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DONALD C.

DONALD C.

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Most Favorable Review

Works great

Transcend JetFlash 780 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TS8GJF780
Transcend JetFlash 780 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model TS8GJF780

Pros: Used in a Windows 8 64 bit OS, on an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA motherboard with USB 3.0. Tested with Steel Bytes HD Speed, this drive reads at 92MB/sec. When I use the USB 3.0 front panel connection through a Vantech UGT-IH203 2 port USB 3.0 front panel, the score was 91MB/S Both the motherboard and the pront panel were bought at the Egg. I didn't test the write, but it was considerably faster than anything I had previously used with large files. It worked well in the USB 2.0 ports as well.

Cons: None.

12/26/2012
Most Critical Review

One bad core

AMD Phenom II X4 970 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBK4DGM
AMD Phenom II X4 970 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBK4DGM

Pros: Three of the cores ran for hours and hours.

Cons: One of the cores repeatedly would run less than 20 minutes at stock voltages and speed before failing prime95. I had good voltage, reasonable temperatures, and the motherboard was running the most current bios. The 970 is on the approved CPU list. Even an extra tenth of a volt could not save it at stock speed. So back in went the 555BE, running great at 3.8, just like before.

Overall Review: Newegg is willing to take it back and send me another, so I still love them, even if AMD let me down. The 2 week delay is disappointing, but fair.

Good card.

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 MASTER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N3070AORUS M-8GD (rev. 2.0) (LHR)
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 MASTER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N3070AORUS M-8GD (rev. 2.0) (LHR)

Pros: The fans are fairly quiet, even during benchmarks and extended testing. I've left the case open and had it sit next to me on the bench without thinking the sound is obtrusive. The memory on this one has 200MHz room for overclock without touching voltages or GPU frequency, which seems fairly safe. It benchmarks near the top of the 3070's like that. It tends to run at the top of the GPU frequency range during extended runs of Furmark, staying at or below 70C. It scores higher paired with a 5900X than with a 5600G, but I suppose that is to be expected.

Cons: Coil whine: It will whine during the Passmark benchmark. But other than that, I have not heard it. It's very long. It barely fit into a DEEPCOOL TESSERACT, which is struggling a bit with airflow. At least the side panel 120mm fan doesn't conflict with the card. The dual 8 pin connectors were surprising for a 3070.

Overall Review: The card matches my expectation. It came in a relatively good bundle, though I am not a fan of that. I am not the least bit disappointed. I'm not a big RGB fan, and I don't know that I would ever bother with the tiny screen on this. But for those who want to have some bling, it's got it. You may need to be selective of the GPU brace so that it does not block the view.

Exceeds expectations

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G LHR
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G LHR

Pros: Without OC, it performs very well. Not noisy. While benchmarks are always suspect, most which I have run on this, paired with a 5900x, place it at the average measured performance of a 3090 and 3080 ti. I'm sure many of those are not in new rigs, but wow, can this lay down the FPS at 1080 and 1440. FWIW, UserBenchmark OC'd memory and only marginally on core speed scored 237.

Cons: The lights. I bought a closed case. They need a software program to manage? Not cool. And the card was bundled with hardware I did not want nor performed to the value it was given in the bundle.

Overall Review: Sure, it has 3 connectors, but you bought a 850+ power supply ready for that. And it is heavy. The bracket helps and our case can with reinforcement as well. And you need the second and third monitors equipped with display port. Good airflow is needed, but the fan and heat sink hold their own if you just move the air through the case for them. Overall, great card.

Works at XMP2 spec and a smidge better.

OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model ND4U0832160BB1DA
OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model ND4U0832160BB1DA

Pros: XMP 2 spec works fine. It is Prime95 24 hour stable at slightly tighter settings.

Cons: Came in a RTX 3080 combo. Ryzen owners buying a 3080 generally want faster RAM than this.

Overall Review: Installed into a MSI B450M Bazooka Max Wifi, not the same PC as the 3080 went into. Booted fine. Set to XMP2 and ran solid through 4 passes of memtest. Could not run the "Try it" OC setting for 3200 at 16-18-18 and make it through memtest. What it would do by manual adjustment was tCL 16, tRCDRD & tCDWR 19, tRP 19, tRAS 37, and tRC of 56 with CR 1T. The voltage was 1.36. Prime95 24 hour pass without any issues using 12 cores. PC operates stable. Passmark put the system RAM at 59%, which is not what I'd have put into a gaming rig. For the cost, it does not have the tighter timing found in other memory. Loss of an egg. Otherwise this memory does what it represents, just not at a price point I think is appropriate.

5 + years later, runs Windows 10 fine

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition - Phenom II X3 Heka Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDZ720WFK3DGI
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition - Phenom II X3 Heka Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDZ720WFK3DGI

Pros: I have two. One is still running the fourth stable core at stock speeds, running Prime95 for 10 hours without fail in recent test before upgrading the OS. Coupled with a Radeon 5750, and upgraded to an SSD, the system boots Windows 10 64 in 20 seconds from cold and has no issues with minor gaming, HD streaming videos, Blu-ray, etc. I did place an aftermarket cooler on it. Temps are moderate and it does not heat us out of the room. The second did not have a fourth stable core. It's a nearly identical rig and boots barely any slower. Coupled to a 720 TV, it is also great for entertaining us.

Cons: Newegg required me to enter a Con. It wasn't even cheaper? At $20 per year and still running a current OS, responsive and able to perform as a HTPC, I don't think there is a thing to complain about.