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Eric C.

Eric C.

Joined on 07/14/02

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Most Favorable Review

Used on Ryzen 3700x

GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model GALS416GB3200C16ADC
GeIL SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model GALS416GB3200C16ADC

Pros: Very Affordable - while RGB really isnt my thing, I will admit, it does look pretty cool. Run 3200 Mhz without issue - Easily hit the sweet spot for Ryzens at 3600 Mhz. Overclocks far higher then that.

Cons: Running tight timings seems very touchy - this ram hits very high ram overclocks - but in my case it just will not run tight timings at 3200, or 3600, but given its cost, this is a very very small drawback in real world performance.

Overall Review: The absolute max ram speed I got from these, is 4400 Mhz at Cas 20-22-22-38-1T. I did not go above 1.375 volts, as thats the limit of where I am comfortable with voltages on ram. Running that kinda ram speed is kinda pointless on Ryzen since the Infinity Fabic will de-couple at around 3733 Mhz, and go from 1:1 to 2:1 ratios, But if future Ryzens can do high ram speeds, with higher infinity fabric speeds - I am happy to know this ram can offer more speed. The daily speed I run is 3600 Mhz, cas 16-18-18- 32-1T, which is basically the optimal ram speed for a current Ryzen 3000 series CPU. The SPD data says the ram chips on this ram is Micron, so if your after Samsung B-Die, this isnt it, but dont let that turn you away, because this ram is Very affordable - and overclocks very well at the same time. And if RGB is your thing, it does look pretty good.

Most Critical Review

you get what you pay for...

MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: very low price.

Cons: very low quality. the main problem with these fans is the bearing type. sleeve bearing fans tend to wear out real fast, especially if for any reason the fan is facing downward. I bought about 10 of these almost a year ago, and every single one of them have become unusable, because the bearing wears out in a few weeks and then just gets louder and louder as it starts to rub on the plastic rim around the base of the fan, till eventually the fan just makes a annoying screetching sound as long as it's on. I've solved this, kinda... by taking the wires and greatly tightening them up, by basically just pulling them out from the core of the fan, till it stops making noise, and then zip tying the wires, so they are permanantly there with tension, to keep it from making noise... but overall, these are just really really low quality fans. if you want good fans, go for the bearing types. they cost alittle more, but are of better quality and sound never becomes a issue with them.

Overall Review: if you dont want a fan thats gonna wear out, get a bearing type fan. its gonna cost alittle more, but they are alot less prone to wearing out over time, and less likely to become annoying screetching fans.

Used on Ryzen 3700x

GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER (rev. 1.2) AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 ATX Motherboard
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER (rev. 1.2) AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 ATX Motherboard

Pros: Exceptional Build Quality. Feature list is incredible. Recovers from a failed OC really really well, so working with this board when testing OC limits on ram of CPUs is just really smooth - a failed OC will usually result in a few extra steps in the boot cycle, then it will power back on and tell you the settings didnt hold - within all my testing this week, I have only had 1 hard failure on boot that required a full bios reset, and that was my fault, I tried to push my ram waaaaaaay higher then it is spec'd for and I just went way beyond its limit, so it was expected to fail hard at some point. But other then pushing hardware really hard - most of the time it will recover from a failed OC really well. The ram overclocking stability is exceptional. It has been a very long time since I had a board that I enjoyed ram overclocking as much as on this board.

Cons: The drawbacks are so minor that I really cant knock the board for these, but I do have a few. The M.2 posts are locked into the board at 110 length, but most M.2s are 80, so you have to use the included extra posts - and if you drop or lose the screw / post, your gonna need a microscope to find them. And if you just loose them - guess your never using those slots again.... It's really dumb that the 110 posts are hard locked into the MB when they should be movable. The bios while 100% fully featured, does leave some design choices I wish werent there, like I dont need to see a "accept / deny" screen every time I go into a overclock setting is really annoying when something like PBO is on by default, yet if you want to alter that setting, you get a screen blocking you with a "accept / deny warning".... on a feature, that is turned on, in the bios.... by default. Like did the bios programmers not think of this? While the design and use of the BIOS has and does everything you can ever ask for - its design and number of subscreens is kinda weird. Now neither of these things is a deal breaker - just a very minor thing I would have liked to see done another way.

Overall Review: I think I said enough in the pro's and cons, but I will add - that the review saying this board doesnt have Wi-fi, is clearly wrong, and you can see it from the pictures of the back IO plate, where the Wi-Fi antenna goes. This board currently supports the highest speed Wi-fi there is AX. Oh yeah, 1 thing the pics dont show, is this board has a massive heatsink on back, and under that heatsink is heatpads just under the VRMs, so that was pretty cool to see. Like, to me, this board just exudes Quality - everything from the super clean markings of what each port is with its printing, do the super overkill VRM, to the overall layout of the PCB, like they put some serious effort into this board, and at every step of the way along use, it really shows.

Great Card, but overpriced.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 08G-P4-6170-KR, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition, 08G-P4-6170-KR, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC)

Pros: EVGAs warranty and upgrade programs are excellent - I strongly suggest you register your card for the advanced warranty, its free and easy - why not? The card itself is powerful, I game at 1920 x 1200 res, and so far, there isnt a game I have that I cant max out, so I am happy with it. I am sure if I get a higher res monitor I may be saying different, but I am still happy with this monitor so this card has proven to be a excellent option so far.

Cons: The whole "Founders Edition" thing feels like a scam. If you can save $100 and avoid the "Founders Edition" thing, I would. There will come better versions of these cards in a short time, OC editions and non reference versions for about this price.

Overall Review: I got this card 2 min after it went on sale here on newegg. I chose this card, because I have always bought the GTX cards, only to find 3-5 months later, the GTX cards always get replaced by a TI version. So I am not buying GTX cards any more - I am gonna get this 1070 today, and just wait for the 1080 TI in a few months.

Honestly, its not bad.

Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: I have roughly 2,000 dollars worth of watercooling parts here at my place, I could easily put together a nice elaborate high performance cooling system and call it a day - but I had a specific want, and this was a good option. I wanted something simple, with little to no maintenance needed, that just worked right out of the box - that I could hook to a test bench, so I could swap CPU's or motherboards, with little down time, and no need to create a unique loop for any hardware changes made to the test bench. I also wanted something decent performance, and small and not hundreds of dollars. This filled that goal perfectly - and surprised me alittle at the same time. I have some great pumps and waterblocks here that would out perform this, but those are much bigger, require alot more maintenance, and bleeding the loop of bubbles, and making sure the gasket seals are solid before actual use, and so on - usual watercooling stuff, but its alot of work for just a test bench, and I'd rather save that stuff for the more permanant set ups, so I tried this. my only hesitation was the pump, I couldnt even guess the quality of the pump from the product pics, my usual Iwaki pumps cost more then then this entire set does, so this tiny pump was new to me. but once I got this, and hooked it up, it was fine, I heard people complain about some noise, but I can barely hear a thing from it (and I am not using a case - this is hooked to a test bench) so maybe I got lucky with mine, or theres some exaggeration happening in some reviews. overall, I am pretty happy - for what it is, I am surprised. Will I swap all my future gear to these? no - I still like my high end watercooling for some set ups, but if I ever get asked to make a budget gaming PC, or something along those lines - I will not hesitate to recommend these in the future.

Cons: the entire corsair program, with all of it bells and whistles, felt very very pointless. it does nothing, that I couldnt do myself right from bios, or with some motherboard software from Asus, gigabyte or such. I think they could scrap it, and all those extra cables, cut $20 off the price, and hit a home run with people like me - DIY people.

Overall Review: With the absurdly high prices of quality air cooling going wellllllllllllllll beyond $75, it makes no sense at all to go with air cooling, once your above the $75 price point. Even "OK" watercooling, will pass the best air cooling easily, and you can easily find heatsinks in the $100+ range now - which is absurd. Dont do it - go watercooling, you will get far more for your money. The heatsink industry has lost its mind in the last few years, with these prices, and watercooling is leagues easier to get into now - then it was just a few years ago.

Simple, but Great Deal.

ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good Price - Good Feature List - OC socket. Great and extensive OC options. The board for me, has been extremely reliable, and getting a failed OC to reset, is one of the least fussy boards I have ever used. That being said - the board really has been a joy to work with, and my qualms with the board are minor at best.

Cons: there is 2 main things that stand out. 1. I dont like the bios layout - it feels like too many sub-screens hide things that should be instantly available, and using a mouse in bios is nearly pointless, since the mouse cursor for me, is about half an inch off, meaning where I click - isnt where the arrow actually is, the arrow is about 1/2 inch off to the right, of where I actually click - its weird. The on-board sound, is definitely lacking. I use a set of 5.1 logitech speakers that are 370 watts, for 10 years on every PC I made they have been amazing - but on this MB, if I turn the volume up even half way - the noise starts crackling alot. I am unplug the speakers from this PC, hook my phone directly into the speakers - turn the sound way up, and its all good - so the speakers are fine - its when connected to this MB - that the sound becomes scratchy and prone to crackling. For a board that costs this much, I honestly expected alot more quality from the onboard sound then this, and thats been the biggest let down of this board so far.

Overall Review: Would I recommend it? Yes and No. Feature wise, you get alot for alittle. But - the onboard sound, may leave you wanting better, if you use a high quality sound system. I dont know if high end headphone users would have the same issue. But I am definitely not happy about the possibility of needing to spend even more - to get a extra sound card, to fix this boards short comings. I'd rate the board a 3.5 cause, the sound issues have definitely left me wanting better.... and thats a pretty hard reality to deal with, once you actually got the whole PC up and running, cause swapping MB's isnt cheap, or easy, since it often means reinstalling a OS - which means all your games, and programs and such gotta go, and thats a full days downtime setting it all back up - where if the sound was good, this wouldnt be a thought.