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James C.

James C.

Joined on 01/17/11

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Silly Fast

Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1X0E
Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS100T1X0E

Pros: - Gets close to rated speeds out-of-the-box - Faster sequential read/write speeds than Samsung 980 Pro (on average)

Cons: - Gets pretty hot without some sort of heatsink

Overall Review: Worked immediately with no fuss on a couple of different X570 boards. The WD software is unobtrusive enough; one can use it to turn on game mode then uninstall/ignore if one wishes. I did notice that this SSD got very hot - it got up into the high 80s Celsius while running CrystalDiskMark with no heatsink. With a simple heatsink (one that was included as part of the motherboard), it now peaks around 65 C running the same benchmark. If you're coming from a PCI-E gen3 SSD, then maybe this drive won't be as much of a shock to you as it was to me, but this thing just beats the pants off of my old Samsung 840 Evo SATA SSD. The difference between this drive and my SATA SSD is actually significantly larger than the difference between that SATA SSD and a mechanical hard drive, which is pretty astounding.

Spectacular Case

Fractal Design Define Mini Black Silent MATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define Mini Black Silent MATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Extremely quiet, even with me running the stock AMD heatsink like a dummy -Front panel design (with the door held by a magnet) really helps this case to look awesome. All you see is this solid black, monolithic structure, but you still have easy access to your 5 1/4 drives when you need them. -Power button is very nice, has a good tactile feel. -Front Panel USB 3.0 -Really well-built, solid case -Great rubber feet

Cons: -No tool-less -Not the greatest airflow in the world out of the box, though certainly not bad considering extreme overclockers aren't really this case's market, anyway -The rubber grommets for routing cables through the back of the motherboard tray are nice and flexible, but they come out of their fittings (I don't really know how to phrase that) fairly easily -You may have to force the back side panel on and have it bulge a little bit, though that's only if you're lazy like me and didn't take the time to properly tie everything down

Overall Review: I wish my motherboard had an internal USB 3.0 header... System: AMD Phenom II 955 BE (stock clocks, stock cooler) Gigabyte UD-somethingorother AM3 microATX motherboard Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB MSI GeForce 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 650W Hec PSU All-in-all, the pros vastly outweigh the cons. It's a great case.

10/16/2011

Great card

SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100314FLEX
SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100314FLEX

Pros: The cooler is very good. Quiet, and a good ~10C cooler than my reference 6870. The accessories were also very nice; an HDMI 1.4 cable (as with other Sapphire products that I've purchased), mini DP to DP adapter, DVI to HDMI adapter, and an extra-long (4 or 5 slot-length) CrossfireX bridge.

Cons: Thin PCB.

Overall Review: Got this card to run in CrossfireX with a reference model 6870 that I already had. I put this one on top (since heat rises, I didn't want it to heat up the already hotter reference cooler given this isn't an external exhaust design). 2 of these GPUs in Crossfire will smash through almost any game out there at most resolutions. ~70 FPS maxed in Crysis: Warhead, ~30-40 FPS in Metro 2033 maxed with no AA.

Great motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: x8/x8 SLI/CFX UEFI External power switch; EPU/TPU switches Easy automatic overclocking Bluetooth USB 3.0; has front panel header SATA 6 Gb/s All of the benefits of the Z68 chipset (SSD Caching, Ivy Bridge compatability, etc.)

Cons: No RAID support. I understand that you have to go up to the P8Z68 PRO to get this, but it's still awkwardly missing, considering motherboards 1/4 the price of this one have RAID.

Overall Review: Auto OC gets my i5 2500K to 4.4 GHz without doing anything. Manual OC'ing is easy as well: got to 4.7 stable with all of ASUS's great features. Running it on a Hyper 212+ with second fan for push/pull. It's honestly a great motherboard. Eliminates the small flaws of P67, while adding future-proofing and features.

Good while it lasted

COUGAR CMX 700 COUGAR-700CMX 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Yes, flexible cable management Active PFC Power Supply
COUGAR CMX 700 COUGAR-700CMX 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Yes, flexible cable management Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Looks nice without looking garish, nice packaging, modular cables are very nice, cable management is great, didn't fry the rest of my system when it went out.

Cons: Only lasted about a week. RMA'ing it with Newegg, though the 18 dollar UPS fee to ship it to them is a pain in the *ss. I understand that these things happen, which is why it'd didn't have a massive impact on the number of eggs, but it's frustrating nonetheless.

Amazing budget chip

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ955FBGMBOX

Pros: Spectacular for the value. Overclocks very well, and have not had any problems with it.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I've not used it with the stock cooler (which I heard can be loud at times): I used it with my Hyper 212+ from the get-go. I got it to 4GHz easily (at stock voltages, no less!); ran Prime95 all night with no errors. I'd push it further, but at this point, it's my motherboard that's limiting my overclocking as opposed to my CPU or cooling. Idles around 35C with the 212, and gets about 55C whilst running Prime95. In all honesty, though, I'd wait for Bulldozer to come out before purchasing the chip at this point. If nothing else, its price will likely drop.