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David F.

David F.

Joined on 05/19/10

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Most Favorable Review

Best 1080 Ti air cooled card, especially in SLI.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING X
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING X

Pros: -Extremely fast and yet very quiet card. -The card is very well built and feels very sturdy. There is absolutely no sag even though it is a very large card. -The card and RGB lighting is really very beautiful and dramatic to look at. -You can play almost any game at max settings and still get 60 or greater FPS. I am getting a 90-100% increase in FPS compared to my MSI 980 Ti's in SLI. I can play Crysis 3 or Metro Last Light Redux with every setting at maximum and I still am averaging greater than 60 FPS. -This card runs very cool and quiet even in SLI. The upper card never runs hotter than the high 60's or low 70's C, even when playing the more demanding titles. The lower card never gets above the 60's C. -This card is worth the price premium you are paying.

Cons: -The price. But this is really not a con because you are getting what you pay for. -This is a very large card and will obviously require a larger case. -Each card requires three 8 pin connectors. This is overkill unless you plan extremely aggressive overclocking.

Overall Review: If you want to spend the extra money, this card is the creme de la creme of gaming cards. Compared to the Pascal Titan Xp card, it is a relative bargain.

Most Critical Review

Great when it worked.

TP-LINK TL-PA9020 KIT AV2000 2-port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit
TP-LINK TL-PA9020 KIT AV2000 2-port Gigabit Powerline Starter Kit

Pros: When it worked it dramatically improved my bandwidth speed.

Cons: In less than a year it start to drop out without warning. After resetting it would work for a while and then again would drop out.

Quiet and Attractive.

Rosewill RGBF-S12003 (3-Pack) 120mm Addressable RGB Fans and 8-Port Hub Set, Dual Ring True RGB LED, Ultra Quiet Cooling with Long Life Rifle Bearings
Rosewill RGBF-S12003 (3-Pack) 120mm Addressable RGB Fans and 8-Port Hub Set, Dual Ring True RGB LED, Ultra Quiet Cooling with Long Life Rifle Bearings

Pros: I have had these fans for three weeks now. They are very quiet at low and medium fan speeds and barely audible at high speed. There are more than a dozen color settings, so everyone should be able to find one they like. I left them on the default rainbow setting which I personally find the most attractive. The installation was a breeze with the fan hub. It has a magnet on it making placement in the case very easy. The remote is very straight forward and intuitive to use. I have been very pleased with this purchase, especially since I got it on sale.

Cons: No cons so far. Since it has been only three weeks I cannot attest to it's life span. I noted that there were other reviews complaining about short life span, but for me time will tell.

Overall Review: For anyone looking for an inexpensive, attractive, and quiet RGB fan kit, I would recommend this one.

12/28/2019

Excellent PSU

EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 120-G2-1300-XR 80+ GOLD 1300W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 120-G2-1300-XR 80+ GOLD 1300W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: This unit has been running flawlessly. At one point I was running a triple SLI setup with OC'ed 980ti cards and an X99 mobo with an OC'ed i7-5820 and 32 gb of DDR4 memory. The unit was pulling about 900-1000 watts without any noticeable problems. I even received the $40 rebate quickly and I had bought the unit on sale. So far this is a win-win deal.

Cons: The only con is the red color of the pci-e cables. Also it came with three pci-e cables, but one of them had a double set of graphics card connectors which was unsightly and did not seem realistically useful for that function.

Overall Review: As for longevity and long term reliability I will have wait and see.

Butter Smooth 4K

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti GAMING 6G

Pros: This is an excellent card. With the gaming app set to OC in two way SLI, I am getting high FPS with a 4K monitor. In Crysis 3, FRAPS shows a minimum FPS of 45, average of 75, and maximum about 100. This is with using GeForce Experience recommended optimal settings of Very High. I probably could push it to ULTRA, but everything looks gorgeous at the very high setting. With Metro Last Light set to Very High, I am getting even higher FPS. There is absolutely no stuttering or microstuttering of any kind. The max GPU temperature of the higher card is 84C, and the lower card is max at 77C. This is with the fans on auto running at 1500-2000 RPM's. At that speed the noise is only slightly noticeable, and below that I do not hear them at all. My system is an X99 mobo with i7-5820 OC'ed to 4.3 and 32 GB of DDR4-2400. I have a 1300 watt psu. These are really nice looking cards which you can set to have a light show if you want. They appear to be well built.

Cons: I purchased three of these cards to run in three way SLI. I should have listened to the reviewers and pundits who basically recommended against 3-way SLI with the 980 ti. I have a Corsair 760t case and Corsair H110 CLC to cool the CPU. I increased the number of fans to six 140mm fans and one 120mm fan. It is a large case with a lot of room and air movement. In spite of all that, when I ran 3-way SLI, the middle card would hit 92C and the top card would hit 91-92C. The cards would then throttle down. The stuttering and microstuttering was annoying and frequently unbearable. I switched back to 2-way SLI which has been pure joy.

Overall Review: This is a great card. As a single card it will perform admirably at 1080p or 1440p. In 2-way SLI you can max out the settings with 4K or 1440p.

Excellent Drive

Pioneer Internal Blu-ray Burner, Black, Supports BDXL media, SATA - BDR-2209
Pioneer Internal Blu-ray Burner, Black, Supports BDXL media, SATA - BDR-2209

Pros: I have had this drive for 4 months now without any problems. The included software which allows for writing BD as well as watching Blu-ray movies, has worked well. The unit is relatively quiet and speedy.

Cons: None so far.