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Ross B.

Ross B.

Joined on 11/14/01

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Most Favorable Review

Works Great.

VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader
VANTEC UGT-CR935 USB 3.0 Multi-Memory Internal Card reader

Pros: Inexpensive, no drivers required

Cons: None

Overall Review: Works perfectly in Win7 64B and Win 10 64B. No drivers are required. Be careful when inserting a CF card.

Most Critical Review

Click, click...

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Storage space, price

Cons: Quality control

Overall Review: I bought two of them for a RAID 1 array. One of them clicks loudly right out of the box. The second one is quiet. They both work, but I'm betting that the clicking drive will fail soon. Now I have to pay return shipping for the defective device. I am not happy

Good value

ViewSonic VX2457-MHD 24 Inch 75Hz 2ms 1080p Entertainment Monitor with FreeSync Eye Care HDMI and DP
ViewSonic VX2457-MHD 24 Inch 75Hz 2ms 1080p Entertainment Monitor with FreeSync Eye Care HDMI and DP

Pros: Nice image quality for a good price. Fast response time. Internal speakers are ok.

Cons: Weak base, could use a DVI input, does not come with a DisplayPort cable.

Overall Review: This is a nice monitor for a reasonable price. I am using it with a GTX950 via DisplayPort and the image quality is very good. I am feeding it digital audio via a DisplayPort cable and when I turn the internal amp up to 100% I find the sound to be good enough for standard Windows and Web sounds. I am controlling the volume level from Windows and I usually don't need to turn it up more than 50% (monitor set to 100%).<br><br>The base is weak and the monitor will wobble if you use the buttons on it or if you bump your desk. I haven't found this to be a deal breaker. I'm not a huge fan of working with the 1080P widescreen format, but this seems to be a trend that all manufacturers are following. My last Viewsonic monitor lasted 8 years, I hope this one lasts longer

Works Great

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-8GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-8GVR

Pros: It works

Cons: None

Overall Review: I am using this with a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 board and XMP. No issues or concerns.

Works Great

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-16GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-16GVR

Pros: It works

Cons: None

Overall Review: I am using this with a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 board and XMP. No issues or concerns.

Good value. Not a great choice for an i7-6700k OC.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Inexpensive and easy to install. Keeps my i7-6700k at safe temps at 4.5 Ghz while performing routine tasks in Windows.

Cons: Temps jump very quickly at higher clock speeds. Fan gets loud when temps rise above 60C. Prime95 Torture Test results are too hot.

Overall Review: I installed this cooler on an i7-6700k (4.5 GHz OC). I have a Z170X board in an Antec P180 case with four 120mm fans. The four fans include a front intake fan, a hard drive cage fan, a rear exhaust fan, and a top exhaust fan. The cooler keeps my CPU in the high 20C to low 30C range during periods of very low usage and low clock speeds (800MHz). The cooler's fan is very quiet when the temps are in the 20s and 30s. Temps will immediately jump into the mid-50s and higher when the clock speed hits 4.5GHz while running more substantial tasks like Windows Update, file compression, virus scan, or photo editing. This quick temperature increase occurs even when the CPU utilization percentage remains low across all cores. As soon as the clock speed changes to 4.5GHz the temps rise significantly. My board commands faster CPU fan speeds when the temps climb into the 60s and then the cooler's fan starts to get loud. I can hear it over the four other 120mm fans in my well ventilated case. The temps drop after the cooler’s fan ramps up, which allows the cooler’s fan to slow down again until the heat cycle repeats. Temps get into the high 90s when executing the second test in the Prime95 V28.7 torture test suite. My fully loaded (Prime95 torture) temps drop to the low 80s when I disable the OC and run the same test with the stock clock speeds. I've removed and cleaned the cooler and CPU numerous times and experimented with different ways to apply the paste. I've tried the pea method, the thin line method, and I tried to follow the instructions and applied a very thin film to the cooler (not the CPU) using a credit card. I've also tried Arctic Silver 5. I got similar results every time. I added a second Cooler Master fan to create a push-pull configuration and I saw absolutely no benefit. Some people have reported quiet fan operation and very low temps (in the 40s) with this cooler on an i7-6700k running an OC and a full load. My testing results differ and I find the quiet/low temp claims with an i7-6700k running an OC hard to believe. Serious OC users should look at a better cooler.