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DOUG S.

DOUG S.

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Most Favorable Review

A new standard in solid state drive usage

Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1X0E
Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1X0E

Pros: This drive is insanely fast. My bottlenecks are no longer retrieving data from a drive but now CPU and video card influencing. This drive will work in PCI 3.0 slot but it's speed will be reduced as advertised. In PCI 4.0 slot, it will certainly perform at rated speeds. Transferring large amounts of data feels nearly instant with this thing.

Cons: Not a con for this module. Just be sure your motherboard supports this drive and pay attention to what other components share the same bus. For example, some motherboards may disable certain SATA ports if you consume your PCI slot. Other factors to consider: This device will not take advantage of PCI 4.0 for Intel fans. You'll need to upgrade to an 11th gen processor. If you're an AMD fan, make sure you install with the correctly supported chipset.

Overall Review: Currently one of the fastest solid state drives on the planet.

Most Critical Review

Meh, it's free!

NVIDIA Gift - DAYLIGHT
NVIDIA Gift - DAYLIGHT

Pros: I'll give this game a C-. It's was an ok-game.

Cons: Coming from Nvidia, I expected a little more. Don't expect this 'breathtakingly amazing game' because it's definitely not. I was really expecting it to show-off the graphics a little more, but it felt clunky and didn't really do much.

Some of the best memory out there

G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-64GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-64GTZR

Pros: If you have never been formally introduced to G.Skill, this is some of the best performing and reliably trustworthy memory you can buy. Their modules are meant to be used in standard operating or overclocking environments. What's unique about this memory is its RGB and it's built right into the DDR4 slot. I am overlocked at nearly 50% and this memory is sufficiently cooled along with my internal case cooling fans.

Overall Review: I would highly recommend any variation of G.Skill memory to a budget friendly builder to an enthusiast looking to push boundaries.

Perfect

Nippon Labs ESATA-2M-BK 6.56 ft. ESATA Male to ESATA Male 6.56ft Cable – Black Color M-M 6.56 feet
Nippon Labs ESATA-2M-BK 6.56 ft. ESATA Male to ESATA Male 6.56ft Cable – Black Color M-M 6.56 feet

Pros: I didn't like the fact that not too many people review cables so I figured I would add my two cents. This ESATA cable works perfectly and I have not had any issues. Cable is solid and does not appear to be made of poor materials.

Cons: Nothing, this cable works perfectly.

This drive is the the best!

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PD256BW

Pros: I went out on a limb here and decided to get two of these and run it in RAID-0. Wow! This setup beats most benchmarks out there. How about a Windows 7 Ultimate boot time of 7 seconds (and the extra time is because of my BIOS). Games cache so fast and latency is a thing of the past. I want to say I was able to completely install Windows 7 and at the desktop in less than 15 minutes. Drive packaging was excellent.

Cons: I can' t think of one negative thing to say (and I can usually come up with something!).

Overall Review: Just about every machine supports SATA III. Don't forget to make sure your motherboard supports RAID if you decide to hook up multiple drives and want to mirror or stripe them.

Excellent product by Antec!

Antec HCP Platinum HCP-1000 1000W ATX12V V2.32 / EPS12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
Antec HCP Platinum HCP-1000 1000W ATX12V V2.32 / EPS12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Pros: I love this powersupply - the arrangement of cables and the availability of cables upfront are reasons alone to make this power supply worthy. But it's a Platinum rating and so easy to install! You will not regret purchasing this bad boy. I've been a loyal fan of Antec products because quite simply: They work.

Cons: Nothing!

Overall Review: I've purchased close to 100 Antec PSUs in my life and only 2 had an issue. The first one was DOA and a snoozer to exchange with Newegg. The second: The power supply was 5 years old and I contacted Antec because I didn't thing it was out of warranty. But despite the fact it was out of warranty, they replaced it anyway! How about that - a company that isn't afraid to stand by their products! Antec user for life here.