Joined on 09/03/10
10900k unlocked my 3080
Pros: - Temps under 63C under load w/ 240mm AIO, med pump speed, stock clocks - fully unlocked my 3080, frames considerably higher coming from an OC'd 7700k. ex: FC5 I'd get 120fps on low settings @ 3440x1440, now I'm chilling at 130-144FPS on Ultra Settings. Ex2: CP2077 ran at 60FPS Ultra w/ 7700k, now sitting around 85fps. (QUALITY dlss, RT off) -No OCs and also have not touched the 420W firmware update for my card. Likely more performance to be had.
Cons: -Expensive (honestly if you're looking at the CPU you're not worried about pricing) -New Socket type
Overall Review: Experience is great so far. The new socket allowed for a RAM upgrade, further lifting performance. Happy to do this upgrade even with the 11th gen processors on the horizon. From what I've heard it looks like the next i9 is going to loose a couple cores, which could impact some people (although likely not gaming people). Amazing processor. No regerts.
The flicker is real, 1080p @ 27"?
Cons: Backlight flicker when playing windowed games.
Overall Review: Purchased because my ultrawide is in the shop. Coming from 3440x1440p144hz to 1920x1080p165hz. Hard to notice to much of an improvement jumping from 144 to 165. Other than that, it's an OK secondary monitor if you can catch a deal. Backlight flocker is prominent when playing windowed games, full screen seems fine. 27" is the limit for 1080p, > 2ft viewing distance pixels begin to stand out. There are plenty of 1440p monitors with higher refresh rates that are only a bit more, and in the opinion of this reviewer it's worth the money.
Computer + Aircraft carrier = ASUS G750JS
Pros: I bought this laptop a little over a month ago and I love everything about it. Graphics: My model sports the 870m which comes with 3GB GDDR5. Since I received the Laptop, I've been able to game extensively with games like Crysis 2, Civ 5, Bioshock Infinite, and others. Perhaps the most graphically intensive game in my library is Crysis 2 : Crysis 2: No anti aliasing, or vertical sync: High settings @ 1080p ~60fps, Ultra Settings @1080P stands around 30, but fluctuates. Boarderlands 2: No anti aliasing, or vertical sync: High settings @ 1080p ~60fps, MAX Settings @1080P stands around 30, but fluctuates. Just for kicks - Crysis: No AA, or vertical sync gets us over 60fps thank heavens. That game came out over 7 years ago. haha Also, I've connected two displays at once (total of 3) and it works very nicely as expected. Other thoughts: The on-board software is kinda neat. I installed windows 10 tech preview for kicks and it turned out to be too weird. Asus Backtracker allowed me to seamlessly revert to a fresh spanking new install of 8.1 from Windows 10. The Build quality is amazing. The dual copper heat sinks dissipate the heat very well, and while gaming, the heat doesn't end up right under your hands. the case shows fingerprints, but i feel that its less of a reflection of the laptop and more of a reflection on your FRIGGIN CHEETO HANDS. Screen: ITS BRIGHT. I use a 250 nit screen at home and at work/school and the laptop screen outshines. I think it's 300 nit. It's the same brightness as my I've seen several reviews criticizing the battery live and how heavy the Laptop is. I guess those guys are not as a smart as me because I KNOW when I buy a 17" laptop that contains a huge processor, and a great graphics card, I know I'm gonna have to plug in. They should have went with a tablet. I found a backpack for it, and ended up going with the backpack by ASUS. Fits it quite nicely.
Cons: I guess one of the Cons would be how they partitioned the SSD. It's kinda split into two separate 128GB partitions.
Overall Review: I'll be picking up some more games later in the year, and I'll be sure to post back and talk about benchmarks then.