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bryan n.

bryan n.

Joined on 06/24/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

line issues? under $50, get this!

DIAMOND XS71U 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Sound Card
DIAMOND XS71U 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Sound Card

Pros: -perfect audio for its price bracket -louder (closer to line level) than most soundcards up to $40-50 -got rid of line noise

Cons: -no pretentious DAC chipset or OpAmps -only 48kHz (but how many DVD-Audio discs do you have compared to CDs/FLACs/MP3s?)

Overall Review: somehow, after 4-6 years of doing ok with either a Chaintech AV-710 (with sought-after Burr-Brown DACs in the front), followed by brief Onboard, then a Razer AC-1 (legendary CMI8788), i got some hum somewhere in the DAC chain that i just couldn't get rid of. so i got this while i was going to research others, and it's done the job marvelously. it's also closer to line-level outs than any other card under $50 i've tried. (compare a PS3 or--i assume--Xbox360 analog out to onboard or said pricebracket soundcard, and you won't even come close to a 1/3 the sound all the way up). so if you're experiencing analog out whine/hissing, get a long USB cable, some 1/8" to RCAs less than a foot (6" preferred) and this, and you should be good to go til we get more competition in the ~$50-60 range of USB DACs. (note: this is 16/48 ... however CDs are 16/44.1; also, of the few DVD-Audio discs i own, most are 24/48. and obv bit depth dithers infinitely more quickly and transparently than freq res

Most Critical Review

great... after you fix the design flaws

MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -perfectly stable -friendly to my first ever attempts at OCing -positive NewEgg Openbox experience

Cons: -"hot IOH" issue to the point of unusability, probably long term and permanent damage (-2 eggs) -expensive (intel is to blame, likely) -not specifically part of the mobo review, but CPU needs 3rd party cooler, too (if you load all cores)

Overall Review: i've never had a board fail due to a colossal design failure as this. without any overclocking changes, the IOH (northbridge) steadily climbed to over 100C. under load, it went even higher until Windows (fresh install) BSOD'd. even tried applying AS thermal paste after cleaning NB/SB. temps actually got worse. even the Intel HSF couldn't keep up with standard stress testing (Prime95 on a non-OC'd processor). this isn't even straining it the way Intel Burn Test would. i can't realistically speak for other Intel procs, though. i have an E4400, but i put a Q6600 Intel HSF on it. THAT setup stays cool. until a NB cooler i'd ordered arrived, i put an 80mm fan leaning against the heat sink, and it only took it down to 85C. new NB cooler (and SB) took it down to 50C. THIS SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY. i don't build computers as a job, but i have had ~8-10 mobos up to this point and never encountered such a thing. so if you get this board, be prepared to possibly have to do something si

ridiculously quiet, even came with AM4 adapter!

Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 Rev.B CPU Cooler
Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 Rev.B CPU Cooler

Pros: downblower... if you're abusing your VRMs and need something more than the stock AM4 cooler, look no further than this 140mm fan: helps silence even better came with AM4 adapter kit! (when ordered shipping from Scythe USA) ...i ordered one separately, but turns out i don't need it

Cons: doesn't perform as crazy well as the Ninja 4/5, but i knew this going in per a TweakTown review. however, plenty fine for Ryzen 2400G (and probably even their 95-105 watt parts) barely fits in my Arctic Cooling Silentium T11... the gap from the cooler to the side of the is the size of the PSU 8-pin CPU power connector, so check the fitting before you order it! (i think the height is 171mm)

Overall Review: if you want the usual absurdly quiet Scythe setup in your case, look no further! while it doesn't perform as well as the Ninja 4/5, it DOES blow downwards so you can keep your VRMs cool

still going strong!

PC Power and Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420 W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
PC Power and Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420 W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: still working after all these years!

Cons: not as quiet as expected... replaced another Silencer with an S12II and it was night and day difference. this however is running in a closet in the basement, however

Overall Review: just threw my Ryzen 1700X i got this Black Friday on it. it's kinda bored as the system's only using about 145 watts, however

quick review: works!

GIGABYTE AB350M-DS3H AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE AB350M-DS3H AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Ryzen 2200/2400G support out of the box!

Cons: had to download the manual PDF to figure out the case headers wish some of the BIOS options were explained

Overall Review: thankfully, this board supported 2200/2400G from the first BIOS release, so i didn't have to cross my fingers playing BIOS roulette, hoping to get one compatible (i don't have any AM4 chips). seems perfectly stable and has been running distributed computing on the CPU nearly 24-7 for the last 12 days, and on the GPU for the last half day. have also tested some of the more popular demoscene demos, too. no games, tho, yet.

late WD15EADS review

Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: -working ok so far, 11 months in, even after the SATA dock holding it fell off a computer case. -should work on linux (unlike EARS)

Cons: none so far, other than not being able to leave a review on the WD15EADS page.

Overall Review: ONLY 11 months in so far.