Satisfied with the Product2/15/2012 10:28:04 AM

Pros: Love this card; been running 2x DVI-connected 20” 1600x1200 displays for regular productivity work as well as BF3 and a few other 560TI recommended entertainment titles for the past five months in a self-built rig. No artifacts or lock-ups that haven’t been solved by software patches. BF3 (run @ 16x12 with game-recommended settings) pushes this card the most in my case with GPU temps consistently at 65 degrees C. Other titles run at approximately 55 degrees C. Fan noise at full-load is completely tolerable with a headset on for gaming / video / music. My workstation case is not noise- insulated and sits <1 meter away at desk level. Using productivity applications, the GPU fans are quiet and the card runs at the mid-to-low 30s C. Had no problems with the card’s physical installation using a 5+ year old Lian Li case and a much more modern Asus motherboard. No issues with cable placements, drive mounting, etc.

Cons: The card, when pushed, jacks my system’s power utilization upwards of 425+Watts at the outlet. Who wants to use more electricity these days? Pricing is currently prohibitive for SLI on my particular computer budget (having to also buy a new PSU). And the motherboard’s second PCI Express 2.0 slot placement makes this card’s 2-slot width questionable when it comes to air intake on the “top” card. Something about which to be aware when planning a SLI rig.

Overall Review: This card runs great on a 5+ year old 600W SeaSonic PSU. I had some concerns about pairing the card up with a re-purposed i7 920 (stock clocking), but power use is w/in the parameters of the PSU. Also, I am really pleased with the power use scaling going from productivity app use to intensive gaming and back down to idle. It is great to see the GPU hardware exhibiting restraint and practicing “conservation.” W00t! I have not yet tested this card out with Photoshop and CUDA-based filters, but I can't wait to see the results. System Details: CPU: i7 920 (stock speeds) RAM: Kingston HyperX 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Motherboard: ASUS P6X58-E PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 Storage: discrete SSD + HDD hybrid config OS: Win7 Ultimate 64-bit PSU: SeaSonic M12 600W Case: Lian Li PC-7A plus II Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

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Good Aftermarket Part10/13/2011 8:12:59 AM

Pros: Fan noise (1x push config) at ~1450rpm is barely noticeable above other case fans on a relatively standard 5 yr old Lian Li aluminum ATX case. Provides excellent clearance for large RAM heat sinks or other memory cooling mechanisms on an Asus-branded ATX motherboard. Installation was relatively straightforward provided that the graphical instructions were thoroughly reviewed. Maintains a ~33.0C temperature on an Intel i7 920 CPU (stock settings) for idle and basic browsing tasks. This is with a modest air intake flow and a PSU 120mm fan extracting air directly above the CPU. Looks like I could swap in any standard 4-pin, 120mm fan(s) that I'd like should the provided fan fail or if I needed to change the air volume pushed or noise profile.

Cons: A couple of the heat sink fins were slightly bent out of the box. Nothing that couldn't be remedied on-site, but that's a quality control problem that I haven't seen with past units from some other, well-known vendors. As others have reported, the finish on the heat pipe ends is hit or miss.

Overall Review: Thermal grease used: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound. I followed Arctic Silver's material application instructions exactly from their web site. I had to use a fair amount of paste to fill in the gaps between the heat pipes and the rest of the CPU-facing surface. Observed temps using the Asus-provided monitoring tool: ~32 - 53C. When the rig is used for gaming with a heavier load, the temps will stay in the mid-to-high forties celcius. Ambient room temp is ~65F. I was concerned at how quickly the temps ramped up when the CPU was put under load, but that is me not being used to Intel's speed step tech. As quickly as the temps ramp up, they go right back down once the load is removed from the CPU. I wonder about the impact of adding a second fan on the back-side of the heat sink. I have plans to do some amount of OC'ing with this rig, so TBD on cooling results when things get really hot.

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10/10/2011 9:24:40 AM

Pros: Relatively problem-free installation. Detailed BIOS is nice to have available when I decide to approach OC'ing the system. Good number of four-pin case fan connections, easily meeting my current and future cooling requirements. Using the Marvell "Hyper-Duo" feature successfully with a Crucial SATA 6 64GB SSD and WDC Caviar Black HDD in Capacity Mode. No issues to report. Jury is still out on performance gains from the SSD caching, though the system is very responsive so far. Running with an Asus-approved Kingston 12GB DDR3 RAM kit. No problems at all. AI-charger software works as advertised with two iOS (iPhone 3GS and iPad rev. 1) devices charging even when the PC is "powered down."

Cons: The "Q-shield" back plate's padded insulation really made the motherboard a tight fit in my ATX-compatable case (have fit another motherboard in that case w/o any issue). TERRIBLE documentation online and in-print for the onboard Marvell 9128 SATA chip. Had to really scour the Internets for scraps on how to make full use of that chip. My perception is that Asus treats their business partner (Marvell) like the red-headed step child: tolerates, gives food and shelter, but little else. Minus 1 egg. Not sure if I would want to stick another dual-slot graphics card in for SLI work due to how close the PCIe x16 slots were placed to one another. That is counter to the notion of running the X58 platform, despite the fact that it is getting long in the tooth. Minus 1/2 an egg. The 'Q-Connector' has such loose tolerances that I had to use the connected cables and a cable management clip inside the case to wedge against the motherboard. Minus 1/2 an egg.

Overall Review: Even after such a short period of ownership and giving the product 3 eggs, I recommend this board if you have a spare LGA 1366 CPU on-hand or, for some reason, need to stick with the X58 chipset. Had to install the JMicron Driver to enable the eSATA ports. Not a ding; just a FYI when using external eSATA drives. Post driver installation, everything works just fine. I have not used the documented over-clocking capabilities on the installed i7 920 D0 CPU, but I can't wait to give it a try after having proven the stability of the hardware run at out-of-the-box settings over the next month.

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Owned for 2 years and loving it.11/1/2010 8:57:00 AM

Pros: Easily handholdable; Image Stabilization (IS) is excellent; Image Quality is fantastic; Sized perfectly for a shoulder bag with or w/o camera mounted; Even with IS and Auto-Focus in-use, battery life on the Canon 40D w/battery grip is excellent and worth at least 1000 shutter actuations; works well with the canon 1.4TC mk II.

Cons: As other have reported, IS mechanics are audible. In my experience, that has never negatively impacted shooting subjects in nature.

Overall Review: Shooting with a xxD body (40D) with a battery grip and this lens is very reasonable for average sized male hands. A person with very small hands or a physical disability might find this combination unwieldy.

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Quiet and Reliable3/5/2010 7:54:47 AM

Pros: I have had one of these drives installed in a Windows Home Server and included in that product's software-based 'file duplication' scheme (akin to RAID 1 mirroring) for the past 8 months. The drive is quiet during operation and, as a part of this home-built WHS box, plenty fast. I have not encountered any problems.

Cons: None of which to speak.

Overall Review: I started with two Seagate 500GB server-class drives in the WHS box, but realized that the 16 - 20GB worth of images that I sometimes shoot in a day out in the field would fill up those drives quickly. I plan on buying another one of these drives or perhaps the 2 TB version depending on cash flow. Other WHS box parts: - Antec's Mini P180 (can't say enough good things about this case as it cools a passive Scythe Ninja Mini CPU heatsink) - Antec's Earthwatts 430W PSU (super quiet for an 80mm fan and overkill for this machine) - AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz CPU @ 45W (yeah, impossibly low power usage and performance is fine) - ASUS mATX mobo with Kingston DDR2 RAM.

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Intial take: incredibly quiet and a great case for system builders11/30/2008 8:46:03 PM

Pros: The case has only been in-service for about a day now, but initial observations are that the case greatly exceeds my expectations for a "silent pc" solution. My goal with this case is to enclose a near-silent and cool-temperature NAS. The "tri-cool" fans, when on their low setting, are nearly silent -- even the top 200mm unit. A 24/7-class hd under a 90GB transfer job was rendered nearly silent from less than a meter's distance away. Even better, the passively cooled CPU (see details below) was running at 34 degrees C just after the NAS software was installed. For system builders, the ability to route cables behind the motherboard mounting plate is huge. Freeing up the space around the CPU from cable clutter can only help with airflow. With my NAS build, all power connections except for a couple of molex plugs were routed behind the motherboard and only the necessary cable + plug had to be in the main cavity. Same goes for the optical drive's PATA cable. Very, very clean.

Cons: Lost one egg as no where did I read that the capability to mount fans right behind the front air intakes / filters came at the cost of being able to use that space for the hard drive cages. For the purposes of building up the NAS, the drive cages won out. Would have been nice to actively cool the drives, but the airflow from the two case fans should be adequate. Took me a few moments to realize that the 5.25" drive bay covers had to be physically punched out rather than removed via a screw or latch. Documentation of that requirement was spotty-to-nonexistent.

Overall Review: The system consists of a 45W AMD dual core CPU mated with a passively-cooled, Scythe ninja mini heatsink. The airflow from both of the fans appears to be adequate enough to keep the CPU cool. There is currently one hard drive in the system with another to be added this week. An Antec 430W Earthwatts power supply keeps things running and is, like the case, super quiet. I built a system about two years ago with decent parts and thought that it was quiet. I was so wrong. This case is incredible.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Pretty good in Vista (with some kinks)3/2/2007 7:41:08 PM

Pros: I won't go over all the obvious specs addressed by previous posters. This thing will handle more drives than I will ever throw at it. SuSE 10.2 loaded just fine once I chose the right JMicron driver. Vista loaded great after I provided the JMicron RAID driver via USB Flash drive. A Zalman 9700 cpu cooler fit fine on this board. This is my first board and bios with system component temperature monitoring. Neat!

Cons: I haven't yet had success with making my case's power and drive light's fire up via the board's connectors (power button works fine, though). This board comes with all sorts of cables but not an audio cable to go between the on-board sound support and an installed optical drive? Odd.

Overall Review: This board comes with a driver CD rather than floppy disks. So, be prepared to make your own floppies or USB flash drive with controller drivers for a Windows load. You need at least 18" long cables for the floppy and IDE connections if you plan on replacing the included ribbons with round cables (in a standard ATX case). Vista [Ultimate] Notes: the Realtek Vista sound driver isn't recognized by a fully patched OS as of this post; the iguru on-board chip isn't recognized by Vista and requires a driver load (unknown if Vista and the current driver are compatible).

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Excellent case that looks sharp3/2/2007 7:23:52 PM

Pros: I am a first-time custom builder, but I have a fair amount of experience supporting big-brand, pre-build machines. The Lian Li PC7A plus II shocked me with how well it fit together. The quality of parts machining is excellent. I loved that the PSU has its own mounting plate and that the front cover is easily removed by hand and w/o prying on some breakable latches. The brushed aluminum finish looks much better in-person than in the photos. Not a single plastic hinge in this thing. The case is solid.

Cons: With medium-sized hands, plugging in the final cables got a little tight -- that's a very minor thing. I wish that the screw bags had been labeled. That's helpful for the first-time builder.

Overall Review: The one thing that I discovered about Lian Li is that they make matching brushed aluminum optical drive covers, card readers and floppy drive bezels (some available via this site, some on other sites). Even though this case doesn't have a slick front door, the front can look darn fine with the matching driver covers and surrounds. That was a huge purchase decision factor for me. The case how holds an Abit AB9 Pro, e6400 C2D, 1gb(x2) Kingston HyperX, Gigabyte 7900GS 256, Seagate 7200.10 320gb, Seasonic M-12 600 watt psu.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Effectively quiet12/14/2006 4:15:52 PM

Pros: Extremely quiet compared to the OEM XFX 6800XT fan and heat sink assembly when the Zalman fan is adjusted to low or medium rotational levels. Even when the fan is turned to its fastest speed, the noise is tolerable. Caveate: this is in a case with two cpu fans, two case fans and a somewhat noisy power supply.

Cons: While there are a ton of mounting holes/options with the VF900 I could only use two out of four mounting points. The kit did not include a heat sink for a very small (and formerly cooled via thermal tape and the OEM heatsink/fan) chip face on the 6800 XT card. Fingers crossed the VF900's airflow does the trick.

Overall Review: Be careful when mating this product with either XFX or nVidia 6800 XT AGP cards. The four GPU heatsink mounting holes *look* like they will mate up fine with the Zalman VF900, but they do not.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Stable, good-performing card11/6/2006 5:19:41 PM

Pros: at a resolution of 1600x1200 pixels, this card plays NWN (all three expansions), Doom 3, Planetside and Vendetta-Online at nearly all of the highest settings with absolutely no artifacts or other negative qualities (running on a dual xeon CPU'd mobo with 2gb of ram). This card works with my particular computer's 430w power supply. Solid build quality.

Cons: The fan is audible and will definitely get on the nerves of quiet PC builders.

Overall Review: I'm considering replacing the fan and heatsink assembly with an aftermarket chiller from Zalman to quiet things down and reduce temps. I haven't yet tested this card with really late-model games.

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