Joined on 09/24/08
Pros: Very comfortable keyboard to use for typing as well as gaming. Red backlighting is very nice, a welcome change from the blue LEDs you see everywhere. Wrist rest attaches to the keyboard and can be pulled out a bit if you like. Feels sturdy enough.
Cons: This keyboard has no extra buttons that a standard 104-key keyboard doesn't have, except volume control and a key that controls the backlighting. Not a concern for me at all since I never use them anyway (hence the 5 egg rating) but it might be a con for some people who like media keys.
Overall Review: Bought this because I just wanted a basic keyboard that is backlit, and this fits my needs perfectly.
It WAS good, until the USB 2.0 ports fried themselves
Pros: The USB 3.0 ports and the card reader works
Cons: The USB 2.0 ports do not
Overall Review: Everything worked great until the USB 2.0 ports just no longer worked. No warning of failure, nothing. Working one day, and not the next. I tried plugging it into different headers on my motherboard to no avail, and verified that the header this was originally plugged into is still working. Judging by the other reviews, this is not an uncommon thing to happen to this device. The e-SATA port worked the last time I tried it but I don't have any e-SATA devices now so I don't know if it still works or not.
Works well enough, was a bit cheaper than the Ryzen 5600X when I purchased it.
Pros: Runs my games great, almost as well as my other system running a Ryzen 7 5800X. No real difference in day-to-day usage responsiveness despite fewer cores. The difference in gaming can probably be attributed to the AMD system having a better GPU. (6900 XT vs RTX 3070) I needed an upgrade for my secondary system and chose this over the 5600X because it was less expensive when factoring in the motherboard also. My 10 year old CM Hyper 212 works on it, (with a newer fan - original fan for it died years ago) and keeps it cool enough at stock settings. One thing I like about Intel is that I rarely have any issues out of the box with their platforms, unlike AMD - while I've never had any major issues with AMD either, they just seem to have little "teething issues" that take a while to get resolved, usually with BIOS/UEFI updates.
Cons: Runs hot and causes the fan on the heatsink to roar as soon as any load is applied (fixed by changing the fan curve in the UEFI) Terrible Intel cooler mounting system No stock cooler included (not really a con, you couldn't use that thing to cool this hot running beast anyway)
Overall Review: I'd recommend it if it were cheaper than the AMD alternatives - otherwise go with the AMD for the increased power efficiency. Despite this I'm happy with my choice. Runs very well on: ASRock H570M PRO4 motherboard 2x 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 ASUS RTX 3070 Dual + ASUS ROG 750w Strix PSU (came bundled with the video card) Reminder that since this is an "F" model you WILL need a video card of some kind as there are no integrated graphics!
Works as expected
Pros: Worked and recognized by my mobo on first boot, enabled XMP and was good to go Using it with a Ryzen 7 3700X on a ASRock AB350m board. Nice shiny silver heatsinks give it a minimalist understated look that goes well with the motherboard aesthetic.
Cons: No cons here unless you count lack of RGB lighting as a con (I don't)
Overall Review: Absolutely recommended if you want an inexpensive RAM kit that just works.
Works great, W10 has drivers baked in so it works out of the box
Pros: Went from roughly 400mbps on my old WiFi AC (a.k.a. "WiFi 5) adapter to between 800-900mbps on internet speed tests on my gigabit Internet with this. I do have a new Wi-Fi 6 AX capable router that I bought at the same time. There is a virtually imperceptible difference between this and my wired computers now, whether using the Internet, or moving files from my LAN which now often exceed 100 MB/second transfer rates. (from a network share on a Gigabit wired computer). I chose this particular card because it did include a low-profile bracket, which I needed. Installation of said bracket was extremely easy and only involved two screws. My previous adapter had small nuts and washers on the antennae ports that I had to fidget with to change the bracket - this one was much less of a PITA. Big heatsink should keep the underlying Intel AX200 Wi-Fi chip cool so it should never overheat and start throttling speeds. I believe it is a standard M.2 wifi module underneath the heatsink, so it theoretically could be replaced if it dies or you need something faster (WiFi 7..?) in a few years or whatever, but I didn't buy this with the intention of ever doing so. Bluetooth 5 capable, which was another plus as I use a bluetooth headset with the computer. It paired up easily. Detachable antenna has a nice heavy base with long cables and it is magnetized and sticks firmly to a metal surface.
Cons: No cons with this product. It is extremely well made and worth every cent if you want Wi-Fi 6 capability in your desktop computer.
Overall Review: Waiting for 2.5 Gbps (or faster) networking gear to become more affordable and mainstream so I can overhaul my home network. I'm sure this baby could keep up.
Pros: Works well and is quiet even under load Fans stop under low load RADEON logo on the side lights up red by default but you can download a RGB utility on AMD's website to change the colors or turn it off Shorter than any of the AIB designs by quite a bit so it actually fits in my case No problems running it with an ASUS Strix 750 Watt PSU Games run smooth as butter
Cons: Expensive and hard to get Has that typical "reference card" look and feel (because that's what it is!) that makes it seem cheap compared to more expensive AIB cards. Runs a little hotter than I'd like out of the box, can hit over 90C with the default fan curve.
Overall Review: may have to sell a kidney to pay for this thing