Date Joined: 09/05/02
Pros: Maybe I got lucky but I am able to run the XMP settings on my Asus Crosshair VII Hero motherboard (Ryzen 2700X CPU) completely stable at 3200 MHz and CL 14. I'm quite happy with having 32GB of memory running at those settings.
Cons: None other than pricing.
Pros: Everything works as it should with my 2700X CPU. Board stability is definitely not an issue for me. I'm using 32GB of G. Skill memory (F4-3200C14D-32GTZ). Loading the XMP profile (CL 14, 3200MHz) required 3 boot attempts and after the third attempt it has worked fine and has been completely stable. Running HCI MemTest Pro overnight for over 1000% coverage produced zero errors.
Cons: The Wraith Prism works just fine for routine work and gaming (maxed out at 64-65 deg. C while gaming). Temps ramped higher (70-73 deg. C) when simultaneously running 10 World Community Grid work units. The negative for me is that the fan is relatively noisy compared to my old Noctua NH-D14 heatsink/cooler. Noctua is shipping (free) an AM4 backplate so I can use the NH-D14 on the new motherboard. I anticipate much better cooling and much lower noise levels with the NH-D14 heatsink/cooler setup. I expected this to be the case so I'm not docking any points.
Overall Review: I'm quite satisfied with this purchase.
Pros: It has the horsepower to run OpenVPN at 50 Mbps with little loss (future use). It was quite easy to configure and has been 100% stable (no reboots required once it was set up).
Cons: No downsides noted for my use case.
Overall Review: I purchased the WRT1200AC for the router capability only. It turns out that the wireless capability was not needed but it does work much better wirelessly than my old D-Link DIR655 (wireless-n router that died) did in the same location. I have a separate AP in another area of the house that I do use for wireless access instead of the wireless capability on the router itself. I wanted a router with the horsepower required to use at 50 Mbps through DD-WRT and OpenVPN if I decided to go that route.
Pros: Such a tremendous performance boost coming from a GTX 560 Ti! My current monitor has 1920 x 1200 resolution and I can run my games with all the eye-candy settings turned on. Moving up to a 27-inch 1440p monitor is my next step and this video card should work fairly well with that as well from what I've seen reported.
This video card is virtually silent. At stock settings I can't hear it under any circumstances - general work or gaming. Running Furmark it bounced between 69 and 70 degrees C - the fans had barely cut on (running at 46%). It has not demonstrated any coil whine at all. I am extremely pleased at how quiet it is. I'm particularly sensitive to background noise because I have severe tinnitus and any noise like coil whine would drive me buggy. I couldn't be happier with how quiet it is.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I didn't deduct for this because I did my homework and suspected before I bought it that I might have to mod the cowl for the side fan on my CM HAF-X case. I had to cut off about a 1.25 x 0.25 inch of the plastic cowl that funnels air onto the video card area of the motherboard. The Asus website spec for the card height is 5.5 inches. The height of the EVGA GTX 560 Ti that my new card replaced is 4.376 inches. So beware, this is a very tall card.
Pros: This drive replaced a close to 5 year old WD 1 TB (FALS) Black drive. I also have a WD 2 TB (FAEX) Black drive in my desktop . This drive is both quieter and runs cooler than both of the other older WD Black drives. It is subjectively faster than both of the older drives as well without the SSD caching I describe below.
Cons: None to this point in time.
Overall Review: After installing the drive I did a full format and copied over the contents of the 1 TB drive to it. I then installed an unused Intel 40 GB SATA II SSD that I had. I installed and set up the ASUS SSD caching software provided with my motherboard (P8Z77-V Deluxe) with this new 3 TB drive as I do a fair amount of gaming and I thought this might help with quick reloads. It is certainly faster at fast reloads than from the 1 TB drive (without the SSD caching) but it isn't as fast as I was hoping.
Overall I am quite pleased with this drive and my purchase from Newegg.
Pros: This is a motherboard with a fantastic feature set. There are way too many features to mention them all. The WiFi/Bluetooth module is very handy as the Bluetooth works flawlessly with my Galaxy Nexus. The UEFI BIOS is extremely easy to use (coming from an Asus Maximus Formula ROG board). The combination of having 6 fan headers (2 for CPU, 4 for case fans) and Fan Xpert 2 is a silent case dream. Fan Xpert 2 is simple to use and it works very well for me.
I have had zero issues with the motherboard functionality - it has been rock solid.
Cons: The only real niggle I have is with the AI Suite II utilities. Running it as administrator is just fine but as soon as you log into a standard user account (Windows 7 x64) you presented with 7 UAC prompts (to input the administrator password). Turning off UAC is not an option for me. I had to jump through hoops with Task Scheduler to eliminate the log in prompts and get it down to one UAC prompt when I started the AI Suite II program in the user account. As a user I would want to be able to change fan profiles in Fan Xpert 2 and to do that I have to start up AI Suite II.
Overall Review: Intel i7-3770k
16 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 1.35V memory
Pros: I wanted a Platinum rated PSU and the Seasonic reputation for quality and reliability along with reviews led me to the Platinum-860. I have not been disappointed as the PSU has worked like a champ and the quality is top notch. The modular, sleeved cables are very nicely done and routing them in my HAF-X case was quite easy. I can't hear the PSU fan at all - it is extremely quiet at idle and at maximum stress.
Cons: Price (even with $33 off with the promo code that I used).
Pros: I wanted DIMMS that ran at 1.35 Volts and these fit the bill. Corsair memory has never failed me. I set the XMS profile in the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe UEFI BIOS for DDR3-1600 speed and the memory has worked flawlessly. I bought two sets (same lot) and tested the 16 GB with MemTest86+ (newest alpha at the time) overnight (8 runs) and there were no errors.
Cons: Can't see the pretty white DIMMs because of the heatsink I use.
Overall Review: These fit nicely under the Noctua NH-D14 cooler. I was able to insert the DIMMs without any issues with the NH-D14 and both fans installed on the motherboard (I didn't have to remove the fan next to the DIMM sockets).
Pros: This is the best keyboard that I've ever used. The touch is superb and it doesn't make all that much more noise when typing compared to my older keyboards. None of the keys, including the spacebar, squeak. I'm very pleased.
Cons: It could always cost less.
Pros: This product needs patience to allow enough time for the XO Skin to "cure." I applied the XO skin according to directions in my bathroom after running the hot water in the shower for about 10 minutes (the steam reduces dust). The application was easy to do. Just keep your fingers wet with the solution provided and keep the squeegee wet as well. And make sure you pull your battery out of the phone before you start the installation! Turning your phone off is just not enough.
After installing the XO Skin there were maybe 10-11 bubbles under the skin that looked like dust particles look like under a dry screen when it is applied in a dusty environment. Patience! After drying overnight (14 hours) I reinserted the battery. There were still 7-8 bubbles under the skin. I was kind of worried that I had made a mistake. After 20 hours the bubbles had completely disappeared and the installation was flawless! I was very pleased. The slight tackiness mostly disappeared over the next 48-72 hours.
Cons: The residual tackiness is very slight - just slightly more than on the dry Verizon screen shield that I had on my OG Droid.
Overall Review: I had never attempted to install a "wet" screen shield before. Installation is actually quite easy and the result far exceeded my expectations. Just take your time and allow time before you judge the product or your work.
Pros: Solidly built and easy to assemble. The fan is fairly quiet and I can barely hear it on a table top about 5 feet away from me. The drives I installed are somewhat noisy when reading or writing but the case itself is very quiet. The assembly was straight forward. I put two 320 GByte WD drives in and Win 7 RC recognized the two drives and they work perfectly well.
Cons: I didn't find any.
Overall Review: The two drive system works great for backups. I'm very pleased with this enclosure.
Pros: This drive is fast and very quiet. No coasters. I'm pleased.
Pros: The Corsair reliability streak extends with this excellent 2X2GB pair of sticks. Initially I played around with OC'ing my Q6600 and got it stable at 3.5 GHz (390x9) and the memory ran fine at 1040 MHz but the north bridge temps were to high. I then OC's the CPU to 3.2 GHz (8x400) and temps went down and memtest ran 12 hours with no errors and OCCT ran for 2 hours with no errors. This memory is fast, stable, and reliable.
Cons: I ordered the memory 1 day before the $30 rebate became available!
Pros: This video card's performance exceeded my expectations. It runs cooler and quieter than my 8800GT. The highest GPU temp measured while gaming with Everest is 72 deg. C. (oc'd to SSC parameters) and it normally runs 40-43 deg. C. in 2D. I don't hear this card at all even when overclocked to SSC parameters. I am very pleased.
Cons: It could always be less expensive. <grin>
Overall Review: The EVGA forums provide a ton of helpful information and user experiences.
Pros: Performance and price. An elderly friend had a Dell desktop with 256 MB of memory to run XP Home. I upgraded with two of these sticks to 1 GB of memory and she said it "felt" like a new computer. The pricing is great because with the rebate, each stick costs $8. I can't think of any other upgrade I've ever done for $16 that made such a difference in performance - great bang for the bucks.
Pros: It's very quiet and runs quite cool. Good size for the price (can always be lower though). I'm using it as a movie/TV show archive drive for my networked TiVos.
Cons: None other than the price can always be lower.