Joined on 04/28/18
Insane speed and lots of storage
Pros: -Plug and play compatibility using a Z390 MSI Motherboard -Fast -Samsung reliability
Cons: -PCIE 3.0 only (my motherboard does not support 4.0 so not really a con for me personally but keep that in mind).
Overall Review: Would definitely recommend this driver to anyone looking for a fast and reliable m.2 nvme storage device. I already had a 970 Pro 512 GB but wanted to add more space as game installs take more and more space these days. I know I paid a premium price for Samsung drives while other brands were more affordable, but I have been using my 970 Pro 512 GB as my OS/programs drive for years now and even carried it over to my new PC and it still performs like brand new with 100% remaining life (HW info report). It only just recently got dethroned as the fastest drive in my system by this 970 EVO Plus 2TB, quite unbelievable really. I know I will have peace of mind with the reliability of Samsung drives as I now have 3 Samsung drives in my system (970 Pro 512 GB, 970 Evo Plus 2 TB and 860 Evo 1 TB). I read cons about the drive getting hot but unless you have a tiny closed up case with no airflow you will be fine. Remember these run hotter than standard Sata drives as they are close to the motherboard and get the GPU and CPU hot air blasted on them all day long.
Best monitor I ever bought.
Pros: - Out of the box calibration is amazing. - Text is very sharp. - Vibrant colors. - Brightness is eye watering at 100% (I'm still using default 70% but if you like to get your eyes an IPS burn you can.) - Using 240Hz feels very smooth in regular work application as well as in games. - Monitor arrived in perfect condition, nicely packaged and absolutely NO dead pixels (will edit the review if I get a nasty surprise).
Cons: - 280Hz "overclocking" is a trickery, I would not buy this monitor only based on this. - G-Sync is a gimmick, I tried it but felt nauseous when FPS drops under 100fps because the monitor refresh rate drops to match the FPS you are getting. I ended up turning G-Sync off. - Slight IPS glow on corners but it is expected.
Overall Review: I bought this monitor as a replacement for my 32" MSI Curved VA panel. Being stuck working from home I could not stand doing CAD work with a curved monitor anymore. It was a downgrade in size but man is it better in every other way! Image quality is nice and sharp with bright and vivid colors. Text is much sharper than my old monitor. I am using it more as a work monitor but still occasionally game on it (mainly FPS games) and the experience is amazing. For the price this is the best bang for the buck. 4K 60Hz monitors are great for office work but they lack the fluidness of high refresh rates monitors. 27" 1080p text looks grainy and image washed out. The only other options in my opinion are very expensive ultra-wides, maybe in the future but right now I will enjoy this monitor for years to come.
Pros: Kind of a necessity but bought it on sale for a future build. Will update if there is any problems with activation.
Cons: -Windows still is the only choice OS if you want compatibility with most softwares. Working from home and using CAD design softwares as well as proprietary automation machine software it is the only choice available. (Linux isn't sadly).-Not free (...)
Overall Review: As much as having no other choices sucks, I have to admit Win10 is very solid. Used to run Win7 for a while but it's now time to move on and once you get used to the different quirks it really is very stable and I did not encounter any problems whatsoever.As far as the "spying" goes, you can custom install to remove a lot of stuff but seriously as a regular user what are people so afraid of? Do you have so much to hide that you are scared the almighty Micro$oft is spying on you?
Great case for the price
Pros: -Great airflow (if filled up with fans) -Lots of room -Easy cable management -Mesh looks great and not to flashy. -Great build quality, feels very solid and well made.
Cons: -Only comes with 2 included fans -Bottom thumb screw on the right panel needs a little wrestling to get in the right position. -Cable "management" bar in the front of the case seems like it wants to pinch the cables in place, be careful with the way you bend them especially the MB 24 pin. Managed to pre-bend the cables in place before putting the bar in and it's fine.
Overall Review: Really love the front panel mesh, I thought it was made of plastic looking at pictures but it's actually a steel mesh and quite sturdy. I only took 1 egg out because it only comes with 2 included fans, would love to see a airflow focused case come filled up with fans. I had to buy 2x 3-pack 120mm fans to fill up the case as I could not find the same fans included with the case. With 6x 120mm installed it's like a small vortex inside this case, I dropped my GPU max temp by 12C vs. my old case.
Awesome but expensive keyboard
Pros: -Typing on this feels great, keys are well stabilized. -Actuation of keys is very swift witch is awesome for gaming (I play mostly FPS games and have the linear version). -Solidly built, metal frame and back plate makes for a robust and quite heavy keyboard. -Very slim design makes using it very comfortable even without a wrist rest. -RGB lighting is very bright and has almost endless customization options with the G-HUB software.
Cons: -Secondary number keys are not illuminated (!"/@£ etc....) this does not bother me that much but it is worth nothing. -Price could seem completely insane but honestly you are paying premium price for a premium product.
Overall Review: Overall very happy with my purchase, I have been using it for around 2 weeks now and although it took a little time getting used to typing on this I can honestly say this is the best keyboard I have ever used. I've also owned a Razer Blackwidow , a Logitech G810 and the difference is quite notable. I bought this to replace my Logitech G810 witch I donated to my kids pc (and also is still functioning perfectly after about 5 years of abuse) so I was quite confident this new G815 would last me quite a while. If you are in the budget for a high-end gaming keyboard look no further. I chose the linear switches because they are more soothed to FPS gaming. The clicky ones are way to loud and remind me too much of my old Black widow and it was the main reason I actually steered clear of the Cherry MX blue switches. The tactile version is a "in-between" switch and seems like the more bland version, not as loud as the clickys and not as sharp as the linear. The addition of macro keys on the left of the keyboard is a nice addition although I haven't bothered using them yet. I read some discouraging comments about early adopters and some compatibility issues between the keyboard and the G-HUB software but in my personal experience everything worked out of the box. I simply plugged in the keyboard and installed the Logitech software and I was up and running, no issues at all.
The most powerful gaming CPU
Pros: -8 cores/16 threads -5GHz turbo boost on all cores running at stock settings. -Demolishes any task/game you throw at it.
Cons: -Price??! Ok this is an easy one, you get what you pay for of course buying a top of the line product is going to be expensive. -Toasty: By now most of you know this and understand why it doesn't include a CPU cooler, you need a beefy one for this. Don't believe the rated 95W, it goes way higher then that when in turbo mode.
Overall Review: This is the current gaming king. AMD might be a better deal but the fact is if you want THE BEST, this is it. Be sure to get an adequate CPU cooler to maximize the all-core turbo. Using a Dark Rock Pro 4 it never gets over 70C when doing heavy gaming at stock settings without any down clocking. I'm using stock settings as I really don't get why people need more than 5GHz on all cores and overclocking this CPU is more about bragging rights than actual performance gains. Just make sure you pair this with a robust Z390 motherboard with good power delivery to make sure you get the most out of this beast. I made this purchase knowing it will outlast my current GPU and will still be relevant even in 10 years to some extent as a gaming build (still using my 1st gen I7 in another build). AMD is still trying to compete and I appreciate the effort but just think about what CPU they are playing catch-up to even with a 12 core processor? That's right, the 9900K. If you want the best bargain workstation CPU get an AMD but if you want the best gaming CPU get a 9900K.