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This review is from: MSI Big Bang Fuzion LGA 1156 Intel P55 / Lucid Hydra 200 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I have been watching lucid for a little over a year now waiting for them to get the chips into the mainstream market. It looks Like MSI jumped on board! These chips allow for 90-100% performance based multi GPU link and allows you to mix and match the brands of your video card. Now you can match up that old 9800GTX with your new HD5870 and get a huge performance gain! Time to kiss SLI and Crossfire bye bye!
Cons: new technology. I can forsee driver nightmares for a few months. I would almost wait for a later release and let the technology get perfected.
Other Thoughts: This should be very interesting. If you are a hard core gamer then you know how horrible the performance gains are with current multi GPU setups. you can never get more than 60% boost per card and its a huge price to performance loss. The Lucid chip is supose to fix this. Only time will tell.
Grats to newegg for having it in stock and at a good price. MSI makes great motherboards and now they finaly have an upper hand on Asus thanks to Lucid
This review is from: ASUS 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-08B1ST
Pros: I have the 4x version that this replaced. I got it here at newegg and have been using it for half a year now in my system i built. All my movies run great on my 32 inch Hd Tv using the drive. no skip or stutter. Mine had a slight delay when loading the menu screen but I am sure it was because mine was 4x speed. this 8x should be alot better. I am ordering it to put in my new media center for in the living room.
Cons: The power DVD program that came with mine only had 2 channel audio. it required almost 1gb of updates totaling 4 update downloads in order for any movie made in the last 2 years to play. After all updates are done it worked fine in Vista 64.
in Windows 7 64 it gives an error when it starts up but the movies play anyway. it is not a problem with this drive. its an issue with cyberlink power DVD and Asus has no control over that. Be glad we even get playback program with it.
Other Thoughts: I must say i realy like the 4x version and I look forward to using this 8x. They apear to be 100% identical just different speed. Both come full retail in the same box and with what apears to be the same cruddy version of power DVD. Do yourself a favor and buy the latest full version of Power DVD to unlock HD audio and correct all the windows 7 bugs. Aside from that These are great drives by the best computer parts manufacturer on the face of the planet. Rock solid and heart touching. that is the Asus slogan and they do not lie.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake CL-P0257 Blue orb II CPU Cooler for LGA775 & K8
Pros: Big, solid build, great cooling. Works just as good as 1 of those 120mm towers as long as you do not oc to insane limits. Blue lights are bright but not too bright.
Cons: the 1 i bought in 2006 didnt come with the AM2 mounting bracket but it worked in my Apevia Qpack cube with a socket 939 motherboard. By the time i got around to building my AM2 system I just didnt use it. I still have it and keep it on my desk at work (Computer system builder) All the guys at work like to play around with it and hook it up to motherboards just to see it power on. it still works almost 4 years later! so not a con realy.
Other Thoughts: I am buying another as I am building a new Qpack2 media center PC. parts will be ordered this week and I can't wait to have another in action.
the new build will be
Asus M4a785TD EVO
AMD PhenomII X2 550 black edition
2x 2gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600
WD 500gb Black 32mb buffer
Sapphire HD5770 Vapor-x
Asus Blu-Ray drive
Asus Wireless N card PCIEx1
My 32inch 1080P TV
This bad boy cooler
And world of warcraft ofcourse.
I am sure this will get the job done with no problems. I plan to push the cpu to atleas 3.5ghz with this!