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DANIEL S.

DANIEL S.

Joined on 12/16/03

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Most Favorable Review

This is a fabulous heat sink. It's yuge!!

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 for AMD, high-end CPU Cooler, 250W TDP, two Silent Wings 3 PWM fans 135/120, Ryzen Threadripper
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro TR4 for AMD, high-end CPU Cooler, 250W TDP, two Silent Wings 3 PWM fans 135/120, Ryzen Threadripper

Pros: - Excellent cooling performance - Easy installation - Runs silent - Cools my 2990WX

Cons: - None

Overall Review: I am using this to cool my Threadripper 2990WX processor. With the precision boost overdrive enabled, all 32 cores will run between 3.9GHz and 4.0GHz for most multi-threaded applications. With synthetic stress testers like Statuscore and Prime95, speeds will slowly throttle down to the 3.5GHz range, which is still very impressive for an air cooler on 32-cores! This cools better than the two Enermax Liqtech 360 coolers that I tried; both of those AIO coolers failed in under a year, and both were sent back for RMA. I literally have a brand-new, in box replacement from Enermax sitting unopened because I'd rather keep this air cooler on it. The heatsink barely gets warm and even under full load with synthetics, I never hear the fans. This is much quieter than the Liqtech. By a mile. The only thing you should be concerned about is the size. No joke-- it's is big as a toaster. 4 of the 8 DRAM modules cannot be installed or removed without first removing the heatsink. Your video card will still fit into the top slot but the backplate will have less than 2 millimeters of clearance. Just FYI. Highly recommended. Take it from me-- I've had a 1950X, a 2950X and now a 2990WX, I've used a Corsair AIO cooler and the Liqtech 360. This isn't going to clog up, outperforms over the long run, it's quiet and it's a hoot to look at. When I was ordering the product, I was unsure. Now that I've been using it for a month, buy it. Absolutely buy it. Cheers,

Most Critical Review

Writes at only 8-12 MB per second

SanDisk 256GB Ultra Flair CZ73 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (SDCZ73-256G-G46)
SanDisk 256GB Ultra Flair CZ73 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speed Up to 150MB/s (SDCZ73-256G-G46)

Pros: - Password protected file encryption - Huge capacity - Sleek and slim styling - The price is right

Cons: - Write speeds are very slow

Overall Review: Wondering why the write speeds are conspicuously missing from the specifications page? That's because they are rather embarrassing and SanDisk would rather sell you the drive before you found out. The first 2GB of file transfers are 50MB/s, which is actually not that bad. As soon as the data copy exceeds 2GB, speeds drop to a pretty consistent range between 8 and 12MB/s. It takes a really long time to copy large files. I estimate a 40GB video will take 55 minutes to copy to the drive. Ugh. Don't buy this drive if you like to copy large files. Buy this drive because need capacity and encryption.

Refreshingly compact

Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case, Pre-Installed Three (3) x 120mm Fans with Smoky Acrylic Side Panel and Patterned Mesh Design, Black
Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case, Pre-Installed Three (3) x 120mm Fans with Smoky Acrylic Side Panel and Patterned Mesh Design, Black

Pros: Compact Great looks Weighs next to nothing Slim Basic

Cons: Little room for cable routing Power supply is a tight fit Possibly too small for your build

Overall Review: Just finished building a new computer for my son using this case, loved it. It could have been made larger to accommodate cable routing and bazillion fans but I actually prefer it this way. Computer cases have gotten so fat over the years and this is refreshingly compact. Some reviewers will say the case feels cheap but I say it just feels that way because it's impossibly light weight. Seriously, how does this thing weigh next to nothing? Bottom line: If you want an affordable case in a basic, good looking, compact design, buy it. I will definitely be ordering again.

12/31/2021

Price to performance is unbeatable, QLC is better than you might think!

Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1
Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1

Pros: - It just works - The price is unbeatable - Excellent performance for budget builds

Cons: - QLC NAND, which means lower endurance. - And slower speeds when writing humongous files.

Overall Review: I only tested write speeds. Can burst writes of 800MB to 1.2GB per second of continuous writes (tested on the 1TB drive) sustained until about 70GB. After that, write speeds drop to 100MB per second. It's pretty rare to be writing files that big, so most people will find this acceptable.

A great power supply (in theory)

CORSAIR RMx Series RM1000X 1000W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply SLI and Crossfire Ready, CP-9020094-NA
CORSAIR RMx Series RM1000X 1000W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply SLI and Crossfire Ready, CP-9020094-NA

Pros: - Big power - 8 of the 6+2 PCI connectors to power up to 8 GPU's - Silent under normal operation - Very quiet even under load

Cons: - A little concerned about the component quality based on the nature of the failure I experienced.

Overall Review: I had this baby running my 6 GPU mining rig 24/7 for about 3 months until recently when one of the modulator connectors melted. The computer was having file system errors and it turns out it was because the connector that was hooked up to the SSD drive fried itself. The plastic housing around the connector melted, the pin is scorched and the connection is no longer usable. Luckily the SSD survived and I am back in business using a different connector but I am really worried that this could happen again. It was pulling about 815W from the wall which is well under its limit. A faulty power supply is no joke. UPDATE 10/20/2018 This PSU finally gave up the ghost after running the mining rig for about 1 year and a month. Technically, it still works and is limping along but since the fan failed it overheats and shuts down pretty quickly, plus another one of the modular connectors melted and almost started a fire-- this time it was an 8-PIN PCI-E connector.

10/20/2018

Excellent choice for 6 GPU setup

Rosewill Server Chassis, Server Case, Rackmount Case for Bitcoin Mining; 4U Metal Rack Mount Bitcoin Miner for 6 GPU; Solution for Building a Mining Rig (RSV-L4000B)
Rosewill Server Chassis, Server Case, Rackmount Case for Bitcoin Mining; 4U Metal Rack Mount Bitcoin Miner for 6 GPU; Solution for Building a Mining Rig (RSV-L4000B)

Pros: - GPU's run at 75C degrees with case completely closed up. - Provides plenty of gap between GPU's to stay under critical temperature. - Mounting rail can be reversed to support up to 8 GPU's - Center rail has many fan headers, but you need a molex connector to power it. - Can mount a GPU directly in the PCI slot if needed. - Front panel can be locked to keep small children from mashing buttons on the front panel.

Cons: - Nothing to support the riser cards under the GPU, could be an issue over time if the riser cards slowly lose their grip. Doesn't concern me too much but something to consider. - Does not come with any fans.

Overall Review: So far I've been running a mining rig with 6x Radeon 580 GPU's in the garage during the current Texas summer. We're already having 100F degree weather and the Radeons reach 75C inside the closed case. Some people will leave the top open but I have it completely closed off as intended. I am using 6 80mm fans to move the air through the case-- 4 mounted on the center rail and 2 mounted in the rear. All fans are 33 CFM and this is just enough to leave me about 15C degrees headroom before the GPU's reach critical temperature and begin to throttle. I tried running it with just the 2 rear fans blowing air out the back but it wasn't enough-- there must be at least 2 or 3 fans in the center rack to keep it from overheating. I haven't mounted on a server rack yet but I presume it will be just fine. The header rail for the GPU's can be flipped around to support 8 GPU's, but I have not tested this configuration to confirm the GPU's will stay sufficiently cool. I'm happy with the product and will be buying more as I intend to move my home-made wooden mining rigs into these enclosures.