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Richard L.

Richard L.

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Update - GPS

Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1
Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet PC – Intel Atom Z3740D (Quad Core) 2GB RAM 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1

Pros: This is an update.

Cons: Nothing new to add.

Overall Review: The GPS - it does NOT have one after all. I didn't realize that the device was using Bing to determine location based on wifi hotspots. I just wanted to correct my previous review.

11/12/2013

*The* Gaming CPU on AM4

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D - Ryzen 7 5000 Series 8-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM4 105W None Integrated Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000651WOF
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D - Ryzen 7 5000 Series 8-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM4 105W None Integrated Graphics Desktop Processor - 100-100000651WOF

Pros: More cache than my wallet. Snappy 8 core CPU with 16 threads. Will provide a noticeable boost in frame rates in titles not already pushing your GPU to 100% utilization. Not hamstrung by high quality "slow" RAM due to large cache unlike the other Ryzen chip.

Cons: Expensive. Not 16 cores. Will likely not hold a candle to Ryzen 7800X in most games. Does not benefit from my CL14 RAM.

Overall Review: I bought this 30 minutes after launch and upgraded from a 3900X. Since I game a lot, I am the target demographic. It's not in stock often and expensive, but in games, the 12900 is the closest competitor and those cost way more. Some Zen 2 and Zen 3 parts were intended to have V-Cache at launch, but TSMC only recently perfected the tech needed to fab these 3D stacked beauties. While it's fascinating to see what we *could* have had in 2019, I'm appreciative of the tech today. So, what should you expect? If your current CPU can push games to 100% GPU utilization, those games will see minimal to no performance boost. The same applies to heavily single threaded games. Titles not able to push the GPU to 100% utilization on your current CPU will see boosts if they are multi-threaded. Examples would be Cyberpunk 2077 running with ultra settings on at 1440p - this did not see a boost from my 3900X. Fallout 76 running with ultra settings at 1440p on the other hand never dips below 100FPS now and can shoot up to 350-ish FPS. Previously this title would average around 70-80 FPS. Overall I'm impressed with the 5800X3D, and I think it'll be a solid choice for gaming for most folks. Yes, AM4 as a socket will likely see no more launches, but this chip will be able to run games at high FPS for the next several years. The motherboards are affordable, and you don't need fancy CL14 RAM to have good performance. A solid X570 motherboard, some CL16 3200 RAM, a PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a high end GPU (6800XT/3080+) will give you enough performance to forget about upgrading for a long time. My system specs: 5800X3D, Aorus Master X570, Aorus Master 6800XT, 32GB Trident Z Neo 3600 CL14-14-14, 2TB Corsair MP600 Pro, Noctua NH-U12A

Well built drive

Corsair Force MP600 M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F1000GBMP600
Corsair Force MP600 M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4 NVMe 3D TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-F1000GBMP600

Pros: Has a heatsink attached out of the box, hits advertised speeds.

Cons: Runs warm like all other PCIE 4.0 drives

Overall Review: I honestly wish I'd waited to buy a PCIE 4.0 drive until the second generation of drives arrived, I'd be getting an additional 2,000 MBps of speed. If the newer, faster drives are only a little more expensive than these, I'd advise buying one of those for the extra speed, but if these first gen slower drives are on sale, they are still worth picking up.

Decent midrange case

MasterBox 5t Dual-tone Gaming ATX Mid-tower Case with Carrying Handle and Internal Configuration
MasterBox 5t Dual-tone Gaming ATX Mid-tower Case with Carrying Handle and Internal Configuration

Pros: Looks slick, light. Roomy behind the motherboard plate for cable routing.

Cons: Side panel is plastic - the power cables on my GPU had made a mark on it. =( The shroud for the bottom of the case should be longer, imo, or at least ship with a second half to drop into the drive bay area - I pulled out the drive cage as I only use an nVME drive, but have no way to shroud the rest of the bottom of the case.

Overall Review: CoolerMaster offers a tempered glass side panel for this case, but I can't find any retailers in the US who sell it. Would be nice is the LED in the lower front of the case was addressable, so it didn't have to just be red or off.

Solid board, with only minor issues.

ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Supported my 1600 right out of the box, with 2666 RAM. After updating UEFI, supports my new 2700X. Top nVME slot is PCIe x4, and main PCIe slot is x16 with non-APU CPUs. PCIe slot holds the weight of my massive R9 Fury without issue. Onboard NIC is as good as an Intel i210 server card. Looks nice.

Cons: Unstable with Team's Dark Pro 3200 CL14 RAM, had to use a lower speed setting - 3066 seemed okay until I fired up a game, so 2934 it is. RGB controller is very basic - non-addressable lighting, so you get stuck with one color and limited lighting. I suck with this solution for about a year before picking up LED strips from Creative to add to my sound card. UEFI's online updating does not work with the onboard wifi or add-in NICs - you must use the onboard i211. UEFI wouldn't see newer updates beyond 4.5 on Asrock's server, so I had to drop the latest firmware onto a USB stick and flash with that.

Overall Review: If you want to use faster RAM, pick up a newer board using the X470 chipset - if you can work with DDR4 2934, save some cash and use this board. For addressable lighting, I tossed in a SoundBlasterX AE-5 - not exactly Asus's RGB, but it gets the job done and adds top of the line sound to my rig as well. Would have liked more USB-C ports, at least two, but since only my phone is USB-C one suffices.

Update

PLANAR PXL2760MW Black 27" 3.4ms HDMI Widescreen Edge-lit LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 1200:1 Built-in Speakers
PLANAR PXL2760MW Black 27" 3.4ms HDMI Widescreen Edge-lit LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 1200:1 Built-in Speakers

Pros: See other thoughts.

Cons: There's still dead pixels, the touch controls are a bit sluggish.

Overall Review: After I wrote my previous review, I decided it would be less hassle to just keep the monitor since there is not a FedEx or UPS drop off for such a large package in my area, and after some more usage, some the the stuck pixels have cured, but there's still a few dead pixels in the display. I would give it 3 eggs, but I offer 4 to balance my previous posted review. If you are looking at this monitor, I would not outright recommend it, but I do suggest weighing the pros and cons. If you can manage to RMA it if yours arrives minus a few pixels, and are willing to calibrate the gamma and color (Windows Vista, 7 and 8.x have this tool, just hit start and type in "Calibrate display color" and it'll pop up [under "Settings" on the Start Screen on 8.x] and hit enter), this could be the display for you. Planar is really a great company, they make a lot of enterprise class displays, I just had the misfortune of a bad product experience and an utter lack of means to return it.