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Michael T.

Michael T.

Joined on 08/21/05

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Most Favorable Review

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Rosewill RCDC-14002 - 6-Foot White DisplayPort Cable - 28 AWG, High Bit-Rate, Male to Male
Rosewill RCDC-14002 - 6-Foot White DisplayPort Cable - 28 AWG, High Bit-Rate, Male to Male

Pros: It works like a displayport cable, so that's a plus, but...

Cons: Packaging said it was a 1.1 cable and 1.2 compatible which means it's not DP 1.3 or 1.4 so it's not future proof and won't support 4K@120Hz let alone 8K at all. Putting this kind of info on the product page would have kept it from losing a star.

Overall Review: It works as expected it's just a shame whenever products online are missing relevant information. This is not even DP 1.3 which means the standard it's using is nearly a decade old. FYI this cable likely won't even support 4K @ 60 Hz or might JUST meet that spec with the 1.2 compatible but not likely; packaging says up to 2K only.

Most Critical Review

Dreadful

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: Capacity, IF IT WORKS!

Cons: THIS DRIVE IS TERRIBLE! I have the CC1H firmware already included in it that's supposed to fix the random freezing and what not but this drive still FAILS! I try to copy some files on to this drive and at random times it freezes and locks up my entire computer, HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!? IT'S ON AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SATA CONTROLLER!! Will have to RMA this and hope for a better one but it's stupid to have to pay shipping for something that's defective. Seagate should refund everyone who's bought these and pay for all shipping.

IT'S CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST!

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD R2

Pros: I finally got my hands on one at long last and all the hype is real. Tears through everything I throw at it and is insanely cool and quiet compared to the 6970 it's replacing. Ultimately I get higher FPS on max settings in every game than I got at lowest settings on the 6970. Truly incredible. The fans run silent as hell and I've not heard a peep and 0 coil whine.

Cons: The only possible con I could say is there's no mini displayport on the back so I have to now buy a new cable but I can't really take that as a star off or anything because that's more an issue on my end to not have a full to full displayport cable.

Overall Review: I've always sought GPUs in the 350-400 range as they tend to last for 5 years, and my 6970 was no different. I got 5 1/2 years out of that thing and it was just time to move up to the future, especially since this card uses only 150W versus 250 on the 6970. AMDs releases so far are lackluster for driving higher resolutions like 2K or 4K so this was the logical choice.

Waited a while in case of DOA (5TB)

TOSHIBA PH3500U-1I72 5TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache Serial ATA 3.0 (SATA) Desktop Internal Hard Drive Retail
TOSHIBA PH3500U-1I72 5TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache Serial ATA 3.0 (SATA) Desktop Internal Hard Drive Retail

Pros: And it didn't DOA at all. In fact this is one of the fastest 7200 RPM drives I've ever owned and it is rock solid. The capacity is fantastic and even after all the HD movies and TV I've still got many many GB left to fill in the future.

Cons: Nothing at all to complain about

Overall Review: There are 6 TB drives and maybe even 7/8? But once you go past the value of 5 TB the price goes sky high which doesn't make sense. In fact the difference between 4 TB and 5 TB tends to be $20 but from 5 to 6 it's basically just double price.

Great

Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K
Intel Core i7-4770K - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770K

Pros: Blows away anything that is thrown at it, and overclocks with an ASUS Maximus VI Gene board to at least 4.4 GHz on all cores without trouble. Coming from an 1100T to my first ever Intel build, this chip is a HUGE step up. This chip brought my 7970 to life and shows what it's really capable of when modern games use slow scripting engines that need better single-core performance to handle the non-threaded scripting engines.

Cons: It's Intel, so the total system build is higher, but if you know how to shop, you can avoid turning over your arms and legs and get some good deals without being a fanboy and blowing thousands for a name brand.

Overall Review: First ever Intel build in my life, but AMD has simply dropped the ball and focused on APUs and consoles and HOPEFULLY that will actually help them to compete with Intel in the coming 2 years, but as of now that is not their focus. The arguments on here get old with people whining about AMD or Intel as being better. AMD has over 2 decades of beating Intel to every new technology, but in the last half decade they have dropped the ball and let Intel get at least 1-2 generations ahead at every step of the way. This was ultimately why I had to move to an Intel build now, as it is simply many generations ahead of my previous X6. I don't care if you're a billionaire and a huge fanboy, there is NO reason whatsoever to spend $500 or more on a motherboard and $1000+ on a chip. This chip right here is a beast and a great value in modern computing, and not very far behind the "Xtreme" lines at all, especially since you can just slap a Corsair on this and overclock it like a beast.

Good Value

ASUS MAXIMUS VI GENE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS MAXIMUS VI GENE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is the best value for the money that I could find for Intel builds and comes feature-packed and comes with at least 90% of the hardware features as the up-to double price other Maximus VI's. All the same software is included with the standard Maximus drivers disk, so there's no loss there on the more expensive sibling boards. ASUS is definitely my go-to motherboard company of choice for a long time, and the build quality shows with this board. I had no troubles installing my Corsair cooling and 4770K chip, and everything has been humming along with tons of power and features ever since.

Cons: Board is pretty unclear about chip position and installing 3rd-party cooling systems is slightly harder than AMD systems. Price, although I can't really blame ASUS because this is, of course, an Intel board, and Intel platforms just cost more just because of the Intel name, so you kind of have to accept that the low-end boards cost as much as the high-end AMD boards; though I can not remove a star for this because the current Intel chips are amazing.

Overall Review: Coming from a Crosshair IV formula, there is a LOT more to do in the BIOS of this beast (UEFI) than previous BIOSes, which can be a con or a pro depending on your expertise.