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EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I owned this board for five years. In that time, never once did it have any kind of problem. This board survived dirty power, a failing power supply, keys being turned in its USB slots, being dropped, kicked, and climbed on by all manner of household creature (children, cats, etc).

In fact, it still lives!

Cons: None. None at all. Best board I've ever bought. I hope my new Sabertooth z77 can compare in the long run.

Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from this board, and it's old, so this is a bit of a post mortem. A buddy inherited this from me, and I came back here to dig up its manual for him.

EVGA and ASUS both have impressed me again and again over the years. My loyalty doesn't come easily. If it's a mainboard and it doesn't come from one of these two, then I'm not buying.

I hope ASUS can get back in the game now that EVGA has the spotlight. Dance! Dance! Compete! ...now kiss.

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Thermaltake EVO BLUE 2.0 EVO-650MPCGUS-A 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's pretty.

Cons: Some simple reasoning. When your PSU's fan comes with three modes, if the fastest fan mode doesn't wear it out faster then why use any other mode? Okay, suppose now that your brand new top tier gaming rig randomly reboots so to work you go. After ruling out the wattage of your PSU, overheating in the processors, graphics cards, motherboard, and hard drives, as well as having ruled out malware, drivers, and BIOS settings, what remains? Maybe it's that pretty PSU with a fan that has three modes. Let's test.

Sure enough, in red-lit turbo mode the random reboots cease in new games with maxed settings. Now, let's ask ourselves. Why does this pretty PSU come with three fan modes fail to include an RPM lead again?

So, there you are a PSU company barely competing in the gaming rig market and you want to cut costs by including a substandard fan. Here's an idea! Run it too slow with an option to turn it up, and then when the rig loses power a lack of RPM lead means nobody can prove it's the PSU overheating! Just make it pretty.

Other Thoughts: I have to replace a brand new PSU before it fails due to gimmick design being emphasized over quality. Thanks Thermaltake. Guess I should have paid closer attention to your name.

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EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: As part of my testing, I followed a mod guide for Skyrim to install all of the most intensive graphics mods at one time. With two of these bad boys in SLI and an Intel i7-3770k, it runs the heavily-modded game flawlessly.

Cons: The only con is that the instructions depict multiple power configurations and refer to content that doesn't exist on the cited nVidia site for recommendations regarding which to use. Plug in both power leads.

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Jeremy H.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeremy H.

Date Joined: 01/19/09

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/27/09
  • Last Review: 04/17/13
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