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STEPHEN M.

STEPHEN M.

Joined on 12/12/07

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Most Favorable Review

Zotac Really Delivered

ZOTAC AMP Holo GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card ZT-A30810F-10P
ZOTAC AMP Holo GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 Video Card ZT-A30810F-10P

Pros: - Plays every game in my library with settings maxed out while connected to an Acer Predator X38 at 3840x1600 smoothly without missing a beat. - The card is visually appealing - much more so than the photos let on. I was pleasantly surprised when I took it out of the box. A lot of effort went into designing the AMP Holo series and everything about it says quality. -Published clock speeds are understated. Was very happy with the base speeds my monitoring software was showing with no tinkering on my part.

Cons: - Like other 3000 series GPUs, this one throws a lot of heat. I like big towers and this went into an existing build in a Corsair 750D with plenty of airflow. My cooling solution was well thought out for the rest of my hardware and the RTX 2070 Super Black this card replaced - and still was not prepared for this card. Upgraded fans resolved it. - I know it is cliche to say cost but seriously, what is up with the MSRP on this card? At $1799 it is priced where most manufacturers introduced their 3090s and hundreds more than other 3080 TIs with identical - or better - specs for clock speed and TDP. As stated above, it is a beautiful, very well built card, but there is nothing exceptional performance-wise about it that justifies the price tag in the field of 3080 TIs. - Check warranty terms before buying. Must register within 30 days of purchase for full warranty term coverage and it is not transferable.

Overall Review: Overall I am really impressed with this card. I have always been an EVGA fan for GPUs and tended to stick with their offerings, but Zotac seems to have really delivered with this one. I was apprehensive about spending the money on what I always considered to be a second-tier brand, but I'm happy I did and this experience has really changed my perception of Zotac as a company. I will absolutely be checking out more of their products in the future. I would definitely buy the card again.

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (2 x 32GB)

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M2E3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK64GX4M2E3200C16

Pros: - Purchased for a new build January 2020 - Running on an Asus Prime Z390-A/H10 with an i9 9900k CPU - XMP profile loaded 100% reliably - Overclocked to 3600 18-20-20-40 at stock 1.35v the day after I built the system and this has been rock solid since the first boot. Handled hours of benchmarks with no hiccups. I have been running at this setting for about two weeks with a mix of recreational gaming, 2k and 4k video rendering, and the more mundane usual suspects of productivity tools without any signs of issues. - I suspect the memory has more headroom and will experiment further when I have more time.

Cons: - Absolutely none whatsoever at this point!

Overall Review: Another great experience with Corsair memory doing what it does best - delivering capability above what you pay for. As long as the reliability holds I am very happy with this memory.

Mushkin 998687

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998687
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998687

Pros: Extremely versitile RAM. Chips are much higher quality than their price point would lead one to believe. Have been running these sticks for about 9 months and am extremely happy with them. Have clocked at a variety of speeds and timings and am amazed at how many stable hits I've had.

Cons: Won't support 4000Mhz? What?

Overall Review: Paired this kit with a i7-960 running stock speed on an Asus P6X58D Premium board. Great combination. Getting extremely good timings at 1866MHz of 7-8-7-20 and completely stable at 1.60v. Never expected this kit to run that well. Testing has shown my particular kit to favor lower voltages (between 1.5v - 1.6v) with relaxed timings when stable above 1866MHz.

LOVE this case!

Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Superb build quality. Great access. My 2 year old likes to crawl around inside and play (OK, just kidding but she WOULD fit). I don't like flashy. I hate spinning LEDs. This case is all business, looks great, and makes you WANT to open it up to work inside.

Cons: More clearance for the cable management would be helpful. I have difficulty closing the case due to the thickness of the connectors going to the motherboard from the PSU. Seals for the side panels don't actually contact the side panels due to them being slightly concave - thus not sealing tightly. Would be nice if you could access all that space underneath the motherboard from the cable management area - there is a vertical support bar that is flushthat prevents it.

Overall Review: I have built literally hundreds of PCs from dozens of different chassis since the mid-1990s (used to be in the business) and this is probably the most satisfying non-rack mounted case I've worked in with the only possible exception being early 2000's model HP Proliant server cases.

Typing happily

Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 3000 - OEM
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 3000 - OEM

Pros: Works great. Looks good. Priced right. Actually used this for a new build and it worked within the BIOS and Windows 7 installations without any drivers, which I wasn't expecting. Keys are a soft touch and feel great as I'm a heavy typer.

Cons: Batteries. I hate batteries, but that's the price you pay for wireless.

This card displays video!

EVGA GeForce 210 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 512-P3-1212-LR
EVGA GeForce 210 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 512-P3-1212-LR

Pros: It works. It does what I need it to do (though not what I WANT it to do). 2 year warranty. Good cooling and comes with OC software. No driver issues - easy install. No external power connections or crazy power requirements. Microscopic compared to other monstrosities out there. Hey, there's actually a lot to like about this thing!

Cons: I'm stuck with it until I can manage to order a GTX 480 during the 5 seconds that they actually last in stock...

Overall Review: I bought this card simply because it was the cheapest card I could find at the time (with rebate). It's in a new i7-960 build that was originally going to have a GTX 295 setup. That is, until I decided to wait a couple of extra weeks and go with the GTX 480 (they hadn't been released yet) instead since I was going to be $pending that much anyway. So, with no other PCI-e cards on hand, no 480s in stock anywhere, and the rest of the hardware ready to go, I needed something CHEAP to get the build underway until I can get my hands on a 480. Needless to say this is my current performance bottleneck. I'm actually giving it 5 eggs because it has exceeded my expectations of a card this inexpensive.