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Wayne B.

Wayne B.

Joined on 08/10/10

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Amazing speed, great features!

ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-GAMING
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-GAMING

Pros: - Blazingly fast, paired with an ASUS PG279Q 2k ROG G-Sync 27" monitor is pure gaming bliss! - Runs cool and quiet, with no coil whine, for such a powerful GPU - Tweak II software makes overclocking a breeze, love how ASUS software keeps track of and notifies you the instant updates are available

Cons: - Price, but you knew that already :-) - Had to do a small case mode, had to grind off a bit of the clips that holds the card's back plate to allow them to lock in place as the small tabs on the clips were hitting the back plate. Good old Dremel tool to the rescue.

Overall Review: The Aura led lighting is nice but not really my thing, will only have it on when showing PC to others

Crazy Fast!

SAMSUNG 960 PRO M.2 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6P1T0BW
SAMSUNG 960 PRO M.2 1TB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V6P1T0BW

Pros: - Super fast performance - Simple and quick install - 5 year warranty

Cons: - Price - Not worth upgrading if you have 950 Pro

Overall Review: Using the 960 Pro SSD with my Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha motherboard. Blistering fast speed, especially compared to the mechanical drive this replaced. It was a fast drive (10,000 RPM Velociraptor), but a mechanical drive nonetheless. Had to install the Samsung NVMe driver for Windows 10 and manually upgrade Samsung Magician software to version 5. Had Magician version 4.7 installed and when clicking on the check for updates button it said I had the latest version. Wrong. Had to download it from Samsung's website. (Also had to disable RAPID mode (in Magician) on my Samsung 950 EVO boot drive (which requires a reboot) before I could upgrade the Magician software, and then re-enabled it after the upgrade.) I am using the 960 Pro as my primary data drive. Benchmark shows I'm getting an amazing 3.479 GB/s Read and 2.155 GB/s Write speeds. DCS (Digital Combat Simulator) went from taking 55 seconds to load to 7 seconds. GTA 5 load time went from 2:20 to 1:15, Doom went from 2:11 to 43 seconds, Vanishing of Nathan Carter went from 1:16 to 23 seconds and the list goes on. I was actually torn between getting the 960 EVO and the Pro and ultimately went with the Pro because of the five-year warranty. If you have the money, and you're upgrading from just about anything under a 950 Pro, this is the drive to get!

Quality RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-32GVR
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-32GVR

Pros: Simple setup, rock solid running at 2400mhz via XMP Nice design at a reasonable cost

Cons: None

Overall Review: Works flawlessly with my newly updated build, using with ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Alpha and i7-6700K @ 4.6GHz

Fantastic Case

CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch
CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch

Pros: Great looking, solid construction, all the room you could want, great airflow. Very cool black "military" style with blue LED back lighting. Fan speed knob right on top with the ability to shut off the blue fan LED's if you want. Appreciate the fact that you CAN shut them off.

Cons: This thing is huge, dwarfs my old standard mid-tower case. Make sure you have the room for it. Heavy too so have to be careful moving it.

Overall Review: My friends and I all agree this is one of the best, if not THE best looking cases we've ever seen. Built like a truck but built-in handles make moving as easy as possible. ASUS Rampage Extreme III motherboard Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 2GB (soon to be Crossfired) 12GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Boot Drive VelociRaptor 600GB 10000 RPM 6.0Gb/s Data Drive Corsair HX1000 power supply

Good but not for Crossfire Asus ROG Matrix 5870 setup

Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification and Semi-Modular Cables

Pros: No issues with the power or stability of this unit but see major con below.

Cons: Did not have the necessary connectors for two Asus ROG Matrix 5870 video cards. The cards have two 8-pin power connections each and this unit did not have the cables or connections to support them. No true 8-pin PCIe connectors came with it so I needed to use the Y power cables that came with the card. Problem is each cable connects to two of the 6-pin PCIe connectors on the supply to power one 8-pin connector on the card. So that's four 6-pin power connectors required for each card, eight for Crossfire. But the supply only has six so you end up two short. I ended up RMA'ing the unit and getting a Corsair HX1000 which has six true 8-pin PCIe connectors so I didn't need to use the Y cables and with six connectors you could run three ROG 5870 cards if you wanted to. So just a word to the wise if you're planning to run those cards in Crossfire, don't get this unit. If your card has one 8-pin or two 6-pin PCIe connectors you should be fine going Crossfire or SLI.

Overall Review: Seemed like a fine power supply otherwise, just couldn't use it for what I needed.