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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Cooler Very Quiet/Silent Doesn't Block RAM Slots

be quiet! Dark Rock Slim, CPU Cooler, 180W TDP, Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM Fan, Compact Construction LGA 1700 Compatible
be quiet! Dark Rock Slim, CPU Cooler, 180W TDP, Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM Fan, Compact Construction LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Very Quiet Operation - High Quality Fan Doesn't Block my RAM Slots: MSI MPG Z590 GAMING PLUS Motherboard I like the way it looks Good build quality Solid Cooling

Cons: There are a few brackets etc. to get right when installing but, nothing major to worry about. Take your time!

Overall Review: It's rare that I'm impressed by a CPU Cooler but, this is my new Favorite!

Most Critical Review

Massive Failure as HTPC

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Board has decent layout and looks great. I wanted an inexpensive HTPC so I paired it with a Kuma 7750. HAD PROBLEMS -SEE BELOW:

Cons: Didn't work well as a HTPC. The onboard video doesn't sync well with my SAMSUNG LN52A650 TV. Both the VGA and the DVI would start up and POST then cause an out-of-range error when windows loaded. Tried safe-mode etc. I just couldn't get it to sync up at a full 1920X1080 off the standard video ports. The HDMI port handled the 1920X1080p but it wasn't using the whole screen like my Nvidia cards would and the picture wasn't as sharp. (So far, all my Nvidia cards have handled the TV beautifully.) Board stopped booting/died

Overall Review: I had to RMA mine because it started to take longer and longer to boot and then stopped booting all together. Didn't recognize my Mushkin DDR2 1066 RAM as 1066 without changing the BIOS. Pay attention Onboard DVI conector is DVI-D (doesn't have the extra 4 pins) no connector in box.

Choppy Gameplay Across the board

XFX Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX-57XL8MFG6
XFX Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX-57XL8MFG6

Pros: Reasonably priced

Cons: Choppy gameplay across the board even with the newest AMD Drivers as of Dec. 27th 2019. The XFX RX480 it replaced was running everything smooth on a 2K Freesync monitor. Choppy game play in ARK, Destiny 2, Overwatch, etc.System is a Ryzen 1700 with an Asrock B350M Pro4 Mobo 32 GB DDR4 3200Mhz and SSD. From reading, I suspect this card has issues with older mobos and the PCIE 3.0 based on BIOS settings. It's about to be returned if I can't resolve the issues. I've tried different performance profiles etc. something isn't right about this card.

Overall Review: I own a lot of XFX cards atm and I'm willing to tweak settings etc. but, this card appears to be buggy with older motherboards at least. Had high hopes for a sweet 2K card but, it's letting me down hardcore.

12/29/2019

Wish It Would Post/Work

Z8NA-D6C Rev. 1.01G Asus Intel Socket 2X LGA1366 DDR3 ATX Server Motherboard USA Intel LGA1366 Motherboards
Z8NA-D6C Rev. 1.01G Asus Intel Socket 2X LGA1366 DDR3 ATX Server Motherboard USA Intel LGA1366 Motherboards

Pros: This board has more 4 Pin Fan Headers than any board I've seen. Dual Intel NICs & 6 RAM Slots. It came with a backplate. Shipped in Static bag. Clean looking board. Probably pretty durable if you get a working one. Dual Socket/XEONs, if you can get one that posts. Has an "Internal" onboard USB port so you can boot off a flash drive (probably works well as an ESXi host/Lab).

Cons: Won't post. No onboard Sound (You'll need the Asus MIO Card). Old board so no USB 3.0 Header or NVMe . Odd power connector placement on top of board leaves power cords in the way so you'll have to be creative. Lot's of jumpers to adjust for various features.

Overall Review: Board not booting no post. Tried Both ECC and Regular DDR3 RAM in various configurations including populating all slots (3 Brands Samsung, GSkill, and Patriot). Tried Single and Dual CPU setups with 2 Models of XEON e5645 and X5670. Tried various Jumper Settings etc. The board will make RAM beep code when all RAM removed but, won't post. Board may need a BIOS upgrade in order to support 6 Core Xeons or RAM but, there's no way to do that when it won't post. A decent burn in test and BIOS upgrade to the latest version would let the seller know they were selling a working board.

Known RTX Issue = Crashing + Space Invaders Artifacts + Micron DDR6 RAM - Bad Cards

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-O8G-GAMING
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card ROG-STRIX-RTX2070-O8G-GAMING

Pros: RGB Looks cool. Performance is good until it starts failing.

Cons: Have to RMA - will take 7Days or more according to them. ASUS acting like they don't know that many of these cards are bad due to faulty hardware despite tons of reviews and internet forums. RMA process is like being threatened. It's as if they're trying to get you to do something wrong so they can void your warranty and not have to fix the issue. They threaten/caution you to the extreme. NOT a friendly or supportive process. Plus, I'm probably going to end up with a refurb after paying 500+ for a brand new and supposedly top of the line ROG Strix edition card gaming card that will have the EXACT same issue if it is related to a bad batch of Micron DDR6 Memory and they refuse to acknowledge the real issue.

Overall Review: Read and trust the bad reviews! I don't say that lightly. I have to RMA mine. Cards will work for a short while (sometimes months) then start randomly crahsing. Search the net for "RTX 2070 Crashing/Failing and RTX Space Invaders" - These RTX cards have a seriously high failure rate most likely due to their Micron DDR6 Memory. Mine has Micron DDR6 Memory as shown in GPU-Z. System will freeze/crash when under gaming or other heavy load. Then you will see the infamous "Space Invaders Artifacts On Screen" post crash. I have screen shots of all these crashes at Factory Settings. I'm not overclocking etc. I've tested multiple versions of the Nvidia drivers, Game Engines i.e. Ark for Unreal, Doom for Id, and stress tested with Uningine Heaven Benchmark - All crash at Random intervals. I've even had the "Space Invaders" artifacts crash after just trying to run VMware Workstation so I know it's getting worse. Internet consensus is rapid degradation of Micron DDR6 Memory. RTX cards with Samsung memory seem to be unaffected but, it's definitely a faulty hardware issue of some sort!

Neat but narrow

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse  (910-004615)
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse (910-004615)

Pros: Lots of buttons, custom waiting, Logitech quality. Looks cool.

Cons: Narrow and some button placement is questionable. This mouse doesn't have the girth/comfort of other wider forms/shapes. I don't have large hands but, I still find this mouse narrow. It may be a comfort issue during long gaming sessions etc. based on your preference. You'll need long thumbs to reach button. Probably should try one out in a store to see if it agrees with you.