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MOHAMMED A.

MOHAMMED A.

Joined on 02/03/15

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Most Favorable Review

Good build quality but didn't do what I wanted

ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 PCIe 3.0 x4 Expansion Card V2 Supports 4 x NVMe M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) Up to 128 Gbps for Intel VROC and AMD Ryzen Threadripper NVMe RAID
ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 PCIe 3.0 x4 Expansion Card V2 Supports 4 x NVMe M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) Up to 128 Gbps for Intel VROC and AMD Ryzen Threadripper NVMe RAID

Pros: Good build quality... Looks good too

Cons: A bit heavy. Poor documentation as to how to use this in cases where you want to expand storage (non-raid). See below for further details.

Overall Review: I have a Asus Z87 gryphon motherboard with a moded bios. I can run NVME drives bootable and everything works fine. I got this card simply to expand storage, i.e. to use 2 NVME drives (one bootable and one for storage). The Z87 chipset supports pcie bifurcation, so in theory it should work. But sadly only the first m.2 slot gets detected. I tried fiddling with the bios (csm compatibility...etc) to no avail.

Most Critical Review
XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card R9-290A-EDFD
XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card R9-290A-EDFD

Pros: Best bang for the buck in terms of raw power. You just can't beat it at 250$. Overall very pleased even with the included cons.

Cons: 1- Fan becomes very whiny at above 70% fan speed. 2- There is a common issue with R9 290s in general. For some reason some of these cards reboot your PC randomly. After a lot of digging around in forums the problem was traced to the base 2D core clock. Basically when the computer is idling or under low load the GPU decreases the core clock to an extent that causes the PC to reboot for some strange reason. Remedy: use Asus GPU tweak to increase 2D clocks to 430MHz. This completely solves the issue. For further details look up "R9 290 random reboot".

Died after 11 months of light usage

ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card RX570 8G OC
ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card RX570 8G OC

Pros: Cheapest RX570 8GB

Cons: Died after 11 months

Overall Review: Showing vertical artifacts on desktop and forced to run in a low resolution.

Randomly disconnects.. tried multiple USB ports

Wavlink WN681AE AC600 USB Wi-Fi Adapter, 600Mbps Dual Band Wireless Adapter, 802.11ac, High Gain 3dbi Antenna Network Adapter, 2.4G/150Mbps + 5G/433Mbps for PC, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32/64bits) MAC OS
Wavlink WN681AE AC600 USB Wi-Fi Adapter, 600Mbps Dual Band Wireless Adapter, 802.11ac, High Gain 3dbi Antenna Network Adapter, 2.4G/150Mbps + 5G/433Mbps for PC, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32/64bits) MAC OS

Pros: small and gets good signal (when it's working)

Cons: After a day of use it starts to get disconnected randomly. I tried multiple USB ports and the same issue happened. Not reliable.

Enzotech MOS-C1 C1100 Forged Copper Heatsinks only
Enzotech MOS-C1 C1100 Forged Copper Heatsinks only

Pros: Awesome product. Definitely helps with cooling mosfets. This thing allowed me to push a fx6300 to 4.2GHz on a cheap mobo. Comes with 5 extra thermal tapes.

Cons: None

SilverStone Argon Series AR02 CPU Cooler with 92mm Fan for socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011, AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
SilverStone Argon Series AR02 CPU Cooler with 92mm Fan for socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011, AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

Pros: Good size, will fit most cases. Runs very cool. Definitely good for overclocking.

Cons: none.