Date Joined: 01/15/04
Pros: Performance, fan stop mode, high build quality, nice RGB, industrial looking design, output ports are lighted, packaging is great
Cons: RGB is only changeable through PowerColor's software. It's very lightweight, but still another utility. Super heavy (both a pro and a con).
Overall Review: I have owned PowerColor Radeon cards since the Radeon 9600 Pro. They have always been rock solid. I've owned this card since Feb. 2020. Since day one it has been a beast and continues to be! I have never encountered a driver problem. The backplate is sturdy and keeps sag to a minimum. The fans never get loud and turn off when they aren't needed. The RGB is minimal, but good looking.
I play on a 1440p/ 144Hz monitor and have always gotten great results. For example in The Division 2 at 1440p Ultra settings I'm averaging 85 FPS. Same with Borderlands 3, Control, Jedi Fallen Order and several others. Easily performs as well as my RTX 2070 Super.
There is a reason to go with a PowerColor Radeon... that's the only cards they make. They know what works, and they stick with it. If you want the best Radeon card go with PowerColor
Pros: 80 plus gold rating. Black cables. Plenty of connections.
Cons: Specs show 2 modular PCIe cables. This is not the case. There is 1 attached and 1 modular. PCIe and 12v EPS cables are split.
Overall Review: I love Seasonic PSUs and almost exclusively use them in all my builds. This one however leaves me a little disappointed. The PCIe cables are "flat", but are split and do not lay flat because there are twists in the cable. This is not the case on my M12II Evo PSUs. In this case, my BRONZE rated, less expensive PSU is easier to use and cable manage than my GOLD rated, more expensive model. Why?! Also, the specs show that BOTH PCIe cables are modular but they aren't. If they were, I could just get custom PCIe cables to remedy the shortcomings of the split cables. Because of this I'm stuck with less than ideal cabling. I'll continue to use Seasonic PSUs, but my skip this model in the future unless some design tweaks are made.
Pros: Looks VERY nice
USB 3 cable not overly stiff
Easy to build in
Cons: Hard drive cage is very close to PSU bay.
Not much space for air intake on front
Bend and snap PCI slot covers
Overall Review: Overall I feel this is a great case for the money. I was able to quickly build a very nice looking rig with few issues. The thing I dislike most is the bend and snap slot covers. Without the motherboard installed it's difficult to know what slots you need open. With the motherboard installed you run the risk of at best scraping the top of your new motherboard. At worst you risk scraping delicate SMDs off of the board! The hard drive cage is very close to the PSU when installed so if you aren't using a modular power supply, it's difficult to stow the unused cables. I said difficult, not impossible. ;) I would buy this case again, but choose some parts and my approach a little differently next time.
Pros: Looks awesome
Rear I/O shield built-in.
Front USB Type C header
Both 12v and addressable RGB headers
2 M.2 slots
On-board RGB is nicely done
Rear I/O lighting
Excellent WiFi performance
Cons: RGB Fusion software is a little underwhelming
USB Type C header VERY close to the graphics card
Overall Review: I have owned many Gigabyte boards over the years and all those have been great. This one is no exception! It came with the F8 BIOS installed and booted up with my 9900KF out of the box. Corsair LPX DDR4 3200 RAM runs at speed by enabling XMP. Haven't tried overclocking, but I haven't seen a need to because of the 9900KF. No issues with an Intel 660p 1TB NVME drive in the primary slot. No problems configuring the RGB lighting. Overall this has been an awesome board for my new build. Everything is working as it should with no problems.
Pros: Big, but not obnoxiously so. RGB is subtle. Reasonable noise levels. Looks very nice. Doesn't appear to sag.
Cons: Hard to find in stock.
Overall Review: This is my 4th Gigabyte GPU and it is just as great as the previous ones. It plays all my games with ease and does it quietly. I'm kind of a freak about looks so I matched it up with a Gigabyte motherboard and it looks killer. The Gigabyte logo on the spine is the only RGB on the card. It can be controlled if you choose to. I can run The Division 2 at 1440p High settings and get 99FPS Average. Not bad for the money.
Pros: Looks nice, even with the slightly odd "dip" in the cooler. Not too loud (at least mine isn't). Well priced for the performance. Room to grow with driver updates.
Cons: Runs hot (see overall). Early drivers aren't well optimized.
Overall Review: Overall this is a very good card. And over time it WILL get better. Some of us paid the early adopter tax (myself, for example). This card performs as well as and sometimes better than the RTX 2070 and comes withing spitting distance of the RTX 2070 Super for A HUNDRED BUCKS LESS. I love my NVidia cards. They work very well. But for a Benjamin less, I'll take that any day. Yes it has a blower style cooler, but there's a very specific reason it does according to AMD. Consistency. The reason AMD uses blower coolers on their reference cards is so they can have a guaranteed level of performance regardless of what type of PC the card goes in. They already know that the AIBs will release higher performing versions of their own. Why compete against your own customers? AMD is still selling GPUs to the AIBs. Still selling GPUs on the reference models, and NOT competing with their own customers.
Pros: Looks killer. Priced well. BIOS Flashback+! Good VRM layout. PWM fan headers well placed. Decent heatsinks. BIOS Flashback+ lets you run Ryzen 3000 series out of the box!
Cons: UEFI interface has been "uglied up" (see overall). Auto voltage too aggressive. Limited RGB clolors. Loses CPU support (see overall)
Overall Review: Overall this is a great board. This is the 2nd one that I've purchased for my builds. My only real criticism is that when you update to the latest UEFI there are some glaring changes. 1. You lose support for some older CPUs. and 2. The UEFI interface goes from a really nice looking black/ red interface to a very basic black and white one. The 2 are actually related. Here's why:
MSI (and others, BTW) used a 32mb (16MB) EEPROM chip to store the UEFI on. As new CPUs/ features are added the size of the .ROM file increases and eventually there's no more room for it, so things have to be removed to save space. This is why you lose CPU support for older models and the UEFI isn't as nice as it was. The CPU support isn't a problem for me, but the UEFI interface kind of cheapens the experience for me. YMMV. MSI and others are reportedly releasing updated versions of some of their boards with 64mb (32MB) EEPROMs to make this a non-issue. If this is a problem for you then I suggest waiting for the updated version. If not, this is an excellent choice!
Pros: Wraith Spire cooler. For stock use, this cooler is all you need. Cools well and isn't very loud. Price/ performance is fantastic. Compatibility with B3XX-X5XX chipsets.
Cons: Needs BIOS update to work on older boards. If you are upgrading it's no problem. If you're going with B450/ X470 make sure you have access to a different CPU, or make sure your board has BIOS Flashback (my B450 Tomahawk does) ;)
Overall Review: Overall this is a fantastic CPU for the average user that's going to game, surf, stream media, etc. It's also a good jumping off point for streaming and content creation. The 6 cores/ 12 threads give it enough grunt for multithreaded workloads while the improved IPC and larger cache give it a noticeable uptick in gaming performance.
Pros: Simple, cost effective, easy to install, quiet
Cons: No PWM. DC only.
Overall Review: This is a great little AIO if you want something a little better than the box cooler, but is still quiet and cost effective. It's a standard Asetek unit re-branded for EVGA. As such it uses the standard Asetek mounting hardware to install. I have used this AIO as a replacement in an Alienware Aurora with a 6 core, LGA 2011 XEON and it did awesome! It was nearly identical to the OEM AIO. I did re-use the Aurora's Delta fan though. Because Delta ;). I also have this installed on a budget gaming rig with a Core i5 7400. It wouldn't be my first choice for a K-SKU CPU that you're going to overclock, but for better than stock cooling on a locked chip it's the cat's pajamas.
Pros: 144Hz refresh, 1440p resolution, height-tilt-portrait adjustable stand, DP and HDMI inputs, HEADPHONE OUT, FreeSync/G-sync, VA panel
Cons: External power brick
Overall Review: Overall I'm very pleased with this monitor. I have my PS4 Pro and PC or Mac connected to it. The PS4 looks great at 1080p with supersampling enabled. Windows looks great on it and MacOS looks fabulous as well! The 144Hz refresh rate is definitely noticeable. It just makes everything look more "lifelike". This is my 2nd LG monitor. The other is a 27" 4K IPS panel. They both look amazing. If you want a great gaming and day to day experience I don't think you can go wrong with this monitor!
Pros: Cost - I only paid about $15 for this cooler on sale. The cooling I got for the money is FANTASTIC! Let's be honest: this cooler is practically the same as the Hyper 212 from Cooler Master. The Gammaxx 400 in my use is just as good and costs at least 33-50% less. That's a great deal. The LED fan is quiet and an extra set of clips is included if you want a 2 fan setup. It uses the tried and true Intel push pins so it installs on ANY Intel socket with ease (I'm using it on an LGA 2011 Xeon).
Cons: Can't really think of any at this time.
Overall Review: Deepcool makes some great products for great prices. I would buy this again easily for a midrange build. Will it be stellar for a 9900K at 5Ghz? Probably not, but for the money it will quietly cool any CPU on the market if installed correctly.
Pros: SeaSonic quality. 80 plus effeciency. Quiet fan. Case badge!
Cons: Cables are split (EPS 12V, PCI-E). Having these cables split and twists in them makes cable management difficult.
Overall Review: I actually ordered this PSU by mistake. I thought I ordered the M12II Evo 620, which is fully modular. This is basically the non-modular version of that PSU. I have bought many of the M12II and LOVE them. The only thing I really don't like about THIS one is the EPS 12V and PCI-E cables. They are a "split" design and are difficult to route and tie because they are 2 pieces and have twists in them. The braided cables on the M12II are much easier to work with. I also like the Powered by SeaSonic badge. I'm proud to show that my rigs are "Powered by SeaSonic"!
Pros: This case has a smooth, clean look. The front panel is metal and is held on by metal clips. The included RGB controller is easy to work with. The included RGB fan is of good quality. Seems to be a good ammount of clearance between the motherboard and the top of the case. Adapters for attaching RGB controller to motherboard included. USB 3.0 plug has 2.0 plug!!
Cons: No grommets on cable routing holes. Angled metal divider kind of unneeded. Lights around I/O don't change color.
Overall Review: Overall this is a great midrange case. It offers enough space for pretty much any build. It looks great. Has tempered glass and RGB. One of the best things I found is the USB 3.0 cable also has a 2.0 plug attached. This isn't a huge thing unless you are installing some slightly older hardware that doesn't have a USB 3.0 header. This allowed me to not lose a USB port on the front panel without having to order another adapter. Very well thought out Deepcool! I also found out that a Phanteks RGB strip does in fact plug in and function with this case! The only issue it that the colors are wired differently (when the front panel is green, the strip is blue for example). I had the strip already so it was worth a shot. Also be aware that Verision 2 (this one) DOES NOT come with the RGB strip in the bottom or top of the case. It WAS included in V1. V2 has RGB in the front panel and an RGB exhaust fan, where V1 had an RGB strip included and a plain exhaust fan. This is stated in the specs and is shown in the pictures. Please don't give this case bad reviews because you didn't read the specs.
Pros: Core i7 performance from a Core i3. True quad core. Able to overclock well.
Cons: Quad core starting to be left in the dust. No turbo boost. Core i3 stigma.
Overall Review: I went with the 8350K because the games I play do fantastic on a quad core. This is nothing more than a rebadged i7 7700K that has had Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost disabled. The clock was then detuned to 4.0 instead of 4.2. They have the same die (4 cores), the same memory support (2400) because they're the same chip. Coffee Lake dies are all 6 cores with support for 2666 RAM. Intel can't keep up with demand so do you really think they would disable cores and detune memory controllers on their 6 core dies? Or just rebadge the remaining 4 core Kaby Lake dies and sell them off? No different than GPU makers tweaking the same core and rebadging it as something else.
Pros: Looks great. Good airflow. Great cable management. Glass has "dampened" edges. Room for radiators or lots of fans.
Cons: Cables attached to front panel. Build quality not what I expected.
Overall Review: I guess maybe I'm spoiled from having a Define R4 & R6. Those cases are HIGH quality and they feel like it. The side panels feel more solid, the drive trays feel more solid and have a definite "click" when slid in. No doubt you pay more for those cases, but I just expected more from this one. The side panels don't feel solid. The front filter is a chore to remove especially since it's tethered to the case by the cables. When I look at it side by side with my Phanteks P400S, I see that I get way more solid feeling panels. A clean, classy look AND RGB from the Phanteks for the SAME cost. The Meshify C is NOT a bad case, in fact it's pretty good. I think it was my prior experience with Fractal Design cases that made this one miss the mark with me.
Pros: ROUND cable makes it easier to route. Right angle end is oriented the correct way (points "down" for the drive, not "up" like some others) Length is awesome for short runs. Latches work as expected.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: It's a SATA cable. Not much to write about. It does what it does, and does it very well.
Pros: The mounting system is AWESOME! Just pop the pins in the correct holes on the base bracket. set the heatsink on it and screw it down! Simple! Seems to cool very well. I used it in a Dell Studio XPS 9100 with a Xeon X5675 and it was quiet and cool. These machines are known for their poor cooling performance and size constraints. This cooler does a great job and looks good doing it.
Cons: The fan is proprietary and is difficult to remove when the cooler is installed. No way to replace the fan if it dies.
Overall Review: I have used this cooler on my i3 8350K overclocked to 4.6GHz and it did a great job. I have since upgraded to a liquid cooler so I have moved this one to my i5 6600K build. It's quiet, cool and a cinch to install. Other than the fan issue, it's one of the best air coolers that I've ever owned.
Pros: Mostly modular - ATX 24-pin, EPS and 1 PCIe cable are attached. The rest are modular. You have to use these cables in any build, so non-modular makes sense. 80 plus bronze rating. Included velcro cable ties. All black cables - some lower tier power supplies have braided cables, but they are covering "ketchup and mustard" cables. These cables are ALL black, so they blend in with the build.
Cons: Mine has a bit of coil whine under load. Won't hurt anything, but VERY annoying. Not a fan of the "chained" PCIe plugs, but it seems that all manufacturers are doing it this way.
Overall Review: This is a solid PSU for the money. Has plenty of power for most any midrange to upper end build. The coil whine on mine is a bit of a disappointment. For this reason I relegated it to an secondary build and replaced it with a Seasonic. That's not to say that I wouldn't buy this PSU again, but be aware that this is a budget PSU and those things do happen.
Pros: Addressable RGB looks amazing right out of the box. No extra wires or controllers. Just power it up and go! Has better airflow than the P300. Pretty easy to build in while remaining compact. Cable passages are in good places.
Cons: Only available in black. A white or anthracite grey version would look killer as well.
Overall Review: This is a great upgrade to the P300. I've owned and built in both. Physically they're near identical. Like the P300 the hard drive cage can still interfere with the installation of your power supply. Also like the P300 the hard drives mount with the connectors facing forward (there IS enough room for the cables). The ARGB and better airflow just make the good things on the P300 even better.
Pros: Cost - these drives are very well priced. Speed - waaaaayy faster than any hard drive. Excellent value for older systems. Nice gold color.
Cons: "LITE" branding. When I think of something being a "lite" version, I think "cheap" and not in a good way. I just think Team Group would be better off if they just called it the L5. I know it's a nitpick, but it's one of the reasons I was hesitant to try these drives out.
Overall Review: If you're building a top-tier machine, this drive may leave you wanting. But if you're upgrading a lower end or older machine, these drives offer fantastic value for the money. For instance I have this drive in a Ryzen 3 build with 8GB RAM and an RX 570 and this drive works amazing. Would I put it in my i7 8700K rig? Probably not, but again it's a lower tier part. Time will tell on reliability, but I'm confident that for the price paid I got a great value.
Pros: 1. BLACK PCB - makes the drive blend in with most motherboards today. 2. Speed - does everything I ask it to do very quickly. 3 Price - priced adequately as a midrange NVME drive.
Cons: None at this time
Overall Review: This is my second Intel SSD. The first was a 600p Series. Like that one, the 700p series is a fantastic drive at a reasonable price. It is plenty fast for most users and available in capacities for most use cases. IF you're a benchmark junkie then this drive won't set your world on fire. If you're a normal user that just wants that "snap" in your system, this SSD is a winner.
Pros: 1. Color- I understand the path that Noctua has taken with their original products. If you see the brown and beige in ANY PC you'll instantly know who's fans they are. However this is also a detriment when trying to color coordinate a build so it's great to see that they are willing to make a color change as a result. 2. Sound- even at full speed you will definitely hear them, but it's not a harsh sound at all. More just like the rushing of air. 3.- PWM- need I say more?
Cons: 1. Color- I know I listed color as a Pro, but hear me out. I LOVE the grey color scheme of these fans, but why on earth do they still come with BROWN corners on them?! The whole purpose of this line is to get away from the brown color scheme! I get that they can be removed, but why not just make them black? Also why are they not shown in the pictures??
Overall Review: I am using 2 of these in the top of a Phanteks P400S with the 120mm version in the rear as exhaust fans. They look great (except for the BROWN corners), push a ton of air and are reasonably quiet. Thankfully if you want to use the rubber corners but don't care for the brown ones there is a solution. Noctua has the Chromax rubber corners for about 7 bucks that covers 3 fans. That way you can customize your colors as you wish.
Pros: 1. COLOR!- RGB aside, everything these days is either black, or white... BORING!! These cables allow for a pop of color. 2. Coverage- this set covers all the original connections.
Cons: 2. Packaging - SO. MUCH. PACKAGING. These cables come as a set of individual retail packaged cables placed in a gigantic box. The master box is very nice, but it's larger than the packaging that the power supply itself came in! 2. Cable combs- while it's great that they are included, they are soft rubber ones that don't stay straight easily. Also they are all the same length so if you want to use them, you will have to cut them to size. 3. Molex- in 2018 does anyone really NEED 7-8 Molex connectors on their PSU? Seems that changing out 1 of the Molex strings for another SATA string might be a better option.
Overall Review: Usually I prefer the Cablemod cable kits for custom sleeved cables. But for some reason, they are no longer in stock so I had to look for another option. These BitFenix cables are good quality and look great. The only real downsides are that they don't offer sets for Seasonic PSUs or a more basic kit with only the main cables (24 Pin ATX, 4+4 Pin EPS and PCIe). Also if they didn't use so much packaging, they might be able to lower pricing so that the cables don't cost MORE than the PSU they go on.
Pros: 1. Color- finally a case that's NOT black, and NOT white! The anthracite grey is classy and "techy" without being boring or in your face. Strikes a nice balance. 2. Size- It's compact, but still large enough to hold most hardware with ease. 3. Lighting- the built in RGB in front and around the power button combined with the included RGB strip make for a very nice looking rig. 4. Design- There are passthroughs and grommets available for most cables in your system. Also the amount of space behind the motherboard tray makes cable management easier.
Cons: 1. Clearance- if you use 140mm fans in the top it is VERY tight with your 8 pin EPS connector. This also means that if you use 140mm fans in the top, you cannot route an RGB strip behind them. The only choice is to route RGB strips toward the front of the case. Not a deal breaker, but not the best option for lighting coverage. 2. Fan controller- only predetermined speeds. Fine if you are using 3 pin DC fans. Not so much if you have invested in higher end PWM fans. 3. Reset switch- this is a VERY minor nitpick, but the reset switch might be a little too close to the RGB switch. I accidentally reset my computer when I reached for the RGB button. XD
Overall Review: I wanted a smaller case that still was still easy to work in. I also wanted something that wasn't the same old black or white color. The P400S TGE has all of that in spades. It looks amazing and was a breeze to work in. The built in RGB controller works well and looks good. The price is awesome for the features and I highly recommend it for your next rig!
Pros: For 59 bucks, this case looks amazing! The finish is nice and the tempered glass side is very classy. It's very compact, so it fits on a desk nicely. The RGB lighting is tasteful. Front panel is easy to remove.
Cons: The rear fan can be VERY tight if your motherboard has an I/O cover on it. I have the MSI B350 Tomahawk Plus in it. I had to squeeze the fan up against the I/O cover pretty good to get the fan attached. Getting a PSU in can be a chore. I had to remove both hard drive sleds AND 2 of my power cables in order to get my PSU in. I then had to reach in through the front and reattach the 2 cables to the PSU. My PSU is a Seasonic M12II EVO. This is about as small as an ATX PSU gets.
Overall Review: As I stated before, this IS a great case for the price. You just need to be aware of a couple things when buying parts or building in it. Also noteworthy: The hard drives mount with the power and data connectors facing the FRONT of the machine. If you use 90 degree power and data connectors, there is plenty of room for them. I read a review/ build where they installed them the other direction and couldn't figure out why the drive didn't fit the sled right and it was so hard to connect the cables! XD