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G.SKILL PIS Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL6D-4GBPIS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: They work at advertised timings and speed.
They work at advertised timings and speed in all 4 dimms.

I want to point out, that those Pros (are exactly what you expect from all RAM), but they worked without tweaking.

That is a first for me. It didn't even break a sweat on my motherboard or CPU IMC. I feel they have a huge overclock potential.

Dual Channel Kit that is on par with the lower ended Triple Channel Kit (which is very very good.)

Cons: Required a nominal voltage increase to pass POST.

Heatsinks/spreaders too tall, and WILL be problematic for
large CPU heatsink owners (stop pushing WATER COOLING already!!!! I get it, I am behind!)

Other Thoughts: Voltage:

Quick Benchmarks:
Latency @ stock speeds, 41.3 ns (avg)
Latency @ 3000 NB, 32.9 ns (avg)
Latency @ 1090T @ 4.2 GHz + 3000 NB, 32.3 ns (avg)

Read @ 12,700 MB/s (avg and rounded down)
Write @ 10,300 MB/s (avg and rounded down)

Took 1.7125v instead of 1.65v. Not a complaint really, but it is above advertised. Considering I am using a Crosshair IV which they were specifically catered too, I feel it should be mentioned.

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Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price

No Problems Installing on Windows 7 (x64) (For me.)

Reliable for me in a 2.1 Setup and a pair of Sennheiser HD650s.

EAX 5.0 (Good for gamers)

Outputs at 96KHz/192KHz

PCI-Express - Pro - Faster transmission of data, lower latency, higher bandwidth and lower CPU utilization.

Dolby-Digital-EX / DTS

Cons: Occasional crackling in higher pitched sounds.
(Usually hear it after starting computer and thats it.)

Creative's support is somewhat lacking.

Only inputs at 96KHz

PCI-Express - Con - A tiny bit flimsy connection, no anchor, and does not sit well on my motherboard.

These Sound Cards are not for audiophiles or an audio-aficionado.

Lacks high-end features.

Other Thoughts: No notification in specs/manual/website about this 64MB of onboard memory for this particular model. Windows does indeed register around 58MB (which may as well be 64MB) of Memory Resources allocated locally on card, and a few of the memory modules on the card display Hynix (which is a memory module maker.) logo.

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Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz 6MB L2 Cache Socket P 35W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80576T9600
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 35W Power Usage
Less Power Used / Less Heat

Smaller Form Factor
45 nm = Less Heat

Higher L2 Cache of 6MB vs. the lower 2MB
This pumps a great deal of data more through each clock cycle.

FSB 1066 MHz
Allows for a decent upgrade in the future when Laptop DDR2 1066 MHz is more affordable, you can greatly extend the life of the laptop with either a 4GB 800MHz to 8GB 1066 MHz.

With good memory the CPU it is easily clockable to 3.2GHz.

Runs fairly decent on BOINC for Seti/Einstein/Milkway, about 2 hours/4 hours/6 hours turn around on non GPU WUs.

Windows Index Score for T9600:
CPU: 6.4 - 6.6 with an OC.
MEM: 6.4 - 6.5 with the same OC above.

Idle Temps: 35c - 39c
Load Temps: 48c - 50c
*Note that I have a shared cooling system between chipset, CPU, and GPU, so this greatly affects even my idle temps. A laptop with a really good cooling system will get better results.

Cons: The price, unbelievable that these things have not dropped in price in over 12 months.

Other Thoughts: As of March, 2010, I see that the T9400 and the T9600, are the exact same price. Only the T9600 is faster?

Currently in a ASUS G60Vx, previously in my ASUS G50Vxm. It actually runs cooler than my T5750 which was a lower end budget Intel 2/2 Ghz processor. It has the higher FSB of 1066 MHz, so if I choose to later on upgrade my DDR2 from 4 to 8, I will definitely take advantage of the speed shift. In my Laptop, its still considered a 15.4" form factor, despite having a 16" screen so there is heat generated in this laptop from the gaming GPU Geforce GTX 260M. Also a downside is the shared cooling system for chipset, gpu, and cpu, so any extra heat from one, will add to the others. This CPU runs much cooler than the budget processors as the lower required wattage of 35 watts. There is also another silent yet extremely powerful bottleneck reduction, the L2 cache of 6MB vs. 2MB in the lower end models.

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Tristan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Tristan H.

Date Joined: 03/01/10

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 03/10/10
  • Last Review: 11/10/10
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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