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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Joined on 07/02/09

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Most Favorable Review

Lots of PCIE slots

SUPERMICRO C7Z270-PG LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - Intel
SUPERMICRO C7Z270-PG LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: I bought this board for its PCIE capabilities, it does not disappoint with the number and speed of its slots. Plenty of USB ports and two ethernet ports Looks like a motherboard, not a transformer's doll.

Cons: The BIOS is... interesting. You need to use a mouse, or else it will not function properly 95% of the time. There are so many goshdarn options, which might be a good thing, but I can't sort out which settings to use the get my rig functioning how I want. I want to use my IGP while still giving my OS access to my GPUs/AICs, I have not accomplished that. It took quite some time to set up because I couldn't figure out the LEGACY/UEFI options (this is not SUPERMICRO's fault I do not believe, just my incompetency). I still don't know how to reliably boot it how I need it to boot, I'm afraid to start changing my OS which NEEDS to happen soon. I wish that it was EATX and that the PCIE slots were more spaced out. Almost everyone using those slots will be stacking GPUs, they could use just a bit more room to breathe. Did I mention the BIOS is a bit of a mess?

Overall Review: Overall I'm happy with what I got but I will try and find something else with the PCIE capabilities for my next rig.

Most Critical Review

No Linux Support from AMD

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R7 370 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ATX Dual-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card 100386NT4GOCL
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R7 370 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ATX Dual-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card 100386NT4GOCL

Pros: Decent value if you're running Windows. Outclassed by new cards, but I bought it before they dropped so I can't complain about that.

Cons: AMD does not have drivers working with modern Linux systems. They have no plans to develop support for it either as it's an "older" card i.e. based on an old card. If you ever mess around with Linux don't even consider this card. The FOSS drivers are good for what they are, but they can't compete with nvidia's drivers.

My Standard Home Performance Router.

ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source Support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source Support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Great speeds, reliablility, QoS, range, and it looks pretty sleek. Software is one of the best out of the box and you have plenty of options if you need them,

Cons: Nothing major. Tiny power port is weird. Software could always use improvements. Why not ship with open source firmware? Seems that would be an improvement.

Overall Review: Closed source is a bit concerning for security, but standard today.

Solid Budget Fan

Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 140mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases and Radiators
Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 140mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases and Radiators

Pros: Good performance and a great value. These will be my go to for replaceable fans for the great price vs performance ratio.

Cons: They aren't super quiet and they stop spinning pretty fast after power is cut leading me to believe they'll stop spinning before my higher end fans, yet to have a failure yet though,

The Best Thermal Paste Money Can Buy

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: This is the sweet spot for price vs performance. It is pretty much top of the line and is an industry standard.

Cons: Don't change a thing.

THE Name in Modems

ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Pros: Reliable hardware and no-fuss software. I've bought three of these myself and others have bought them as well. I have not known of a single failure.

Cons: Lights are bright as hell (could be a pro to some). Do not put it in a bedroom.

Overall Review: Would never recommend another modem.