Joined on 06/28/03
Great i5/i7 Option
Pros: - Gigabyte Quality - Automatic OC Software is SIMPLE - Easy Manual OC - Dual-Bios protection - Great looking - CrossFire & SLI Capable - Ample air space bewteen Dual-Slot GPUs (using 2x GTX 260) - Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (with 1156 bracket) fit and cleared heat sinks on mobo. - Load Line Calibration drastically reduces VDroop - IDE Connection for my old IDE DVD Drive - Dual LAN connections if you need them
Cons: - Foxconn Socket on mine - SLI is only 8x / 8x
Overall Review: This motherboard is probably the first one I got up and running on my first attempt. Install went smooth. Good sized fanless heat sinks on system components. Board shipped with F3 Bios. I flashed with F4 (current). Installed a new i5-750 (2.66Ghz) along with Xiggy S1283 cooler, 4GB GSkill DDR3-1600, and SLI GTX 260 216's. Overclocked i5-750 to 4Ghz @ 1.32V with loadline calibration turned on (drastically reduced VDroop) in about 10 minutes, and appears to be completely stable. Very easy overclock. 3dMark06 gave me 24,621pts. SuperPi 1M in 10 sec.
Pros: Attractive Design Runs Cool Very Quiet Great Performance Appears High Quality Factory OverClock EVGA Warranty/Reputation
Overall Review: I installed this card to replace a GTX 470 SLI setup. What a difference! Those cards are HOT & NOISY. This card idles at 35C right now. It runs 100% GPU use with temps @ 70C with the fan speeds at about 1,800rpm by default. Far Cry 3 runs much better (with higher settings) than on my 470 SLI setup. Just ran the Heaven 4.0 DX11 Benchmark utility. Settings: 1920x1080 @ 60hz. AA = 8x, Tessellation = Extreme, API = DX11, Quality = Ultra, 3D = Disabled, Multi-Monitor = Disabled, Full Screen. i5-750 @ 4GHZ, 8GB RAM, GTX 770 Averaged: 37.7FPS (Score 949) So far I'm pleased with this card. It's performing well. Bigger upgrade than I expected it to be so far. Looking forward to nVidia releasing their ShadowPlay tool for video capture!
Where was this TV 3 years ago?
Pros: + Only 1" Thick without the TV Stand attached! Awesome for wall mounting! +Samsung's fantastic image quality. +Samsung's fantastic color quality, contrast, black. +3D Capability & 2 Included Rechargeable 3D Glasses +240Hz Refresh (due to 3D). +Lots of Menu Options for Image, Audio, etc +Built in Expert Test Patterns (on screen color & Black/Gray patterns) +Syncs with the Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player I got bundled with it. Each have their own remotes, but they communicate and you can control the Blu-Ray player thru the TV (no line of sight to DVD) without switching remote 'functions'. +Hands down the best TV I've ever owned. The Samsung picture & color quality rival just about anything you can throw at them.
Cons: - No WiFi (Requires a USB WiFi Adaptor or LAN connection to use Inernet@TV Feature. I use the WiFi + Netflix app built into my Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player to solve this. - Not true internet browsing. Can only access "internet" content through Samsung's Apps (NetFlix, Twitter, Facebook, Vudu, Pandora Radio, etc).
Overall Review: Just purchased this last night. Replaced my Hitachi 42" 1080i Plasma (which I loved). This Samsung 3D LED absolutely blows that TV away. Even 2D HD broadcast (using antenna) looks leaps and bounds better than my old 1080i. Literally everything looks like it has more 'depth' and dimension to it. Image quality is just ridiculous. Very sharp, colors are very accurate. This 46" is viewed from 10-15ft away and it still looks very good. 1080p content is just utterly amazing. We almost purchased a 42" Vizio RAZOR LED, but my wife noticed the Samsung had a MUCH better picture. We spent $500 extra to get this one, and it was worth the difference. Of note - This TV DOES NOT have Coaxial or RCA (Red/White/Yellow) plugs. HOWEVER, it comes with speciality adaptors that allow you to connect those sources to the unit. This TV is only 1" thick, so those larger bulky cables may not fit behind the TV against a wall. So they designed slim specialty connectors into the TV. The adaptors are supplied!
Everything I Expected it to be
Pros: Well Packaged - Came with a Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter which is nice. Set up in SLI with my MSI GTX 470 without a hitch. Runs cooler than my reference MSI GTX 470 (even though I put new thermal paste on the MSI card). Both show same BIOS version in GPU-Z, so there must be some other difference.
Cons: As usual, Fermi cards tend to run hot. And because they run hot, the fan can get fairly loud.
Overall Review: I bought this card while it was on sale to couple with an existing GTX 470. I haven't done any serious benchmarking as of yet. Unfortunately 3dMark11 doesn't support SLI right now, so there's no comparison there. Been to busy playing Mafia II & Batman: Arkham Aslyum with the settings cranked to bother with 3dMark Vantage or any of my other benchmarks. Coupled with my i5-750 @ 4Ghz, 4GB DDR3 1600, and a bit Thermaltake Armor 8003BWS case I have two reference GTX 470's in SLI. While playing Mafia II @ 1080p these guys hit about 88C. Furmark pushes them to about 95C.
Mafia II for Free?
Pros: It's a Free game coupon!! And it downloaded and registered through STEAM instead of the buggy nVidia website! Many folks have complained about the game world not being very open. But I still very much enjoyed the game. The graphics (I play with GTX 470 SLI) are fantastic @ 1080p.
Cons: A more open game world like GTA IV would make this game ever better than it is. The fact that cops will chase you for speeding, but not running a red light, is pretty stupid. Especially when other NPCs in the game will yell at you or make comments when you run a red light.
Solid Gaming GPU Fueling PSU
Pros: Corsair is a well respected, high quality PSU and memory manufacturer. Professional reviews always have high marks for Corsair products. All power cables are sheathed to reduce clutter. Corsair supplies a baggie of zip ties! Very well packaged. PSU came in it's own cool baggie, packed tightly between two large pieces of form fitted foam. If you want large amounts of power for a GPU, this sucker will output 636W (max 53A) just on the +12v rail. It is made with a serious gamer in mind. 80 Plus Certified - Need I say more?
Cons: I'd love to see quality Modular PSU's at this price point these days. Would also love to see 4x 6/8pin PCI-E power connectors at this price point these days too. Especially with a PSU that outputs up to 53A on the 12v rail.
Overall Review: This PSU replaced an aging (5-6 years) Antec True Power 2.0 480W power supply in my wife's system. I intend to keep this 650W PSU in her computer for several years. Here's what we're currently running on this PSU: Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz GTX 260 Core 216 XFX 680i SLI Motherboard 4GB Corsair XMS2 RAM