Joined on 12/24/04
Great price vs. performance at 1080p
Pros: - Low power draw - 1080p gaming at 60fps+ is totally great - Mining with nicehash is profitable - Never gets loud, even under full load - 4GB VRAM is actually useful - Overclocks decently
Cons: Not a GTX 1060 for sub-$200 No Freesync/Adaptive Sync to use with my 144hz monitor (RX470 & up are just too pricey)
Overall Review: This is the entry level gaming card you want. It will play all your games well at 1080p for a great price while being very efficient and low noise. No extra power connectors required.
Good but not great
Pros: These fans do feature pretty good static pressure and in my case the rated airflow seems accurate as well. Fans are not do not wobble and do not have problems being mounted horizontally (like sleeve bearing (cheap) fans do. Red and black color scheme looks cool in my case with red/black motherboard and ram.
Cons: These are made by a company named SilenX, and are rated for 15db noise. I used these to replace some Vantec Stealth 120's that were rated for 32db - these are louder, although not a lot. Clearly more like 33-35db, nowhere near 15db. Rubber attachment 'screws' seemed like a nice touch at first... until fans started falling down inside my case because the rubber was simply falling apart after installation (1-2 weeks, 6 out of 8 fans). After re-installing all the fans with standard screws, no more issues, and the fans are fortunately not causing any vibration noise this way that I can hear.
Overall Review: These are decent, fairly high airflow fans at a decent price. They are not nearly as quiet as advertised (not really 'quiet' in my opinion, but not obnoxiously loud), and the included anti-vibrational rubber installation pegs seem to wear over time and break without any cause I can see. I'd recommend the Vantec Stealth's over these, but I don't necessarily recommend against them.
Least expensive 'HBR' DP cable on Newegg
Pros: Using this with a Viotek 27" 1080P 144hz monitor that just arrived, no issues.
Cons: Wasn't free ;)
Overall Review: Some people argue that a cable is a cable is a cable, others will drop $50+ on a 'premium' cable. Wire gauge (determining electrical resistance) and shielding determine a quality cable for the most part. This one appears high quality, works without issue, and was relatively inexpensive.
Took a chance on a no-name, pretty good!
Pros: - Passes all UFO tests without issue at both 144hz and 120hz - Higher refresh rates are very noticeable and very pleasant - Blacks and Whites are excellent (relative to other monitors and TVs in the house) - Viewing angles are much better than TN panels (this is a Samsung SVA panel) - Curve is pretty nice on a monitor this size 2ft. away on a desk - Inputs galore (DVI, HDMI, DP), currently using Displayport @120hz 8-bit color on GTX460 w/o issue - Looks and feels like a quality product - Includes standard US PC power cable and an HDMI cable. No power brick - OSD (menu) is easy to navigate and understand - Easy to assemble, requires only a phillips head screwdriver (not included)
Cons: - Some color banding is evident in darker areas of scenes in movies - Ghosting exists, and is on par with 5-6ms IPS panels in my experience - Backlight bleed along the bottom, although only visible in full black scenes - Calibration options are very limited and there are no drivers or firmware updates available from the manufacturer - Viewing angles don't hold up to modern IPS panels - No Vesa mounts, no height adjust, no rotation, and no swivel. Tilt adjustment only.
Overall Review: I thought 27" might be too large for 1080P at a close viewing distance, it isn't and the larger screen is very nice compared to the other 23"-24" panels I've got. I was able to load a driver from Samsung for their CFG series under Win10, this didn't seem to make any difference whatsoever, so unless you have professional calibration tools available you're mostly stuck with the settings out of the box and the meager adjustments available in the OSD. This monitor is a small series of trade-offs, and for many it would be a great buy. If you need the most crisp and color accurate display, this isn't it. If you'd like something large with great blacks and contrast, along with a high refresh rate, good colors and viewing angles, and Freesync, this is a very good deal.
Great deal for redundant mass storage
Pros: - Inexpensive vs. retail packaged items - Received a Hitachi (HUS724030ALE641) drive, which are generally more reliable - Shipping was fairly quick for a third party seller
Cons: - No way of knowing age, manufacturer, or part # of what you'll receive, making buying two drives for mirroring impossible unless you hunt down a match after the fact
Overall Review: While 'White Label' implies an OEM unit, you should treat these as buying working pulls or older overstock items rather than as a new item. As such, you shouldn't purchase these to be your main storage or for anything critical. I bought this drive to back up data on the 2TB unit currently in my system and to make images of my OS drive from time to time. As a backup you're getting a great price/capacity ratio.
Best value for decent fans on the Egg I could find
Pros: 4-pin PWM/PST function. Daisy chaining the fans is possible. Cable length is sufficient. Color scheme matches black cases well w/o gaudy/glaring LEDs.
Cons: 'Low Noise' is somewhat accurate. These are nowhere near silent, but they are quiet at 2/3rds RPMs or less. No cable sleeving, no grill/filter/anti-vibration extras.
Overall Review: Good fans, and very hard to beat at ~$4 ea. Could be quieter, or could move more air. Overall I'd rate them as 'good', but not great or excellent.