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Michael P.

Michael P.

Joined on 08/29/04

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Most Favorable Review

Remember Netbooks

ASUS VivoBook E203MA-YS03 Ultra-Thin Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000 Processor (up to 2.6 GHz), 4 GB LPDDR4, 64 GB eMMC, 11.6" HD, USB-C, Windows 10 S Mode (Switchable to Pro)
ASUS VivoBook E203MA-YS03 Ultra-Thin Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000 Processor (up to 2.6 GHz), 4 GB LPDDR4, 64 GB eMMC, 11.6" HD, USB-C, Windows 10 S Mode (Switchable to Pro)

Pros: It's a passive cooled design with no internal moving parts to worry about breaking. The battery life on average for me is about five hours. All USB 3 ports including USB C. Windows S was easily changed to Windows Pro through the Windows Store for Free and without having to re-install or perform an upgrade. The the palm rest stays nice and cool. Handles all modern video formats with ease due to the processor having hardware acceleration for them, even up to 4k when I have it connected to my TV. It boots to the OS in about 10 seconds or less.

Cons: The track pad can become less responsive when the processor load is high. The bottom side does get warm while charging or heavy usage, as there is no ventilation.

Overall Review: The screen is TN, so there is a definite sweet spot for viewing angle. The computer reports 10 hours on the battery after charging, but will more accurately display after a few minutes of use off the charger. I bought it to browse the web, transfer files, and do some light retro gaming on the go, and it does all of that well.

Works great with Ryzen

Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G3000HC16CDC01
Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G3000HC16CDC01

Pros: Works at 3066Mhz without changing any timings or voltage on my Ryzen platform, my previous Corsair 3000Mhz modules had to be over-volted and timings loosened.

Cons: None so far, ram tests completed without issue.

Overall Review: Additional info for Ryzen buyers; these are Single-Rank dimms and they are using Micron DRAM chips. I'm running them on an Asus Prime B350-Plus, paired with a Ryzen 1700 cpu.

11/28/2018

Performs nicely, but a bit noisy.

MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Radeon RX 470 ARMOR 4G OC
MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Radeon RX 470 ARMOR 4G OC

Pros: Great price for a factory overclocked rx470, 1230mhz out of the box. Really enjoying AMD's latest driver manager, and built-in wattman tool.

Cons: This card runs hotter than i was expecting from a dual fan/heat pipe cooling setup, as a result it is noisy often nearing 2800-3000rpm to keep it near 80c. I had to downclock the card to rx470's reference speed 1206mhz and undervolt it -42mv (1026mv), to get temperature and fan noise acceptable in a living room environment.

Overall Review: If you get a poor undervolting card, as in my case, you may want to replace whatever the stock TIM is.

11/11/2016

Amazing cooler, a must for mid-tower users.

CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan
CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan

Pros: It fits in my Rosewill FBM-01 mid tower Great clearance around the VRM area Fan is very quiet, I wasn't even sure it was running until i looked at the bios.

Cons: None

Overall Review: This cooler keeps my i5-6660k that's overclocked to 4.6ghz at ~23c idle and ~55c stress test full load, more than impressed. I would have been happy if it kept it in the low 70s. I thought about replacing the fan with a Noctua when I ordered, but the one included is great and an extra pair of fan clips are included if you wanna setup a push-pull.

Freaking Awesome!

EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: Overclocks nicely, I have gpucore running at 1220mhz/1350mhz boost and the ram overclocked to 1640mhz or 6.56ghz if you prefer. All this without additional pci-e 6 pin power. Haven't seen temps rise beyond 61c while bench-marking and the fan never got above 40 percent which can't be heard over my low rpm case fans. :)

Cons: Absolutely none so far unless you are into SLI, since this card lacks that.

Overall Review: The gpu seems to throttle gpucore clock back about 50mhz at full load regardless of whether it is overclocked or not. During benchmark it never dipped below 1305mhz. Used EVGA Precision X to overclock.

A bit noisy

LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Drive Model UH12NS30
LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Drive Model UH12NS30

Pros: Reads discs pretty quick, doesn't seem to have riplock. Has a nice black brushed metal finish on the tray front.

Cons: Lots of mechanical noise in comparison to my last LG blu-ray drive, not nice for home theater. Doesn't reach advertised read speeds on dual-layer blu-ray discs, closer to 7x-8x.