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Justin K.

Justin K.

Joined on 01/31/09

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Most Favorable Review

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Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 69W BX80637E31230V2 Server Processor

Pros: FYI - It runs on H77 Motherboards in addition to Z77 Motherboards. Running on an 80 buck MATX ASROCK board in a HTPC (stereo component clone) case and it's marvelous.

Cons: No fault of the CPU... I finally found something that brought my rendering and CPU crunching to it's knees the other day. Sins of A Solar Empire - Sins of a Galactic Empire Starwars Mod Running the processor paired with a GTX 660 Ti (due to 7.5" length and such in my case). Fired up the Large 551 planet or so map. Noticed lag and video processing that started immediately and became intolerable about 4 hours in. Space battles stuttered and looked like I was killing my machine.... The Video card couldn't handle it. To its credit, the processor flawlessly rendered the combats and controlled the AI and battles even with all the graphical chop. SO, cpu = awesome. 660Ti.... Not cutting it.

Overall Review: This is the first time I ran out of legs on this machine after hammering it, non stop, for over a month. Looks like I'm going to have to give the old Phenom II 4.0 Ghz (in my den) the boot, literally. Buy one of these and toss it in the Z77 ASROCK board I just picked up and then see how the 680Ti I have in there fares. I used to be an AMD fanboy, and lord knows I love me some good competition for fair prices on hardware and all... But GOOD LORD!!! These things make my AMD processors look so bad, I never want to go back to using AMD. Leaving me with a buttload of AMD stuff from ASUS ROG motherboards, 8120s, Phenom II's and such. Looks like I need to start building and donating machines to charity.

Most Critical Review

Worthless Warranty? Impossible getting support? This is the SECOND time I have had a Support Issue with Zotac

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB, ZT-90101-10P
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 4GB, ZT-90101-10P

Pros: When it worked it was awesome... But for a card I bout in 2015 to die just a year later, not much good to say.

Cons: The board would exceed it's thermal capacity after only a year's use. Thus, under load (of any kind of 3D application) it would gradually build heat and the core temp climbs until my system blue screens. Doesn't matter if I have the Fans at 100% or not. This is in a well ventilated Thermaltake Matx Cube, 240 MM fan in the front, the card has full access to a filtered grill and airflow is excellent throughout the case. All other temps are flawless and low under load. The main issue here is that I contacted Warranty support, that was over a week ago. I got a confirmation email for an RMA process, and I have emailed them twice now with no further response. I have called 4 times and it continues to go straight to Voice Mail. I have heard nothing. I love this company, but if this is the way they treat their customers... I will not buy from them again. I had issues with getting warranty support for a GTX 550Ti in the past (ultimately they didn't help me). Now on a 970... Ticket number: INL 91868891

Overall Review: [#INO-918-68891]: GTX 970 crashing . bluescreen on load Inbox x Krell S <support.us@zotac.com> AttachmentsJun 9 (5 days ago) to me Hi, I apologize for the inconvenience our product has caused. I will now endorse your issue for RMA. Please wait for an update regarding your RMA details. Yours, Krell ZOTAC Technical Support Ticket Details Ticket ID: INO-918-68891 Department: RMA Type: Issue Status: Open Priority: Low Attachments area Justin Kerber If you have an upgrade program I would be interested in that as well seeing a... Jun 9 (5 days ago) Justin Kerber <jkerber@prattindustries.com> 12:10 pm (4 days ago) to support.us What is the status on this RMA?

Works Flawlessly

ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System
ASRock DESKMINI A300W AMD Socket AM4 AMD A300 1 x HDMI Barebone System

Pros: -I was surprised how small the unit actually is -Dropped in a 200GE with 16 GB of DDR4 2400, no issues at all -Used a spare 512GB SSD & an old WD Black 750GB 2.5" drive as a swap file disk -Updated to the latest BIOS with no issues, Installed Windows 10 with no issues -System is fast an responsive for a tiny computer with a 51 buck CPU

Cons: -As others have said you have to pull the motherboard off the mounting plate to add a second 2.5" drive. -The update to the latest BIOS pushes an extra 1024 MB to the Graphics Card by default. The Shipping BIOS (1.2) only pulled 1 GB for the graphics card. BIOS is a bit difficult to navigate and locate certain options, but I am looking for the RAM devoted to the GPU as the system will likely never play games.

Overall Review: -Honestly, not sure how anyone could even complain about anything else

BETA BIOS

MSI B350 TOMAHAWK AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI B350 TOMAHAWK AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Do a search on MSI's web page for their beta BIOS thread. You will resolve all your issues with those updates there. Currently running Corsair Vengeance 3200Mhz on the first try with Bios revision 1.15

Cons: For what I paid for this, running the Ryzen at 4Ghz and able to beat Single Threaded performance of the 7700K, none.

Excellent Heat Sink Just like the reviews

Reeven Justice High Performance 6 Heatpipes Copper Base 120mm CPU cooler
Reeven Justice High Performance 6 Heatpipes Copper Base 120mm CPU cooler

Pros: It's pretty massive, however, even with RAM with heatspreaders, the memory generally can be installed into their respective sockets without removing the fan. It has good clearance. If you're ram has crazy (and pointlessly) tall spreaders then you might run into an issue, but I doubt it. Keeps the Pentium G3258 at stock clocks ICE COLD, the cooler is literally cold to the touch while the processor is under load, Overclocking the chip is not an issue on Air at all with this beast. Probably getting another 120mm fan from them to install with the provided additional fan clips for a push+pull config. It gets you a degree or more, nothing major, but every degree counts when OCing a chip.

Cons: Nothing that I am aware of. Installation is a bit tedious. The only thing I can think of is that I didn't have a screwdriver with a 160mm length handy to install the retention screws (which wonderfully pass directly through the tall heat sink). I had to use the supplied micro wrench. It took me a while to secure the HS but, who cares. Might be kinda tough for people with big hands (like me). Otherwise, installation was almost stupid simple.

Heck of a Deal

Pros: It's a 15" sub for less than a hundred bucks! Is there anything else I even need to say? It works fine, its an accompaniment to my Infinity 15" sub powered by a Bob Carver Sunfire Amp. I just wish I had a spare Sunfire Amp for this... It being driven off an old Sony Receiver (sorta okay) after the Pyle 1000 watt amp I bought with this sub failed to push ... well, anything. Awesome sub for the price, utterly unbeatable. Most Home Theater 15" Subs are what? A cool grand? I just need a better amp and I will be golden.

Cons: The corner brackets tend to scrape the floor when this is dragged, might want to do what I did, get some plastic / rubber feet and drill them into each corner. Other than that, how can I say anything bad about this?

10/21/2013