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Stephen W.

Stephen W.

Joined on 09/26/10

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Most Favorable Review

great OS

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Pros: Windows 7 is the best Operating System Microsoft has made. Installed, set up and activated with no problems. This was for my Daughter's 6 year old laptop with vista basic on it. It really perked up the old laptop and made it run much better.

Cons: I can't find one.

Most Critical Review

DOA

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: None

Cons: This is the second board I have bought in about 3 weeks. Both were DOA. Newegg has been super in dealing with this. My hat's off to Newegg. The second one arrived and I never put a CPU in it. I immediately inspected the CPU socket. 2 bent pins

Overall Review: Asus customer support is saying that it is not possible, that all boards are inspected first. There was no damage to the package and it was well packed. What Asus says is absolutely either not true or they better hire some new inspecters. Look at the ratings for this board in the last 2 weeks.

Great card

EVGA 04G-P4-2988-KR GeForce GTX 980 Classified 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0
EVGA 04G-P4-2988-KR GeForce GTX 980 Classified 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0

Pros: This is a great card. I upgraded from a 780 Classified and was shocked at how strong this card is. Although it is advertised as a boost clock of 1393, the actual boost clock is 1445 out of the box. If you want some benchmarks for it, out of the box, Ungine Heaven is 2494, Firestrike is 12,950 and Mark 3D 11, I have 17,682 so far. My 780, overclocked to the max wouldn't even touch those scores, not even close.

Cons: I really do not like that the fans don't run at idle. But, the card has 3 BIOS settings. If you set it on one of the LN2 settings they run all the time.

Overall Review: Sure, this card is expensive, but you get what you pay for. EVGA Technical support is great. You will not find any better, the same can be said for this card. I have many of the newer games and I have yet to play one that even makes this card work hard.

11/21/2014

Great Ram

G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX
G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX

Pros: I bought these Trident X to replace the Ripjaws Z versions. My winsat score went up about 3000 points. They work great in my Maximus V Extreme and on my Z77 Sabertooth too. And for those of you who don't know, G Skill Tech Support is top notch.

Cons: Nada unless you have an air cooler that covers the ram slots. Then you may have to remove the heat spreaders, which won't void your warranty with G Skill.

Overall Review: It looks like I'm going to have to buy a second or maybe 3rd set. Darn them! I wish their ram wasn't good enough to make me spend more money.

11/10/2013

Great Overclocker

Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K
Intel Core i7-3770K - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770K

Pros: This thing will do anything asked of it and beg for more. It requires low voltage and will overclock like a champ. Very stable. I liked it so much, I bought another one.

Cons: Won't do 5 GHz stock. It requires 1.35V for that.

Great monitor

ASUS VS248H-P 24" 1920 x 1080 Full HD VGA DVI HDMI Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlit LCD Monitor
ASUS VS248H-P 24" 1920 x 1080 Full HD VGA DVI HDMI Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlit LCD Monitor

Pros: I have owned this monitor for about a year now and am very pleased with it. It has a good crisp picture and functions as well as I could expect.

Cons: They could have done a better job on the stand. It can be very wobbly, but that is only if you touch it, which I rarely do. I set it up and leave it alone except for cleaning. So, to me, that is no big deal. I just wish the base was made better.

Overall Review: This is the 2nd Asus monitor I have bought in the last 2 years, and both are still running with no problems or bad pixels. Asus makes great products. I have bought monitors, several motherboards and DVD drives from them. All work well. If you need customer support, that's another story. But, I have found that email support is almost non existant, but if you will call them, they provide much better support and you can get decent results.