Joined on 11/01/05
Poor Man's Titan
Pros: OK, so I am not poor--I dropped a little over 1G for two of these bad girls to operate in SLI. BUT, I saved close to 1G by buying the next best thing. According to my benchmarks and experience, I am getting about 10-15% less performance compared to the original Titan. HOWEVER, I still have 6GB of VRAM which is nice for surround or high resolution gaming. For this kind of savings and still get close to the same performance, it is definitely worth it. I was waiting for something like this with the GK110 GPU and 6GB of VRAM, and this is it. From what I have read, it retains the reference design. I hope so, because I just ordered water blocks.
Cons: It is a beautiful piece of hardware, but it runs HOT! The ACX cooler is effective if you have good air flow and are running just one card. If you have two in SLI, then forget about it--you will probably need to consider water cooling options. I am currently using the Bitfenix Shinobi XL with ten fans and I still have to game with the side panel removed. The ACX cooler is good but remember that it is blowing all that hot air into the inside of your case.
Overall Review: In the latest games like Watch_Dogs, I am getting about 40-50 fps at 2560 x 1440 with all settings maxed. Remember that more and more games are using more VRAM, so this graphics card with 6GB of VRAM is a great option.
Great board but dead memory slot after only ten months of use
Pros: - Has all the capability of a gaming motherboard that you want and need - Many upgrade options to include latest ninth generation (Coffee Lake) CPU, up to 4266 MHz RAM, dual m.2 - Many useful features like wireless AC, latest USB connections
Cons: - Was working great until about a month ago when various BSOD occurred - Tested RAM to confirm that both memory modules in slot A2 worked fine with no errors - It was slot B2 that was causing RAM to crash; cannot use both modules in A2/B2 without errors/crashing
Overall Review: This is the first time in over ten years that I have had an ASUS motherboard go bad. I've been a faithful customer, always satisfied with their products. Will start the RMA process and hope that I get a good replacement.
Looks pretty but games and apps just don't perform well on this operating system
Pros: - Great interface. Lots of features with easy access to all your programs and files
Cons: - I thought the transparency effects would be like the Windows 7 days but no, not even close - Every single one of my AAA games just crashes within minutes of starting to play - OS is not stable; when idling at desktop screen goes black and requires a restart - driver compatibility needs work
Overall Review: - Purchased a valid license and tried it for three months but decided to go back to Windows 10 - Will be at least a year before I try this OS again - No, I do not recommend this - No, I would not buy this product again
Best memory modules for Z590 motherboards
Pros: - Not listed on memory compatibility list but confirmed works with ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E - Currently have Intel Core i9 11900K and this DDR 4800 memory running at 4800 MHz - After update to BIOS version 1007, memory runs at 4800 MHz in dual channel mode - These memory modules were MUCH cheaper than other RAM at 4600 MHz, etc.
Cons: - Only 16GB kits available at these speeds but should be sufficient for most applications - ASUS should update their memory compatibility list, this RAM has been available for months
Overall Review: - This memory will not break benchmark scores, even DDR 3200 RAM will provide good results - At the current price, upgrading to these RAM modules will be a "no brainer"
The sweet spot: do you want the processor and graphics to throttle by 200MHz or 400MHz?
Pros: This is a lot of money to put down for a high-end gaming laptop, no doubt. But let's set things straight. This model has the same dimensions and cooling features as the more expensive units with the 2080 Super and eight core processor. The GX701LWS has an Intel Core i7-10750H processor with a maximum frequency of 5 GHz whereas the i7-10875H tops out at 5.10 GHz with eight cores. Think of the extra heat that is generated with two extra cores. While I did consider the higher end graphics option with 3072 shaders, the 2070 Super has hit frequencies above 2000 MHz with factory overclocks which almost makes up for having the lower core count. Even with ASUS AAS legendary cooling and liquid metal compound on the dies, this laptop gets hot and will throttle at some point. So definitely weigh the benefits and risks when deciding on hardware. It is very easy to overclock the processor to 5GHz, and is possible using the default turbo setting or most likely the manual option in the ASUS Armoury Crate software which automatically adjusts frequency and cooling settings. Think of it as a fine-tuned power setting within W10 in addition to silent and performance mode, etc. The 2070 Super will hit 2010 MHz or more by default. And games look great on high to ultra settings with ray tracing enabled. Don't expect faster framerates with the 300Hz G-sync display, average is 100-120 fps on turbo or with maximum overclocks. So the more expensive models come with 32 GB of memory but to upgrade the memory and SSD on these units is not that difficult. You could turn the standard 8 or 16 GB soldered on to the motherboard into 40 or 48 GB total with one new DDR4 260-Pin SO-DIMM which is available at a relatively decent cost. And while you are upgrading the memory, why not replace the existing m.2 SSD with a 2TB model for additional space? Before I sold all the desktop parts, I used the existing setup to clone the original 1TB m.2 NVMe SSD to a 2TB NVMe SSD using two available m.2 slots. Just be careful when cloning. In addition to the OS: partition, there is a RECOVERY: and RESTORE: partition which are hidden and might be a little tricky when copying. After using this model for about one month, it meets my needs for the most part to include typical web browsing, watching video, gaming, video editing and encoding, and typing on the keyboard is not too awkward. I only use a gaming mouse via USB but I do use the disappearing keypad to punch in my W10 password which is very fluid, almost convenient. The RGB lighting is OK but I didn't buy this for the disco lights. The sound is really better than I expected or experienced on a laptop in the past. All the function keys are what I would expect on a gaming laptop. And I like the dedicated key for Armoury Crate. There are little to no changes to the layout of the laptop from previous versions. There are no dead pixels, little to no bleed around the edges. Overall, good quality.
Cons: No webcam which you can purchase separately. And no ethernet but you can purchase an adapter with a connection via USB to operate at normal speeds. The WIFI 6 is fast but it just doesn't compare to having a dedicated RJ45 port. I do like the mechanical keyboard that is available on models by other vendors, I just didn't like how thick they are. The GX701 is nice and thin, easy to type on. I would like to see more than one m.2 SSD slot for potential upgrades like some other vendors have on their latest products. I thought the Type-C charging option was a bit too extreme. I probably will not invest in the Pro PD or the 65W adapter. And considering the battery life, I don't recommend gaming on this laptop without first plugging it in. According to the ASUS website, the RAM will operate at DDR 3200 with a BIOS update to 307 but so far it is not working. The BIOS was updated to version 307 and the memory DOES NOT OPERATE AT DDR 3200 FREQUENCIES! It defaults to 2926 MHz.
Overall Review: So I did experiment with gaming on an external 4K monitor via HDMI connection and got OK results. I don't think the 2070 Super is capable of pushing framerates to acceptable levels on anything but the laptop panel at 1920 x 1080. And TBH when you close the laptop to use an external monitor, you are closing the clamshell piece on the bottom which when open, supposedly lowers temps by 20% or more. I was torn between this model and the ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 (G732LWS-DS76) which is a close second. This is a great laptop but I'm not sure if I would buy this again nor recommend to someone. Newegg was great as usual. Received this item in less than three days with super fast shipping. It was in stock and the price was right!
Extremely fast read and write speeds with low heat output; best price for 2 TB capacity
Pros: -Must have received a good chip because the sequential read and write speeds are equal to or exceed specs -Testing showed 3451 MB/s sequential write and 3159 MB/s sequential write speeds using benchmark tool -HP PCIe master controller really moves data fast -Does not get as hot as some other M.2 SSD that I have tested in the past at full load -Pushing the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface to the maximum -Probably one of the best prices you will find on an NVMe SSD at 2TB capacity
Cons: -Maximum 367K IOPS random read which is a little low -No software and easy firmware options like SSD monitoring software available with other high end SSD -Not NVMe standard 1.4 which is the new norm -Not really an HP SSD; this is an SSD by Multipointe channel solutions, an HP business partner -Do NOT download and install the driver from their website; bricked my PC and had to reinstall OS -Use the default Win 10 NVMe driver
Overall Review: -Will use a 2TB mechanical hard drive to back up this NVMe SSD; viewing the two next to each other is comical -My 2nd generation 2.5" SATA III SSD lasted almost 6 years and just died; curious to see how long this will last -Received this item in less than three days; Newegg rocks and has super fast shipping!
Will definitely be careful about which Marketplace I order from
The marketplace seller made multiple errors on the shipping label which delayed the delivery of the item I ordered. I paid for standard shipping (5-7 business days) but the item did not arrive for almost two weeks. This is unacceptable and I will definitely be careful of which business that I order from in the future.
Pathetic! Service is extremely slow-I'm talking months before you get your item that you ordered.
Let me first mention that I placed the order for two XBOX 360 games on 12/12/2015 and only received one so far. YES, IT HAS BEEN 36 DAYS AND I STILL HAVE YET TO RECEIVE THE OTHER ITEM! Not to mention, the one I did get was well after Christmas. Their service is pathetic, slow, and I could not recommend them to anyone. So be careful when you order from the marketplace. And avoid this company at all costs! Newegg seriously needs to ditch this company from their marketplace.