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Michael O.

Michael O.

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty big performance boost

G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2933 (PC4 23400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2933C16D-16GFX
G.SKILL Flare X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2933 (PC4 23400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2933C16D-16GFX

Pros: -Nice performance boost after loading the XMP.

Cons: -Memory latency score is still alarmingly low in Performance Mark 9. I do think that might be a Ryzen platform "problem".

Overall Review: Installed without going into BIOS and it was only recognized as max 2400. Restarted and loaded XMP profile and it's still reading as a max 2400 in CPUID, but it is running at the advertised and intended speed of 2933. Performance Test score put me in the top 87% (good all things considered) up from 78% and my RAM test score went up from the 1800s to the 2200s. I was using Ballistix Sport LT 2666, 20gb of it, and was not able to run Mankind Divided on ultra with DX12 turned on without 10-20 second micro freezes (game never crashed to desktop). Now I have DX12 turned on, MSAA at 2x, and ultra settings getting 50fps with no freezes. Ryzen 5 1600 ASRock B350-HDV Sapphire RX 580 8gb Special G.Skill Flare X 16gb 2933 30gb Zheino SSD boot drive 120gb Sandisk SSD 750GB Hitachi HDD 1TB Toshiba HDD Corsair CX650M PSU

Most Critical Review

Looks good. Worked for a couple months.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750W Smart Zero Fan SLI/CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V v2.4 / EPS v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply PS-TPG-0750FPCGUS-R
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750W Smart Zero Fan SLI/CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V v2.4 / EPS v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply PS-TPG-0750FPCGUS-R

Pros: -It looks nice. -It powered my system and kept my Vega 64 going even while playing in 4k for 3 months.

Cons: -Started making a strange noise (like the fans were catching on something but i did't see any obstruction) upon boot up after 2 months. -Started hard crashing with my Vega 64 (Playing in 2k and 4k) after 3 months. I'm using both cables to power the card. I guess it's just giving up.

Overall Review: I never received my 30 dollar rebate card either.

Pretty quick, this one.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX

Pros: -Fast! -Don't really need more than this if you game at 4K. -AMD is really taking their software seriously. It's gettin good.

Cons: -Was hard to get, my goodness. -They upped the base price, but, I don't blame them with this thing benching above the very best Intel has to offer, for now, in a lot of cases.

Overall Review: Went from a R 5 1600, to R 5 3600, to this. Great processors from AMD. I have it paired with a 6900 XT and they get along great.

12/21/2020

Astoundingly fast, Solid build quality, Stays cool, 3 year warranty.

ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT PHANTOM GAMING D Graphics Card 16GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA2 (RX6900XT PGD 16GO)
ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT PHANTOM GAMING D Graphics Card 16GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA2 (RX6900XT PGD 16GO)

Pros: -Good Lord it's a mighty fast graphics card. -Overall, it's a nice looking card. Not derivative of others. -Solid build quality in both feel and looks. -Massive heat sink that works. On close inspection you can see full contact from thermal pads. -Good packaging (for the most part). -Overclocking boosts performance massively. Even the one click in ASRock Tweak. I haven't spent any time fine tuning but I got it to 2800 just to see. It'll pob hit 3000.

Cons: -EXPENSIVE. -They didn't do a good job hiding the heat sink behind the middle fan. You can see a large chunk of aluminum (not the fins, but an extension, I guess). -There were some creases in the foam when I first opened the box. Everything seems to be okay, but, kinda looked like the packaging was rushed or UPS really mishandled the package. -A couple of bent fins, but, not a big deal. -ASRock tweak leaves much to be desired. I've been spoiled from Sapphire Trixx. But, it works. -The, "PG", logo on the backplate doesn't light up. I knew that going in, but, man..Woulda been nice.

Overall Review: Some how I was able to grab one of these on Dec 11th. I actually wanted the Nitro + or Taichi 6800 XT, but never saw the Nitro in stock (not even for a second) and the Taichi was bundled with an Intel Mobo (no thanks). I've been kind of a die hard Sapphire fan, but have always owned ASRock motherboards so I know they have the ability to make a quality product. I'm glad I bought this card. Now I have a 6900 XT (no matter how "impractical"). It's an absolute monster. If you are on the fence about buying this because ASRock is new to the GPU game you should definitely buy this card. They have a 3 year warranty, most brands only have a 2 year. UPS needs to get it together. They crushed the box this was sent in.

12/19/2020

Get it if you have a Vega 64.

Rosewill HIVE Series, HIVE-850S, 850W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill HIVE Series, HIVE-850S, 850W Fully Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: -Fair Price -Not ugly -Quiet -It powers my rig.

Cons: -One hard crash while playing A Plague Tale on max, 4K.

Overall Review: I bought this to replace a Thermaltake 750w Toughpower that could not handle the Vega 64 OC'd. I've gotta say the Thermaltake was more aesthetically pleasing, but that means nothing if it doesn't do the job. 850w bronze, full modular for 84 bucks... Why the hell not buy it. I recommend this unit for anyone who has a Vega. If you can get a 850w for the same price as a 750w the choice is clear. "Rosewill Hive Series - Why the Hell Not Buy It!" : )

Likes a challenge. UserBenchmark score of 134%.

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB HBM2 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21275-03-20G
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB HBM2 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card 21275-03-20G

Pros: -Beautiful, simple design. Not "loud" on the outside. Lets the tech speak for itself. -Bigger performance boost than I was expecting over my recent Sapphire Nitro+ 580 Special. -It blows the heat OUT of my case not around the inside. This is much preferred for my setup over a fan solution. -Honestly, not louder than my recent 580 in my experience. -I've had no crashes or overheats with extremely minimal tweaking. -Clocked out of box at 1630/945. -Got it for $405.00 and spent $30 bucks for next day, Saturday delivery. Been worth every penny.

Cons: -I wish the RADEON lights would turn blue when you switch the color for the usage indicator. Kinda silly, honestly. -The card is not recognized as a Sapphire vendor built card so I lost my "ASRock-Sapphire" boot screen and Sapphire Boost that's generated when you pair a Sapphire card with an ASRock motherboard. -The card itself does get up into the 80s, but again, all that hot air is being blown OUT of my case.

Overall Review: -Absolutely purchase at $400. -Give it some work to do. Jack up the settings on a 4K display, turn off that frame rate monitor, and feel the games. They will play smooth as butter. Over 30fps is just fine, for crying out loud. -I've had it for 19 days with no qualms and I was a tiny bit worried I'd have buyers remorse, but I love it. VIVO Smart case-V06 ASRock B350M Pro4 Ryzen 5 1600 just a tick OC'd Sapphire RX Vega 64 2x8gb G.Skill Flare X Gammix S10 128gb M.2 SanDisk 120gb SSD Hitachi 750gb HDD Toshiba 2tb HDD Corsair CX650M (No problems at all, but did order a 750 to be safe)