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Tobin W.

Tobin W.

Joined on 10/31/19

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Most Favorable Review

An Excellent Gaming Board With More Subtle Aesthetics

GIGABYTE Z390 DESIGNARE LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE Z390 DESIGNARE LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -It has an excellent and thorough I/O. -There's a little plastic holder to keep your front panel cables connected and acting like one cable. It's a nifty little touch. -The aesthetics are much more minimal and restrained than your typical gaming board. I'm not too fond of the typical bright and gaudy look of gamer accessories. It still has some RGB headers and LED accents, so if you are into that look, this board will oblige you. I would've turned them off but they automatically went to my favorite color so I left them on. -The M.2 heat spreaders are really nifty. -I don't know much about overclocking but from the little I do know, I think the power delivery is pretty great. -The display port input is a really interesting feature. I wish I had a use for it. -The metal shields around the PCIeX16 and RAM slots are pretty cool. -I really like the ability to have a USB type C port in the front I/O.

Cons: -I'm not too big on the WiFi antenna. It just seems a little goofy and I'd prefer two of the simple straight antennas. It is kinda cool how it's magnetic and you can stick it to the side of your tower if it's metal. -More SATA III ports couldn't hurt but six is still plenty so it's not too big of a deal. -I don't really like how the BIOS looks but I also don't spend much time looking at it and by now I'm just nitpicking.

Overall Review: I thoroughly enjoy and highly recommend this motherboard.

Most Critical Review

The Best For Gaming

Intel Core i9-9900KS - Core i9 9th Gen Coffee Lake 8-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 (300 Series) 127W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX80684I99900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS - Core i9 9th Gen Coffee Lake 8-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 (300 Series) 127W Intel UHD Graphics 630 Desktop Processor - BX80684I99900KS

Pros: -According to Tom's Hardware this is the best CPU for gaming, bar none. It has the proper balance of lots of cores, insane clock speeds, and single core performance. -I like the dodecahedron box more than I care to admit.

Cons: -14nm manufacturing process really holds it back. -The price to performance ratio is pretty awful. -The advertised TDP is downright hilarious. In synthetic testing with CPUZ and measuring with Core Temp, it hits around 160 watts. The PCMark10 Extended bench mark measured a little over 220 watts. -It can barely justify itself over the AMD competitors -Being a special edition, it's ludicrously over priced.

Overall Review: I absolutely don't recommend this product, unless you can find a good price on a used one. I also wouldn't recommend the related i9-9900k or i9-9900kf unless you're building a pure gaming machine and have too much money. The i7-9700k offers similar or even superior performance for cheaper. If you want to do literally anything else other than gaming and web browsing, go with a Ryzen. Intel still has a minute advantage for gaming (the difference between fps from an i9 and a Ryzen 9 is within 1%). For everything else, Ryzen's smaller transistors, higher core count, lower price, and better price to performance ration completely crush Intel's offerings. As an extremely specialized piece of hardware, this chip is admirable. Within the larger perspective of the rest of the market, it just isn't very competitive.

Pretty solid

Corsair Hydro Series H100x Extreme Performance Liquid / Water 240mm CPU Cooler (CW-9060040-WW) LGA 1700 Compatible
Corsair Hydro Series H100x Extreme Performance Liquid / Water 240mm CPU Cooler (CW-9060040-WW) LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: -Came with plenty of accessories -It has great performance -Decent aesthetics

Cons: -The fans were pretty loud. I tried the cooler with some higher quality fans and they were just as loud under load but at idle, the stock fans were significantly louder. -There was no option to turn of the LED on the pump/block, but it's a white LED, it didn't really clash with any of the aesthetics of my computer

Overall Review: I used this to cool a heavily overclocked i9-9900ks. I've seen it spike up to 220 watts and this cooler has always kept it in the low 80's. It's now in my girlfriend's computer cooling a Ryzen 5600x and it's more than adequate for that.

Perfectly fine, didn't do what I bought it for, but I didn't think it would

Athena Power CABLE-M204M204F 10 in. Extension & Conversion Four-In-One
Athena Power CABLE-M204M204F 10 in. Extension & Conversion Four-In-One

Pros: -It works as intended -The colored cables were handy for my use-case -The black cover on it is also pretty dandy

Cons: -It can't adapter a 20 pin power supply to a 24 pin motherboard

Overall Review: This you have a 24 pin power supply that isn't 20+4 pin, this should do the trick. I wanted to adapt a 20 pin power supply to a 24 pin motherboard and did not have any luck. Fortunately, I have a soldering iron and a pinout diagram, so I soldered some of the wires that carried the same voltage to the +4 pins and the computer works great. Hasn't caught fire yet, despite the sketchiness.

Solid case regularly, amazing on sale

Corsair 4000D CC-9011199-WW White Steel / Plastic / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair 4000D CC-9011199-WW White Steel / Plastic / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Great aesthetics -Solid cable management -Plenty of spare screws, velcro straps, and case accessories -Versatile, the front panel can be removed for better airflow -I was pretty pleased with the number of fan slots

Cons: -The fan slots in the front aren't very well made for 140mm fans. It's great for 120mm fans, so that there's that. -It could use more stock fans -The hard drive cages aren't the best but they're good enough. Especially since 3.5" drives seem to be declining in popularity

Overall Review: A friend and I built in this for his girlfriend's birthday. We didn't encounter any issues with it, we found it very satisfying. Also, I got it on sale for $60, with a $20 MIR, which was pretty rad. I do prefer the airflow front panel but I was pleasantly surprised with how solid the thermals were on this case. Although I did put 3 extra 140mm fans in it, so that probably helped.

It's cheap, it's simple, it works

Athena Power CABLE-YSATA290 6 in. SATA II Y cable
Athena Power CABLE-YSATA290 6 in. SATA II Y cable

Pros: -It's cheap -It's simple -It works

Cons: -The cables can get kinda spread out. It really doesn't mater. I fixed the problem with six zip ties.

Overall Review: This isn't the kind of product people spend days researching, they just need the cheapest one that works. This one reaches the dizzying heights of "Perfectly satisfactory" and "Meets expectations".