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Gregory B.

Gregory B.

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Quite possibly the best video card I have owned.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5

Pros: Quiet Huge HSF with 10mm heat pipe! Custom design 6 digital power phases No coil buzz Maxwell gpu Low power consumption 1 x 8pin power socket only Low load temps~68C Fast Fast Fast

Cons: No accessories Video card is larger and heavier than I expected.

Overall Review: I get all bothered by people posting comments when they do not actually own the card! I now have two of these in my main rig in SLI. They replaced a pair of watercooled HD R9-290's. To be honest there was no real need for me to 'upgrade' from the R9-290's to the GTX 970's, however I have been disappointed recently by mantle support and the bugs in BF4. My R9-290's were running at 1150mhz on the core and I was able to score just over 17,000 in Firestrike. With a pair of GTX 970's I score a little over 18,000. Not a huge increase. I will be putting waterblocks on these eventually, however I have been running these stock since I received them and I am not able to hear them when the computer idles. At full load I can just make out both cards, and this is likely due to the fact that I am running them in sli. Having a single card will reduce airflow concerns and a single card will be cooler than SLI. Even so I saw maximum temps of 68C when playing games. I am not a Nvidia fanboy but I must confess that I prefer the drivers to the AMD drivers... I installed Metro Last Light again and the spot where I used to crash with my R9-290's was fine with these GTX 970's, BF4 looks sublime and I have even gone back to Farcry 3.... I am impressed with these cards, they are a custom pcb, with decent 6 phase digital vrm's and a massive cooler. They are quiet, fast and use around 280W less power at full load than a pair of overclocked R9-290's (according to my Kill-a-watt meter), as far as speed is concerned, I do not see a huge improvement over a pair of overclocked R9-290's, but they manage to pull off a slight speed advantage while using less power and putting out much less heat and noise. IMO these are the cards to beat. I run my games on a 2560x1440 monitor that runs at 120hz. A single card is perfect for 60fps at 2560x1440.... I can't think of anything bad to say about these cards...

Most Critical Review

Update to my previous review

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Single 4-Pole Connection Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Single 4-Pole Connection Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: See original review below.

Cons: Self adjusting headstrap already split open!

Overall Review: I now have concerns about durability of this product as the self adjusting headstrap has already split open along one seam. Another egg off.

10/29/2015

Free game with my new Ryzen 5600

AMD Gift - UNCHARTED Game Bundle
AMD Gift - UNCHARTED Game Bundle

Pros: Free game

Cons: Never played Uncharted games

Overall Review: Gave the game to my son, who plays these games. Free with the purchase of a new Ryzen 5600. Son has yet to play the game, but he sounded excited.

11/24/2022

Not the fastest NVme drive

Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T2B0C
Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T2B0C

Pros: Great value Faster than SSD and HDD WD Digital Dashboard software

Cons: Not particularly fast

Overall Review: I purchased this as a cheap upgrade for a pc with an SSD boot drive. Boot times have improved in Windows 10 significantly. The max read write I have gotten on my B450 AMD platform has been around 1800mb/s read and 1680mb/s, which is less than specified. It has been reliable so far.

11/24/2022

A great value mid-range M2 drive, worth every penny.

Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8
Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 5000MB/s - CT2000P3PSSD8

Pros: High Capacity options up to 4TB Great value 5 year warranty Free cloning software (Acronis) Crucial Storage Executive software Momentum Cache Feature (uses some PC Dram as cache)

Cons: No Heatsink QLC slower than TLC DRAMless Low 440TBW Other Thoughts: First of all, apologies for dusty PC photo. After this review, I gave my PC a good dusting. My first M2 drive was a 1TB HP EX920 purchased in May 2018 for $328, made by Biwin. It replaced a 1TB Samsung SSD and I expected great things from this drive. It was PCIe 3.0 x 4 and NVMe 1.2 with an 8 channel Silicon Motion Controller SM2262 and 512mb Nanya DDR3, Micron 64 layer TLC with a potential 3200MB/s sequential read and 1800Mb/s sequential write, a 650TBW and 3 year warranty. I installed it on my Asus X570 motherboard and Ryzen 1700X pc. It received great reviews, but I never noticed an improvement in overall speed compared to my older SSD. I assumed that the overall sluggishness was more related to the Ryzen 1700 than the M2 drive. This pc has been upgraded over the last few years, I have kept the Asus X570 motherboard, upgraded the cpu to a Ryzen 5600X and swapped out the 16Gb PC 3200 ram for 32GB PC 3600 ram. I always kept my M2 drive in top condition, trimmed, hibernation disabled, power option set to high and recycle bin reduced to a manageable 200MB, however after the last few game releases and a large music and video library I realized that my 1TB M2 drive was not going to work anymore. I needed at least 2TB and PCIe 4.0 x 4 to take advantage of my 5600X and X570 motherboard. I had a good run with the HP EX920, according to Crystal Disk Info it had been on for 29,141 hours and had a total data write of 60,548 GB! See screenshot. I decided to run a few tests on the outgoing drive with ATTO Disk Benchmark, AS SSD and Crystal Disk Mark. What really surprised me that performance on my HP EX920 was terrible! After multiple benchmark runs, the best I could get out of the drive was 2448MB/s sequential read and 981MB/s sequential write, a far cry from the 3200MB/s and 1800MB/s that HP promised when the drive was released. This possibly explained why my PC felt sluggish and programs like Paint Shop Pro and BF 2042 were always slow to load.

Overall Review: PCIe 3.0 x 4 has a max throughput of 4032Mb/s and PCIe 4.0 x 4 has a max throughput of 8066MB/s, so I was not bottlenecked using PCIe 3.0 on my Asus X570 and 5600X cpu system. Anyhow, after months of waiting for prices to come down on PCIe 4.0 M2 drives I was asked by Newegg to review the new 2TB Crucial P3 Plus M2 drive. This 2TB drive has a Phison E21T controller and Micron 176 layer QLC, PCIe 4.0 x 4 and NVMe 1.4 with a potential sequential read of 5000MB/s and sequential write of 4200MB/s, a 440TBW and 5 year warranty. Crucial is a brand of Micron Memory and they are one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world with over 25 years of experience. Looking at the specifications of this drive its easy to see that this M2 drive is targeted at the mid-range users, the choice of controller, QLC memory and the DRAMless design keeps costs down, and for a new 2TB drive it is very competitively priced. One of the pitfalls of using QLC memory is the lower 440TBW, my old EX920 with TLC memory had a 650TBW. Crucial do have a great 5 year warranty to back up their drives, so thats a plus. This drive does not have a heatsink and ran warmer than the HP EX920 that had an integrated heatsink, but I noticed no throttling and top temp during testing was 43C. Installation was a breeze for me. My Asus X570 motherboard has 2 x PCIe 4.0 x 4 M2 slots, one of which was populated with the HP EX920. I popped the new drive in the empty M2 slot, booted the pc, downloaded the free Acronis software and cloned my C Drive in around 10 minutes. I shut down the PC, removed the old HP EX920, restarted PC and entered bios to check that the PC would boot correctly from the new drive as it was in a different M2 slot. My PC booted to desktop quickly and without issues. I am currently running Windows 11 and this has all of the required NVMe drivers pre-installed. I just made sure that my motherboard bios and my AMD chipset drivers were up to date, before I started the M2 upgrade process. If you dont have a second M2 drive, but want to upgrade from an older M2 drive, you can still do this by installing Windows from scratch on the new drive, or by purchasing a cheap USB M2 adapter and then cloning using Acronis. If you have an older HHD or SSD, Acronis can still be used to clone the new drive from the old drives. Acronis is pretty simple to use and there are plenty of instructions on how to clone the various drive options online if you are unsure. My computer felt much faster after the M2 upgrade, all programs loaded within seconds, it was unbelievable, so I tested with ATTO, AS SSD, Crystal Disk Mark to make sure! Take a look at the screenshot, before any tweaking the new drive was showing 4934MB/s read and 3975MB/s write. I downloaded Crucials Storage Executive software and checked for firmware updates. I updated the firmware and enabled Momentum Cache. According to Crucial, Momentum Cache is a feature of Storage Executive that allows you to use some of your PCs DRAM to cache write commands to the Crucial drive, increasing burst write performance. When you switch the feature on, Storage Executive will allocate a portion of your DRAM for Momentum Cache. Whenever the OS needs to write data to the boot drive, the data is actually written to that portion of DRAM instead (which is much quicker). Afterwards, the data is then "flushed" to the M2 drive for permanent storage. Momentum Cache will use up to 25% of available system memory, though no more than 4GB. Momentum Cache affects only write operations, not read operations. Read speed should remain unaffected by Momentum Cache. This means that when enabled, it provides for more performance out of your systems storage. When utilized many reads and writes will be read from/sent to the RAM cache before the M2 drive. Thus, you are able to unlock faster compute performance at the expense of using up a bit more RAM space than normal. All I know is that it works; I retested the drive after updating the firmware and enabling Momentum Cache; write speed was very much increased, take a look at the screenshot. All in all a very impressive M2 drive. While it may not be the fastest PCIe 4.0 x 4 drive available, it is considerably faster than my older PCIe 3.0 x 4 M2 drive with TLC memory. It is also half the price of my old EX920, double the capacity and has a 5 year warranty. The drive also comes with free cloning software and Storage Executive software. The 440TBW did initially worry me, but when I analyzed the information in Crystal Disk Info I only wrote 60TB of data on my HP EX920 drive after more than 4 years of ownership. Recommended.

10/16/2022

Amazing PSU, stable, quiet and surprisingly small.

CORSAIR RM1000e CP-9020250-NA 1000 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR RM1000e CP-9020250-NA 1000 W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply

Pros: Gold certified efficiency Small form factor Quiet and cool Very stable rails Zero RPM fan mode 105C rated capacitors Supports modern standby mode Fully modular Huge selection of cables 7 year warranty

Cons: 7 year warranty (down from 10 year) Cables are a little stiff No bag to store unused cables 12+4 pin 12VHPWR power connector kit for Nvidia RTX 40 series not included Overall Review: Corsair started selling high quality memory in 1994, since then, they have branched out into PC peripherals and cooling, solid state drives and power supplies. The power supply is often overlooked by many PC builders, perhaps because its not as sexy as the GPU or CPU. When I started building PCs I used whatever power supply came bundled with the cases I purchased. These were often very poor quality and I had a number of power supply failures in the late 1990s, one of which culminated in a small fire that totally destroyed one of my computers and the carpet sitting underneath it (my wife still reminds me about that). Since then, I pay a great deal of attention, and budget accordingly, in order to find and use better quality power supplies. My first big boy power supply was the Antec Tru Power 430W that I purchased in 2002, after this a series of Power PC and Cooling units until OCZ purchased them in 2007. Currently, I use Cooler Master or Corsair power supplies in all of my PC builds ranging from 450W units all the way up to 1500W units. A few years ago, a 1000W power supply might have made sense, I even owned and used a 1500W unit when I was running power hungry GPUs and CPUs like the Nvidia GTX980Ti in SLI and overclocked Intel i7-8700K. These days its easy to buy efficient, powerful CPUs that have a TDP of 65W, like the Ryzen 5 5600, and powerful GPUs, like the 6700XT that draw a maximum of 230W. So, does anyone really need a 1000W power supply? Maybe not, unless you are an extreme overclocker or running a flagship PC with a Nvidia 3090 (that can pull up to 360W on its own during Furmark) and a Core i9-12900K (that can pull 241W at Maximum Turbo Power, and close to 300W if overclocked, during Prime 95). Still, I was happy when Newegg asked me if I wanted to test one of Corsairs latest power supplies, the RM1000e, which is a fully modular gold certified power supply.

Overall Review: My current test PC is running an AMD 5600X, AMD 6700XT, Asus X570 motherboard, 32GB PC 3800 DDR, 2TB NVME M2 drive and 3 older HHDs that I use for backup and media streaming. AMD recommends a 650W power supply for the 6700XT, so the 1000W Corsair is complete overkill; however, it gives me a little wiggle room for next generation components when I am ready to upgrade. Testing power supplies can be complex and expensive for PC builders, as we dont have access to complex equipment like power and spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes. We can still perform basic stability tests using software to load the CPU and GPU, including Cinebench R23, Prime 95 and Furmark, which are all great stress testing software apps (available for free online). I also use HWiNFO and HWMonitor (free and online as well) to monitor and log power supply rails during tests for max, min, average watts used. I have a Kill-A-Watt unit (to measure power draw from the wall socket), an IR thermometer to measure temperature of the power supply under load and finally a power supply tester and multi-meter to check rail stability at the physical power supply during testing. This power supply has a single 12v rail capable of providing up to 1000W on its own, and 150W split between the 3.3V rail and the 5V, rail so this power supply can actually deliver a maximum of 1150W. This PSU is incredibly small when compared to its 850W brother and a 1000W Cooler Master unit. Its fully modular and comes with a huge assortment of cables, most of which will not be needed; still, they are good quality flat cables, even if they are a little stiff. The power supply has a 120mm rifle bearing fan that does not spin at low and medium loads, and clearly has allowed Corsair to build a smaller power supply around it rather than using a larger 140mm fan. Its an incredibly quiet PSU, I never heard the power supply, even at full load, over the sound of my case fans. The PSU fan did not even spin up until I placed more than 360W load on the unit (see testing). The power supply comes with a 7 year warranty; its great to see companies like Corsair stand behind their products with long warranties. Testing I booted the PC and let it idle for 30 mins to get a baseline power draw from the socket using Kill-A-Watt. I then used Ryzen Master to apply PBO to the CPU and overclocked the GPU. After this, I ran Cinebench R23, Prime 95, Furmark and then Furmark and Prime 95 at the same time. These tests were all run for a 30 min period. Power draw from the socket was noted along with power rail deviation during test all tests. Results At idle, Kill-A-Watt reported a power draw from the socket of between 65-70W, After overclocking the GPU and applying PBO Kill-A-Watt reported a power draw of 84-90W. Ryzen Master stress test pulled 230W from the socket, Prime 95 pulled 230W, Furmark pulled 360W and Furmark together with Prime 95 pulled 470W from the wall socket as reported by Kill-A-Watt. The PC was 100% stable, no restarts or stutters. Temperature at the PSU never exceeded 46C during my testing and was inaudible. 46C may sound quite high, but this was the hottest temp recorded when load on the PC was below 360W and the PSU fan was not spinning. When the load increased enough to start the fan, temps went down to approximately 38C. The rails were so stable that I had to retest as there was effectively zero deviation on the 12V, 5V and 3.3V rail when load was less than 360W. Ive tested many power supplies, so this result clearly surprised me. Take a look at the screenshots. When I retested the unit using Furmark and Prime 95 at the same time, with a combined load pulling 470W from the socket, I recorded extremely small rail fluctuations. 5V rail varied from 4.92V to 4.96V or 0.81% 12V rail varied from 12.096V to 12.192V or 0.78% 3.3V rail varied from 3.28V to 3.296V or 0.48% Conclusion I was extremely impressed with this power supply; it took everything I could throw at it. It was quiet, kept cool and was well behaved, no shut downs, stutters or reboots. It also appeared to wake up my pc a little quicker than my Cooler Master units, although I did not specifically test this. Rail stability was better than any other unit I have tested to date including Corsairs own 850W unit. I really have nothing negative to report about this unit, amazing job Corsair. Recommended.

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Poor product quality.

Don't bother buying from this company. My watch arrived in a broken box that was Scotch taped together. No warranty, so obviously grey market. Unacceptable in my opinion.

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Great value and speedy shipping

Ordered some solar powered garden lights. Great value and arrived quickly. No complaints, will buy from this seller again.

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Good overall reseller.

No problems with this reseller. Will buy from again.

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