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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

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Most Favorable Review

Great card, if you can get one

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: - Very performant across all games, and VR - Only requires 2 8-pin PCI cables from PSU - Card really isn't that much larger than my old MSI 1070 Gaming-X (1-2 inches longer) - No crashing at all (using latest Nvidia driver)

Cons: - None as of now (only been running the card for 2 days)

Overall Review: I upgraded from a GTX1070 Gaming-X, so the performance boost is massive. I only have a 1080p monitor right now, so I'm not getting the most out of the card, currently. I want to invest in a 1440p or 4k monitor soon. At 1080p, I was mostly running games at medium settings with a few high or ultra settings. Example: Hell Let Loose - Medium preset, a few settings to low, a few to high. Averaged around 40-50fps on GTX1070 - With the 3080, all maxed/ultra settings, 150% resolution multiplier, averaging 80-100fps or so. Which is something I could not even dream of on my 1070. I'd get like 10fps on ultra. VR is also amazing with the 3080. I've been running maxed settings, with 150-200% resolution scaling, and I'm getting smooth performance. I've tried: No Mans Sky, Elite Dangerous, and IL2: Battle of Stalingrad. All performed very high, no drops. I have not overclocked the card more than what it came as, so I can't confirm stability with additional overclocking. I know the cards are in insanely short supply right now, but if you can get one, these TUF cards are fantastic (I'm sure all 3080's area great, though). But this is the only one I can personally recommend. Keep trying to refresh those pages, best of luck to everyone. Hope you get lucky soon.

Great quality, but some shortcomings

Corsair LL Series CO-9050092-WW LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan, 3 Fan Pack with Lighting Node PRO, White
Corsair LL Series CO-9050092-WW LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan, 3 Fan Pack with Lighting Node PRO, White

Pros: - Great RGB quality and configuration in software - Build quality is fantastic

Cons: - Two cables per fan (take a not from LianLi's UNIFans! eliminate cables) - No indicators of airflow that I could see

Overall Review: I made the mistake of buying LL fans over QL. I had thought that air direction on these were blowing OUT from the logo side of the fans, meaning the RGB light rings would be facing inward on my intakes, which is what I wanted. However, that's not the case - SO BE AWARE. The LL's don't have RGB rings on the backside, so if you're using them in very visible locations for air INTAKE, you might want the QL variant of these fans. Other than that, I have no real complaints other than the myriad of cables on the fans. LianLi's unifans use an innovative snap-together design that eliminates 4 cables per 3-fan config. So UniFans could have saved me from wiring up 12 additional fans in this case. However, don't let that detract you from the excellent quality of these fans, and their lighting. The build quality is great, they are pretty darn quite < 1400rpm, and work great with Corsair's ICUE software. Would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for good RGB, fans, just be aware of the caveats I outlined above.

Beast of a case, if you're looking for a flashy build

LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW
LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic White Tempered Glass on the Front and Left Sides, Chassis Body SECC ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - PC-O11DW

Pros: Whether water cooling (which this case was built for) or air cooling, the O11 is a pretty solid choice. I might recommend the O11-Air if you're doing pure air cooling, though. I had a great time building in this case. Tons of space, lots of features, and with the separator plate between the mobo and PSU, the result is a super clean front end, that you can enjoy looking at.

Cons: My only real critique about the case itself, is that there's nowhere to mount a rear-plate fan. You might be able to wrangle a 80mm fan on there (there's no mount holes, but the grill itself might work), but those small fans are not desirable since they are LOUD and don't move much air. One thing to be weary of, is if you're using a fullsize ATX motherboard, and you're putting 120mm fans on the bottom (or a radiator). If your motherboard has front panel USB on the bottom, there will simply NOT be enough room for traditional motherboard cables to connect to it - the fans/radiator will block it. You'll need to buy a custom 90º connector, or a premade 90º angled cable. otherwise you'll lose your whole front panel

Overall Review: I'd absolutely recommend this case to anyone looking to build a big flashy system that displays well, or want room for watercooling. There's plenty of space to build, cable management options are fantastic, and expansion capabilities are wonderful. If you're looking for a smaller form factor, the O11-Mini is also amazing. If you want even MORE room, there's the O11-XL. In general, this whole case line is really well made and deserving of the praise it's given.

Great product, pain to set up

CORSAIR Commander PRO, CL-9011110-WW, Digital Fan and RGB Lighting Controller
CORSAIR Commander PRO, CL-9011110-WW, Digital Fan and RGB Lighting Controller

Pros: The commander pro is a great central hub unit for controlling all of your RGB hardware. The unit is clean and compact, and has all the needed parts to get set up and running. If you have a considerable amount of RGB, you might need a Lighting Node Pro, which comes with their LL/QL fans, or can be bought by itself, for fairly cheap.

Cons: Not so much a criticism of the Commander Pro itself, but Corsair RGB as a whole - SIMPLIFY IT. Good gracious, trying to hook up 9 fans is a ridiculous affair involving 18 cables for JUST the fans. Then you have the SATA power cables, USB cables, etc. Take a note from LianLi's own UNI-fans, which snap together, minimizing wires and material waste, as well as time. Don't punish people for wanting a case with flair!

Overall Review: I chose the Commander Pro because all of my fans were Corsair LL fans, and a Corsair AIO CPU Cooler (360 Capellix). If you're doing a Corsair build with Corsair RGB, I'd 100% recommend the Commander Pro. It's practically a necessity. In future builds, I might look into simpler RGB setups, like Lian-Li's UNIFans, or something similar. It's too messy and frustrating dealing with so many cables.

Excellent card for the money

ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: - Powerful for the money - Reliable - Quiet - Easy to overclock

Cons: - It's large - Requires 2x PCI-E power cables - Still not cheap

Overall Review: It's ran for 13 months without a single issue. The overclocking software is extremely easy to use, even to those without techy knowledge. I upgraded from a GTX560 and was really impressed with the performance increase with the GTX770. I bought the GTX770 when it was still $415 and it still chews up every game. If you're looking to upgrade to a new GPU but not willing or able to drop $800 for a titan, this card will serve you well.

Better than expected performance

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (6-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 - Retail
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (6-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 - Retail

Pros: Installed on an ASUS P8P67 Pro Rev3 board with an i5 2400K. Easy instructions and easy installation.

Cons: Sink is obscenely large, was unable to mount the second fan to the unit, as it would require me to remove a ram module. My ram has large heatsinks on them, so that's also to blame.

Overall Review: Using stock sink on the CPU, I would idle between 30-36ºC and peak between 60-65ºC With the Frio installed, I'm idling at 20-21ºC and peaking no higher than 50ºC under full load. That's a 15º drop on air alone. The Arctic Silver hasn't even set in yet and I'm also only using one of the heatsink fans (on medium speed). Just amazing performance.