Joined on 02/05/05
Nice for 6x
Pros: Great discs for the current 6x choices available. I have the Plextor PX-BL950SA and here are a couple times I noted during testing to give you an idea: BD-R 19.4gb @ 6x = 15:01 BD-R 22.6gb @ 6x = 15:59
Cons: Their support is pretty bad if you're thinking of contacting them, do know that: #1 - Their support phone number is subbed out of country (Not actual Verbatim support). #2 - Don't expect a speedy reply to your inquiries or even have the tech read anything you actually wrote. I got a reply to an older email about a possibly defective BD-RE DL disc and was asked things that I included in my initial email. Support everywhere is awful these days but that really burns me up. I'm an out of work tech and can read emails and answer them just fine. Sad that there are so many blind people with jobs while the capable ones continue to search.
Overall Review: I had a lot of backing up to do since one of my computers hard drives is showing signs of possible failure. I used 13 of these disks the first night I had them. 0 coasters. These have the typical label on them best for making notes on. Enameled white coating with all sorts of writing and lines to comment on. I wouldn't use these at all for discs that you plan on labeling for movies and such. The lettering is beveled so they're not ready for direct printing or the perfect choice for stick on labels. Due to the bumpy lettering your added labels will most likely peel later, or bubble. There are plenty of all white discs for that purpose but for these I just plan on backing up data, as should you. On another note. Here we are quite far in the Blu-Ray series and still only at 6x. No lightscibe media available as of this post and drives have been waiting at double the speed for a while now (12x). I'm hoping that my next purchase will be for faster media but have no regrets about these.
Pros: Great for surround gaming, been using now since January 2010. A simmers Dream! An huge boost in my productivity in graphics design having the 3 monitors as they can be set up with only this (or the newer surround gaming cards). Newer firmware allows for 5760x1080 (3x 1920x1080) but you will need to be able to set your monitors to 50Hz for that, and 59Hz for 5040x1050. Fantastic unit and never regreted buying it. It changed the way I both work, and game tremendously.
Cons: The support is terrible. I've had this unit for over 2 years. In those two years I have written countless emails to support telling them the firmware on their website was trash. It wouldn't install (For anyone). They said "We're aware of this and working on a fix". They said that for over 18 months!!! And who knows how long before I got it. They are simply the worst and good luck waiting on a response also. After Effects and Photoshop users will have great reward using this (and Sounbooth\Audition) being able to move panels over 3 monitors, but beware. There are issues like PS's "Save for Web". If you go into that and cancel, you won't be able to get back to your work. I lost countless hours of work with this and the bottom line is really Adobe's fault 100%. There are other annomalies that are very annoying with Adobe products and this unit but my time runs out in character limit. One more thing, their "Powerdesk" software is terrible!
Overall Review: All in all, I've had more good times with this then bad. I still highly recommend it to people, especially since after 2 years they finally got the firmware that wouldn't work off their site, and uploaded the firmware that works. I recommend it telling people the cons as I did above, but their support is really just the worst. They weren't always so bad. They were Much better back in the 90's (back when they often had the top video cards). 2 years to take down faulty firmware has been the talk of many widescreen gaming forums for years. Their excuses are pathetic at best and no reason for that, it's just pure abandonment. Oh well, like I said it's now fixed but I still don't use their software. Save yourself a major headache also and forget the idea of using 3 different monitors together. It's slightly possible, but rare. Check the monitors on various widescreen gaming forums before you buy and see what others have confirmed to work. I wish I did that. 3, sets of monitors I went thru.
On my third one
Pros: Just bought my third one. Not because they break but because I've used them since they were released many years ago. Over time (lots of time) they just get gummed up and too dirty for me, but only due to my job and 17hr days at the computer some days. Super thin and professional looking with a touch of elegance with the clear plastic around the edges. I'm a serious business person but can be a die hard gamer so this to me is the best of both worlds. Gaming keyboards are way over the top for my tastes and too many colors. This is perfect and dimmable if you want to turn them down or off completely. Very quiet and super responsive. Minimal key press needed, in fact a full key press is only about 1/4". I have carpal (or had) but ergonomic for me didn't do anything because the key press was still up to 5/8". Less finger movement in raising and lowering the fingers on this board for at least 6 years now and no pain whatsoever. I'm always glad to see this still for sale because I'm sure I'll be back to buy another in a couple of years or sooner since I always get this when I do custom builds for fam and friends. Everyone has always been very impressed with my tastes for them in choosing this keyboard and the people range quite greatly in computer use and genre. My gram loves it as does my friends daughter (15) who I helped pick out a keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Cons: Nothing at all. I will say that there has been occasions to where a key has seem to come unattached. At first I'd notice that character not typing all the times I keyed it. When it has happened all I needed to do was press firmly and it seated back in place. The keybed is similar to a laptop. This isn't a complaint and would say it's both due to being as thin as it is and my occasional rougher use (as mentioned, I'm also a gamer). I'll happily accept such a simple issue with an even easier fix (never had a key unseat that didn't reseat) for how incredibly thin this is.
Overall Review: The best I've ever used and have used more than most.
Pros: So shiny! Looks absolutely gorgeous. Very elegant and luxurious. I'm glad I went with the Gold. Many videos I've seen people said it didn't matter and that they couldn't tell that they were even shiny, let alone color. I can easily see the top edges gold color as do others who have viewed my build. I guess it's not as much as one would hope to see but until we're stacking our ram on risers then,,, wait, there's an idea! :) Got ram running at 3600 but not via XMP. See overall review below and pictures. Runs great and system sees all 256gb. My system: i9 10920 MSI Creator x299 Case - Thermaltake View 71 ARGB (clear glass model, smoked glass I could not see all the perrty stuff). This G.Skill Trident Z Royal 256gb EVGA 1600w EVGA 2080ti 2 Samsung M.2 5 Samsung SSD (pro and evo mix)
Cons: Would not work on XMP. Easy self clock due to easy Motherboard, see below. See pictures as well where I show both not working and then working. You'll see that with XMP on I no longer show 256gb in the bios but rather, 196,608gb. Two 32 sticks obviously didn't either like where I had them in order (see below for more on this) or didn't like the xmp.
Overall Review: I reached out to tech support after not getting it to work with XMP. Unfortunately for me it was late Friday night when I installed them and had to wait until Monday for a response, but I did get a response. One thing they asked me is if I had them in the correct order. I explained that I got it working but to please explain what "order" they were referring to. I was shocked to see a further reply after saying it was fixed but I got one. I rate all purchases mostly on customer support quite often and my last build had 128gb ram that I paid twenty four hundred for. Due to horrible support I will never buy from that unnamed vendor again. Glad to give 5 stars. Anywho, the tech explained that the ram is tested and each stick is given a serial number in order of dimms that they're installed in during testing (I never heard this). By the time I got the reply I had it working so just know that it is lowest number in 1st slot and so on, though the tech said it shouldn't matter but worth trying since it was that order it passed their testing. I got mine working on my MSI Creator x299 by simply going into overclocking and choosing 3600 as "Adjusted DRAM Frequency". I didn't have to do anything else and immediately started testing. Be sure your CPU can address this amount of ram. My last processor was the 5960x and still a beast of a cpu. This was only a few years ago yet the only CPU on the market I came to find out was a xeon. Most motherboards will support it but beware of the cpu and check specs for maximum addressable memory. This set is half the cost of half the ram I bought last time and looks and works great. I have an A+ cert, though I never like to immediately overclock. If it's advertised at whatever it is advertised at, then it should hit that. Know that all memory lists it's XMP value, meaning "overclocked at value". If it doesn't hit the XMP it's worth reaching out to support right away to more easily get it returned if this turns out to be an issue. I also don't keep up with things anymore so they should be more aware of improved memory controllers and do's and do not's. This stuff isn't cheap so covering your investment is important. If you have the patience to wait then you should let them tell you the steps to hit the advertised speed. For those wanting to buy a 128gb kit now and another later do know that not all sticks or chips play nice together. So there's a little luck in getting it to work if that's the path you decide on. This ram is at least only double the cost of the 128gb kit, but not that long ago it was 3 or 4 times more expensive for a 128gb kit than the same timings on a 64gb kit. This is due to their own bad luck in finding that perfect set that works together. Learned this the hard way more than once but always just hoped. This memory should work great whether you build the latest thread ripper Amd Ryzen or anything Intel. I do lots of video editing, 3D modeling and Flight Simming is my numero uno. My MB was a gift of sorts which had 3 M.2 slots on the MB with a riser for 3 more so my choice was made for me with no regrets. MSFS-2020 looks and runs incredibly with this ram and my other components and if a flight sim runs great, all other games will too. I've run many newer games and have rendered many things in AE and Blender with this new build and ram. No issues. Last but not least, a quick note on size. I am not the best overclocker, but I also don't know anyone with my computer knowledge (mostly from experience). I'm a forum-a-holic at times and often see people unsure ask if large size will hinder their performance. The facts are this. No. It will not. More memory is a good thing, but more memory modules brings the other fact of increasing possible issues with bad chips. Some of my renders are huge and I'm hitting 90gb+ of memory usage in After Effects at times. Larger kits have slower CAS. The timings are what gaming enthusiasts focus on and even though a benchmark gives something with a CAS 14 a higher score than what is said as "Much slower" CAS 18, it's really not at all noticeable. I notice the 3600 over my now replaced 2800 more than I do this newer memory at 18 vs my 14. Games load fast, renders couldn't be much better. For me I rather lose a few points in a benchmark and have the space for tomorrow. Not sure if they'll post, but I am uploading the maximum of pictures. They are: 1- My bios showing the lost 64gb with XMP on. 2- My bios showing what I changed to fix it. 3- A picture of the memory prior to installation. 4 & 5 - Pictures showing the ram in my case with and without flash. Note that you can see the Gold just fine. Any questions, ask in the QA area. I will keep an eye out. Good luck!
Quality product with severly lacking directions.
Pros: High quality parts! Fans are fantastic, cpu black is stunning, radiator is a beast, fittings are top notch! Didn't have to shave or sand any of the tubing due to the simplicity of the connectors (no bevel needed). First CPU block I've had to not have some form of installation issues. Reservoir is nice and tall. 1000 ml bottle was enough to fill the system with 1.5 cups left over (see pics of my system tubing layout for better idea of what that gives). Plenty of tubing for mistakes.
Cons: Instructions lack a LOT. I even bought the Thermaltake case (71 ARGB) thinking it would be a great match but both lack major info. None of my lights work together and seem to be missing cables. I would know if the directions included what's in the box, but like I said, the instructions are horrid. Obviously written by someone that knows the system with zero Q/A at the thermaltake to test just how lacking their manual is. I'm an A+ certified techy with years of experience and still have no synced lights. No way to connect to my motherboard other than the USB2.0 connector that runs to the hub. Nothing for my MSI Creator x299 Rainbow jacks. What's the point of RGB if you can't connect it to your motherboard? I really wish Newegg wouldn't lock in my rating because I gave it two - too many stars! Very frustrating and not at all happy. I think in the future I will first check their manual online and then looks for a "what's included in the box" because I can't even search for the cables I need because they seem unique to their,,, thing... Water bottle leaks!!! Just what you want in your expensive and most likely new system. It's not due to cross thread either. It's just super cheap and you can easily screw it on to where it skips back a few threads. Even at it's tightest point it sprays out of the cap (and yes, I'm holding it right side up, not upside down). Pump takes a 4 pin Molex connector. In this day and age? Oh, and it's WHITE! Haha, the only cable connector you will most likely have in your build that's white unless you're going for white. The hub power is floppy connectors! I had to buy adapters since I no longer have my extra modular cables for my 1600 watt PSU. White molex and floppy connectors? Really thermaltake?
Overall Review: Happy with the quality but whoever wrote and approved the literature needs to be held accountable for smearing what otherwise would have been an easy 5 stars. Just pitiful. Been over it several times and no cable remains that would get me synced RGB. There is one cable that is labeled with connectors on it of various motherboards, but it's super small in length. Most people with these builds are going to have their cabling in the back so to use that cable I would have to stick the hubs on the front of my motherboard. There was no mention of open box and looked all new but without any mention of what is what in the manual and what to connect to what better explained be ready for lots of guess work. I can't understand how big companies like this can not see how they can make something so great so horrible so easily. Save your sanity and at the very least download their manual first and see if you can make sense of the last page. Then cross your fingers in hope that you get the needed cables.
Not an easy EATX board
Pros: I can't believe with the quality of this case and being so inexpensive. The glass is gorgeous and style is great but still not too "artsy fartsy". Filters are a great looking mesh which through the glass adds to the style.
Cons: False advertising pictures. Show newer style fans but you don't get them. They shouldn't be allowed by law to show them, and if so there should be a large disclaimer saying "This is not what we'll be sending you when you buy this!". The manual to this may as well not exist. It's useless. There is an amendment for this ARGB case that shows you the PSU cover, but nothing addresses the connections on the side. I have the MSI Creator, which has tons of connectors for it's Rainbow RGB. So far it doesn't work and I don't see where I would connect the controller for it to work. Who knows, maybe it does work but again there is zero mention of this in the manual. How can you leave such an important thing out, thermaltake? This still bothers me because it shouldn't be a 5 star review. Such nonsense. I don't like to take off 4 stars for that since I imagine most people will be able to figure it out but for me my lighting still doesn't work. As mentioned, I have the huge MSI Creator x299 MB. Typical size EATX board. This board is 12.0" x 10.7" (W x L). It completely covers the rubber cutouts meant for cables. You can still find ways to hide them and if they moved them over to accommodate EATX owners then normal ATX users would have too much space from the holes. I can however see many ways they could have made this much more EATX friendly than it is. That said, there was still plenty of room for my water cooling pump and reservoir and still able to get my fingers where needed.
Overall Review: Love it. Very annoying with the lack of information and may never get my lights working since they were so inadequate as to provide any information for it. They're lucky that newegg locks in the review and won't let me change it from 5 stars because the more that I think about it the more I want to deduct stars! Haha ;) This ships as 52lbs, though I never weighed it I can say from shipping for decades that large boxes are written up as heavier than they really are due to the awkwardness of handling.
False advertising. Not what I ordered. Ordered the Blue keyboard as shown in the pictures, with the name DAAAN on it. What I got is a keyboard and mouse that is Red and has the name Flagk on it... Item=9SIA9FD3FB4261 My setup is for blue. The item being sold shows blue. The description says blue, yet I got red. I also ordered it because the name being DAAAN and mine being Dan. I didn't order a FLAGK. Order took exactly three weeks to get to me from the time of ordering.