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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

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Most Favorable Review

Best sound ever!

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm Studio Reference Closed-Back Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm Studio Reference Closed-Back Headphones

Pros: Comfortable because of the velour ear pads. I am a gamer and have worn these earphones for 4 hours straight with no discomfort. Makes my 1st person shooter games come alive. Also, I am a Blues fan and my favorite bands are just "alive" now; the soundstage is expansive.

Cons: I bought the 250 ohm model and this meant I had to buy an integrated DAC/amp. I have no problem with this. However, if you don't want to buy a DAC + Amp then purchase either the 32 ohm or the 80 ohm models.

Overall Review: I highly recommend these closed back Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 ohm headphones.

Most Critical Review

Failed 2 weeks after warranty

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS25S Silver 16.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom Digital Camera HDTV Output
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS25S Silver 16.1 MP 20X Optical Zoom Digital Camera HDTV Output

Pros: Took great photos while it worked.

Cons: Failed two weeks after warranty expired. Appears that the sensor failed. Starting getting blurry round spot in center of photos. Took a two week trip in September of 2014 to the Rocky Mountains. Noticed on looking at the 3,000 photos I took that progressively the photos were blurry (center area) until my final shots were ALL blurry.

Overall Review: I've had to resort to using my Kodak bridge camera (Kodak Z990 Max) again. I had purchased the Lumix DMC-ZS25S to replace the Kodak as the Lumix is smaller. Now, I am leaning towards just using my cellphone camera. Very disappointed with Panasonic cameras!

10/30/2014

Great Gaming CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000065BOX

Pros: I play at 1080p exclusively and this 5600X cpu is outperforming my old 3700X cpu, hands down.

Cons: There are no cons!

Overall Review: I heartily recommend the 5600X both for moderate content creation and for playing 1st person shooters.

2nd Purchase and a great value

OLOy OWL 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model MD4U1636181CHKDA
OLOy OWL 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model MD4U1636181CHKDA

Pros: Timing is OK. I don't notice anything negative on playing Doom Eternal or playing any of the five titles of the Fallout series. On using Microsoft Office there is no perceptible difference between this RAM and other RAM with tighter timings.

Cons: There are no cons IMO.

Overall Review: Given the price for 32GB of RAM buying this RAM should be OK for most folks.

12/16/2020

Biostar B450MH an Amazing Entry Level Gaming Board.

BIOSTAR B450MH AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR B450MH AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I saw this board advertised on Newegg a couple of weeks ago and immediately bought it because I had been so impressed with my last Biostar motherboard (G41-M7) purchase back in late 2010; in fact one of my brother in-laws is still using it. I’m using this B450MH with a stock Rizen R5 2600 CPU and its accompanying heatsink/cooler, plus a stock Gigabyte Gaming NVidia GTX 1060 GPU. The SSD is an Intel M.2 660 P series at 1,024 GB. The other SSD is an 240 GB Apacer Panther SATA 3. Ram totals 32 GB using two OLOY series X2 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz (CL 18-22-22-42) modules. The DVD burner is a LightON. The power supply is a Seasonic G series, 650 watts 80+ gold. The case is an old Rosewill Galaxy midtower and the Windows 10 Pro uses an OEM key. There are three 120mm fans in the case plus the CPU fan (front, top and rear). This board is really “entry level” since there are no real “goodies” on it, such as RGB headers and heatsinks on the VRM modules, but the board performs admirably. I consider the build quality as quite good , equivalent to competing boards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI. The B450MH BIOS is quite comprehensive and the RAM was easy to get running at 3600 MHz. The board came with the current BIOS as listed on the Biostar website. The HWInfo 64 utility indicates that the CPU idles at around 34C (93F) in my office with room temperature of 24C (75F). After hours of non gaming use, the CPU averages 42C (107 F) and after three hours of running Fallout New Vegas (heavily modded) the CPU temperature averaged 51C (124F). After overnight testing on Prime 95 the CPU temperature reached 73C (163 F). Temperature wise I am quite satisfied. According to Biostar’s E-catalogue the B450MH motherboard has a 7 phase VRM. That’s great for 65 to 105 watt CPUs and for gaming using 6 to 8 core Ryzen CPUs VRM quality is not a big issue in my opinion, as not all cores will be running at 100% for any extended period of time. Finally, I have no problem with the number of internal USB connectors, and the number of external USB 2 or USB 3.1 connectors.

Cons: My only complaint is the lack of fan connectors (1 CPU fan and 1 system Fan). I used two fan splitters to permit running my four fans in this build.

Overall Review: My advice: buy this board if you want to build a basic but capable system!

10/30/2020

For Me: Best VPN!

NordVPN Internet Privacy & Security Software 18-Month VPN Subscription - 6 Devices
NordVPN Internet Privacy & Security Software 18-Month VPN Subscription - 6 Devices

Pros: All Pros

Cons: No Cons

Overall Review: Outstanding