Date Joined: 06/02/16
Pros: Latency of 14 makes this memory very fast while also being reasonable price. You can find cheaper 3200, but you will not find better. This is the Sony memory chips and creates the lowest latency. When you take into account the speed and very low latency, this memory is faster writing to the cpu than almost any other memory available.
Overall Review: UPDATE: TWO YEARS LATER I WATCH A 6 MONTH YOUTUBE VIDEO FROM HARDWARE UNBOXED. THEY SHOW TWO PROGRAMS YOU CAN USE TO FIND YOUR OVERCLOCK. THE FIRST GIVES YOU VITAL SPECS ON YOUR RAM. THE SECOND PROGRAM TAKES THE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RAM AND GIVES YOU STABLE OVERCLOCKS. I WAS ABLE TO CHANGE THE MEMORY TO 3600 WITH 15 LATENCY AND 1800 FCLK (AS WELL AS SUB TIMINGS) AND MY MACHINE HAS RUN FLAWLESSLY. 3600 SPEED FOR 3200 PRICES!!!! GOOD MEMORY GIVES GOOD OVERCLOCKS.
Don't be confused by speed of the memory, you also have to take into account latency. Go to Winkipedia and read about CAS Latency and go to the table. The table take the speed and lattency and coverts to the number of nano-seconds it takes for the memory to respond to a command from the cpu. The 3200 DDR4 14 CAS can write the first word in 8.75 ns. The 3600 DDR4 15 CAS can write the first word in 8.33 ns. The 4200 DDR4 19 CAS can write the first word in 9.05 ns. You can go up in speed but you have higher and higher latency, which flattens the performance curve and will offer you at most a 5% boost while demanding 2 to 3 times the cost. Don't buy memory by speed only. Demand low latency. But this memory and you will not be sorry.
Pros: * aRGB
*works well with Aura and MSI xx570 motherboard
Cons: *wanted to put on Phanteks downdraft CPU air cooler, but the screws are the wrong thread, so I put on back 120mm fan and worked beautifully
Overall Review: If going on CPU cooler, you will have to find the right length and thread to fit the cooler
**6 months later-really like the color effects-going to order 2 140mm halos for front fans to update my build**
Pros: *Halo matches other Phantek lighting perfectly (12volt)
*Good temps idle and while playing
*Compact design and down drafts onto motherboard and components surrounding CPU
*Good for general computer work and moderate over clocking
Cons: *The screws that mount the halo and fan are difficult. It would be much easier if the screw holes were dimpled and the machine screw could "fall into the hole". Instead, the screw hole is slightly raised and it took effort and patience to mount the fan and halo.
Overall Review: Heat sink and radiator installation is straight forward, but mounting the fan and halo can be difficult. There is only about 1/8" of the bolt threads sticking through the fan and you are blind trying to line up the hole. Persistence and patience will rule the day. I was able to pull off my AIO 120mm CPU water cooler and mount this air cooler in about an hour and the LEDs look great.
Just remember, this combo is for a computer that has a 4 pin 12 volt RGB setup. If you want assignable RGB (RGBA), you will need to order the heat sink and fan and then order the the 120 mm Phantek RGBA halo that mounts with it and fits the 3 pin 5 volt RGBA header
Pros: This 200 mm fan installed easily and had plenty of cables
Overall Review: My fault for not double checking that it was an RGBA fan and not an RGB fan. This is an RGBA fan and uses a 3 pin connector that runs on 5 volt. My system is a little older and required the 4 pin 12 volt lighting. I will hold it for my next build.
Pros: *Great sound - max volume is very loud for a blue tooth speaker
*Controls are easy to use
*Pairs to my phone instantly
*30 foot range
*quality design (metal case) and excellent packaging
*Includes an aux port if you do not have a blue tooth device, you can wire up
Cons: *Does not come with a micro usb charging cable - but I already have a couple
Overall Review: Great overall sound, especially in mid range and base. As a matter of fact, if you have it on a hard surface, the base response will cause it to vibrate and make a rumbling noise, so I put it on a piece of cloth. High end response is a little week, but for less than $15, you will not find a better blue tooth speaker. Buy it, you will not be disappointed. Great as a secret Santa gift or a stocking stuffer.
Pros: 8 gigabytes of memory
runs my 31" 2k monitor at 95-100 frames per second on PUBG
purchased for $200 US
Cons: RX GPUs tend to run hot and this one is no exception
When playing PUBG for the first time with normal fan curves, card hit 72 degrees Celsius.
GPU fans will cycle from 30% to 60% to 100% in less than 5 seconds when game comes on which is loud.
I opened my fan control panel and set all case and CPU fans to 100%, plus I took the dust filter off of the top of my case so the fans in top of the case can exhaust out without restriction.
Now I can play PUBG and the GPU sits at around 62 to 63 degrees Celsius with the added air flow
When playing the game, headphones block 98% of fan noise, so not really an issue for me.
Overall Review: Without the heat issue and fan noise, this is easily a 5 egg rating for the price. It plays my games at a high frame rate without issue. It does very well when streaming video or searching the web. But if you want to get the max frame rate out of your games, be prepared to reengineer your system for maximum air flow.
Pros: -I have a 250 gig for my boot files
-I bought 500 gig for gaming when it went on sale
-Dropped it in the drive bay and put some screws into it and away we go
Overall Review: -I got this for my gaming files so that they are easy to load and fast to run, but I still have a 1 T 7200 rpm drive to store pics -- SSDs run quick, but large files writing and rewriting can be detrimental, so keep a spinning drive for pics and music
Pros: -I had a friend that had a set and used them, I bought mine on Black Friday and they have worked 100%
-Stereo headphones and mic work great
Overall Review: if you want inexpensive that works - look no further
Pros: -31.5" is everything I hoped it would be
-VA panel gives great color and viewing angles
-No dead pixel and no light bleed that I can see
-I put this monitor on my son's 1080ti and easily get 100 fps in Pubg -- waiting on my 2070 to set up my computer
-Great packaging and easy to pull out of box and set on desk
-Small bezel, great color
-1800R curve is great for gaming
-I see no reason to go to 4k unless you are talking 50" -- 2k, 165 Hz, gsync is a sweat spot, and on Black Friday I got it for under $500US
-Speakers are clear and give good sound-but I bought it for the screen not the speakers-I will always be using headphones or external speakers-but if you have to use the onboard speakers, you will have a good experience
Cons: -Not a Con, but if you don't realize how much desk you are going to loose with this monster, stay with 24" or 27"-I will be redesigning my office and have the Z321QU as my primary and my 27" 1080p as a secondary -- when you add a full size case and a printer, a six foot desk is not enough
Overall Review: -My son has the Acer Predator 31" extra wide screen that is a VA panel 200 Hz Gsync monitor --- in other words, the same VA panel but in a 21:9 format. His monitor is first the reason that I started looking at the Predator Series (secondly was the various reviews that put Acer Predator consistently in the top gaming monitors). He loves that he gets the extra viewing angle on either side when gaming, but the format decreases the viewing area on top of the screen. I prefer the 16:9 ratio that gives me more forward looking area, plus because the monitor is taller and gives me about 2 1/2" more real estate at the top of the monitor, it makes the overall image about 25% bigger and gives me an increased chance of seeing opponent in the distance before he sees me. And I did not think the 1800R curve would make a difference, but when you get above 27", you will appreciate how immersive and seamless it becomes.
-This is the second stage of my build from last year. I waited till Black Friday and found great prices on this monitor and an RTX 2070 card-I will update my review when everything is installed and running
Pros: -great action in Cherry brown keyboard
-way more lighting features than I will ever use
-I Love, Love, Love the white LEDs -- I like them on steady, but they can be set at 5 intensity levels from normal to almost undetectable
-solid aluminum base with legs that stay up - keyboard at perfect angle
Cons: -none for me, but if you have other people close by they may not like the sound of the keyboard, you don't want Cherry brown keys
-I have 3.0 usb available, but if you want a PS2 connector, this is not for you
Overall Review: -I have had hand-me-down key boards that were multi-colored, blue, and red LEDs that I could not see with the lights off, I guess I am old school and prefer the white back light - it is easy to see to type but can be adjusted to an extremely low intensity for gaming
-keys are individually lit - meaning various lighting arrangements including lighting only the gaming keys used by the left hand in first person shooter games