Date Joined: 07/28/13
Pros: - Crystal RGB, mirror finish
- Crazy speed/latency
Overall Review: Needed 32GB, but wanted to upgrade from 3000Mhz C15. BOY did I upgrade.
I checked compatibility, and it looks like I was good to go for these. I was curious about 4000Mhz, because my board says it can. But G.Skill wasn't claiming compatibility with my board on their 4000Mhz sticks.
XMP profile was simple to enable. Ran a benchmark with these, and in every conceivable measure it was beating my old RAM by 30%.
Maybe my imagination, but the computer just FEELS snappier. Haven't tried any rendering yet, but we will see.
In terms of looks, they package a cloth with these. That tells you enough.
The RAM is a literal mirror. Even though it's hard to see in case, it's still really neat. Just be careful installing, because they are fingerprint magnets. I grabbed the center of the stick where the heat spreader doesn't stick over the RGB layer.
The RGB is also sick. It has sectors, so you have a lot of leeway with what you can do there. I actually leave it default, because the way it cycles is gorgeous.
It really is some of the prettiest RAM you can buy, no question. But the actual performance is not to be scoffed at either.
Pros: - Good transfer rates
- Plenty of storage
Cons: - Cables
- A bit of heat
Overall Review: Got this drive for video editing. Wanted something large to store everything, raw video and edited content.
With 8TB, I can't imagine filling this up anytime soon.
Tested with UserBenchmark's test, this drive was averaging Transfer Rates around 200 MB/s.
When I offloaded videos from a WD Black 2TB internal drive to this external, the transfer averaged 150-180 MB/s.
Heat doesn't seem to be as much of an issue as others were remarking. There looks to be a tiny tiny fan in the one front port, and the case itself has air gaps around the whole thing.
I leave this on top of my computer case, where my CPU radiator is forcing hot air under it and the drive seems fine.
It's warm, don't get me wrong, but nothing outside of normal HD operation.
Can't vouch for longevity. But, I've owned 6 WD products prior to this, and I've only ever had issues with one. And it was bad sectors, so nothing particularly serious. Not only that, since it was in warranty, WD replaced it.
Pros: - Super fast
- Easy install
Overall Review: I use this as an alternate drive for gaming. It's incredible.
I have Arma3 with a host of mods on it. Loading on the HDD took about 3-4 mins. The SSD gets it up and running in less than 1 min now.
Can't ask for more really. WD is the top dog, and this drive is an absolute beast.
I opted for the non-heatsink version, but I did end up getting an after-market heatsink for it. Unfortunately I did have to put this drive on the M.2 slot that is underneath my massive RX 5700 XT GPU. I haven't noticed any issues with heat or slowdown though.
Overall Review: Went down the road of debating on whether or not I should save a few bucks and go for a cheaper PSU from another brand.
But, you get what you pay for. And if you skim on the PSU, you will just run into trouble.
Go for Seasonic, they are the best power supplies out there. I'm pushing lost of RGB, overclocked i5, and a RX-5700 XT with lots of headroom to spare. Can't hear the fan, 10 year warranty, modular cabling.
Could not ask for anything more.
Pros: - Single CD/DVD Drive slot
- Expandable modular HD cages
- Room for EVERYTHING
- Cable management
- LED Controller
Cons: - Heavy
- Only 2 stock fans
Overall Review: This was the absolute perfect case.
It's built really sturdy, so the feet aren't going to break or anything. The tempered glass on the side is nice, but luckily this case has the front fans completely exposed so the airflow is good. Phanteks includes some nice RGB fans with this, and they also offer (additional stuff) RGB light strips that plug into the internal LED controller on the case.
It had room for everything as well. Stock there are 2 HDD cages, and 3 SSD cages. They offer expansion cages for HDDs as well, you could fit another like 6 in here. Also has the single CD Drive slot which was EXACTLY what i was looking for. I need the CD Drive, so this was a huge plus.
Can fit whatever size GPU you have. Also has room up top for a water cooler. The entire top of the case is open, so you can fit a really big water cooler. They also have a magnetic dust filter up there, and an easy access filter in front (just have to pop the panel off).
The cable management was awesome, they have little cutouts in all the right places, plus the big cage on the bottom to stuff all the excess. On the side panel they also include straps to strap your cables down if you so choose to. My build came out really, really clean looking.
My only complaint/concern, was that there was only 2 stock fans. I lucked out because my old case had a brand new fan that it wasn't using so I pilfered that. I added a fan out back to create a little push/pull in the case. I also have a CPU Air cooler, so it was really desirable to have the fan in back behind the heatsink.