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Pros: - Excellent performance in a 'midrange' card, great alternative to GTX 570
- Cooler is quiet with fan at low speed
- 'Classified' is only marginally more expensive than reference
- Perks of owning the 'Classified' version (6-phase power, nice cooler)
- Pretty good warranty conditions
Cons: - Somewhat expensive for its class
- Fans get pretty loud at high speed, though this is rare... at least it's kept under 90°C during FurMark
- Physically very long, had to move some stuff around
- No DisplayPort (not that DVI isn't fine)
- Mini-HDMI connector instead of full-size, but adapter is included... a very minor complaint
- No free t-shirt or games, but rather a poster
Other Thoughts: With only a few minutes of playing around with Nvidia System Tools and FurMark, I'm at 900/2300 MHz. It might be stable at higher (and in fact, might not be entirely stable at these speeds).
Obligatory "RUNZ BF3 @ ULTRA & 2560x1440 SMOOTHLY LOL"
...which is actually pretty much true, despite my expectations. I don't use anti aliasing though, because of the resolution. Lower resolution with AA might yield similarly desirable results. If you want more concrete benchmarks, read real reviews.
Still trying to decide if this should be liquid cooled. Last few cards I have owned are more limited by non-GPU heat, so it might be best just to leave this one alone. The non-reference design might limit this possibility anyway.
Pros: Amazing parts, especially for the low price (compared to others), matte screen, light, everything you'd want to customize into a Dell is already present here. NO keyboard flex, build quality is actually better than I expected: everything is very tight and rigid. Screen is fine (but not exceptional, there is some graininess to brighter colors). Not too much junk pre-installed. Speakers are actually worth hearing, and 1/8" stereo jack actually seems to put out clean audio. MSI doesn't advertise enough to make their laptops cost as much as HP, Sony, Alienware.
Cons: Left mouse button is horrible. I exchanged one to NewEgg and the new laptop isn't much better... it feels like it is almost broken and has to be pushed just right to 'click'. The right button seems fine despite being a mirrored version of the left. Small buttons on keyboard is only bad because of the reason: it appears MSI uses the same keyboard on their 15" models, which explains why there is plenty of room on the sides they didn't make use of with the 17". Just like the mouse button, you'll get used to it soon. Extended battery sticks out the back.
Other Thoughts: I looked at Dell, Alienware, Toshiba, etc and there isn't anything close in terms of price/performance to this laptop. Sure the Alienware has cool stuff like a backlit keyboard (and, well, a better keyboard to begin with) but for those looking for a desktop replacement parts are what win. If you are playing games on this (which is the only reason you should be buying something this expensive) you'll be using an external mouse anyway, and maybe even keyboard.
This laptop plays all the latest games wonderfully... the overclock button helps and is kind of neat.
A quad core might have been nice, but even the one in my desktop (3.8ghz Q6600) that I've had since their release feels more like a frivolous luxury right now.
I've had some issues with it booting since I got the replacement. I hope this is nothing, but sometimes after a hard shutdown, it won't start back up until I pull and replace the battery and external power. I'm kind of worried. No BIOS update out yet to try.
This review is from: ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP <GREEN> LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: One of the highest clocking boards for Conroe (but NOT Allendale). Lots of fancy accessories that you may or may not use. Good BIOS options, though not DFI-like. Fanless chipset cooler. Crossfire AND SLi (hacked drivers).
Cons: Expensive. Vcore 'droops' slightly under load (all ASUS boards do, for some reason). Board needs to be hard-modded to get the most out of it. Semi-sloppy BIOS. Intel IDE channel (for some people).
Other Thoughts: It's really expensive, but the board is an investment because it's one of the top choices for maximum overclock. Overall a pretty solid decision. For me, the Intel IDE controller is VERY slow when using a [known-working] DVD drive. It is stuck in PIO mode. The other port is in the bottom-right of the board, so a longer cable than included is necessary... just a real pain. At least not everyone has this problem though.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Andrew Z.
Date Joined: 07/07/04
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