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Roman S.

Roman S.

Joined on 07/14/07

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Most Favorable Review

What I noticed before I bought it

GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I nearly bought this motherboard. It seems to have it all for a high-end, non-over-the-top-extreme build. And the price is really good. A little too good...

Cons: SLI/Crossfire + NVMe SSD buyer beware. You can't do this on this board. The specs show that the PCI-E configurations interfere too much with each other. Your first video card will run in 16x. No problem. Your second card will bring the two PCI-E slots down to 8x each. Still not a problem as 8x is still not a bottle neck these daus. That last PCI-E slot which runs at x4 is where it takes a turn. If you were to use SLI and stick an NVMe card in that last useable slot, assuming your video cards take 2 slots to begin with, that last slot will be convert to 1x. Your gaming won't be affected, but that NVMe SSD will be viciously capped to a fraction of its ability. For every other build, it's actually a pretty good board.

Most Critical Review

Great monitor, but...

SAMSUNG U32D970Q Black 31.5" UHD 8ms (GTG) 4K PLS LCD/LED Monitor, 350 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), VESA Mountable, HDMI DiplayPort
SAMSUNG U32D970Q Black 31.5" UHD 8ms (GTG) 4K PLS LCD/LED Monitor, 350 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), VESA Mountable, HDMI DiplayPort

Pros: Colors are wonderfully accurate. Pleasant modern design. Dual display ports. 4x (2x 2.0, 2x 3.0) high powered usb ports. HDMI compatibility with audio out. One particular feature can be extremely useful for professionals that need to be able to foresee what their users will see on their displays or other media, particularly useful for web designers, is the ability to juxtapose their own color scheme on one half of the monitor and have another scheme on the other half. For example, Adobe sRGB on the left side and Adobe RGB on the right. The monitor comes prebuilt with several calibrated color modes such as sRGB, Adobe RGB, SMPTE-C, BT.709, EBU, DCI, DICOM, and room for 4 custom calibration for your own purposes. The monitors are also individually pre-calibrated for you to be ready out of the box.

Cons: This big one that I couldn't live with was the unpleasant surprise that this monitor is natively designed as BGR, meaning that the subpixels, per pixel, are ordered in Blue Green Red instead of the traditional Red Green Blue or RGB. For images videos and games, this doesn't really matter. However, for the operating system's and ultimately all other software's UI, this is a problem. This web page does a straightforward job of explaining what this means: http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/subpixel.php Basically, text is not displayed correctly because the operating system and its subsequent software is trying to anti-alias its text through an expected RGB display. With a BGR display, the information is pushed through to the incorrect subpixels since the subpixels are effectively reversed from the traditional design. It's like looking at a page in a book through a thick piece of glass and which causes eye fatigue. Most text is so small in 4K to begin with, the chromatic aberration effect only exacerbates the strain. There are a few things you can do to correct this issue. Some methods fix some of the problems while other methods are too inconvenient to employ. ClearType is Window's answer to fix this issue by allowing you to choose a series of samples of text that look best to you catering to your monitor's design and orientation. This can be found in the control panel. However, this method only accounts for Window's own software while other programs, such as Google Chrome or Photoshop, are not corrected. The best solution is to use Windows ClearType Tuner: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/tune.aspx This will force all software to be displayed into the BGR scheme. However, while this seems like the be-all end-all, the caveat here is that if you are using multiple monitors like I do, and one of them is RGB based, that monitor will then display as incorrectly as the BGR display did. The tuner does not account for multiple displays. The only way to get the best of both worlds is to use brute force and hang one of the monitors upside down by hanging it on a wall mount for example and then using software to flip the image. Ta-da, RGB. Unluckily, in my case, my 2nd monitor is a ROG SWIFT that I can't hang and flip in my set up, plus it doesn't have any other port other than the one display port which prevents me from hooking up a gaming or other system which I WOULD TO THE SAMSUNG BUT THEN I HAVE TO HANG THAT UPSIDE DOWN AND THEN I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FLIP THE IMAGE IF I WANTED TO USE SMTOHING ELSE TOHER THAN WINDOWS!!!!!!11!!1! (sorry) Overall kinda frustrating. I hope this helps you if you decide to or already have this monitor. FYI, the Dell 32" IPS is also BGR based while the Asus PQ321Q, customer support claims (after 30 minutes of trying to figure it out) that their monitor is actually RGB based. I think I'll go with that.

Overall Review: I RMA'd one and ended up returning the other. However, I did buy both of them as open box items. The first was defective as it began heavily displaying artifacts then subsequently shutting down until it wouldn't start up again. The second monitor I purchased from Newegg and it came with a scratched screen.

The best mouse pad I have ever used.

AORUS GP-THUNDER P3X THUNDER P3 Gaming Mouse Pad - Extended
AORUS GP-THUNDER P3X THUNDER P3 Gaming Mouse Pad - Extended

Pros: The entire perimeter edge is heavily stitched. Definitely doesn't and won't peel like other pads do. Feels great. The pad itself feels thick and luxurious. The emblem is simple yet elegant and not distracting.The underside has a grippy rubber material. Doesn't shift easily. The overall design with the slightly cut corners looks great on a modern desk.

Cons: IT STINKS for a couple of weeks. I was considering machine washing it to get it to freshen up faster from the manufacturing but the smell is now faint enough for me that I don't really notice but at first, I was sniffing my hands and arms trying to figure out why the * I smelled like some pungent chemical warehouse.

Overall Review: Functionally, the material itself is actually coarse in comparison to other gaming pads. It is cloth and not plastic but the material is just a little bit roughly patterned when you look closely. I paid attention to this after I noticed some hitching with fine mouse control. The pointer wouldn't move correctly and I lost quite a few pixels in consistency. Luckily, I have a Logitech G502, and the software allows me to calibrate to the material and now everything works pixel perfectly. I will admit though, I was calibrated to another surface before but I can't believe the inconsistency I was experiencing could have been that bad. I didn't want to list this in cons because I can't confirm that the material is really a problem or not. Just something to watch out for.

WARNING ALL NVIDIA MOTHERBOARDS!

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Typical.

Cons: Does not come with an additional Sata II cable that you need if you don't have a spare already.

Overall Review: WARNING: Those running on an nVida 680i motherboard! MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE YOUR MOTHERBOARD DRIVERS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. Took me forever to figure out why the formatting would hang 75% of the way and why the quick format option would fail. Had to resort to calling tech support which was the only way to even know about the problem. I'm not sure about any other models of nVidia motherboards it is incompatible with out-of-the-box but tech support did say nVidia in all, not just mine specifically. SO BE WARY. Just make sure you update your drivers and it will work.