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Andrew F.

Andrew F.

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Most Favorable Review

I'm Happy!!!

Intel Core i9 9th Gen - Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz (5.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX806849900K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i9 9th Gen - Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz (5.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX806849900K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Pros: - 8 cores / 16 threads - Easily Overclockable - Mo powah beh beh - Good price and sales from NewEgg make this very competitive with other options - Works on 8th gen Mobo's with a bios update (I run on Z370 Mobo) - I am finally an owner of an i9.

Cons: - For a long time price was just too high for me to justify this over just keeping my 8700K but it has finally come down far enough and Newegg is really good with sales / bundle deals etc. - Not the latest gen (10900k would be "current" as of writing) - No cool Dodecahedron Box

Overall Review: - Even though this isn't the latest, I'm really happy with this. I saved a ton of money over upgrading a motherboard and buying 10th gen, saved a ton of installation time not having to take my whole PC apart to swap the motherboard, etc. - Mine is running at 5.1ghz all core @ 1.312v - of course everyones results may vary. I might even be able to do it at higher mhz or lower vcore, too impatient to dial it in further at the moment. - Saw some youtube videos about this being hot.. I haven't experienced that. Granted, I cool this with a 240mm AIO, and I use Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut as my thermal paste to help as much as I can... but this hits around 75C peak after a 10 minute Cinebench R23 run. More like 52-54C during "intense" gaming. - Pretty sure I'll be able to hold on to this for a while.

Most Critical Review

Beautiful RAM, but a few words of caution

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GTRSC
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GTRSC

Pros: - I absolutely love this memory's look, and have always enjoyed G.Skill... ever since Kingston stopped doing the "Savage" this is pretty much the brand I ended up on and continue to stick with. - High frequency, low latency.

Cons: - SK Hynix die (Not Samsung) - As always with Overclocking, your mileage may vary, but I had absolutely 0 headroom to run above spec, even with higher voltage. For many, this may be perfectly acceptable. - Could not run at rated speeds on an Asus Z390-i motherboard. I eventually attributed this to the MOBO's out of the box BCLK frequency of 102.3 vs 100. Apparently even this was enough to cause the system not to boot until I lowered the BCLK down to 100, even if I kicked the RAM voltage up higher.

Overall Review: - These are gorgeous, but I'd recommend shelling out a little more for the ones with the Samsung B die in them (16-16-16-36 for Samsung vs 16-19-19-39 for Hynix @ 3600mhz is how I could eventually tell.) They're legendary with overclockers for a reason. I have those as well in another system and have a ridiculous amount of headroom for MHZ OC and to tighten timings. - If you're just going to run stock, you'll probably be okay and very happy, and I can't knock you for that.

11/28/2020

I love this and wish I bought one sooner

Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 Controller Black - Bluetooth Connectivity - Adjustable-tension Thumbsticks - Shorter Hair Trigger Locks - Wrap-around Rubberized Grip - Re-engineered Components
Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 Controller Black - Bluetooth Connectivity - Adjustable-tension Thumbsticks - Shorter Hair Trigger Locks - Wrap-around Rubberized Grip - Re-engineered Components

Pros: - Solid build design. - How in the world did I ever game without this? - Heavier than a normal controller, but for me this is a definite plus. I dig it. - Swappable buttons

Cons: - If you're like me and used a few Xbox controllers (say, one for the Xbox, a different one for your PC, etc) - you're bummed when you have to go back to using the non elite. - The buttons in the back could be useful, but it seems like most games don't take advantage of them and they just end up being redundant with your ABXY by default. I'll figure out a useful mapping for them eventually I suppose. I would have LOVED if Microsoft took advantage in Halo Infinite and threw some default Elite controller mappings in there.

Overall Review: I was very skeptical, kind of like immediate buyers remorse while the item was on the way like "man... did I just pay that much more for a controller?" but once it arrived I'm glad I did. Really enjoying every minute of it so far and sorry I did not buy one sooner. Already recommended to some friends who have made purchases as a result lol.

Amazing price/performance ratio from this Intel offering

Intel Core i5-11400 - Core i5 11th Gen Rocket Lake 6-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 730 Desktop Processor - BX8070811400
Intel Core i5-11400 - Core i5 11th Gen Rocket Lake 6-Core 2.6 GHz LGA 1200 65W Intel UHD Graphics 730 Desktop Processor - BX8070811400

Pros: - 11th gen allows overclocking RAM (FINALLY, thank you Intel) - If you fiddle with your motherboard settings to ignore power limits, you can get significantly more performance. (A downside of this could be that you'll make SIGNIFICANTLY more heat and blow way, way past the 65w TDP) - Neat that the included Intel stock fan has a copper slug back in it instead of being all aluminum, I didn't use it yet but hopefully this would help with cooling for those who do decide to utilize this. - Integrated graphics.. The UHD 730 is cool, but wish (especially in this age of serious GPU shortages and the competition's APU offerings) that Intel took integrated graphics a bit more seriously in their desktops. If this thing had Iris Xe graphics in it they couldn't POSSIBLY manufacture enough of these to keep up with demand if the price was decent.

Cons: - None really. I can see a mildly experienced user being a bit confused if they ignore power limits and wonder why in the world their chip is running so hot. - Not unlocked... maybe someday Intel will fully unlock their whole lineup.

Overall Review: By default, this chip says it's a 65w TDP but again, if your motherboard is ignoring the power limits and letting it run at it's full potential you're using more like 150w, potentially indefinitely. Cool to get the additional "free" performance but you better be prepared to pay the price with heat. My Cryorig C7 Cu (All copper) heatsink with a Noctua NF-A9 fan on it can't handle this when using Handbrake for extended sessions and throttles eventually (yes, I took heatsink off and replaced it again just to be triple sure there wasn't some installation issue). So... just keep that in mind.

Always happy with WD's Blue M.2 drives

Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T2B0C
Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T2B0C

Pros: - Price/performance is very good - No gawdy heatsink (especially useful if your motherboard already has a heatspreader) - Never had a performance issue.

Cons: I suppose if this was exposed, the blue PCB would stick out and might look a little funny. But at least they made it an appropriate color given the name.

Overall Review: Definitely recommended for others, I've never had an issue with WD's M.2's and the speed is very fast for what you pay. I could have gone 4th gen PCIe but decided that it wasn't worth the significant cost involved (and figured the odds of me noticing any improvement were extremely minimal)

Very happy with this offering

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3200C16

Pros: No nonsense design and heatsink. Solid performance, rock steady. No issues running at XMP. A good balance of decent speed and decent CAS latency, actually a great balance considering the price point. Honestly seemed like the best bang for the buck I could find. Samsung manufactured modules, I suspect I can overclock with fair success... haven't gotten to that point yet.

Cons: A little low capacity for some, but in my particular application I decided I didn't need more than 16GB.

Overall Review: So long as you're not an RGB lover (Usually I am, I'll be honest, but in the application these were used in, they won't be seen) and you don't require higher capacity, I don't see how you could do any better with price to performance.