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Joshua J.

Joshua J.

Joined on 07/07/09

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Most Favorable Review

Nice GPU, fan profile needed tweaking

XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570 DirectX 12 RX-570P427D6 4GB OC+ 1284 MHz XFX Custom Backplate 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
XFX RS XXX Edition Radeon RX 570 DirectX 12 RX-570P427D6 4GB OC+ 1284 MHz XFX Custom Backplate 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Nice upgrade from the R9 280X, handles most games I throw at it (although most are not too crazy on the graphics).

Cons: The default fan profile (as shown by MSI's Afterburner) was tuned to be quiet, and as a result it started pushing temps up to 90C. When I updated the fan profile to cool more aggressively, I would max out around 72C in the same games with a little more noise.

Overall Review: I bought this card to replace a Gigabyte R9 280X that died (purchased Nov 2013, died Nov 2019). Although I would have preferred to get a more powerful card, this card was in the budget range. When I first got the card and tested it against the games I had been playing (Star Citizen, The Sims 4, Mass Effect 3 - nothing to serious, except maybe Star Citizen), the card seemed to be a side-grade. I ran those games at the same settings, and was getting similar temps to the R9 280X. Then I redeemed Borderlands 3 (came with the card at the time), and it was having trouble running the game. I thought that was odd, that a card would come with a game that it couldn't run very well. I ended up messing around with the game settings, and some card settings. Once I did that, this card became an upgrade not a side-grade. The first setting that made this card run much better (and at higher settings than the R9 280x), was adjusting the default fan profile. The default profile kept the card quiet, but in my case (Corsair 200R) the cooling was not enough to let the card run too fast. Once I altered the fan profile to cool the card more aggressively, at the cost of extra noise (that I don't usually hear through my headset), the card was able to handle higher detail settings while maintaining a lower temperature. The second setting that helped a lot (especially in BL3) was running games in fullscreen mode (instead of in borderless window mode). Instead of pushing 80C+ on the lowest settings, I could run a mix of medium-high settings and sit around 70C. Overall, this has been a great card for the price. And after tweaking the fan profile it has been a decent upgrade to my old R9 280X.

Works great

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Works great. After manually setting the speed to 1600, the auto timing went to 8-8-8-23. The heat spreaders are higher quality than I was expecting.

Cons: It took a little wiggling to get in. Might be a problem with my motherboard.

Overall Review: This RAM defaulted to 1333 Mhz, 9-10-10-30 when I first put it in even though my motherboard supports 1600. As stated above, once I changed the timing manually to 1600, the timings dropped below the advertised value automatically. Not much difference performance wise between 4 GB and 8 GB for me at the moment. Got these in preparation for a new build early next year (testing Star Citizen - 8 GB required). AMD Athlon II X3 450 @ 3.2 Ghz - unlocked to a Phenom II x4 B50 @ 3.2 Ghz ATI HD5670

Quality, Stable Power Supply

ENERMAX NAXN ADV.  82+ ETL650AWT 650W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
ENERMAX NAXN ADV. 82+ ETL650AWT 650W ATX12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: The unit looks simple and solid. There are plenty of connectors (at least for me - verified the # before making the purchase). Provides stable power, have not had any problems.

Cons: More to do with my skill than that of the power supply, but I had a hard time trying to make the cables fit in my case without interfering with the other hardware. My case is average size, nothing big, and I do not have a lot of hardware that needs all the extra connectors (yet). So I have extra cables in my case at the moment. Not taking an egg for this (more my issue and nothing wrong with the PSU), but it could be good to know for smaller cases without a lot of hardware.

Overall Review: This replaced a PSU that came bundled with a case. In comparison, this thing in whisper quiet. I can't hear it over the other fans in my machine (The old PSU was the only thing I could hear). I got this in preparation to upgrade the rest of my machine soon, as currently I do not need this much power. The 80+ bronze is a nice feature though, so even using less power it is more efficiently used (over 20%). Current CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 - 3.2 Ghz Current GPU: AMD/ATI HD 5670 1GB

Dell Replacement

Sony Optiarc 12.7mm Slim 8X DVD±R Burner 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM Black E-IDE(ATAPI) Model AD-7590A-01
Sony Optiarc 12.7mm Slim 8X DVD±R Burner 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM Black E-IDE(ATAPI) Model AD-7590A-01

Pros: Bought this to replace a drive on a Dell Inspiron E1505/6400 laptop. Used this to reinstall windows and everything else along with it. Works like it should for everything I've thrown at it. Have not tried burning anything.

Cons: Does not quite fit in the case. It sits a little further in than the original. Not necessarily a con, but an FYI.

LOGISYS Computer CS206BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer SOHO Case 480W Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer CS206BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer SOHO Case 480W Power Supply

Pros: A nice simple case, doesn't bring attention to itself. Had room for everything and plenty to spare. The rear fan seems higher quality than I expected. The PSU works just fine, and although it is a little louder than I expected, I don't notice it unless I am trying to notice it.

Cons: Part of the plastic front was broken when it arrived: the bottom of the CD/DVD trays on the right side. A little bit of krazy glue and you almost can't tell that anything happened. The sides remind me of cookie sheets, they bend a little rather than staying rigid.

Overall Review: AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 Ghz A-Data 2x2GB DDR3 1333 Biostar GeForce 9500 GT 512 MB 128-bit GDDR3 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 WD Caviar 320 GB 7200 RPM Sata Logisys CS206BK Mid ATX Tower Case 480 Watt PS

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy to figure almost everything out, and worked right out of the box.

Cons: Manual was not as helpful as it could have been. Some of the diagrams have colors listed for the PCI Express slots as white and blue, which simply isn't the case.

Overall Review: AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 Ghz A-Data 2x2GB DDR3 1333 Biostar GeForce 9500 GT 512 MB 128-bit GDDR3 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 WD Caviar 320 GB 7200 RPM Sata Logisys CS206BK Mid ATX Tower Case 480 Watt PS