Date Joined: 03/04/06
Pros: 1. The module's lighting is better quality than the RGB on my motherboard! (was able to get RGB control with ASUS Aura software)
(update the newer versions of Gigabyte's RGB software works with this ram just fine)
2. The ram is running at 3200MHz on my RYZEN 7 1700 build at 1.4V (not rated speed but getting there. Check other for details)
(Changed speed to 3200 14-14-14-34-44 to get tighter timings @1.34v) Newer BIOS and tight timings seem to perform better on the 1st gen zen)
3. Lifetime limited warranty should you need it.
Cons: 1. According to some the software is buggy to control the LEDs so I have stayed away from it for now. I am totally fine with the RGB rainbow default for now...
(Update I have had ZERO issues with Gigabyte's new RGB software and have had no issues with the SPD info getting corrupted)
2. The price is sky high right now due to some of Samsung's B-Die modules being discontinued and a seeming shortage of these particular RGB modules over the last few months Jan through June 2019.
Overall Review: My Setup:
Gigabyte x370 Gaming K7 (F3 BIOS)
Ryzen 7 1700 OC - 3.9GHZ 1.325V
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200MHz 14-14-14-34-44 @ 1.34
Gigabyte GeForce1070 G1 Gaming 2050MHz Core and 4303MHz memory (liquid cooled)
After having my initial 16GB kit with no issues I decided to grab another set as there was literally a windows that these were available for $169 (less than a day). I was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked in my system when I upgraded to 32GB. Gen 1 ryzen is notorious for having difficulties running more than 2 sticks 8x2 of ram and I was shocked. Maybe it was the latest BIOS from earlier this month prepping for Zen 2 or just that the particular motherboard I have just overclocks ram well. I was expecting to have to change all of my ram timings to accomodate the jump from 16GB to 32GB but I just installed the ram and bam. My rig powered up immediately, detected the new ram and ran stable with the exact same timings I had previously entered. ZERO issues and solid stability.
Overall I'd highly recommend this ram to anyone that wants great looking ram with solid performance. It has been great and I'm looking forward to using it with my new Zen 2 chip when it arrives next month.
Totally, VERY happy customer. Thank you G.Skill!!!!!
Pros: 1. Overclock is modest but it runs fantastically well at 3.85 GHz @1.4v
2. Tears through Cinebench R15 at 1704-1730
3. Plays nice with my TridentZ 3600MHz ram (@3466 for now until BIOS updates flow)
4. Crushes gaming and multimedia tasks with ease 2K gaming with my 1070 is cake for this CPU, Most of the time even in demanding titles the CPU usage is like 30% or less. The frame rate and smooth game play is extremely noticeable in comparison to my old AMD FX 8350 and Athlon XII 955BE. I previously used this GPU with the 8350 and WOW there is a difference. The GPU is almost always 95-99 pegged with the R7 1700 at 3.85 Ghz.
Cons: It doesn't make me food or play the games for me.
Overall Review: Right now I can only get it to 3.85GHz and the ram up to 3466 (rated 3600 TridentZ RGB)
I was so close to buying an Intel 6850K 6 months ago. I am beyond glad I waited! The only thing Intel has is Thunderbolt and they just integrated it into the SOC on the Intel but removed the licensing cost of the tech so hopefully eventually Ryzen can get some thunderbolt love too! Unlikely but that really is all it is missing. Can't wait to see what the 2nd gen Ryzen CPUs bring in a year or two. Also hoping the newer BIOS revisions allow me to run the ram via XMP at 3600MHz and maybe lower the Voltage on the CPU for a stable OC but that is probably the silicon lottery...at least in regards to the CPU.
Cooler Master: Master Case Pro 5
Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K7 (F4D beta BIOS)
Fractal Design Celsius S36 AIO Liquid Cooler
Ryzen R7 1700 3.8GHz 1.4v
G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB 3466MHz (rated 3600) (Model: F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD
2x1TB Toshiba 7200RPM HDD RAID 0
320 Old Western Digital 7200 RPM for downloads/driver files
Rosewill AC1900 Wifi PCI-E
Kingwin Lazer LZ-850 PSU
Pros: 1. Fast enough but not as fast as I thought it would be
2. 2050Mhz and 4303 on Memory with Afterburner. Can't turn up voltage too far otherwise card freezes up games but windows stays stable.
3. Great performance in 2k 2560x1440 resolution! Witcher on Ultra/High combo and hairwork Geralt only. Tears through Shadows of mordore 95+ FPS Ultra settings full 2k resolution.
4. good benchmark scores
Cons: 1. Fan NOISE
2. Fan NOISE is annoying enough to list twice...
3. The cooler feels cheaper than previous years.
4. The card may have bad thermal paste or poor quality thermal pads as the fans constantly cycle on and off when my system is idle or watching 1080p YouTube videos.
5. To fix the fan issue set a custom fan profile that has them never stop. Worked for me but I am going to open up the cooler and apply better thermal solutions to see if that helps. Hope that doesn't void the warranty...
6. Refuses to constantly keep my VGA monitor powered on without occasional flickering or loosing signal for a few seconds. At first I thought it was my DP-> VGA adapter so I bought a different brand adapter and it had similar problems...(they are both active before anyone asks) @Gagabyte support if you have any ideas about this issue please let me know what may solve it. I already have it on the latest BIOS and constantly check with the eXtreme tool for the GPU if it helps this is on a Ryzen system but the same thing happend on my AMD fx 8350 890fx MOBO before I upgraded the platform to RYZEN a week ago.
7. A $400 GPU should come with at least a Display port to DVI/VGA since NVIDIA cut analog support out of the Pascal line. Seriously you get a sticker and a DVD driver disk that no one is going to use and that's about it... I went Gigabyte for price/performance and aesthetic. If EVGA's cards looked nicer I would have went that route but IMHO their 10 series cards are hideous. Their warranty on the other hand is amazing!
Overall Review: 1. This card comes with Samsung OR Hynix ram and I got the Hynix ram which has been Okay but I suspect is part of the lack of overclock ability of my particular sample.
Pros: 1. Sturdy
2. Does not distort image or change color in any way in direct sun light.
3. Doesn't interfere with the responsiveness of touch input or input with the stylus.
4. Easy to clean and surprisingly you can rinse it off and reapply it without removing the coating that makes it stick to the screen!
Cons: The cutout for the home button is placed in a bad spot. The protector doesn't seal completely. only about 90% of it actually totally adheres to the screen which I thought would allow tons of dust to accumulate, but so far it hasn't been an issue. If you have a quality case on your phone it seems to stop the dust from getting under the edges of the glass "at least so far it has". Like I said earlier you can remove the protector and rinse, dry and reapply it if it gets dusty underneath anyway.
Overall Review: When applied properly there are no large air bubbles under the protector. Though the home button hole being a bit off the mark makes application a bit more difficult than it should be so I lowered this product to 4 eggs.
Pros: Keeps my CPU ice cold. usually only 10 degrees above room temp in Fahrenheit!!! That is at full load for like a day and a half doing video encoding!!!
Cons: Large and I had to modify my case to make it fit, but it was so worth it!!!
Overall Review: Don;t think twice about buying this thing it if AMAZING for the price.
I have an amd athlon x2 3800+ CPU
Pros: Works AMAZINGLY Well under windows XP!
all features were fantastic. Then Vista came...
Cons: I own a ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard and to this day my sound will pop and crack at random times! It took creative over 2 years to get the Crackling to the point where it onlyhappens every few hours or so!!! I am currently using one of Daniel K's new drivers and all is well my sound does not crackle nearly as much as it did 2yrs. ago! I am giving this card such a pore rating for multiple reasons.
1. It cost me $385 back in 2006!
2. Stated Vista compatibility and yet worked atrociously with the OS!!! sound used to crackle no matter what with my PC If all it was doing was playing music everything was fine but If I did anything else Snap crackle pop!
I am a Music Education Major and I do recital recordings on the side to make extra cash. For me any popping or crackling in a sound device is inexcusable!
When you turn on a 3000 dollar stereo receiver it does not crackle! A sound card should not Pop and Crack ever. I have used Sound Blasters since windows 3.1 and never have I ever
Overall Review: so unhappy with one!!! Creative Makes great hardware, but their software engineers program like they go the office high as a kite!
At least the card works well with Daniel K's X-FI Auzentec Forte 2.20.0000.0 driver. Though creative broke the digital output in this driver version ) : Hopefully they will fix it in the next driver release!
Amd athlon x2 3800+
ASUS A8N-SLI MOBO
EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE 7950 GX2
2GB CORSAIR DDR-400 RAM
AEROCOOL 620 WATT PSU
WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE BETA
Pros: Easy to install and very clear instruction manual. The Signal quality is average on my university's Analog cable service.
The Video quality is not as good as my pinnacle PCTV-800e but this is all hardware encoded and the pinnacle was purely software decoded! The cpu usage on my PC never goes above 30% when I am running SageTV only.
Cons: I am currently running Windows 7 Beta and the WinTV 6 application has serious issues under that OS. I can't get it to scan for channels so it is useless to me!
The Digital tuner is picked up in Windows Media Center however the Analog one is NOT!!! This is why I am using sage TV!
WinTV 7 only detects digital signals and since my university charges for digital service I can't use it. For now if you have windows 7 Beta I would make sure that you also buy either BeyondTV or SageTV to guarantee that your investment won't be wasted. I have not tried this tuner on Windows XP or Vista so I can not make any comments on its performance on those operating systems.
Overall Review: I have a 3yr. old computer
amd athlon X2 3800+
Asus A8N-Sli Motherboard
EVGA Geforce 7950 GX2
2gb Corsair Ram DDR-400
Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
620 Watt Aeor cool PSU
Pros: This Case has tons of room and Plenty of cooling power! My PC never goes over 92 degrees F even on full load!
Cons: The manual that comes with this case is horrible. The basic connections are obvious however some connections are difficult to get right especially when it comes to connecting the 2 large cooling fans.
Overall Review: I had to modify this case to allow my Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU cooler to fit inside. It only took about an hour but if you want to avoid this modification I would get the Antec case like this one only it has 2 250mm fans instead of the large 350 mm fan!
(I only have an amd athlon x2 3800+ and a 7950GX2 Video card. Soundblaster X-FI Elite Pro. 3 Hard Drives, 2 DVD Drives, 2GB Ram, Vista Ultimate 32-bit, 620 Watt PSU.)