Date Joined: 02/02/15
Pros: Great idea when new, easy to work with, leds not blinding with opaque layer
Cons: Blue quit after a year
Overall Review: Ordered a 550 strip to replace the two piece 400 strips. I really like them as long as they work.
Pros: eSata is slightly faster, was curious. Performance will improve a lot when I put an SSD in it obviously, just an old 750 Gb spinner in it for now.
I like the versatility.
Cons: None really. Easy to set up, both interfaces work.
Overall Review: If I need another one I'll buy the same.
Pros: CrystalDisk Mark: 1672 Seq Rd 1451 Seq Wrt
Random 4k Read 479 Write 482
My SSD hits 500/525 seq read/write, Usb 3.1Gen 2 ext Blue 184 read/write , old 500Gb blue internal sata 80 read/write
I didn't know it would be this much faster, really happy.
Cons: No fault of the drive but on my Asus board when it said "shares" Sata 5&6 ports they meant "takes".
I have a 4 port sata controller in the build too so not a big deal for me, but would have been.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend this.
Pros: Needed a replacement 200mm top fan for an Antec 1100 case, hard to find an exact fit for these cases. This one physically fit great but I did have to get creative with the mounting holes.
This is daisy chained off the Lian Li 120 RBG kit I got, and works great.
Runs quieter than the original Antec Big Boy and moves air well.
Cons: None really, I knew when I ordered it that the fit would be close and it is. For anyone else looking for a top fan for an Antec case, these work. The mounts are inboard of the circumference of the fan which is important. You will have to drill a couple holes in the case maybe, but easy to do.
Overall Review: I would recommend this, especially for Antec case owners that want a lit fan to replace the original that came in the case. It was $2 more than the Antec Big Boy replacement which is no longer LED.
Pros: 1/3 the price of some competitors
Aluminum ring really brighten things up
Love the included rubbers for the corners, very quiet
Move air very well
Cons: None. I already had a motherboard that supported them, no controller not an issue.
Overall Review: Have 6 of these, Coolermaster G1ooM RGB, Coolermaster 200cm RGB Masterfan and a Phanteks RGB string in an Antec 1100 case. The case original side panel had mounts for two more fans but that blocked the view inside, I got a piece of Lexan for 25 bucks at a local glass shop and put all this bling in. This huge case has room for lots of eye candy, so I swiped a couple items from my wife's curio cabinet, set them inside with blank cd s behind them and wow, what a show! Got all this stuff at Newegg, all works great, my wife is impressed, life is good....lol
Pros: Does what I want it to without being flashy....at all lol
Works fine for prebuilds and heavy testing of failed systems but I do keep it in the basement....
Cons: Construction is function over form taken to extremes.
Overall Review: It works
Pros: Wayne Gretzky Tiger Woods
Cons: Al Capone Charles Manson
Pros: Decent quality and performance, put it in a friends Kodi build does the job fine.
Cons: Too soon to tell but not expecting any
Pros: Not locked into the Win10 nonsense like Ryzen and newer Intel boards
Chipset has integrated graphics so ANY Cpu has display capability (not gaming AAA titles obviously)
Pretty well laid out
Usb 3 Front Panel support
Cons: None really. DDR3 means these are really easy to get ram that works
Overall Review: Got 3 of these with FX6300's (on sale too) for budget streaming & surfing rigs. Add a decent Gpu and they'll game on 1080 fine.
Pros: Rgb is good, works fine with Aura .
Fan is fairly quiet.
Cooling is on par with stock Spire cooler.
Cons: Fits tighter to the ram slots than the Amd cooler, one stick of ram will not fit anymore (Gskill Ripjaws V). I did some research but it's hard to always get proper dimensions for components. My Ram may fit if I remove and reinstall the cooler.....might not too....lol it's very close
I was expecting to see substantial cooling benefit but didn't. Not this cooler's fault, Amd just did a good job with the stock cooler. Temps are slightly higher with this cooler.
Pros: Ryzen 5 1600 in Strix 350 board, ram went to 3200 easily and has been stable since I did the build....but only with the Samsung set....read on friends
Cons: Price of course and another little glitch, same part number doesn't mean same ram, second kit I got was Hynix not Samsung...see below
Overall Review: Will be getting another kit when prices get better.
Update: Got the second kit, BSOD time. Tried each stick for errors, all good. Every time I try to fill four ram slots on my Asus b350f it explodes. QVL for the board shows it only supports this kit in two slots, they ain't lying. Won't even boot most of the time. My bad I guess.....
(New and Improved Update Dec 28/18)
or NOT, they subbed Hynix chips on the second set. Originally I just used windows memory test and they all looked reasonable, Memtest 86 tells a completely different story. Zero errors with Samsung kit (first kit) and 750+ with Hynix kit (second kit). Started rma process and asked if they would be Samsung...depends on stock.
Not happy at all, changed to 3 eggs because of this but really I would give the first kit 5 and the second kit 0 if I could. I'll keep the rma process updated here. Oh and Thaiphoon Burner is your friend if in doubt about your ram.
Pros: Cheap, quiet
Cons: If you have ram with large heatsinks and a regular 3 1/2"
' hard drive you're not going to be happy, hard drive blocks two ram slots on the board I used. I saw another review where a large cpu heat sink causes issues, I believe it.
Overall Review: Ok for a very basic build, low profile ram would be fine just make sure it's in before you install the hard drive.
Pros: I build a lot of systems for friends and family, generally go with Asus/Amd, longevity has been amazing. This board is no different, easy setup, ram to 3200 with one click, booted first time no drama. RGB is new to me, I got this particular board on sale and the other specs were what I wanted but the lights are entertaining.
Cons: Fairly well laid out but the lack of the front panel q connector was a bit of a surprise.
Overall Review: Works good, price was good
Update: Pay attention to QVL for ram, I didn't. My GSkill F4-3200c16d-8gvkb worked great at 3200 but when I got a second kit it just doesn't work at all. The kit is approved for two slots not four and they mean it. If you want to fill four slots the qvl is pretty specific what will work. They're smarter than I am.
Pros: It was in stock, setup was normal, took a couple tries to boot.
Cons: Second one is working first one died and took FX with it but to be fair a friend touched the back of the board at the cpu and it went bzzt. That being said it isn't as good a board as the Asus m5A97's that I built 12 or so systems with and would have used again but they're out of stock. This one took more finesse to get going, it's docp isn't as stable as on the Asus board, the bios isn't as user friendly (I guess I have I have a bios bias....).
Overall Review: See how it works long term, built it for a 14 yr old grandson for his first pc, price was good. If he doesn't have much interest I'm not out much, and it may awake his inner nerd.
Pros: Upgraded from fx8350 on M5A99 series board to this on Strix B350 gaming. very worthwhile. I like to run virtual machines, this is a great setup. I've been playing WOW since vanilla, this with Gtx1060 runs the game the best it has since BC. As far as glitches, none of any significance at all. Running with 8 Gb ram for now but no issues with that either.
Cons: Ram prices to make the system are not great, went from 32gig on old sytem to 8gig for now
Overall Review: Last Intel build I did was 2 years ago for my wife (first one in 10+ years) with an i5 4690k more out curiosity than anything. I've built 35 or more AMD builds in the same time period, no regrets, price for performance AMD has been king for decades imho. The i5 beat up my FX8350 in single core of course but was out of the running in VMware. This Ryzen build blows the i5 completely out of the water.
Pros: Just got a Strix mb and Gpu, mainly because that was what was available....blinky lights meh. Set it up and hey these rgb led things are kinda cool. Got this kit to go with it.....oh snap this is COOL. Setup easy, works great with Aura. Antec 1100 case with big party window in it now!!
Cons: Magnets need a little help, bends and turns don't hold too well. Didn't try the tape. just used some black twist ties.
If you have any flaws in your wiring arrangement you will see it.....do over on cable management for me.
Overall Review: Would recommend with Aura, can't give an opinion on anything else. Straight forward to install but........... oh man is my case window dirty, and that rats nest of wiring I did.......anyway they are bright and colorful and work great
Pros: Asus cooling solution, attractive price, good performance/dollar
Cons: None really
Overall Review: Runs WOW on Ultra easily, that's the hardest it will ever work.
Pros: It was in stock
Not quite as big a rip off as the RX cards at this time.
Cons: Gave up on getting RX580 .
Overall Review: I'm going to assume the card will be fine. For anyone complaining about AMD drivers, the first update for this card failed 3 times before it installed. Wanted the RX580 to pair with new Ryzen build but that's the way it goes sometimes. Specs for both cards in actual use nearly identical. Did I mention pretty lights?
Pros: Windows 7&10 no setup at all, just works
Small footprint,easy to make room for this as 3rd display
Makes Windows 10 more user friendly
Cons: At this price point obviously not top of the line product
Overall Review: Tried it on Win 7&10 works great, Ubuntu and Raspberry Pi takes a little tweaking to get onscreen keyboard.
Hooked it up to 3 different laptops, 2 Pc's and 5 different os's, touch works on all.
Next build will be 10 (hated the interface for a long time, used trickery to make it more like 7) and this will be my main launcher. Also useful with Pi, but noticeably slow response.
I'd get it again.