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Michael h.

Michael h.

Joined on 02/25/11

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Most Favorable Review

Received one DOA, but the replacement works perfectly

Arris SURFboard SB6190 Gigabit Ethernet Cable Modem - 1.4 Gbps - Fast / Gigabit Ethernet
Arris SURFboard SB6190 Gigabit Ethernet Cable Modem - 1.4 Gbps - Fast / Gigabit Ethernet

Pros: -Only paid $48 for a modem that would typically cost $100+ non refurbished. -Shouldn't have to upgrade this in the next 5-10 years, so long as it doesn't die by the time there is 1400+mbps in my area. -Maxes out my slow 150mbps connection with no issues.

Cons: -The first modem I received could not activate with Comcast. Both Arris support & Comcast advised me that I received a faulty modem. Due to this, I had to spend $75 to "rent" a modem from a local big box store while I waited a few weeks for newegg to send a replacement.

Overall Review: I would only recommend this refurbished modem if you have access to a replacement incase you receive a faulty unit.

Great board, just missing a bit more customization is BIOS.

ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac AM4 AMD Promontory B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac AM4 AMD Promontory B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Able to overclock/ undervolt with ease. -3 PWM fan headers. -Optical Audio out.

Cons: -No option to link case fan speed to gpu temperature in BIOS. This is a major con for me since my gpu is in a separate compartment from my cpu, so by having the fan speeds linked to cpu temp, it doesn't allow my case fans to cool my gpu effectively. -My old am4 motherboard was able to adjust voltage and frequency in smaller increments to allow for more precise overclocking.

Best SFF case under $100

Fractal Design Node 202 Black Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 202 Black Slim Profile Mini-ITX Computer Case

Pros: -ITX case with full GPU support. -Very little to no wasted space. -Choice between vertical and horizontal orientation. -Includes dust filers.

Cons: -When using the case in horizontal orientation with a non-blower style undervolted rx 580, my temps would shoot up to 90C in less than a minute with one 120mm intake fan in the compartment. (More about this in the other section) -Only about 3 options for cpu coolers will fit in this case, so you will have to account for this when selecting a cooler. -It is rather difficult to remove the bottom of the case.

Overall Review: If you are having temp issues with either your cpu or gpu I would recommend purchasing a 40mm fan to exhaust. The fan can be mounted to exhaust out of the side of the cpu compartment or I was able to dremel through the top of my gpu compartment and mount the fan just clear of my gpu, near the front i/o panel. By doing this, I was able to drop between 20-30C from my gpu and no longer have throttling issues.

Best Low Profile Cooler Available

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4, Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Brown)
Noctua NH-L9a-AM4, Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Brown)

Pros: I'm using this in a Fractal Design Node 202 with a R7 1700. At stock clocks and after undervolting, this cooler keeps my cpu at 64C in the CPU-Z built in benchmark.

Cons: None, considering the form factor.

Overall Review: I replaced the stock fan with a Noctua NF-A9 PWM out of curiosity and found that there was only a 1-2C delta in my scenario, but acoustics were slightly better. For reference, my V-Core is about 0.950V @ 64C when stress testing.

Hit 3200hz on Ryzen, but one stick DOA

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZSW
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZSW

Pros: -Best price/ performance at time of purchase ($105) -Hit 3200hz on Ryzen day 1

Cons: -One stick was DOA -The tall heatsinks interfered with my h100i v2

Overall Review: I would probably give 4/5 eggs, but gskill was very fast shipping me back a good stick of RAM. Based on some other reviews it seems like this is a common issue with the TridenZ series, so beware if RMAing is an issue for you. CPU: Ryzen 1700 Motherboard: Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3 Bios version F5 Case: NZXT Gamma

Great value

QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II 27" QHD Samsung PLS Matte Panel PC Monitor
QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II 27" QHD Samsung PLS Matte Panel PC Monitor

Pros: -Great quality at entry level 1440p price -0 dead pixels -included all required power adapters/ dvi-d cable -I was able to get it to run 1440p 60fps on Dual link DVI-I

Cons: -Small amount of backlight bleeded on bottom corners of screen (only at non direct viewing angle) -unable to overclock via DL DVI-I

Overall Review: I found of the hard way that my gpu has single link dvi-d, so it would not display at all in that port. However, i tried the DL DVI-I port and i was able to get the monitor to work