Date Joined: 08/17/19
Pros: - RTX 2070 with great performance in almost all games
- Ray tracing is a novelty, but its cool
- Design is great, in a smoked glass cube case with RGB set to static white, and its dark metal brace along the boards backing, it looks great. Ties off the very industrial look of the machine I assembled.
- Quiet - BF5 taxes the hell out of this card in ultimate with RT enabled... the card cruises through and, while it gets louder than idle, it maintains steady temps and performance for hours at a time.
Cons: - Nothing as of yet
Overall Review: MSI makes good cards with a nice look.
Pros: - board is cleanly laid out with lots of great features
- board is also gorgeous looking, and with a white RBG pulsating light set, it looks amazing alongside the rest of my configuration
- the ufei is, as always with asus, easy to navigate, manage, and update
- instructions do a good job of identifying what is where
Cons: - the software that is required to manage the lighting profiles is ridiculously CPU intensive.
- Software also appears to be bloatware in some regards
Overall Review: The motherboard is a board, now-a-days its hard to buy a "Bad" one in the gaming realm. The Asus stands out for its fancy designs and all... But if you want to capitalize on the lighting functionality, you'll also have to deal with some sizeable CPU usage. The app just running in the background can easily account for 8-15% cpu usage across a single core and increase your power consumption a good deal on the CPU. This seems a bit ridiculous for lighting, especially when other items like iCUE for Corsair can run with almost no impact to cpu usage and achieve the same effects across mouse, keyboard, and headset.
Please refine your bloatware guys!
Pros: - Case is massive with tonnes of room
- The tempered glass is gorgeous and smoked to a medium darkness, which allows you to have RGB on display without looking like a carnival ride
- Units RGB and fan controls have almost endless options. I have it on a spinning static white with pulsating white RBG strips inside, which just looks fantastic on the desk
- Rear compartment has plenty of room for cable management
- The front USB and audio controllers are subtle and non-obtrusive
- Very responsive customer support
Cons: - I would have liked the power button to be on the same side as the Reset and USB controls
- Would have liked the controls and buttons to be panel hidden, so the box could be a single, uniform cube
Overall Review: The case has been great. Using a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, I had concerns about clearance when the case glass went on. But because it is so deep, the glass cleared with some room to spare. The way the device looks once cable managed makes it look unique and highly custom. When People come to my office and see it, they are typically curious about the pulsating black box on the desk.
Support was great. My unit did arrive with the rear fan dead on arrival. I did not let this fault my review, as parts do break. Support answered my email within the hour, and after two brief exchanges, they shipped my replacement fan, and gave me a tracking number. They shipped me 3 new fans and a new RGB controller. I only needed the one, but I kept the others in case anything else fails. Thanks for your help!!
Pros: - Easy installation, which is common along most providers now.
- Modular design has several extra cables and a nice bag to tote them off in
- nice sleeves makes management easy
- Fan is silent
- Unit is powder coated/painted to match the back of the chasis so it doesn't look cheap.
Cons: - None right now
Overall Review: It's kinda hard to write in-depth reviews about power supplies. I went with a gold certified because I wanted reliability. So far it powers my machine without any complications.