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DANIEL B.

DANIEL B.

Joined on 12/05/09

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Most Favorable Review

Great chip, very satisfied

Intel Core i5-4460 - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54460
Intel Core i5-4460 - Core i5 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop Processor - BX80646I54460

Pros: - High efficiency - Reasonable price - Eats up anything I throw at it (games, rendering, drafting, conversion) - Stock cooler keeps it a bit below 60C under load, less than 40C idle.

Cons: - Stock cooler is audible under load - I would be okay with slightly higher temps and the fan staying silent under load

Overall Review: It's a great chip, and given the slow state of advancement in the CPU market, this should be a very sound investment.

Excellent value, runs pretty hot

AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen - RYZEN 5 3600 Matisse (Zen 2) 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.2 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000031BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: - Great value for the speed - Approximately 25% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600 it is replacing. - AMD rocks in terms of compatibility, since I can use this with the B350M board/DDR4 2800 that I bought several years ago with the Ryzen 5 1600. - Core boost logic is vastly improved relative to the Ryzen 1 series, since more than one core can boost now. - PCIe 4.0, which will mesh well with my new GPU if I ever decide that it makes sense to upgrade my motherboard. - Better AVX2 performance, but this isn't really noticeable in day-to-day use unless you have optimized programs.

Cons: - I don't think the stock cooler is adequate, given the pretty minimal thermal headroom (see below). However, given the low price of the product, I can't imagine that AMD is charging us much more for the free cooler. - This thing runs HOT. My Ryzen 5 1600 rarely exceeded 55c using an Arctic Cooling Freezer 12 (rated at 150W). The same cooler, same brand of thermal paste on the 3600 idles around 50c. The slightest actions (opening a browser tab) will spike this by 10-15c, while running demanding programs (Rosetta@Home) puts the CPU in the 80-85c realm. I thought that maybe I applied the thermal paste poorly, so I cleaned it off and reapplied. After giving it another thermal break-in period, it is about the same as before, still peaking around 80c. From what I can read online, this is due to the new core boost logic (PBO) which will boost cores up as long as the CPU has enough cooling/voltage headroom. I have also read that the 3600 is more 'conservative' with its temperature reporting, reporting something closer to the maximum of all sensors on the chip rather than the mean. I haven't noticed stability problems of any kind, but those temperature spikes took a while to get used to.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this product, especially for people upgrading from 1-series or low 2-series processors. It is a noticeable improvement for a very reasonable price, and can be used with basically all of the original Ryzen-compatible motherboards.

Good entry-level 1440p card

MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5600 XT MECH OCBV
MSI Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RX 5600 XT MECH OCBV

Pros: - Workable performance for 1440p with a 95 Hz Freesync monitor. This runs my main games (Rocket League, Overwatch, etc.) easily at high settings, but I know I will likely need to tone it down for newer games. - Very nice form factor, shorter than the GTX960 it was replacing. - Fairly quiet, but is audible when running at maximum. - Arrived with the new BIOS already installed. - Apparently runs with my 450W PSU just fine, even when stress testing. - Good performance at this price point. I used to be able to get a sub $200 card that would handle any games I wanted at 1080p 60 Hz, but after moving up in resolution and refresh rate, I knew I would need to throw a little more money at it. I assume this is happening for many other gamers. - The free AMD games were actually really easy for me to get. Yes, there were plenty of hoops to jump through, but I think it took maybe 10 min total to set up an account, verify my hardware, and link to Steam.

Cons: - I have noticed some stuttering even when cruising along at 95 Hz in Overwatch. I don't think it's the card's fault since the GPU usage never spiked during those periods, but maybe it is time for me to upgrade my CPU. - Runs hotter than the GTX 960 that it replaced. I set up a fan curve in MSI Afterburner to try to keep it below 70.

Overall Review: Absolutely a good purchase. If you are looking for a card to work with higher resolutions and refresh rates, I think this is probably the best value card on the market. $10 off promo code and $15 MIR didn't hurt the decision either.

Good value, low quality per fan

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)

Pros: - Impossible to beat for the price - 3/4 were reasonably quiet - Good flow rate - Adequate power cable length

Cons: - 1 fan was very noisy. However, even just getting 3 fans for the price was an excellent value. - It would have been nice to have sleeved cables, but I just used 2 small zip ties per fan to keep the 3 cables together - Silver screws are a bit strange for fully black fans.

Great product

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2800C15D-16GVRB
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Model F4-2800C15D-16GVRB

Pros: - Hard to beat the timings and frequency for the price - Heatsinks are effective, even if not aesthetically pleasing to me - XMP was immediately recognized on my Ryzen/B350 setup

Cons: - Heatsinks are a bit tall and a bit of an eyesore. Thankfully, my case isn't windowed.

Overall Review: I highly recommend these for the price. Note that my motherboard manufacturer (ASRock) didn't include any 2800MHz RAM modules in its supported RAM list. I took a risk, and these ended up working.

Excellent value, impossible to beat for the price

AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600 Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1600BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600 Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1600BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: - 6 physical, 12 logical cores for ~$200 - Excellent core logic, allowing boosting up to even 3.8 GHz - Great heatsink mounting system for AM4 with a strong backplate. - Provides similar performance per core relative to my 3 year old Core i5, but has 3 times as many logical cores for the same price

Cons: - PGA feels very outdated relative to LGA interface, always makes me nervous about bending a pin when installing - Indicated CPU power usage in HWMonitor is around 80 watts under full load, well above the 65W TDP. I know TDP is somewhat arbitrary though.

Overall Review: If you are going to be using it under heavy workloads for long periods of time, I recommend getting a better CPU cooler. The included CPU cooler is probably the best stock cooler I have seen, but I was getting my CPU up to 67C under full workloads. I purchased an Arctic Cooling Freezer 12, which maxes out now at 54C. For intermittent workloads or gaming, the stock cooler is actually quite good.