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Charles A.

Charles A.

Joined on 09/13/04

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Most Favorable Review

It Just Does!

APEXGAMING AG Series Gaming Power Supply (AG-850M), 850W 80 Plus Gold Certified, Fully Modular, Active PFC, Continuous Power 850W, Peak Power 1050W
APEXGAMING AG Series Gaming Power Supply (AG-850M), 850W 80 Plus Gold Certified, Fully Modular, Active PFC, Continuous Power 850W, Peak Power 1050W

Pros: I have been using this power supply on an overclocked 3770K and R290X with 4 HDDs, 2 optical drives, 2x230MM fans, AIO CPU cooler, and more. It has being going strong without issue. Voltage tested with Digital Volt meter shows consistent voltage under load or at idle. Voltage droop is among the best of all the power supplies I have tested to date. The unit provides a great amount of premium features at a entry level cost(or at least at my time of purchase). Power supply remains cool and quiet during heavy prolonged use. Cables were long enough to reach in a large full tower. 10-Year warranty but that part has not been tested yet. Energy 80+ Gold certified does mean this company did have some degree of testing/certification done by a secondary source. Apex Gaming may not have a familiar name but those big names started from somewhere.

Cons: None so far after about 5 months of use/abuse(?).

Overall Review: I, like most people, search for the best cost/performance/quality first. Brand is less important, but can sometimes make a difference when dealing with RMAs or issues as the result of manufacturing quality. This purchase was a bit of a gamble that so far has dealt a winning hand. Good Luck with your "Roll of the dice".

Most Critical Review

Cool it.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Lucifer V2-CPU Cooler 140mm PWM Rubber Fan Twin-tower Metal Mounting Kit Fanless Option Support LGA 2066 / AM4
DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Lucifer V2-CPU Cooler 140mm PWM Rubber Fan Twin-tower Metal Mounting Kit Fanless Option Support LGA 2066 / AM4

Pros: I purchased 2 of these units for AM4 socket boards. These did mount up with included hardware. They do cool very well.

Cons: I ran into several issues pertaining to mounting and orientation. I ended up not being able to use the included fan as it did not have the clearance on the RAM side, MOS cooler side, or VGA side. I did get one setup to works slightly but it touched side panel on case and made it much more difficult to install cover. So I ended up replacing with an equivalent 120mm fans. Both boards were a full ATX in a larger Mid-tower. The mounting screw on the one side was a little more difficult to get, requiring a long shank screw driver uncommon to most average home owners. Lucky I am a mechanic by trade and had a long reach screw drive(14 inch shank length) that worked well.

Overall Review: This is a large air cooler that definitely cools well. It may require additional work to swap RAM sticks on most applications due to low clearance. This cooler may be better suited in a full tower so check measurements of cases to be sure it fit. I would say this cooler does require a decent amount of ability to install and not as easy as some. I am sure there are more difficult to install coolers out there but there are much simpler ones as well.

Full Speed Ahead

Patriot Viper Steel 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model PVS416G400C9K
Patriot Viper Steel 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model PVS416G400C9K

Pros: My set is running the famous Samsung B dies which are a great kit for overclocking. The other added benefit is the Single RANK compatibility for AMD Ryzen series processors. The sticks provide good cooler clearance and color compatibility with most boards. No RBGs LEDs which is just fine by me as I am much more of a function first mentality. These sticks are running currently on an AMD X570 with 3800X CPU at 16-16-16-34 with 1.35volts clocking in at 3800mhz as to keep the memory divider 1:1. The do run at 4000mhz easily but requires a memory divide of 2:1 as per CPU limitations. The timings can go tighter but require more voltage which the trade off is not really worth it for a everyday PC. So far I am very pleased with Patriot Products I have purchased, and this is the first set of memory sticks, all which are still working great to date. Unfortunately that means I have yet to try out RMA services of this company but if that day comes one hopes for quality services much like their products so far.

Cons: None yet.......

Overall Review: Patriot seems to know how to make good components and they have a tough crowd to contend with as the PC component/RAM sector is full of very good products from so many good companies. I have purchased several MicroSD and USB Flash drives all which are still functional. I purchased these RAM sticks for AMD Ryzen build due to many factors but compatibility and price being the most important. Again I am not a big fan of the RBG LED phase that is happening so.... Anyways Patriot is worth a try for those looking for a excellent product for reasonable cost. **I am certain they also have kits available for those folks whom need the brilliant RGB colors...***

Even does RAID

Toshiba P300 3TB Desktop PC Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 inch - HDWD130XZSTA (RETAIL PACKAGE)
Toshiba P300 3TB Desktop PC Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 inch - HDWD130XZSTA (RETAIL PACKAGE)

Pros: I have purchased quit a few Toshiba mechanical hard drives lately. I must say some of it is cost and some of it is features. These drives I have been using are quiet, fast(for mechanical), and support RAID still. It seems most hard drive manufactures are removing what started out as a commercial feature and then became much more common which is RAID(Redundant Array of Independent Disks). For a long time most manufactures, on the consumer side, allowed some use of RAID most commonly RAID mirroring(RAID 1) and striping(RAID 0). As the SSD market took off it seems a few manufactures of mechanical HDDs removed these features from consumer drives but then released more expensive drives built on the same hardware but with the firmware capable RAID features. Long story short I still run a few PCs with mechanical RAID 0 drives for large fast data most of which is for media servers. None of the data important, or is that important for me to justify the extra $40-$70 per drive required by certain HDDs manufactures to use RAID features. So Toshiba drives still allow me to run lots of drives in many configurations without the added cost. I have not had one drive fail yet and some have been running 24x7 for several years.

Cons: The don't have the same g-force tolerance of Solid State Drives?

Overall Review: Every drive I have used from Toshiba usually get around 220mbs on the outer edges and 185mbs on spindle center. Someday mechanical hard drive will be obsolete but even today they have some use......just not IOPS.

Perfection is not Easy

Team Dark Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TDPRD416G3200HC14ADC01
Team Dark Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TDPRD416G3200HC14ADC01

Pros: I purchased these sticks at a reasonable price during the the most recent RAM price surge(price fixing) over the summer of 2018. I needed an AMD Ryzen compatible memory set for a family member's upgrade. These sticks fit the demands perfectly. The set of RAM sticks I received were they highly sought after Samsung B dies with very good timings. They worked flawlessly on an older Asus Crosshair VI Hero board paired with a 2600X CPU. Just set the XMP(DOCP) in the bios and away it went with 3200Mhz 14-14-14-31 1T. I also liked the RAM coolers both for style and fit. They easily cleared a very large air cooler and kept temps very nice under stability stressing. I have purchased many different RAM sets from just about all manufactures and TEAM Group are definitely one of the best. These also are pre-RGB era so in my instance that was a plus.

Cons: Memory chip price fixing.....not that TEAM Group could help that...or most other major non-fab PC component maker.

Overall Review: These sticks matched the color pattern nicely on the Asus Board(I bought the red version). Not sure TEAM Group is advertising these as AMD compatible memory sticks but as most of the memory woes of earlier AMD Ryzen Bios issues seem to have be resolved it is most likely no longer necessary.

Works out of the Gate!

G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X370 / B350 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3200C14D-16GFX
G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD X370 / B350 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-3200C14D-16GFX

Pros: Simply put.....G.Skill has made RAM compatible memory sticks for AMD Ryzen platform. They work as advertised and then some.

Cons: Compatibility/Entry/New fee? At the time of purchase these sticks were around $30 premium compared to equally compatible Intel sticks but without the certified badge.

Overall Review: Tested these sticks on a Asus Crosshair Hero board and was able to get them to 3466Mhz stable without additional voltage. This RAM works flawlessly with just a small change in Asus bios as well or you can enter manually works too.