Date Joined: 11/11/02
Pros: CL 14
My motherboard took the XMP profile without drama.
It has been stable.
Cons: Memory is expensive right now.
That is it really in terms of cons.
Overall Review: This was the bargain choice for DDR4 3600 CL14 memory. I took a chance on this brand and was not disappointed. I bought two 2X16 GB kits for 32 GB total. It has worked as intended.
Pros: The card runs well and at 285 mm, it is a little shorter than some. It barely clears my front-mounted AIO as it is.
Temperatures on this are very good.
The styling is more subdued than many cards, and I consider that a plus.
Cons: Eh - it could have been cheaper or availability could have been better. I am not complaining.
Overall Review: After what seemed like the 200th Shuffle entry, I had my name drawn. I have no misgivings about the specific card. Performance is great.
Pros: The price was good.
Included fans are pretty nice fans
Good build quality
No quirky build issues
Cons: Gauge on the metal is a little light
I repurposed a retired non-modular PS for this build. It was a little tight but cable management was OK.
Overall Review: I would recommend this case for a budget build. It is a good value at this price point and the feature set is better than you might expect. I did not use water cooling on this and can't speak to radiators, etc.
Pros: Performance has been good.
The cost/value was good as well.
Cons: I am sure it is slower on reads and writes.
Overall Review: I put this in a "utility build" to use up some parts languishing around. I have to say it has been a competent performer and it has all worked better than someone might have predicted looking just at numbers. I know M.2 is what we are all supposed to want, but this drive feels snappy in use.
I was watching the budget when selecting parts and have no regrets about this choice. I am sure Crysis loads a few nanoseconds slower, but I have not noticed anything in use.
Pros: It just works.
I was able to take a CoolerMaster 212 out of retirement and put it back in service on this build.
Cons: The crippled memory speed and locked multiplier are a little lame in 2021.
Overall Review: Cost was the deciding factor and not performance. I would recommend this to someone looking for something basic that performs OK and does not cost an arm and a leg.
Pros: The price was good.
Installation and use was easy peasy.
Speeds are good.
Cons: I really don't have any cons. I suppose it could have been cheaper.
Overall Review: I recommend this drive. You are not going to get the fastest speeds out there, but it is fast and I have not had any quirky problems. As a value for the dollar thing, this is a great drive.
AS SSD Benchmark is attached.
Pros: It seems to be thoughfully laid out and with a good feature set. It installed without incident, and has worked well.
Heat sinks for the 2 m.2 slots are a plus.
VRM's are nicely designed and stay cool.
There is the PCI-e 4.0, which I don't actually have a use for, but it is there if I need it later.
Cons: I have some issue with HDMI audio drivers that I am try trying to resolve. The sound for now is more crackle/pop than I want. This is pretty minor, and I am confident I will get it sorted.
Overall Review: This is a great board. I am not exactly pushing the performance envelope with a Ryzen 3600 installed. That said, it has been easy to configure and has been a good purchase.
As a value for the money thing, this looked like the way to go, and I have no regrets.
Pros: Price was good.
The second one I got had performed well.
Does not look or feel "cheap."
Cons: The first one made an intermittent load grinding sound within a couple of days of installation.
RMA process was pretty slow I thought.
Overall Review: QC might be a little wanting. I am pleased with the replacement. This was on a build for someone else where the budget had me looking at power supplies in this price range.
Pros: Great feature set
Everything worked as intended.
Better handbook with diagrams than I am accustomed to
Cons: I found the bios a little challenging to navigate. My last two boards have been ASUS, and it may have just been going from one system to the other.
That's about the only con I can think of.
Overall Review: I got this for a Ryzen 3600. Default core voltage seems reasonable, and I have not had to use a negative offset to get temps in the 80's running a stress test. Performance of this combo seems very good to me, and it comes at a great price point. I have enabled PBO but don't intend to do an all-core overclock.
I am using a Cooler Master 212 CPU cooler.
The XMP profile worked @ rated 3600 with no tweaking.
This is a great board and a tremendous value. I would recommend it.
Pros: I found the case to be nicely engineered and laid out. It was well built and came at a good price point. The fans are decent fans. It is nice to have the cable grommets. I liked the solid side panel option, and it is good there are quality cases at this price with these options.
Cons: It really needs a little more clearance behind the motherboard for cable management. The fact that the front I/O is on the front panel and not on the case itself makes it a pain to work with the front panel "off."
Overall Review: I would not hesitate to use this case for another build.
Pros: It was all pretty simple, and it allowed me to add an M.2 SSD to my build. SSD speed seems about what I expect.
Cons: The bios did not want to boot from it, and it took me a few tries to get that to work. This was more of a user/motherboard issue and not the fault of the card.
Overall Review: I would not hesitate to recommend this.
Pros: As a standalone router, this rocks and delivers excellent speed. It has a decent interface for configuration. I have no reservations about recommending it as a standalone router.
Cons: The Mesh WiFi support has not worked well for me. About once a day, I will have to restart something so that I can connect again. This is very disappointing because I had bought Asus for the Mesh WiFi feature. I reassigned channels, moved extenders, used analyzers, etc.
Overall Review: I got this and 2 Asus AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extenders to set up a mesh system. The router works well, but the Mesh WiFi is pretty disappointing.
Router is a 5
Mesh WiFi is a 3
Pros: Turn off the LCD keyboard, and this passes for a standard office laptop.
The Windows 10 installation was just that. There was no trial offer bloatware garbage to uninstall.
Keyboard has a decent feel.
Once drivers from the Aorus site are installed, the wifi performance is excellent.
Performance is very good for the specs.
Shipping was quicker than promised.
Memory speed on mine was 2666 and not the 2400 in the specs.
Cons: You have to go to the Aorus site to install drivers, and the wifi is barely functional until you do.
I can't make it boot from USB and have a support ticket in with Aorus that has languished for six days.
Battery life is about what you would expect - functional but not outstanding.
Overall Review: I am happy with the purchase and recommend this laptop for anyone who wants something for work/school that could play games with reasonable performance and fly under the radar sitting on your desk.
Pros: This is a nice case. It comes with three fans installed and fit and finish were better than you would expect at this price point. I have no regrets, but I got it on sale.
Cons: I don't really have any cons here. I would prefer to be able to turn off the LEDs, but I am warming up to them.
Overall Review: It is a well-designed case for under $50. I would probably buy it again.
Pros: At this price point, you get a lot of motherboard for the money. This is a very nice one. I found it easy to update and navigate the bios. It was easy to bump the clock up to 3800 with the stock cooler, and it has run well that way. Fit and finish are very nice.
Cons: Due to the location of the power connections, the first power supply I tried did not have cables long enough.
Overall Review: I got this as a combo deal with the Ryzen 2400G. They seem to work well together.
Pros: I am using it on a ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F motherboard with a Ryzen 2400G processor.
The memory has worked as intended. I ran it at the DOCP settings for a while and then tried bumping up the clock speeds w/o changing the voltage. It has been stable. I am using it on a ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F motherboard with a Ryzen 2400G processor.
Cons: None really - it was a good price and it has worked better than advertised.
Overall Review: I would recommend this memory for an AMD build.
Pros: This was easy to set up, and it works well. The price point is very good. I was worried about the length of the cables, but they are more than ample for my needs. The USB cables had enough length to easily install, and look as if they would with any reasonably normal configuration. The monitor looks better than it did with the vintage Belkin that finally failed.
Cons: I don't have any yet. In all this is very nice and seems well made.
Overall Review: I would recommend this as a decent KVM if you only need one monitor and don't need a bunch of fancy features. I am liking it, and there were no "gotchas" with the setup. It just worked.
Pros: I got this as an upgrade for a laptop my wife was using. I bumped up the ram from 4 GB to 8 GB and transferred the HHD to this SSD. The result was dramatic and well worth the money. If you are toying with a similar project, I would suggest doing it. This drive has worked well and did not have any "issues."
Cons: There were no issues with the drive. It just worked. Transferring the system took a while because I backed up and image to an external hard drive and then installed the new one to restore from the external hard drive. The process was a little slow.
Overall Review: In terms of bang for the buck, an SSD hard drive is a fairly cheap upgrade that really improves the usability of older hardware you can't afford to replace just yet.
Pros: This card is compact and comes with some higher settings than most 750 TI's just out of the box. It gets its power from the PCI-E slot and runs great with no need to install a fancy power supply. It comes at a good price point and seems to be running at a fairly low temperature. It performs about like the 560 TI I have in another machine - so decent gaming performance and impressive bang for the buck.
It was on sale.
It is not loud.
Cons: This is not cutting edge tech that will impress your friends.
Overall Review: I have mine installed in a PCI-E 2.0 slot.
Pros: It is a very nice package in terms of form factor, memory capacity and usability in a a laptop with a CD/DVD . It all works and has the Dell fit, finish, support, etc. It feels study and the keyboard is decent. Everything worked when the installation was complete. It was easy to go to the Dell site to get better drivers for the trackpad, etc. The one I got gave the appearance of very light use.
Price point rocks for what you are getting.
Cons: It is a work laptop and is a little heavy and industrial. Really that is about the only "con." It is heavier and more bulky than a Chromebook or something similar.
Overall Review: It comes with a 5200 mAh battery that protrudes. See the pictures.
Wireless seems to work very well.
Pros: They work well. Tech support was excellent. They helped me get one of my extenders up and running. Once I had been walked through the process the other was a breeze.
Cons: I was challenged setting these up, and ended up calling tech support. WPS did not work for me, and I needed to uplug my wired connection.
Overall Review: I am about to buy another for work - great product...
Pros: This is a good combination for an office computer. I bought this one and liked it so much I bought another for someone else in the office. It comes with Windows 7, and although it did not say so in the description, it has wireless. It seems pretty snappy with the stock 4 gb of RAM. Bloatware is minimal.
Cons: If placed on a hard surface, it is a little buzzy when it wakes up from being asleep. This is pretty minor, and it is not much of a con.
Overall Review: The price went up a little between buying the first one and the second one. It is still a good deal.
Pros: The price was right, and it has done what I expected. It is an upgrade to a 10.1 in netbook.
Cons: Replacing components voids the warranty. I asked the Chrome tech to confirm this with a supervisor.
Overall Review: I am a little disappointed, and I wanted other customers to be aware.
Pros: This is just hands down the best value out there in a router. It has great specs and has excellent support for Tomato and DD-WRT firmware. The price is reasonable.
Cons: I have not found one yet.
Overall Review: Buy one now. If you have to have 5g wait until it works better and the prices come down for the routers.
Pros: The card works very well for me. I get good frame rates, and FWIW, I get a 7.9 on the WEI graphics out of the box. Temps have not been a problems for me, but I have decent airflow in the case.
Cons: I can't really think of any.
Overall Review: I wish I had noticed it takes a mini hdmi and gotten a cable at the same time.