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Daniel D.

Daniel D.

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Most Favorable Review

1866mhz GSkill ram works perfect under XMP profile

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Nov 2017 UPDATE : Still running strong. I have never ran a system this long before. This thanksgiving will be 6years that I have had this system up and running. Still at 4.7ghz. Not that anyone is reading these old reviews but wow has this system done well. Still plan on keeping it as primary for another year or so. Now that Coffee lake just came out I am getting closer to moving this system into a different location. I play modern games with crossfire 290's and monitor my in game MSI afterburner specs on a separate screen. I primarily play Bf4 at 2560x1080p / 75hz / ULTRA and my CPU still stays between 60-80%. More modern titles use 80% +. What a great long term system. Just bought the deluxe version of this board , i5 2500k and 16gb DDR3 for my kids system($40) and it is rocking at 4.5ghz. Hard to justify upgrading when these older hardware gets the job done. I have used this board for 3+ yrs running my 2700k at 4.7ghz easily on Megahalems air cooler. I run 4x 8gb Gskill 1866mhz ram modules. I had originally 1600mhz modules that also worked. I simply have the MB set to XMP profile and CPUz shows all my timings are correct at the rated 1866mhz speed.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This is an old board and I simply wanted to respond to this recent review from KRAM P.

11/15/2017
Most Critical Review

High or Low NO Medium speed without BUZZ

Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels

Pros: Looks great, handles plenty of power. Sliders are nice compared to knobs. Flush sliders work well with front bezel door on my Fractal XL R2.

Cons: There is a hum/buzz to all of my fans when I run the controller (on any of the 5 sliders) anywhere in the middle of the slide/voltage position. Only way to avoid hum is set it to lowest setting or highest. Defeats the point of a fan controller, no way to dial in your fans for the right noise to performance ratio. My already low RPM case fans hardly move any air at the lowest 5v setting and the highest is just a hair louder than I would like. This issue happens with multiple brand of fans -Fractal Design Silent Series R2 FD-FAN-SSR2-140 -COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP -COUGAR CF-V14HB Vortex -Rosewill ROCF-11003 Hyperborea 140mm The Fractal built in 3 fan controller DOES NOT have this issue with all the above listed fans. Only this NZXT controller causes them all to have a annouying hum/buzz that completely defeats the purpose of the controller. I have been using the controller for the last month and just running fans either LOW or HIGH but now knowing this isn't fan related but controller related I am irratated. Just got my Hyperborea 140mm in the mail and they have the same issue even being a PWM fan that is supposed to be able to undervolt. Well they do undervolt fine with the basic fractal contoller just not with this NZXT. I wish I could recommend this controller, it would be perfect if it didn't create the buzz.

Finally affordable DUAL RANK kit. CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R 2x16gb ver 3.34

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R

Pros: XMP profile booted right up on Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite & Ryzen 3600. First thing I checked was if they were a DUAL or SINGLE ran kit and FINALLY A DUAL RANK kit. Heat Spreaders are a classy red not like the retail image which appears more fire engine red. Low profile heat spreaders can help in certain tight space situations but my cpu cooler doesn't overhang so it didn't matter if they were tall or short heat spreaders. Update

Cons: Only Cas 18 but it was a cheaper kit at a hair over 100.

Overall Review: This was my 3rd attempt to get a "DUAL RANK" kit at 2x16gb 3200 C16 or 3600mhz C18 . I thank the reviewer soren121 from 8/6/2021 which listed his kit as DUAL RANK. I tried two other 2x16gb 3200/3600 kits before this and both will be returned for refund as they both were single rank sticks. Please do not get DUAL RANK confused with DUAL CHANNEL. All these 2x8gb or 2x16gb kits are DUAL CHANNEL but the memory chip layouts are either in a dual or single rank configuration. I wanted a total of 2 ram sticks in this system but wanted a dual rank configuration. So I knew I either needed to buy 4x 8gb single rank sticks or 2x 16gb dual rank sticks to get where I wanted to be. A good bump in performance running dual rank ram vs previous single rank 2x8gb kit. Beware this CMK32GX4M2D3600C18R kit likely ships in both single and dual rank as I read some people on a different website had single rank kits. This is common now as getting dual rank in 2x16gb is more of a lottery now compared to the past when 16gb sticks were almost all dual rank. Not anymore. These two kits were the first two kits I tried that were both single rank so they are both going to be returned. Corsair 2x16gb 3200mhz C16 - CMK32GX4M2E3200C16 - SINGLE RANK KIT Gskill 2x 16gb 3600 C18 - F4-3600C18D-32GVK - SINGLE RANK KIT

12/12/2021

PS4 Extended Storage Drive in External enclosure

Team Group L5 3D 2.5" 480GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T253TD480G3C101
Team Group L5 3D 2.5" 480GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T253TD480G3C101

Pros: -Cheapest 480gb I could find at $64.99 -Fast Speeds using HDtune Read 564MB Write 526MB via Sata3 connection -Load times greatly improved on my PS4 Pro and no noticeable difference from my Intel SSD installed internally or externally. -Clearly faster load up of maps for Wipeout Omega and Horizon. -I have only ran it about 24hrs so time will tell if I have issues. At least there is a 3yr warranty and my intended use can survive a failure anyway. Just hoping it will last. Read below for how it is being used.

Cons: -Couldn't find any firmware updates on the basic website, no tools even. -Many high failure reviews

Overall Review: I simply wanted to load my PS4 Pro games onto a SSD to improve loading times. I did first install a Intel SSD as the internal drive and then realized the PS4 is constantly recording every game you play on a endless loop which means lots of unneeded writes to the internal drive. I put the 1TB HDD back as primary drive and decided to find a cheap SSD to install as an external drive. This way the HDD gets all the extra writes and less priority games while the external SSD will store my favorites. If this drive fails as an external it will be as easy as redownloading the games onto the HDD. All save data is on the internal drive so very little loss if this cheaper drive does fail on me. Problem solved, fast game loading and redundancy in case this drive fails. I would use an image back up program if this drive would be used as a primary boot drive. I actually would just buy a Samsung,Intel or Crucial for more important roles but as a game drive or secondary drive with back ups this is a cheap way of taking advantage of faster SSD speeds at close to half off normal going rates.

GREAT "OPEN BACKED" Headphones!!!! Bought 3 pair now!

Philips Performance SHP9500 Over-Ear Open-Air Headphones - EXCLUSIVE - Black
Philips Performance SHP9500 Over-Ear Open-Air Headphones - EXCLUSIVE - Black

Pros: THESE ARE OPEN BACKED HEADPHONES!! For all the reviews that complain about all the sound leaking, just simply ignore them. They obviously did not do their homework and they all were wanting a closed back style of headphone. This was primarily why I bought these. I wanted to try OPEN BACKED headphones and due to the rave reviews online for these. I am no expert I can only tell you what my ears like and these are a treat. I have HD201's, Mon0price Premium HiFi, Velodyne VQuiet , RS120 & RS140 Senns and my primary main set that I have used for 10years my Sony MDR-V6. I run them off my Soundblaster Z headphone amp port and I mainly use them for games and youtube. Some music and movies. I bought a back up pair when they were $55 and now I just bought a 3rd pair for $50 since I have 3 PC's that the kids and I will likely be playing together in games like TF2. I realized the closed back headphones make it very hard to communicate together while in the same room and causes my kids to be yelling back and forth. Now we can isolate our own sound but also hear very clearly(as long as the volume isn't too cranked) each other which is perfect. These SHP9500s are wonderfully clear. I went back and forth comparing to my V6's and I ended up retiring my V6 to 2nd place. I just placed an order for a 2nd set so if I ever run into any issue with these I will have a back up. They have less bass than the V6;s but the clarity is amazing. Watching sports, playing games, everything just sounds so natural and as if I am in the middle of a room with good speakers not speakers in my ears if that makes sense.

Cons: Good and bad thing is the clamp force is very light so not great for moving around but wonderful for long term sessions. They don't fold up and are larger than normal so these are best suited for at home.

Overall Review: IGNORE ALL REVIEWS THAT MENTION these have sound leak!!! They are supposed to be open backed headphones NOT CLOSED. It works great for hearing still in the house when I am listening to something on the quiet side. I can still hear the door or family. They can also hear my audio if they are in the office with me but that is a small price to pay for such a natural clear sound with long term comfort. The volume they hear is greatly dependent on how loud you are playing them. Like I said I just ordered another pair 6months later(now ordered a 3rd pair) as a back up. Most comfortable, best sounding headphones I have every listened too!!!

Good basic case with a clean look

Corsair Carbide Series 100R CC-9011075-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Carbide Series 100R CC-9011075-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Tool free hard drive / ssd cages Basic cable cut outs Clean appearance vs the "gamer boy" look USB3.0 on front

Cons: Small case leads to harder to hide wires. Very small space behind motherboard/case panel to hide excess wires. Cooling is not the greatest but a trade off for the clean front panel look. Not enough screws to install extra fans and the front two fan locations don't use standard case fan screws but a smaller threaded screw. They should have made the holes the standard size so there would be no need for these specific screws. I had to slightly hollow open the holes on the plastic fan so the screws could thread far enough into the case as well. Just a bad design choice to not use standard attachment methods. Yes the hard drive panel must be removed to install front fans which means extra unneeded work. Yes you can't reattach 2 of the screws that attach the hard drive cluster. There are 6 of the 8 original screws that hold it in place so that is not a issue to me. Enough to secure it unlike some of the reviews I have read. Ideally if you want better airflow just take the hard drive hardware out and install a SSD up in the 5.25 bays using a adapter. This way you have great unrestricted airflow (on the inside at least). I put 4x HDD in my build and they do run warm so I can changing it to 2x HDD and 1x SSD.

Overall Review: I had some old LGA775 hardware that I am still using for a Windows Home Server 2008 build. Wanted a cheap case for this old hardware that looked nice in the office. Defiantly not as fun to build in a smaller case compared to my Fractal R2 & R4 cases but it got the job done. I almost ordered a modular power supply as I couldn't imagine how I would get my 650watt corsair power supply to install cleanly. Well I did but had to route most of the excess up into the 5.25 bays. It looks clean but was much time consuming then usual. If you have smaller hardware requirements like low profile CPU cooler, modular power supply, limited SSD/HDDs then this can work fine. If you have the space I would go for a wider case for easier installs. But this is a budget case so for basic builds or more thought out mid range builds this can work.

10/11/2017