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Douglas F.

Douglas F.

Joined on 03/14/03

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Most Favorable Review

Good for cheap i7 build

MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: BIOS reset button on the board (as well as power and reboot) replaced old school jumper -- really nice so you don't have to remove video cards and cram larger hands around everything. A must when overclocking experiments go awry. 2 PCIx16 is plenty. I only plan on keeping one video card installed at a time anyway, but if I ever needed to CrossfireX it's ready. No parallel or serial out the back, but there is one serial on the pcb if you really think you need it. ;) Stable. I love the heat pipes. Oodles of USB & Firewire ports. Has nifty LED indicators all over the board for informational purposes (green = PCI slot filled & working) With Radeon HD3870 and memory at stock speeds I'm getting around 11,500 3dmark 2006.

Cons: I think MSI gave me the wrong driver disk -- when I tried to install the NIC drivers Windows would absolutely not start the NIC. I downloaded all drivers to my thumb drive, threw that in & reinstalled everything from there. All okay now (it's shown as a totally different Realtek ethernet model than what the original driver disk reported). It's a minor hassle but could really disturb a rookie. For that reason alone I give it 4 stars.

Overall Review: I don't care for the brown color -- (a tad on the ugly side). What does brown do for you? It doesn't really matter -- it's what's inside that counts. I've got a nice 12" cold cathode light that draws eyes away from the PCB. Heat pipes look great. It also comes with backup software which I didn't really care for, but at least it's included. Make a separate partition (preferably a separate hard drive) and it should work fine. I'd rather use Ghost, Nero Back-it-up or Retroexpress (comes with My Book World Edition NAS). 320GB SATA 3.0 Seagate Visiontek Radeon HD 3870 overclocked Lite On DVD burner (finally a non-noisy one) Antec SuperLANboy case 550 W Ultra power supply 3x2GB Corsair DDR3 1600 (running at memory bus 1333) Vista Home Premium SP1 nMEDIAPC ZE-C138 Silver Aluminum Panel 5.25"All-in-one 20" VP912b Viewsonic LCD monitor Logitech S510 keyboard/mouse

Most Critical Review

Sets the new standard for absolute garbage

TRENDnet TEW-632BRP 300Mbps Wireless N Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2
TRENDnet TEW-632BRP 300Mbps Wireless N Home Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2

Pros: It's very difficult to find one nice thing to say about it when they cons outweigh the pros by such a slanted margin.

Cons: Everything else about it. Newegg should make "0" or "no eggs" or even negative eggs an option. Worked for about 3 days. Miserable device. Click on <apply> or <save> or somesuch button in the browser and you'll never hear from the *ahem* again. Tried to set up MAC filtering -- kept complaining about the only valid characters being 0-9, a-f and A-F, which is exactly the set of characters I entered in the MAC field -- verified the numbers over and over and over again, but never accepted them. Must have used the <factory reset> button more than 30 times. I actually can't even remember the problems I had with it initially since it was last year. Tried to give it one more shot lately and it has failed mightily.

Overall Review: It kind of reminds me of a product that was made by sweaty, grimy, hungry people with no choice, trembling in fear while looking up barrel of an AK-47 pointed at them. Runs hot. Do not buy it. You should be grateful it's out of stock -- it never should have been IN stock.

Excellent card, would buy again

MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5700 XT EVOKE OC

Pros: Fast, especially considering the price. Looks nice. Wasn't sold on the Goldmember look until I put it in my Rosewill Cullinan MZ case. Now I think it looks great -- nice contrast. Reflects RGB lighting from my 4 Corsair HD120 RGB LED fans nicely. Not too loud. Radeon Image Sharpening makes already nice looking games even nicer looking.

Cons: No RGB lighting on it. No real time ray tracing -- not that important as it's possible to do this with an agnostic game engine (Cryengine) without dedicated hardware and only a few games support it now. I'll be due for a whole system upgrade by the time that will matter. I've had a few games crash -- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with DX12 enabled and everything maxed out eventually gives me an out of resources message but that's not the card or the drivers, it's the overhead that DX12 requires. DX11 uses around 6 GB VRAM for the same settings. Had one of my Batman Arkham games produce some weird grey fuzzy screens when enabling AA but now I can't recall what I disabled in the Adrenalin software to fix it. Had the Metro 2033 benchmark crash the first time I ran it but was stable the next 8 runs without changing anything.

Overall Review: Bought this to pair up with my first gen Ryzen 1600X whose RX 480 went on to replace a dead card elsewhere in my network. This card is perfect for this chip. Everything I throw at it runs great at ultra settings at either 1440p or 2160p, depending on the title. Hottest temperature observed: 84 C in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Most of the time it stays in the 60s and 70s. Would definitely buy it again.

12/23/2019

Great paste

Arctic Cooling Inc. ACTCP00002B MX-4 4g Thermal Compound For All Coolers
Arctic Cooling Inc. ACTCP00002B MX-4 4g Thermal Compound For All Coolers

Pros: Definitely cools better than stock paste

Cons: None

Overall Review: I used this product recently to fix an overheating issue on my old PowerColor Radeon RX 480. The card was getting up to 95 C degrees and powering the system down while playing Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Pulled the HSF, cleaned old paste off, applied a line on the chip and reattached the HSF. The card still runs hot up to 90 C degrees but it's completely stable and I owe it all to this MX-4 2019 edition thermal paste. Good stuff.

Nice looking lights, good airflow

Corsair HD Series, HD120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance Individually Addressable RGB LED PWM Case Fan (CO-9050067-WW) 3-pack
Corsair HD Series, HD120 RGB LED, 120mm High Performance Individually Addressable RGB LED PWM Case Fan (CO-9050067-WW) 3-pack

Pros: Not too noisy. Vibrant colors.

Cons: Doesn't appear to be compatible with ASRock X370 Killer sli/ac and its software controller so I don't have the type of control over the lights I wanted. Have to use the hardware controller instead.

Overall Review: Pre-tap the holes by screwing the screws in/out with a decent power drill with Phillips head before installing the fans in your case, otherwise you'll end up stripping the heads of the screws because superhuman strength is in fact a prerequisite if you don't.

Stable with Ryzen 1600X

G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-2400C15D-16GFXR
G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-2400C15D-16GFXR

Pros: Runs at 2400 CL15 per its specification.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I'm not an overclocker so I can't speak to that point but I can say that it runs fine at stock settings paired with my 1600X.