Date Joined: 08/20/01
Pros: Easily maxes out every game in my library at 4K resolutions, with some older titles barely getting the card to 1/4th of its top clocks.
Cons: Big, really really big. Double check your case measurements, it was a tight fit in my Focus G case with the drive cage installed. You also need 3x 8pin PCIe power connectors to feed it.
The price is also a big con, being inflated to nearly double MSRP.
Overall Review: Also not as loud as my previous 5700XT either, even when I force it to 2.4Ghz core clocks.
Pros: Powerful performance, single 8pin PCIe, consistent boost clocks, stable
Cons: Takes up a bit more space, will object more than just the adjacent PCIe slot.
Overall Review: Purchased this card as an interim card since my more powerful GPU waits for an RMA. I didn't expect this card to excel at my usual 4K gaming, but I've been pleasantly surprised by its capabilities. Outer Worlds at 4K on High presents is perfectly playable with frame rats consistently above 35. Could go to the Very High or Ultra presets if you were willing to lock to 30. Likewise, FarCry 5, New Dawn, AC Odyssey, and others are all playable at 4K using Normal/Medium presets. Now, this card wouldn't be my first choice for 4K gaming, but it really illustrates has accessible 4K gaming as become.
Pros: Feature rich, seems stable.
Cons: POSTs a little slow, made me a little nervous on the first power on.
Overall Review: I've had good luck with ASRock boards in the fast.
Pros: Cools a CPU well, I think
Cons: I've sure this is a quality product and would cool a CPU very well, but its not mountable on the top of a Fractal Focus G.
Overall Review: I'll see if I can adapt this over to a different system, but otherwise its just a paperweight.
Pros: High performance, solid upgrade from my old Fury X.
Cons: Not as fast as a 1080Ti, I suppose. There's definitely room for some driver revisions, but Vega is both the largest GPU die AMD has ever made and the most significant revision to the GCN uarch.
Overall Review: I've got this paired with a Ryzen 7 1700, clocked to 3.6Ghz, with a 750W Seasonic PSU.
Pros: 8 cores, 16 threads, 65w TDP, near silent stock cooler in the Wraith Spire.
Cons: Most AM4 motherboard have some teething issues as kinks get worked out.
Uses pins, I guess.
Pros: Solid construction, full feature set, all the necessary bells and whistles anyone could ask for in a modern enthusiast motherboard.
Cons: Some quality of life concerns; the audio jacks aren't color coded like some other boards. Keep the manual handy, you'll need it to plug your speakers into the right jacks.
The manual is a little rough in places, great in others. The portions on connecting front panel leads are lackluster at best, but the rear contains a pretty detailed description of most BIOS settings.
Overall Review: The BIOS is still a work in progress. Mine arrived with Version 1.2 installed, current at the time of this writing. It carries a long POST time, several seconds without video on the screen and I started to wonder if there was some faulty hardware in my R7 1700 build. Then it beeps, and proceeds. The UI of the BIOS is a little meh, in my opinion, and could be improved. And like most X370 boards right now, the Pro Carbon also has some issues with DDR4 over 2133 speeds.
My first attempt to boot to load the XMP profile on my FlareX PC4-3200 RAM resulted in a no POST problem. Fortunately, the Pro Carbon was able to recover itself and boot back with default RAM settings. I need to do more testing with this, but I also got no POST problems attempting PC4 2933 and 2667 speeds.
For what its worth, AMD has promised some significant updates in May. But RAM speed does effect the performance of AMD"s Ryzen CPUs, in some cases, drastically. Comparisons between 2133, 2400, 2667, and 3200 have shown an almost 30% gap between 2133 and 3200 in some applications. That hurts the perception of AMD's Ryzen CPU, which really is an extremely good CPU. Those May updates are scheduled after the releases of Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3, ie, after almost the entire non-APU product stack of Ryzen is released.
Pros: Quiet. Relatively simple to mount. Took about 10C off my i5 4670's load temps.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: Mounting mechanism consists of a back plate and 4 screws. This does not use the push pin style of the Intel coolers. Cooler comes with only a single printed flyer of text instructions. Its simple enough to mount, but does require access to the back of the motherboard. If your case lacks a cutout behind the CPU socket, you'll be removing your entire mainboard to install it.
Pros: Everything I've come to expect from Fractal Design. Well built, solid, plenty of convenience features.
Cons: Its kinda heavy, being made of steel will do that. The moniker 'Mini' is kinda a poor moniker; its only a couple inches shorter than the Define R4 I bought in 2013.
Overall Review: Still great case.
Pros: 8GBs, Fast, stylish black heat spreaders.
Cons: 2 of the 4 DIMMs were DOA. Any attempts to install them results in Memory Not Installed errors on my board. The other 2 DIMMs worked great though.
Overall Review: RMA for replace is in progress right now, so hopefully I can bump this review up to 4 or 5 once I have 4 working DIMMs.
Pros: Small, light. Quad core, albeit slow, 6GB of RAM, IPS screen
Cons: I have two complaints with this laptop.
1) Windows 8. You have to do a lot of work to undo the Metro and Start Screen trash in order to make this machine useful. Once done, its a nice little machine though.
2) Acer bloat. There's a ton of it. I purchased an SSD with this, removing the 5400rpm HDD and using Acer's restore utility to generate a 16GB USB restore stick. With all of Acer's junk, the installed W8 build ended up being 85GBs, out of 120GB. Even after uninstalling everything I could, it was still nearly 80GBs. Thats just unacceptable, Acer. Hang your head in shame.
Overall Review: With regards to another reviewer stating this laptop is unupgradeable, that is simply not true. Removing the bottom cover to replace the HDD and RAM is stupidly easy. Its about a dozen tin y screws, a SATA connect and a ribbon cable. Thats it. The machine does top out at 6GBs, so if you've bought this model, its already max'd out. If you buy the 4GB model, then you have some room for upgrading. Its also easy to add an SSD, just make sure its 7mm.
The second issue you MUST be aware of is Microsoft's OEM Activation process. This machine does not come with Windows 8 ISOs or a product key sticker anywhere. The product key is embedded into the UEFI, and if you attempt to install a retail W8 copy, you will get a key mismatch error as the installer will look at the UEFI key and its not compatible with the retail install media. You cannot simply grab an unaltered W8 ISO and pull the Acer OEM key from the registry, it will fail.
No attempts at disabling Secure Boot and clearing UEFI settings would resolve this. Btw, to enable access to secure boot settings, you'll need to set a supervisor password.
If you can find a Windows 8 OEM ISO, that will allow you to do a clean install. Do your due diligence with researching this before you attempt to do a clean install, which is definitely something you'll want to do with all the Acer junkware installed.
Pros: OMAP4 powered
Cons: Only 1024x600 resolution screen
Not SAMOLED Plus
TouchWiz UI, sort of.
Only ICS 4.0.3, no 4.0.4
Overall Review: I've had this tablet for about a week now, purchased locally from a B&M vendor. I still own a Galaxy Tab 8.9, powered by the Tegra 2, I was curious to see what this OMAP4 powered GTab could do. I was impressed with the OMAP4 powered Moto XyBoards, but the price was too high. The 249 dollar Tab 2 7in is, without a doubt, the best 7in device on the market right now, relative to the Kindle Fire and the B&N Nook Tablet. It offers more features and abilities than either of its main competitors, without any significant price jump. I find it easy and simple to hold as well.
Its best feature is the sd card slot. Even though I like my Tab 8.9 very much, the sd card slot alone makes this device superior.
Still putting it through video tests, but initial 1080P h.264 video tests run perfectly smooth on it. On the Tab 8.9, the same video files choke. Badly.
TouchWiz, there's a lot of to like about it, but it does cartoony up the UI a lot. And it makes it chug a little compared to stock
Pros: Simple, clean, spacious. No issues mounting an old Asus P5Q SE or a Radeon 5670.
Cons: Relative to the cost, none.
Overall Review: Two things. First, the screw bag and plastic feet are located behind the motherboard tray so you have to remove the opposite side panel to get at them. Second, do not, repeat, do not handle or lift this case by the open I/O hole. The edges are razor sharp and you will cut your fingers if you do.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first Android tablet to be actually decent. The 3G models used the power Samsung Hummingbird and SGX540 CPU on the excellent 1024x600 screen. Getting rid of the lousyTouchWiz UI is easy enough and there's a healthy dev community behind it.
Cons: Samsung made the underhanded decision to gimp the CPU/GPU on the Wifi Tab vs the 3G Tabs. The WiFi Tab is actually powered by an TI OMAP3, the same CPU that powers the Droid X minus the 3G radio. With this also comes the much weaker SGX530 GPU. The Wifi Tab is around half as powerful as the 3G Tab because of this.
Overall Review: Newegg should have done some checking on this before they posted it with SGX540 listed.
Pros: Nice hardware, mostly good build quality.
Cons: Mushy keyboard, horrible bloatware requires a reformat. Extremely over priced for a 'netbook' class machine. Performance isn't going to be your primary concern if your shopping for these products, but charging the same as a full fledged notebook is ridiculous.
Pros: Small, light
Cons: Gimped Intel Atom CPU, Windows 7 Starter and not Linux.
Overall Review: This unit has a single 160GB drive, partitioned into two sections, not two separate drives, as another reviewer claims. This is not false advertising on Asus' part.