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Joshua H.

Joshua H.

Joined on 12/15/04

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Most Favorable Review

Specs accurate

Western Digital Green WD20NPVT 2TB IntelliPower 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Green WD20NPVT 2TB IntelliPower 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Highest capacity mechanical 2.5" drive I could find with a decent price point and low power draw. Quiet.

Cons: Drive is clearly marked as 15mm tall; I knew this, but you need to know this if you plan on installing inside of any chassis or tray.

Overall Review: Great for small spaces and large capacity, low poser draw, quiet storage. Not going to win any races, but does exactly the job I needed it for: small footprint in M-ITX chassis, low power draw, low noise, plenty of space. Price point seems slightly artificially high (could probably sell for $30 less and move many more). I am guessing this drive marks the end of an era.

Most Critical Review

Works, but bright

PNY P-P-DC-UF-K01-GE Black Rapid Universal USB Car Charger for Smartphones & Apple Devices w/12V DC @ 2.1A
PNY P-P-DC-UF-K01-GE Black Rapid Universal USB Car Charger for Smartphones & Apple Devices w/12V DC @ 2.1A

Pros: Works, solidly built, was priced well on sale. Small form factor but not too tight that it is difficult to insert or remove from vehicle socket = right size.

Cons: VERY bright LED (white) that shines into USB socket and from front when powered. Yes, I know it is on, you don't need to blind me whilst driving at night.

Overall Review: Put red nail polish on the LED, it helps a lot. Note: no cable included.

XMP works, super bright LEDs (9 Jul Update) one stick died in 7 weeks of use

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 5600 (PC5 44800) Intel XMP 3.0 Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX5M2B5600C36
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 5600 (PC5 44800) Intel XMP 3.0 Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX5M2B5600C36

Pros: Running on a MITX ASUS Z690 with a 12600K and at first boot the XMP profile was loaded as expected. Packaging was in perfect condition and OS install worked with no issues. Been gaming ~7 weeks nonstop and the system has been stable and quick. The LEDs are very bright and clean and no hot spots.

Cons: The mailer was bubble wrap, so this isn't so much a comment on Corsair as it is on NewEgg. It did make it just fine, but I'm only 1 day away in AZ, so longer journeys could cause damage to the product. Honestly, I have no complaints about the RAM at all. UPDATE: One RAM stick just randomly died overnight. No POST with one of the sticks in either mobo slot. Other stick works fine, even after clearing CMOS and reseating CPU. Corsair support is slow and asking questions I've already answered as if they aren't being thorough in reading the notes I've taken the time to submit. I'll reassess this review depending on the outcome of my RMA request attempt.

Overall Review: Dom plats FTW. They ALWAYS work as expected and are reasonably priced. UPDATE: until they don't and Corsair is taking their sweet time in working the RMA process... BE ADVISED: if you buy a 2 DIMM kit and one piece goes bad, they want you to send both back, so I hope you have spares on hand for the $300+ RAM you just bought or you don't get to use your system.

Excellent build quality, slight room for improvement. Solid and premium, if large, ITX case.

JONSPLUS BO102 Vertical Triangle Aluminum ITX Case,  PCI-E 4.0  Rise Cable,PSU ATX PSII (MAX210mm),Support 360 Liquid  Cooling, Support Mini ITX Mainboard,Silver
JONSPLUS BO102 Vertical Triangle Aluminum ITX Case, PCI-E 4.0 Rise Cable,PSU ATX PSII (MAX210mm),Support 360 Liquid Cooling, Support Mini ITX Mainboard,Silver

Pros: Excellent build quality, great packaging, nice accessories and attention to detail throughout. Finishes are premium, compatibility notes are correct as published. I can tell that they are taking the product seriously. I like the triangle / hex aesthetic because it's just different than everything else available. Cools about as well as I'd expect after a fan upgrade. Paint finish is perfect all around.

Cons: Weak included bottom 200mm fan. No filtered side panel ventilation if 8mm spacers are used. Some dimensions are puzzling; they could have made this accept 280/420mm radiators so easily if they had moved the mobo mount a bit shallower and moved the GPU mount over a smidge, but this would have limited air coolers I hear you saying, but who is buying this to put an air CPU cooler directly behind the glass anyway? They should have focused more on AIO / custom loop compatibility and it would not require much in tooling changes since it only needs the stamped mobo bracket bent a bit, shifted over the GPU bracket and cut the holes in the top a bit to the side of where they are. Apparently there was concern about excessively tall GPUs and keeping the mobo deep enough for tall RAM and coolers (and admittedly this case does prioritize form over function). Feet should be slightly taller to allow greater bottom intake. PCIe riser cable slot (cut out) needs to be larger to accommodate other accessory / connectivity cables. Mobo mount is too high in case to use a 360AIO with tubes down in most cases, tray should be relocatable downward. A bit pricey and the manual isn't the best.

Overall Review: Better quality than I expected, but for the price it needs a better included fan (possibly ARGB) and I'd put RGB strips into the vertical cable channels too. Fits an ASUS Z690-i Gaming, 360 AIO and 3080TI with a full size ATX PSU with no issues and still has room to use the SSD / HDD tray. I swapped out the case fan to a ThermalTake and have the glass panel spacers on the GPU side and by system is blasting all the hot air our the top and rear as expected. It cools as well as most other non-sandwich ITX cases and is larger than you think it's going to be, but overall I'm impressed with the luxury spinoff brand here. I have also used the i100 and both cases are great.

Pretty good

ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 (Intel 12th Gen) mini-ITX Gaming Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR5, 10 Layer PCB, 10+1 Power Stages, Thunderbolt 4 Onboard, Intel 2.5 Gb LAN
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1700 (Intel 12th Gen) mini-ITX Gaming Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR5, 10 Layer PCB, 10+1 Power Stages, Thunderbolt 4 Onboard, Intel 2.5 Gb LAN

Pros: Full featured MITX package, very dense, no compatibility issues w/12600K, ASUS 360 AIO, 2x16GB DDR5-5600C36 Corsair Dom Plats, Gigabyte 3080Ti Vision, SeaSonic 1000W Prime Ti PSU and a Lian Li Gen4 PCIe riser. I threw it all into the Jonsplus i100 and still had room for 3x120mm bottom intake fans. OS install was quick and it's been cranking for the past 2 weeks flawlessly. Given the tiny chassis and parts density, the VRM gets warm (~80C) after hours of gaming, but I'm not seeing any throttling.

Cons: In order to fit all the connectivity and features on this board, the M.2 stack and front panel IO connections feel like they could be optimized. I get it; it's a marvel of engineering that ASUS stuffed everything into such a small package, but it's either overengineered or more complicated than it needs to be. I had to stare at the manual for much longer than usual to figure out which screws to remove and replace in what order to install 2xM.2 drives and I know someone (or a team) worked on this and they did the best they could I assume. The use of thunderbolt for the IO daughterboard is innovative but with zero mechanical attachment points apart from the 2 ports themselves, I have doubts about the long term stability of the riser board staying in place.

Overall Review: Having LGA1200 holes maximizes cooler mount compatibility and is appreciated. On one hand, MITX and SFF can lean towards the super-enthusiast side of things, but if its a form factor you are going to support long term, it requires some refinement for Raptor Lake.

Great performance, minor gripes

GIGABYTE VISION OC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N308TVISION OC-12GD
GIGABYTE VISION OC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N308TVISION OC-12GD

Pros: Absolutely crushes 4K gaming; pushing 120+ FPS in CP2077 at Psycho settings, DLSS/RT on max / ultra. Matches 011 Dynamic White case perfectly. Lower coil whine than the EVGA 2080Ti it replaced. Runs mid- to upper 50s under full load. I really can't stress how little coil whine I get from this thing, as I was expecting a piercing, nonstop tone. All I hear are the fans and again, the pitch / volume is reasonable considering what they are doing.

Cons: That purple stripe... I just don't get it, but I knew about it prior to buying. The fans are possibly too loud; there just isn't a way around this without going the route of a 3+ slot card to accomodate a larger heatsink and larger fans. The fan pitch is not bad honestly, so I suppose the card isn't annoyingly loud, but note that it takes a lot of air to dissipate 300+ watts. Plan accordingly- those with mesh / open case panels or desk-mounted systems who don't use headphones will notice this thing at full utilization.

Overall Review: Minimal RGB, great aesthetics, amazing performance, low coil whine, loud fans. If you want performance and looks, this is a great card, just be ready to handle the power load and airflow. Saw a 15-20% performance over a 2080Ti at 4K max settings (next-gen RT is gorgeous), so it's about as future-proof as you can get, assuming you can get one. Heats a small room in Winter too. I suppose between having to be loud and relatively compact or bigger and quieter, Gigabyte made a choice to prioritize looks with the Vision lineup. Considering the relatively small package (compared to other 3080/3090 GPUs), they did an admirable job of making something that cools well, but isn't overly annoying, but still delivers rockstar-level graphics.