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This review is from: Apple MC540LL/A - 8GB iPod Touch w/ Camera (4th Gen)
Pros: Does everything you'd expect it to - plays music, takes pictures, gets a wifi connection, and serves as a surrogate and undersized laptop (though with less functionality). Unparalleled portability.
Cons: Apple's priceline is already ridiculous, but Newegg makes it worse by jacking up the price and then offering a "discount" to get it back down to the "old" price. Protip: that's not a deal, and competitors have it for cheaper.
Effectively a walled garden which treats its users as if they were fools, draconian DRM schemes built into the operating system (Carrier IQ), battery life.
Other Thoughts: I hate on Apple, but they do well with this product. It's hard to criticize it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: After the debacle with Seagate HDDs spontaneosly committing suicide, I chose to be safe rather than sorry and replaced my old Seagates with these Western Digital ones. They work like a charm, effortless to put into an Intel ICH9R RAID array, quiet, cool and fast. No blue screens of death - caused by these HDDs at least.
Cons: Didn't install themselves.
Other Thoughts: Running two of these on a Windows 7 x64 platform in a RAID 0 array.
Antec 1200 Case
ASUS Rampage Formula
ASUS Xonar D2X
AGEIA Physx 100 Series Card
EVGA Geforce 285 SSC Edition
Q9650 overclocked at 3.8
8GB Mushkin Ascent RAM
Antec Signature 850W PSU
This review is from: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Lots of overclocking options. Plug and play installation, little guesswork involved. High quality heatsinks (see cons for the drawbacks, however). Spacious design, fits well in my ATX (antec twelve hundred) case. Aesthetically pleasing, good performance. Fairly futureproof as far as motherboards go (Socket 775 won't be going anywhere for a long time, and PCI-E 2.0 is here to stay). Could use SLI or Crossfire if the desire struck (though in so doing you'll prob block at least 1 PCI-E 1x slot and one basic PCI slot).
Cons: The thermal pads and thermal paste used beneath the mosfets, northbridge and southbridge are, quite frankly, of extremely poor quality. Basically, the "thermal paste" Asus has used on this board is glue; as well all know, glue is neither designed nor intended to be a thermally conductive material. It is, succinctly, very ineffective for cooling. Considering the caliber of the board, I am very disappointed with ASUS in that regard. This board isn't cheap, so they shouldn't be either. This problem can be resolved with a little elbow grease and some Arctic Silver - google for more info. It is well worth the time and effort.
"Onboard" HD sound is a pain to configure in WinXP SP3, and though this is largely Microsoft's fault, ASUS doesn't make it any easier.
Other Thoughts: It has no bearing on the board itself, but I can't help but chuckle a little bit every time I see the poor grammar on the ASUS website (they should hire me as an editor- hah). Regardless, ASUS makes solid products, though I am disappointed to see them cutting corners on a specialist motherboard.
Newegg shipped this to me in a (relatively) timely fashion; good service, but nothing to write home about.