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Merrill F.

Merrill F.

Joined on 03/08/06

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Most Favorable Review

Exactly as advertised

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card RTX 2070 TRI FROZR
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card RTX 2070 TRI FROZR

Pros: - Fans silent until needed - Sturdy construction (see below) - Easy overclocking with AfterBurner's new algorithm - Absolutely slaughters iRacing in V/R (specifically built system for that use) at 90FPS with max settings (on a Z390 board with an i5-9600k and 3200 speed RAM)

Cons: - Like any other modern GPU it is massive. Even in an ATX-mid tower I had to get creative with my H60 radiator and case fans to make room for this thing. Not really a con, but whatever - Default profile for fans is a little silly. Goes from absolutely no fan movement WE NEED TO COOL THIS THING OFF NOW. Nothing a little tweaking of the profile couldn't fix.

Overall Review: Let me just say that this GPU saved an entire PC build for my customer. Despite precautions during packing the assembled case back into it's original packaging somehow the box got absolutely crushed. The back of the case was bent several degrees inward with the 2070 card as the apex (in other words, the card became load-bearing member of the frame of the computer). It was enough that the GPU popped out of the motherboard. My customer straightened the case as best he could, I walked him through re-seating the GPU properly and all booted up fine and was off and running. Granted, the entire PC was insured but who wants to go through that process? Thankfully this card was as sturdy as it is, otherwise this would have been a terrible result!

Most Critical Review

Awful

Edimax BR-6428n 802.11n/g/b Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps, with Intelligent iQoS feature for bandwith management over Media, P2P, WEB, Download, and Gaming, plus Green technology to save electricity
Edimax BR-6428n 802.11n/g/b Wireless Router up to 300 Mbps, with Intelligent iQoS feature for bandwith management over Media, P2P, WEB, Download, and Gaming, plus Green technology to save electricity

Pros: It looks pretty.

Cons: This router needs constant attention to maintain internet connectivity, even when hard-wired. The WiFi is worthless. House-guests don't even bother using it over their cell service, it's too spotty and slow. Maybe there are tweaks or settings I can do to make it right. But I'm not a CCNA, I expect this to work at full potential out of the box. Nobody buys a budget router to tweak it. It should just work, and this one simply doesn't.

Perfect balance of RGB and mechanical clicking

Logitech G513 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with GX Blue Clicky Key Switches (Carbon)
Logitech G513 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with GX Blue Clicky Key Switches (Carbon)

Pros: - Blue clicky was the perfect amount of textile and audio feedback for me. - Keys are responsive and consistent. - No wear at all on any keys after several months of heavy use (work and gaming). - Fun RGB options, from wild to subtle and everything in between. - AWESOME cables. Long and strong.

Cons: - None that I can see.

Overall Review: - Would absolutely replace this keyboard with the same product, if this one stopped working (probably of my own clumsiness).

Logitech quality

Logitech G403 HERO 16K Gaming Mouse, LIGHTSYNC RGB, Lightweight 87g +10g Optional Weight, Braided Cable, 16,000 dpi, Rubber Side Grips
Logitech G403 HERO 16K Gaming Mouse, LIGHTSYNC RGB, Lightweight 87g +10g Optional Weight, Braided Cable, 16,000 dpi, Rubber Side Grips

Pros: - Logitech quality. - Subtle, but nice RGB - Great feedback on clicks and wheel - Easy to adjust DPI on the fly

Cons: - Only SLIGHT complaint is that it's almost TOO easy to click the DPI button and I regularly find myself with almost complete loss of mouse control because DPI cycled from fastest to slowest. Easy to remedy (hit the button a few times) so no star lost for that.

Overall Review: - Would recommend and would buy again.

Exactly as advertised.

ENHANCE GX-MP2 XXL Extended Gaming Mouse Pad Mat (31.50" x 13.75") with Low-Friction Tracking Surface and Non-Slip Backing
ENHANCE GX-MP2 XXL Extended Gaming Mouse Pad Mat (31.50" x 13.75") with Low-Friction Tracking Surface and Non-Slip Backing

Pros: - Great quality - Easy to clean - Size/color/design exactly as advertised.

Cons: - Nothing that I can think of.

Overall Review: I eat, I drink, I work, and I play from my desk. So this pad has gotten lots of abuse in the few months I've had it and it has held up and cleaned up like a champion with simple wiping/light detergent (I've not tried to clean it deeply in any way so far). Works perfectly.

Awesome chip

Intel Core i5 9th Gen - Core i5-9600K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz (4.6 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I59600K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel Core i5 9th Gen - Core i5-9600K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz (4.6 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I59600K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Pros: - Can't imagine a better value for heavy V/R gaming and streaming - Easy OC in MSI Z390 board - Nice to have that on-board graphics for when there are GPU issues to work around.

Cons: - None

Overall Review: - Using an H60 AIO cooler and temps seem to be steady in the 50C range during heavy V/R and streaming duty for iRacing - Paired with RTX 2070 GPU, on a Z390 board with 3200 speed RAM and this thing just blows away iRacing V/R at 90 FPS with maxxed settings.