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Johnson V.

Johnson V.

Joined on 03/14/02

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Most Favorable Review

Runs cool

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X

Pros: 34C @ idle, 58C @ load, Noctua fan @ 3200 RPM All games tested @ 2560x1080 resolution with max settings and measured in minimum FPS. I couldn't hit 60C on load no matter how hard I tried on GTAV and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. ► Batman Arkham Asylum - 90 FPS (including Gameworks) and does not fall below 90 FPS ► World of Warcraft - 180 FPS all max settings no drops even in highly populated areas ► Killing Floor 2 - 62 FPS all max settings (never dips below 62 FPS) ► GTAV - 64 FPS all max settings (doesn't dip below 64 FPS, TXAA & PCSS On) ► Neverwinter - 64 FPS (average is higher around 90-100 FPS) ► World of Warships - 52 FPS (average is higher but that was the lowest it dipped to) ► Tera - 42 FPS (hits 42 FPS in crowded town, outside open world stays average 80 FPS) ► The Witcher: Wild Hunt - 52 FPS (average is higher but that was the lowest it dipped to) ► League of Legends - 180 FPS (average between 180-230 FPS)

Cons: Corsair fan LED is too bright, replaced with Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000 PWM Didn't have time to test more games, overall a great improvement over my GTX 970.

Overall Review: System Dell 2913WM 2560x1080 21:9 Intel Core i7 6700k @ 4.7Ghz 27C @ idle / 42C @ load NZXT Kraken X61 Gigabyte G1 Z170X Gaming 7 G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB 3000 Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX

Most Critical Review

A hit or a miss...

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology

Pros: Writes top end 16x media Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim close to 20x. Other lower quality media can not be burned by overspeeding. Drive can also write lightscribe and DVD-RAM at 12x speed.

Cons: Lightscribe, not very many people use it. Plus light scribe media is very expensive compared to regular media. I have had this drive for 2 months now. When I burn my data with Nero and check the "Verify" box to verify the data on the disk to the data on the hard drive, it fails to verify the data. The data on my Taiyo Yuden and Verbatims do not match the data on the hard drive and give random high PIE/PIF spikes at the beginning or ending of the media.

Overall Review: Some users report that their drive is excellent and others report that theirs is terrible. Buying this drive is a hit or miss. I would buy something else more reliable in quality than trying to take a chance with this drive.

9.5 Years and still chugging along

D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit
D-Link Xtreme Gigabit Router (DIR-655) Wireless N300, USB SharePort, Gigabit

Pros: It still works!

Cons: None

Overall Review: Why can't they make routers more reliable like this anymore? I have had this router for 9.5 years and it is more reliable than the TP-Link Archer C9 that I bought last year that only lasted a little more than a year. I have had the DIR-655 on 24/7 for the last 9.5 years and have hardly ever had to turn it off or reset it. I need faster wireless speeds though so I guess I will try and roll the dice again and go for the Nighthawk R7000.

FANTASTIC! For Sandy Bridge!!!

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339

Pros: Works great for Sandy Bridge systems. Originally I bought Mushkin Redline 996805 for my build but they kept giving me errors because the voltage runs at 1.65. I have used Crucial before on my laptop and I thought I'd give them a try again. I put them in and they booted right away and all my memory errors were gone and no more hard drive corruption. But like another reviewer said, don't be fooled by this ram because it doesn't have any heatspreaders. These ram sticks run super cool unlike my Redlines and are very high quality. I'm happy with this purchase.

Cons: No heat spreaders but you don't need them for this memory because they run super cool.

Overall Review: I recommend using 1.5v memory to avoid any problems with Sandy Bridge systems. Intel Core i7 2500K Asus P8P67 Pro

HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT! Ram cooler needed!

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996805
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996805

Pros: It was fast and worked at 1600Mhz @ 1.65v with the timings 6-8-6-24 on Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard for Sandy Bridge systems. I tested with stock bios, 1053, 1203 and 1253 no problems. Buy this ram only if you want to end up buying a ram cooler to go with it. I recommend Arctic Cooler RC Turbo Module for ram cooling. I won't be surprised if I need to RMA this ram soon. If you really want this ram I recommend you to get the Ridgeback version it has a better heatspreader than this one.

Cons: Did I mention hot? But these memory sticks run way too hot at 1.65v with the rated 1600Mhz that I was getting random errors and crashes. At first boot up my PC seemed okay and stable but would later crash. I tested it with Memtest86, Memtest x86+, Memtest Windows, and Micro 2K MemScope. Memtest86 and Memtest x86+ did not catch the errors. However Memtest Windows and Micro 2K MemScope caught the errors. I suspect it is getting errors because of overheating. Looks like I might have to RMA soon if these stick fail because of the heat. Even running the JEDEC Specs 1333 9-9-9-24 1.5v the ram is still way too hot for 4 x 2GB configuration. But the way the ram is running and the heat that is being put out I don't expect this ram to last long. The heatspreaders are terrible they don't dissipate enough heat. They slide off back and forth too easily when inserting them into the dimm slots making you think you didn't put your ram in good enough. I expected a lot better quality though.

Overall Review: This is my first time using Mushkin brand memory. I have heard about the Redline memory before and how great it was. But I think in the future I will reconsider my options. The memory worked as spec'd but the heat that was generated by 4 sticks of memory was way too much. I recommend everyone buy a ram cooler if they want to use these sticks in 4 x 2gb configuration because it just runs way too hot even 2 x 2gb configuration I was still getting errors and it was overly hot. But I currrently have a 120mm fan ghetto rigged to cool the hot Mushkin sticks. My PC system is stock though: i5 2500K 3.3Ghz Asus P8P67 Pro 4 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3 1600 Redline If anyone want to know the JEDEC Specs 1.5v 444Mhz 6-6-6-16 1.5v 592Mhz 8-8-8-22 1.5v 666Mhz 9-9-9-24 This is XMP programmed onto the memory: 1.65v 800Mhz 6-8-6-24 Yup, this memory is definitely Redline, Redline border hot to overheating and failure and future RMA. I think I will go back to Patriot ram next time.

***Warning to all potential buyers!***

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R487D5-1GD
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R487D5-1GD

Pros: It worked when I had it. Now it doesn't work anymore. They provided me with a solution to crossfire problems.

Cons: The memory is hot on it and has no cooling, if you try to even edge the gpu pass the default 750mhz it will crash! This is unacceptable! To get crossfire working I had to talk to tech support and run a number of tests. The default bios that comes with it DOES NOT WORK WITH CROSSFIRE! You must update your bios to the newest bios available on their website. The drivers on the CD is the only driver that works with crossfire if you decide to crossfire two of these cards. When you use newer Catalyst drivers, you will not be able to get these cards to crossfire without first updating the bios. They do not tell you this, I had to find out the hard way why the cards will not crossfire at all. They did not make a working crossfire bios until I kept providing them information of why it wasn't working. It wasn't until that they admitted that crossfire doesn't work and provided me with an updated bios. My crossfire ended up being disabled so I checked my second card. Yes, it was dead....

Overall Review: After 4 months, this videocard died. I don't recommend this brand in the future if you decide to buy videocards. At first I had tried to crossfire it with my XFX 4890 1GB to only find out crossfire doesn't work. It wasn't my XFX 4890 all along, it was the Gigabyte 4870 1GB with the bad bios that was causing problems with crossfire. Don't be fooled by the Zalman fan, it doesn't keep this card cool enough to save its life. There is no options in Catalys Control Center to control the fan speed, so there is no sensor on the fan to control speed. There are no heatsinks for the memory either, tell me why all other 4870 Radeon series has heatsinks on their memory except Gigabyte? That's right, because build quality for this card is abysmal and lacking in the quality department. My first card is only surviving because I have a full waterblock on it. Just do a Google search for this card and you will find it's plagued with all sorts of problems.