Date Joined: 11/11/04
Pros: Amazing build quality
Silent at idle and very very quiet while gaming
Runs very cool
Cons: Size could be an issue for some....
Overall Review: Hard for me to say a single bad thing about this card. MSI needs to work on Dragon Center as it seems a little buggy but so does every other RGB software I have used. Overall I can't think of a better card than this. Run's about 67C while stress testing and stays quiet the whole time. They card feels Extremely Solid. Running this with my Mega Ace X570 board, 3900X and 32gb 3600mhz C14 ram. Zero issues so far!
Pros: Looks good.. runs cool..
Cons: First card lasted about a day... Newegg would not RMA.. I had to go through EVGA and in order to get it quickly I had to pay for advanced shipping.. So another $40 to get it back quickly.... then found out this is only for a one time use... now the new card is working fine but it has the same turn on Fan noise Andre mentioned in his review... lasts a few seconds everytime the fans kick on. So if you are at that point where it does it over and over it becomes very annoying.... Now I have to pay for ANOTHER advanced RMA so I am at least not down during the swap. AT this point I will have paid for a FTW3 but won't have a FTW3... Just super unhappy.. I have been a huge EVGA fan for many many years..
Pros: 2700X with Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 X470. I loaded up 2 kits for 32gb and used the XMP profile to boot into Windows at 3200mhz no issues. Super happy. Heat spreaders are very clean looking. The kit feels very high quality
Cons: None that I can think of. It's Ram.. it either works or it doesn't. I have not tried to OC beyond 3200 but I may see if I can later this week.
Overall Review: No LED's! So sick of dealing with RGB software etc.. My mobo has plenty of lighting so it was nice to not have to worry about getting rgb
Pros: Feel very solid. Rubber isolation and high static pressure.
Cons: MOTOR NOISE! I am very big into silent cooling and a lot of reviewers have no idea how I fan is supposed to sound. I bought these fans based on reviews here and had someone mentioned the motor noise is pretty bad I would have never gotten them. I have been building computers for 16 years and have built hundreds including my own with a custom water loop. I know a good fan when I hear one. My Noctua Redux 140mm fans sound amazing.. I should have stayed with Noctua.
Pros: Built very solid, AI Suite Fan control top notch. Board looks amazing in a Node 804 on water.
Cons: None... yet..
Overall Review: I am using Crucial Ballistix Elite 2666mhz XMP Profile with no problems. I am controlled all my case fans (multiple types) no problems. I am on the latest bios as of this time posting.. I think it was 0907. I am using an M.2 drive and a UEFI install.. no problems. Right now with the XMP profile applied the 6700K is running at 4.2ghz.. I Plan to OC later but always give the PC a good few days of play to ensure stability before I OC. Not sure why the negative reviews. If I do run into anything negative I will report back but as of now everything functions as it should.
Pros: Well it's fast! LED lighting is nice and I like the fact it's not some color like red or green etc.
Cons: Not as quiet as some are suggesting. I am huge into silence and frequent silentpcreview often. My system is very quiet so I got good judge of noise. Fans have a strange sound at 35% fan speed. I found many others having this problem and even some youtube videos showing the issue. I install a lot of cards and the only card I have used that did not have weird fan issues is MSI cards. But I can't stand the red color. Might look into aftermarket cooling for this one.
Pros: Fast! Better range then my onboard AC wireless on two computers tested.
Cons: Goes through a funky up and down connectivity on first install. After reboot it connects and functions perfect. Did this on two PC's.
Overall Review: Not sure why some are having issues. This unit was tested against other top USB wireless adapters and showed to be the top rated. My Asus onboard does not compare to this. More range and connects at faster speeds than my onboard AC from Asus and Gigabyte. Connected at 866MBps.. transferring files off my media box at over 40mb/s... I can't say enough good about this adapter.
Pros: Fast, reliable, did I mention fast?
Cons: I have heard it's tricky to setup but I did a UEFI installation and used it in an Asus M.2 to PCIE adapter to get full speeds. It ran perfectly fine with no issues. Just as easy as any other PC I have loaded (and I have built MANY).
Overall Review: I see some guys having crashing issues.. I would do a firmware update and verify it's not something else causing it. I am using a Z97 Deluxe mobo and 16 gigs Crucial Tactical LP 1600mhz ram.. 4790k overclocked to 4.6ghz.
Pros: Low profile.. low voltage.. easily overclocked
Overall Review: HAN A. you need to get some help building your PC.. the ram will fit in the Hero VII perfectly fine. I can only assume you don't know how ram installs or maybe you aren't aware it's keyed to go in a certain way? Also the Asus clips that hold in the ram.. only one side folds out.. it's how asus has been doing their boards for a while now. Please knock your Tech Knowledge down to LOW next time.
Pros: 16 phase power
Great looking board
Lots of SATA
The best part about this board... Amazing Fan control .. True PWM on ALL fan headers..
Cons: Auto overclock not even close to stable. set my 4790K @ 4.9ghz 1.375V... Found true stability manually.. 4.8ghz @ 1.31V. Not a true con but the board has a ton of features which can make bios settings a little cumbersome. Then again.. it's nice to have all the extras!
Overall Review: All boards have their issues and I spent a long time researching what I wanted out of my board. Fan control was a huge must for me and Asus pretty much owns the best fan control I have ever used. My 4790K runs great at 4.8ghz using a Phanteks cooler. The M.2 slot is only an X2 so I will be using an adapter card for x4 support of my Samsung SM951. I think this board looks MUCH better than the X87 Pro it replaced. Make sure you do a bios update as your first step when it boots. As for ppl having issues getting things to boot I had to play with settings to Ensure UEFI was booting. I also tried hooking the SATA ports up to match how I had them on my Z87 and found I was connecting my OS drive to a different controller.. this of course prevented my UEFI OS from booting. So far I have not had any of the problems the below reviewers have mentioned. Looking at how old their reviews are I can only assume BIOS revisions have resolved some of the issues. I got my board locally and it had 1008 bios version.. I updated to 2205 so it was pretty out dated.
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Great color quality for TN panel (Must be a good one)
Cons: Some mention TN but why list that as a Con when you knew that going into buying it? If you wanted IPS buy IPS and don't dock an egg for this one being TN when you knew it had TN!!!
Overall Review: I went from a TN to an IPS and back to a TN with Gsync. The TN with Gsync is by far my favorite setup. If you set the refresh between 75-120hz ULMB will kick on and it's super bright. So I run desktop at 120hz ULMB (can be disabled) and 144hz Gsync when gaming. Turn on DSR and crank it to 2K or 4K resolution on your 1080p monitor and the graphics look amazing considering it's still really 1080P.. DSR + Gsync is impressive.
Pros: CHEAP! Fast.. well built Love it! Installed an SSD and it boots into windows 8 ready to use in 9 seconds.
Cons: Not a Con but keep this in mind! I read some negative reviews on other sites about keyboard issues and mouse issues. When I was doing a fresh load the track pad was horrible and the keyboard failed to register a lot of my key presses because the track pad would move the attention of my key strokes. Installing the Asus Track pad driver fixed ALL of those issues. If you experience keyboard or trackpad issues just uninstall the trackpad driver then install the latest Asus track pad driver. It fixed everything.
Overall Review: Only other problem was Windows update failed and it's stuck reverting back to before the updates. I am going to reload it again to resolve the issue. I don't blame the laptop. I have been a tech for years and have seen updates cause issues on perfectly fine machines.
Pros: Looks awesome, easy to remove the drive, cable has the extra piece if more power is needed.
Cons: None yet...
Overall Review: I am surprised at some of the bad ratings. Especially SharePointGuy who gave it 3 eggs and didn't even know if the cable connection would limit the speed but docked 2 eggs anyways??? That made zero sense to me. I have had no problems with the push button latch release. My enclosure feels nice and solid with the drive loaded in it.
Pros: Quiet! Effecient, and sexy.
Overall Review: I have had this thing for well over a year without a single problem. Isn't that what we want out of a good power supply? Dependability without noise... Keep up the good work guys.
Pros: Build Quality
It's a Noctua...
Slight noise with this one...
Overall Review: I used this to replace a loud video card fan on my 7790. I use a lot of Noctua fans becuase I have never gotten one that made any strange noise. This was the first one that I heard a light scrubbing sound from. This seems to be more common with the thinner smaller fans I have been getting lately. The sound is barely heard unless up close so I only docked on egg. The other two 120mm Noctua fans I got have almost zero motor noise. Truly amazing fans. I have run a lot of the other Quiet brands out there and they are always hit or miss if I get a fan without some sort of strange noise. Noctua build quality is top notch.
Pros: Looks good
Love the cable setup
Works over USB 2.0
Cons: USB 3.0 will not stay connected!!!
Overall Review: I work in IT and have for the past 15 years and needed this to move some data quickly from PC to PC. What I found is what others mention.... this thing drops connection over USB 3.0 all the time. Works fine over USB 2.0 but that does me no good. Really poor product.
Pros: Looks great and cools well. Software is awesome when it works right but needs updating for windows 8
Cons: Ok, so the older firmware caused a rattle in the fans that was fixed with newer firmware 1.04 and higher. Now you guys mention the high pitch noise is the fans but it is NOT.. it is actually coming from the PUMP! There are threads in the Corsair forum about this and Corsair is sending out PWM fans that are supposed to solve this but I dont want to run their fans so hopefully they are working on a firmware update.
Overall Review: If they fix the noise and software this thing would be AWESOME! They got the right idea but I think they should have done more testing before releasing.. and most of the site reviews don't even mention the noise issues!!!!
Pros: Very good sounding buds.. I had the first gen for a really long time and I finally snagged the cord one to many times and broke them. Keep in mind earbuds like a lot of speakers go through a break in period.
Overall Review: To the one guy who gave this a negative review.. I can't believe you would compare cheap Skull Candy buds to these. I have the cheap skull buds and they don't sound anywhere as good as the CX300 II. If your getting a hum the problem is your source. I think you may have been jamming the skull candies so long that you think they are good.....
Pros: Looks great. Good quality. Oh and White is the new Black!
Cons: Cooling.. poppoing sounds.
Overall Review: I had to modify the cooling to get it where I wanted. I cut away the front, rear, and top grill piece in front of the fan.. I dont meet the nice black piece but just the part right at the fan. They block air flow. I removed the upper 200mm and used dual 120mm fans. The front fan I removed for a coolermaster 200mmx25mm fan. I had to remove the drive bays there and place one on the floor. After these mods the case cools very well even with the window side. The POPPING noise is very common with this case. It has somethign to do with that windows side panel. The metal used could have been a bit thicker. The side panels fit is good but not great. Overall I am happy. Sick and tired of the same old black cases.
Pros: Fast, Quiet, Cheap!
Cons: Void warranty to remove drive but I rarely send anything off for warranty anyways unless its fairly expensive.
Overall Review: Like everyone says the drive is 7200 rpm. Why on earth they would stick a 7200rpm drive in a USB 2.0 enclosure I have no idea. It's no wonder they are running so hot. A 5400rpm drive really should have been used but oh well! I yanked the drive out and stuck it on my rig with a Asus P8P67 Pro board and had zero problems formatting it. Set this thing up GPT to see the full 3tb ~2.72 formatted capacity. The drive is much quieter then I had expected. This worried me the most.
Pros: Easy to use. The difference is really night and day afrer calibration. Worth the price.
Cons: Expensive but worth it.
Overall Review: I just calibrated my Asus 25.5" monitor which is known for having a bad blue tint. I didn't know how bad it was until I calibrated it. Everything looks SOOO much better now. This is awesome. Games look more realistic and less cartoony. This has to be the best money I have spent on something in a long time. The PRO version can do multiple monitor setups where the express cannot. This can make cheap LCD's look great!
Pros: Ran perfect at rated speeds using XPM profile. Looks awesome.
Cons: None with this kit. I wish they had made a 2x4gb at these speeds with 1.5V
Overall Review: Great Ram.
Pros: Price, Speed, and support.
Overall Review: I upgraded to the 007 firmwaren (Thx Crucial) and for those with Asus P67 boards make sure you enable HOT SWAP to stop the freeze problems. This has nothing to do with the drive but an issue with the Asus board.
Pros: Great air flow. Low noise. FDB Bearing. The ability to daisy chain more! Price!
Overall Review: I have 4 of these in a chain in my system of a PWM port which has amazing fan control. My fans run about 800RPM idle and all of them throttle up under load. This creates a silent PC when its not being worked. Even under full speed they sound good. If you need instructions to install a fan you need to let someone else do it for you. Also don't knock off an egg because your case didn't have large enough holes for the screws. That's a problem with the case. These fans having the ability to throttle took my CPU temps down a solid 3C.
Pros: Runs fast and with the Artic Cooler I put on its very quiet and cool running.
Cons: No lifetime warranty. Warranty voided after cooler mods as far as i know.
Overall Review: Some companies like XFX don't mind i fyou cooler mod your card and still cover it under warranty. I am sure MSI does care.