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Thomas D.

Thomas D.

Joined on 11/15/06

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Most Favorable Review

EVGA vs Founders Ed.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC ULTRA GAMING, 08G-P4-3163-KR, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans, RGB LED, Metal Backplate
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC ULTRA GAMING, 08G-P4-3163-KR, 8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans, RGB LED, Metal Backplate

Pros: -Super quiet- you’d have to check to se if it’s even running - OC out of the box (1695 MHz vs 1650 Founders) - 3 Displayport (Founders has 2) - 2 fan non-blower style - Metal back plate - Metro Exodus with RT and DLSS on high @ 1440p, no stutter (Note: You can’t use DLSS with HDR, or the screen gets completely washed out. Cannot run max settings @ 3840x2160) - Control on max settings @1440p w/ w/out DLSS, on no stutter (cannot run max settings @ 3840x2160) - All other games max settings no stutter $30 Rebate (limited time), so that brings it down neck and neck with Nvidia Founders Ed. version.

Cons: Godzilla sized card (270 mm vs 229 mm Founders). Don’t even consider for smaller than mid-tower cases. Also no go if you you need to fit other cards into slots beneath it, as it’s a tall card and cuts off a decent amount of space. Similarly, it’s a long card but, thankfully, the power connectors are on the side and not rear like the Founders edition version.

12/11/2019
Most Critical Review

Awful horrible overpriced junk

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Pros: Zero...none

Cons: False 30$ rebate comes up as $13 on Corsair site. These freeze my computer every time. Computer fine after I removed them. Way overpriced for 2gb. Sad latency. These CANNOT be RMA'd for a refund!

Overall Review: Do yourself a favor and pass these things up! You will regret not taking my advice. What utter junk.

The Beast

EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card, 12G-P5-3955-KR, 12GB GDDR6X, iCX3 Cooling, ARGB LED, Metal Backplate
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING Video Card, 12G-P5-3955-KR, 12GB GDDR6X, iCX3 Cooling, ARGB LED, Metal Backplate

Pros: Its a 3090 with half the VRAM

Cons: Very high price

Overall Review: Got this via Newegg Shuffle, and while its hard to justify a $1200 video card, theyre reselling for 2x MSRP on TheBay and elsewhere, so its the cheapest price youre going to find anywhere- do get it if you can. Its basically a 3090 with half the VRAM, and is definitely overkill for just gaming, unless youre wanting to crank up Cyberpunk settings to Ultra. Coming from a 2060 Super, I can say that its a day/night experience playing games above 1440p resolution with RT enabled- meaning the 2060 cant manage playable FPS, while the 3080 Ti rips through it like its nothing. In other games that arent heavy with FX, reflections, etc., you really wont notice a difference at all, as the 2060 Super handles those easily. Originally, I was going to turn around and resell it, but here I am playing Mass Effect : Legendary Edition on my new 3080 Ti, instead.

As spec’d

MSI PRO Z490-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI PRO Z490-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bclk set at 100.0 so there’s no trickery going on- which is great. No DOA, no bent pins. Also, the pin outs for PWR, RESET, etc. is shown right there in the insert that comes with the board- no need to search online for any manual.

Cons: Still comes with a CD or DVD, so no good if you don’t have an optical drive.

Overall Review: Get your money’s worth, and unlike some mfg MSI doesn’t seem to stealth OC their boards.

Best HD to-date

Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Super capacity. SATA2 to replace my old 250gb IDE (yikes). No click or DOA issues. Worked fine and packed fine.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Only order OEM hardware if you already have all the cables required to hook up your device bforehand, because OEM comes with none.

Awesome upgrade

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E7400
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.8 GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor - BX80571E7400

Pros: Ok wow. Upgraded from e2180 OC to 2.93 to this bad boy 2.8 , 3 mb cache, OC to 3.4 without trying to push it and it's only at 35 c (albeit, w/arctic freezer) and system responsiveness is noticably improved.

Cons: You're kidding, right?