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Peter W.

Peter W.

Joined on 01/19/03

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Memory

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-16GAB
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C11D-16GAB

Pros: Excellent memory performs at the rated speed without issue! I also tested it at a few slower speeds and it ran great without a hitch tested no errors in MemTest86 at all speeds. Tested all these speeds and passed in Memtest86: DDR3-2133 10-10-10-30 @ 1.65v DDR3-1866 9-9-9-27 @ 1.55v DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 @ 1.55v Also glad these memory modules didn't have tall heatspreaders... a lot of them are too tall and won't install if you have a big CPU cooler.

Cons: Nothing that I can think of!

Most Critical Review

Avoid ASUS - What a joke!

ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 Video Card STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 Video Card STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING

Pros: - Card is fast, runs everything at max settings at 1440p with no fps issues.

Cons: - Fans are kinda loud once the card gets hot upwards of 70C+ - ASUS Warranty Support is a joke - Card died after 3 months of use Card now shows artifacts and glitches if the GPU temp gets above 70C. I've got an RMA on the card with ASUS but what a pain that is compared to EVGA who I had been using for years. I can't believe they have no option to cross-ship a card like EVGA does. ASUS needs to step up their game in the support/warranty department!!

Overall Review: FYI thie review is more on the warranty support.. the card was fine for ~85 days. But Asus support is a complete joke compared to EVGA.

Would be great if it booted!

G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C16D-32GTZNA
G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C16D-32GTZNA

Pros: - They look nice

Cons: - Would not boot at rated speed / timings (DDR4-4000, 16-16-16-36, 1.4v)

Overall Review: I was replacing a 4x8GB DDR4-4000 17-17-17-37 kit which worked just fine in my system with it's rated voltages at 1.35v. CPU is an i9-9900K which has no issues handling the kit above at up to 4200Mhz speeds. So the memory controller isn't the issue. My old kit just got too hot to do any serious overclocking as all 4 dimms just doesn't allow much airflow. Considering this kit has 2 dimms it shouldn't be more difficult to run compared to my previous memory kit. I tried up to 1.5v with the rated speeds / timings and no luck. I did get it to boot at 19-19-19-39 with 1.45v but that's well above the rated timings & voltages. At the rated timings I could only get it to boot at 3733Mhz and even then would get memory related BSODs. Going to exchange these and hope I just got a bad pair of sticks. I'll revise my review if the replacement works fine.

Excellent Memory!

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2800C15D-16GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2800C15D-16GVR

Pros: Runs at rated speed and voltage without issue. My kit will run at: Cas 14-14-14-34-1T @ 1.35v Passed 3 runs of MemTest with 0 errors

Cons: Nothing

Do not Buy

5.25" Bay Fan Controller
5.25" Bay Fan Controller

Pros: Nice front display

Cons: I've had 3 channels on my fan controller die within a year. Plus all the temp probes stopped working within about 7 months. Also it can't operate the Scythe Slipstream fans I bought at anything slower than about 1200-1400RPM. I was hoping for around 800-1000RPM but the fans just stop if I try slower speeds!! Save yourself the trouble and don't buy this!! I attempted to RMA through Scythe, but never got a response. After a month of trying I gave up with them!

Best Value!!

OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 115GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 115GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G

Pros: Awesome speed!! Benchmarked it after 5 months of use still shows 275Mb/sec Write & 284Mb/sec Read!

Cons: The included 2.5" - 3.5" adapter didn't work well... had to buy something different.

Overall Review: Make sure you have a motherboard that supports AHCI and its enabled in your BIOS. Also verify the controller supports TRIM to keep your system running great for years to come!

12/30/2010