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Vernon S.

Vernon S.

Joined on 02/03/03

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Most Favorable Review

Big AIO cooler that works!

ASUS ROG Ryujin 360 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 360mm Radiator (Three 120mm 4-pin Noctua iPPC PWM Fans) with LIVEDASH OLED Panel and FanXpert Controls
ASUS ROG Ryujin 360 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 360mm Radiator (Three 120mm 4-pin Noctua iPPC PWM Fans) with LIVEDASH OLED Panel and FanXpert Controls

Pros: It's cooling my i9 10900K on a Maximus XII Extreme motherboard. Yes, it fits the Intel 1200 socket too! I just upgraded my 3930K CPU & Rampage IV Extreme motherboard and wondered of this would fit even though the specs didn't directly say it did. I wasn't all that big with RGB lighting but now that I have it, it looks great. I love that I can display system stats on the OLED screen.

Cons: Needs about 3 to 5 inches longer hoses to allow it to reach mounting points in larger cases.

Overall Review: Can't go wrong with ASUS.

10/25/2020
Most Critical Review

Done it's job while it lasted.

DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 360 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 3 x 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3
DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 360 CPU Liquid Cooler AIO Water Cooling Ceramic Bearing Pump Visual Liquid Flow with 3 x 120mm FDB PWM Fan Rubber Coating Deep Silent Support LGA 2011-v3

Pros: Looks nice.

Cons: Leaked and fried my high dollar Rampage IV Extreme motherboard. I expected this to last the lifetime of my computer. I typically replace my PC every 4 years. Water tubes need to be about 4 inches longer.

Overall Review: Looks like you need to replace the system every 2 years to avoid expensive electronic components replacements.

If you want the most bells & whistles out of a mother board, this one's for you.

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, Quad M.2, 10Gbps & Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Bundled Fan Extension Card II & ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card, 2" Livedash OLED)
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, Quad M.2, 10Gbps & Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Bundled Fan Extension Card II & ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card, 2" Livedash OLED)

Pros: Never have I ever seen so much stuff packed onto/into a motherboard! 90% of the stuff I don't even touch but it's always nice to know that if I ever need to tweak something...this thing will let you. I've got it paired up with a 10900k processor clocked at 5300MHz. Wow...what a beast. I'm expecting this PC build to last me 5 to 7 years before I upgrade again. This is replacing my old 2013 build that had a 3930K & a Rampage IV EXTREME motherboard. Yeah, I went way overboard with this new build! I'd rather have more than I need than to have less when I need more. I'm still in the market for a new high-end video card to complement this since I'm still using my old one at this time.

Cons: Well, price. This thing is expensive but if you want the most bells & whistles out of a mother board, this one's for you. EDIT: After almost a year, unfortunately, the OLED display is experiencing burn-in.

Overall Review: I've had it about a week now and so far I'm glad I purchased it. Like I said before, the price is high but you get sooo much.

Great performing memory without all the bling.

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-64GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (2 x 32GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory Model F4-3600C18D-64GVK

Pros: Mine is rated at 3600 & I'm running it at 4133 with two x 32GB sticks.

Cons: No cons. It simply work for me.

Overall Review: Good speeds without all the RGB bling-bling.

10/25/2020

This could be improved.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X PH-ES518XTG_DBK01 Satin Black Aluminum / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X PH-ES518XTG_DBK01 Satin Black Aluminum / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Phanteks *almost* has the perfect case IMO (for me). They provide plenty of cable management, lots of HD mounts, a vertical GPU option (no riser cable included), removable glass cabinet doors on both sides that has seals and has magnets to hold them shut. This case also has a reasonable price for what you get. I love the look of it. It's high-end appearing & gives you ample room for connections (except in one area in which I describe in the CONS section of the review).

Cons: No breathing room for power supplies that have to be mounted with the fan upward. My ROG Thor 1200 watt with OLED display & RGB lights has to be mounted with the fan up to be able to see the eye-candy that's built in it through the case opening. The last Phanteks case I had had vent holes above the power supply . This case does not. There is about 10mm of room above the power supply for the fan to get any air. I would suggest to redesign that area with venting holes or a removable cover. One other thing about power supplies, the larger, longer power supply's are too long for the case cut-out that allows you to see the full view of the sides. Maybe a larger window in that area with an option to add or remove a small panel to compensate for optional larger power supplies. If it wasn't for this, I'd give it a 5 star review. Another con is EATX motherboards will fit but phanteks puts the wiring openings close to the SATA connectors that could crowd the wire. The case does have more room at the top & bottom to get wires routed.

Overall Review: This is still a great case. It just need a little more engineering to get it right.

10/19/2020

Awesome Processor

Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K
Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K

Pros: FAST! 6 cores, very overclock-able. Stable at 4.6GHz on water. It's been overclocked since the first week I bought it. I've had this for several years (it's 2017 now) and I'm still satisfied with the performance. this processor costs more now than I originally bought it for back in 2013.

Cons: Cost...as usual but not enough to take an "egg" from the rating.