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Diane W.

Diane W.

Joined on 02/13/16

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Most Favorable Review

this thing is a monster.

EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 120-G2-1600-X1 80+ GOLD 1600W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 120-G2-1600-X1 80+ GOLD 1600W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: it can power the ever living heck out of anything. it doesn't even flinch with minor power interruptions in high country winds. I still can't find its limit even with ten hard drives and two high end graphics cards. it can survive fire related power fluctuations (see cons for why that is a vital issue)

Cons: its extremely long, like you think you've seen long in the bedroom but this is "remove a hard drive rack just to squeeze the thing in there long." you may think your case is big but I assure you it isn't big enough. it needs its own circuit line if you have other PCs and air conditioners. it drew enough power to set one of my surge protectors ablaze.

Overall Review: 10/10 would purchase again if I built another PC as draining as mine even though that would mean adding another circuit and getting a bigger line into the house. I highly recommend using it only in nonflammable area and fireproofing the lines. also the fact that the capacitors can act like a couple second UPS system is a HUGE bonus as I live out in the countryside where the grid is in serious distress. also I highly recommend adjusting power draw specifications when planning a solar roofing solution as you most certainly wish to offset its power consumption.

Most Critical Review

thanks for the 2tb hard drive and the insult.

WL 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 3.5" Internal Desktop Hard Drive (For PC/Mac/DVR) w/1 Year Warranty
WL 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 3.5" Internal Desktop Hard Drive (For PC/Mac/DVR) w/1 Year Warranty

Pros: its a drive.

Cons: they sent a 2tb hard drive when I bought and paid for a 3tb drive. when I contacted them they informed me that it must all be my fault and that I dont know a GPT partition from my the crack of my rear end. I've grown up around computers. I know more than most men do. to be insulted and told that I cant have traced the internally detected model number to a 2tb hard drive of which did not match the 3tb label they hastily glued on is patronizing.

Overall Review: never buying from these jacks again.

12/11/2017

studier than the fan they were connected to.

Coboc TX4EX-12 1 ft. Sleeved 12 inch 4-pin TX4  PWM Fan Power Extension Cable Female to Male
Coboc TX4EX-12 1 ft. Sleeved 12 inch 4-pin TX4 PWM Fan Power Extension Cable Female to Male

Pros: solid construction. high quality, washable, outlasted the 9000RPM fans they were connected to. survived coolant corrosion. the wires on the fan gave way before the motor or these extension cords.

Cons: shorter than I needed. got dirty easily, but easily washable as long as they are fully dry when put back in.

Overall Review: if they were still available I would buy 25 more. these things are designed to last even when they get hot to the touch.

its a motherboard but...

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME sTRX4 AMD TRX40 SATA 6Gb/s XL ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME sTRX4 AMD TRX40 SATA 6Gb/s XL ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: its a TXr40. its got all the connectors you could ever want in a board its zippy it uses the newer threadrippers the power connections are beefy and ample for overclocking its got PCIe 4.0 it works great with Iomega zip drives and even has a bios setting for DAT tape drives.

Cons: oh dear lord where to start.... if you put inM.2 drives it shuts off two or 4 of the SATA lines. the chipset fan is defaulted to off unless it reaches an unknown threshold and I've only seen it on once and there is no control. if you want to use aftermarket heatsinks for dual sided M.2 SSDs you better have a dremel and a diamond cutting wheel as aluminum is a pain to cut through. all the connectors are on the side and require adapters they have included. this board feels beyond cramped and should have been made in a EATX format rather than ATX. the USB 3.0 headers are in an awkward side spot and bend far too easily and I almost had to send it back. I had to trim my case with a dremel just to fit it in there. the tightness of the board can and will require a full set of hemostats (forceps) just to install connectors in spaces crammed into tiny areas. ram types can be a bit of an issue. you really need ECC ram (there are issues with standard ram losing files and miswriting things) and to fill out all slots so you arent crimping bandwidth. water cooling is definitely your best friend for space conservation. the app center installed some funky bios version and now it says it is the wrong board and the App center causes instant crashing. there are very few PCIe slots due to most of the board's real-estate being taken up by M.2 slots of which I'm sure there should not have been more that 3 as filling up all four causes problems. the manual was inadiquate and doesnt cover ECC advanced settings and its stuck in multibit error correction on ram that is meant to be singlebit correction.

Overall Review: I would buy it again only because its the only thing that actually works for the setup I have. everyone else has inadequate power connections or stupid u.2 connectors with more than half the SATA connectors missing. however here are some notes for you: NEVER MIX SATA M.2 AND NVME PCIE M.2 DRIVES. IT WILL LOSE THE PCIE DRIVES AND CAUSE EXTREME NEGATIVE INTERACTIONS. use only one or the other. I know the manual says you can mix them but that is a lie. it was an issue on the prior board too. if you can't get the PCIe SSDs to detect the easiest work around I have found is slotting in an IDE card and dropping in an Iomega zip drive as a "floppy" disk A drive. it fools it into some kind of mode where things just seem to function smoother. no idea why. oh and this thing works great with DAT tape drives and even has a bios setting for it so work backups are a breeze, set it and forget it. honestly this board is the poster child for things being pushed too hard and too far in a very inadequate amount of space. I like the flexibility of SATA ports vs M.2 but we are far too deep into the M.2 rabbit hole to turn back now. if it had been EATX and only three M.2 slots with an extra PCIe 4.0 slot and better software support as well as a more explicit manual I don't think there would be any complaints. but instead I have had to deal with a particularly nasty learning curve. worse still I may have to buy another one just to fix some of the damage app center caused.

sturdy and quite effective with an added fan.

Jonsbo NC-1 RAM Cooler Aluminum RGB Desktop Memory Heatsink - Black
Jonsbo NC-1 RAM Cooler Aluminum RGB Desktop Memory Heatsink - Black

Pros: solid design with screws to hold it tight to the ram. spreads heat effectively. RGB on a fan plug so it doesn't mess with the maximum number of supported lights on the motherboard. really eye catching and looks like something from an 80s~90s sci-fi when on. its solid aluminum so it blocks beta rays that can damage chips and screw with data. also protects against physical/mechanical damage and shock protection. comes with a spare screw and all the tools and bits you need to install including spacers for shorter ram. self regulating color cycle so it doesn't need an app to work. makes installation more comfortable as it is far nicer on the fingers than raw board edges.

Cons: runs a slight bit warm with the LEDs but its not too bad and definitely isn't dangerous unless your computer is in uninsulated attic or car in the desert but definitely a massive improvement over nothing at all and a RAM mounted fan completely negates the issue. taller server ram has a slight issue as it often leaves 2mm or so of chip exposed. set up can be a little tricky but its not excessively difficult.

Overall Review: I would buy again and did buy again the last time. of all the aftermarket ram heatsinks, this is the only one I would actually currently recomend. the ones I used to use with the screw mounts and heat pipes were discontinued after DDR3. all the others available these days are flimsy or risk damaging your ram. this product is really the only one I trust with my DIMMs and mounting it on the sticks is far safer than anyone else and easy enough for just about anyone.

10/30/2021

better than the air cooled by miles

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 100-5056062 16GB 2048-bit HBM2 Video Cards - Workstation
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 100-5056062 16GB 2048-bit HBM2 Video Cards - Workstation

Pros: much better stability and graphical improvements. stays nice and cool even with maximum use. lots of onboard ram, fast as heck too.

Cons: still crashes system with microsoft word. crashes system sometimes on video or audio but much less now that the newer drivers are out. still no "gaming mode" on windows 7. fallout 4 still crashes on startup but it no longer crashes the computer. UPDATE: turns out that it just can't function on lesser systems and lacks backwards compatibility. if you have a high end motherboard and windows 10 the issue is resolved.

Overall Review: if you are a game modder this is a must have.