LED, Power SW, Reset SW, etc prongs, make sure to attach them to the correct cluster. There's a diagram on the MOBO that shows what prongs go where, but this diagram is located next to the wrong set of pins. It's not intuitive, but if you bother to take your time, unlike me, and notice it's the wrong set of pins, you'll be fine.
Would be nice to have more fan headers but whatever.
BIOS interface could be better, but it's fine. Just kinda superfluous cosmetics.
Pros: 120fps in Overwatch max settings. Most of the laptop has a very high quality feel to it. Awesome performance for the price. This thing's screen has G-SYNC but the product page doesn't list it! Has a serious gd cooling system and stays very cool. Very nice temps on the cpu and gpu. Room for OC.
Cons: Plastic lower body feels kinda cheap if you tap it, but it's honestly nbd, just mentioning it here. That's something you won't find in the Alienware, although you'll pay much much more and imo that's not worth it. The bottom panel sorta clings on and you gotta pry it off which isn't great, but again, whatever. One thing I'm not crazy about is the keyboard. It seems a bit on the small side and the arrow key cluster could be more... defined? Idk how to describe it. Also, the "0" key in the numpad section is below the "2" and isn't a double-wide key like on a normal kb. Also, the "home" and "end" keys are secondary by default, meaning you gotta hit "fn" to access em. You can change this within the steelseries kb management software tho. The kb is good enough and the keys have a nice feel to them. I'm able to game comfortably and even play competitive Overbutts.
Overall Review: I would absolutely buy this laptop again and highly recommend it. I had actually ordered an Alienware but they f'd up my order and I just said "bye" to them. Went with this and couldn't be more pleased. Keep the factory-installed nvidia drivers. I updated the drivers and my performance in Overbutt fell. I picked up a Samsung 500 GB M.2 SATA 6 Gb/s for $134 and popped that in. You "void" the warranty when you take off the bottom cover but I've heard that MSI support is flexible if you're just doing simple stuff like installing an SSD.
Pros: G-sync, 144hz, 4ms, no ghosting, low input lag, great ppi, excellent colors.
Cons: Price, but as usual, you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: I had zero dead pixels and the backlight bleed was nothing I wasn't expecting. There's nothing wrong with the stand. It's not AAA quality like the ROG Swift, but there's really nothing wrong with it. I upgraded from a Dell U3011 @ 60hz and it is simply amazing! The colors on my Dell are incredible, so I was shocked when I saw just how good the colors on the Acer were. It's hard to overstate just how much of a difference this monitor has made over my Dell. It's like night and day. With the Dell I would get ghosting, input lag, and stutter when my fps dropped below 60 (with vsync enabled). Not anymore! G-sync is absolutely incredible! I was wary, seeing as this is the first 144hz IPS panel to market, not to mention it has G-sync. The way this monitor turned out, you wouldn't believe it's the first of its kind to-market. I was inspired by another reviewer here who purchased newegg premier specifically for his monitor-buying process, so if I didn't like it, I'd be out $20 instead of $120 (15%) restocking fee (also free 3-day shipping is nice). Luckily, my monitor was perfect the first go-around and I'm definitely keeping it! If you've already invested in other expensive components and want a monitor that is worthy of your rig, you've found it.
P.S. If anything happens in the near future that would change my rating, I'll report back here and let you guys know.
Pros: Boost clock is actually 1405Mhz on my pair (sli). Very quiet fans. They do not spin until gpu reaches 60C, for silent operation. Very aesthetically pleasing. I like the white led lettering on the side which is visible thru my window. All 4GB of vram is accessible at full speed, unlike the 970. Worth the price ($580).
Cons: Wish it had more than 4GB of vram, but it honestly doesn't matter.
Overall Review: I waited and waited for news about the 980 ti but I couldn't wait any longer. I have no regrets. I was worried that 4GB of vram wasn't going to be very future-proof, but I'm not convinced anymore. There are plenty of benchmarks you can read which detail vram usage, and in some instances certain games will use more than 4GB, but it doesn't have any perceptible impact. For instance, I monitored vram usage when playing Evolve at maxed settings at 2560x1600. After the initial match loading had finished and I had actually started playing, vram was between 3-3.5GB. During the course of the match, the game gradually kept loading textures or whatever into vram memory and eventually used it up. To me, it appears the game used all the vram because, well, why not? It certainly didn't need to because the match started at 3-3.5GB. It couldn't hurt to use all the vram, so it did, I guess. My point is if you're worried about 4GB not being enough for 1440p gaming, it's definitely enough. I can't speak for 4K, but honestly, you'd need sli'd titans for that if you wanna turn settings all the way up (that might not even be enough!). If you want to game at 1080p, one 980 is plenty. For 1440p, I recommend 980 sli. One titanx isn't gonna be enough to max* all settings at 1440p, and a pair of 980's will be slightly more expensive but ultimately prove more powerful (it doesn't take a genius to know the titan cards are beyond all reasonable performance per dollar). This was my first foray into buying the flagship X80 card instead of the X70 card, and I'm glad I did. Beyond that, I'm REALLY glad I waited for the evga ftw variant, and will be buying this variant from now on.
* When I say "max", I'm excluding msaa and things like variable max draw distance in certain games. Msaa makes fps take a HUGE hit in almost every game I play, and at 1440p, ppi is high to begin with and fxaa which is cpu-intensive is plenty good imo. Re the max draw distance comment, I'm referring in particular to gta v, where benchmark results can be swung in wide directions by simply changing this one setting.
Pros: Solid construction
Single card performance is unbeatable
Supposedly scales well
Cons: The driver at release is terrible. The driver date may say Jan 9th, but I've read that it's a rebranded paper launch driver from Dec 22. BF3 seems to work pretty well, but almost every other game I was looking forward to playing does not like tri-fire 7970's.
Overall Review: This card is for high end enthusiasts; people who buy the best hardware and expect to max their graphics settings. I had been waiting since last year for a new video card so I could play the assload of games that came out last year at 2560x1600. I ordered three of these cards and they installed fine, but crossfire support is just not there for many of the new AAA games. I might as well only have one of these things plugged in right now. This is unacceptable.
Pros: Solid construction, black pcb. Metal heatsinks look even better in real life. My nh-d14 clears them with room to spare. They're cost only a little more than half as much as the similar spec'd corsair 2133Mhz 16GB kit which hasn't been in stock for over a month anywhere anyway. Put them in, selected xmp profile1 and they run at advertised speed and latencies. Absolutely no tweaking.
Cons: None that I can see.
Overall Review: I try to stick to the best brands out there like corsair when it comes to memory, but I didn't have any real reason not to give g.skill a fair shot, so I did. So far I'm very happy with this kit. They feel like a solid, well-made product. Like I said, xmp profile1 and runs to spec. However, I am running a Gigabyte UD7, which is listed in this ram's official supported mb list. Shame on corsair for overpricing their 2133Mhz kit and not making it more widely available.
Pros: Great aesthetics, nice packaging. All cables have black mesh braiding around them. There's a switch to enable/disable hybrid mode which keeps the fan off at < 20% load. I just bought a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 mb and it has 2 x 8-pin connectors for power and this psu has two slots to plug in an 8-pin cable. However, one of those slots is a 2 x 8-pin pcie plug, so if you want quad-sli/crossfire and own this mb, um, you'll only be able to give your mb 1 x 8-pin power? Pretty sure that would be just fine though. Lots and lots of cables, probably more than any desktop user would need. 11 sata power connectors, 9 molex, a molex to 4-pin fan PWM converter, 2 x 8-pin atx and 8 x 8-pin pcie. I might be forgetting something else, but whatever, look it up. Big solid power rocker on the back.
Cons: If you're putting this on the bottom of your case and you want to suck air up through the bottom opening, you'll have to flip the psu over so the 'xfx' on the back is upside down. I'm fairly ocd about stuff like this but this doesn't bother me.
Overall Review: Bought from a site that shares a name with a jungle in south america for a little cheaper.
Pros: It's pretty customizable. You can move the thumb rest backward and forward and angle it outward. Sniping button is nice.
Cons: Just doesn't feel all that comfortable. I'm used to an mx518 and this thing doesn't match it. When you put your hand down, it just doesn't fit right. I have big hands by the way, 6'3".
Pros: Neat compact, plastic, cylindrical storage tube.
Cons: *refer to title
The tracking is very poor with a R.A.T. 7, so just don't buy it if that's your mouse.
Pros: It's black?
Cons: This thing sucks. It doesn't do the one thing it's designed to do: extend your wireless network. Even paired with a trendnet router, it fails. If you manage to get it up and running (highly unlikely), you'll then face spotty connectivity. Network devices can't decide whether to connect to the router or the AP and it all just ends up sucking.
Overall Review: Don't buy.
Pros: It's black. Works for simple applications if only for a while.
Cons: Doesn't work in tandem with the TEW-638APB. Don't even try. The most frustrating thing about this router is that it'll work for a while and then without changing anything, it decides to start acting up. I want to keep giving it a chance because I've invested in an access point to help extend the range, but seriously don't try. You'll just end up frustrated in the end.
Pros: Black, so black. Looks BA. Everything you've read about it is pretty much true, so I won't bother repeating it.
Cons: Not all metal construction, but that's ok.
Overall Review: Kinda tricky installing the 2nd 200mm top fan. The bundle of cables from the front I/O panel kinda gets in the way, but it's manageable. Not a con.
Pros: Isn't hot to the touch
Cons: Doesn't work with my lcd monitor. After reading some other reviews, it appears that it is not intended to work with it, so I guess that makes me dumb. Although I buy this explicitly because of it's 24 + 1 pin count, as opposed to every other vga -> dvi adapter out there with 29 or whatever pins. The reason I did this was because my lcd has a 24 + 1 female jack on it, so what's the deal? Why are all dvi ports these days turning into 24 + 1 pin? It's stupid, this product is useless in the market today and I feel dumb for buying it. There.