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BRIAN P.

BRIAN P.

Joined on 11/14/17

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Most Favorable Review

Bluetooth Upgrade

Fenvi FV-AXE3000 Wi-Fi 6E AX210 PCIe Network Card Bluetooth 5.2 Heat Sink AX 3000Mbps 802.11ax Tri-band 2.4G/5G/6G PCI-E Wireless WiFi Network Adapter Cards for Desktop PC Support Windows 10 64-bit
Fenvi FV-AXE3000 Wi-Fi 6E AX210 PCIe Network Card Bluetooth 5.2 Heat Sink AX 3000Mbps 802.11ax Tri-band 2.4G/5G/6G PCI-E Wireless WiFi Network Adapter Cards for Desktop PC Support Windows 10 64-bit

Pros: + Bluetooth device recognized by Windows 11

Cons: - Requires a free USB header on your MB for bluetooth capability

Overall Review: I originally bought this device because Windows 11 stopped recognizing my Insignia Bluetooth USB dongle for bluetooth connectivity. The only thing I dislike about this device is the requirement of a free USB 2.0 header on your motherboard. Depending on your board size and system configuration, you may not have a free header. I got around this using a NZXT USB 2.0 hub. If all you need is wifi functionality, the PCIe power is sufficient. The wifi works, but I don't need it for a home desktop that's right next to a router. It came with a driver disk, but I didn't need it as Windows update pulled the updated drivers. After updating and restarting the device has been working flawlessly. Despite my issues, the device works as advertised with little to no fuss from the OS so 5 stars

Most Critical Review

1 of 2 Died After 8 Months of Non-OC Use

NZXT Kraken X63 280mm - RL-KRX63-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - Rotating Infinity Mirror Design - Improved Pump - Powered By CAM V4 - RGB Connector - Aer P 140mm Radiator Fans LGA 1700 Compatible
NZXT Kraken X63 280mm - RL-KRX63-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler - Rotating Infinity Mirror Design - Improved Pump - Powered By CAM V4 - RGB Connector - Aer P 140mm Radiator Fans LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: - Does a good job cooling - Default fan profile is pretty quiet

Cons: - Questionable quality.

Overall Review: I bought two of these 280mm AIOs and the second one has failed after only 8 months of use. The motherboard's AIO pump header is showing a N/A RPM, but the fans are running at max RPMs before the CPU shutdowns from overheating. I use AIOs for aesthetics, so I am surprised to see the pump is dead from just regular, non-overclocked usage and having the pump being the lowest part of the CPU cooling system.

Sturdy and Slick-Looking Motherboard

MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Backing plate is very sturdy - Includes LED diagnosis lights on the board near the RAM slots to help troubleshoot components that aren't working properly. There are 4 lights (CPU, RAM, VGA, MB) that light up when an issue is encountered.

Cons: - I/O shield felt rather flimsy.

Overall Review: - With the backing plate being aluminum it'll be interesting to see if it gets brittle over time. - Has some red LEDs to light up case. - Board is designed to have RAM inserted into the A2/B2 slots first (per installation guide).

11/27/2017

Good RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVR

Pros: - Decent looking metal heat plate.

Cons: - Was worried I was going to damage the sticks getting them out of the packaging. Package didn't want to let go.

Overall Review: - Designed for Intel Z170 platform, but it seems to work on the Z370 platform. Not really sure if there's a major performance difference or not since I'm running off a SSD.

11/27/2017

Modular PSU with "Short" CPU Power Cable

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W SLI/CrossFire Ready ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified 7 Year Warranty Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-TPG-850FPCPUS-P
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W SLI/CrossFire Ready ATX 12V V2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified 7 Year Warranty Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready PS-TPG-850FPCPUS-P

Pros: - Easy to install - Fully modular

Cons: - CPU power cable is too short to route behind motherboard on cases with PSUs being mounted on the bottom.

Overall Review: - Aside from the CPU cable being too short for "neat" wiring it's a pretty solid unit. - Comes with attachable rubber edges to make the PSU flush with the case. The PSU has rounded edges.

11/27/2017