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Nate S.

Nate S.

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Most Favorable Review

Exactly What I Was Looking For!

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M SE with 2 x Halos RGB Fan Frames, Integrated RGB lighting, Tempered Glass Side Panel – Black/White interior
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M SE with 2 x Halos RGB Fan Frames, Integrated RGB lighting, Tempered Glass Side Panel – Black/White interior

Pros: It's very roomy inside, has multiple options for mounting radiator and fans. Lots of options for cable management. Power supply underneath and out of the way. It's heavy enough to feel sturdy when all assembled. Glass side panel has some heft to it. "slide-out" radiator tray is offset making it that much easier and providing clearance for motherboard and RAM. A few different points for mounting SSD's. One of the very few glass cases with an optical disk drive option.

Cons: The "slide-out" tray did not exactly slide on mine. More like jerked forwards and backwards unevenly. Eventually, with the case on its side and a good huff and puff, I was able to make sure the thing slid in all the way. One of the screws for the glass panel side acted funny. It sort of took the robber grommet/washer with it. Wasn't too a big a deal. There is actually not very much room for cables to hide, on the non-glass side of the case. I.E. I actually had a visible lump when I put the metal panel on the case. I had to hide most of the cabling in the power supply area, rather than straight/flat behind the motherboard. I ended up fully rewiring the thing once I had all my drives in place. Lastly, the metal panel that is the case side is actually pretty flimsy. I heard that in another review above and have to second it, when I had the metal panel off I was afraid I would bend it, and like I said above, when I stuffed in the cables behind the motherboard and forced it closed, there was a visible bump. Lastly, the magnetic dust cover which is supposed to sit on top was messed up. The magnets appear to be glued to the screen but in my case, 3/4 of the magnets are not glued properly. This is fine since I'm actually using the top as exhaust rather than input (so I don't use the top screen at all) but it does mean I have to superglue the magnets to the screen to make it work as intended, which I should not have to do. All these cons knock off about 1/2 to 1 egg.

Overall Review: For the price I paid with the rebate on it, the multiple radiator options, the sheer volume of the inside of the case, glass panel, and the fact it has an optical drive option, as well as mounts for custom liquid cooling solutions (I have an enermax all in one) this case is perfect for what I needed. I would buy again and I would recommend it. Just double check your slide out radiator mount is smooth (you can WD-40 it before you put all your components into the case) and that your dust filter screens are in legit shape.

Most Critical Review

Stay away

DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported
DD-WRT Supported, Rosewill RNX-N150RTv2 - Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Router - IEEE 802.11b/11g/11n, Up to 150 Mbps Data Rates, 5 dBi Fixed Antenna, WDS Bridge Connection, QoS and VPN Supported

Pros: As a wired router, it does work. Keeps my desktop connected.

Cons: The wireless is basically garbage. I upgraded to the latest firmware version from rosewill's website. Even on the lowest settings, no encryption, wireless b only, channel 1, 1mbps xmit rate, spi firewall turned off, it STILL drops my ds lite and my ipod every 15 to 20 minutes. ipod will sometimes show only 1 or 2 bars despite being like 8 feet away from the router. a reboot of the router will usually let my devices connect again but man that's garbage. and before you ask, yes, i have tried all the different settings as far as b/g/n, transmission rate, channels, and even using static ips for my ds lite and ipod to no avail... frustrated but it was 20 bucks so what can i say? just be wary, since you do indeed get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Bought this to replace my wired router and so that I could broadcast some wifi to my ipod and my ds lite. Regretting the purchase :( if you're looking for routers, look for one that supports open source firmware and go for a name brand.

A Set So Nice I Purchased Them Twice!!

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) C14 Memory Kit - Black Model CMK16GX4M4A2400C14
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) C14 Memory Kit - Black Model CMK16GX4M4A2400C14

Pros: Installed easily, booted right away. Went into BIOS and activated XMP profile 1. I have them installed on an X99 platform with quad channel Xeon processor. 32GB @ 2400 MHz and these are the lowest timings CL14 that I could find in that range. Work like a charm no issues no errors. Even stress tested and mem tested multiple times while troubleshooting other system issues. I love the form factor, the heat spreaders and not stupidly tall and I didn't need RGB. Just fast memory and enough that will fit in my eight slots and with my cooling solutions and this fits the bill perfectly.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: I took a risk by purchasing the same set almost a year later, but all the specs and codes match up. This is an awesome set of RAM sticks and if the price is right, go ahead and snag em!

Exactly What I Thought it Would Be

Intel Xeon E5-1620 V4 Broadwell-EP 3.5 GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 10MB shared cache L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 140W BX80660E51620V4 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E5-1620 V4 Broadwell-EP 3.5 GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 10MB shared cache L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 140W BX80660E51620V4 Server Processor

Pros: I chose this because I wanted to have a recent processor with a clock speed >3 GHz and at least quad core. Then it became a matter of practicality, do I want fastest dual channel memory and limited pci lanes, or this puppy that has quad channel memory at a decent speed and 40 pci lanes? This wins out. It is fast enough to handle whatever I've thrown at it, good for multi-use multi-purpose workstation, photoshop, 3d/video editing encoding, decoding, compressing and decompressing, gaming, all while listening to music or watching youtube... pretty much anything that is multi threaded this thing will eat up. It stays very cool under load but I've got a 280mm all in one so that helps. It isn't a crazy high clock speed and it's only four cores with hyperthreading, but this means temps and wattage is relatively low.

Cons: Can't think of any!

Overall Review: Unfortunately, X99 boards are becoming a rarity, so if you buy this processor, be prepared to fork over some serious cash for the appropriate motherboard slot!

MSI... Mediocre Subpar Imperfect...

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC

Pros: The stats are good on paper. It is beefy physically holding it, and inside your case it is long. The fans stay silent (off) until needed. You can override this which is also a pro. 8GB is a lot of VRAM and for the price I paid, I was happy.

Cons: Doesn't seem to take overclocks well. At least my card didn't. I tried a bit but would always crash before getting too high on voltages or clock speed increases. Made me just stick to stock and I started to get errors and crashing. Eventually I got pink screens and white screens. Error log / event viewer all pointed to nvidia etc. so I eventually RMA'd the card. I seem to have had terrible luck with drivers, as well, on Windows 10 Pro x64... would get those nvlddmkm errors with almost every driver release I tried. I don't know what the whole issue was to be honest. Maybe a combination of factors...

Overall Review: I ended up RMA'ing this card, and having one sent back in it's place. It has cosmetic issues, and now my desktop seems to run a bit 'heavier'. Like the mouse seems a little less snappy and GPU usage is always about 10% (whereas it barely registered 3-4% on the RMA'd card). What are you gonna do? On the RMA'd card I got back, I tried using the autoclock feature of Afterburner... it seems to get the clock speed just shy of 2.0GHz... seems to work but when I manually enter the values for clock speed and voltage increase, it immediately crashes. I guess it has to 'ramp up' to those speeds. Idk.

Eggcellent AIO

Enermax ELC-LMR240-BS Liqmax II 240 / ELC-LMR240-BS / Liquid CPU Cooler 25mm Fan/ INTEL/AMD with AM4 Support
Enermax ELC-LMR240-BS Liqmax II 240 / ELC-LMR240-BS / Liquid CPU Cooler 25mm Fan/ INTEL/AMD with AM4 Support

Pros: This thing works beautifully. I see temps of like 23, 24C at idle... made me wonder if my sensors are not working. Cools my Intel Xeon E5-1620v4 enough that I don't worry about leaving it on 24/7, and have not had any issues under loads. Stress tested using multiple different programs and the thing hardly breaks a sweat. The hoses are long, somewhat stiff but that's ok that's what I'm looking for. The pump is noisy when it's on 100%, but if your fans are that loud, you won't notice. The thickness of the radiator and the heft to it are pretty impressive. The fans can be pulled off and mounted either direction. Included power cables for the fans are decently long. It is really hard to find anything to complain about with this unit

Overall Review: If it were still available I would urge you to get it. Of course I waited to review to see if would last out in the long run. It has!

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Seems legit?

I didn't realize that this was a marketplace transaction. I wish I would've looked a little closer beforehand. It was billed as a separate order, which means I paid separate tax, and a separate shipping fee, and if i had a percentage off coupon, that wouldn't have done as much.. but all in all I suppose it was ok.

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