Joined on 09/15/12
Great non reference design
Pros: Card runs cool under full load @1200mhz for about 2 hours. It'll start approaching 80C (which is my turboboost 2.0 max temp) but never reach it. Turboboost is honestly the sole reason why anyone should upgrade their gpu, it'll keep the running great without managing w/e overclocking software. Can buy a backplate for it for $20 on EVGA's website. Im using my HD 4600 along side of it to run my vga monitor and hdmi tv with no conflicts.
Cons: The fan runs quite loud at 100%, its by about 2x the loudest fan set in my case.
Overall Review: i5 4670k @4.4Ghz MSI Z87M-G43 Team Extreem 8gb @2000Mhz Corsair H50 EVGA GTX 760 ACX SC + Intel HD 4600 Silverstone strider ST60F-Ps Samsung 840 series 120GB NZXT Vulcan mATX
Great card while it lasted
Pros: worked better than i expected for the price point, ran any game i wanted to throw at it better than i had intended at ~$200.
Cons: the gpu works for about a month, then stopped outputting any kind of data.I would boot off of it, but no signal would come through any of the ports. My msi z87 board wouldnt even recognize it was plugged in when i went through the uefi bios. The card would power up with the fan as normal, just no data.
Overall Review: i5 4670k @4.5Ghz MSI Z87M-G43 (Yes, micro ATX) Team Extreem 8gb @1866Mhz Corsair H50 Silverstone strider ST60F-Ps Samsung 840 series 120GB
Up to 50% IPC from 3950x
Pros: More gaming focused than my 3950x Didnt require a reimagine to boot Bought after upgrading to 4K@240Hz since my 3950x was struggling to keep up with a 6900xt I run baseline >2500MHz. Single threaded centric games like Warframe, WoW, Planetside2 where all games that I saw incredibly higher minimum and maximum framerates in ontop of the standard upgrades, even at 4k.
Cons: Core temp seems to be higher, I'm guessing from the 3D v-cache mod. Mine doesn't seem to feel the need to go over 100W TDP, but we'll see how that changes during cold season.
Overall Review: I was going to buy this product on release and didn't, ended up anyways. Its going to replace my brother's 3600x when AM5 comes out so it wont go to waste.
$400 Flagship phone minus camera
Pros: Preface: I used samsung phones for years, when S6 came out i switched to HTC One M9. I like to call this phone a 'HTC before they went to crap' due to the fact that beside my One M9 its literally the same, so for me the transition was flawless. Ill cover things that I didnt see others mention: Buttons are super high quality, firm Power saver settings are great, work well UI is commonly talked about, I have no quarrels capacitive buttons can be swapped in settings ATT 4G LTE with 64GB micro sd works flawlessly, speed test showed high latency but from hot spotting for WoW and overwatch show no issues Accessories: came with quick charge 3 18W charger, functional screen protector and clear sillicon case (included in phone's box)
Cons: Camera firmware could use some work, but its not even a compromise for me since idc about camera quality.
Overall Review: This was my 1.5yr upgrade to type C since i moved my gaming pc over to type C charging (razer blade stealth and razer core) and my 14nm, 1440p upgrade from 22nm 1080p
Pros: REVIEW: SilverStone SG13B Black Mesh front panel (to resist confusion) I was able to stuff a GTX Titan x ACX cooler modded, a corsair h50 mounted on a 4790k and an impact VII asus board powered by the GS series supernova platinum 1000W psu. Pretty impressive specs to fit in 11.5L (which is smaller than the raven z case also made by silverstone which i've built several systems with that case) and i believe this case became my new favorite case. The build was actually much easier than expected, didnt have to make any modifications in order to get everything to fit, nor have to do any crazy cable mangement. The price of the case is too low not to just pick one up and play with, that was my original plan (to see if it all fit) and I'm deciding to keep it after doing thermal testing.
Cons: top/side panel is a pain to get back on, simply due to the fact that it locks in forward and bottom simultaneously. Without custom cables, the system really only supports 1 ssd (if you feel its necessary to screw them in) If you use an AiO cpu cooler (which i highly recommend where the corsair h50 100% works with 1 fan mounted) i would recommend using Reset button isnt normal sizes and is intentionally harder to access, its a design choice that i understand, just be aware of it.
Overall Review: Using a single SSD thats mounted on the bottom was the best option, keeps it hidden and out of the way. with the cables im using (stock that came with psu) i would be unable to use the auxiliary ssd mounts that use the bracket on the top. If you use an AiO cpu cooler (which i highly recommend where the corsair h50 100% works with 1 fan mounted) i would recommend having the power supply fan facing down to provide some air flow to the motherboard components (this allows the top to become an exhaust for the cpu and gpu and uses the right side vent as an intake) PLEASE ensure your power supply is normal length if using AiO cpu cooler (due to radiator/fan), I did not test a longer power supply but with a normal length one there is just enough clearance to route cables.
Pros: Silent operation most the time in eco mode, the second aux cpu power input can be used as a pcie aux power connection.
Cons: The evga custom cable kit will not work with this power supply due to smarter design choices with the connections into the power supply (whats noted in the 'pros' is most likely the reason for it). Be aware of the power supply categories listed for the custom cable kit, looks like i'll have to get custom cables from somewhere else if evga doesnt release a new kit.