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Brett L.

Brett L.

Joined on 07/28/13

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Excellent Product

WD Black 8TB D10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3P0080HBK-NESN)
WD Black 8TB D10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3P0080HBK-NESN)

Pros: - Good transfer rates - Plenty of storage

Cons: - Cables - A bit of heat

Overall Review: Got this drive for video editing. Wanted something large to store everything, raw video and edited content. With 8TB, I can't imagine filling this up anytime soon. Tested with UserBenchmark's test, this drive was averaging Transfer Rates around 200 MB/s. When I offloaded videos from a WD Black 2TB internal drive to this external, the transfer averaged 150-180 MB/s. Heat doesn't seem to be as much of an issue as others were remarking. There looks to be a tiny tiny fan in the one front port, and the case itself has air gaps around the whole thing. I leave this on top of my computer case, where my CPU radiator is forcing hot air under it and the drive seems fine. It's warm, don't get me wrong, but nothing outside of normal HD operation. Can't vouch for longevity. But, I've owned 6 WD products prior to this, and I've only ever had issues with one. And it was bad sectors, so nothing particularly serious. Not only that, since it was in warranty, WD replaced it.

Excellent Capture Card

ASUS TUF Gaming Video Capture Card(CU4K30) 4K/2K/1080p120, Near-Zero Latency, HDR Passthrough, USB 3.2, RGB Lighting, Certified for OBS™, USB 3.2 Plug & Play, Record & Stream with PC, PS5, Xbox, Switch
ASUS TUF Gaming Video Capture Card(CU4K30) 4K/2K/1080p120, Near-Zero Latency, HDR Passthrough, USB 3.2, RGB Lighting, Certified for OBS™, USB 3.2 Plug & Play, Record & Stream with PC, PS5, Xbox, Switch

Overall Review: This is a fantastic device. Was able to finally get a dual PC stream setup going, and this was a wonderful purchase. It has the ability to record/stream high resolution, AND high refresh rates. Pay attention to the specifics, it can't do everything. It also has really good pass-throughs if you need them. So if you play on console at 4K30, you can actually use this card and play your game just fine. It wasn't too hard to setup. Pretty much plug and play, had to place the device into StreamLabs OBS to show video. The ONLY thing that took some time to figure out was how to get my graphics card to not run a HDCP signal. You need to look this up for your device specifically, because this capture card won't use a HDCP-encrypted signal. It wasn't all that hard, I just had to find it in my AMD Radeon settings for the device specifically (while it was plugged in). But it's been fantastic since. My first stream was so good. I ran a blissful 1080p60 with NO issues outside of some minor networking hiccups. The capture card worked perfectly. Might even stream 2K next time, who knows. Have to see if the rest of the setup is up for it. Also for what it's worth, the price is fantastic. There are not too many capture cards out there, so seeing some worthy competition is a wonderful thing.

Actually stupid quiet

be quiet! SILENTWINGS 3 PWM 120mm HIGH SPEED
be quiet! SILENTWINGS 3 PWM 120mm HIGH SPEED

Overall Review: Dead serious, these are super quiet. I built a 2nd PC for streaming and used these, and they're great. They move plenty of air, and I barely tell the computer is even running. Silent operations.

It's a Seasonic, so yeah it's good

Seasonic FOCUS GX-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-550FX.
Seasonic FOCUS GX-550, 550W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-550FX.

Pros: 10 Year Warranty Legit PSU Modular Cabling

Cons: Absolutely Nothing

Overall Review: Seasonic is the only PSU brand I will ever buy from these days. They are BEYOND quality, and the fact you get a 10 yr warranty is case in point. They have never failed, they always provide great power. And the modular cabling is always a plus. Pretty quiet too, never had any coil whine or anything of the sort. Can barely tell it's moving air at all.

Bonkers

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GTRS
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C16D-32GTRS

Pros: - Crystal RGB, mirror finish - Crazy speed/latency

Overall Review: Needed 32GB, but wanted to upgrade from 3000Mhz C15. BOY did I upgrade. I checked compatibility, and it looks like I was good to go for these. I was curious about 4000Mhz, because my board says it can. But G.Skill wasn't claiming compatibility with my board on their 4000Mhz sticks. XMP profile was simple to enable. Ran a benchmark with these, and in every conceivable measure it was beating my old RAM by 30%. Maybe my imagination, but the computer just FEELS snappier. Haven't tried any rendering yet, but we will see. In terms of looks, they package a cloth with these. That tells you enough. The RAM is a literal mirror. Even though it's hard to see in case, it's still really neat. Just be careful installing, because they are fingerprint magnets. I grabbed the center of the stick where the heat spreader doesn't stick over the RGB layer. The RGB is also sick. It has sectors, so you have a lot of leeway with what you can do there. I actually leave it default, because the way it cycles is gorgeous. It really is some of the prettiest RAM you can buy, no question. But the actual performance is not to be scoffed at either.

Incredible

Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T3X0C

Pros: - Super fast - Easy install

Overall Review: I use this as an alternate drive for gaming. It's incredible. I have Arma3 with a host of mods on it. Loading on the HDD took about 3-4 mins. The SSD gets it up and running in less than 1 min now. Can't ask for more really. WD is the top dog, and this drive is an absolute beast. I opted for the non-heatsink version, but I did end up getting an after-market heatsink for it. Unfortunately I did have to put this drive on the M.2 slot that is underneath my massive RX 5700 XT GPU. I haven't noticed any issues with heat or slowdown though.