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Robert D.

Robert D.

Joined on 01/24/05

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Most Favorable Review

Solid Build, Nice Components, Room for Improvement

ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Intel i7 11700K - GeForce RTX 3080 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB AORUS GEN4 M.2 NVMe SSD - RGB AIO 240MM - Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Intel i7 11700K - GeForce RTX 3080 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB AORUS GEN4 M.2 NVMe SSD - RGB AIO 240MM - Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

Overall Review: Overall, a very powerful machine, solidly build, and safely packaged and delivered. Quality name brand components including an actual RTX3080 (which is nearly impossible to buy separately right now). Since these builds can have variable components (i.e. you get an RTX3080 but they don't tell you which brand, etc.) it likely limits their ability produce a uniform build, particularly on the RGB front where each brand requires its own controller software. In my particular build, the RGB connectors were all over the place. The AIO was hooked to the motherboard's non addressable RGB port while the case fans were wired to the case and the result was no coordination. I was able to re-wire the RGB directly to the motherboard instead of the case to at least allow the ASUS software to control 90% of it. Even more questionable was daisy chaining all of the case fans together to a single fan port. While this is fine, and works, they did NOT disconnect the tachometer port on each fan after the first. As a result, the motherboard could not read the fan RPMs. I had to directly modify the wiring myself. Overall, cable management left a lot to be desired. Ultimately the build quality is high, name brand and quality components are used, and the ability to actually get your hands on an RTX card in the current market is a huge plus.

Most Critical Review

Cheaper then replacing the card...

EVERCOOL VC-EC4510M12S-X VGA Cooling Fan
EVERCOOL VC-EC4510M12S-X VGA Cooling Fan

Pros: Perfect fit on my Geforce video card.

Cons: Pretty horrible build quality. If I shut down my machine, then power it up again, this fan seems to get in a strange vibration state that makes TONS of noise. I have to open the case, flick it once to set it straight, then its quiet until the next time I shut down. Probably an issue with the bearing being oriented upside-down in the case.

Overall Review: I could have just gotten a bad apple, but since I never turn this PC off, the above con isn't a huge issue. It cools like I needed it to and in the rare chance I have to shut down the server, the flick fixes it.

Nice, powerful little box.

Jetway HBJC230C63P-330D-B NVIDIA ION Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Jetway HBJC230C63P-330D-B NVIDIA ION Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: 1) Hardware-decoding of 1080p (with tweaking) 2) Built-in remote receiver (with wake by remote capability) 3) Low power consumption 4) HDMI or Optical sound output. 5) No issues with Windows 7 at all.

Cons: 1) Research RAM before purchasing. There is very little room between the ram slots and the DVD drive housing. If the RAM has a heat sink it will NOT fit. 2) IR sensor "lens" is too dark and makes reception difficult. Simple enough to pop the plastic lens out, then the remote is very sensitive! 3) Not fun locating proper decoders that allow studder-free playback.

Overall Review: In order to get studder-free playback, I had best success with CoreAVC codecs for h.264 and NVIDIA PureVideo for standard mpeg playback (both not free). Able to watch Avatar in 1080p without studdering. I suggest increasing frame buffer to 512 in bios and disabling Aero in windows 7 for best performance. Overall, a capable little box, especially at the price point. I personally find it JUST at that cusp of flawless video playback, but having a 9600 instead of a 9400 might have given it that extra boost it needed to be perfect. Getting codecs setup for hardware decoding was a bit of a hassle as the built-in windows 7 codecs were not studder free.