Date Joined: 12/20/10
Pros: - HUGE!
- Nearly no bezels.
- Good viewing angles, not quite IPS tier angles, but you're more than likely gonna be sitting directly in front of it anyways, especially with the curve it has.
- Got it for a steal at $299.
- Fast shipping! Arrived before I expected it to!
- VESA mountable (there's a con here too though
- Stand snaps in to back of monitor making it easy to take it off or put it on
- Bright screen
- Excellent response time, even for a 4ms panel
- High refresh rate
- Did I mention it's HUGE!?
- ZERO dead pixels that I could find.
-Peeling the giant protective sheet of plastic off the back of the panel was extremely satisfying
- OSD is easy to navigate, depressable thumbstick on the back of the screen is actually pretty intuitive.
- Full color calibration. 6 axis color and 6 axis saturate
Cons: - Stand is a bit flimsy
- No height adjust on stand
- VESA mounting is recessed in to the monitor by about a quarter inch, so not all mounts will work (seriously what was the point of that!?)
- Where the stand mounts in to the monitor is not centered on the back of the monitor, it's actually about 2/3rds down from the top.
-Doesnt come with screws for mounting it on another stand
- Color isn't that great on the panel, but it's fine for gaming
- The built in Speaker(s) is absolute garbage. It's quiet and tinny and just overall kind of pathetic. My guess is you're probably not going to be using it anyways, so that's not too big of a con.
Overall Review: I would 110% recommend this monitor to my friends, if they're only mostly using it for gaming or streaming. I'm a gamer myself and occasionally decide to stream for friends that want to watch. I had to push it all the way to the back of my desk because it's so big it felt like it was right in my face compared to the 24" monitor I also have that is now my second monitor.
Overall, if you can find this thing for less than $400, it's a steal and a great addition to any gaming setup.
Pros: - Lowered my idle temps on my MSI GT62VR gaming laptop by 8C
- Looks nice, but appearance is subjective. It doesnt have a super "Gamer" look to it but it still looks sleek, which I like
- Aesthetic matches my laptop
- It's not "silent" but it's not loud either.
- Has USB pass-through so you dont have to dedicated a USB port to it alone.
Cons: - No extra USB ports
- No fan speed control
- It's barely as big as my 15.6" laptop, so if you're trying to fit a 17" laptop on it, you might want to reconsider and get a bigger one.
Overall Review: Overall it's a pretty good little laptop cooler. It's made a difference in my idle temps. Gaming temps, I ramp up the fan speed on the laptop anyways, so it doesn't get too hot as it is. It's when the fan speed is low on the laptop that I get high temps, so this laptop cooling pad did me right.
Pros: Overclocked like a boss. 4.8ghz under a Phanteks PH-TC14PE.
Super fast CPU.
40 PCI-E gen 3 lanes vs only 28 lanes of the 5820K.
Scored a 1409 in cinebench R15
Cons: This isnt really a con since I knew it coming in to it, but I really with they'd start putting integrated graphics on these chips. It cant hurt to have it and the newer haswell and skylake igpus actually have pretty good power when paired with fast RAM.
Overall Review: Runs a little on the warm side at 4.8ghz, but that's to be expected of a hex-core CPU. Worth the money for the extra lanes for enthusiasts that want to run three or more graphics cards. and still have lanes left for a PCI-E based M.2 SSD. *waves hand*
Pros: -Runs quieter than my old Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X
-Uses less power than the 290 Tri-X
-Sexy as hell
-Fast as hell
-Perfectly playable framerates at near ultra settings at 4K resolution
-HBM is stupid fast
Cons: -Only 4GB of VRAM
-A little on the large side, dont buy if you've got a tiny case
-Voltage is locked....Not very happy about that for a flagship card.
-HBM only overclocks a little bit, but hey, it overclocks. Was able to get 580mhz out of it, still much faster than any other VRAM out there
Overall Review: Overall i'm very happy with this product, aside from the minor gripes I put in the cons. I want to get another for crossfire because according to many benchmarks, two of these in crossfire are faster than two 980ti's in SLI.
Pros: Blazing fast...in the right motherboard.
Cons: Cant get windows to boot on it to save my life.
Overall Review: Running a Gigabyte X99 SOC FORCE and i7 5930K with dedicated M.2 port that claims 20Gb/s written right on the board. Still only reads at about 1650 and writes at about 1200. You'd think a $340 motherboard wouldnt have any problems with this drive. Dont do what I did. Do a LOT of research, not just some. As of now i'm gonna keep this thing and just make it a dedicated game drive.
Pros: This case is stunningly beautiful. The cable management, when done right makes it look as if there aren't any cables anywhere. Super clean look through and through. Orange interior blends perfectly with my Gigabyte X99 SOC FORCE motherboard and orange Phanteks CPU cooler.
Cons: Obvious fork truck stab in the box left a nasty dent in the side panel without the window. Phanteks if you're reading this i'd gladly let you send me a replacement side panel. I can provide pictures of the boxes and case.
Overall Review: I've been wanting this case for a long time, and the fact that it had any damage at all at its price is a pretty big turn off, but not enough to make me want to send it back.
Pros: Length. 15ft is great!
Cons: Not exactly the best quality.
Overall Review: I havent had it break on me yet, and it does the job. I havent tried it as a data cable, but it has no problem charging anything, and thats the main reason I use it. Just dont charge on it with a charger with a low current like a laptop or a desktop computer. Usually wall chargers are the best.
Pros: Could win something.
Cons: But you probably wont.
Overall Review: I lost.
Pros: Plugged em' in. Made sure they're in the right slots. Started er' up and voila. XMP put them at 2400mhz cas 15. Seem great.
Overall Review: I'm using a Gigabyte X99 SOC FORCE motherboard.
Pros: Sexy, all the features anyone could want, high end components, gorgeous bios, AMAZING overclocker, excellent cooling.
Cons: Occasionally cant find my boot drive causing me to have to reset the bios.
Overall Review: Other than it sometimes not being able to find my boot drive (Samsung 830 SSD) this board is great.
Pros: Appears and feels extremely well made. Card is very aesthetically pleasing. Runs about 84C after an hour of gaming OC'd to 1100mhz at 60% fan speed. Doesn't throttle at all at that speed.
Cons: Runs hot either way, and its LOUD LOUD LOUD. It sounds like my computer is about to launch off of my desk when i crank the fan up past 60%.
Overall Review: Gonna water cool this puppy with an NZXT G10 bracket and a Corsair H55 as soon as NZXT gets more of the G10 in stock.
Pros: Love the backlight, great feel, matches my computers LED scheme. Heavy, Solid, Beautiful.
Cons: I just bought this and literally a week later newegg drops the price by $50?! SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS?!
Overall Review: I feel like I was jipped out of $50. Send me a gift card or something for the difference. I ALWAYS buy from you and this is the first time i've felt like I had a fast one pulled on me from this site.
Pros: Looks pretty good except for that chrome bit at the end. Overclocks quite well. Runs pretty cool. (even though i'm crossfired with a 2L.)
Cons: Rattles at high fan speeds!!!
Overall Review: Got this Crossfired with a Sapphire 7950-100352OCSR with the 7970 PCB factory OC'd @ 950mhz version. Both cards run REALLY warm in my NZXT phantom with all fan slots filled. The 100352OCSR has the better cooler, so i have it on top as it gets the least airflow.
With two 7950's i can EASILY max out ANY game at 1080p. If i wasent such a snob for 60fps constant and ultra settings i'd have stuck with just one 7950, but two more than gets the job done.
Picked this up for $209 a couple weeks ago and its been great ever since. Amazing that they're charging $289 for it now when the 280X is only $299 and quite a bit better. Even though i get more performance with the two 7950's I'd rather have a 290X for about the same price as two of these.
Pros: Keeps my i5 3570k super cool @ 4.5ghz.
Massive twin tower design competes with and beats a lot of closed loop water coolers.
Looks AMAZING in my NZXT Phantom full tower in black with orange trim.
Not very loud at all. My case fans are louder.
Cons: Bit of a pain in the rear to set up. Instructions arent that great, but they're sufficient.
Overall Review: The guy who ruined his motherboard in the comments below clearly has no idea what he was doing. Claims to be a tech level 5 but makes it blatantly obvious he's no where near that level with the slander he wrote.
Obviously you cant use RAM that have massive heat-sinks with this CPU cooler. Its a gargantuan AIR cooler. Any amount of common sense would suggest the same. Something that kinda makes me laugh is that he ruined his motherboard and replaced it before he decided to just return his ram and get different sticks. Wow, yeah its the coolers fault that you're incompetent. Way to go, man.
I wouldnt put this cooler in anything but a full tower case. Dont buy this cooler if you're a fan of massive spiky heatsinks on your RAM.
I'm currently using Mushkin blackline, and even with those i had to raise one of the fans up about 1/8th of an inch so i could even put ram in the slots on my MSI Z77A-GD55 motherboard.
Pros: Sturdy, sleeved cables, 8 pin power for gpu, seems to give stable power.
Cons: Not modular, but oh well
Overall Review: Using this on a bitcoin mining rig with a 5870 running OC'd 24/7 and its holding up beautifully.
Pros: Way better than stock paste, non conductive, easy to work with.
Overall Review: Used this on my bitcoin mining GPU's and it lowered temps significantly! I would recommend this paste to anyone needing non conductive thermal paste.
Pros: Lots of room, great cable management, very aesthetically pleasing. Matches awesome with my Cougar CMX 700w psu. Orange is my favorite color.
Cons: When i pulled it out of the box and went to pull the side door off i noticed it wasent all the way on...investigated and found that the back corner looks like it has been squished down. The metal is bent and the door is bent. The screws were near impossible to get out, but i eventually managed to take the door off. Now i cant get it back on. I really dont want to wait for an RMA, because i need a case for my new computer, or i'm gonna be out a computer for however long it takes to get the new one back.
Overall Review: Love the case, hate the damage that it came with. Still, i do enjoy seeing all the internals of the case.
Pros: Beautiful finish and color. Sleeved cabling, Modular, Good wattage, 79.99 on sale, 140mm fan.
Cons: Not fully modular. None others. Hopefully it works like its supposed to as some reviewers have gotten them DOA, though i am willing to bet some of these are at fault of the reviewer and not the PSU.
Overall Review: When i get this power supply it has quite a task to fulfill.
Its going to be in a Black with Orange trim NZXT Phantom (matches is beautifully)
Its going to need to power:
i5 3570k OC'd to 4.5ghz
Samsung 830 256gb SSD
8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3 @ 1600mhz 8-8-8-22
MSI Z77-G55 motherboard
Numerous case fans 120mm-200mm
1TB Caviar Blue HDD
And a Sapphire Radeon 7950 3gb OC edition Dual-X graphics card.
I had a Raidmax 600W 80+ bronze PSU before this and it powered this same exact rig. For reason i'd rather not get in to I have a slightly upgraded rig now with a different mobo, and case. But the Raidmax 600W did an absolutely stellar job of being stable and reliable, so i'd expect at least this out of a PSU that costs nearly 40$ more. Cannot WAIT to see how good it looks in my NZXT phantom.
Pros: Worked like a charm out of the box. Didnt need to install anything or change any settings as bios was already set to AHCI. Windows detected it after assigning a drive letter to it and a quick format. Bios detected it instantly. Fast as heck and beautiful to look at. Computer boots almost instantly after POST. Windows is ready to go before i can sit down after pressing the power button on my computer. Couldnt be happier with this purchase. Used to take a few minutes to load games in between matches in BF3, now it only takes about 20 seconds. Can you say first pick on the vehicles? Awww yeah!
Overall Review: Bit smaller than i wanted, but its good enough for most my games and programs. I keep a 500gb WD blue HDD for movies and music.
Pros: Worked after installing the drivers found on the CD.
Overall Review: Was worried after buying it that it wasent going to come with a bracket for a slimline desktop. Came with one and everything was peachy. Put this in a clients computer. She's a little old lady who lives in the country and relies on her email daily. Worked like a charm after installing the drivers.
Pros: Good reviews, amazing performance, seriously nice factory overclock. Cool card design, Lots of stuff in the box.
Cons: cant think of any
Overall Review: I hope i dont get one DoA, however ive bought two sapphire cards in the past and never had any problems. A 5830 and a 6950. Both were steller, even though the 6950 wouldnt unlock and hardly overclocked. Cant wait to upgrade to this from my current XFX Double D 6870.
Pros: Keeps my i5 2570k OC'd at 4.5ghz super cool. Ran prime 95 for 4 hours and temps never went over 58C!
Cons: None, really. Even the thermal paste that comes with it is pretty good!
Overall Review: I like this cooler a lot and will use it for future builds and recommend it to my friends.
Pros: I dont even....
Cons: I was supposed to get this with the stuff i bought but i never saw it.
Overall Review: Anyone even ever heard of this?
Pros: Wonderful case for the price. Plenty of room for cable management, excellent cooling when you buy extra fans.
Cons: Lightweight. Thin. I like a heavier, sturdier case but this one is just fine. Nothing broke, dented, or bent when putting it together, so i've no qualms with it.
Overall Review: Beautiful aesthetics, excellent cable management and top notch cooling (after buying extra fans) make this case a recommended buy in my book!
Pros: The bios on this motherboard is beautiful despite what people say. You can even browse the internet through it! Overclocking my i5 3570k to 4.5ghz was a breeze and it auto adjusted the voltage so i didnt have to!
Cons: Bios took some getting used to, but now that i've explored it, i feel like an expert in it!
Overall Review: Not as many features as the pricier options, but still a great board for the money.