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Andy K.

Andy K.

Joined on 02/05/19

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ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Challenger D Gaming Graphic Card, 12GB GDDR6 VRAM, AMD RDNA2 (RX6700XT CLD 12G)
ASRock Radeon RX 6700 XT Challenger D Gaming Graphic Card, 12GB GDDR6 VRAM, AMD RDNA2 (RX6700XT CLD 12G)

Pros: Short PCB, this GPU is just under 280mm (approximately 11 inches). This means it will fit in most mATX PC cases and still leave some open space for air circulation. No RGB! This means I'm not paying for something I will immediately disable. Especially since a lot of the RGB software I have used in the past robs CPU performance and are very buggy. The situation is even worse if you use other operating systems that have no RGB control software. Works with Linux perfectly. Especially since nVidia Linux drivers have been buggy for me lately. Which is a shame since the driver situation isn't exclusively nVidia's fault. Quiet while under load for a twin fan card. Sadly this can't be said for all compact GPUs.

Cons: Pricing. Fortunately I was able to get one while these cards while it was in stock, and on sale at the same time.

Overall Review: This was my first ASRock GPU, I wasn't expecting much for the lowest price 6700 XT available. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Much better build quality than I was expecting.

Excellent cooler

Noctua NH-U9S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A9 92mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U9S, Premium CPU Cooler with NF-A9 92mm Fan (Brown)

Pros: This cooler is an excellent choice if you are running a multi-die type CPU, and a case that is unable to fit a larger cooler. Idle temperatures were about 20c lower on my Ryzen 5800X than other 92mm tower coolers I already had. I was also able to achieve higher boost clocks. Noctua's mounting hardware is also far superior to others I have used.

Cons: None, while this cooler is rather plain in appearance. It is all about low noise and cooling performance instead. Which i find far more important than RGB and shrouds.

Overall Review: I would certainly buy this cooler again if I am ever in a similar situation. I needed to cool a high performance CPU, and I was using a case without enough room for a larger cooler.

Good choice if you need card with a smaller PCB, or hate RGB.

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2070 SUPER VENTUS OC
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2070 SUPER VENTUS OC

Pros: Works as advertised, no problems so far. Smaller PCB than reference 2070 Super. No RGB! It is getting harder and harder to find components that don't include stupid rainbow lighting. Even worse most cards default to on, and only turn off when the RGB controller software loads after boot. I don't like dealing with that garbage. I gladly paid a tiny bit more for a card without this annoying and useless feature.

Cons: The fans are a little louder than typical for a graphics card at full load.

Overall Review: Overall a great card fast, and compact. My only real complaint is that the fans are a little louder than I wanted.

Suprisingly good value!

Pixio PX275h 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440 Widescreen 95Hz HDR Professional IPS Gaming Hybrid Monitor
Pixio PX275h 27" WQHD 2560 x 1440 Widescreen 95Hz HDR Professional IPS Gaming Hybrid Monitor

Pros: 1440p, 10bpc, high refresh rate, and affordable all in one. Any other monitor I know of currently on the market compromises on at least one of these aspects. I liked this monitor well enough to buy a second one. While the stand is not height adjustable, it is stable and easy to assemble.

Cons: While the first monitor I bought arrived with a perfect panel, the second had a bright spot in the back-light about the size of 2 pixels. Since it is in the corner and not noticeable unless I am specifically looking for it, I consider it good enough to live with. Thankfully no stuck pixels on either monitor. While the menu is relatively easy to navigate, I think the buttons are a little too close together. This means I sometimes press the wrong button navigating the menu.

Overall Review: I consider this monitor excellent for the money. A refresh rate of 120Hz or higher would be nice, but I suspect that would have significantly bumped up the price point. None of the cons I mentioned are enough to bother me considering the price and the performance this display can deliver.