Date Joined: 01/23/14
Pros: This thing is a little beast for it's price point. Although I was lucky and got it for way less than it's MSRP. For 1080p gaming this can max out every single game and still hit 60fps (except RDR2, but that game is too demanding even for my 1080 ti). And it even makes a perfect 1440p budget card at high to medium settings.
The dual fans keep it nice and cool, although it is a pretty bare bones cooler design.
It's a very short card so you should be able to fit it in any ITX build.
The design is nice. But I personally have always liked the way EVGA cards looked.
Cons: You can't individually control each fan, both are controlled by the same header. And because of that they will sometimes pulsate at low speeds.
There are no LEDs on this card or no extra thermal sensors other than at the GPU die, but again it's a simple GPU aimed at keeping the price low while still having a mild overclock.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a budget 1080p/1440p GPU without all the bells and whistles, and don't care about Ray tracing, then this is one of the best ones in my opinion. And if you can get it for less than $280 it's definitely worth it.
Pros: Need I say more? As long as your motherboard lists this as a compatible model, you can't go wrong with these. 3200mhz is the sweet spot for performance and price. And of course the TridentZ has the best designed RGB available on RAM.
Overall Review: G.Skill has always been my go to for RAM. They haven't disappointed me yet.
Pros: These have to be some of the best fans I have ever owned. I've had Rosewill, Corsair, Cooler Master, EVGA and Noctua fans and the build design and materials is up there with Noctua. They're ultra quiet and move a ton of air. And the white is perfect to match with Phanteks' Halos RGB frames. They really glow when you add one of those to it.
Overall Review: Phanteks has some of the best budget conscious fans, cases and RGB products on the market. Along with top notch customer service. You can't go wrong with any of their products.
Pros: These have to be some of the best fans I have ever owned. The build design and materials is up there with Noctua. They're ultra quiet and move a ton of air. And the white is perfect to match with Phanteks' Halos RGB frames. They really glow when you add one of those to it.
Pros: These Halos are great to add to any existing fan. Digital RGB is addressable meaning you can have multiple colors at the same time on a single device. If you couple this with a white fan blade it really glows! Phanteks makes some of the best fans, cases, and RGB products for the best price. I highly recommend them to everyone.
They do make a version of this with a metal frame, but it's more expensive. And to me the black plastic looks just fine.
Cons: After a year and a half I noticed one of the LEDs staying on when it's supposed to be off (but it still turned on and worked like normal). After contacting PhanteksUSA support they quickly offered a replacement D-RGB strip to swap inside the Halos frame. I've used their warranty once before for a busted USB port and they were always super quick and helpful. So this isn't really a con, since their customer support is top notch.
Overall Review: I will be a life long Phanteks customer due to their budget friendly prices, great products and superior customer service.
Pros: It's a pretty decent looking black and white motherboard.
Overclocks fairly well.
Has plenty of fan headers and pcie configurations.
Supports both 8th and 9th gen intel processors.
Cons: I'm having this issue on the latest BIOSes 0506 and 0602 when after i disconnect the power plug or turn off the PSU switch it will double boot once before turning on and then run fine after that. Meaning after i press the power switch it turns on for a second, then off for 3 seconds then back on and boots just fine. It doesn't do this if I leave it plugged in between shutdowns. I've been in touch with Asus Support for over a month now and even RMA'd the board once and the new one is still doing it. They told me it's not supposed to do that, and insist that it's faulty, but can't explain why two in a row are doing this. If they could just pull their heads out of their butts and give me a straight answer that this is normal or something then we can all move on and i can game in peace knowing nothing is wrong with my new computer. But i have been jumping through hoops and giving them the same information over and over again getting nowhere.
Oh and also, the Aura Sync effects are super choppy and don't look right. Even on my 2nd RMA'd board they're the same. I'm about to just cut my losses and go with MSI or Gigabyte.
Overall Review: Go with something else. Asus is starting to get flaky with both their products and support.
Pros: So far I havent had any issues with this. Reads all my hard drives just fine and shows S.M.A.R.T. info with a utility like CrystalDiskInfo. Saw someone that said it didn't, so idk what they were doing wrong.
Transfer speeds seem to be fast enough even for a micro sd card
Cons: Not a fan of the design of the power plug, but thats just me. Nothing wrong with it.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a solid external hard drive dock this will do the job and then some.
Pros: I also forgot, from reading other peoples reviews, this does support 64-bit. You don't need to install any software /drivers for this to work. It's plug-n-play. I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and it worked from the moment i put it in it's pcie slot.
Cons: see my previous review.
Pros: Lots of features, plenty of PCIe/SATA/USB ports, easy and straight forward BIOS. Comes with software to overclock the CPU and to control fans. Oh, and this board is beautiful. I love the gold on black look.
Cons: None that I have come across yet. This doesn't have Wifi or Bluetooth like the regular z87-Pro. But It saves you about $30 in the meantime until you have extra cash to buy a wifi card if you want one.
Overall Review: This is the first MB I have ever bought for my first ever custom build, and I think this is a fantastic board. Did not run into any troubles whatsoever. Just read everything i needed to in the manual as well as watching video tutorials on how to install everything. And look at me now! writing this review from my newly built pc (: