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Kevin S.

Kevin S.

Joined on 03/16/07

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Most Favorable Review

great

Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound

Pros: i get cold just looking at it.

Cons: its white, but it doesn't taste like that stuff found between Oreo cookies.

Overall Review: its paste. it does its job, and it does it well. dont eat it.

Most Critical Review

corsair

CORSAIR HX series HX650 650 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: its a corsair. its super quiet, even under load. all the cables are very long (which was actually an issue in my itx case, but for most of you the longer cables are probably a plus). reviews ive seen of this unit show it can output way more than its rated 650 watt without breaking a sweat (just buy a bigger supply if you need more power though, seriously). modular cables are nice.

Cons: the first unit i got had a bad fan on it. i understand that this fan doesn't operate at low loads, but my first unit overheated because even under extreme load the fan never spun up. newegg replaced it immediately, no questions asked. even with the best there's bound to be some duds out there, so its no big deal really. UPDATE: its been about a year now and the replacement power supply is having fan noise as well. first off, even at idle, the fan doesn't really turn off. it cycles continuously. 10 seconds on, 10 seconds off, over and over. its not due to heat. my whole system is water cooled and stays very cool at idle. ambient temps are very low as well. I've run it both with the case open, and closed. its not due to power consumption. my kill-o-watt meter shows my system drawing 38 watts from the wall at idle. the computer is in a very clean room, and there is no visible dust on the machine. when the fan is cycling on at its minimum operating speed, it has a mild squeal, which is very annoying in a quiet room.

Overall Review: it came with floppy connectors. i find that to be hilarious. i nearly forgot what decade i was living in. <br><br>the cables are a bit stiff. it makes them a tad hard to manage if you're a stickler about cable management like I am, but with some patience and some effort they will conform to whatever shape you need. once you've got it all set they'll stay put pretty well, even without zip ties.

Great for HTPC use

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x8 ATX Video Card GV-RX550D5-2GD REV 2.0
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 550 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x8 ATX Video Card GV-RX550D5-2GD REV 2.0

Pros: Im using this for a HTPC to play high bitrate (60mbps+) 4k UHD movies with HEVC codecs. It works perfectly for that, and does a great job with HD audio as well (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, etc). while at idle, and playing back movies the fan is completely off, so the card is completely silent. fan turns on when needed, but in my application its extremely rare. significantly more powerful than Intel on-chip GPUs.

Cons: could be a bit cheaper, as compared to the RX460

Overall Review: i built a small machine with a mini-itx motherboard, a celeron G3930, and this RX 550 for HTPC use. the entire machine barely draws 30 watts from the wall under load (according to my kill-a-watt meter) and draws even less than that while playing back high bitrate 4k content flawlessly. i would NOT recommend this for anyone that wants to play a game or two, spend an extra $10 and buy the RX 460 instead for that.

good for price. have strange issue with my cable

SYBA CL-CAB31007 30 ft. Black HDMI Cable Male to Male
SYBA CL-CAB31007 30 ft. Black HDMI Cable Male to Male

Pros: can't really beat the price for this length of cable. works just fine for bluray/game systems/dvd type stuff.

Cons: strange issue with my cable. I have it hooked to a 23" 1080p desktop monitor. at 1080p, In my NVidia control panel, if I have the display set to 1080p, 32-bit color, 8 bpc output color depth, RGB format, with Full dynamic range, I get a flickering screen. tried it on 3 different displays (two of them being matching desktop monitors, and the 3rd being my vizio UHD tv), and I tried two GPUs (a gtx 980, and a gtx 670, both stock clocks), so I know it is the cable. If I set it to YCbCr444, the flickering goes away and the picture seems to look better to my eye.

Overall Review: aside from the odd behavior mentioned above, its a great cable. definitively worth it to me.

its a beast.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N980G1 GAMING-4GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION, GV-N980G1 GAMING-4GD

Pros: so far the only game i've tried it out with is far cry 4. set it to ultra. changed reso to UHD, and turned off AA and it played it just fine. im not sure what the FPS were because i dont have fraps installed, but it was perfectly playable. probably around 40 - 50 fps i would think. <br><br>this thing is very quiet, even under load. ive had it running Collatz@home and Milkyway@home, and under 95% GPU usage, its plenty quiet for my living room. fan speed 45% and temps around 67c. all stock settings.

Cons: the only problem ive come across is running collatz@home with OpenCL is making it bluescreen. it did not do this with my old amd. running collatz with cuda ran fine. it may not be the card. it may be the process. i dunno. im not even gonna bother deducting an egg for this. <br><br>i have encountered terrible coil whine with this card. most of the time its not there. usually just in game menus and such. but when its there, its pretty loud, especially in my quiet living room. i deducted 1 egg for this, along with the fact of the price of this card. its expensive. but its not surprising. you pay a premium to have what is currently pretty much the fastest single GPU card available right now. UPDATE: the coil whine issue solved itself it seems. after some time (a short time, in fact, perhaps after a 'break in period' I was unaware of) the coil whine vanished entirely. I no longer have any complaints about this card, and am very happy with it. on a side note though: my buddy has an identical card, same revision, and his still has coil whine occasionally. not sure why. his system is otherwise completely different than my own and he has so many fans in the thing you'd never even realize the card is making noise over the tornado that's taking place. my experience however ahs been great, so i'm adjusting my review to 5 eggs.

Overall Review: this thing is a monster. its large. and its heavy. it requires two (2) 8-Pin power connectors. the back plate on this thing isn't an issue for me in my itx case, but some with SLI setups might find this to be a tight fit if the cards are too close together. <br><br>My setup:<br>ASRock z97e-itx/ac motherboard<br>i5-4690k "devil's canyon" cpu @ 4.5 ghz<br>CoolerMaster Seidon 120m closed loop cooler<br>G.Skill 2x4gb DDR3 @ 2400<br>Samsung 850 Pro 256gb SSD<br>WD 3.5" 1tb Blue 7200RPM<br>Corsair HX650 80+ Gold modular PSU<br>CoolerMaster Elite 130 ITX case

works fine

SABRENT CB-USBXT Transparent USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to Type A Female
SABRENT CB-USBXT Transparent USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to Type A Female

Pros: works surprisingly well for its length. (that's what she said). operates a wired keyboard and a usb thumb drive at usb 2.0 speeds without issue (attached with a hub).

Cons: when I add in my wireless mouse it cuts out whenever I press too many keys on the keyboard, if i'm moving the mouse and hitting all the keys at the same time.

Overall Review: strange, that it struggles with a keyboard and mouse, but transfers data to a thumb drive without issue. I'm not really gonna complain much about that though. this cable's length ignores logic. UPDATE: well I've been using this for a while now, and i'm happy with it. Since writing my initial review I have come to learn that this cable will work with anything except most devices with wireless receivers. according to the manufacturer, wireless receivers poll far too often, and due to the length of the cable, they'll poll multiple times before the first poll even makes it to the system, causing it to error/cut out. I have a powered 4 port hub at the end of this cable, and I can power my wired keyboard, a usb microphone, a thumb drive, and a USB midi synth all at the exact same time, without any issues. I purchased a second one of these cables and it operates my wireless usb mouse all by itself with nothing else on the same line.