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Kymberley S.

Kymberley S.

Joined on 07/28/20

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing performance for a low price!

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 GAMING 8G (rev. 2.0) Graphics Card, PCIe 3.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5, GV-RX580GAMING-8GD REV2.0 Video Card
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 580 GAMING 8G (rev. 2.0) Graphics Card, PCIe 3.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5, GV-RX580GAMING-8GD REV2.0 Video Card

Pros: - Manages 60fps in 1080p at even max details in all my tested games (Mass Effect Trilogy, Tales of Vesperia, etc.) - Heavily improves performance for various tasks of video editors (like effects rendering) - Super quiet even during gaming - Good temperatures because of the dual fans

Cons: Personal gripe: Because the outer plastic shell does not cover all of the heat pipes, from a distance the card will look like it's sagging even if it's not. And it can look a bit out of place in builds where someone is going for a specific color theme (not me, obviously but still counts as a Con). However, none of this affects performance; it's a personal opinion so don't take it too seriously, please.

Overall Review: This is my first officially graphics card, no joke. For years cards have been too expensive and PCs have come and go. So I didn't know how this would affect my overall experience on my PC until heavy effects in Vegas Pro, like a package called Magic Bullet Looks, would suddenly render 3x faster than with my integrated graphics. My main reason for buying a graphics card was so I could play Mass Effect Trilogy and a couple of my other PC games properly at 60fps in 1080p (my desired spec), and so far it's been accomplishing my goal properly even at full details. Then again, I chose this card not because it's the newest, hippest card on the block but because it hit all the settings I needed for the PC I own. I highly recommend this card to anyone who would like the option of gaming even on low details but doesn't wanna buy a super expensive card to be like the cool kids on the block.

Most Critical Review

When it works...

ELECOM M-HT1DRBK Wireless Trackball Mouse - Extra Large Ergonomic Design, 8-Button Function with Smooth Tracking, Black
ELECOM M-HT1DRBK Wireless Trackball Mouse - Extra Large Ergonomic Design, 8-Button Function with Smooth Tracking, Black

Pros: - Comfortable style - Big trackball - Lots of buttons

Cons: - Trackball sticks when you'd least like it to - The pointer will slow down out of nowhere - Not ideal for creative programs like Photoshop or Premiere Pro because of prior points - None of the speeds or power consumption options on the mouse change the above issues

Overall Review: Honestly, I'll be returning to my old wired Logitech Marble Mouse because even though it's showing its age, it's more reliable for what I need done. I have tried EVERYTHING to fix this lag: Changing batteries from the provided ones to brand new local ones, increasing pointer speed on either mouse or Windows, changing power consumption from low to high, adding lubricant, and even tried multiple USB ports on my PC, including 3.0 slots. Nothing has fixed this input lag that'll sometimes happen; and it's not "all the time," it'll happen in long spurts when you don't expect it (and I do mean this because I'll go to mask something in my program and it'll randomly decide NOW is when the trackball will "stick" to itself). But it's bad enough that I believe I'll RMA this because it's not worth the price I paid for it. Even playing a shooter game I experienced this input lag. So if it's not giving me the advertised reliability in the specs then it's not worth it. I sadly cannot recommend this product. I have never had such a bad experience with a mouse that I could not simply fix with lubricant or a battery replacement.

A wonderful, wonderful upgrade; but stock heat sinks from Intel need WORK.

Intel Core i5-10400F - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1200 65W Desktop Processor - BX8070110400F
Intel Core i5-10400F - Core i5 10th Gen Comet Lake 6-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1200 65W Desktop Processor - BX8070110400F

Pros: - Big upgrade from an LGA1151 socket! - Fast - Powerful - Turbos even when not overclocked

Cons: - The heat sink was painful to install. - Thermals are still not stable even with premium paste, meaning my installation still isn't great but I'm not gonna bend my board at this point. - Turbo is both a blessing and a curse and leads to massive thermal throttling due to the dinky heat sinks you receive with one of these.

Overall Review: First of all, this processor is good--in fact, more impressive than I would've thought it would be. All those recommendations? Very wise to believe them. My issue lies with Intel sending these tiny fans with slightly large heat pipes and expecting it to still be able to handle Turbo boost without thermal throttling. This is something I've been thinking since the Core i7-7700K dropped: The Turbo boost should either be off or optional in a program, NOT on by default in the BIOS. Because odds are if your old cooler died or you don't have a secondary option, you will thermal throttle your CPU on accident using the new stock cooler like I nearly did. The problem is, Windows gives you a slight patch in the form of selecting in the power options to turn your max CPU power to 98 or 99%. However, this is not ideal as you'll go from nearly 4.50GHz (which is terrifying, by the way since it's only rated for 4.30GHz tops but I digress) to 2.90GHz with nothing in-between. Not that Intel really cares at this point; but I will say, AMD does do a better job at sending a bulky cooler alongside their CPU to help deal with thermals. As I said at the beginning though: The processor itself is great. If only Intel would work more on their cooling solutions out of the box to incentivize people, especially beginners, to use their products...

Wonderful design but difficult to assemble...

Fractal Design Focus G Mystic Red ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Focus G Mystic Red ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Sleek design - Lovely choice of colors - One of the few cases still allowing 5.25" bays - Lightweight

Cons: - Cable management is nearly impossible in areas. - Motherboard standoffs strip after one use, leaving a new motherboard hanging in areas. - The compact design can make fan installation a bit tedious if close to the CPU.

Overall Review: The reason my rating is so high is because I did like the design and it does suit all my needs. All I really wanted is two 5.25" bays for my Blu-ray and DVD drives and two mechanical hard drives, my OS running off an NVMe drive. And this case does have a lot of value. The ability to move or even remove the hard drive caddies can ultimately improve flexibility of cables in the lower portions of the case. However, when it comes to cable management, especially if you have a lot of cables, an issue arose. For one, depending on where you're cables go, you could run into the issue I did, wherein various cords I needed to plug in crossed each other, including my motherboard and PCIe cables. And don't get me started on plugging in hard drives at rough angles. The whole process was quite painful and as a result I don't think I'll buy one again but that's not to say it's not a good case once it's assembled. It's just painful to do the assembling...

Could not install a M.2 in it.

SABRENT M.2 SSD [NGFF] to USB 3.0 / SATA III 2.5-Inch Aluminum Enclosure Adapter (EC-M2CU)
SABRENT M.2 SSD [NGFF] to USB 3.0 / SATA III 2.5-Inch Aluminum Enclosure Adapter (EC-M2CU)

Pros: - Slim - Simple setup inside

Cons: - Could not mount a Samsung 980 NVMe M.2 (read overall for details)

Overall Review: The overall slim and simple design of the enclosure in theory is good. However, I simply could not mount my newly purchased Samsung 980 NVMe M.2 drive into this enclosure because the gap between the gold pins was too large and shoving it in would've broken one or both of them. Plus, it asked the drive be mounted upside down, which was also odd. Regardless, because I couldn't enclose the drive, I could not clone my OS drive and was forced to reinstall Windows. In the end I'm beyond my return date and I still like the idea of the enclosure itself but it needs improvements. I hope this review helps any other customers.

Easy setup and use!

Wavlink WL-ST334U USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" 3.5" SATA HDD/SSD Storage Dock 2x 8TB Hard Drive Enclosure, 5Gbps Data Transfer, UASP, Offline Clone / Duplicator & One Button Backup
Wavlink WL-ST334U USB 3.0 to SATA Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5" 3.5" SATA HDD/SSD Storage Dock 2x 8TB Hard Drive Enclosure, 5Gbps Data Transfer, UASP, Offline Clone / Duplicator & One Button Backup

Pros: - Easy to setup - Quick installation - Works with every drive I have (under 8TB)

Cons: - Short USB 3.0 cable

Overall Review: This has been the best investment I have spent right now. Thanks to upgrading my whole family to SSDs, I have a bunch of unused 1TB drives lying around I had no use for. This adds usage back for all those old drives. The unit not having active cooling is only a minor issue considering I will not be using the drives for long periods of time anyway; this is more of turning my old drives into externals. The only downside was the very short USB 3.0 cable. As someone who owns a full tower, this cord barely reaches up to the front I/O. So my recommendation for the manufacturer would be a slightly longer cord in future products to account for things like full towers or small space to use the system in. Otherwise I have no complaints.