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Meng Y.

Meng Y.

Joined on 07/18/05

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Most Favorable Review

IMO, GTX 1660 Super is the best GPU value right now.

MSI Ventus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS OC
MSI Ventus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card GTX 1660 SUPER VENTUS XS OC

Pros: * I bought this GPU for a small discount on 2019 Black Friday. Nvidia released this GPU in 2019 November. According to various benchmarks on the Internet, the GTX 1660 Super is almost exactly as good as the GTX 1660 Ti when it comes to running actual games (NOT test programs or programs designed purely for benchmarks), photo-editing software, and video-editing software. For real-world applications, both the GTX 1660 Super & GTX 1660 Ti are very similar in performance to the GTX 1070 (which debuted in 2016 June), but the GTX 1660 Super/Ti consume less energy and generate less heat, because they use a smaller and more efficient 12-nm transistor, while the GTX 1070 uses a 16-nm transistor. * According to various Internet reviews, the GTX 1660 Super is a good value right now, and, IMO, it currently offers the BEST bang-for-the-buck value for any GPU by any brand. This GPU excels at 1080p resolution with medium to high to very high graphics-setting at ~60 to ~240 fps with modern games (Darks Souls 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dying Light, Borderlands 3, etc).

Cons: * Sure the GTX 1660 Super lacks ray-tracing and DLSS, but those features are cutting-edge, expensive, and not fully exploited. I think ray-tracing (& possibly DLSS) will become the affordable norm by the year ~2022.

Overall Review: * Anyhow, I've been using the GTX 1660 Super for ~2 months now, and it has not disappointed. I had some minor software problems early on due to troublesome motherboard and RAM, but Nvidia's tech support (phone, email, and live Internet chat) was fabulous and easily solved my problems. After that, the GPU has been running flawlessly.

Most Critical Review

Barely acceptable

ROCCAT Syva High Performance In-Ear Headset
ROCCAT Syva High Performance In-Ear Headset

Pros: I think I got it for free or for a few dollars with the Roccat Kova mouse.

Cons: The Roccat Kova mouse came with a sort-of free product: the Roccat Syva headset. The "free" headset probably increased the mouse's price by a few dollars. The headset has a portable design, and it's suppose to be "High Performance" with "Deep Bass & Crisp Trebles," "Top Class Audio," and "Voice Clarity with In-Cable Mic." Those descriptions are marketing hype. The headset is mediocre at best. The headset works, but, in my opinion, the sound quality is barely acceptable. The box for the headset is also too nice. The box has a solid construction with magnetic seals, and the box is too large for the portable headset. I think this headset is a waste of good box. A good box like this deserves a truly top-class headset instead of this sub-standard disappointment.

Overall Review: Avoid this headset. For a low price, you could buy better headsets. Spend more to get much better headsets. There are many superior options out there.

Gaming mouse with good value

SADES Revolver Gaming Mouse 9 Programmable Buttons 10000 DPI RGB lighting Opto-electronic Mouse suitable for both right-handed and left-handed gamers
SADES Revolver Gaming Mouse 9 Programmable Buttons 10000 DPI RGB lighting Opto-electronic Mouse suitable for both right-handed and left-handed gamers

Pros: * This gaming mouse has good enough performance for the sensor, ambidextrous shape, and additional buttons (2 buttons on the left side, 2 buttons on the right side, 2 buttons behind the scroll wheel, and 1 button at the bottom). The button on the bottom is only for changing the polling rate (e.g., 500 Hz vs 1,000 Hz). * My current mouse (Sades Revolver design) I bought many months ago still works well. I like it so much that I bought 2 more mice on discount for $20 per mouse, which is an excellent value. I am saving these 2 mice for future uses.

Cons: * The software's user interface is a bit clunky. * For the software, the customizable button settings might not correctly activate until I press the "Apply" button. After I press the "Apply" button, everything works correctly and reliably. * For the software, there is NO option to hold a button so that the other buttons have secondary functions. * LED design is very average.

Overall Review: At $30, the mouse is a good value for games, office programs, and Internet surfing. At $20, the mouse is an excellent value.

It works

Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DT100G3/64GB)
Kingston 64GB DataTraveler 100 G3 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (DT100G3/64GB)

Overall Review: Sliding cover is easy to use. Memory works. Good value.

Good heatsink

Mugen 5 Rev. B CPU Cooler with AMD AM4 Support
Mugen 5 Rev. B CPU Cooler with AMD AM4 Support

Pros: Totally works with the AMD Ryzen 7 3800x with a motherboard with PCIe gen 4. It's cool and quiet. It does not cause noticeable vibrations. It's easy to install.

Cons: No LEDs for the heatsink nor fan.

Overall Review: According to various reviews, this is one of the best CPU cooling solutions out there for bang-for-the-buck value. I completely concur.

One of the best power supplies out there

Seasonic FOCUS PX-750, 750W 80+ Platinum Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-750PX.
Seasonic FOCUS PX-750, 750W 80+ Platinum Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-750PX.

Pros: Good wattage. Fully modular design. Reasonable price.

Cons: The case connection for the power supply unit (PSU) is very basic and should be stronger. The PSU rests on the rear-bottom corner of the case, and only 4 short, small screws on 1 side of the PSU connects the PSU to the case. For a much stronger connection, I think there should another 4 screws that connect the bottom of the PSU to the case. I really think 4 short, small screws are barely enough to connect the PSU to the case, while the case is being transported or laid down in various positions for replacing, repositioning, or upgrading internal parts. I think this problem affects all power supply units, because it is a standard design for the entire PC industry.

Overall Review: Compared to any competitor, I recommend this power supply unit (PSU).