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Brandon G.

Brandon G.

Joined on 08/30/03

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
GIGABYTE GV-N78TOC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N78TOC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: * Update from previous reviews Wanted to post another little update for folks as I have had pretty extensive experience with this card. I had posted previously about heat being a pretty big factor, and it is. One other thing that I have noticed as I read up in more detail on the GeForce GTX 700 series architecture is that the NVidia driver package automatically overclocks the cards based on what it thinks the card can handle based on temperature and power consumption the card detects with its onboard sensors during gaming. This sounds all well and good in theory to generate maximum performance for the user, but unfortunately the driver software has a tendency to overestimate what the card can handle. For example. With this card, Gigabyte has designed the card to handle 1085MHz maximum core clock. Well I've used MSI Afterburner to monitor my card's clock speeds during heavy gaming and I've noticed that the driver package apparently thinks my card can handle more, and takes it upon itself to clock my card up to 1137MHz during gaming. And at times, this can be too much for the card to handle, even with aggressive fan profiles enabled. So, I used MSI Afterburner to set the core clock to a -52MHz setting and this has corrected the NVidia driver issue to ensure that the maximum core clock it will set on the card is 1085MHz during gaming. Zero crashes with this setting enabled with an aggressive fan profile.

Cons: Just wanted to pass this along to folks in case it is helpful.

Most Critical Review
HAWKING HAWNR1 Hi-Gain Wireless Router with Range Amplifier
HAWKING HAWNR1 Hi-Gain Wireless Router with Range Amplifier

Pros: Good while it worked

Cons: Crapped out on me today after having bought it last May. Not a very good life cycle on these units if they don't even make it 18 months. I'd recommend a different brand moving forward.

Works great, easy to install

Patriot VPN100 M.2 2280 256GB PCIe Gen3 x4, NVMe 1.3 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VPN100-256GM28H
Patriot VPN100 M.2 2280 256GB PCIe Gen3 x4, NVMe 1.3 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VPN100-256GM28H

Pros: Piece of cake to install, works good, fast reads & writes.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommended.

Easy to install

Arctic Alpine 12 Compact Intel CPU Cooler - ACALP00027A
Arctic Alpine 12 Compact Intel CPU Cooler - ACALP00027A

Pros: I was a little nervous about this because I've seen some shoddy products in the past using push-pin tech, but this installed perfectly fine and easily. Not very expensive and looks nice, runs quiet.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommended.

Worked good

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVR

Pros: It's memory - it worked, no issues.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Recommended.

Excellent CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3800X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.9 GHz (4.5 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000025BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen - RYZEN 7 3800X Matisse (Zen 2) 8-Core 3.9 GHz (4.5 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000025BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Fantastic CPU - lots of power.

Cons: Somewhat expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Highly recommended.