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Darryl C.

Darryl C.

Joined on 06/16/03

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Most Favorable Review

A little disappointed

MSI Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity R5850 Twin Frozr II
MSI Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity R5850 Twin Frozr II

Pros: The cooler is awesome! The card runs nice and cool.

Cons: Can't overclock very well using stock voltage. Can't get the voltage over 1.150. See Other thoughts.

Overall Review: I can only manage to overclock the card to 775/1125 with the stock voltage of 1.090. Raising the voltage to 1.150 nets me an overclock of 840/1175. If I try and raise the voltage over 1.150, my screen goes blank, the fans on the video card go to 100% and I have to hard reset my computer. Now, for a card that MSI says can handle overvoltage of up to 1.35V, something is wrong here.

Most Critical Review

Classified

EVGA 03G-P4-3788-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Classified w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
EVGA 03G-P4-3788-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Classified w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

Pros: Great core overclocking. Great performance for the money when compared to the Titan.

Cons: Memory overclocking is horrible. EVGA pulled a fast one and started putting Elpida memory on these cards instead of Samsung after the first initial batch of cards. Very disappointing because I bought this card for benchmarking along with gaming. Benchmarks are severely hindered by the crummy ram.

Overall Review: Slightly disappointed in the card because of the memory and the build quality of the ACX cooler. After owning an EVGA Titan, the ACX cooler is junk in comparison. I am such a huge fan of EVGA, but after this memory issue and lackluster cooler on such a high end card , my money will be going somewhere else come upgrade time.

Beautiful and clean

Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P White SFF Small Form Factor Mini-ITX Case with Tempered glass or Vented Panel Option, PCI Riser Cable, Triple-slot GPU, Tool-Free and 360 Degree Accessibility
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P White SFF Small Form Factor Mini-ITX Case with Tempered glass or Vented Panel Option, PCI Riser Cable, Triple-slot GPU, Tool-Free and 360 Degree Accessibility

Pros: This case is so beautiful and clean. So easy to work in and it is modular. The case has a good build quality.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Great case for ITX build. Easily fits Asus Tuf RTX 3080.

10/21/2020

Beast!

ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 TUF-RTX3080-O10G-GAMING Video Card
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 TUF-RTX3080-O10G-GAMING Video Card

Pros: This card is a beast! I upgraded from 2070 Super and I literally see the double the performance. I can't believe I actually own this card. Been a long time since I paid this much for a gpu, but I have no regrets. The cooler on this card is great. Even at the highest stress levels, the card remains cool and quiet.

Cons: Not really a con, but be aware the card is huge!

Overall Review: I have this card in an ITX build and it still runs quiet and cool. Specs: CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I GPU: Asus TUF RTX 3080 RAM: 32GB Trident Z Royal Silver SSD: 1TB Sabrent Rocket Q Power Supply: Corsair SF600 CPU Cooling: Wraith Prism Case: CM MasterBox NR200P Operating System: Windows 10 Whole system power consumption under highest load has topped out at 474 Watts.

10/21/2020

Amazing looks and performance

MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 HDMI ATX
MSI MPG X570 GAMING PRO CARBON WIFI Gaming Motherboard AMD AM4 SATA 6Gb/s M.2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 HDMI ATX

Pros: This motherboard is amazing. Great looks, great layout and great performance. I got this board paired with a 3700X and the performance I am getting is outstanding. The board looks amazing in my build and I love all the features.

Cons: Nothing so far.

Overall Review: Great board. Buy it now!

Great drive!

Plextor M3 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-128M3
Plextor M3 Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) PX-128M3

Pros: Great drive! I had been looking for a 120GB or larger drive for months and finally decided on this one. Very happy with my purchase so far.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: This drive is fast!