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alan k.

alan k.

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Most Favorable Review

Better than a GTX690

PowerColor AX7990 6GBD5-A2DHJ DEVIL13 Radeon HD 7990 6GB 384-bit x2 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
PowerColor AX7990 6GBD5-A2DHJ DEVIL13 Radeon HD 7990 6GB 384-bit x2 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: With the 3 fans the card runs cool with the appropriate speed set. Can OC this to 1175/1550. Trying to squeeze more out of it still. The card is on par or even a bit better than a GTX690 in the benchmarks I have performed on both in a Asus M5E motherboard with a 3770K running at 4.85GHz

Cons: Limited availability

Most Critical Review

Worked for 18 days then SSID broadcasting stopped

Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router
Linksys EA8500 Max-stream AC2600 Mu-Mimo Smart Wi-fi Router

Pros: Worked well for 18 days.

Cons: SSID broadcasting stopped on the morning of 06/17/2015. Spent 14 hours trying to fix issue. Some with Linksys tech support and no luck. Will try a replacement hoping this was a lemon. In the meantime hooked up an Old EA4500 I had in the basement. System back up with that wireless router.

Great Memory with RGB Lighting

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2D3600C18
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMG16GX4M2D3600C18

Pros: I installed this memory in a Z590 motherboard. I enabled the XMP profile and the Ram ran at its rated spec of DDR4-3600 with 18-22-22-42 1T timings. I downloaded Cordair's iCUE v 4.16.194 software to control the patterns and colors and frequency of the light pattern changes of the rams lighting functions. The software worked fine. I did wanted to see if I could overclock the rams frequency to 4000MHz but I could only get 3866MHz. 4000 was not even possible at 1.60v. I also wanted to see how low I could lower the rams CAS Latency. I was able to lower it substantially to CL14 (See Attached Pic). CL14 was attained with 1.55v

Cons: There is nothing not to like with this ram. The ram runs as advertised. Though it does not like to be ran quicker than 3600MHz, it does allow for its timings to be substantially lowered.

Overall Review: The ram provides great value for its price. iCUE works on the ram so you can change the RGB lighting colors, pattern, and the frequency of the pattern. I would recommend this memory for someone looking to purchase ram rated for 3600MHz

10/31/2021

Easy to setup and use in a new build

Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510
Corsair Force MP510 M.2 2280 240GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F240GBMP510

Pros: I installed this SSD into my Gigabyte z390 motherboard with a 9900K CPU and it boots up very quickly, much faster than using a mechanical HDD. The device was detected with no issues and Windows 10 64-bit installed quickly. I ran the SSD thru the various hard drive benchmarks to determine if the stated read and write speeds were attainable. These are averages over 5 runs: CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3049.000 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1045.000 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 700.000 MB/s [ 170000.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 953.000 MB/s [ 229000.00 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 328.000 MB/s [ 80200.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 187.000 MB/s [ 45500.0 IOPS] Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 45.400 MB/s [ 10800.0 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 135.800 MB/s [ 33000.0 IOPS]

Cons: There are no Cons

Overall Review: When comparing it to the time my sysyem took to boot up when using a Samsumg 970 Pro 512GB model it was a smidgen slower, but only measurable by using a stopwatch. If you can afford a higher storage SSD you will get better benchmarks. For me personally 240GB is too small.

My 9900K Rocks. Superb Performance it Produces

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 BX80684I99900K 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 BX80684I99900K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Pros: Installed in a Gigabyte z390 Aorus Master Motherboard on a Custom Water Cooling loop and I can run it at 52x103 All Cores. Runs cool for me. Great CPU for those looking to upgrade, you will not be disappointed. See one of my Bench scores at.... https://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/18062763

Cons: None

11/20/2018

Superb lightweight laptop with beautiful resolution

LG Laptop Gram 13Z980-A.AAS7U1 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8550U (1.80GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD Intel UHD Graphics 620 13.3" Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
LG Laptop Gram 13Z980-A.AAS7U1 Intel Core i7 8th Gen 8550U (1.80GHz) 8GB Memory 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD Intel UHD Graphics 620 13.3" Touchscreen Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: If you are looking for a well built and super light laptop, this one should be at the top of your list. The 13.3" model weighs in at just a smidgen over 2 pounds. This is first noticed when unboxing the unit that it is quite light making it an exceptional travelling companion. Powering up the unit the first thing you notice is the superior vivid clarity of the FHD display screen with backlit touch display (1920 x 1080). The display is perfect for watching movies or just simply web browsing. The laptop does have touchscreen capabilities which is a nice feature. The battery life on this unit is exceptional. It can go almost 18 hours between full charges while watching movies and listening to music making it a great travel buddy on long flights and overnight hotel stays. The bootup time with remarkably quick due to the units 256GB solid state drive accompanied with a Gen 8 Intel i7-8550U CPU and 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. The OS in the system is Windows 10 Home 64-bit. The laptop offers fingerprint encryption that is built into the power button which is a nice stealth feature if you decide to turn it on. The unit also has a 720p HD camera located in the front which works well for video chats. Some of the other features included on this product are a 10/100 Network port connection is thru a USB 3.1 (Gen 1 Type-C) port There are two 2 x USB 3.1 (Gen 1 Type-A) ports and a Micro SD Card Reader port. Connectivity to the internet can also be done wirelessly thru the devices 2x2 802.11ac Wireless internal card. Listening to music thru the devices speakers is about average. With the small dimensions of this laptop the speakers most likely cant create rich tones. However the unit does have 11.1-channel surround sound which you do admire using a qulity set of headphones. The shell of the laptop is constructed of premium nano carbon magnesium full metal body is tougher than the shell of conventional laptops and supposedly will hold up much better to bigger jolts, drops and weather conditions that the typical laptop. I was not going to test thisfeature and will rely on the manufactuerers claim.

Cons: Some folks I see have said the keys are somewhat close to each other, but to me I did not have any issues. Also as I said previously the best way to listen to music, videos or movies is thru a headset as the speakers appear to just be average. This unit is not for playing games as it relies on the internal VGU built into the CPU and not a secondary VGU made for gaming.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product to someone looking for a superlight laptop that will be used for travelling, web surfing, and watching videos. I know there are other comparable choices out there in this class of laptops, but you must check this one out and it has many high end hardware components and can go toe to toe with the best.