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Matthew M.

Matthew M.

Joined on 08/01/02

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Most Favorable Review

Fastest 7200RPM HDD around!

Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: How does 85-90MBps read/write sound to you... in a single 7200RPM SATA drive? Hard to find a complaint there.

Cons: I seriously have no issues with this drive.

Overall Review: This baby kicks! Don't waste money on a 150GB 10000RPM raptor when this drive does just about everything it does for less money and 4x the capacity.

Most Critical Review

Bad sticks

OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel X299 / Z390 / Z370 / Z270 / Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model MD4U082417IFDA
OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel X299 / Z390 / Z370 / Z270 / Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model MD4U082417IFDA

Pros: -They were cheap

Cons: -Started getting BSODs a day after installing. Memtest showed errors. :(

Worked perfectly for a fair price

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK

Pros: -Decent CL16 PC3200 speed -Heatsinks are nice without being distracting -Good price -XMP profile worked perfectly fine in my Asrock B450m Pro4 mobo with a Ryzen 3600

Cons: -Single rank -Hynix ram Consider these not complaints as much as info I wish was more readily available before purchasing.

Overall Review: 32GB of ram for under a benjamin? Sign me up.

12/14/2021

Perfect low budget NVME

Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G2B0C
Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G2B0C

Pros: -Did exactly what I needed it to do at that price point -WD has earned my trust on SSD reliability

Cons: -I get why it's blue but common, why is it blue? -There being only one nand chip on this board made using my heatsink not work (unbalanced) -Speed could be better but I knew what I was getting into

Overall Review: I probably would spend a bit more if you're looking at putting something in your daily driver but for regular consumer builds these things are great.

10/15/2021

Tons of power in a small box!

GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BRR7H-4800-BWUS Ultra Compact PC Kit (AMD Barebone AMD, Include AMD RYZEN R7-4800U CPU)
GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BRR7H-4800-BWUS Ultra Compact PC Kit (AMD Barebone AMD, Include AMD RYZEN R7-4800U CPU)

Pros: -This is one of the fastest NUCs available as I type this. -Decent integrated graphics all things considered. -Being able to use a 2.5" HDD was unexpected and welcomed. -A lot of I/O options. -Sleek design. -Easy to take apart. -Gets warm but not too hot. Entire thing is made of aluminum so the case acts as the heatsink.

Cons: -Feels like its too expensive for what you get but it is what it is. -You can hear the fan in a quiet room but it isn't bad at all. -m2 drive heatsink that's included wouldn't fit any of my m2 drives correctly so I didn't use it. -You can't connect or disconnect a 2.5" HDD to the mounting plate and then connect the drive to the system, which means you have to cumbersomely connect it first (the sata cord is necessarily short) and then mount it, which isn't great. -Limited BIOS options. Not really a con but you won't know if the memory you used is running at the correct speed until you load up your OS and check. You also can't update the bios directly from the bios, needing a separate command line program to do it (something I haven't had to do in 20 years)

Overall Review: Overall I have no serious issues with this box. Did everything I needed to. Good stuff.

10/12/2021

Very hard to beat for the price!

DIYPC DIY-A1-BK Black Tempered Glass USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 120mm Fan x Rear Pre-installed
DIYPC DIY-A1-BK Black Tempered Glass USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 120mm Fan x Rear Pre-installed

Pros: - Tempered glass mid tower at this price range is nuts. The entire case looks like a brushed gunmetal look.- Mostly easy to work with.- Appreciate the optical drive bay.- Lots of fan slots

Cons: - The PSU shield cover doesn't really give you enough room for cables.- (big one) If your motherboard power socket is close to where the optical drive bay is like a lot of motherboards, your optical drive won't have enough room to sit flush. I fixed this by just using a laptop ultraslim optical drive along with a conversion bay, but still not what I would call great.

Overall Review: Great overall case for the price range. Might be unbeatable. Just watch out if you need to use the optical drive bay.