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Calvin J.

Calvin J.

Joined on 06/02/02

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Most Favorable Review

Silence!

ASUS Noctua OC Edition GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX3070-O8G-NOCTUA (LHR)
ASUS Noctua OC Edition GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX3070-O8G-NOCTUA (LHR)

Pros: Runs cool and quiet.

Cons: Had to purchase a bundle to get it.

Overall Review: Although this thing is massive, it fits good in my H510 case. Takes up 4 slots but who cares, it runs totally silent. Running overclocked it never gets higher than 60c in this case which is pretty good.

Most Critical Review

Meh

ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi 6, LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD, 14+2 Power Stages, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Front Panel Type-C, 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Aura RGB Lighting)
ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WiFi 6, LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD, 14+2 Power Stages, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Front Panel Type-C, 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Aura RGB Lighting)

Pros: I got this with a bundle. It's a decent mobo with lots of features and decent layout. Once up and running it worked fine.

Cons: The onboard display port would not display on first boot. I had to dig out and older monitor and use the hdmi connection to get it up and running. Once Windows 11 was loaded, the onboard display port would only do 640x480 on my Asus monitor (couldn't find a fix, maybe it's an issue with this mobo and my older Asus gsync monitor). 2nd issue was that my M.2 drive was not recognized until I updated the bios. Once the bios was updated it still wasn't recognized until I put it into the 3rd slot. 3rd issue was that XMP showed showed the correct memory speed/timings but that's all it did, lol. I had to manually set up the memory to run at the rated speed.

Overall Review: Would I buy it again? No. Do I regret buying it? No. Once setup it's a decent motherboard.

Better than I thought it would be.

ASUS TUF Gaming LC 240 RGB All-in-one Liquid CPU Cooler, Aura Sync, TUF 120mm RGB Radiator Fans with Fan Blade Groove Design LGA 1700 Compatible
ASUS TUF Gaming LC 240 RGB All-in-one Liquid CPU Cooler, Aura Sync, TUF 120mm RGB Radiator Fans with Fan Blade Groove Design LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Easy install. Led connectors plug right into Asus motherboards. Used on an I7 11700k and ran cooler than expected.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I got this with a bundle and am impressed with how it works and looks. There's lots of competition out here in this price range though. I'd recommend this if you've got an Asus mobo. No regrets.

Decent card for the price

MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600 8GB PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 6600 MECH 2X 8G
MSI Mech Radeon RX 6600 8GB PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 6600 MECH 2X 8G

Pros: Not a bad card for the price during these times. Runs cool and pretty quiet.

Cons: Plastic back plate. Guess it's better than no back plate at all... Although I listed the price as a pro, during normal times it should be a con.

Overall Review: Good alternative to a 3060 with similar performance and it's available right now at a half way decent price.

Locked to the Nvidia hardware you purchased it with

Special Offer: Destiny 2
Special Offer: Destiny 2

Pros: Graphics look good, my son likes it.

Cons: Was going to load this on my son's pc, but it seems that when you go to redeem this thru GeForce Experience, it scans your pc for the hardware you bought it with, and if not found, will not load the game. I probably could have thrown my card into my son's pc to see if it would have loaded but who knows, probably would just lock him out when we reinstall his 1070. Also this is a one time download.

Overall Review: Maybe the game deserves more than one egg, but deserves got nothing to do with it.

Things you need to know before you buy.

AZZA CSAZ-105 Black / Red SECC Mini-ITX Computer Case Regular PS2 ATX power supply Power Supply
AZZA CSAZ-105 Black / Red SECC Mini-ITX Computer Case Regular PS2 ATX power supply Power Supply

Pros: Has a carry handle. Inner metal portion of case is well built. Great idea for a portable computer.

Cons: No support for an optical drive. 2.5" hard drive dock has a built in sata adapter, so the sata cables (2) connect between this and the mobo (I don't like this as it's a circuit board setup which could be a bottleneck or point of failure). If you have a full sized dual fan graphics card and install a 3.5" hard drive, it will be right on top of one of your graphics card fans. I deal with Pelican cases on a daily basis at work and the plastic that this case is made out of is nothing like that and is somewhat delicate, so beware of that. My power supply could only be installed one way, which put the fan side right under the 2.5" drive bays which also put the "show" side of the power supply facing in where you can't see it (OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Power Supply). Chassis power cord adapter somewhat flimsy.

Overall Review: The built in sata adapter also has two 3 pin fan headers on it. Accepts an ATX power supply, but it takes up a lot of room, very tight fit to the motherboard. To install your stuff, complete disassembly of this case is required, even pulling the power cord jumper and rear fan off the back of this case (not a huge deal, just making a note of it). Good idea for a case, just not what I expected.