Date Joined: 06/16/04
Pros: Worked with my 2080 super through OC.
EVGA let me RMA after almost a year because it did not work with my new GPU despite power rating
Cons: 6900xt caused OCP to kick on and had to reset PSU
Overall Review: Since I bought this for a lower spec card than I'm currently running (2080 Super) I had no issues with it even while overclocking both it and my 3900x. I upgraded eventually to a 6900xt which requires a 850w PSU and a 5800x processor. The PSU would trip OCP in games and required a hard reset even in undervolt mode on the GPU. EVGA has this as a known issue and let me RMA it. They sent a replacement unit apparently with some modification and I have had no issues with it.
Overall Review: Setting up the system out of the box was easy and the most important things all work perfectly. Although, you should inspect the Bios for tweaks you would like to personalize, like turning off RGB while the system is in sleep mode and for performance functions like XMP which is not enabled by default.
The main reason I don't give 5 stars is because the RGB was not fully connected and therefore not fully functional as intended. The rest of this review is about how to fix this issue.
The reason I couldn't control the case RGB was because the controller was never actually connected to the motherboard. The RGB button on the case was connected so you can use that to change the color among the few presets but you can't do anything more than that.
The controller cable was tied up and tucked away but available behind the rear panel. This cable must be connected to the ADD_RGB header on the bottom of the mobo, other mobo manufacturers name it differently but it is the standard 3 pin header. Once RGB software is installed (I downloaded it along with updates directly from ASUS to sync with all the other RGB available in the setup) and the cable connected, MB sync can be enabled on the RGB controller by holding the RGB button on the case for 5 seconds while on and the lights flash green twice indicating success.
The CPU fan RGB is a little more complicated. The RGB cable for Thermaltake in this build is only a 2 pin rgb which needs to be connected to the data and ground pins of an RGB header. However, as this case only has 1 of these headers and it was connected to the controller now, I thought I would use the extra headers there. This should work in theory but in practice not only is it a somewhat loose connection but also makes the LEDS on the CPU cooler turn the right color but start flashing oddly, even while being held to ensure it is firm. If it is connected directly to the mobo header they work fine. I suspect a passive RGB splitter from the mobo will work here but I didn't have one handy.
Pros: Long USB cord can reach either side of laptop
Fan speed dial for quiet operation or higher speed airflow
Overall Review: This cooling pad is quite light weight despite being rather large due to the blower fan type and air channels. It's powered by a good length USB cable and has an on/off switch as well as a fan speed dial. On low it is quiet and on high it has a good amount of airflow, much more than the flat PC fan style and seems to force more air through.
On to the testing:
My laptop was running hot, even capping thermal limit and throttling, while gaming which is why I bought the pad, figuring I could test it in good and bad situations. It's an old Fangbook IV with a 17" screen, an i7-6700HQ, and a 970M.
I tested in Furmark and found that at max flow the GPU clock was much higher while the pad was running but was still thermal throttling, but was able to run at a faster fps due to the higher clock This tells me that the pad does indeed help cooling performance more than just propping up the laptop if you have a bad heating situation already but it isn't a magic cure all.
So after that I pull my laptop apart, repaste everything and remove a random dust bunny from a fan, put it all back together and run furmark again. With new paste and no pad fan on I'm no longer thermal throttling and maxing out at 81 degrees on the GPU. I turn on the pad at max setting and let it settle which drops temp by around 3-4 degrees without the laptop's fans on high mode. Using the max performance mode on the laptop fans drops temps more but turning off the pad fans raises temps a few degrees again. The CPU is a similar story even though it isn't stressed in furmark like the GPU.
In short the pad does work to cool the laptop and can be adjusted to suit your need. The best cooling mod you can make is repasting your internals on an old laptop but that isn't something most people will do and should be done with care and at your own risk, but this pad will help even if you do that.
Overall Review: I have these headphones plugged into a Creative G6 and the clarity is mind-blowing compared to headsets made for gaming I've used that try to do too much or add things that don't make a real difference like RGB and aesthetics. The closed back means that exterior noise is quiet even though you don't get active cancellation and the furry muffs are very comfortable and keep you from getting too hot after long sessions whether watching movies, listening to music, or gaming.
These do have some adjustments but it is a little tight for me. This does mean you'll have a good seal on your ears but also means you may need to spend a second getting them comfortable before you start which actually isn't too bad because of how soft the muffs are.
Pros: Set up was easy as it is a modular supply. It had everything in box that was described.
Cons: Stopped working after a few months with light use.PC turned on randomly (possibly due to boot on power in bios)No test plug (this is nice to have but not needed most of the time or advertised to be included)
Overall Review: I bought this PSU in October for a computer build I put together for my friend. We couldn't get the graphics card we wanted and had to use an old GT650 to get the desktop running and test that everything works in the mean time. Because of this he only used it for desktop computing for around 4 months with it turned off most of the time. It was connected to a surge protector but not a UPS.He eventually tells me that the computer had been acting strange, powering on by itself randomly at night and I tell him that he can just flip the switch on the back after it's turned off to disconnect the power and it would for sure stay off and that I'd take a look when I come by later.A week or two goes by and I get a call from him that it won't turn on anymore. I figure it's just the power switch that got flipped but he had checked all of that so I go over to help. I try other outlets, plugs, cables, everything, even using the test header my power supply came with to try to force it to come on and it still doesn't. I also test to make sure the disconnect switch functions properly and it does, power is available to the PSU internally it just doesn't turn on.I replace it with a different supply and the PC works just fine with no problems. It's been about 2 months since and it's not powering on by itself even though I didn't end up changing any boot on power settings specifically to test this. Since I didn't find out about any of the strange behavior or the failure until after the Newegg return policy was over and Segotep is hard to reach for warranty claims, replacing it with a known brand seemed easier than having to fight and wait. Because of that I can't speak to how helpful they may have been if I had reached out.My final takeaway is that based solely on my experience I would not recommend this unit to anyone as it's a potential gamble as to if and how long it works.
Pros: Integrated speakers are pretty good quality
Image quality is great and no issues setting up the 10 bit color and lots of options to adjust
With USB connected the monitor can act as a hub to clean up cables
Monitor is Adaptive Sync but G-Sync seems to work alright
Clean looking monitor with very little frame
Cons: System refresh rate is actually 60 hz, not 75.
Some settings need to be adjusted for use case so can be complicated when changing uses (Text vs image vs gaming) but you can change some custom schemes
Stand adjustment is limited to tilt only
Overall Review: This monitor is intended for photo and video editing but can do a respectable job gaming so long as you aren't looking for high refresh rate and instead want a great looking picture. The embedded speakers are actually quite good and much better than I expected but maybe not as good as a soundbar or headphones can get you if you truly want great audio.