Date Joined: 06/09/04
Pros: No complaints on the hardware -- Cinebench maintained 3.2ghz all 8 cores @ ~77C with no throttling. That's kind of amazing in this formfactor. Overall build and design is very good and fingerprint security is a big plus for me, and works flawlessly. The Keyboard is maybe the best I've used on a laptop, ever -- certainly the best in this price range. RAM might vary based on configuration but mine is 3200mhz 22cas, which is just fine. the built in speakers are also just fine, given the small space -- they seem to be EQ'd for speech rather than music, which is perfect.
Cons: stickers! no fewer than 4 stickers on the palm rest and some were CROOKED! what? That's a good way to make the product look cheap. They did not peel off without a fight and required much rubbing alcohol (at the risk of discoloring the chassis). Why any stickers at all? why? stop with the stickers, please.
some lightly threaded tasks make the CPU temp soar (100C+ !!) not sure what that's about. It maybe chases that 4.2ghz max boost a little too aggressively. Hopefully I can tune that in BIOS
Overall Review: Initial impressions - I was really put off by all the stickers. But once I got past that, it is a great laptop with, as far as I can tell, the (currently) best-in-class CPU that absolutely stomps 11th gen intel. But I suppose your mileage may vary depending on the tasks you're doing. I really like the look and feel of it overall as well. In my opinion, it is priced like a budget laptop, but build quality is premium all around.
Overall Review: I just needed something that worked. this works in windows and linux; no issues.
the old style vga port is a bonus - I don't have to use an adapter for my old display.
Overall Review: I'm going to talk about overclocking. If you aren't overclocking then I think this board is over engineered for you, but there's no harm in that. It's priced nice and has features for days. I think it will be a solid performer for years.
The "O.C Mode" in the BIOS with "Auto" voltage is super nice - just set my multiplier and it auto dials the voltage as load dictates. Much better than the Ryzen Master software, which wants me to set a fixed voltage for manual overclocking and it runs at that fixed voltage always, or work with the limited boost which just doesn't perform as well as a straight up OC on all cores. With my R5 3600 (3.6ghz stock), I'm running 4.25ghz all cores at 0.9v avg to 1.55v max .. the motherboard steps up to the max as needed and thermals allow (my nh-d15 allows). at peak I'm feeding ~113w of power through the CPU and the board thermals really don't flinch., but I never see those numbers while gaming, just during bench. stupidly overengineered. highly recommend.
Pros: This is a good CPU -- my video render time and 7dtd terrain generation time is cut by 10x vs my old fx6300. I just wish it delivered on its promises.
*update* I still think my cons are valid but I've just manually over clocked it to 4.2ghz and stable! so ok, 5 stars now. because I have 4.2ghz cpu. my nh15 cooler is such a beast: 35C idle, 66C max (yeah my manual settings run cooler than when I was trying to get the boost to 4.2ghz while base was just 3.6! more about that in cons )
Cons: I don't get 4.2ghz max boost. I saw 3.95ghz max out of the box. I replaced the stock cooler with a Noctua NH15 and temps run about 10C cooler but it didn't increase the boost at all. I'm nowhere near the 95C default thermal throttle. Turned on the performance overclocking from AMD, I am now up to 4.117ghz max boost and 73C max temp. Again, still well below the 95C threshold yet it still refuses to hit 4.2ghz boost. More aggressive overclocking results in instability. Spent a few hours with the DRAM calculator but was unable to tighten anything beyond the XMP profile. That said, I am outperforming baseline benchmarks from passmark for the same CPU -- so I'm guessing no one is getting 4.2ghz max boost (yay?)
Overall Review: If a person can't get 4.2ghz max boost *out of the box with the stock cooler and without overclocking* (at a reasonable ambient temp), then it shouldn't be advertised as 4.2ghz max boost. I haven't hit it even with overclocking. *update* I did hit 4.2ghz stable overclock, no boost.
Overall Review: Made the leap to 1440p 144hz and needed a graphics card that could produce that. This 2070S does nicely without breaking the bank. Here's the stats I pulled from hwmonitor after playing some DOOM:
Clock: 1185mhz idle to 1965mhz max
Temp: 39C idle to 80C max (ambient is 21C)
Fans: ~850rpm idle to ~2800rpm max
Noise: I don't have a decibel meter, but no noticeable uptick in noise over my old GTX1060 (also had 2 fans and similar thermals), for whatever that's worth.
and yes, seeing 200+fps in DOOM at 1440p ULTRA detail (Vulkan engine) with my Ryzen R5 3600. OpenGL performs solidly as well, keeping above 100fps on the same settings.
Pros: I wanted a common kit that's easy to configure. This delivered. I got it running at 3200, no problemo. Extremely stable.
Cons: None - this was basically plug and play.. I would prefer no RGB, but whatever.. the price was right.
Overall Review: This was the best component of my new build, in terms of: price / ease of install / ease of configuring. First time using GSkill and they just earned a new loyal customer.
Pros: The image quality is excellent; definitely on par with other IPS displays out there.
VESA mount-able, which is what I was looking for
Cons: comes with annoyances others have mentioned
-The buttons are terrible; just a bad design choice
-the power cord is too short; it has the dc adapter and wall plug integrated together, instead of having a PC cord to plug into like every other monitor on the planet
Overall Review: great image quality and low price make up for some bad design choices
Pros: No complaints here -- I could go on about how it blows away my old Hitachi Deskstar, but they aren't really in the same class.
Don't think I've ever had a 7200RPM drive that is this quiet. very nice
Cons: Maybe it *should* make a noise once in a while, so I know it's still there :)
Pros: Basically a driverless install for me when swapping this into an existing windows10 machine. Only driver it didn't detect was the wired LAN which I grabbed from MSI's website -- there's an option there to just get the driver and not the management software, so that's cool. While not needed (windows detected the realtek audio), I did install the extra Realtek audio software from their site as well.
Cons: Please color-code the front-panel pins! This was the hardest front-panel setup I've had to do in a while -- I thought everyone was color-coding these pins since like year 2005?
the graphical BIOS setup screens are cheesy, clumsy, and ugly - that old red on black theme was hot in the 90's, but looks dated today.. save the GUI for your windows apps - BIOS setup screens should be fast and responsive, and this gui lags, and even worse, often double-registers keyboard input.
Overall Review: had to tweak the auto-detected RAM settings a bit, but runs my GSkill 2x8GB at 1866 fine with manual settings.
Pros: A really fun build! Small.. so very small. Easy install -- the quick setup sheet seemed straight-forward to me. The external DC supply helps heat stay under control inside the box.. mobo voltages look good.. it supports a ton of ram and a 65W processor . all just fantastic! win8.1 is running great after some performance tweaking but did lag under the default install. paired with a G540 sandy bridge 2.5ghz dual core and 8gb ram
Cons: Win8.1 did need tweaking to run smoothly, though that's more of a flaw in the new windows than this bare-bones box. This isn't the cheapest HTPC setup available, but is a really unique build, and I could upgrade to quad-core later.
Overall Review: some people said they had trouble with RAM so I opted for a low voltage Patriot 1x8GB (1.33v), but the voltages to the ram look solid @ ~1.56v.. so probably could've saved a couple dollars there.. I haven't setup an intel box in a long time, but had no issues with the LGA1155 or any thing else..
Pros: First time installing a mPCIe wireless adapter -- this was easy and effective
Cons: none really
Overall Review: I used for an HTPC box and forgot I would l need to think about an antenna.. I salvaged one from a broken laptop.
Pros: similar to another reviewer on here, I started shopping for an AVR after I got a new LG TV. my old receiver didn't have the SPDIF connection for it or HDMI passthru. This AVR solved both issues and finally brings me into the age of digital sound. The YPAO mic thing is very cool -- when shopping around for AVR's it didn't seem like any other brands in the same price range had this type of feature. it probably saved me hours of configuration (and then worrying if I have it right, tweaking, etc).. the on-screen display is so much better than trying to read the little display on the unit.
still exploring the features!
ordered Tuesday morning, received Wednesday afternoon!! using the free shipping! newegg is the best!
can't beat the $$$. The used ones on auction sites were selling for the same price newegg is offering new.
Cons: can't think of any. this purchase compelled me to pair it with a new 5.1 POLK Audio speaker kit -- that's not really a con though!
Overall Review: the free wiring kit is very nice! thanks!
there's a bit of a learning curve for me here -- trying to get surround sound from my HTPC to the AVR via HDMI connection. The key seems to be the codecs. Load up a video player that uses them and viola! audio sweetness! I'm using Arcsoft Total Media Theater which supports DTS and a few others and seems to be kicking out surround even though windows sound config only shows a 2 speaker setup..
still working on getting the HDMI CEC to work with my TV..
Pros: got rid of the full-sized wireless keyboard (and mouse) for the HTPC. this has cool IR remote features -- programming was easy.. this thing is sure to impress provided I can master the touchpad..
Cons: needs more buttons on the IR remote side, and more programmable 'sets'..
F6-F11 should be mapped to media functions as the default key-press instead of needing to hold 'FN'. not like they're going to mess up anyone's Word Perfect macros, this toy seems meant for media machines.
Pros: A buddy has the exact same TV so knew what I was getting -- wasn't disappointed and got a better price than he did. I ordered yesterday, and it arrived today -- for free! newegg is soo fast! love the expert tuning wizard.. I think the built-in speakers are good as far as flat-screens go.
Cons: no apps on the TV.. if that's a con? I have a PC connected to it, so .. whatever..
Pros: cool ultra-modern looking buttons/osd menu..
3 different connection types.
colors / brightness / contrast all look great to me.
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: ran windows update to update the driver -- otherwise wouldn't do the advertised display (there's a big warning on the packaging saying to run the included cd, but whatever, just run windows update -- it'll be in the optional updates).
Pros: all together, a nice mobo. This is my 2nd ASRock board. this replaces a bad MSI using a 95w AM3 cpu and some ddr3 1600. easy setup, love the layout and coloring on the board. everything is up to standards. works great for games -- D3, Civ5, MW3, but I use a PCIe card, haven't tried using the built in video.
Cons: I was not able to get my DDR3 to run in 1600, even after setting voltage and timings.. but this isn't new, my old board wouldn't do it either (blah).
Overall Review: this is 2xDDR2 or 2xDDR3, not 4x of either. oops.
had to fresh install windows, couldn't get win7 x64 to boot from the old mobo install for whatever reason (probably some driver issue). This happens sometimes though, so whatever, no big deal..