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jonathan g.

jonathan g.

Joined on 03/08/11

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Most Favorable Review

32GB sticks that work great in my MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon with a Ryzen 1700X!

Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TLZRD432G3200HC16C01
Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 32GB DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TLZRD432G3200HC16C01

Pros: Monster-sized DIMMs. Allows up to 128GB RAM in a MB with four DIMM-slots. Worked without any special BIOS settings in my MB

Cons: 32GB DIMMs might not work in all MBs (supposedly some X370/B3x0 MBs might not recognize 32GB DIMMs with Ryzen 1000-series CPUs.) Make sure your MB is using the latest BIOS (my MSI uses "ComboPi1.0.0.4/SMU v46.54" and recognizes all the DIMMs)

Overall Review: I am running a 'whitebox' ESXi homelab server and was running out of memory with 64GB (4x16GB) of RAM. I researched to see if my motherboard supported 32GB DIMMs, and found some anecdotal evidence of support on MSI X370 boards running 2000/3000 Ryzens. I decided to take a chance and bought 2 DIMMs... Now I have 96GB of RAM (2x32GB+2x16GB) and everything is great! If I need 128GB, I can swap out the 16's for 32's. 5 Golden Eggs!

Most Critical Review

Response to Esote

SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D301TDB Black
SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D301TDB Black

Pros: I did not purchase this item. I just wanted to respond to Esote's statement regarding the 'proprietary' USB connector. That connector is actually the industry-standard plug for USB3.0 micro-USB. If the cord fails, you can just buy another. Or if it's too short, buy a longer one... like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812422985

Cons: If it has a Seagate inside, then no thanks.

11/19/2013

Works perfectly with my little 12400f

ASRock B660 PRO RS LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 ATX Motherboard
ASRock B660 PRO RS LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Pros: Good price Plenty of M.2 and PCIe slots 2 of the M.2 slots are PCIe 4.0 x1 slots are all open backed, so they can use x2-x16 cards (at x1 speed) Looks nice with my other all-black components Has built-in RGB strip with BIOS controls, if you like that sort of thing

Cons: Asrock's B660 line of motherboards don't have the best reputation due to the power delivery circuitry. The Pro RS seems to be the best of the family, though.

Overall Review: A perfect match for a locked I3, I5 or I7. Just keep the MOSFETs cool on high-end CPUs.

Works!!

Zalman STC 9 Thermal Compound Paste for All CPU Cooler, 4g, Heat Sink Paste, Composed of Carbon Micro-Particles, East to Apply, High Durability, 4g
Zalman STC 9 Thermal Compound Paste for All CPU Cooler, 4g, Heat Sink Paste, Composed of Carbon Micro-Particles, East to Apply, High Durability, 4g

Pros: Lots of paste in the tube. Thick enough to stay in place, but not too thick to be difficult to spread.

Cons: The endcap usually ends up with paste on it, and it's tough to keep clean

Overall Review: I haven't done any benchmarks to see how effective it is compared to generic paste, but it works and the price was right. I'm happy with the thickness of the paste... it spreads easily on the CPU or GPU, but doesn't clump or roll around on the surface... nor is it too thin. It has the perfect consistency. It's also quite sticky, so be careful when removing heatsinks... it's strong like glue.

Perfect for the price!

Meterk Digital Clamp Meter Multimeter 4000 Counts Auto-ranging Multimeter AC/DC Voltage&Current Tester with Resistance, Capacitance, Frequency, Diode, Hz Test, Non-contact Voltage Detect
Meterk Digital Clamp Meter Multimeter 4000 Counts Auto-ranging Multimeter AC/DC Voltage&Current Tester with Resistance, Capacitance, Frequency, Diode, Hz Test, Non-contact Voltage Detect

Pros: Clamp meter Work light Capacitance function Lighted display

Cons: The clamp is a bit thick, making it a challenge to get around tight wiring. The power-off timer beep sounds exactly like my UPS when it's running on battery. Freaks me out every time.

Overall Review: I am happy to report it functions as expected. The clamp meter told me how efficient my PC PSU was for my mining rig (80%), removing all mystery regarding the power consumption. The work light is also a nice touch, in case I need to use it in a poorly lit area. Super happy.

Small, but inexpensive when on sale

Black 5-Tier Layer Shelf Adjustable Wire Metal Shelving Rack High Quality Garage 21.25" x 11.42" x 59.06"
Black 5-Tier Layer Shelf Adjustable Wire Metal Shelving Rack High Quality Garage 21.25" x 11.42" x 59.06"

Pros: Nice little rack (lol) for my wife's project storage.

Cons: Smaller than it appears in pics.

Overall Review: Overall, I'm happy with the rack... the price was right, and it holds things. Other reviewers complain about the rack shelves being upside down, but the lip actually stops items from falling off. I'd like a larger rack (lol), but I'm happy with the size.