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Thomas E.

Thomas E.

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Most Favorable Review

Strong performer

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8350FRHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: This CPU has been running at 4.5 ghz with 1.45v using a Corsair h80i since the day I bought it. Using Cinebench its multithreaded performance is a little over a i7 3770 (a $300+ cpu) but I only paid $150 for the 8350.

Cons: Not really a con, but if I had it to do over I'd purchase the 8320 since its cheaper and easily hits 4.5 ghz. Anything over 4.5 ghz and the 8350 requires lots of volts to achieve stability.

Overall Review: Great price to performance. Overclocks easily on my 990fxa-ud3 and h80i. Firestrike score of 8587. My configuration: 8350 @ 4.5ghz with 1.45volts GA-990FXA-UD3 8 (4gbx2) gb Team Vulcan 2400 mhz RAM XFX R290 Samsung 840 250gb WD 640 AAKS WD 500 BEVT Toshiba 3tb Rosewill HIVE 750w

Most Critical Review

Good gpu, bad Sapphire bios

SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100352FLEX-2
SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100352FLEX-2

Pros: I purchased 2 of these in November around black friday for $240 before the prices skyrocketed. The cards will do 1100 core and 1500 memory easily. Scrypt mining I get 620 khs on the 1100/1500 card but the top card (the one that sucks in the heat) will only do 520 khs cause I have to underclock it to 860/1250 to drop the voltage from 1.25 to 1.125

Cons: Price. These cards were going for as little as $150 as recently as November and now due to the high demand from scrypt mining all radeon gpu are extremely high. The cards bios has locked voltage at 1.25 for stock clocks of 925/1250. In order to drop the voltage to 1.125 you have to drop core to 860. 1.25v is way more than needed at stock but will allow a overclock of 1100/1500 easily.

Overall Review: Over all this is a average card. The 7950 gpu is still very powerful at gaming and mining 620khs is easy for the bottom card or if you only have one. It does great at scrypt mining and gaming.

Very nice looking quality case

Metallic Gear Neo Air White ATX Mid-tower High Airflow Mesh front design, 2x 120 RGB Skiron fans, RGB Controller, Black/White
Metallic Gear Neo Air White ATX Mid-tower High Airflow Mesh front design, 2x 120 RGB Skiron fans, RGB Controller, Black/White

Pros: -Made by Phanteks -Very nice to look at -Quality feeling -2 addressable RGB fans -2 USB 3.0 front panel

Cons: -No rubber grommets but at this price point can't complain about that.

Overall Review: Nice looking quality case for the price

Side panel comes disattached

Phanteks Eclipse P350X PH-EC350PTG_DBK Black Steel / Tempered Glass Compact E-ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case with Integrated Digital RGB LEDs
Phanteks Eclipse P350X PH-EC350PTG_DBK Black Steel / Tempered Glass Compact E-ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case with Integrated Digital RGB LEDs

Pros: Nice case with RGB

Cons: The clear side panel is glued to the piece that screws into the rear. Mind fell off after couple months

Overall Review: Would not buy again nor recommend

Average board when not DOA

GIGABYTE B450M DS3H AM4 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H AM4 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: These are low end B450 motherboards that run stable.

Cons: 1 arrived DOA. Overclocking is not good i've used 1600AF, 1700X, 2600 and not overly impressed with the OC options.

Overall Review: The board does fine for general use. It's a decent budget option.

Worse airflow

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid-Tower w/ Front DarkMirror Panel, 3 Customize Color Trims, & Transparent Acrylic Side Panel
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 ATX Mid-Tower w/ Front DarkMirror Panel, 3 Customize Color Trims, & Transparent Acrylic Side Panel

Pros: Attractive case with customizeable trim

Cons: The airflow of this case is atrocious. So bad cooler master redesigned it with side vents. This case airflow was so poor that even with 4 case fans would still run hot. Taking off the front panel would drop temperatures by 15+ cel

Overall Review: Do not buy this case unless you only want a nice looking office build with a ryzen 3 2200g or some other low power build.

11/28/2019