Date Joined: 04/13/05
Pros: Best value productivity CPU on the market. Running 6 VMS with 64GB of RAM and two procs each and I don't feel it. Really great performance with multithreaded compiles. Very stable.
Cons: Quad Channel Memory support would be nice
Overall Review: There is no reason not to give this CPU 5 eggs. Reviewers that don't are more often then not directing criticism at components other than the CPU. If your mobo doesn't support memory speeds above 2600Mhz, that's the mobo please feel free to give that a bad review. If you can't run windows 7 because MS pulled support don't down grade the CPU. For those of you that are strangely upset that you can't overclock it as much as you would like to, why do you care? At stock speeds the performance is exceptional especially for the price. Who cares if it doesn't overclock well when stock performance is sky high? Maybe AMD should ship this thing clocked at 100Mhz so the over-clockers can really feel they get value when they push it to 3.6Ghz.
Pros: LED can be daisy changed with other alchemy LEDs. This is nice because it limits the number of power cables you have to worry about. The LEDs are bright and easily applied to your case.
Cons: Would have preferred the option of being able to connect these to a fan header instead of a 4 pin molex connector. This means having to connect a molex string to a modular PSU for a single fan connection which is a little tedious. Also would have been nice to control brightness from the system fan speed interface on a 4 pin header. Not a must though and to be honest I'd probably run them at default anyway.
Overall Review: So time will tell if they remain bright / operational and the 3M branded adhesive remains stuck in place. I'm not too worried about that but that 5 egg review goes to 1 if these are out by year end.
Pros: Excellent quality. Movement feels solid, fans run quiet and look good. PWM (4 wire).
Cons: The LEDs are little dimmer than I would have liked.
Overall Review: Bought these to replace stock 120mm fans on a radiator so PWM was a must. Preferred a red LED aesthetic and these fans fit the bill.
Pros: Beautiful case, extremely high quality materials. Plenty of expansions bays for the form factor. Great cable routing options.
When I bought this case I did a lot of research into the parts I wanted and had a solid vision for the computer I wanted to build. I'm happy to say that I achieved what I set out to achieve and the case despite its many flaws delivered on its promise.
Cons: I've been building computers for 20 years. In the mid 90's we used to struggle with ugly beige boxes, filled with sharp corners and finicky screws. Open the front panel on any of those machines and all you would see was a rats nest of red and yellow wire.
It's ironic that this 2015 expensive case from Lian Li is in so many ways a throw back to the negative issues that plagued those cases. Tool-less design? Not here. Tiny easily stripped screws? Check. Sharp corners? Plenty of those. Any parts will do? No way. Easy access to components? Nope. Reset button? Nope, even in 1996 we got a reset button!
The front panel USB 3.0 ports require 2 USB 3 headers on the mobo to use all 4. Only one micro ATX board on the market that I could find supports this, curious choice not to run all 4 ports on the same bus considering how 1/2 the ports will be unusable for most users.
The PSU can be positioned in multiple places (each one progressively further from the top of the case). I presume this is done to accommodate longer PSUs. Unfortunately even though I had a standard sized PSU because the power connector is inserted inside the case I had to position the PSU all the way back otherwise the connector would obstruct one of the 120mm fans on my radiator, in the default position. Not a problem if you don't have a 3 fan radiator, or one of those weird power adapters that forms a right angle with the connector. Still though a very weird design decision and probably means a large PSU cannot be used with a 3 fan radiator config. Smaller PSUs can be moved back albeit with some difficulty. No access to PSU on/off switch since it's inside the case. PSU installation requires removal of side aluminum panel. PSU doesn't really feel that firmly in place since there is no top or rear support. PSU mount bracket also feels flimsy.
Radiator installation was okay but tiny screws used to mount radiator to top panel did not inspire confidence. Access to components requires case to be laid horizontally otherwise it would be too difficult to remove/install tempered glass panel. Only 1 PCI-X ribbon included. Lian Li advertise a second ribbon available as an optional additional purchase but for a case this expensive it really should be free. Also it is not even available in the US at the time I purchased this case (although you could probably rig up something from server parts).
Overall Review: I've built dozens of computers over the years from multi-cpu servers to mini-itx htpcs and this is probably the toughest build I've dealt with. I gave Lian Li a favorable review because I did my research, knew what I was getting into, achieved my goals and the end result looks beautiful. That being said some of the design decisions here are real head scratchers. While many decisions put understandably form ahead of function, others seemed to serve no other purpose other than to just be painful and difficult for the sake of being different.
Personal preference is I would really have liked the case to be thinner. It's not largely because LIan li felt a micro-atx case needed to have up to 6 expansions bays including 3 on the rear of the case. That jacks up the 3" height you'd find on your standard HTPC micro ATX to over 5". Seeing how people are probably buying this for aesthetic reasons (it's not the bargain price) I really question the wisdom of that decision.
Pros: Board works! I can now enter the BIOS and make necessary changes. The board certainly performs to the minimum performance requirements that one would expect. Looks nice. Good features.
Cons: Using integrated graphics did not allow me to boot into the BIOS. Or probably more accurately I could not display the BIOS while using integrated graphics. Since I don't actually care to use integrated this doesn't really bother me but I should be able to utilize them if I wanted to. Tech support did not provide a solution to my problem ultimately I "solved" it myself. The command center software does not run on my system. All other software works as intended costing this review another "egg". Tech support is again unable to provide a solution. Internet searches reveal other people to have this issue with no obvious solution to universally solve the problem.
Overall Review: After being unable to enter the BIOS on integrated (my new GPU had not yet arrived) tech support suggested clear the CMOS and then to RMA if that didn't work. I happened to try another discrete GPU I had around and that solved my problem and saved MSI an RMA.
Pros: Nice packaging
Cons: This product should never have been released. I read about the high failure rate online but took a chance because its the only pci-e SDD on the market. It arrived DOA (red fault light was on from the second I booted the device) OCZ must have terrible QC. The worst part is I have to pay $15 for a replacement part (shipping) and the internet is crawling with parts that fail after just a few weeks/months.
Overall Review: Its not worth it. Get 2 x regular SSDs put them in RAID and get similar performance without the aggrovation
Pros: Great quality, buttons are easily accessible, does improve the MMO experience.
Cons: 2 buttons on the top of the mouse (top left corner) are hard to reach and not really accessible, although there are not shortage of buttons they are hardly necessary.
Overall Review: Its a great ergonomic mouse that MMO gamers will get the most benefit from.
Pros: It really just feels amazing. It's something about hearing that *click* when you type that really makes you feel more in tune with your computer. May be a personal thing but this keyboard just feels so good. The quality is also outstanding with the braided cable and heavy stay put shape and design 5 eggs!
Pros: Excellent speed, zero latency, best performance next to gigabit ethernet
Cons: Doesn't exactly work as advertised. Original set up the device as per the included instructions. The second unit picked up the first but the cable modem could not establish a connection. When I linked up the device to another coax port in the same room the two units could not "see" each other. Eventually hooked up the device to the original coax port and moved the modem the secondary one and that did the trick.
Overall Review: If I didn't have a second coax port in the same room This device would have got one egg and a RMA. Would have bought from newegg but I live in canada and the device is not for sale on newegg.ca (please expand your Canadian inventory newegg!). In short buyer beware.
Pros: Faster than anything AMD and great scalability with OC. If anyone thinks anything AMD makes can best even a 920 I regret to inform you that denial is not a river in Egypt.
Cons: No question if you know what you are doing the best value is in the 920. I bought this because I didn't want to risk getting a dud 920 that didn't OC well and was building a PC that needed to run silent (and thus cool). Didn't think the added value in the 975 was worth paying double.
Overall Review: Props to Intel for upping their game and releasing a better product despite no real competitive reason for doing so. I would love to see AMD be able to compete at the high end again (I used to own an FX 53) but if you want a truly high end PC Intel is the only way to go for the moment.
Pros: WOW. The egg ships this bad boys sans box and is strapped down with 4 cable ties each an inch thick. Weighs a ton probably as much as your motherboard with CPU, heatsink and memory installed. Gorgeous piece of hardware that oozes with quality. Pure copper heat sink runs at 40 C on an exos 2 in series with a CPU at stock speeds with the exos at the lowest settings under load.
Cons: Doesn't 800 bucks buy you an instruction manual? Any experienced should know his way around this product but it would be nice to know if the flow is directional or not (its not). The price is high but the same if you bought the components separately and this way you get to keep your warranty. Oh yeah and it will give you a hernia.
Overall Review: If you are wondering way a single slot card has a double bracket its because its so heavy you need the extra reinforcement.
Pros: You open up the box and you see a really high quality product. Valvet case (okay a little overkill) great quality modular cables and a PSU with a mirror finish.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Comes with a nice "powered by corsair" badge
Pros: Where to begin? Massive case makes my old stacker look like a mid tower. Duel PSU, removable mobo try, water cooling hook ups, hard drive bays, push button lock on 5.25" bays, cut out for cooler replacements requiring back plate etc etc. For what you are getting the price is fantastic
Cons: Two of my front USB connectors arrived inoperable (confirmed it's not the mobo headers). Usually I would deduct an egg for this but this case is too good
Overall Review: This case allows for unprecedented customization with great support for included water cooling, dual PSU or high airflow build. You will not find a better case on the market for any price period.
Pros: Great performance, price and capacity
Cons: RAID 0/1 is very old (relatively speaking) and well established technology there is no reason why these modes AT LEAST should not be supported out the box without having to resort to spending extra on the RE version or hunting down firmware on the internet for use with ancient floppy drives. That'll cost an egg!
Overall Review: TLER enabling software works nicely. Thing with hard drives is only time will tell how this will in any way effect there reliability. Running two of these in a mirrored array along with 2 x25s in raid 0.
Pros: Booted first time. Great layout with all SATA accessible. No legacy or IDE connectors logging up space. Raid was enabled and configured easily and flawlessly. Windows 7 installed from USB no problems. Ton of BIOS/OC options.
Cons: The motherboard has 5 on board push buttons power, reset and some other allowing you to OC from windows amongst other things. 3 of the buttons that shipped on my board were mechanically inoperable (did not press) It's not a feature I see myself using a lot so I didn't bother with the RMA since I didnt want to wait for a new board but that'll cost MSI an egg.
Overall Review: Probably has the best layout on the market and arguably the best BIOS too. I needed to enable TLER on my non-RE WD drives and with no floppy connectors means you need to get creative with USB flash so not for the soft-core. Although most users would not care for floppy unless you are installing XP on this guy for some reason and need SATA controllers.
Pros: You drop your SSD in and close the lid. Completely tooless. Both Intel X25-M SSDs were configured into a RAID 0 array and windows 7 RC 1 was installed without any problems
Cons: Not sure about this products cooling potential
Overall Review: A nice slick solution to incorporate 2.5" SSDs into a desktop system
Pros: Fantastic layout all SATA ports available regardless of your set up, No IDE/Floppy, Booted flawlessly. Comes with a ton of BIOS and OC options.
Cons: MSI includes onboard push buttons that allow you do such things as OC your CPU from windows. Of the 5 push buttons 3 were inoperable. I don't see my self using this features a lot so I'll forgo the RMA but nevertheless it'll cost them an egg. Also not cheap
Overall Review: Intel RAID controller (on-board) worked well without any trouble. Booted and installed windows 7 RC1 without a hitch from USB
Pros: The best MLC drive on the market by far. Low power consumption, silent operation, INSANE read speeds and best in class MLC write speeds. The only MLC choice for laptop owners.
Cons: Price. 2 high-end SATA magnetic HDD will still outperform this drive in RAID 0, if you are a desktop user with $650 to spend on storage rather go for 2x raptors if performance is what you are after and you'll cash in on way more capacity. For those with $1300 to spend a pair of these will provide 160GB of storage and eliminate the "write bottleneck" associated with MLC tech.
Overall Review: The future is here at a price but there is no question SSDs are the future of digital storage.
Comments: Been running this kit for well over a year now and it provides exceptional cooling, easy to set up and suberb system stability