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Joel H.

Joel H.

Joined on 02/04/11

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Most Favorable Review

An impressive external usb hdd

WD Black 4TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS5/PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3A0040BBK-WESN)
WD Black 4TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS5/PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3A0040BBK-WESN)

Pros: - Mass storage with a small form factor - Fast read/write speed - one cable that handles data and power - easy to plug and play for more mobile gaming

Overall Review: I had sworn off mechanical drives a few years back, and did not think I would consider anything but SSD. Newegg had an impressive sale offer for the WD_BLACK P10 Game drives. The storage to price was better then any HDD, or SSD. The read/write speeds were very good for a usb external storage unit. My last mechanical HDD was a WD Black 5TB internal drive that served me well until it started to report SMART failures. So I took a chance and bought one. Overall it is a great external HDD. It comes pre-formatted as an ExFAT format. I considered a reformat to NTFS, but found most suggest the ExFAT for better plug and play usage. Crystal Disk test report a average read/write of 125MB/s compared to the advertised 140MB/s. This speed put my WD BLACK 5TB internal HDD to shame which only averaged 105MB/s. I copied my hefty library of games, about 3TB, over from my secondary SSD. This took about an hour, and had no errors. I then tested a few games. Loading does take a bit more time, but gameplay does not suffer much. I would definitely suggest the WD_BLACK4TB P10 Game HDD. I may not use it for my desktop often, but it is a good backup. I may also use this for my gaming laptop that has a OEM 1TB SSHD. The internal drive does okay for running the OS, but games do not run smooth. When I connected the WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive and played some games it was far smoother when run from the external drive. So another good usage if your internal laptop storage is small, slow, or both. A small negative. I had hoped to take the drive out of the external case for use internally in my desktop. I was able to find a Hex Key small enough to remove the outer case bolts, but the cover would not come off. The top cover is inset, and I can only assume not designed to be user serviced. Just a minor let down. I slightly doubt I would see much better performance by installing it to a SATA 3 connection.

Most Critical Review

Quality sound with simple design

GIGABYTE Aorus H5 Circumaural Gaming Headset
GIGABYTE Aorus H5 Circumaural Gaming Headset

Overall Review: UPDATE: Since buying this headset it has now stopped working as expected. The cable entering the left ear cup causes static/drop out when in some positions. There has been no misuse. The headset is only moved from a hang hook to my head, and back to the hook when not used. To stop the problem I had to bend the wire 180 degrees, and immobilize the cable from moving. This stopped the static/dropout when moving my head, but makes the headset far less comfortable. This has lead to my lower rating. I have bought many Gigabyte products, and this is one of the few times I have had a bad experience. Hopefully a better design in future models will solve this poor quality. The Gigabyte Aorus H5 headset is a great quality sound, and communication device. My previous headset had multiple drivers to produce HD quality sound with some surround sound quality. The H5 does this with just two 50 mm drivers. I did not think it possible, and was quite impressed. I did have to set up my own equalizer preset, but these two drivers deliver quality HD sound. The microphone is okay. I do miss having a fold up, or retracing option. The removable plugin mic boom does work okay, and is not hard to remove. Others I play with online can hear me, and do not hear much background noise. The RGB is neat, but I do not see much use for it. It does make seeing it in a dim easier when hanging it up, or grabbing it for use. I have not noticed any discomfort from the ear cups, or headband. I would suggest this for gaming, and video chat.

High Flow LED fans

Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM 120mm Addressable RGB LED Long Life Sleeve Bearing Computer Case Fan 3-Pack
Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM 120mm Addressable RGB LED Long Life Sleeve Bearing Computer Case Fan 3-Pack

Pros: - high rpm and air flow - LED!!! - ARGB pass through

Overall Review: I wanted affordable high rpm air flow LED fans. Fractal Design Prisma offers what I needed. I will agree that the LED is not overly bright. For my needs this is fine. I can see them, and the moderate glow lights the interior enough. The airflow is great. More fresh air enters the case with filters on, and the top mounted rad is exhausting more air. Moderate improvement for all temps.

Affordable Fan Controller

Phanteks Universal Fan Controller, PH-PWHUB_02 - Low Profile Design, Universal Fan Controller, Magnetic Housing, Three Speed Modes with Remote Control
Phanteks Universal Fan Controller, PH-PWHUB_02 - Low Profile Design, Universal Fan Controller, Magnetic Housing, Three Speed Modes with Remote Control

Overall Review: I needed a fan controller with 4 pin PMW support to run 5 new case fans. I wanted to utilize my motherboards PMW 4 pin control. Phanteks Universal Fan Controller offered a 4 pin direct connect cable, and could handle 5 4 pin PMW fans. My Gigabyte motherboard detected the controller, and all fans respond to PMW commands. Glad this worked.

Great looking kit

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX4M2Z3600C14
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMT32GX4M2Z3600C14

Overall Review: I was a Corsair memory fan. Then GSkill was offering better timings at lower prices. Now Corsair has the better timings and prices (and great LED heatsinks). I may only be gaining a 5% improvement in memory performance, but the $70 savings for same performance is the winning factor for me.

Good upgrade for AMD CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X - Ryzen 9 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 12-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000061WOF
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X - Ryzen 9 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 12-Core 3.7 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000061WOF

Pros: - improved single core performance, and still offers multithread performance. - same memory, and cooler requirements make upgrading easy - affordable (less expensive in my case)

Overall Review: I am a happy AMD Ryzen 3900X owner, but I will admit the AMD Ryzen 5900X is an improved CPU that preforms better. My 3900X, with moderate tweaking, offered 3.7 Ghz to 4.2 Ghz with average 4.0 Ghz performance. The 5900X at stock settings offers 4.0 Ghz to 4.9 Ghz with average 4.5 Ghz performance. Operating temps for both tend to be 40C idle, and average gaming temp of 60C to 70C. I have hit 85C when running a stress test. This is with a 240mm AIO cooler. I am quite happy with the better single core performance, and multithread potential if I need it.

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Form unknown to my first companies to buy from

I had not heard of Sabrent, and only considered them due a specific need. Reviews were mostly positive, and consistent. I decided to buy from them, and hope the reviews were correct. My product was packaged and shipped in 24 hours. Shipping information was emailed shortly after, and matched with order information. Package required a signature whichI assume is required by Sabrent. Shipping package was well padded. Product package was good quality, and can be reused. I appreciated the reusable tin specifically. Product is manufactured by Sabrent, and functioned as advertised. I will buy from Sabrent again, and highly suggest other consider Sabrent when seeking computer/electronic components

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Bought Vertagear PL-6000 Gaming Chair via 4Gamergear

I was worried about buying from a "Marketplace" vendor. Newegg's policies for Marketplace Vendors, and the reviews/feedback for 4Gamergear changed my opinions. Newegg made sure I was contacted as every phase was finalized. Other then 4Gamegear being the named seller this transaction went as smoothly as every transaction I have had previously via Newegg. I even had my shipment arrive a day earlier then UPS originally scheduled, but I give brownie points to 4Gamergear for fast processing that allowed UPS to pick up the product quickly. The box was not in perfect condition, but the product inside was undamaged. I was happily surprised to find the product was also a slightly more updated version then what I had ordered. The new refinements included better quality accessories, minor changes to the visual appearance, and a real quality tool that I now have for other uses. So I give 4 eggs only for minor things. The product was listed as (Rev. 2), but the box says (Rev. B). While the product seems to be equal/better quality I was expecting what the website description/pictures advertised. They should update information to match what is being sold. I am down marking for the box damage. I can not say if this was caused by UPS, or 4Gamegear, but it is not unfair to expect an undamaged box. Finally is the lack of tracking information during the shipping. I understand that UPS controls this, but 4Gamegear can ship via other companies. It was 5 days of no updates, and then surprise your package is out for delivery. A signature was needed, and I was going to be at work. Things worked out, but I had made plans based on the delivery date at purchase. All minor problems, but still I can not say this was a 5 egg experience. So I would suggest 4Gamegear to others via the Newegg Marketplace. They are the reseller of Vertagear in the USA, and both Vertagear and 4Gamergear had good reviews for customer support of sold products. The process was mostly positive, and I did get a quality product at a good price point. Based on this purchase I will see what new options are offered when I next shop for gaming products.

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