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Matt S.

Matt S.

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Most Favorable Review

You've gotta love this little workhorse!

AMD Ryzen 3 1st Gen - RYZEN 3 1200 Summit Ridge (Zen)  4-Core 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1200BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 3 1st Gen - RYZEN 3 1200 Summit Ridge (Zen) 4-Core 3.1 GHz (3.4 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1200BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Amazing price, great over-clocker, fast and capable, stable, same socket as the more powerful Ryzen chips, with 3.7GHz overclock it seems to be faster at most tasks than my FX-8350 at stock clock, and uses like 2/3rds the electrons.

Cons: Quad-core with no hyperthreading (or whatever AMD calls it) which may hinder it in content creation situations

Overall Review: I bought this chip to pair with my MSI M7 ACK motherboard. The intent was to run this chip for a year or so and then pick up a Ryzen 7 chip, but after using the chip for a while I have no reason to even trade it out for a Ryzen 5! After reading a bit about its overclock potential I overclocked it to 3.7 GHz on the stock voltage, cooled with an EVO 212, and it's extremely snappy and fully stable. I use my computer for MS Office applications, web surfing, some video editing in Adobe Premier, and a bit of gaming (X-Com, X-Com2, Mutant Year Zero...I like strategy games). Paired with my GTX 1070 FTW graphics card I can play any of these games on max settings without a problem and video rendering is plenty quick enough for me as a non-professional. If the release of AMD's next socket drops prices on AM4 chips I'll probably consider finally getting that Ryzen 7 for the sake of future-proofing, but this little powerhouse does all I need and more! Well done AMD...slow-clap.

12/26/2018
Most Critical Review

Not a bad case. Garbage power supply!

APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply
APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V TFX 275W Power Supply

Pros: Case is a reasonable size, looks nice, has adequate space if you're building a simple HTPC, has feet so it can sit vertically or horizontally, flip-up drive bay bracket is VERY handy, but a little difficult to lay flat once all your drives are installed.

Cons: Power supply, power supply, power supply! USB 2.0 ports on the front instead of 3.0, only provisions for a single fan in the case, door hinge interferes with the surface it's sitting on if you have it laying flat and you try to open the front panel. Must hang over the edge of the shelf it's on by an inch or so

Overall Review: I read the reviews on this case and knew the power supply was a weak point, but I built this HTPC for my parent's beach house and thought it would be fine since it only gets mild use. They don't maintain an internet subscription there since no one's there most of the time, but I thought it would be nice to have this there with a whole bunch of movies loaded on the hard drive, and figured the low usage interval would stretch the life of even a sub-par power supply. Well, it didn't. After about a year of VERY intermittent use, the power supply still gave up. What a piece of cr@p. If you buy this case, just replace the power supply right off the bat. It may in fact still be under warranty, but I don't even want another one of these! I'm going to pay 40 bucks for a Seasonic and hopefully be done with it. If this computer were used daily from new, the power supply probably would've lasted about 2 months. Really disappointing.

12/10/2017

Nothing terribly special, it just works great!

Logitech F310 Wired Gamepad Controller Console Like Layout 4 Switch D-Pad PC - Blue
Logitech F310 Wired Gamepad Controller Console Like Layout 4 Switch D-Pad PC - Blue

Pros: Comfortable layout (as I'm most familiar with the Playstation style of controller) No lag in function during gaming Plenty of cable to reach from the back of my computer to my chair NO BATTERIES EVARRRR!!!!!!

Cons: Feels a bit light in the hands, though not necessarily "cheap" No vibration mode (though that just means my girlfriend won't steal it...)

Overall Review: I used the F710 for a few years (the wireless version of the same controller). The first I bought lasted a few years until I started having trouble with the D-pad. The second I bought lasted another year or two before I started noticing lag between button input and character movement on-screen. That's obviously very bad in most games so I decided to retire the 710 and give the corded F310 a try. I enjoyed the vibration feature of the 710 so I was a little sad to see that go, but it's nice not to have to worry about batteries anymore, and I never experience any lag at all! Plus, you know exactly the range available to you! If you're out of cable, you're too far away. With the 710 you'd kinda start to lose some connectivity, and then you'd kinda lose more, and all the while your character is getting their face beaten in while you're trying to adjust your seating distance. I'll buy more F310's in the future as they require replacement. They're also about 10 bucks cheaper!

If you've still got a need for a firewire card, this guy's cheap and fits the bill!

Rosewill RC-504 - PCIe FireWire 1394a Card - 2 + 1-Port (Two External + One Internal)
Rosewill RC-504 - PCIe FireWire 1394a Card - 2 + 1-Port (Two External + One Internal)

Pros: Inexpensive, plug-and-play in my Windows 10 machine, comes with a low-profile PCIE cover, Texas Instruments chip generally means quality.

Cons: Requires a Molex for power. If you're running a fully modular PSU this may be annoying because I'd be willing to bet everything else in your computer can make use of the SATA pigtails you already have plugged in

Overall Review: Simple installation (aside from running a Molex power connector to it). Plug-and-play functionality in my Windows 10 machine. I recently rebuilt my recording computer to make the jump from AM3+ to 1151, but I'm still using the same recording hardware and that makes use of firewire. Plugged this guy all up and I was back in business in no time!

Strong PSU! Solved my Issues (the computer-related ones anyway)!

Super Flower Leadex Platinum SE 1200W 80+ Platinum, 10 Years Warranty, ECO Fanless & Silent Mode, Full Flat Ribbon Modular Power Supply, Dual Ball Bearing Fan, SF-1200F14MP V2
Super Flower Leadex Platinum SE 1200W 80+ Platinum, 10 Years Warranty, ECO Fanless & Silent Mode, Full Flat Ribbon Modular Power Supply, Dual Ball Bearing Fan, SF-1200F14MP V2

Pros: 1200 watts is a pretty massive capacity for a non-mining system Excellent build quality! Cables are black, flexible enough, and feel well made Power cable to wall is massive! 12 gauge! Form factor is smaller than many higher-wattage units which fit my Cooler Master HAF-XB case Platinum efficiency

Cons: None really. I was hoping for a Titanium-rated 1200W, but they're all larger than will fit my case

Overall Review: I recently upgraded my GPU from a 1080 to a 3080. My 7-year-old EVGA G2 850W power supply should've been sufficient, by the numbers, but it wasn't. Particularly when playing demanding VR games, the computer would shut off. I'd have to cycle the switch on the back of the power supply in order to get it to turn on again, and that's pretty characteristic of a PSU that can't keep up with demand. Looking for about as much headroom as I could get in a 180mm form factor PSU, this one fit the bill (and the case) nicely! System specs: -Ryzen 5 5600x -ASRock B550 Taichi -32 gigs Corsair LPX 3600 Ram (2x16) -Asus Tuf 3080 OC 12 gig GPU -500 gig 2.5 SSD -2T 2.5 SSD -10T WD Black HDD -BluRay multi DVD drive -(2) x 140mm fan -(1) x 120mm fan -(2) x 80mm fan -MSI Frozr XL CPU cooler As stated in the "Pro's", I was astounded at how heavy-duty the power cable is! Comparing it to the 850W G2's 16 gauge power cable, you can tell some thought was put into this unit. I'm sure it will fit my needs for the entirety of its 10-year warranty!

Awesome card that I FINALLY got for a great price!! More like a "Ti light" than a 10 + 2 gig

ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 12GB GDDR6X, LHR, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, Dual Ball Fan Bearings, Military-grade Certification, GPU Tweak)
ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 12GB GDDR6X, LHR, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, Dual Ball Fan Bearings, Military-grade Certification, GPU Tweak)

Pros: Straight-up beast when it comes to computing power Small compared to other 3080 cards Runs relatively cool for the most part (memory gets a bit toasty) Shares more with the 3080 Ti than the regular 3080 10 gig

Cons: Memory gets a bit toasty. Seems the thermal pads included on the card aren't the best, and there are a number of upgrades that can be purchased which make a considerable difference Pretty power-hungry. My 850W EVGA G2 couldn't handle the card when playing demanding VR titles

Overall Review: Great addition to my VR rig! I can play every game I own at 144hz, top resolution on my Valve Index. Excellent fit with my 5600X. Frame times are nearly always in the green. I had to upgrade my PSU (went to a 1200W for mucho overhead), but that aside, been a great card! As stated in the cons, during heavy VR loads the memory gets a bit warm. The card tops out around 76C which is fine. The memory gets to about 84C which is also fine by the design parameters, but higher than I'd like to see. The card mounts vertically and due to the design of my case, air flow is all front-to-back. I'm thinking of getting a PCIE fan to get some axial flow in the case and see if it helps. I also want to upgrade the thermal pads, but probably won't until the warranty expires. Many people complained that the 12 gig versions of these 3080 cards was a blatant cash grab by Nvidia, and at the time of release it kind of was. If you had some patience though and waited a bit, these cards are an incredible deal! I got this card for BELOW MSRP OF THE 10 GIG VERSION! No brainer! Given that the card shares more with the Ti version than the regular 10 gig version, that's basically free computing power!

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Great set of headphones for the price!

Got these for about half-price and they're certainly worth that! I mostly use them to play drums since it's more convenient than putting in ear plugs. Also, you can put a set of ear buds in your ears and fit these overtop so you can hear music that you're playing along to. Relatively light, fit snuggly, really reduce volume well!

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No issues heere!

Offered what I was looking for at a good price. They also beat expected arrival time by a few days (expected on a Monday, arrived on a Saturday). Always appreciated!

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Bought it, got it, brand new as described. Thanks!

No issues here! Showed up early, packaged well and brand new as described. Thanks!

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10/11/2021