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Mark S.

Mark S.

Joined on 09/03/09

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Most Favorable Review

Great buy when price was reduced

ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5700 XT TAICHI X 8G OC+
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5700 XT TAICHI X 8G OC+

Pros: Fast card that looks good

Cons: Needs to be tinkered with to run cool and quiet

Overall Review: Out of the box it was fast but too warm. I adjusted the voltage (use wattman as the Asrock utility is too buggy) to 1112. Gaming at 1080p at max setting the card ran max 1949 mhz clock and the max gpu temp was 62 and max junction temp was 76. Max power draw was 178 watts. I did adjust the fan curve a bit. At idle the fans are running at 26% (937rpm) and is very quiet. My max setting is at 81% (2837rpm). The card is louder of course but system fans and game volume masks it. I will be playing around with this some more. Overall it is a great card that is a run a with a bit too much voltage. Under volt some and it cools off and still runs quite fast. It also looks great especially in my x470 Taichi mb. Got tyhe card when it was on sale and got the free router thrown in. Made it a great deal at the time. Even without the router it is hard to pass up when on sale or you have a Taichi mb. Update. Card works great while gaming. Audio driver over HDMI has periodic dropouts. Tried installing drivers multiple times. Used DDU doing clean boot. Got a support ticket from AMD and tried their install sequence 3 different times. They finally said to call Asrock. I finally booted into safe mode, deleted every device (and the drivers) from every single item that had anything to do with audio including the bus. When I rebooted windows installed 4 drives and everything works. The amd audio driver is no longer listed in devices but no more audio drops. Still a great card but be prepared for driver issues.

12/10/2019

Good speed, great capacity, and Newegged priced.

Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s  - CT2000MX500SSD1
Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, up to 560 MB/s - CT2000MX500SSD1

Pros: 2tb capacity with good speed. Use it for dual booting win 7 and 10. Good price from Newegg as well. Now for the one con.

Cons: No free 2 day shipping but worth waiting a few extra days for a better price

Overall Review: Will be buying a few more of these. Some of the best value for capacity and speed for the cost.

Great board with small failings.

ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X AM4 AMD Premium X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X AM4 AMD Premium X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great board. Runs cool for me even with 3900x. I do have a noctua D15 on the cpu and there is a case fan that blows directly towards the SB but the gpu does cover the sb. With that my idle temp still stays below 60 and during gaming the max is around 75. Plenty of fan headers, usb, data even a usb c header on the mb.

Cons: Now the usb c header is useless for me. My gpu card covers the port and unless I can locate a 90 adapter it is useless. The other complaint is the sb fan noise. At idle (even with it set at the lowest speed) it is to loud. Everything else is silent so that fan is annoying. When gaming and the gpu fan ramps up along with the case fans the sb fan gets drowned out. While the sb fan annoys me at idle it dies not bother my wife, it must be a pitch thing. Knocked off 1 star as it could be better with very little effort. I have not started overclocking yet so can't speak to that.

11/18/2019

Nice fan

ARCTIC F12 PWM CO Double Ball-Bearings Case Fan, 120mm PWM Speed Control, for 24/7 Operation
ARCTIC F12 PWM CO Double Ball-Bearings Case Fan, 120mm PWM Speed Control, for 24/7 Operation

Pros: Quiet PWM and rated for long life.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Quiet in my application.

Great AGP board

ASRock 775I65G R3.0 LGA 775 Intel 865G + ICH5 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock 775I65G R3.0 LGA 775 Intel 865G + ICH5 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Best AGP board around. Chance to use left over IDE and AGP parts.

Cons: Memory is a bit slow.

Overall Review: I had s couple of 3850 AGP boards in socket A boards. This was a chance to couple these with X6800 cpu I had. This would be a perfect AGP board it the memory access speed was a bit better and the capacity was increased some. Current setup has 2 IDE optical drives with 1 IDE hard drive. There is I serial drive attached to the IDE channel with and adapter and 1 serial drive as the boot device on serial channel 1. Drive bandwidth is a bit slow but it is old tech after all.

Thermaltake BigTyp Revo. CPU Cooler w/ 120mm fan
Thermaltake BigTyp Revo. CPU Cooler w/ 120mm fan

Pros: Cools QX6800 well and fit my micro AXT case.

Cons: Fan is a bit noisier than I had wanted.

Overall Review: I needed a better than stack cooler that would fit a cramped micro atx case. This fits and was cheap enough. The fan is a bit noisier than I wanted even at lowest motherboard speeds. A better fan would work wonders. Must not bother me too much as I bought a second one!