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More Power With Less Price (Review of the Gigabyte Radeon VII Graphics Card)

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(Picture of Radeon VII Card)

It is very hard to know which graphics card to buy anymore. Every single year there can be as many as 6-7 new cards come out. This can be hard to keep up with, especially as an average consumer who doesn’t know much about these kinds of things. One thing is for sure though, the Radeon VII graphics card is a steal for someone around the $700 budget. 

What makes this card so great? This card almost preformed as well as the Nvidia RTX 2080 and is over $100 less. The Radeon VII is also very good for future proofing, this card will run any game that you throw at it like nothing so you might not even need to replace it for another 5 years. 

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(another picture of Radeon VII)

Now lets look at these specifications

  • Clock Speed- 1750 MHz
  • Memory Speed- 1000 MHz
  • Memory Size- 16 GB 
  • Interface- 4096 Bit
  • Stream Cores- 3840
  • Direct X 12 and open GL 4.5
  • 7680 x 4320
  • 3 Fans
  • 3 Display Ports
  • 1 HDMI 2.0
  • PCIe x16 3.0
  • Supports Crossfire
  • 2 x 8 Pin Power Connectors
  • Max. Memory Bandwidth-1024 GB/s
  • 2 Slot Card

When we get down to it, is this card worth it? My answer would be yes! This card will perform well in all that you throw at it at a decent price. Most cards with this price range will not reach the level of performance that this card will. This card would be a fantastic buy for anyone in this budget and cannot go higher for a 2080 or 2080 TI.

If you are interested in buying it it will cost $699.99 and can buy it here.

Also there are several reviews to say so as well.  


“Good temps
quieter than some say it is (or mine at least)
16gb HBM2 (although games may never use it)
Clocks great so far (only had it a day so didn’t do no extensive testing)”

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Work Cited:

“World’s First 7nm Gaming GPU | Radeon™ 7 Graphics Card.” AMD,

“GIGABYTE Radeon VII.” Newegg, Newegg,


Kingston ValueRAM


Kingston Technologies is a huge company in the production of SSDs, USB Sticks and RAM. This review focuses on the RAM part of Kingston, specifically their “Value RAM”. This line of RAM is, as shown in the name, a great value for Business and Home use. This specific stick of RAM is best for home use.

(1 x 8 GB Stick)

This RAM is great for both home and business use. When I installed this and tested it, it worked perfectly for web browsing and using Microsoft Office. Using this stick for gaming wouldn’t be horrible either, but not the absolute best due to the stick not having any heat spreaders and the slower speed when compared to other RAM you can buy. Not to mention this doesn’t look the greatest either, but if it’s inside a home PC it won’t be very noticeable.

I have talked a little about my experience with using the RAM now onto the specifications.



CAS Latency:15

Size: 8 GB

Access Time: 7 NS


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In my eyes, this RAM would be great for multipurpose use. There are also other people who have had similar experiances.

Declan K

Pros: Cheap, quality ram with no unnecessary frills that a regular user like I wouldn’t notice or need such as the few degrees cooler ram with a heatsink runs or extra mhz that doesn’t make a difference for the average user

Cons: Aesthetics would be my only negative however I knew what I was buying and it isn’t visible in my case anyway, not that I believe aethetics are very important as after the first few days of having my computer i barely look at it anyway

Other Thoughts: Greatly recommend I personally bought 2 sticks for dual channel 16gb great performance came sufficiently packaged and a lifetime warranty would highly recommend

This RAM would be great for home and possible business use. I would highly recommend this to anyone who want to build a PC for a low price.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.


K, Declan. “All Reviews.” Newegg, 1 Dec. 2016,

“Kingston ValueRAM.” Newegg, 18004memory,


Intel Core i7-7700 Quad Core Processor


One of the main worries when building a brand new gaming PC is if you will get enough performance out of your components. Thankfully the i7-7700 is packed full of performance with a max clock of 4.2 GHz and 8 MB of cache, this processor will cut through any game you throw at it like butter. 

The i7-7700 might be a very powerful processor, but it surely is NOT the most powerful by any means. The one thing that holds this back is that it is a 7th generation chip which doesn’t compare to the newest i9 processors. It is nonetheless a very powerful CPU.

Also, if you spend another $100 then you can upgrade to a CPU that has almost double the performance

Even if it isn’t the best CPU on the market the specs of this CPU isn’t anything to ignore.


  1. Clock Speed
    • 3.6-4.2 GHz
  2. Cache
    • L3-8MB
  3. Socket
    • LGA 1151
  4. Number of Cores
    • 4 Cores 8 Threads
  5. Passmark Rating
    • 10744

Most of the reviews of this product are great as well.


Pros: Good speed, great for running my gaming computer. Handles what I put it through well enough.


Pros: loading into rust is a flash as well as fortnite and other games run every thing perfectly.

Cons: none found yet

Other Thoughts: Make sure you update your bios before putting this in it maybe produce crashing or even start up failure for the processor is not found especially if you have a asus z-170 deluxe trust me

In conclusion, this processor is very great for gaming but is not the fastest you can get on the market. If you want you can buy it here if you would like.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Work Cited

“Intel Core i7-7700 @ 3.60GHz.” PassMark CPU Benchmarks – AMD vs Intel Market Share,

“Intel Core i7-7700 Kaby Lake Quad-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1151 65W BX80677I77700 Desktop Processor.” Newegg, Insider | Newegg Newegg Insider,


GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 Motherboard Review

<![CDATA[High-quality PC building is a very pricey thing to do.  Some of the best builds can cost up to 3,000 dollars and much higher.  This can cause builders to skimp on some products like the motherboard. The GA-Z170X-Gaming Motherboard is full of performance for its price. It also was not the worst experience for the $335 price tag.
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
This motherboard has many expansions slots for gaming and video editing. It also has amazing specifications

  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • LGA 1150 Socket Type
  • Supports 6th and 7th generation Intel Processors (I7, I5, I3, Pentium, and Celeron)
  • Supports 4 sticks of DDR4 RAM duel channel
    • running at 2133 and overclocked speeds
    • maxing out at 64 GB
  • 3 PCI E x16 3.0 Slots (Shielded to support the weight of heavy graphics cards)
  • 3 PCI E x1 3.0 Slots
  • 9 SATA III connectors and 2 M.2 slots
  • 6 SATA 6 Gb/s connectors
  • 3 SATA Express Connectors
  • 2 M.2 Socket 3 Connectors
  • Support for 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
  • Supports On-board Video, Audio and LAN
    • Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel HD Graphics support
    • Realtek ALC1150
      • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    • Killer E2201 LAN chip
      • 10/100/1000Mbps

These specifications are pretty hefty for a board this price. This motherboard is in theory a great choice for high end gaming or editing. There are also many drawbacks for this board. Its flimsy when it came to plugging the power connector in. Even after the board had a decent start and work fine for a while, it had died just a few months after installing it into my PC.
There are also many review one Newegg of people who had the same problem as me.
Donald V stated;
Pros: Performed well for 8 months. Installation and operation were as expected. Nice layout and features.
Cons: Died after 8 months. First board to die on me but I am not a heavy hitter. Just a gamer who updates for some added performance every 2 years or so. Minor OC. ”
Also an anonymous user stated;
“Pros: Works well easy uefi and easy board software
Cons: Width is slightly shorter than a normal atx board. I wouldn’t have bought it if I new that because the 24 pin power hangs on the end and the amount of force to insert the 24 pin is scary sometimes afraid of cracking the board. Also had 2 USB ports stop working on the motherboard.”
There were also many other reviews of people who had problems that had issues with it working after just a few months and had components short out.
In conclusion, this is a solid board to buy and use, but the long term of the board is not good at all due to it dying very shortly. Though it is a solid board, I personally would not recommend it due to the lifespan.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

To see more you can go to Newegg and Toms Hardware