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William L.

William L.

Joined on 10/29/17

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Most Favorable Review

3070 w/ 3 Fans and an LCD

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 MASTER 8GB Video Card, GV-N3070AORUS M-8GD
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 MASTER 8GB Video Card, GV-N3070AORUS M-8GD

Pros: Great cooling LCD feature is a nice touch RGB zones Plug and Play

Cons: None apparent other than availability

Overall Review: Admittedly the Aorus Master wasnt my first choice, because I typically go ASUS or MSI, but I won this in a shuffle and used it for my girlfriends custom build. The card runs cool and the LCD was a pretty awesome feature (she loves having it match her theme). Neither of us have any complains about it and havent run into any issues. Definitely a solid quality card.

Most Critical Review

Visually pleasing, but functionally flawed...

Cooler Master Accessory: Vertical Display VGA Holder Kit w/Riser Cable for MasterBox, MasterCase, H500 Series
Cooler Master Accessory: Vertical Display VGA Holder Kit w/Riser Cable for MasterBox, MasterCase, H500 Series

Pros: - Shows off your beautiful graphics card. If you have RGB on the fans, why not display them? - Sturdy construction - eliminates GPU sag.

Cons: - Running an MSI X370 Gaming Plus motherboard in a Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5, my GPU (MSI Gaming X Trio) is resting against my memory modules and pushed out slightly. - Warmer temperatures. The backplate is a bit taller than their competitors' design. You choke off some of the exhaust and it also exhausts the warm air ONTO the motherboard. I knew this when I bought it, but it doesn't change the fact that it is a Con that should be considered.

Overall Review: - I would definitely suggest to the manufacturer that they redesign the bracket to shrink the backplate and also to give more clearance from the motherboard, this way the warm air has more room to be pushed out and there's less interference with memory modules.

I got Unlucky

PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Ultimate Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6 Memory, Powered by AMD RDNA 2, HDMI 2.1 (AXRX 6900XTU 16GBD6-3DHE/OC)
PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Ultimate Gaming Graphics Card with 16GB GDDR6 Memory, Powered by AMD RDNA 2, HDMI 2.1 (AXRX 6900XTU 16GBD6-3DHE/OC)

Pros: - Beautiful Card - Great Thermals - Performs Great out of the box

Cons: - Loud Coil Whine (Using Corsair HX1200) - Disappointing Overclock (pretty sure I got a lower performing XTXH chip, because Ive seen others getting 2700+ MHz and I cant break 2600MHz)

Overall Review: I reached out to support and had quick responses and some trouble shooting suggestions for increasing the clocks. Even though Im disappointed in this card, not all chips are created equally and I seem to have drawn the short end of the stick. Ive seen other Red Devil 6900XTs clock upwards of 2700-2900.

Solid Monitor

MSI Optix MAG321CQR 32" WQHD Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel 1ms 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144Hz Refresh Rate FreeSync Technology Height Adjustable Curved Monitor
MSI Optix MAG321CQR 32" WQHD Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel 1ms 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144Hz Refresh Rate FreeSync Technology Height Adjustable Curved Monitor

Pros: Nice Image Quality Good Viewing Angles Strong Stand Adjustable Tilt/Angle Competitively Priced Soft RGB Lighting in the back Easy Assembly Well Packaged

Cons: RGB Lighting is only visible against a wall/panel and is soft if youre going for a vibrant RGB build. Not a CON for me at all, but may be something to consider if thats what youre after.

Overall Review: Easy to assemble and hook up. I came from a 27 Dell S2716DGR that ran very warm and emanated warmth, because it was hot to the touch. This appears to run much cooler, has great quality, and is quite large! I have it flanked by two 22 screens in portrait orientation and simply love it.

Excellent Value

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X370 GAMING PLUS AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X370 GAMING PLUS AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Decent Aesthetics - Easy Overclocking (Use Ryzen Master) - Well Built - Inexpensive

Cons: - M.2 drive location isn’t in the best position - No CMOS reset switch or jumper cap - The I/O panel didn’t line up very well with the shield - MSI did not honor their Mail in Rebate

Overall Review: There are still RAM overclocking issues. Only a few sets of RAM can support the 3200 OC speed, so do your research. The board is one of the cheapest x370 boards you can get. I was able to reach 4.1GHz on all 8 cores and 32GB RAM @ 2933Hz. One of the best value for your money MOBOs you can get with this chipset!

Unparalleled Performance

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO

Pros: - Extreme overclocking potential (easily reached 2k MHz core clock and 6.2k [12.45k] MHz memory clock) - Low Temperatures (with aforementioned overclocking during stress testing on ultra settings (only 1080p), it never went above 68ºC) - Low Noise (case fans and NZXT Kraken X62 are louder) - Awesome looking card and well built!

Cons: - The card is massive. - The card is heavy. - You are charged a premium to have one of the best

Overall Review: - I would highly recommend this card to anyone looking for a card this powerful!