Joined on 08/09/08
Pros: Let's see, where to start... •Low tdp, a full 25w lower than the 6700k •Hyper-threading means 8 logical cores :) •Low temps even with the stock cooler, which is impressive and adds value for those spending most of a check to pick one of these babies up •Fast enough and then some, plus tons of overhead for multitasking or large rendering tasks •DDR4 support means up to 64 gb of RAM for those CAD and Photoshop users
Cons: •New socket type? Not really a con as it's part of Intel's development cycles, but it does mean if you want the latest and greatest you have to get a new main board to go along with the processor
Overall Review: Great processor, I am thoroughly pleased. It's a little overkill for my needs as of right now, but could prove useful for hobbies down the road. Plus I'm at the age where I don't want to get into overclocking. I work a lot and would rather just pay the extra $$ to have a system that I know is not going to choke on much of anything for awhile to come. Paired with 16gb of memory and a gtx 1070, I couldn't be happier with this build. I wish I could upload pics.
Decent Budget board, first board was DOA though (it happens)
Pros: -Decent number of features for a budget micro ATX board. Supports two m.2 drives + BT/Wi-fi module (not included) and has a decent number of SATA and USB 3 headers. Also has a USB C port. -Supports Intel 8th and 9th gen processors -Has decent VRMs and 8 phase voltage control for modest overclocking (see cons though)
Cons: -Minimal USB 2.0 support. If your case has more than two usb ports and/or a card reader you will have to pick which ones you want to connect. There is only one full header (runs two ports) plus one 4 pin header (runs a single port). Both are just exposed pins sticking out of the board so loose connectors will not stay on. -PS/2 connectors are super outdated, I would have rather had two or three extra usb ports. -VRM cooling is a joke but not unexpected. Look into getting some mosfet heatsinks if you plan on overclocking with this board, or you may have stability issues from the heat they generate.
Overall Review: As the title says, the first board was DOA. I hooked everything up, plugged it in, hit the power button, and nothing happened. Never got the system to turn on let alone POST. I took off two eggs for this, but Newegg made it right in a timely manner and got me a new board which works perfectly. Things happen and this board is beyond cheap for the features it has, so some quality issues are to be expected. I've used ASRock motherboards in the past without any issues and they seem to make decent boards for the most part.
Expensive but soooo good
Pros: This monitor is fantastic. It may not be as bright or as fast as some of the TN and VA panels out there, but the colors are phenomenal and it's one of the best performing IPS displays available right now. Zero dead pixels and minimal backlight bleed (some but not enough to be distracting).
Cons: -EXPENSIVE, but honestly not too bad for a high refresh 2k monitor. Half the cost of some monitors with more than acceptable performance for the price. -The "faster" response time option is a bit of a gimmick and causes severe pixel overshoot, making the 1ms response time claim a bit of a misnomer. That being said the "fast" setting is the default and is plenty fast enough. Even with that, this is still one of the fastest IPS displays you can get. - Black uniformity is not great, but that's typically an issue with IPS displays. Don't expect any different with this display, that's just one of the quirks of the technology.
Overall Review: Great monitor, 10/10 would buy again. Convinced my buddy to buy one too and he loves it.
Fast, good storage size
Pros: This is a great drive, one of the better ones available from any of the top manufacturers. It was plug and play and is my OS drive now, which means things are snappy quick due to the increased bandwidth and reduced latency of m.2/nvme
Cons: The m.2 screws are ludicrously tiny. Try not to lose them and be careful when installing because they are super easy to cross thread and strip. NOTE: THE DRIVE DOES NOT COME WITH M.2 SCREWS! Your motherboard should have come with some, hopefully you kept them because if not they will need to be ordered separately.
Overall Review: This is a good drive, great balance of price and performance. Honestly the difference between this, the EVO Plus, and the EVO Pro is so small that you might as well save a little bit of money and just get this. The EVO Plus is BARELY faster, and the EVO Pro is slower but has a longer rated lifespan.
Great choice for gaming on a budget
Pros: -This chip is fast! I was able to get it to 5ghz pretty easily. Your mileage may vary but seems 4.8-5.0 is usually achievable with these chips. -If you do lots of gaming, it's a great choice for the money. -Will be a big upgrade for anyone coming from 7000 series or earlier processors. It blew my i7 6700 out of the water on stock clocks. -Works well with factory overclocked ram as long as you have a decent motherboard. My system is running 32gb @ 3200mhz.
Cons: -Not a big step up from the 8000 series. It's basically the same as the 8600k but with thermal solder instead of paste. -Intel's inability to move smaller than 14nm is starting to have a big impact on their product development. -Price to performance ratio isn't as good as Ryzen. However, the performance is definitely better for gaming. -If you do lots of productivity tasks like rendering and compiling, don't buy this get a Ryzen. You'll get way more threads for the money than you do with Intel.
Overall Review: This is a good chip. However, there are some better options out there depending on your needs. Intel still holds the crown for gaming and the i5 is still a solid choice for most.
G.Skill is the real deal!
Pros: -Fast memory, runs at rated 3200mhz no problem with all 4 sticks. -RGB is actually pretty cool looking. The Trident Z software is simple to use and you can get some neat effects going by mixing and matching settings for each individual stick, or by syncing them together.
Cons: -Ouch, my wallet -The glares my wife gave me when she found out how much I paid for a set of computerized glowsticks
Overall Review: If you've got money to blow, go for it. There are cheaper options out there and I certainly didn't need to spend this kind of money to get decent performance, but G.Skill has served me well over the years and they make good stuff so I figured why not support their efforts.
Product was shipped about as quickly as can be expected. Shipping was okay, got pushed up initially to a Friday delivery but then the package got delayed to the following Monday. Nothing to do with the seller though and not a big deal.