Date Joined: 04/13/17
Pros: - high capacity
- low cost
- attractive design
Cons: - none so far
Overall Review: Currently using this as the memory for my Switch. Working great so far, haven't had any issues. Never gonna need more storage, that's for sure, unless they come out with a decently priced 1TB card.
Pros: - Small form factor, won't interfere with RAM slots
- Looks very slick
- Cools excellently
- Compatible with almost everything
Cons: - So hard to install
Overall Review: I bought this for an HTPC build but it ended being a hair too tall for the case. I kept it just in case I could use it later. Glad I did, because I received a defective liquid cooler for my gaming rig and didn't want to be bothered with getting a new one. The stock AMD cooler blocked my first RAM slot (ASRock Pro4 B350) and although this cooler is designed for Mini ITX I decided to give it a whirl. It works like a dream and I can finally use all four of my RAM slots. I've never experienced temps above 60C since installing it and it's quieter even than AMD's cooler which I thought was impossible.
One thing I will say against it is that this cooler is a pain to install. I was 100% certain I was going to crack my motherboard trying to get the screws to go into the backplate. You have to push incredibly hard to get them in there. Not for the squeamish.
Pros: - Look fancy
- Comfortable inside
- Sturdy construction
Cons: - Runs smaller than expected
Overall Review: These are some nice shoes, good quality and construction, but I would buy them a size larger than you would normally get shoes. They are very tight in the toes.
Pros: - Look very fancy
- Foldable microphone
- Amazing bass
- Comfortable on the ears
Cons: - Like every other Viper product, the braided cord is annoyingly stiff
Overall Review: Saw these headphones on deep discount and bought them to round out my Viper set. I've never had a set of USB headphones before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was surprised that it was basically plug and play. They fit great, even on my Dumbo ears, and the cushioning is ample so I don't get headaches like with some sets of headphones I've owned before. I like that the microphone folds into the left earmuff because I rarely use it. The sound quality seems very good, especially the bass. I'm hearing things in my games that I've never heard before. And I know it doesn't matter because I can't see them, but I like the red LEDs on the earmuffs.
Pros: - Looks sleek
- Heat dispersion is good
Cons: - none
Overall Review: I bought this to have an external enclosure for a 2TB drive I was going to use as additional storage for my PS4. It was a snap to put together, I formatted the drive and while I had it running it was silent, cool, and unobtrusive. Unfortunately I learned that I have to have USB 3.0 to use it as a PS4 external so I have to return it. I would recommend it unless you absolutely need to have USB 3.0. I won't deduct any eggs because it seems to be a great product and it was my own fault for not doing the research.
Pros: - Rated speed right out of the box
- LEDs are nice and bright
- Heat spreaders work well
Cons: - none that I've found
Overall Review: I already had a red set of this same RAM so I bought a white set for the contrast and a full 32GB of system RAM. These work just as well as the red ones. System recognized them right away. Have them on a system with an ASRock Pro4 B350 mobo, Ryzen 5 2600, and ASUS GTX 1060. System runs flawlessly, looks fancy, and I've noticed an improvement in performance. Couldn't care less about overclocking so I can't comment on how it would do but I imagine you could get a modest boost out of it. I would recommend this RAM and anything that Patriot Viper puts out, they are really on to something with their gaming line.
Pros: - very small
- fast enough
Cons: - wish it came with a key ring hoop
- not as fast as other models
Overall Review: Bought it because it was cheap and I trust Team products. Was not disappointed. Impressed that it was so small. Wish it was faster, but it's solid state like a thumb drives so it's fast enough. Will buy it again if I ever need another.
Pros: - Quiet quiet quiet
- Screen has lots of info and is easy to understand
- Lights aren't too bright
- More outlets than I could ever need
Cons: - Honestly, none that I can see so far. Doesn't look like much so maybe a sleeker design would be nice?
Overall Review: Over the last few years I've had lots of scares with power flickers, and honestly it's just annoying to have to keep starting your computer up, so I figured it was time to get a UPS. Needed one that was at least 1000 VA for my gaming PC, needed one compatible with my Active PFC power supply, so this one fit the bill nicely at a reasonable price. I paid about $140 for it. It does everything it says it should do and I haven't had any problems with power flickers since I hooked it up.
A couple of things to address some of the other reviews. This thing operates nearly silently. There is a slight noise from it being such a heavily electronic piece of equipment (think the high-pitched whine of a CRT television) but I can literally only hear it if I put my ear right up next to the thing. I've seen a few people say that it dies after three years. Well three years just happens to be when they say to replace the battery inside the thing, so......DURR?
My power supply is a 620W power supply and the total full load of my PC including peripherals is around 400W. Usually my load is just under 200W. With a game running, I have somewhere between 20 and 35 minutes of battery power depending on the load, and when the system is sitting idle I have nearly an hour. Sitting here, writing this review, I have Chrome and Mass Effect Andromeda running along with a number of background programs and it's sitting at 33-34 minutes of runtime.
Definitely would recommend.
Pros: - Lighting is nice and bright, love that you can customize the color
- Viper branding is noticeable but unobtrusive
- Keys are well-placed
- Changing DPI on the fly is, as always, a great feature
- Buttons are responsive without being over-sensitive
- Braided cable = very classy
Cons: - The ergonomics are weird and take some getting used to
- The cable is extremely stiff and is taking quite a while to straighten out from being wrapped up in the packaging
Overall Review: This is a nice mouse for a mid-level gaming mouse. I'm moving on from a well-loved Logitech MX518 which was really starting to show its age. Now what I really like about this mouse is that it has a removable, customizable weight tray which can adjust the weight of the mouse, which was what I really enjoyed about my old Logitech G5 from way way way back. I also love the ceramic feet on this mouse, which make it just glide like a dream on the soft mouse pad I have.
A few critiques are to be had. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to make the LEDs stop breathing. I would much rather prefer just a steady glow. Supposedly there's a way to do this, but Patriot's user guide for this mouse is low on details. Not a huge deal for me but all my other LEDs are a steady glow so it kind of clashes a bit. Also, the cable for this mouse, while very nice in the coloring and braiding, is so stiff that it will not straighten out, and it's holding the kinks that it developed from being coiled up in the packaging. Maybe it will straighten out after a while but for now it's continually catching on other things on my desk, which can be a little annoying.
I do like that the DPI levels are not simple presets. It comes with default settings (four total) of 800, 1600, 2400, and 3200. I've found that 1100 is nearly the perfect setting on this mouse for most applications and games. I personally have mine set for 1100 as the lowest setting, going up to 1400, then 1700, then 2000. Being able to change the DPI on the fly is a must and this mouse has the toggle switch for that right where your thumb would rest, and it even has a little meter on the side of the mouse so you tell which setting it's on just by looking. Great mouse, got it for a steal at $24, it's definitely worth four times that. I've had zero problems with it beyond the adjustment to the new hand feel.
Pros: - The mechanical keyboard gives a great feel and sound while typing
- The lighting is very well done
- I like the braided cable
- The brushed aluminum on the keyboard body is quite appealing
- The Viper logo on the function key is a rad touch
Cons: - It would be nice if the wrist rest was removable, because the material feels weird on my skin and is slippery
- I prefer having a print copy of the manual
- No software support
Overall Review: I've been itching for a mechanical keyboard for a while because I fondly remember the klackity sound of old Macintosh keyboards from when I was in elementary school. I have a lot of Viper Gaming equipment already in red/black so when this keyboard went on sale I jumped on it. It's very nice for what's intended to be an entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard. The LED lighting is flashy without being overdone, and has a lot of different effects that can be applied right from the keyboard with no software needed, though I prefer just steady red. That said, some software support would be nice and Patriot does not offer it for this keyboard so keep that in mind. It's essentially nothing more than a fancy plug-and-play keyboard, which I like but I know some people like to tweak and it's not as easy to do with this keyboard.
The Viper branding is visible but subtle, with the stylized "Viper" between the arrow keys and the function keys and the snake head logo on the wrist rest. I like the look of the keyboard, which is made of black plastic with a brushed aluminum faceplate that gives it a cool look. The keys are smooth black plastic and the LEDs shine nice and bright through the text on them. They make a very loud, very cool noise when the keys are depressed that is reminiscent of a typewriter. And I like that the function key has the snake head logo illuminated on it. Only problem I have with the keyboard itself is that the wrist rest is not removable which I would like, because the material is some sort of soft-feeling, slippery surface that doesn't feel right on my skin and I have to constantly adjust the placement of my hands because they keep sliding off of it.
The cable is very nice, with braided black and red nylon (at least I think it's nylon) in a very cool jagged pattern. This is definitely a cheap (for mechanical) keyboard that doesn't look cheap at all, like some of the low-end mechanical options out there. It looks cool and subdued and is perfect for you if you're looking for a no-frills, reasonably priced mechanical keyboard and you love the colors red and black. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a mechanical keyboard, especially if you can get it on sale. The MSRP is somewhere around $80, I believe, and I got it here for just under $60, which is a steal for a mechanical keyboard of this quality. Patriot is definitely asserting a standard in my head for high-grade products at entry-level prices.
Pros: - nice red LEDs
- runs at specified speed
- not DOA
- sturdy construction on the spreaders
- came with some cool decals that look nice on my case
Cons: - kind of bulky, can't use the closest RAM slot to my CPU
Overall Review: Ordered these because they were the cheapest 16GB red LED RAM set. Not disappointed. Works just dandy with my ASRock Pro 4 and my Ryzen 5 2600. Runs at the advertised speed, I haven't tried to overclock them because it's not necessary for my gaming pleasure. Patriot has always made solid budget RAM in my book and these are no different. I'll probably buy a smaller CPU cooler and pick up a second set for a full 32GB eventually.
Pros: - good size for cable management considering the typical HTPC build
- actually has good ventilation on the side
- doesn't get too hot
- looks just like a Blu-ray player or set-top box
Cons: - you cannot use any expansion cards with your setup, must have a CPU with integrated graphics
- this also means your mobo must have onboard wifi, or use a USB adapter
- your build will be somewhat loud unless you use passive cooling, which I don't recommend
Overall Review: I'm satisfied with what I got. Like I mentioned in the title, the manufacturer really needs to publicize more specs such as max CPU cooler height. I bought a Cryorig C7 imagining that it couldn't possibly be too tall for this case but here we are. The good news is that the stock cooler for an A6-9500 fits easily in the case. I really thought it would be the other way around but I lucked out. Here's my build so you have an idea of what you can fit:
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350-Gaming ITX mobo
AMD A6-9500 CPU with stock cooler
2x4GB Team Elite DDR4-2400
ADATA SU600 120GB SSD for OS
Silicon Power 240GB M.2 SATAIII SSD for storage (mounted behind mobo)
LG Blu-ray Drive
Apevia 300W ITX internal PSU
Working well so far but I may switch to an exterior PSU depending on how the heat issues progress. So far so good but I'm wary of how it will do if it's under somewhat of a load. The CPU cooler vents out of where an 80mm fan will go and though you can turn the case lid around to put that vent on the other side, this doesn't matter if you're using an optical drive like I am because there's still no room. Keep all that in mind when designing your build and you should be okay. I would not recommend using a traditional HDD with this case although it is possible to do so.
Pros: - compact size
- decent sound quality
- okay capacity
Cons: - included headphone are terrible
- there is no micro SD expansion slot
- controls are horrible
Overall Review: For $26 I have no business expecting more out of this, but it's okay for what it is. I use my old Classic iPod in my car and wanted something to use in my house or at the gym because the iPod doesn't hold much charge anymore. This has enough storage space to hold all my music but a few things to note for prospective buyers. Although the listing advertises a Micro SD expansion slot, there is NOT an expansion slot. I now have a brand-new 32GB Micro SD card I have no use for. The headphones this came with are cheap knockoff earbuds so buy your own. The user interface is horrible and the center button on the replica clickwheel doesn't actually do anything, but I managed to figure it out with little trouble. There is no manual included by the way, so good luck.
But the positives: It looks alright, and functions as intended. The sound quality is great for less than thirty bucks and battery life is fairly impressive. I'm satisfied based on what I paid for it but if you're a stickler for high-quality you're gonna want to look elsewhere for a name-brand MP3 player.
Pros: - price is reasonable
- works as a boot drive for Windows 10
- easy install, plug and play
- speeds are amazing coming from a "traditional" SSD
- looks good
Cons: - little pricier than other models with similar specs
- runs a bit hot
Overall Review: This isn't the cheapest M.2 drive in this class but being my first one I've ever bought, I went with a brand I trust. I'll probably go cheaper next time but this is a great drive if you want the Western Digital peace of mind. It worked as a boot drive for Windows 10 and was easily recognized by my ASRock motherboard. I've never bought an M.2 drive before and I was crazy surprised at how small it was. Only thing I would suggest is to add aftermarket cooling like a heat sink because this little thing will run very hot otherwise. But it boots Windows 10 in less than five seconds. And maybe I got lucky, but my computer reads this drive as having an actual 249GB of space, which is fantastically close to what it's classed as considering that some drives will be as much as 20GB below the listed capacity.
Pros: - looks sleek
- sturdy construction
- good price
- good size
Cons: - legs came full of metal shavings
Overall Review: Bought this to use as a floor stand for my computer tower to keep it off the carpet. I have an ATX mid tower on this shelf with a few inches to spare in front and behind. The stand itself seems well-made and was easy to put together, and it holds up my computer easily. Seems kind of big to use as a monitor stand but as a computer stand it's just perfect. If it had wheels that would be a big plus but the stand slides easily on carpet so no big deal.
Pros: - look nice
- sturdy construction
- good length on the cables
Cons: - LEDs are pretty dim
- what fans these days don't come with airflow direction arrows on the frame?
- VERY loud when running above 1500rpm
Overall Review: These fans move a good amount of air, better than most stock fans. I bought them for a red/black build, but I was disappointed at how dim they were. If you use them as intake fans instead of exhaust, you'll probably get a better view of the LEDs. But they help keep everything in my case under 30C at idle and under 50C at load. HOWEVER, when they are running anywhere above 1500rpm, they are almost as loud as a vacuum cleaner, no joke. You could definitely spend a little more and get some quieter fans. I'm switching my CPU to a liquid cooler just to get rid of some of the noise by taking up one of the spots occupied by these fans for the exhaust fan.
Overall, I'd recommend these fans if you want LED on a budget and don't mind a little noise. I'm satisfied based on the money I spent, but barely.
Pros: - under $300
- dual fans for better cooling
- plenty of display options
- easy peasy rebate system
- compact for a dual-fan card
- dust covers for the ports you don't use!!!
- nice and quiet
Cons: - not crazy about the white fan shroud
- included software is clunky and unnecessary
- very bright power indicator
Overall Review: Bought this as an upgrade from a Zotac GTX 1050 Mini, and the difference is quite stunning. Getting much smoother gameplay and better framerates right out of the box. Runs pretty cool, never gone above 40 C. I haven't overclocked it and honestly don't see the need to. I've seen complaints about fan noise but I can't even tell when the fans are running and I actually had to look inside my case to verify that they were. Snap this up if you can get it while it's under $300 because it's a great card. And kudos to ASUS for approving my rebate in only one day.
Pros: - light
- attractive color and finish
- easy to assemble
- seems to work great
Cons: - none I can see so far
Overall Review: My M.2 drive hasn't gone above 27C since I installed this heat sink. I'll definitely get this same one for other drives I buy in the future.
Pros: - looks rad
- RGB remote works fine as long as you keep the remote close to the case
- good air flow
- cable management is tight but adequate behind the motherboard
- tool-less hard drive cage works well
- four USB ports on the front panel
- door to hide the external drives is a neat touch
- plenty of space to work inside
- screw-off instead of pop-off expansion slots
- feet are tall for excellent clearance to give the PSU lots of room to breathe
Cons: - motherboard standoffs were a little off-position but not enough to be a concern
- the aforementioned issue with range for the RGB remote
- side panels require a good deal of force to pull off, and handholds for that would have been nice
- the top panel to install top fans is tricky to get off so push from inside up
- stock fans are a touch loud at full speed but you probably won't need full speed
- a larger side window would have been nice
Overall Review: I'm loving this case so far. It looks amazing and has plenty of room inside. Shorter than most full towers I've had experience with, more on par with a mid tower. None of the issue I found were worth taking an egg off. I came from a Corsair 200R and I found this to be just as good or superior in almost every way apart from noisier stock fans. I might replace them later but they're hardwired into the RGB control box so it's probably not worth the hassle. It came with all the cables already fed through the back side panel so all I had to worry about were the PSU/SATA cables. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap but snazzy gaming case.
Pros: - very professional and sleek design (love the brushed aluminum look)
- incredibly easy to update the BIOS via USB, important if you're upgrading from Ryzen 1xxx to 2xxx
- BIOS is very streamlined, simple, and intuitive even for non-experts
- absolutely no issue in using M.2 SSD as a boot drive (I've heard that's an issue for some mobos)
- PCIe M.2 slot is positioned very well so as to not be obscured by the GPU (better for heat dissipation)
Cons: - needed a BIOS update to use my Ryzen 5 2600 properly, but again, as stated above, the BIOS update couldn't have been easier
- onboard Wi-Fi would have been a plus, and I'm not sure why that still isn't standard, but I suppose this is a budget board
- instructions for what configuration of RAM slots to use were a bit confusing, but I managed to figure it out
- only 2 SATA III cables included (the last mobo I bought came with four)
- the retention screws for the M.2 slots are NOT magnetized, so it was extremely difficult to get them in position
- overall the board is exceptionally well laid-out, but the USB 3.0 header was in a REALLY inconvenient location, at least for my case
Overall Review: I purchased this motherboard for my new Ryzen 5 2600 build, because my original mobo (Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3) fried when I tried to update the BIOS (FOLLOWING THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS!!!). I'll admit that price was initially the only reason I considered this board as I was low on funds and needed a new mobo fast. I'm very pleased with what I got. I had heard of ASRock before but never purchased anything by them, and I was surprised to find out that they're the budget brand for ASUS, so that definitely boosted my confidence. The board came pre-flashed with the 4.60 BIOS, and I installed an A6-9500 so I could boot to the BIOS to upgrade to 4.70 for my Ryzen 5 2600. It was a snap to do so with the update loaded on a USB, didn't even have to install WIndows first. In fact, ASRock recommends updating the BIOS from the UEFI anyway, and thank goodness they seem to know more about what they're doing than Gigabyte does. I'll admit I am a little bummed that this board doesn't go as well with the red/black color scheme I was working on, but honestly this board goes well with the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 I have, which has a white fan shroud, so it actually evens out and looks pretty good.
I would absolutely recommend this board to anyone looking for a budget upgrade. So far this is performance and ease of use that I would expect from a motherboard that cost two hundred dollars or more, so ASRock might have just earned a lifelong customer.
Build for those interested:
DIYPC Gamemax-BK-RGB case (added two Corsair AF120 LED 120mm fans for top ventilation in addition to the stock fans)
ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU (stock cooler, not interested in overclocking)
16GB Patriot Viper LED DDR4-2400 RAM
ASUS Dual OC GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU
Western Digital Black 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (boot)
Seagate FireCuda 2TB SSHD (storage)
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive
SeaSonic M12II Bronze Evo Edition 620W PSU
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Pros: - Low power draw
- Plug and play
- Played Mass Effect Andromeda on Ultra using stock settings
- Low price (I paid $104 when I bought it)
- Plays all older games with no issue
Cons: - Minor lag and stuttering when taxed
- Small memory size (but just fine if you have 8GB+ of system memory)
- Not really a single slot card because of how big the fan is
Overall Review: I'd definitely recommend this. It's a great value and I intended it to be just a stopgap for my new build until I can afford something better, but after six months I don't really see a need to anymore. I paired it with an FX-8350 and 20GB of system memory and this puppy has handled everything like a champ. I hemmed and hawed over this or the 1050Ti as they were about the same price when I bought it, but I think I'd rather have the twenty bucks than the marginal performance increase.
Pros: - Low price
- Sturdy packaging decreases chance of shipping damage
- Works as it should
- Again, great price
Cons: - Plastic casing, which does make me a little nervous at times
- Label is garish, so if the label is visible in your build it'll stick out like a sore thumb
- Data transfer rates are not as fast as more expensive drives of the same capacity
Overall Review: I bought this drive for use as a boot drive for Windows 10 in a budget gaming rig. In that function it has excelled. It has worked flawlessly for around three months now and I'm satisfied with it. Yes, I could have spent more and gotten faster data transfer rates but with my whole computer booting up fully from complete power down in less than ten seconds, I'm a happy camper. Don't let the bargain fool you, this is a solid drive, and if all you're looking for is a drive to put your OS and applications on then this is for you.
Pros: - Very roomy case
- Included case fans are extremely quiet
- An abundance of included hardware made setup a breeze
Cons: - It's almost TOO big?
- PLEASE start including a dust cover for the top
Overall Review: This case was the most highly recommended mid tower case I found, and I see why now. I just finished my build and it was super easy, mostly because this case is HUGE on the inside. When they say it's tool-free, take that with a grain of salt, you WILL need a screwdriver to install almost everything in this case. But the big screws on the case panels themselves can be done by hand which is GREAT for quick adding and removing of plug-in components. I've seen it said that some people have trouble maneuvering their hands inside and I have to say I didn't have that issue. I had plenty of room to work. And please do buy extra 120mm case fans (at least one) for this case. I put mine on the top. Also, I've seen some people say that their front panel has been dead.
Pros: - Full modular at a very good price
- Quiet fan
- Sturdy design
Cons: - Some of the cables are excessively long
- Clearer reference pics in the manual would have been nice
Overall Review: Overall I'm extremely satisfied with the power supply. It serves my needs (and then some) and I was surprised to find a full modular power supply so cheap. It was very easy to install and I really can't find much critically wrong with it.