Robert S.

Robert S.

Joined on 11/17/06


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Most Favorable Review

This is a decent successor to the 2011 socket processors, that seems to not have materialized.

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: The core count is great, if you throw proper work loads at it. AMD has done a decent job with updates. The processor isn't an energy hog, despite the core count. IPC is actually within a reasonable distance of Intel (good riddance to Bulldozer). Most importantly, there's enough PCI-e lanes and interconnect to build a modern platform with.

Cons: Ryzen is unlocked, but not really open. I was not a winner of the silicon lottery, given that I could only reach 3.7 GHz (under 1.35 volts) and memory in the 2933 15-15-15-36 timings (despite ratings of 14-14-14-34). I'm told this is not uncommon, but I didn't think the binning between X and regular would be so...unforgiving. This said, my biggest issue is the half-finished state of the Ryzen release, even months after it showed up. Memory compatibility is still roulette. Code updates are still coming with enough frequency to warrant some trepidation by new users. Most importantly, it seems as though Ryzen 2 and Threadripper are where AMD are hanging their hats. The former to address lingering issues, and the latter as a first real crack at the server market for the first time in a decade. All of this is generally tolerable given the huge leap forward, and forcing some competition from the Blue team. I voted with my wallet, and I'm actually less disappointed than I was with SB on socket LGA 2011.

Overall Review: If you encode, and do a bunch of things at once, get this CPU. If you're gaming on a 1920x1080 monitor skip it. The 1600 is so much better on the cost to performance ratio it isn't funny. I would buy this again. I'm actually looking forward to upgrading my CPU in another 3 years (18 months to release Ryzen 2, 18 months until the release after, and catching the "old" processors at a discounted rate). That's something that I have never said about the competition. From the 2xxx to the 7xxx lines, there's been no reason to upgrade. Run the platform until it dies, or the feature set is too old. As PCI-e 3.0 is still better than GPUs can output, and storage prices are still astronomical, a new "consumer grade" platform upgrade is largely a waste of money. Ryzen is the most interesting platform in years. It isn't the fastest. It isn't the best for 90% of consumers (read: IPC is not directly competitive). What it is, is more cores at a reasonable price, on a reasonable platform. For a price comparable to the competition you get a bit more PCI-e lanes, up to 50% more cores, and a platform that will be supported in the future. AMD has a track record of long term support for an underlying platform, which is unmatched. You need only look at the AM3 and AM3+ sockets to see that in action.

Most Critical Review

Not bad, for the price

Rosewill RTK-146 - PC Service Tools
Rosewill RTK-146 - PC Service Tools

Pros: Decently comprehensive set of tools. The included tools are generaly on the side of higher quality.

Cons: There are some really weird choices on inclusion here. The pencil soldering iron is bizarre, and toes the line of minimum wattage to melt solder. The inclusion of magnetized tools baffles me to no end. I was expecting triwing bits that would be smaller (electronics repairs usually require much smaller screws), but the included ones aren't exactly going to fit into tiny places.

Overall Review: I don't get the product, and that's why I'm having trouble with this. If it was for PC techs, you'd focus on getting into the PC and cracking open any modern tablet devices. If the thing was for electronics \, then you'd focus on fabrication and soldering tools. What you get is a smattering of fabrication tools (tweezers, part pickers, soldering wick, etc...), another hand full of maintenance parts (light, screw drivers, bits/drivers, etc...), and no unifying logic that I can determine. Between the odd assortment of tools, and varying quality levels on some components, I don't know who to recommend this to. If it's on sale, pick it up for the fabrication parts; if it's more than $30 just buy what you need.

Budget cases done right

Phanteks Eclipse P400A PH-EC400ATG_BK01 Black Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400A PH-EC400ATG_BK01 Black Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: So, the case is surprisingly roomy, there are actually holes everywhere that needs to breathe, and the front segment is actually deep enough to fit a couple of standard 120mm fans inside of it. Let me state that again, with the minor stuff added: 1) You can install the PSU whatever way makes sense. 2) The HDD cage is actually far enough up to fit the cables, and the cut-outs in the HDD bay are wide enough to fish GPU power connectors through. 3) The ability to stick 120mm fans into the open space in the front panel means they do suck a ton of air when spining. 4) The pre-installed velcro straps make it very easy to setup wiring, and don't require snips to separate zip ties. 5) The case itself is a bit on the flimsy side...but they compensated with geometric discontinuities. Non-nerd speak, despite being pretty thin in places the case doesn't feel cheap because there are bends and shapes to reinforce it. 6) Speaking of, the finish and craftsmanship seem higher grade than most budget cases. This is surprisingly nice, and deserves praise.

Cons: So, there are two things that could be better with this case. Thing one would be to have a couple of the "optional" 3.5" HDD shelves included. Not enough for all of them, but a couple would have been great. Point two, eject the stupid fan controller mess. This thing brings two wires out to the fans, so it's just a voltage controller. If that's all you're going to do then save the money by not installing a fan controller at all. Both of these comments the scheme of things.

Overall Review: Should you buy it? Yes. Is it a budget case? Yes, but the budget trade-offs are very hard to see. Moreover, none seem to affect any aesthetics. Is it for everybody? No. This is not a bells and whistles setup. The front panel is bare minimum, and the fan controller should be replaced immediately. That said, the nearest competition to this is about $30-$40 more. For that difference I'll buy a decent fan controller and still be in a better place with this case. If you missed it, there are about three opportunities to bleed on the entire case. Dismantle the HDD cage, and you have two metal features that aren't rounded...which would otherwise be hidden during operation. Item 3 is a motherboard cut-out edge that you can fish wiring through, but will get you if you aren't careful. That may sound like a lot, but it's by far the least I've ever seen. For that alone this case should be considered. Ever once you remove points for the gaudy LEDs, replace the fan controller, and buy some decent fans this is a remarkably complete and well produced package. The compromises are good, the quality is good in all normal areas, and the price is surprisingly reasonable for a major brand label. I recommend this highly, and only caution purchase if you want gaudy lights above amazing function.

Let's talk expectations for a near halo product

MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X PLUS 12G OC LHR
MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X PLUS 12G OC LHR

Pros: -It's a 3080. Performance is easily quantified on dozens of sites. -No frills. The box has a couple of manuals, a support bar, and the GPU. This may sound minimalistic, but it's what I want. The money went to make the product good, not to buy a bunch of extra frills that will get stored in a dark corner.

Cons: Two words; "Jet Engine." The card, upon any powerup, sucks air like it was going out of style.

Overall Review: Would I recommend it? - Yes Is it reasonably priced? - Well....for the current time it was So, the GPU prices are coming back down to earth. That said, the 12 GB version of the 3080 is still in a wonky place. Depending upon the time frame, the 10 GB version might somehow be more expensive. That said, the initial performance of this GPU is decent. It matches roughly what was expected of the benchmarks. What is surprising is that despite an enormous amount of airflow, this card starts up and shuts down by pulsing the fans at 100%. I come from much lower tier products (most of the time I purchase something in the xx60 or at most xx70 bracket), and was expecting much less air movement. If you can find this at a reasonable price you should pick it up. It's no frills, no gaudiness, and it's not as aggressively clocked as some other models. That said, it's pretty much performing at expected levels and hopefully has the longevity to be a 5-7 year card. Hopefully by that point it's competing with whatever the 6060 is, and at that point it'll be time to change. Please note that this is an LHR card. It's meant for gaming. If you have other goals, maybe look elsewhere. I can only state that I'm satisfied. It's not the best card, it's still very expensive (despite being nearly replaced), but despite this it's pretty much the best option for 4k gaming.

Good sticks. Not fantastic quality of branding.

G.SKILL Aegis 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Memory Kit Model F4-3200C16D-32GIS
G.SKILL Aegis 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Memory Kit Model F4-3200C16D-32GIS

Pros: -XMP had no issues being detected, and running on a 5600x. -No memory issues after an overnight full scale MEM TEST run

Cons: So...the stickers over the memory modules are pretty gaudy. They bond only to the surfaces of the modules themselves, and otherwise seem like an opportunity to save a few cents in production.

Overall Review: Would I recommend them? - Yes Are they aesthetically pleasing? - No Would I buy again? - Yes If you've got a recent motherboard, that isn't yet switching to DDR5, then this is an excellent option. After detection in BIOS with an XMP profile everything was dandy. I only criticize the fact that the stickers are a gaudy expense. A bare module would be fine, or a single sheet of aluminum would be fine. This printed sticker is the solution that pleases nobody.

The current gaming GPU.

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: So, the reality here is that this is the current gaming GPU. It isn't overclockable in any real sense. It isn't the fastest on paper. What it offers is a competent platform and performance that basically will be GPU bound rather than CPU...and at the most reasonable pricing.

Cons: The Wraith Spire cooler is better that previous coolers...but not good. The light show is just frustrating, and the performance is beaten out by less gaudy options.

Overall Review: If you want to game, buy this. The early teething issues with DDR4 seem to largely be dealt with, and the performance is good. I'd generally start with basic questions of value and performance....but this thing needs no introduction. It's got performance, is dead simple to setup, and for the better or worse it's largely free from requiring tweaking. While this is frustrating when one looks back into the past (still love Sandy Bridge), it's also entirely reasonable for a gaming machine to just work out of the box. I love them. It's not got the quirks of the 1xxx series. It's not an intermediary step like the 2xxx series. It's not almost there like the 3xxx series. It's not an amalgam that requires new software like the 12xxx series from team blue. It's not a gigantic shuffling forward like everything from 8xxx-11xxx from team blue. It's just genuinely good. To those who do like to can. I loved it with Sandy Bridge. I've since grown to appreciate not slapping a water cooler on. The 5600x is more than capable of keeping cool with even a moderate air cooler...and you can save all that money to plow into a GPU that will make this thing fly.

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So, this is why the addition of third party sellers is so frustrating.

Do not purchase from this seller. Their response is reasonable, but the actual content and delivery is not. Ordered goods. Waited two weeks. No tracking information, and the link states that the seller has not provided anything to the shipper. Fine. Contact seller, and their response is that the shipper lost it immediately. 14 days to give them the benefit of doubt, 7-10 days to get this processed, so basically a month to wait on nothing. I just can't help but be frustrated by Newegg doing this, and with third party sellers poisoning the water for other options that would and are good. This is...just frustrating.

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