Joined on 01/19/09
(Literally) Solid Board!
Pros: - The steel construction makes a difference. I had zero flexing of the board during assembly. - No compromising! Support for all features a gamer could need in one board! - Gorgeous! The aesthetics don't overdo the gamer marketing thing, but do look nice.
Cons: - None
Overall Review: This is the first time in memory that I've built with a non-ASUS motherboard, and MSI earned it. This board is without contest the best I have used since 1999.
Logitech: Worst support ever
Pros: This speaker system lasted a long time, and performs fairly well while it works. When it quits working, a fix would probably be easy if it had any support at all.
Cons: The logitech website does not respond to password reset requests. The email never comes. The logitech telephone support system is broken; it does not forward to support. There are no replacement parts. There is not even a breakdown manual/video. Nothing. No support at all.
Overall Review: I will probably be breaking mine down to repair it, but it's annoying that Logitech bends over backwards to avoid supporting their own products. I won't buy their brand again.
If you need the GPU to run 4k, don't try to play this game until it arrives
Pros: None yet
Cons: - The promotion was difficult to redeem. Eventually, I found a forum where they recommended using Microsoft Edge. Don't use Chrome, or it simply won't work. <br><br>- I have a 4k screen, and need the new GPU to run 4k. With two GF GTX 660 Ti, I cannot run this game AT ALL. It forces 4k resolution, launched to a black screen the first time, and when I change the settings to 1920x1080, it incorrectly reads the mouse pointer's position. Totally unplayable. <br><br>- This game has no main menu. It will immediately play the opening cinematic and dump you into character creation. If your graphics settings need changed, you're out of luck. <br><br>- There's a fix on some forums that involves editing your resolution in a settings file. I did that, and the game ignored that settings file and ran 4k anyway.
Overall Review: I strongly suggest waiting until your new GPU is installed before even attempting to play this. First impressions last, so don't let that mess up the game for you.
One of the best ever
Pros: I owned this board for five years. In that time, never once did it have any kind of problem. This board survived dirty power, a failing power supply, keys being turned in its USB slots, being dropped, kicked, and climbed on by all manner of household creature (children, cats, etc). In fact, it still lives!
Cons: None. None at all. Best board I've ever bought. I hope my new Sabertooth z77 can compare in the long run.
Overall Review: I just upgraded from this board, and it's old, so this is a bit of a post mortem. A buddy inherited this from me, and I came back here to dig up its manual for him. EVGA and ASUS both have impressed me again and again over the years. My loyalty doesn't come easily. If it's a mainboard and it doesn't come from one of these two, then I'm not buying. I hope ASUS can get back in the game now that EVGA has the spotlight. Dance! Dance! Compete! ...now kiss.
Pros: It's pretty.
Cons: Some simple reasoning. When your PSU's fan comes with three modes, if the fastest fan mode doesn't wear it out faster then why use any other mode? Okay, suppose now that your brand new top tier gaming rig randomly reboots so to work you go. After ruling out the wattage of your PSU, overheating in the processors, graphics cards, motherboard, and hard drives, as well as having ruled out malware, drivers, and BIOS settings, what remains? Maybe it's that pretty PSU with a fan that has three modes. Let's test. Sure enough, in red-lit turbo mode the random reboots cease in new games with maxed settings. Now, let's ask ourselves. Why does this pretty PSU come with three fan modes fail to include an RPM lead again? So, there you are a PSU company barely competing in the gaming rig market and you want to cut costs by including a substandard fan. Here's an idea! Run it too slow with an option to turn it up, and then when the rig loses power a lack of RPM lead means nobody can prove it's the PSU overheating! Just make it pretty.
Overall Review: I have to replace a brand new PSU before it fails due to gimmick design being emphasized over quality. Thanks Thermaltake. Guess I should have paid closer attention to your name.
This card is amazing!
Pros: As part of my testing, I followed a mod guide for Skyrim to install all of the most intensive graphics mods at one time. With two of these bad boys in SLI and an Intel i7-3770k, it runs the heavily-modded game flawlessly.
Cons: The only con is that the instructions depict multiple power configurations and refer to content that doesn't exist on the cited nVidia site for recommendations regarding which to use. Plug in both power leads.
Quick, Fair, Good
The product sold came with issues the seller couldn't have known of. I researched it prior to buying, and as it turns out, to find out about the problem nearly every user of this thing has had, you have to search for the problem. Searching for the product brings up the usual parade of blogs with worship reviews. When the thing worked once, and went downhill from there, I started researching fixes. When it turned out the manufacturer actually disabled all possible fixes, I contacted the seller. They issued a refund, and didn't require a return. I don't think any more of this thing are being sold either. Good merchants are our only defense against this weird rash of companies lately who for some reason go out of their way to make as bad a product as possible. They're the heroes we need until execs with smackable faced get bored of wasteful spending on corporate schadenfreude. The future is weird, and I have to say, it's probably for the best that we didn't get flying cars after all, given that they'd probably be designed to fall out of the sky for laughs.
+1 for prompt, polite customer service +1 for accurate order fulfillment +1 for proper shipping materials +1 for tracking +0 for timeliness The thermal paste arrived three days after I finished building the system. When I saw how slow this merchant was working to fulfill the order, I ordered better thermal paste elsewhere, and got it the next day. Six days to fulfillment actually isn't that bad, as compared with standard order fulfillment from times past. It seems that Newegg themselves, along with most merchants listing on Newegg, have expedited their fulfillment process, while this merchant has not. There could be any number of understandable reasons for that.