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DALE H.

DALE H.

Joined on 02/08/18

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Most Favorable Review

Highly recommended

EKWB EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) Water / Liquid Cooling Pump w/ Integrated Reservoir
EKWB EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) Water / Liquid Cooling Pump w/ Integrated Reservoir

Pros: - It is surprisingly quiet, I could barely hear it even at 100% RPM (not that you would want to run it that fast normally). - Various mounting options (either case drilled or brackets purchased separately). - Supplied template for case drilling if that is your choice.

Cons: - Not sure is I would call it a "con," but keep in mind the port at the top of the reservoir is only for filling, it is not for liquid return. In and out ports are both on the sides. - The claim to operate horizontally may not be entirely accurate. Mine is mounted vertically. When running my leak test, reserve about 80% full and 100% RPM, turning the case on the side (to purge air) resulted in a sound like the pump was sucking air from the reserve (it was NOT dislodged bubbles). The in and out ports were down -- definitely at the bottom of the fluid. So, the suction may have been strong enough to produce a vortex. Or, maybe the pump is just noisy when horizontal, but then that would be something to question (is metal contacting metal?). Now that I am running at 30-35% RPM with a completely full reservoir, there is no sound from turning it horizontal. Looks like just a system management issue; pump speed and full reservoir. Certainly would not keep me from buying another.

Overall Review: - Keep in mind the pump block is made of a strong plastic (which is actually preferable for weight and water seal). So it can stand a little care when screwing in the metal fittings -- to ensure the threads are aligned and avoid any possibility of thread damage. This would be especially the situation with rotary fittings, I found adding a compression barb fitting was easy but a rotary 2x45 deg needed a little careful attention. (Would have been easier if the fittings had been added before mounting the pump.) - Also note this is the model without the cable sheathing. In my build I was able to keep the cables out of sight, but if I were to do the build over again I would spend the extra bit for the sheaths.

Most Critical Review

For extreme overclockers only

G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C19D-32GTZKK
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C19D-32GTZKK

Pros: - Good brand reputation - Look good in my black build - They absolutely will exceed the minimum DDR4 speed (2133 MHz).

Cons: - On the G.Skill product page, the QVL consists only of the ASUS Z370 ROG Maxiumus Apex; that is the single board where G.Skill will state they can meet the specifications and remain stable. (There may be others, but this is the only one tested and "qualified.") - Almost certainly there is no motherboard where you can just turn on XMP and have these meet specs. Even on boards which themselves claim to be capable of that speed (or more). To get anywhere near the specs will take a significant amount of expertise and adjustments; this is likely to include increased voltage (which will not be so good for the DDRs lifespan).

Overall Review: - I'm running an EVGA Z370 Classified K. It will post with these when no UEFI changes are made. - That board's UEFI will read the XMP properly, but it will not boot afterwards. - With XMP on, at spec voltage (1.35) and timings (19-19-19-39), the board will post when the DDR speed is manually lowered to 3100MHz. - At base voltage, timings tightened to 16-18-18-38, they will post consistently at 3333MHz. (Will reset post at 3400MHz, but not cold boot at that speed). - I did other tests. The board itself will auto-manage VSA and VCCIO, but even manual changes to those fields and voltages up to 1.45 produced virtually no better results (within reasonable bounds). - There is probably more headroom in these pieces for someone who is very experienced and/or who is willing to invest a lot of time. I never got the feeling that they were flaky. - (cannot confirm, but someone in a forum mentioned the two-stick packages tend to a little more difficult than the 4-stick. Be sure to check your motherboard how it handles 2-channel memory in 4 sticks before going that route.) - If you are a casual to moderately-involved builder, I would recommend saving some money and choosing slower memory, probably not rated faster than 3600MHz. It is also possible that you won't reach that speed, but at least it will be closer to the specs.

Good Monitor, Great Price

SAMSUNG LS27AG302NNXZA 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI, DisplayPort AMD FreeSync 1ms Gaming Monitor
SAMSUNG LS27AG302NNXZA 27" Full HD 1920 x 1080 144 Hz HDMI, DisplayPort AMD FreeSync 1ms Gaming Monitor

Pros: Using this as a secondary display, I particularly appreciate the base/mount which allows it to be rotated 90 degrees.

Overall Review: At 27 percent off this monitor is a steal.

Does the jpb

StarTech.com USBPLATE 2-Port USB A Female Slot Plate Adapter
StarTech.com USBPLATE 2-Port USB A Female Slot Plate Adapter

Pros: - inexpensive - functional

Cons: - no docs or image, so the user must figure out the direction for the plugs. This is eased because the wire colors seem to follow standard (red wires are the 5V, thick black are "no connection"). - old-style beige. Need at least a black version. I'll be painting mine.

Overall Review: -I mounted the plate on my lower-most slot, and the USB header is in the lower-middle of the motherboard, so the wire lengths were no problem at all for me. If I had needed to take the plugs to the top or far side of the board, things might have become more challenging.

3 eggs or 5 eggs? Backplate defective in my box

EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO CPU Water Block (Full Nickel)
EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO CPU Water Block (Full Nickel)

Pros: - Full-Nickel will not crack, break, chip and it probably acts as a slightly additional heatsink. - Easily disassembled for cleaning or to install the various bits specific to the cpu being cooled. Reassembly is also easy (be sure to follow the directions and observe the alignment of the internal flow channels).

Cons: - Obviously, the metal top does not allow the coolant flow channels to be seen. This is an aesthetic choice. - I appreciate the design of all the EKWB products, obviously they are well-conceived and the company desires the highest quality and capability. But, their quality control processes seem to be lagging. In the package I received, the threads for the screw holes in the backplate had not been cut. So it was impossible to attach the stand-off posts. (I finally decided to order a new backplate from a different reseller because it was faster and about the same cost as an RMA.) I had a similar experience with an EK Mounting Bracket for one of their Revo pumps -- the bag of screws included in the box were for a different bracket and would not work. So I had to spend time and money to research and go buy some some longer screws. (I mention it here to show what may be a pattern.) All-in-all, I would still buy EKWB products, they are just that good, but these are the kind of minor irritations that will slowly erode my confidence as well as overall market confidence.

Overall Review: - The rubber insulating backplate gasket was covering some solder points (for the VRMs) on the back of my motherboard. Almost certainly not a problem, but I chose to trim away a small section to ensure airflow to that area. Just a matter that the gasket is a little larger than it need be, not at all a problem. - I really want to give this a 5-egg rating. But also a 3-egg because of the defective backplate. But, I expect that is a relatively infrequent experience, so most other purchasers will probably be very satisfied.

Outstanding, quiet fans

EK-Vardar EVO 120ER Black (2200rpm)
EK-Vardar EVO 120ER Black (2200rpm)

Pros: Surprisingly quiet. Speed range floor is zero RPM, which enables silent operation when temps are down. Maglev, no bearings.

Cons: The price is a little higher, but then these are designed to fit a specific role (a radiator fan that is quiet and long-lasting).