Date Joined: 01/25/08
Pros: Very Pleased, The USB Flash Drive is faster than most I have purchased on a write, the price was excellent, shipping excellent, NO Complaints a solid 5!
Overall Review: Very Pleased, The USB Flash Drive is faster than most I have purchased on a write, the price was excellent, shipping excellent, NO Complaints a solid 5!
Pros: I will just confirm your going to be very pleased with this New Intel I7 860. I contribute to the Einstein@home Project and used to have 12 Q6600 Quads keeping me in the top 50 of maybe a Million others. I calculated that the 860 would replace about 7.87 processors or almost two complete (8 Processors)Q6600 Computers. The real world results are that one 860 will replace 8.3 or just a little more than two systems. The data analysis results are not only doubled in processor quantity as compared to one quad, these 860 processors with no overclocking actually can do work so much faster than the Q6600 I will need only four 860's (32 processors) to replace 12 Quads (48 processors). The 860 completes projects in about .5 of a day (12 hours) vs the Quads at about .75 of a day (18 hours). I found this additional speed improvement an unexpected cost savings so I am very pleased. It takes months to get a new computers actual average calculated my four 860's are already in the 43rd position.
Cons: I even used the stock cooling fan and I am allowing Caltech to run these 860’s at 100% with no issues on the stock fan, something that has been reported as a Con elsewhere. I just wish these new processors were not so expensive, but with the processing power you get, it is a little hard to call the price a REAL Con, maybe it is just the cost of Progress!! I will say they take a ton less power than the Quads, our power bill dropped by $200 a month with the four 860's compared to 12 Q6600's. I can only say I used the old Power supplies, but the Motherboard had to be changed to the 1156, and I did have to switch to DDR3 memory so I cannot say the configurations are identical. I will just say no real Cons.
Overall Review: I obviously had a hard time switching to the new technology when I owned 12 Quads (a big investment for just a small home user), but now that it is done and over and we have seen the power bill - these 860 systems will pay for themselves in a year. Depending on your requirements this might be just the right system you. If you’re a gamer, be very care to understand if your specific game will utilize the 8 processors before you invest your money, I know some of the games my Son plays do not use them at this time. I used the Intel Motherboard that is the only Motherboard I will use (if possible). I had 12 Quads running for over a year and never had a single Motherboard/Processor/Memory failure. Every failure came from the Power supplies. I have had these 860’s running since mid January and so far everything is fine.