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Raymond W.

Raymond W.

Joined on 07/31/09

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X - Ryzen 9 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 12-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000061WOF
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X - Ryzen 9 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 12-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000061WOF

Pros: Love it. Works well with B550 Tomahawk and even on an older MSI X470 Gaming Plus. Awesome deal if you get it for less than $400.00 USD.

Cons: Way too expensive when I bought it. Now find it retailing for less than $400.00.

Overall Review: Buy when on sale, otherwise go for 5800X or 5800X 3D.

Most Critical Review

DO NOT BUY THIS

Netgear N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router with 3.5" Storage Bay (WNDR4700)
Netgear N900 Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router with 3.5" Storage Bay (WNDR4700)

Pros: None

Cons: Failed within one year of ownership. Netgear refused to honor their own warranty and replace product.

Overall Review: I will NEVER gain own a netgear product. I strongly advise that you avoid buying anything Netgear. This router has been nothing but a huge problem since the get go. It is loud, runs very hot, and often requires hours of down time in order to "reset." The software that came with the router caused extreme system lag and connectivity issues often reducing ISP speed by up to 40%. When I contacted Netgear about the issues and tried to obtain and RMA, I was given the run around for months. Now the unit is out of warranty and they won't even discuss replacement.

It Works

Team Group MP33 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TM8FP6001T0C101
Team Group MP33 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TM8FP6001T0C101

Pros: Small and affordable 1 TB 3d NAND storage that is low profile and works as advertised.

Cons: No heat shields. Color of PCB is odd.

Overall Review: Would buy again. Would Recommend to others.

Almost There

Enermax AQUAFUSION 360 ARGB, All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for AM4 & AM5 / LGA 1700/1200/1151, 360mm Radiator, Dual-Chamber Water Block, SquaA RGB Fan - AM5 & LGA1700 Compatible
Enermax AQUAFUSION 360 ARGB, All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler for AM4 & AM5 / LGA 1700/1200/1151, 360mm Radiator, Dual-Chamber Water Block, SquaA RGB Fan - AM5 & LGA1700 Compatible

Pros: Solid build quality. Nice packaging, Intel 1700 ready (with add-on bracket). Easy to work with. Looks great. Fans look very nice. Fans move air effectively. Rad Fins look quality. Hoses feel good. Pump looks good. Easy to install on both AMD and Intel. RGB plays ok with others. Pump is on the quiet side. No Pre-Applied Thermal Paste. (Could also be a con for some)

Cons: Would be nice to have a few extra screws for the RAD and fans. Won't fit on the top of a Corsair 5000D for some reason. Just couldn't get it to fit up there. Thermals are less than expected. I'd hope that it would cool a 5900X better, but could just be one of those things. Temps at idle are between 31 and 45. Fans could be quieter. Fan RGB wiring, as usual, was fun.

Overall Review: I'd buy it again. I'd recommend it to others. I'd use it with a 5900X and up to a 12900KS. (NOT OC)

Nice Design

ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good layout, design, and build quality. Troubleshooting LED's. Wireless, Good assortment of ports. Manual was detailed. Good VRM specs and cooling. Tooless M.2 mounting.

Cons: Only 4 Fan headers. Only 2 included SATA cables. Only 1 of the M.2 has a heat shield.

Overall Review: I found the board easy to work with. The layout is really well-designed. The location of the fan headers is good, but having only four is a bit limiting. I found the location of the lower SATA ports to be ideal for cable management. The board has a solid quality build feel to it with impressive VRM's and VRM cooling. I love the tooless latching mount for the M.2 drives. (Troubleshooting tip. - the I9 10850k I had would not allow the system to post when using dual channel RAM configuration. The troubleshooting LED's were a huge help.)

Not The Best Value

Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB PRO Performance 120mm Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050094-WW
Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB PRO Performance 120mm Triple Fan Kit with Lighting Node CORE - CO-9050094-WW

Pros: Nice packaging. Comes with an RGB Hub. Easy to use installation. Nice fans. RGB. Seem quiet enough.

Cons: The price is too high for what you get. Corsair proprietary connectors limit these fans. Short cable lengths. Don't play nice with other RGB (no corsair) products. No rubber anti-vibration mounts.

Overall Review: I loved the packaging and how everything was accounted for. Screws for each fan came in their own small bag. Very nice. Wiring up the fans was not an issue. Easy to do. Corsair software is a bit of a learning curve. (Not included). I found that the cable length is just a tad bit too short. That the unique connectors for the RGB prevent the use of extension cables. The RGB hub can be a bit finicky. (Cheaply made). Past that, the price for these fan is a bit high.