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Caleb K.

Caleb K.

Joined on 06/11/08

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Most Favorable Review

Good budge processor

Intel Core i7-3820 - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73820
Intel Core i7-3820 - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73820

Pros: This processor is targetted at the "budget" end of the performance segment. It has somewhat limited overclocking capabilities and only *gasp* four cores. It is however quite fast despite it being at the bottom of Intel's LGA2011 performance lineup. I very much like Intel's move away from the FSB with the integration of a DDR and PCIe controller. That's one less bottleneck in the architecture. Quad channel DDR3 allows for massive memory throughput. My rig measures in at the max the memory controller can handle, just over 51 gb/sec!

Cons: On the downside, the 3820 loses Quicksync found on other Sandy Bridge processors since it lacks the integrated graphics controller found in other LGA1155 processors. So if you run Quicksync enabled apps, you'll notice a performance hit as the work will be done by the actual CPU cores rather than the on-die GPU. If you don't use Quicksync enabled apps, then its not a con at all. I'm also not a fan of the processor being partially locked as I do like to overclock when its feasible. I was hoping to be able to push it a bit further than I was able to however 4.2 ghz is hardly shabby.

Overall Review: For best performance, you need to be conscious of the memory you purchase for this processor. Make sure it is compatible with Intel XMP (extreme memory profile) or X79 chipsets. I had some nice Mushkin Redline DDR3 2133 memory in my rig initially and was unimpressed then after some research found that XMP compatible DDR3 1600 fixed the issue and allowed me to push the clock speed higher. Also to take full advantage of the memory controller, make sure to install memory in sets of 4 as the controller is quad channel. You can install two sticks but it will give you a performance hit. Asus P9X79 Pro Intel I7-3820 @ 4.2 ghz Mushkin Redline DDR3 1600 XMP compatible 4gb x quad channel kit EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 4gb Mushkin Chronos 120gb WD Caviar 1tb Coolermaster HAF 932 w/ Corsair H100 OCZ ZT 750 watt fully modular power supply.

Most Critical Review

Ok but...

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

Pros: On a non-overclocked system, this memory runs perfectly fine and is extremely stable and reliable in my experience. I got a good deal on it for the after Thanksgiving sale so I can't complain too much. All in all, its decent memory.

Cons: I find myself unable to go very crazy on overclocking due to the memory not being stable at higher speeds. it never did recognize the memory as 1600... It detected the memory at 1033 and won't even boot at 1600. Even with increasing voltage, I never could get this RAM past 1150 so my watercooled Phenom II is running at a mild 3.8 ghz to accommodate this RAM.

Overall Review: If you are just building a regular PC that will never be overclocked, this isn't a bad way to go. If you are wanting to overclock your rig, I'd strongly recommend different RAM.

Excellent cooling solution at a reasonable price

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: This is one impressive cooling solution. I've got my H100 installed on an i7-3820 that's OC'd to 4.63 ghz and under full processor load in a burn in test it reaches only 40° C. I couldn't be happier with the performance of this unit. For the cost difference, custom cooling loops are out of the question compared to this for dedicated CPU cooling. And the best part is the wide socket compatibility. It even works flawlessly on LGA2011. The radiator on this unit is very large and heavy but will fit in cases with adjacent 120mm fans. It fits with room to spare on the ceiling of my Coolermaster HAF 932 case. I've noticed no loss in cooling performance in the three months that I have owned it and hope the longevity will continue for some time to come. Bottom line, the H100 will meet your CPU cooling needs no questions asked.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that the pump sounds like a Jake braking semi truck when I power the computer down. During normal operation, the pump is almost inaudible.

Overall Review: Asus P9X79 Pro Intel I7-3820 @ 4.63 ghz Mushkin Redline DDR3 1600 XMP compatible 4gb x quad channel kit EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 4gb Mushkin Chronos 120gb WD Caviar 1tb Coolermaster HAF 932 w/ Corsair H100 OCZ ZT 750 watt fully modular power supply.

10/24/2012

Love this mobo

ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Pros: Incredible array of features including neat little gadgets like integrated Bluetooth connectivity, built in debug LED (handy in case of a failure), SSD caching and the list goes on and on. Its current gen, compatible with lots of excellent components, has excellent support for overclockers including the ability to change clock speeds while booted into Windows as well as monitor temperatures of all your hardware. The UEFI (and update-able from a USB drive) bios is easy to navigate and has full mouse support as well. 8x memory slots make upgrading easy down the road. This motherboard will continue to be an excellent platform for quite some time.

Cons: My only real complaint is that the PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots are arranged in a way that could hamper 3 card SLI setups. If you intend on doing one, be aware that it will likely block some of the empty PCI-E slots on your board with how thick video cards have become.

Overall Review: Unless you have gobs of cash burning a whole in your pocket and only want a single gfx card or dual card SLI, this board is amazing. Its intuitive, very adaptable, and so far reliable. This blows my old Phenom II x4 955 outta the water in every single way. Asus P9X79 Pro Intel I7-3820 Mushkin Redline 2133 x 16gb EVGA GTX680 FTW+ 4gb Mushkin Chronos 120gb + WD Caviar 1tb Coolermaster HAF 932 w/ Corsair H100

Excellent mouse

M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse Cyborg CCB437130002/04/1 Black 13 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 6400 dpi
M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse Cyborg CCB437130002/04/1 Black 13 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 6400 dpi

Pros: This mouse is just plain awesome but at ~$120 it had better be. I've got a RAT7 a work and an MMO at home. Both are fantastic quality. The MMO is particularly geared to gaming. I find the programmable buttons extremely handy in EVE Online. It can also hold three program modes which can be cycled through with a button on the mouse next to the left mouse button making it quickly cycle through settings for different characters, fittings, roles, etc. This mouse is one of extremely few products I've seen Maximum PC give a 10/10 rating (they figure nothing is perfect except for Cyborg mice). It really is perfect too. Weight adjustment, all sorts of scalability and a variety of attachments to adjust the mouse to different hand sizes, excellent build quality, high DPI and adjustable on the fly DPI settings, braided USB cord with gold connector, and the list goes on. You can't ask for any more features in a mouse than this.

Cons: None... I don't think saying the price is a con is fair. Its head and shoulders above the competition. The MMO is in a class of its own. You pay for what you get.

Overall Review: Having owned high end mice for years, I can honestly say these Cyborgs are the best I've ever used. They actually fit my hand. My RAT7 at work is an excellent Photoshop mouse with its adjustable DPI settings allowing you to easily manipulate the smallest details. The MMO builds on that precision and adaptability by adding programmable buttons.

Good case

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

Pros: I got this case to replace an old Xclio Windtunnel I had. In the process I wanted to incorporate a liquid cooling system. Even with a rather bulky triple core radiator sandwiched between two 120mm fans, there is ample room over the motherboard to access memory and any fan or SATA plugs. I had no clearance issues even with a large GT560 TI video card. There is also ample room between the outside shell and back of the motherboard plate to hide a mass of cables further promoting clean airflow to various components. The hard drive bays are also oriented to take advantage of this cable management allowing both power and SATA cables to stow away behind the motherboard. The case is rather sturdy despite how ventilated it is. The crazy array of fans in this case move a lot of air but over all, its not noisy due to their large size and low RPMs.

Cons: None really... see other thoughts.

Overall Review: Really the worst thing about this case is its weight. Its not a huge deal as you shouldn't be moving a full tower around constantly anyways but it does come with casters that you can mount instead of the standard rubber feet.