Date Joined: 09/12/02
Pros: Was available for purchase at a reasonable price when I got it.
Cons: Just under 60 days of use, about 9TB written to 16TB drive, booted one day and this external drive was no longer recognized by OS. Tried everything, but the drive failed and would no longer initialize on any PC.
Overall Review: Drive does not seem to be reliable, high failure rate based on other reviews. Hopefully WD will RMA it.
Cons: Obnoxious code redemption process, had to contact support to get the code to work. Won't stream games in 1080p or 1440p, despite having a 100GB fiber connection that is more than capable of it.
Overall Review: This seems pretty useless at the moment.
Pros: - Keeps up with nearly any CPU in single threaded performance.
- Multi-threaded performance is not bad.
- Thermals are excellent if you get a decent cooler.
- Lower end X570 boards are perfectly fine for this processor, as are most B450 boards as long as you can get the BIOS updated.
Cons: - Stock cooler isn't great; it will get you by if your budget is limited but consider upgrading to at least something like a Hyper 212, ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO, or any other reasonable air cooler. Ryzen 3000 performance is limited by thermals, a better cooler is worth it if your budget allows.
Would have been nice to get the AMD Wraith Prism cooler, but that would probably be too much to ask at this price point. An option for no cooler at a lower price would be even better.
Overall Review: Probably the best value for the money CPU available at the time of this review. If you need a mid range to high end PC and are on a budget, this is the CPU to get.
Pros: - Runs at 3600 CL16 on X570
- Looks amazing
- RGB can be controlled by most motherboards without proprietary software
- Enabled XMP profile and set voltage manually to 1.35v and it just works.
Cons: Not exactly a con but something to be aware of - these "TridentZ Neo" modules are slightly thicker than the regular TridentZ modules. I'm using a NZXT Kraken x62 CPU cooler and the water tubes coming out of the side of the CPU block bump into these sticks and nudge the one closest to the CPU just slightly. It still fits, but this didn't happen with the previous memory I had installed which was TridentZ (non-Neo).
Overall Review: This was the only 3600 CL16 memory I could get to run at advertised speeds on MSI X570 Creation motherboard with Ryzen 9 3900X. Several other 3600/CL16 memory kits would simply cause crashes if I enabled their XMP profile.
Tip - check G.Skill's website to make sure your motherboard is on the QVL list, X570 seems to be particular about memory, at least in early BIOS versions that we have now.
Pros: - All the USB ports you could ever need.
- RGB looks good when it works, flashy but not over the top.
- Clear CMOS button on the back panel.
- The M.2 Expansion card is a nice touch.
Cons: - Memory support is horrible, at least with current BIOS and paired with Ryzen 9 3900X. There are very few DDR4 kits that will run anywhere near 3600 or even 3000+ on this board. I've tried several G.Skill 3600 CL16 kits that are designed/branded to work with Ryzen 3000 and using their DOCP profile just crashes the board and I have to clear CMOS to be able to post. Manually setting the timings doesn't work either. Leaving the memory to Auto runs 3600 memory at sub 2000 speeds. I've had much better luck getting memory to run at advertised speeds with cheaper Asus and Gigabyte X570 boards.
- Software is unreliable, major issues with basic things like fan curves and RGB settings.
- Fan curves set manually in Dragon Center randomly revert back to defaults and have to be set again and again. Same happens for fan curves set in BIOS.
- Onboard audio implementation is terrible and noisy. Speakers plugged into the audio out have a constant hissing sound at idle.
- All RGB lighting set in Dragon Center's Mystic Light intermittently revert to solid red, the default. This also randomly happens to the RGB on things that have not been set in Mystic Light, such as AMD wraith Prism Cooler connected to motherboard by USB. Once Mystic Light takes this over, there is seemingly no way to revert it back to not be controlled by Mystic Light. Thankfully Mystic Light does not seem to interfere with Corsair iCue, as that is the only RGB that reliably works in my build.
- Board is massive. Will not fit in many cases advertised as EATX compatible. Check that your case can fit this board before ordering. The common problem is that it's so wide it covers up the cable cutouts on most cases. I settled on the Lian Li 011 Dynamic and it works ok despite the board sticking off the edge of the case's motherboard tray.
- For all the problems, this board is way overpriced. MSI needs to get their act together with a BIOS update that stabilizes the Dragon Center settings and supports more memory.
Overall Review: This board looks awesome, but ultimately it's a headache and big disappointment after having spent this much money on it.
Pros: Beefy card, at first it appears to be built well.
Cons: - This card runs 30c hotter than other 1070ti cards in the same well ventilated system. Appears to have some issue with cooling. The heatsink looks more than adequate and the fans run, but card overheats.
- Size. This card takes up more than 2 slots, due to the large heatsink. How ironic, considering it doesn't even keep the card cool compared to my other 1070ti cards that are only 2 slot cards.
Overall Review: May be an internal assembly issue with my particular card, who knows. I hate to have to RMA a brand new card considering these are already hard to find in stock.
Pros: These fans move almost as much air as some 120mm x 35mm Delta fans, but without the annoying high pitch noise that Delta fans produce.
+ Quiet (relatively speaking, for the amount of air they are moving)
+ High quality cables and sleeving
+ Durability claims are impressive, if true
Cons: - Loud at full speed, but not that bad.
Overall Review: I use these to pull air through 4u server chassis for GPU mining. For this application, they work well and make less noise then comparable Delta fans that most people use.
Pros: + Incredible Efficiency
+ PFC on a full digital platform
+ Excellent Ripple Suppression
+ Quiet FDB Fan, can set speed in Link software
+ Corsair Link Software works well
+ 10 Year Warranty
Cons: - Cable quality is poor. The sleeving is cheap feeling nylon that snags and frays easily. Many cables came out of the box with frayed sleeving where they were bent for packaging.
- Not enough PCIe Cables for a PSU this size (8)
- The dual PCIe cables are almost impossible to use on graphics cards. The second 6+2 pin connector cable is too short and has what looks like 2 sets of capacitors in the short cable that make bending it difficult. Bending it back to fit a graphics card is just barely possible, feels like it's going to break. Poorly implemented.
- Puts out a lot of EMI
Overall Review: Manufactured by Flextronics, they did a great job on the PSU itself, while cutting corners on the cables.
This is currently one of the most efficient PSU's money can buy.
Pros: + Easy Install
+ Compact, Fits in Small Cases
+ Low Profile Enough for Server a Chassis
+ Includes Bracket for Second Fan
+ Keeps my i7 nice and Cool
+ No issues mounting to Intel 1155 Motherboard
Cons: None. Good product at a good price.
Overall Review: I have 3 Cryorig CPU coolers currently running. Happy with all of them.
Pros: Corsair Link software is good, easy to use for LED and fan control.
Fan control allows custom curves for any temp inputs. Can easily be configured for and balance of silence or performance.
RGB lighting options are easy and look good.
Includes fan extension cables, a nice touch.
Cons: Big. This thing is almost twice as thick as a standard SATA SSD. The best place to mount it is usually the back side of a case, where most cases have SSD mounts located. A lot of cases do not have enough room because they are designed with SSD thickness in mind. For example, my current case is a Fractal Design Meshify-C and when I tried to stick this on the back, the side panel would not close. Corsair could have easily made this the same thickness as an SSD, this would have been ideal. If your case can fit 2 SSD's stacked on top of each other behind it's side panel you will be ok, if not make sure you have somewhere else to mount it.
No Corsair RGB fan headers. You still need to use the RGB fan controllers for fans like Corsair HD120 RGB fans. The fan controller adds another (thankfully smaller) hub you also need room to mount. An all-in-one design would have been far more convenient.
Overall Review: With the Commander Pro and an RGB Fan Controller or two, cable management can quickly become a mess. Have a lot of 4 inch zip ties ready to clean it up.
Pros: It looks nice and is built with long lasting components.
Cons: USB issues abound with this board (and several other X99 boards). In my case, installing Asus AISuite results in all USB ports going completely dead at Windows login screen. There's no PS/2 port so logging in to Windows becomes impossible. Rolling back to a restore point before AISuite was installed fixes this, but without AISuite I'm not able to use all the boards features.
A more serious issue is the SATA controller. This board will immediately and routinely cause disk errors and data loss to any HDD connected to it's SATA ports. I replaced all other components including SATA cables, PSU and Memory to be sure it was the board, still got data loss on 6 different HDD's connected to this board.
So far Asus support has not been helpful. Asus phone support staff are completely clueless. They suggested I buy a different version of Windows to troubleshoot these problems. I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and I don't want to use any other version. They insisted that trying Windows 7 Professional would help. Really? Unbelievable haha.
Looks like I'll need to disassemble my build and RMA this board. What a shame that these boards are not tested more thoroughly.
Overall Review: Although this board does look good, it would be really great if Asus made it in some different colors. Not many people will be building military green themed rigs. How about white or black versions Asus?
Pros: The outside finish seems to be durable.
Cons: When plugged in, this charger emits a loud buzzing noise. It's noisy even when nothing is plugged into the USB ports. Too loud and annoying to be used in the house.
Pros: Looks awesome, this thing is big, black and beautiful!
Extremely quiet even under heavy CPU loads. The included fans are high quality.
Temps are excellent, on par with the best coolers from Noctua.
Install was not very difficult.
Cons: The included wrench is a joke. I happened to have a set of Craftsman Mini Ignition wrenches and one of them fit perfectly, but otherwise install may have been a pain.
This cooler is so heavy that transporting/shipping or otherwise moving the PC with this installed presents a real danger of breaking something. If you have to move it, stuff some styrofoam blocks around it to give support.
Pros: Lightweight, highly customization and fully featured AV and Firewall. Fairly low rate of false positives.
The Android version is excellent for mobile devices.
Anti theft looks interesting but I haven't tried it.
Overall Review: Newegg often has excellent coupon specials for this in their email promotions. Look for a deal.
Pros: I got the white version of this case and it's gorgeous with some blue led fans inside. The black mesh and accents look great in person.
Construction quality is top notch. It feels very solid and durable.
Building in it is a breeze. Cable management is the best of any case I have seen. There are a ton of tie down points on the back and a number of velcro cable ties are included.
Hard drive trays are accessible from the backside, so you only have to open one side of the case to get at the drives. This was a smart choice and a departure from the usual drive cages on most cases which are accessible from the front while the cables are on the other side.
An impressive case, especially for the price. I can see why Hardware Canucks gave this case of the year.
Cons: This case isn't as dust proof as I would have liked. Dust filters are built into the front and top meshes, but the whole panels have to be removed to get at them and they don't seem to be as fine as other filters.
There is no real noise dampening on this case so it's not very quiet. If you use quiet components this may not be a big issue, but it's loud compared to cases like the H440 or Define R5.
Overall Review: Black optical drives don't look great in the white version, but that can't really be helped.
Pros: USB 3.0 Male A to Micro B cable as advertised. The connectors seem to be high quality. The cable flexible enough to use as a phone charging cable while playing games. Transfer speeds with USB 3.0 seem fine. Both connectors fit perfectly.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: The cable itself has a grippy rubberized texture.
Pros: These LED's produce a pleasant warm white light. The advertised color temperature of 2700k appears to be reasonably accurate.
After months of use, these bulbs appear to be holding up very well.
No flickering, no loss of output.
Cons: Still a bit expensive, but hopefully they last a long time.
Pros: Construction quality of this mount is very good. It's made from beefy metal and feels solid.
The bar that holds the monitors is curved slightly, so that the two outside monitors are angled inwards. The exact angle will depend on your monitor size.
I am using this mount with 3 Samsung S22C650D 21.5" monitors and it works perfectly.
The cable routing works well, but it's a tight fit. If you don't have access to the back of the unit where it will be mounted, you may want to route the cables first before mounting it.
I used a 3-way power squid with 2 3-foot power cables and one 1-foot power cable so that I only need to run a single power cord form the wall socket, works beautifully.
The base of the desk is small and unobtrusive. It would probably be more stable if the base were larger, but then it might get in the way. I have not had any stability problems with this mount so far.
Cons: This is not exactly a con, but I had to modify this mount slightly to make it work on a glass desk.
I added a layer of rubber with grip surface to the bottom of the mount, and used a layer of ABS and padding on top of the clamps, not attached so the clamps can freely rotate. Now it works great on glass desks.
The angle of the monitors is not really adjustable. You can adjust it very slightly, but not by much.
Overall Review: For the price, this is an awesome triple monitor mount.
Pros: Matte finish on both the bezel and display. No issues with glare that glossy monitors suffer from. Excellent picture quality, accurate colors, easy to mount on monitor stand.
Overall Review: Refresh rate is 60hz.
I have three of these on a triple monitor stand, they are awesome.
Pros: Inexpensive, does the job.
I have used several of these for years and never had an issue with them.
Pros: It works great, includes some useful nozzles, the price is not bad.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: I haven't used this gun a lot, but I have had it for a couple years and used it occasionally. Never had any issue with it.
Pros: These small extension cables are perfect for keeping the rear USB 3 ports on your case accessible.
They are short enough that you can use them with bus-powered devices such as 2.5 inch portable hard drives.
Transfer speeds are fast, I don't notice any delay when adding these cables.
Pros: This is an excellent power strip. The pivot outlets allow you to use large brick type plugs next to small standard plugs easily, not blocking any outlets.
I have owned 3 of these for more than two years and have not had any issues with them whatsoever.
Cons: Maybe price, hard to find a fault with these.
Overall Review: Sometimes Nweegg has these on special and you can get them at a great price.
Pros: The top strap is very comfy and feels durable.
Cons: The volume adjustment dial on the headset is located near the mic arm, and it produces very loud 'clicks' when turned. This means there is a very loud clicking noise going into your mic every time you adjust the volume on the headset. Whoever designed this was not thinking it through.
Sound quality from the mic is not good, it sounds very cheap/thin.
I did not like the velvet/felt ear pads, I prefer the leather pads on similar products. just a matter of personal taste.
Overall Review: The loud clicking of the volume dial and button situated right next to the mic arm is a very amateur design mistake. Corsair can do much better than this.
Pros: I have been using this dock for more than a year, it works flawlessly. Transfer speeds are fast and I have never had an issue with drives disconnecting or getting randomly dismounted like with other docks.
Cons: Price maybe, there are certainly cheaper offerings that are very similar.
Overall Review: Get it.