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Alexander C.

Alexander C.

Joined on 03/08/21

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Most Favorable Review

Really great GPU, and raytracing is awesome!

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card 3070 GAMING Z TRIO 8G LHR
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card 3070 GAMING Z TRIO 8G LHR

Pros: Ray tracing! Seeing people and street lights reflected on wet pavement brings a game world to life. Really high frame rates with graphic settings cranked up high. Looks good in the case, if you're into that.

Overall Review: I bought this as part of a bundle containing a motherboard, PSU, and CPU, since GPUs sold separately are so hard to get now, and it was time for a major upgrade anyway. The difference is astounding! I tried Cyberpunk 2077 on my old rig with a GTX 960 GPU, and it was barely worth playing with it's low frame rates and comparatively poor rendering. Now Night City is alive with reflections, great hair on everyone and buttery smooth frame rates. Definitely a huge step up, with a corresponding price tag.

10/31/2021

A great board, even if I'm not crazy about the branding.

MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI MAG X570 TOMAHAWK WIFI AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Built in Wifi is nice. Beefy, durable PCI slot for big, heavy GPUs is great. "Mystic Light" feature rides the line between tacky and fun in the best way. My 6 year old loves it. Higher end, with higher end features. Included instructions and documentation are good.

Cons: Not into the warry branding and nods to the American military industrial complex what with the Tomahawk missile images, and the whole "conquer the battlefield" image on startup. I bought this board as part of a bundle, and I probably would have chosen something else if I bought it separately for this reason. I guess some people are into it, but it feels douchey to me. It's really not my thing. Higher end board and has a price tag to match; as I mentioned, I bought this as part of a bundle, and I don't think I would go over $300 for a mobo as a standalone purchase.

Overall Review: Good board, with lots of good features. I like having Wifi on board. Definitely a high end board, with a price tag to match. I don't have an M.2 SDD, but now that I can have one right on my mobo, I might pick one up. Bluetooth to pair to a headset is a treat. I'm not into the whole aggressive branding they went with for this board. I know this is a board for gaming systems put out by MSI, but it still seems a bit over the top.

10/31/2021

As exciting as PSUs get

MSI MPG A850GF 850 W ATX 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC PFC Power Supply
MSI MPG A850GF 850 W ATX 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC PFC Power Supply

Pros: I like modular PSUs. Makes cable management much nicer. 850 Watts is beefy enough for new generation of GPUs

Overall Review: What can be said of this that isn't in the specs? It's a good, reliable 850 Watt PSU that powers the Nvidia RTX 3070 I bought in the same bundle nicely. Modular cables means that you don't have to manage anything that you're not actually using. It looks quite nice from an aesthetic point of view.

10/31/2021