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Kyle H.

Kyle H.

Joined on 05/03/08

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Most Favorable Review

Very Fast

GIGABYTE AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 1TB M.2 2280 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Dual Side Copper GP-ASM2NE6100TTTD
GIGABYTE AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD 1TB M.2 2280 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Dual Side Copper GP-ASM2NE6100TTTD

Pros: - See title

Cons: - First drive was defective (see below for my symptoms) - Kind of awkward to install with the big heatsink

Overall Review: First drive would completely power off after a few minutes of use. In windows, this manifested as a BSOD: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. SMART status of the drive reported no issues, and running the drive on a PCIe Gen 3 bus appeared to avoid the issue, which made me think it was the motherboard. Replacing the motherboard didn't solve the issue; tried a new drive with the original motherboard, and it's working great.

Most Critical Review

Poor quality audio

BYTECC HM2-SP102EA HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2, 1x2 HDMI Splitters with EDID & RS232 and Audio Extractor
BYTECC HM2-SP102EA HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2, 1x2 HDMI Splitters with EDID & RS232 and Audio Extractor

Overall Review: Bought this to hook a PS5 to speakers using a headphone jack. The audio quality is extremely poor and very quiet. Tried linear PCM/Dolby/DTS setting, as well as changing the EDID settings on the device; nothing helped. I am returning this to find a better solution.

Excellent little power supply

CORSAIR SF750 CP-9020186-NA 750 W SFX 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR SF750 CP-9020186-NA 750 W SFX 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: - Works to spec - Zero RPM mode leaves the fan off most of the time - so quiet!

Cons: The large power switch didn't fit well in my Streamcom DA2 case. Not deducting any points here because the DA2 is a weird case.

Overall Review: Would buy again.

Poor Design

ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/TB3 Mini ITX Thunderbolt 3 AMD Motherboard
ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING-ITX/TB3 Mini ITX Thunderbolt 3 AMD Motherboard

Overall Review: Things You Should Know before Buying the Board: - NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSDs are *not supported* - The manual lists only 14 SSDs from PICe Gen 1, 2, and 3 as being compatible - AMD coolers are *not supported* - don't plan on using the Wraith Spire coolers with this board. - The chipset runs HOT (60+C at idle) - Consequently, the chipset fan runs at 4000+RPM constantly - The M.2 slot sits directly below the chipset, and will have no airflow in most ITX cases. I tried to build this board with a Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 1TB drive. The drive shuts down after 30 seconds of active use (device appears disconnected from the board, won't show as being connected until full power off), presumably from overheating. The drive runs fine in other systems, and the board works fine with a NVMe gen 3 SSD. Very disappointed in the thermal design considerations of this board.

Squeaky mouse

Logitech RX650 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Optical 1000 dpi Mouse
Logitech RX650 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Optical 1000 dpi Mouse

Pros: The mouse works and doesn't seem to go through batteries very quickly.

Cons: It squeaks. All. The. Time. It started the first week and has not stopped - every left-click comes with a nice squeak.

Overall Review: Should have read the warnings on this one.

Good RAM

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

Pros: This RAM was automatically clocked to 200MHz (DDR2-800) on the GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P; I had to manually change the clock speed, but the memory will actually run at 266MHz (DDR2-1066) on this board.

Cons: None so far