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Lindell B.

Lindell B.

Joined on 04/10/04

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Most Favorable Review

Overclocking beast

PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OC
PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OC

Pros: It does everything I suspected it would. Simple design with a backplate that doesn't trap heat. Using MSI afterburner , I was able to overclock this card to 1370core/2000mem. This was not pushed to the absolute limit. At these settings , and with proper airflow , the card sits at 58c when 100% stress testing. My ambient room temperature is 70f.

Cons: none so far , will update if anything develops. So far it's well over double the performance of the HD7850 it replaces.

Overall Review: I chose this card for the price , and the design of the backplate. It's a simple card with no bells and whistles. Plug it in and go. With a fan blowing across the middle of the card, The backplate will act even more as a cooling device as it has vent holes across most of it , allowing the air to enter the sides , and exit where needed. As long as it lasts , this will be the budget card to beat.

Most Critical Review

Contradiction

darkFlash DLM 22 Black Micro ATX / Mini ITX Tower Computer Case with Door Opening Tempered Glass Side Panel
darkFlash DLM 22 Black Micro ATX / Mini ITX Tower Computer Case with Door Opening Tempered Glass Side Panel

Pros: Looks great. That's what I bought it for , fell in love with the appearance , and failed to research. The finish is excellent , actually. The front is totally flat with a slight brushed texture. Great IO up top on the front , and if you stick a high-gain wifi adapter in there , it looks like a droid . The window is simply brilliant , just swing it past 45 degrees and lift up! Boom , you're cleaning your PC. The bottom PSU compartment is under the glass , so you can do a little display trickery , like leave a small LCD display behind the door. The cable management is surprisingly OK in this case.

Cons: Airflow , Airflow , Airflow. This thing has almost ZERO airflow from the vent holes on the side front. The vent holes aren't lined up with anything , so there will be no direst channeling of air to the actual fans. I dremeled a giant square in the front , and slapped on a magnetic filter. It worked , but the fans on the bracket behind it are not symmetrical , so any RGB will look silly. I managed to mount a 240mm rad in the top , but it took wiring voodoo magic to hook uop the 8-pin. And you will be crossing your fingers the wires don't somehow crack . and short on the cooler. They simply should've made the case just slightly wider.

Overall Review: It looks so good , I didn't do any research , just pulled the trigger. If you like the "ice cube" texture , then please get the mesh-front version of this , you won't regret it. It's extremely sturdy , built out of a thicker steel then some more well-known brands. Every edge is done well , no cuts installing anything.

Good

MSI Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 580 ARMOR 4G OCV1
MSI Radeon RX 580 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 580 ARMOR 4G OCV1

Pros: Used it for about a year , got my RX 5600XT , and slapped this into a rig for my son. Has worked with zero problems since first installed.

Cons: Wen through a spot of seriously c-rappy driver that nearly made me abandon AMD. they finally fixed issues.

Overall Review: It's a decent solid card , just cross your fingers the idiot software engineers don't screw up what's working for job security again.

Well , yeah.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Laptop Memory Model F4-2666C19D-16GRS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Laptop Memory Model F4-2666C19D-16GRS

Pros: Great RAM. It went into my somewhat cheap Dell 3585 , and the APU graphics bumped up enough that I play Ark on it. With appropriate settings , of course. I'm old-school , so it's still quite a treat to slap RAM in their slots , and the stuff just works. no fiddling or troubleshooting.(unless you like fidgeting)

Overall Review: It's RAM , it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

Nice!

MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WI-FI w/ DDR4-2666, 7.1 Audio, M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac
MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WI-FI w/ DDR4-2666, 7.1 Audio, M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac

Pros: Great stable wifi. 4-pin and 3-pin ARGB headers. SATA ports lined up with the GPU slot are turned 90 degrees so you can actually use it. I haven't tried , but it's supposed to support the 5000 series , I'll update. Looks decent ,It's got "some" cooling on the VRM , works well enough for a moderate overclock. Dragon Center software isn't quite as cringe as I first thought , slight learning curve.

Cons: The BIOS could be easier , but I haven't gotten completely used to it yet. The BIOS just simply doesn't handle the XMP settings for this particular RAM. (Crucial Ballistix) Could use a couple more fan headers , but nothing a fan hub can't fix.

Overall Review: Overall , there's some tradeoffs on a board that's extremely affordable for what you get. It's been stable since I hit the power switch. It screws down to the standoffs exactly correctly. (some manufacturers flub this) I haven't owned an MSI board in 20 years , and coming back , they have the same quality as always. It has a second x16 slot , but with most double4-slot cards , if the card is actually slightly more than double , you're not using the second x16 slot , period. And the small PCIe slot is just laughable. But that's almost every single mATX board there is.

Good.

SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 100419P6GL
SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card 100419P6GL

Pros: It does exactly what it's supposed to.It stays reasonably cool.It has red LED letters on the side , which fits my tastes quite nicely.Drives most games above 100 FPS with medium to high settings. Some games more.

Cons: 1.Barely overclocks , I'm not dealing with it , as long as it works.2.Bethesda games have no idea it's a graphics card. No fix in drivers , or gams as far as I know.3.The first couple sets of drivers drove me absolutely nuts. The setting to wipe the old driver completely needs to NOT be freaking optional.

Overall Review: In the end I've supported AMD since the ATI days , you know , back when the drivers REALLY sucked. It's going to take some major changes for me to give up on them , but this latest set of driver issues was close. Now I wipe drivers every single update , haven't had trouble since.

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No bandaids.

It arrived exactly when they said. The case is really nice and compact , a little lacking in cooling , but I'm not pushing for max GHZ. All the edges were rolled , and I didn't suffer any cuts whatsoever at this price point. The build through the glass looks clean and pretty , I wouldn't mind this in a living room. I'm going to verify tomorrow whether or not I can install a 240mm AIO in the front , it looks close. If I had an ITX video card , there would be most likely no issues at all. It's small , light , and easy to grab and put anywhere it'll fit. The little pull strap to open the glass seems like a budget decision , seeing this with one of those stereo cabinet opening when you push and release would make the super clean look complete.

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