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Clayton R.

Clayton R.

Joined on 02/05/17

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Great Bang for Buck

ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop - 15.6" Full HD - AMD Ryzen 5 3550H - RX 560X - 8 GB DDR4 - 256 GB PCIe SSD - Gigabit WiFi - FX505DY-ES51
ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop - 15.6" Full HD - AMD Ryzen 5 3550H - RX 560X - 8 GB DDR4 - 256 GB PCIe SSD - Gigabit WiFi - FX505DY-ES51

Pros: It's got great bang for the buck It's perfect for what I need it for No extra frills I don't need (touchscreen, RGB, fingerprint sensor, etc.) Which add to the cost Plastic Shell feels pretty sturdy. Could be sturdier but for the price it's great. Cooling is absolutely wonderful. Under passmark performance test the cpu peaked at full turbo, 100% on all cores and only briefly peaked at 60 degrees, and the gpu at 49. Awesome. Technically you could overclock this thing.

Cons: Not really a con but I do wish the keyboards red backlight was white (or green, my favorite color) rather than red. But that's just a personal preference. Trackpad could feel a little better, but I use a mouse majority of the time anyways. the fn keys by default trigger f1, f2, f3, etc. and you have to press fn + to change the volume or brightness. I know it's for gaming but I wish there was a more obvious way to change it. I'm sure there is a way to change it I'll just have to do some digging. Not a con for me, actually a plus, but the fans do get loud. They work great. The built in performance profiles though work excellently and for day to day things it's mostly silent.

Overall Review: I bought this laptop for audio engineering. Recording, producing, mixing, and mastering. For that what I need is a fast cpu, ram, and hard drive. I need the laptop to have good cooling and be able to sustain under heavy load for 8+ hours in a row. Before this I had a 2 in 1 that would thermal throttle almost instantly and would rarely if ever hit turbo. It had good specs (almost identical actually, without the 560X) but it could never fully utilize them because of poor cooling. The clock speed wold sit in the 2GHz range even after tweaking the power settings. I don't want to say what brand but it was a very reputable one. This laptop has been able to run Ableton Live 10 and Pro Tools 12 for long sessions, sitting at turbo clock the whole time and never peaking above 60, usually sitting between 45-55. It performs excellently, not as good as my desktop but that's fine. It's more than enough for on the go recording and rough mixing, I am confident I could do full production and mixing of a track from start to finish with no issues, I may have to be smart about my cpu usage but it would be no problem. The only game I really play is Minecraft Java. I can run that with Chocapic13 High shaders with about 40 fps, medium, with 60, and Low with 100. Plenty for me, it looks absolutely great and I feel no lag whatsoever. The fans do get loud, which is fine with me because it means I can actually use the hardware to it's full potential. Asus Armoury has different performance settings built in (with a handy hotkey) and the Silent setting does great work at keeping this very quiet, just doing day to day things like surfing the web it's mostly silent. Under passmark performance test the results are as follows: CPU Mark: 8377 2D graphics: 260 3D Graphics (using the 560X): 4123 Memory: 1840 Disk: 11874 The average for the 3550H is 8,130 and for the 560X is 3,520, so as you can see the cooling really does help. Overall this is a wonderful laptop and I would highly recommend. It's got exactly what I need without extra frills adding to the cost. I will update this review in 6 months to a year to talk about the reliability.

Exceptional Customer Serice

ARCTIC COOLING Liquid Freezer II - 280 ACFRE00066A Multi Compatible All-In-One CPU Water Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible
ARCTIC COOLING Liquid Freezer II - 280 ACFRE00066A Multi Compatible All-In-One CPU Water Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Rev 3 mounting hardware didn't fit my motherboard, called artic, and Jeff was extremely friendly, helpful and efficient and is sending me out rev 2 hardware, which i know fits my board, as I've used it before with this same motherboard. Performs very well. I'm impressed Good stock thermal paste

Cons: Mounting is a bit of a pain, but only if you mount in the case. Just place the motherboard on your table and mount there. EDIT: Rev 3 mounting hardware hits the VRM capacitors on my motherboard, however Arctic had no problem sending out a set a rev 3 and 4 mounting hardware when I called them. Rev 4 is supposed to be easier to mount than rev 2, and not have the clearance issues of rev 3, will update in a few days to verify.

Overall Review: EDIT: Just bought another one of these for a system build for a friend, this time was sent a Rev 3 model, the included mounting hardware hit the VRM capacitors on my board. Called up Arctic, explained the situation to Jeff, and he was extremely friendly and helpful. He had no problem sending me out a set of Rev 2 and Rev 4 hardware. He said Rev 4 was designed to counter this exact issue, and be easier to mount than Rev 2, but since I knew that rev 2 would work with this board (have used the LF II rev 2, with this exact board before), he would send that out too. He was very efficient, friendly, and helpful. Even asked if I needed extra thermal paste, which I didn't. Very refreshing to have a customer service call like that, especially in the tech field. Makes me feel very confident buying from Arctic, as I know if something goes wrong I'll be quickly taken care of. Another thing to note, this thing is Thicc. I don't have the clearance if I wanted to top mount in my case. So just be aware of that. What can I say? It performs exceptionally well. Gamers Nexus was right. Mounting mechanism is a bit of a pain but not as much as I was led to believe. You just don't mount it while it's in the case. I put the retaining bracket down on the mobo box, placed the motherboard on top, then mounted the cold plate, then put the mobo in the case. Mounting it in the case would be a huge pita, so just don't mount it in the case. Also, the stock thermal paste is very good. I tested first with the Arctic thermal paste first, then switched to Kyronaut, and only saw about a 2-3 degree improvement. 3900x [4.3 GHz All Core OC] Phanteks P400a Case RTX 2070 Super Hybrid Water/Air Cooled [+500 MHz memory, +150 MHz Core] ASUS TUF x570 Plus 32gb 3200 CL 16 RAM [Not very good ram but OC'd as far as it would go] 1 TB WD Black NVMe Drive Games [Ultra Settings]: ~50C Cinebench: ~60C Blender [Classroom & BMW]: ~60C Prime95: ~80C Davinci Resolve [video editing, compositing & 3D]: ~40C w/ spikes to 45 Ableton Live [Music Production & Engineering]: ~40C

Idk what everyone's talking about

NVIDIA VGA Gift - Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition
NVIDIA VGA Gift - Rainbow Six Siege Gold Edition

Overall Review: Idk what some people are talking about here, that it was complicated to claim or whatever. I followed the instructions and it worked fine. Of course there's a little hardware survey that gets run to make sure the one who bought the part is the one claiming the voucher. It worked fine for me.

Idk what everyone's talking about

AMD Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Redemption Expiration Date 11/07/20)
AMD Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Redemption Expiration Date 11/07/20)

Overall Review: Idk what all these people are talking about, that it was hard or a pain in the behind to claim. I just followed the instructions and everything worked fine. Of course there's a little software survey they run to make sure the person who bought the card is the one claiming the voucher.

Glad I chose the Water Cooled Model

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC HYBRID GAMING, 08G-P4-3178-KR, 8GB GDDR6, WATERCOOLED
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER XC HYBRID GAMING, 08G-P4-3178-KR, 8GB GDDR6, WATERCOOLED

Pros: Very Quiet Very good cooling Love the EVGA software Minimal RGB Tax

Cons: None

Overall Review: I was skeptical going with the water cooled model, was thinking maybe it was a gimmick, but went with it hoping that it would quieter. I was very pleasantly surprised! Not only is this thing super quiet, but it's cooling is top notch. It can get loud if you crank the fans but I don't need to at all. I'm running a +500 MHz memory OC and +150 MHz Core OC, with boost lock on. I don't think I've ever seen this card go above 60, even in benchmarks. I can OC it higher, about 25 more on the core, and 200 more on the memory, but instability starts there and since I was getting all the performance I needed, I dropped it back a little for stability's sake. Even with boost lock on in Precision X1, and the core constantly at 2175 MHz, I've never seen this card get above 60C. It'll occasionally get to high 50s in Time Spy and other benchmarks. And that is with the fan curve all the way down. It's incredibly quiet. It can get loud if I crank the fans but I don't see the need.

Great Performance, Lacking Documentation

Phanteks Eclipse P400A PH-EC400ATG_DWT01 White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400A PH-EC400ATG_DWT01 White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Excellent Airflow Good Looking Has Reset Button, which is so nice for overclocking.

Cons: Lacking Documentation. I almost sent this back because mounting a 280mm radiator didn't seem possible, even though documentation states it is. Upon googling, many people in forums also had this same issue. The thing is, mounting a 280mm is TIGHT. There is a hub with rgb, power and usb cables that is mounted *right* above where the top of the rad ends up. You have to really squish the rad in there and make sure all the cables from the hub are properly routed out of the way with no kinks, and then smash the rad up into there to get it into place. I ended up nearly disassembling the case, side top and bottom panels just to get a better look at why I couldn't get the rad up there to figure out what was going on. I tried dismantling the hub to see if I cold reroute the sables to get them out of the way before realizing that wasn't possible. Once I finally figured out how to get the rad mounted everything has been great, the case performs very well. Luckily I like to tinker and am fairly confident with computer hardware. However, if this was my first build, I absolutely would have sent the case back and believed that the documentation was out of date or downright false. Another thing, it's stated nowhere in the documentation that if you front mount a radiator of any size, you lose access to all the HDD expansion bays in the front of the case. Not a problem for me, but something a potential buyer should definitely be aware of. Also, to front mount a radiator, you have to take out the hard drive rack in the bottom of the case and move it back further in the case. But it's not immediately obvious that there is another mountain spot, and again, this is not mentioned anywhere in any documentation. I ran across quite a few people in forums who were just downright upset that they had lost all there HDD storage just because they wanted an AIO.

Overall Review: Documentation is severely lacking, could end up really ticking some people off when the get this case and have to figure out themselves it won't work for their use case. And I guarantee quite a few of these have been sent back because the customer didn't realize you actually can front mount a radiator. BUT, the case performs great. After overcoming the assembly hiccups the performance has been great! And I love that there's a reset button. I think it's meant for the case RGB but I hooked it up to the reset CMOS jumper so I can quickly and easily reset BIOS when overclocking. 3900x [Overclocked to 4.3 GHz All Core] - 280mm Radiator RTX 2070 Super [500 MHz Memory OC & 150 MHz Core OC] (EVGA Hybrid Cooling Model) 32gb of some bunk 3200 CL 16 Corsair Ram that doesn't really overclock much but I cranked it as much as I could ASUS TUF X570 Plus Motherboard In games, cpu will occasionally hit 60, usually rides low 50s In Cinbench, cpu rides around 60 In Prime95, cpu rides around 80 In Davinci Resolve (video editing, compositing, 3D) cpu rides around 40, occasionally 45 In Ableton Live (Music Production and Engineering) cpu rides 40 In games gpu rides 45-50 In Timespy, gpu rides 50 In Davinci Resolve (very gpu bound compared to Premiere) gpu rides 40