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John F.

John F.

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Most Favorable Review

It IS Fast and Smooth!

Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1

Pros: Very fast. Smooth. No problems. How fast? My Intel X25-M 80 GB was a 7.3 in Windows 7 64 bit. This is a 7.9!!

Cons: Price. Sata III cable and enclosure needed. Price.

Overall Review: You will need a Sata III cable, which comes with most Sata III motherboards. This will work in an icy dock enclosure at full SATA III speed. 7.9!! Rarely do items meet and exceed. This does. I am going to buy second one after I take out a second mortgage.

Most Critical Review

Incredibly Underpowered

COOLMAX CUQ-1200B 1200W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready / 3 way  80 PLUS Certified Active PFC and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply
COOLMAX CUQ-1200B 1200W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready / 3 way 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply

Pros: Two fans. Quiet. Good looking. Modular.

Cons: Would not power just ONE GeForce GTX 285. I could not believe it! It would power one Radeon 1GB HD4870 just fine. (FYI, the GTX 285 works, and is use in another system.) Incredible.

Overall Review: Thanks to Newegg for waiving the restocking fee. The power supply was not technically defective because it was working with one HD4870. But a 1200w PSU that can not power just ONE standard video card? Please! I should have listened to that other reviewer.

Great Bang for the Budget Buck

ASRock Z790 PRO RS Intel LGA1700 ATX Mainboard , 4 slots DDR5, PCIE 5.0 x16,  Quad Hyper M.2 slots,  2.5Gb Lan, 7.1 Nahimic Audio , Front USB3.2 Gen2X2 Type_C ,  14+1+1 Power Phase, 2oz Copper PCB.
ASRock Z790 PRO RS Intel LGA1700 ATX Mainboard , 4 slots DDR5, PCIE 5.0 x16, Quad Hyper M.2 slots, 2.5Gb Lan, 7.1 Nahimic Audio , Front USB3.2 Gen2X2 Type_C , 14+1+1 Power Phase, 2oz Copper PCB.

Pros: This is a very good motherboard and has just enough RGB to make it noteworthy. Easy to setup and everything worked. Enabling XMP memory was one click. I especially like the power on by a ps2 keyboard, any key. The configurable RGB lights stay on when the computer is powered off, making for a nice tech night light.

Cons: My wish list is that CPU overclocking was simpler. Also, I would have liked to have built in wi-fi. But these are two features that I knew about before my purchase.

Overall Review: Highly recommendable at this price point. This review for ASRock review rebate program.

10/29/2022

Everything Works

MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY DDR5 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY DDR5 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Everything worked right out of the box. DDR5 XMP at 5600, overclocking genie in the BIOS, both ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, etc. It really was that easy to setup. Using the same CPU, the overclocking genie made 200MHz more in maximum CPU speed than the first less-expensive MSI motherboard.

Cons: No RGB.

Overall Review: I recommend the MSI Z690 Unify (see Pros above). It's got all the bells and whistles, except RGB as noted. Two populated memory slots show Quad channel memory in CPUZ with XMP enabled. Windows and web pages pop open! All with the initial BIOS. Waiting for a sale to buy another. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

12/25/2021

Good Value

MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It has these pros: -Four M.2 slots with PCIe Gen 4 capability -PCIe GEN 5 -A 2.5 GHz LAN -WiFi 6 -Available now -Takes DDR4

Cons: It's a good basic board, so the things that are missing are those things that are found in more costly performance boards. For example, this motherboard has just a 8+4 phase VRM. It was designed to be a budget motherboard. Not really cons at this price point, but worth noting.

Overall Review: I would recommend this board as a good value board. Several review sites have labeled this board the best value of the Z690 motherboards. It is. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

11/17/2021

Clean & Easy

MSI MEG Z490 ACE LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MEG Z490 ACE LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This MEG Z490 Ace board is solid and heavy. It was real clean & easy to setup and update the BIOS. Still working on the overclocking, but that too, seems clean & easy. What prompted me to buy this board now are these features: it's pcie 4.0 x4 ready, it's got active VRM cooling, RGB lighting, power on with PS2 keyboard or mouse, wi-fi 6, and it can handle a lot of power (16 x 90A mosfet). One other thing that was important to me was the pcie graphics slots settings of 16/0/4. That made the bottom PCIe 3.0x16 slot useful as PCIe 3.0x4.

Cons: The one con is that it is missing 10gbe LAN. 2.5gb LAN is standard with the Z490 chipset, which this has. That 10gbe LAN is important for internal networking more than for internet speeds. At this price point, 10gbe LAN should have been included. To be fair, not many others at this price point have 10gbe LAN either, so no egg deduction.

Overall Review: The MEG Z490 Ace has almost all the right stuff. On to overclocking! This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

seller reviews
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Great Customer Service

Novus took a few days to ship this, but then it came expedited. One box was missing a part, and they agreed to make it good. Every time I contacted them, they responed within 24 hours and resolved my issue. I'd buy from them again, and recommend them.

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Great Customer Service

CZL made good on a very slow delivery issue. After a return request, they stepped up and issued a full refund. Not sure what caused the delivery to take about a month, but now it doesn't matter.

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Great Prices But Mediocre Customer Service

Great prices - so its hard to resist. Their customer service is their weak point. They make it involved to return an item. At least they did finally make the return RMA process happen, so they do have customer service in place. But it's nothing like Newegg's!

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