Date Joined: 01/24/05
Pros: -Compact size for a mid-tower ATX case
-Room for plenty of additional 120mm case fans
-Good fit and finish for a budget case
-Good dust filtering in all key intakes
Cons: -Narrow width and depth restricts cooling options, video card choices
-Very thin sheet metal especially at ventilated case top
Overall Review: This case was ordered for a mid-range gaming build (i5 10400f, B460M mainboard, GTX 980 video card). It was easy to build in this case and the included screws/stand-offs were of good quality. The cable management was adequate if not overly generous.
The resulting PC build turned out very good and looked nice in an understated way. I would buy this case again for a future build, with the one caveat being the front air intake isn't overly generous in size.
For a 65W TDP CPU, this was good enough. If I were building a system around a 95W TDP or higher CPU, I would spend more money to get a larger case with more volume of air intake.
Pros: Magnetic dust filter, LED exhaust fan, USB 3.0 front panel port, tempered glass, good ventilation
Cons: RF shield cutout isn't a great fit. Included exhaust fan isn't PWM and is audible but not annoyingly loud. I can't imagine anyone successfully fitting a 240mm AIO cooler in here, even though the specifications say the case is designed for it.
Overall Review: I ordered this case to do a budget build with some older components. I found the case to be of surprisingly good quality. Cable management was easy and the build turned out great looking. I added a front 120mm Raidmax red LED ring fan and a budget red LED tower cooler with a 92mm fan to create a nice looking but subtle "gamer" look to the build. Cooling is really good with this setup as the front fan sits right in front of the GPU. I would happily build in this case again if a similar project came along.
Pros: Dual M.2 slots, Four RAM slots, Addressable RGB header, and decent VRM heat sink on a board priced at a bargain price.
Cons: No Wi-Fi included, no digital audio output included, missing features included on boards costing twice as much. Almost nothing to legitimately complain about.
Overall Review: I have built two R5 2400G systems and one R5 2600 system using this board, and I would happily use it again in the future. The B450M Pro4 is an outstanding value for a budget-conscious or mid-range system build. Don't spend more unless you have a good reason to spend more.
Pros: Works exactly as expected, great value, fast boot times
Cons: Bundling it with disk cloning application software like other vendors do would have been nice.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace my old Samsung 840 EVO SATA III SSD drive for my new Ryzen 7 build. I installed it in the NVMe slot on my ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard. I used Macrium Reflect 7 to clone the old drive, and the WD Black drive has been performing perfectly. I haven't run any disk benchmarks to measure performance, and this is my first M.2 drive, so I don't have anything to compare it to. With that said, I'm very happy with the ease of installation and the performance.
Pros: Great performance, great value, great cooler included, cool and stable at 3.7Ghz overclocked with included Wraith Spire cooler, RGB feature built into cooler is amusing to play with, uses half the power that my FX-8350 did.
Cons: It doesn't have the instructions-per-clock (IPC) performance of current Intel CPUs
Overall Review: A really amazing value. Thank you AMD!
Pros: Dual M.2 slots, dual RGB headers, Easy overclocking, slender ATX design leaves plenty of room for cabling in smaller mid-tower cases.
Cons: None. I am completely happy with this board so far.
Overall Review: This is my first ASRock motherboard, and I'm impressed with the features and value. I'm running a Ryzen 1700 at 3.7Ghz and TeamGroup RAM at 2933Mhz. Both overclocks were simple and extremely stable. I wasn't expecting the RGB headers, but there they were. I hooked up the RGB connector from my Wraith Spire cooler that came with my R7 1700, and now my PC is blingier than ever. Great board, great value, 'nuff said.
Pros: Dialed right in at 2933Mhz on ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard
Cons: No documentation to be found regarding whether these are dual-ranked or single-ranked DIMMs in specifications or on TeamGroup's website. I e-mailed support at TeamGroup and they e-mailed back a non-answer. I guessed dual-rank and that turned out to work correctly. Not enough to remove an egg, because it is working great and was very reasonably priced.
Overall Review: I think a lot of folks rolled the dice on this miemory kit during Black Friday of 2017 for Ryzen builds, and most of us are happy we did. It appears that it works well on most AM4 boards. I'd happily buy this RAM again for another build in the future.
Pros: Outstanding value and easy to use
Cons: Batteries don't show as 100% charged
Overall Review: My wife's S3 has a failing charging jack. Spending $10 for this charger and battery package was by far a better investment than replacing her phone, which is otherwise working perfectly
Pros: Physically identical to HP OEM battery, perfect fit, wonderfully affordable
Cons: Painfully short run time for a new battery, notebook shuts down after just 25 or 30 minutes of general computing
Overall Review: The battery was an excellent value, and the casing is a perfect match to the bottom of my dv4-1220us notebook. There was no MaH rating provided, however, and I would have spent more money to get a battery with a decent run time. Still, the quality of the product and the good communication with regard to shipping status were solid.
Pros: A quiet, stable, and reliable power supply that allowed me to upgrade to Crossfire graphics with power left to spare.
Cons: After rebuilding my PC around a new case and power supply, I wish I'd spent the extra money to move up to a modular power supply. My i700 power supply has a lot of extra power cables that I have to find space for inside my case.
Overall Review: Overall I'm very happy with the performance and value of the i700 power supply. My wishing for a modular solution after the fact is simply poor planning on my part. I really like this power supply, but my build could have benefited from either a modular power supply or a slightly larger case; either way that's my fault and not the product.
Pros: A solid, stable motherboard with a great feature set and an easy-to-use traditional BIOS. I specifically wanted an AM3+ motherboard with a built-in Firewire IEEE1394 port for importing video from my digital video camera, and this board has fit the bill nicely.
Cons: I honestly can't think of anything. I'd happily buy this board again.
Overall Review: I built a desktop using this board as the foundation for an FX-8350 processor, 16Gb of DDR3 1333 RAM, and a Radeon HD7770 video card. After a year of solid performance, I've replaced the video card with two R7 260X cards running in crossfire, and I've upgraded from Windows Vista 64 to Windows 8.1 64-bit. I'm still completely with this motherboard, and the Crossfire graphics running perfectly even with the secondary PCI-E 16X slot only having 4X mode available. This motherboard is a solid foundation for a system build, and a great value.
Pros: This CPU is powerful, fast, and reliable. It represents an outstanding value, and will happily compete against any Intel CPU that is priced similarly. An excellent processor for productivity, gaming, or both. You simply can't buy a better CPU without spending a lot more money.
Cons: 125 watts TDP shows this chip uses plenty of power and generates some heat. Cooling fan included with retail version of FX-8350 can definitely make some noise. Investing a little extra for an aftermarket cooler is a good idea.
Overall Review: I've been running my FX-8350 processor for well over a year now, and I've been delighted with the performance. I recently replaced the retail heat sink and fan with an aftermarket model from Silverstone, which improved the average temperatures and fan noise considerably. I didn't fully appreciate just how great of a CPU the FX-8350 has been, until I realized that, if I had to do it all over again, I'd buy the exact same CPU again today. It's really a terrific performance bargain!
Pros: I bought a pair of these GV-R726XOC-1GD cards to run in Crossfire. They are very fast, quiet, and easy to keep cool. They benchmark just under the performance level of a single R9 280X card, despite only costing considerably less for the pair of cards. The single 100mm cooling fan does a great job while keeping sound levels down. I'm getting terrific frame rates running all of my games in Ultra High Quality at 1920 X 1080.
Cons: R7 260X cards are supposed to work in Crossfire without the need for a Crossfire bridge. Mine did not. I contacted Gigabyte, and they confirmed the cards needed a bridge connector, so their customer service department sent me one at no charge. The stock aluminum heat sinks work fine for stock settings, but the lack of copper heat pipes probably makes these cards poor candidates for overclocking.
Overall Review: Even with a crossfire bridge, I couldn't get the cards to work with Catalyst drivers v13.12 or v14.1. Once I installed the v14.2 beta drivers in Windows 8.1, they've worked perfectly together ever since.
A single GV-R726XOC-1GD card offers solid mid-range performance at a very affordable price. Running two of them in Crossfire is a cost-effective way to really wring out terrific high-end performance without having to drop a small fortune on a Radeon R9-series card. If you don't need a more sophisticated and expensive cooling solution for overclocking, this card is a real value.
Pros: My FX8350 CPU had a stock cooler that was just darned noisy when gaming. The Silverstone Argon AR02 was a great upgrade. It was very easy to install, it was compact enough to fit with room to spare inside my mid-tower case, it significantly reduced my CPU temps both at idle and under load, and it's much quieter than my stock CPU heat sink/fan.
Cons: No cons to speak of. When I saw how much room I still had left in my case after installing my AR02 cooler, I wished I'd ordered a 120mm combo. The AR02 has really been terrific however, so I don't know that "it didn't use up all of the case space that I had to spare" is really legitimate criticism.
Overall Review: This is a well-designed and easy-to-install cooling solution that is working very well for me on a very demanding CPU. It does all of this for a very reasonable price.
Pros: The MFC-290 offers fast, quiet printing with good quality photo printing on plain paper. The scanning speed is faster than my stand-alone Visioneer flat bed USB scanner. Replacement ink is $6.99 per cartridge and a seperate cartridge is available for Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow so you only need to refill what you empty. Paper handling is very good for such an economical unit.
Cons: Locating the USB port was suprisingly challenging. It would be handy to have a jack readily accessible on the back of the chassis, but the way the MFC-290C routes the USB cable probably helps with accidental disconnects. It works, so it's not that big of a deal.
Overall Review: I continue to be surprised at what a high quality machine this appears to be in all phases of operation. I haven't sent any faxes with it yet, but for printing, scanning, and copying it's fast and convenient and the overall quality for personal use is very good in all phases of operation.