Joined on 03/15/05
Great value for this performance
Pros: Can not beat the value for this performance
Overall Review: I am not a AMD or Intel "fanboy", as i buy what I can afford. This is my fist Intel system since I bought a old friends P3 Compaq off him years ago. My last system was a Fx-8350 and I payed less for this cpu than my old one 6 years ago, yet it is like a Lamborghini vs a rocket. Cinebench R23 gave my old Cpu a 3274 score and this one a 10048.. Not only did the upgrade make benchmarks far better, but also gaming as my GPU is PCI_E gen 3 and my old system the MB was gen 2. Also the games that were giving my old CPU issues as they were CPU intensive, gives this CPU little work and they play "as smooth as silk" compared to my old setup and I have been able to go from medium to ultra in some games.. As I saw in reviews on this CPU I went with a Z590 MB, so that it keeps the 4.4ghz "boost" constant, unless thermals make it throttle. As I have a AIO watercooler, my idle temps run about 30C and I have not gotten it above 60C when stress testing.
Sound Great BUT...
Pros: Comfortable, Sound is excellent, Mic is clear, some cool features, blocks out sound from external sources better than my old set...
Cons: The breaking issue others have had. I am currently on my 3rd set since December (April now). I was super cautious with the second set after a RMA of the first and they still began showing cracking on the part where the headphones attach to the headband. Not an issue from the store but an issue from the manufacturer... The second issue I have is the volume, due to UK "standards" the volume will is not high enough. The software limits the volume and some things are not as loud as other things so when you need to boost the volume for the quieter you can not due to the software limit. I live in the US so no clue why the software is setup so that it is universal to everywhere, just not limited to the UK owners.
Overall Review: I did not order from Newegg as I found them on sale at less than here so I went with the cheaper store. That makes no difference on the quality issue though, as it is Logitech not the place purchased. If it were not for that I would give them 5 eggs even though the limit on volume is sometimes annoying. Due to the fact this is my 3rd set and these set for a month after receiving them (debating on just selling them to some one else) , I give them 1 egg as durability is poor. I did manage to find a place i can order "aftermarket" parts made of a different material so if these begin showing damage I will send them back but also order the parts from there and void my warranty.
Works and looks nice
Pros: Pci express 4.0, plenty of fan connectors and able to set some to be water pump use in bios. Lots of RGB for those who want it.
Cons: The only con is a a big one that I wish I had known before buying. Apparently there is a lack of sata channels as when you install a m.2 drive, it disables 2 of the onboard sata cable ports depending on which m.2 you use (looks like only 2&3 by manual). As I have a small 64 gig m.2 I use for a Linux drive I put it in the bottom spot (as it is ugly green and I wanted to hide it) and it took a while to figure out why my SSDs I had on channels 4 and 5 were not reading.
Overall Review: Overall nice board, just sucks that if you use some M.2 drive slots it disables some of the onboard sata ports. I am going to get a black m.2 heat sink and move my drive to the m.2-2 slot (middle one in photos) as that disables the sata ports on the bottom right corner (1&0) as I would like to use the the ones on the side (2-5). I am keeping the M.2-1 open for when I buy a drive for that spot to use as an Windows drive in the future.
It is an upgrade
Pros: It works and puts my old card to shame performance wise... Free Borderlands 3 with it when I bought it
Cons: The #1 issue is the dual 6 to 8 pin adapter I am forced to use. Sorry but my power supply has dedicated outputs for 8 pin video cards and having to use this adapter instead of my 8 pin, which is still on the same 8 pin that splits to dual 6 and makes the wiring look bad as is is 3x as big....Ticks me off as the 8 pin on the card is just slightly smaller than the standard 8 pin...
Overall Review: Guess I will go to a cable making site and have to buy a 8 to dual 6 pin and spend more to make this build look better, which I should not have to do if the card had a standard 8 pin connector