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Randal B.

Randal B.

Joined on 03/03/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great board

ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Rock solid components, plenty of SATA III , USB 3.0, WIFI & bluetooth.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Installed 4770k and 8gb DDR 2133 and it booted right up. I set the XMP profile in the bios and it's been running great. It's not a benchmark queen, but applications and games run great with this beauty. No flex in this board, like another reviewer stated. It's solid.

Most Critical Review

Quiet, but not much airflow

APEVIA CF20SL-URD 200mm Case Fan
APEVIA CF20SL-URD 200mm Case Fan

Pros: It has more red color with the fan blades colored in addition to the red leds. It's extremely quiet, can't hear it when it's on.

Cons: It does not move as much are as it's rated for. In fact, my case temps went up by 7C using this on my HAF 932 as the side window fan versus the stock CoolerMaster fan that comes with the case. I swapped back to the stock fan and the case temps dropped down again.

Overall Review: I was looking for something with a little higher airflow but sadly this fan is not it; it seems to move significantly less air than the CM 200mm fans.

Good looking and performing board...mostly

ASRock X570 TAICHI RAZER Edition AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X570 TAICHI RAZER Edition AM4 AMD X570 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: All the options on an X570 board I wanted, and the bios versions have been stable.

Cons: The B1 and B2 DIMM slots both failed after a few months of use. I can run 2 sticks of RAM single channel in A1 and A2 but if any DDR4 stick is put in either the B1 or B2 slot the system will not boot to bios and gives an error code. I tried 3 different sets of DDR4 that all worked in my wife's system to verify this. 2 of those DDR4 sets were on the ASRock memory QVL listing and the other was not but works in my wife's ASRock X370 MB. Tech support from ASRock was completely NON-responsive. I submitted tickets on this and never once got a reply.

Overall Review: Good board and bios but the DIMM slot failures are a pain. I have rigid tubing in a custom loop for the cpu and gpu and it's not quick or easy to tear this apart and replace the board which I'd have to do by going through ASROCK's non-responsive support or by using the Allstate Protection Plan I purchased with the board. Either way, It would take hours to tear this apart, remove the mb, install the new mb, re-paste the cpu, and install all the hardware and tubing again. I love the board, as it's great for gaming, overclocks the cpu like a champ, and the bios versions are stable but having not 1 but 2 DIMM slots work initially and then fail is terrible.

Great product and easy to use

EKWB EK-Loop Modulus Hard Tube Bending Tool, 16mm
EKWB EK-Loop Modulus Hard Tube Bending Tool, 16mm

Pros: Holds the tubing before AND after the bend which ensures your bend angles are correct. It also helps avoid twisting by holding the tubing before and after the bend.

Cons: Nothing

Overall Review: This helped me create the most precise bends to date and avoid twisting when doing 2 or 3 bends on 1 peice of tubing. It secures to my workbench easily and does not mark up PETG or Acrylic tubing.

Great for what I need

SAMSUNG Odyssey G5 C34G55T 34" WQHD 3440 x 1440 (2K) 1ms (MPRT) 165Hz HDR10, HDMI, DisplayPort FreeSync Premium Curved Gaming Monitor
SAMSUNG Odyssey G5 C34G55T 34" WQHD 3440 x 1440 (2K) 1ms (MPRT) 165Hz HDR10, HDMI, DisplayPort FreeSync Premium Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: I wanted a gaming monitor with at least 2k but also one for work that has PBP option and this one fit the bill. It's a 21:9 aspect ratio which is great for work but took a few hours to get used to while gaming but I really love it now for games. The curve is great, I have not noticed any ghosting in fps games or any games at all and this monitor is so much more responsive while gaming than my last one. The brightness, contrast, gaming options via the toggle on the underside of the monitor is pretty intuitive and easy to use, no complaints there. No crosshairs for gaming if that's what you're looking for, but I don't use them so no biggie.

Cons: The stand sucks. There is no height, tilt, or rotation option available and it was wonky to install as it kind of snaps into place....why not just attach the stand to the VESA mounts?

Overall Review: I love this monitor for gaming and working from home with the PBP option. The colors are rich, text is sharp, and gaming is ghost free. It's a little higher resolution than standard 2k which can be good or bad depending on your gpu.

Great chair for XL people

E-WIN Flash XL Series FLA Large Size Ergonomic Computer Gaming Chair with Head Pillow
E-WIN Flash XL Series FLA Large Size Ergonomic Computer Gaming Chair with Head Pillow

Pros: PLush seating pad so you don't feel the frame Sturdy construction-it's built like a tank Comfortable for hours on end. Lumbar pad is very nice

Cons: Heavy? Including the shipping box it was about 100lbs shipped. Then again if you're buying this chair chances are you're a big person and won't mind the weight of it.

Overall Review: I'm 5' 11" and 250lbs and not obese. I had trouble with the gas cylinder collapsing on other chairs or the seating pad being too thin and just uncomfortable. This chair is wide so those with wide or big hips or legs won't feel squished. My jacket size is 52 and my shoulders fit comfortably in this chair with a little room to spare without being squeezed or feeling cramped. I'm not that tall, at 5' 11" my feet barely sit level on the ground at it's lowest level. Shorter folks probably don't want this chair taller ones will love the seat height.