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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Joined on 12/12/06

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Excellent motherboard and kit, R7 series works with bios out of the box

ASRock X470 Taichi AM4 AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Ready ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X470 Taichi AM4 AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Ready ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Onboard LED and LED support Good kit Easy setup

Cons: Expensive Backside case panel is finicky

Most Critical Review

Apparently you can overclock 4 x 8 Gb, but not 2 x 8 Gb of the same series...

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 4266 (PC4 34100) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2K4266C19
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 4266 (PC4 34100) Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2K4266C19

Pros: Works as overpriced 2133 RAM.

Cons: Fan won't stay on and doesn't make a noticeable difference in heat based on motherboard readings. Doesn't overclock with the Gigabyte series of Aorus boards... At time of buying was NOT on an incompatibility list on either corsair or Gigabyte site, and 4266 was not listed by Aorus at all. Corsair told me the Vengeance 32 Gb was compatible, but don't need 32 Gb of RAM right now. When it didn't work, I contacted Corsair. Contacted Corsair tech support and received the following: "Thanks for bringing this up. How are you adjusting the memory speed? Did you enable the XMP as well? If you're using the gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER, memory with part# CMK16GX4M2K4266C19 compatible with the motherboard. " Notice the lack of "is" or "isn't." On reply, they told me only the 4 x 8 Gb is compatible, not the 2 x 8 Gb of the same series. CMK16GX4M2K4266C19 vs CMK32GX4M4K4266C19.

Overall Review: Need an adequate expaination as to why the 4x8 chips differ from 2x8 chips.

Slow, glitchy, with bad sectors

128GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Waterproof Thumb Drive Memory Stick with Keychain Portable Jump Drive Pendrive for Data Storage
128GB USB3.0 Flash Drive Waterproof Thumb Drive Memory Stick with Keychain Portable Jump Drive Pendrive for Data Storage

Cons: Windows checks indicate drive problems that repair did not fix. Formatting in NTFS or exFATS failed to produce a drive that wasn't slow and glitchy, and transfer was intermittent between slow (6 MB/s or less) and stopped. All files that we attempted to move of any size ended up corrupted, and it wasn't recognized as USB 3.0.

Overall Review: Can't be sure if this was a lemon or a bad product, but I won't be buying another.

Bang for Buck

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: Excellent airflow setup for mid/large towers, ESPECIALLY ones with a front end fan intake. It increased over-all case airflow as well as lowering processor temp. I would recommend this for any mid size RaidMax case, even over some more expensive sinks.

Cons: Heat sink has a very high profile, and may not be suited for cramped or thin cases, or ones with side fans very close to the processor location. Barely had room. Be sure to keep your wiring orderly to avoid them coming into contact with the heat sink as well. May not fit on compact motherboards, as it would hit the RAM.

Overall Review: I'd recommend this fan for any mid size or higher ATX case with a front end air intake. Good cooling for those interested in overclocking. Excellent cooling for the dollar value.

Can't Recommend

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe

Pros: Inexpensive drive as are most Lite-On, a name I normally respect

Cons: Drive arrived defective, giving multiple, slow read and no ability to write correctly. All cds/dvds of different formats burn incorrectly, and Light Scribe does not function. Lite On does not support drivers for this device. Tested under Windows Vista OS.

Overall Review: It possibly may be due to manufactures defect, but if their was damage to laser in shipping it wouldn't read at all.