Great for Gaming and Multi-tasking. Runs hotter than expected.7/18/2020 9:06:02 PM

Pros: This CPU is running smoothly at 5.2Ghz @ 1.295v on an MSI Z490 Unify. Temperatures run about 34C at idle, but unfortunately get very hot at 95C under full load with a 280mm AIO. I'm not sure if I just got unlucky silicon, or if I need a better AIO, but temps are higher than I've been hearing from others. The CPU is pulling about 255W of power under full load with Cinebench R20. With 10 cores and 20 threads the 10900K can handle gaming and multi-tasking with ease. Though, it will likely soon be outclassed by the Ryzen 4000 series later in 2020. Cinebench R20 @ 5.2Ghz: Single Core: 542 Multi Core: 6748

Cons: - PCI-E 4.0 not supported by the CPU. - Uses a lot of power. - Lags behind in multi-threaded work compared to the cheaper 3900X.

Overall Review: Intel i9-10900K @ 5.2Ghz MSI Z490 Unify 32GB PC3600 CL16 DDR4 ASUS GeForce 2080Ti Ultra 1TB Samsung 960 EVO nVME Corsair H115i 280mm EVGA 850W Platinum PSU Acer Predator 32" 4K Monitor w/G-Sync Windows 10 Pro

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Great Overclocking Board. Powerful VRM. Sophisticated Design.7/6/2020 9:44:53 AM

Pros: This board offers more than most at this price. - Powerful 16 phase 90A VRM. - Great for overclocking. - Dual 8-pin CPU power connectors. - Post Code. - Sophisticated design.

Cons: - More USB ports would have been nice.

Overall Review: I have been able to overclock my i0-10900K to 5.2Ghz @ 1.295V on this board and the VRMs stay very cool Overall, it has performed very well and I would recommend it. This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Dear Thomas, Thank you for sharing your experience with the MEG Z490 UNIFY! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time. Thanks for choosing MSI! Best Regards, MSI Review Team
Great Performance, Great Cooling, Low Noise, So-So overclocking11/19/2018 3:39:35 PM

Pros: - 130% power limit. The default BIOS comes with a 130% power limit, which give a max of 325W power envelope to work with, which is higher than a lot of other cards. - Low noise. I am able to run the fans at up to 60% speed with very little noise. This card is quieter than other 2080 Ti cards I have used. - Good cooling. Temps never get over 74C during heavy gaming. The thick heatsink aids in providing good cooling with low oise.

Cons: - Despite the higher power limit, overclocking has only been mediocre. I was able to get +175 core and + 700 memory, giving me a maximum boost of 2,025Mhz core and 7,700Mhz memory. This is decent, but I was hoping for a bit more. Your luck my vary.

Overall Review: System Specs: Intel i7-7820X @ 4.7Ghz AsRock X299 Taichi 16GB 3400 CL15 DDR4 EVGA 2080 Ti XC ULTRA EVGA 850W Platinum PSU 1TB Samsung 960 EVO Corsair H115i Pro Acer Predator 32" 4K IPS

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Good, simple card that is held back by low power limit and fan noise.11/4/2018 6:08:16 AM

Pros: 1. Compact length. The Ventus is the same length as Nvidia 2080Ti FE cards, with makes it easier to fit into most cases. This was a big selling point for me, since my case can only accommodate cards up to 11.0 inches in length. 2. Good cooling performance. The large fans and beefy 2.5 slot heatsink do a good job at keeping temps low, as long as you run the fans at a moderate speed. 3. Simple, industrial design. There are no flashy LED's on this card, which I personally prefer. The design is very simple, yet sophisticated. It's all a matter of preference though.

Cons: 1. Low power limit of 112%, which is even lower than Nvidia FE cards. Having a low power limit will keep your card from maintaining peak GPU speeds while overclocking, which I noticed on my card. If you're into overclocking you may want to opt for a brand with a higher power limit, like Gigabyte or EVGA cards. I don't believe MSI offers an updated BIOS with a higher power limit for this card, unfortunately. 2. Fans have an annoying hum/whine above 50% speed. It was very noticeable. I had to keep the fan speed low because of this, which of course meant accepting slightly higher temps. If you prioritize cooling over noise, and you're willing to deal with the hum, then this may not make much difference for you.

Overall Review: The Ventus is a good "no-nonsense" 2080 Ti card that offers good cooling in a compact, sophisticated design. The main drawbacks are the whine of the fans when over 50% and the very low power limit which restricts top performance compared to other brands. I would recommend it only if you can get one that doesn't suffer from fan whine, and only at about the $1,200.00 price point. If spending $1,250.00 - $1,300.00 I would consider a brand with a higher default power limit. i7-7820X @ 4.7Ghz AsRock X299 Taichi 32GB PC3200 CL14 DDR4 1TB Samsung 960 EVO Corsair H115 EVGA P2 850W ACER Predator HXB31HK 32" G-Sync Windows 10 64bit

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Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenient experience. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at and we will be more than happy to assist you. If you require further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time. Thanks for choosing MSI! Best Regards, MSI Review Team | JC11052018001 |
Lowest price for Samsung B-die. Limited overclockability.7/20/2018 10:48:56 PM

Pros: - Lowest price for true Samsung B-die DDR4. I bought this when it was on sale for $179.99, and it's a steal at that price. - Runs at XMP setting out the box: PC3200, 14-14-14-31-1T - No silly RGB. Simple black & white color scheme.

Cons: - Limited overclockability on my X299 AsRock Taichi. I tried running at 3200, 13-14-14-31-1T and got a hard freeze. I also tried going up to 3400, 14-14-14-31-1T and the system wouldn't boot to the desktop, even with applying more DRAM voltage. 3600 at 15-15-15-31-1T was also not doable. I'm currently running it slightly overclocked with looser timings at 3400, 15-15-15-31-1T, but it's not always 100% stable. I was expecting a little more out of this ram since it's the coveted Samsung B-die. Maybe I got a dud set, or maybe it just doesn't like my motherboard, but overclocking has been disappointing. Your luck may vary.

Overall Review: System Specs: i7-7820X @ 4.7Ghz AsRock X299 Taichi Team Dark Pro 32GB (4X8GB) @ PC3400, CL15 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE 1TB Samsung 960 EVO 850w EVGA Platinum PSU ACER Predator 32" 4K G-Sync IPS

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Good Coffee Maker for the Price2/24/2018 9:52:52 AM

Pros: - Simple to use. - Small form factor, doesn't take up much space.

Cons: - Lacks more advanced digital controls and self cleaning features of higher priced machines.

Overall Review: I bought this on sale for under $50.00 and I think it's a great value at that price. It does what it needs to do, and nothing more. Simple, and effective coffee maker.

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It is IRRESPONSIBLE the amount of power they're giving you!3/25/2017 10:50:54 PM

Pros: - FAST! Equal in performance to 980 Ti SLI. - Blower exhaust heat out the back of the case. - Attractive "GeForce" illumination - Good value.

Cons: - Voltage locked. - Fan gets noisy after 65% speed. - Overclocking doesn't yield much performance gain compared to previous architectures.

Overall Review: The 1080 Ti is the baddest GPU on the planet, and at a very good value. It's a worthy upgrade if you play at 1440p or above, and "almost" gives us true 4k/60fps gaming on a single GPU. It is pricey, but at $699.99 it's actually worth the money, considering it's 30% faster than a GTX 1080. Using a custom fan profile, my temps stay under 70C while gaming, and the fan only goes up to 60%. If noise is an issue for you, water-cooling is a good option, or just waiting for non-reference cards to come out. I've been able to overclock the card from 1481core/1374mem to 1600core/1500mem. Here are some quick comparison benchmarks against my 1070: 3D Mark TimeSpy: 1070 Stock = 6,105 1070 OC = 6,428 1080 Ti Stock = 9,346 1080 Ti OC = 9,750 3D Mark Firestrike: 1070 Stock = 16,372 1070 OC = 17,360 1080 Ti Stock = 21,446 1080 Ti OC = 22,204 System Specs: i7 6800K @ 4.3GHz ASUS X99-Pro Corsair H110 EVGA GeForce 1080 Ti 16GB G.Skill 2800 DDR4 1 TB Samsung 960 EVO EVGA 850P2 PSU Dell U3011

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As fast as advertised! Strange booting issue with Asus X99-PRO.12/30/2016 9:45:38 PM

Pros: - Very fast data transfer speeds - Low latency, low power consumption - 1TB of space is enough for most gaming needs

Cons: After installing the drive, I'm having an issue booting directly into windows from either a cold start or a restart. Even with the 960 EVO set as the primary boot drive my system always boots to the UEFI BIOS first. I then have to restart at least once to get my system to bypass the BIOS and correctly boot to the Windows desktop. Fortunately, I don't need to turn my computer on/off very often, but it is still an annoyance - especially when installing Windows updates that require a full restart. I'm not sure why this is happening. Maybe someone from Samsung can chime in.

Overall Review: I installed Samsung's NVMe controller and the drive flies as advertised. This is an upgrade from my previous 850 EVO. :) Here are a few benchmarks: Crystal Disk Mark Seq Q32T1 Read: 3388 Seq Q32T1 Write: 1943 AS SSD Read: 2862.02 Write: 1786.16 Total: 4218 System Specs: Intel i7-6800K @ 4.3Ghz ASUS X99-PRO 1TB Samsung 960 EVO 16GB G.Skill PC2800 CL15 DDR4 MSI 980 Ti Gaming Corsair H110 EVGA P2 850w Jonsbo W2 Case Dell U3011 Windows 10 Pro

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Fast. Cool. Expensive. Overclocking is a bit limited.7/17/2016 8:22:29 PM

Pros: - 6 cores, 12 threads is great for gaming and heavily multi-threaded applications. - Runs cool.

Cons: - Expensive - Performance difference from 5820K is minimal - Not the greatest overclocker

Overall Review: I "side-graded" from my 5820K. I wasn't expecting a vast performance difference, just wanted to play with the latest and greatest technology. I can only manage 4.3Ghz stable on my ASUS X99-PRO @ 1.300v. The system would immediately crash at 4.4Ghz @ 1.325v. I could have tried cranking the voltage up really high, but I didn't think it was worth it. From what I've read, 4.2-4.3Ghz seems the normal range for this particular chip. This CPU is running noticeably cooler than my old 5820K, despite running at higher voltage. Idle temp is about 32C, and goes up to about 46C during gaming. Impressive. System Specs: 6800K @ 4.3Ghz ASUS X99-PRO Corsair H110 16GB G.Skill PC2800 DDR4 MSI Gaming 980 Ti 500GB Samsung 850 EVO EVGA 850w Platinum Dell U3011 Jonsbo W2 Case NOTE: I happened to get this CPU on sale, and with a gift code for $399.99. At the regular price of $439.99 I think it's overpriced compared to the 5820K.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Works great!12/18/2015 8:07:43 PM

Pros: Thin Doesn't slide around Doesn't collect dirt

Cons: A bit large

Overall Review: I bought this to use at work. I wanted something simple and thin, and this fits the bill perfectly. I didn't notice any smell to it, or any issues with it sliding around as other have experienced. It also seems to stay pretty clean.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Smooth Upgrade from Windows 7 Pro8/12/2015 5:10:44 PM

Pros: I'm not sure what all the negative reviews are for. My upgrade from Windows 7 Pro was near flawless. The only thing that didn't automatically update was the Nvidia High Def. drivers, which updated a day later. I upgraded by downloading the installer and running it from the desktop. The whole process took about 15 minutes after the download finished. - Smooth upgrade - Familiar feel coming from Windows 7 - DirectX 12 support

Cons: - Metro tiles still exist to some extent - You have to install MS updates eventually. Pro version only lets you defer them.

Overall Review: i7 5820K @ 4.4GHz ASUS X99-PRO 16GB PC2800 DDR4 500GB Samsung EVO 850 Corsair HX750 Corsair H110 Jonsbo W2 Case Dell U3011

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Great performance, runs a bit hot7/19/2015 8:00:21 AM

Pros: I purchased this to replace my MSI Gaming 970, since I run a 30" monitor at 2560x1600. This card is very high quality. The dual 10cm fans are whisper quiet up to 70%. I can run the fans up to 75% without the noise being bothersome. So far, I have overclocked the card to 1275 core, 1900 memory. The GPU idles at about 39C at 40% fan speed, and in-game temperatures are no more than 65C with fans at 75%. This card does put out a good amount of heat when fully loaded however. Max temps while benchmarking got up to 81C at 80% fan speed. You'll want to make sure your case has good airflow if you'll be pushing this card to the max. I ran some benchmarks compared to my MSI GTX 970 at equal clock speeds (1200/1800). My system is a i7-5820k @ 4.3Ghz with PC2800CL15 DDR4. Here are the results: 3D Mark Firestrike 970: 10,794 (100.0%) 980Ti: 16,613 (153.9%) Unigine Valley - 1080p Ultra, 2X AA 970: 3,791 - 90.6avg (100%) 980Ti: 5,809 - 138.8avg (153.2%) At equal clock speeds my 980Ti is 53% faster than my 970 in synthetic tests. Pros: 1. High quality 2. Quiet when under 80% 3. Comparable to 970 SLI 4. Short length 5. 6GB VRAM 6. Comes with backplate

Cons: 1. Puts out a lot of heat 2. Pricey

Overall Review: Overall, I am quite impressed with the card. It is expensive, but I think it's a better option than a 970 SLI setup. The card is very quiet, has great build quality, an attractive backplate, and just plain performs. It is also only about 10.75 inches in length, so it'll fit in virtually any mid-size or full-size tower. I highly recommend this card if you're looking for a quiet, high performance 980Ti. System Specs: i7-5820K @ 4.3Ghz ASUS X99-PRO 16GB PC2800 CL15 DDR4 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO Corsair HX750 Corsair H110 Dell U3011

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Good overclocking board1/4/2015 12:01:18 AM

Pros: Please disregard Clark C.'s negative review. He doesn't understand how to use the included M.2 expansion card apparently. As for the motherboard itself: 1. O.C. Socket for better overclocking. 2. Able to run DDR4 2800 even with 100Mhz BLCK. 3. Attractive design and layout. 4. Fan profile adjustments from main BIOS page.

Cons: 1. No easy Clear CMOS button. You have to move a tiny jumper to clear the CMOS, which is tricky if you have large fingers. 2. Voltage isn't accurate to what you set. I set voltage to 1.300v in the BIOS, but it ends up being 1.312v in actual use. 3. Expensive. I managed to get mine on sale for $278.00 from a different vendor.

Overall Review: My first board came defective. It had bent socket pins, overclocking was unstable, and it would not detect one of my DIMM slots. The replacement board is working perfectly. System Specs: 5820K @ 4.5Ghz (1:1 cache) 1.290v ASUS X99-PRO 16GB G.Skill 2800 CL16 DDR4 240GB Seagate 600 SSD 2x 4TB HGST NAS (RAID 0) MSI Gaming GTX 970 Corsair H110 Corsair HX750 Jonsbo W2 Case

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Dear Darksword, We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at and put case # N150164102 in the subject for your reference. ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers. Thank you for choosing ASUS. Regards, Mark ASUS Customer Loyalty
Best 4TB NAS on the market!1/1/2015 7:44:49 PM

Pros: I have two 4TB drives running in RAID 0. Performance is excellent with 7200rpm and 64MB cache.

Cons: A bit noisy. You can hear these drives when under heavy operational load.

Overall Review: ATTO RAID 0 scores: Read: 335 MB/sec Write: 340 MB/sec HD Tune RAID 0 (Read) score: Min: 160.9 MB/sec Avg: 257.7 MB/sec Max: 336.4 MB/sec

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G.Skill Delivers12/25/2014 11:50:04 AM

Pros: Fast 2800 speed, and decent CAS16 rating. High quality, as usual for G.Skill. Attractive looking, while not being too high to interfere with air coolers

Cons: Price

Overall Review: I have these running at 2800 16-16-16-1T on an ASUS X99-PRO. The XMP profile set them to top speed automatically, and I've had no compatibility issues so far. I've only used G.Skill ram for the past few years. I managed to get these on sale for $225.00 over the holidays, which was a steal. 5820K @ 4.5GHz ASUS X99-PRO 16GB G.Skill 2800 DDR4 MSI Gaming GTX 970 240GB Seagate SSD 2x 4TB HGST NAS (RAID 0) Corsair H110 Corsair HX750

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Very high quality - but quite audible12/7/2014 3:14:45 PM

Pros: These fans can push some air for sure. High static pressure which is what I need for my H110 280mm AIO. The cabling is very high quality. PWM, so you can the speed exactly as you see fit.

Cons: The fan was running at 60% by default, and is pretty much silent. However, once you bump that up to 70% it can certainly be heard. They are quite pricey as well, but I bought them on sale for $17.99.

Overall Review: I would recommend these only if you really need high static pressure. They're ideal if your primary need is a quiet setup.

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Decent headphones, but cable is too short10/27/2014 4:04:53 PM

Pros: Good sound for the casual listener and gamer. Fits nicely on the head, ear padding is decent.

Cons: The cable is very short, only about 3ft long. I had to purchase a separate extension just so I can use these headphones while sitting at my desk. Keep this in mind if you have you're a traditional desktop user. They don't completely cover the ear. After long periods of using them it can get a little uncomfortable.

Overall Review: I got these on sale for $24.99 shipped, which is a good price. Just make sure you buy an extension cord with it if you have your PC on the floor.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Be aware of TDP Limit before buying!9/28/2014 11:57:15 AM

Pros: Great cooling 8-pin + 6-pin High quality components Silent when idle. I bought this to replace my aging 770 2GB, since I run at 2560x1600p. I saw a 17% increase in Unigine Valley, and a 38% increase in 3D Mark Firestrike.

Cons: The speed throttles down when under load once you reach the TDP limit. The power limit is capped at 110% on stock BIOS. During gaming, the voltage will drop randomly, and it's hard for the card to maintain its top boost speed. This has been well documented from other reviews and internet forums. It's quite annoying since you can't really reach this card's full potential without 3rd party BIOS utilities which I'm sure will void your warranty. I don't know why MSI limits the card to 110% when it's built for high power delivery (8-pin and 6-pin and military grade components). Perhaps an MSI rep can commend and explain the rationale. Another Con is that the heatpipes stick up high, so the card may not fit in all cases. I have read that this card WILL NOT fit in the Corsair Air 240. Please be aware. The mousepad that came with the card has a strong, pungent smell making it useless, IMO.

Overall Review: i7-4770k @ 4.5Ghz ASUS Z97 Pro V-Edition 16GB 1866 CAS 9 2x Seagate 600 256GB SSD 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Corsair H110 Coolermaster HAF-XB Dell U3011

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Excellent SSD!!12/30/2013 1:37:44 PM

Pros: This SSD has performed perfectly from day 1. It outperforms the Crucial M500 and often can be had for less. ATTO: Read: 555 MB/sec Write: 470 MB/sec

Cons: Didn't come with a SATA III cable.

Overall Review: I purchased this drive for $130.00 during Black Friday. Great deal at that price. 4770K @ 4.55Ghz Corsair H110 ASUS Z87-Pro V Edition 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix 1866 CAS9 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 MSI GTX 770 2GB Coolermaster HAF-XB Dell U3011

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The best!!!12/21/2013 8:19:28 PM

Pros: This chip is sill fast, and doesn't run as hot as I thought it would. I upgraded from an i7-930 @ 4.0Ghz and currently have this i7-4770K @ 4.6Ghz. Idle: 23C Full: 68C Corsair H110 cooler.

Cons: None to speak of.

Overall Review: I purchased from a brick & mortar store

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Fast RAM, but color is misleading12/4/2013 8:54:47 PM

Pros: Currently running at 1950 MHz 9-9-9-24-1T @ 1.64v. Oddly though it won't go above this speed even at when lowering to CAS 10-10-10.

Cons: The heat spreaders are NOT bright yellow like the picture. They look orange out of the box. I bought them to color match my ASUS motherboard, so having the colors not match is disappointing. One egg off for that.

Overall Review: I bought two sticks during Black Friday for $57.99 each. Absolute steal at that price!

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Fantastic!6/5/2013 4:10:45 PM

Pros: The design of this card is great - large heat pipes, large cooling fans, and the card isn't very long either. The fans are almost inaudible below 60%. I run at 80% during gaming and temps stay about 65C at full GPU load. Even at 80% the noise is pretty low. So far I have overclocked to 1200 core, 1900 mem. Performance is better than my old 7970.

Cons: None. Get this card!

Overall Review: I bought this card to replace my defective Radeon 7970. I was hesitant at first of going from a 3GB card to a 2GB, but it hasn't been an issue on the games I play. i7 930 @ 3.93Ghz 12GB RAM 1600 CAS8 OCZ Vertex 2 HAF-X Dell U3011

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One fan rattles. RMA'ing1/29/2013 4:07:44 PM

Pros: I bought two of these for my HAF XB. One worked fine, but the other one made a very annoying rattling noise. I am sending that one back for RMA.

Cons: This is the second Prolimatech 140mm fan I've had to RMA this week. The other one spun at around 915rpm when it should be at about 1,040rpm. :(

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
I like em!1/29/2013 4:05:12 PM

Pros: I really like these little fans. The LED is a bright blue and looks great with the clear fans. Add some chrome fan grills for a little extra splash.

Cons: None.

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Works like it should1/29/2013 4:03:33 PM

Pros: Not much else to say, it works, so I'm happy. Length is perfect for my home use.

Cons: None.

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