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Marc B.

Marc B.

Joined on 07/06/15

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Most Favorable Review

Great, inexpensive SSD

Team Group GX2 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T253X2256G0C101
Team Group GX2 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) T253X2256G0C101

Pros: Low cost and expected performance. Drop in replacement for 2.5" SSD.

Overall Review: This Team Group SSD has been great. Took about 15 minutes to clone existing 120 GB drive to the new SSD and then expand partition to use entire drive. Used AOMEI Backupper Standard (free) to do the disk clone and then EaseUS Partition Master 13.5 (free) to modify partitions. Took the old drive out and dropped in the new one without even a hiccup.

12/11/2019
Most Critical Review

Only runs at 2400 Mhz. Can't overclock or XMP.

Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G3000HC16CDC01
Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model TLGD416G3000HC16CDC01

Pros: - Low profile, fit in ITX case well.

Cons: - Won't run at 3000 Mhz. When set to default settings the RAM runs at 2400 Mhz. - The matched pair simply doesn't work properly in Windows 10 (1909) on Gigabyte B450 i AORUS Pro motherboard. - Individually each stick is recognized and functions, but when both stick are in Windows only recognizes 8 GB. - XMP doesn't work to change RAM settings/speed.

Overall Review: I've never had memory not work properly (when each stick functions on it's own) and I've built a lot of computers. I didn't check the exact model compatibility with Gigabyte board on purchase (never have, never a problem) and this is probably causing the problem now.

Super Slim CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black, Low-Profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Black)
Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black, Low-Profile CPU Cooler for AMD AM4 (Black)

Pros: - Excellent fan and cooler - Silent running - Looks great in Mini ITX build

Overall Review: Great upgrade for system - especially in SSF cases when the stock cooler is too large. Keeps my machine at the same temp or better than the AMD Wraith cooler.

Perfect for a Mini ITX Build

Seasonic FOCUS SGX-500, 500W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, SFX-L Form Factor, Compact Size, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Power Supply, SSR-500SGX.
Seasonic FOCUS SGX-500, 500W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, SFX-L Form Factor, Compact Size, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Power Supply, SSR-500SGX.

Pros: Super compact (as SFX are). Silent running Full modular keeps the cabling clean

Overall Review: I have always had great performance from Seasonic power supplies. Never had one go out or cause a problem. This is my brand of choice for the past 4 builds.