Joined on 07/06/12
As Awesome as the Box it Comes in
Pros: -Fast -Really Fast
Overall Review: I keep this cooled with a Noctua NH-D15S Air Cooler. I'm idling at around 35 Degrees. Under gaming loads (with an RTX 2070) it's usually between 55 and 65 degrees. Most people say you should liquid cool this only, I don't agree.
The first Step Into a Post 1 Gbps World!
Pros: -x1 2.5 Gbps WAN Port -x1 2.5 Gbps LAN Port -Extremely fast for a residential application -Stable -Simple and Intuitive UI -I'm a sucker for RGB... Love the customizable lighting on the ROG logo. -Asus makes it SUPER easy to transfer all the settings and preferences from my old Asus router to my new one... Didn't have to reconnect any of my devices to the new router.
Cons: -Runs warm. I'm planning to get a small fan for some active cooling
Overall Review: This router is absolutely essential if you're getting more than 1000 Mbps down from your ISP. I have it paired with a Netgear Nighthawk CM2000 2.5 Gbps Cable Modem. I was in the market for a router that had a 2.5 Gbps LAN port since I'm paying for 1.2 Gbps (giving myself a bit of futureproof margin) from my ISP *and* so I could link it to an 8-port 2.5G Network Switch for my home (TP-Link TL-SG108-M2). This router absolutely delivered. Wifi 6 is awesome technology and important as ever with more IoT devices making their way into my household. Right now none of my end devices support anything more than 1 Gbps, but that's bound to change soon and having a router/switch/modem capable of more is probably the best first step.
More USB 2.0 Headers!
Overall Review: I have a pretty Corsair-minded ecosystem and needed two USB 2.0 headers for my fans and AIO pump. I recently bought a Wifi card with Bluetooth and didn't realize the Bluetooth needed a USB 2.0 header. With only two 2.0 headers on my MoBo, I set about finding a way to get it connected. This little guy did the trick! Everything now runs off this hub, connected to a single USB 2.0 header from my MoBo.
No going back now... 21:9 is the new 16:9
Pros: -No dead pixels! -Stepping away from a standard 16:9 to the 21:9 aspect ratio makes games MUCH more immersive. -Since I work from home, this had the added secondary benefit of being a great productivity monitor. -Very light curve, not super aggressive.
Cons: -Out of the box settings were garbage, but a super easy fix with the built-in presets. -RGB on the back of the monitor is kinda pointless (altho the front RGB is pretty nifty)
Overall Review: I moved from a flat 27" 1440p 144Hz monitor to this one. I was a little wary of moving to a curved monitor at first. Thankfully the curve on this one isn't super aggressive. Games feel A LOT more immersive on an ultrawide and I know there's no going back to standard 16:9 now. On another note, I would probably avoid getting this if you have an older or budget GPU, thankfully my 3080 has no issues getting the most out of this monitor's specs.
Chonky Beefer runs at Max Settings
Pros: -It's a flagship GPU. It'll run anything under the sun on max settings. -I consider it a person W that I got this thing at MSRP. -Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I LOVE the RGB lightbar that runs along the cooler.
Cons: -Couldn't buy before tariffs, so had to pay more than I originally thought. -Chonky Beefer. This thing is HUGE. Be sure you have enough room in your case. -And I thought my RTX 2070 warmed up my office...
Overall Review: So I managed to get this during Newegg's shuffle, and as luck would have it, this is the EXACT AIB 3080 I've had my sights on since Ampere was announced last year. Luckily when I first built my rig in 2019, I opted for a flagship CPU (the 9900k), so no having to worry about botlenecks for now. Additionally, I already had a 750W power supply (the minimum recommended) I haven't had any crashes with the minimum recommended PS. There isn't much more to say about this card. It's strong. It's VERY STRONG. I'm running all games on max settings and haven't seen this so much as wince. The reasonable part of me tried to tell myself that my 2070 was more than enough GPU for me... I've now seen the light.
Wifi 6 on older hardware!
Pros: -Plug and play on my old Dell Inspiron 3520-Windows 10 instantly recognized and installed correct drivers.-Connected and online in a heartbeat
Overall Review: I still rock some old hardware around the house, even though I upgraded my router to a Wifi 6 [AX] router. Enjoy the benefits of Wifi 6 on your old laptop with this guy!