Date Joined: 01/18/08
Pros: Quality board, Good spacing. Easy to read instructions. 2x6Gb/s SATA slots.
Overall Review: I have built 100+ computers, this was the easiest board I have ever worked with. Normally when attaching RAM or the CPU heat sink, I fear breaking the board because it bends so much, not this one, took the pressure like a champ. GUI BIOS makes life easier too.
Pros: Easy install, fast install.
Cons: RAM intensive
Overall Review: I feel Vista was a huge Beta testing platform for Windows 7. If you have Vista right now, and are on the fence about upgrading to 7, get off the fence and do it. Make sure you have a DVD-Rom drive.
Pros: Quiet, 6Gb/s Data Rate, Price
Cons: None...so far
Overall Review: My experience with Seagate is hit and miss. The drive is either great or it's dead. This one has been going strong and no complaints from the client about it.
Pros: Fast, fast, fast.
Cons: Runs a little hot on idle, but handles load well.
Overall Review: This was used in a new build for a gaming machine for a client. I am glad I got this CPU. The stock Heatsink and Thermal grease is sufficient if you do not plan on OCing.
Pros: Passes memtest out of the box, price, lifetime warranty.
Cons: Never any with GSkill
Pros: Easy to apply, no mess.
Cons: Did not work well enough for me to put it on an i7 I planned on overclocking.
Overall Review: Still love Rosewill products
Pros: Worked without flaw.
Pros: Works like a charm, very very fast. Plays nice with the win7_64bit OS
Overall Review: Because this is chip was used in a primary machine, I did not perform any overclocking. Ripping a DVD is the only thing so far that has pushed all 4 cores to 100%. It still handled the process like a champ. Calculated Pi 20 times into a 1M file in approximately 20 seconds stock specs. Very good speeds for the price.
Pros: It's SATA 3GB/s, It works
Overall Review: I have always used Seagate and they have never let me down. Lately their HDDs have been receiving a bad rap. This one I got works flawlessly, No bad sectors after a format. No SMART errors yet either. Will continue to use Seagate in my builds until I am on the receiving end of a bad drive.
Pros: Works to specification. I got more than I had expected considering the price. Nice upgrade from the 7300 GTS I had in my old rig.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Windows 7 will install the generic driver, which was causing some pixelation in WoW...yes...World of Warcraft. The generic driver also caused a soft lock in Starcraft 2 beta. Installed the Win7 Driver from the nVidia website and the problems went away. Also, I normally do not buy products from Newegg that do not have a combined percentage of 80% in the 3egg+ as far as reviews. Bought this on a whim, and am very pleased.
Pros: Price, Easy to setup. Easy to flash BIOS in Windows with the update manager from MSI...awesome tool, good work.
Cons: Had to take one egg, and should take 2. First board I got would not allow me to mount my PATA HDD. Old rig allowed Cable Select, but changed the jumpers for the HDD Master and Optical to Slave. Still would not mount. Hooked a spare SATA drive up and worked fine...except I had no sound in Ubuntu Linux and Win XP Pro 32bit. Despite installing drives and management software. Flash of BIOS did not help either. Little to my knowledge, the errors encountered on the PATA header also scrambled data on the HDD and rendered it completely useless. The drive simply will not mount anymore. Thank goodness for backing up before the upgrade. RMAed the first board, got the second, and had no issues, except that this board does not like the Cable Select option for some reason.
Overall Review: For the minor headache this board caused, I cannot complain. The price is fantastic for the features. It's a great board for a budget upgrade and has adapters for FDD and PATA/IDE connections for your legacy drives. If you intend to do an upgrade, back up your data! I normally used a different brand MOBO in my builds...may have a new favorite.
Pros: Price, Fast, Reliable
Used these in a budget upgrade, ran into no issues running them in duel channel on a MSI P43-C51 board.
Cons: Has a 9 in CAS Latency, but DDR3 makes up for that tiny wait.
Overall Review: Highly recommend G.Skill, and use G.Skill in all my builds. Can't beat a company that backs their product with a lifetime warranty.
Pros: - Fast
- Clean layout
- Better than Vista
- Easy to install
- Did not have to individually install drivers
Cons: - Needs better error diagnostics. To elaborate, installation would start...then about 50% of the way through it, it would pop/up and tell me that a driver or resource CD was missing. So I found all the Win7 drivers, and put them on a USB stick. No matter what i tried, it would tell me that it was an invalid driver for all devices. After pulling my hair out, I replaced my DVD drive...installed like a charm after that. A better error code would have been, Error reading installation DVD, please try again or...
- Once again, new operating system, and new terms to learn. New folder layout for My Document, Pics...etc...now located under libraries.
Overall Review: I had Vista for about a week and hated it, but was forced to learn it as part of my job. When I had to learn this OS and saw the layout, I almost decided to stick with XP, but this OS is far superior to Vista so far. I feel I can finally say good-bye Windows XP as far as my main operating OS.
Pros: Had to use this box in a pinch, not going to get rid of it now. Nicely built. Plenty of room for an ATX board that requires 9 standouts.
Cons: Fan was LOUD when I first started it up, but has since been reduced to a hum. Not enough standouts were shipped, luckily I have an arsenal from previous retrofits. Although the construction of the board is great, it was done with flimsy materials, so dealing with this box did require a level of finesse. Standout holes seem like they can easily be stripped if overtightened.
Overall Review: Overall, an AWESOME box and PSU for the money. Even with shipping, you are either getting a free PSU or a free tower. Keep in mind, the PSU MAX output is 580W, I have not used a multimeter to determine it's sustained output. I would not recommend this box if your setup requires adequate airflow. I had an extra fan for the sideport, but there is no place to front mount, so your HDD and RAM will run a few degrees hotter.
Pros: This thing provides a wireless network that includes all 3 stories of my house and a detached guest house. People stay in the guest house and have a low signal, but rarely experience a drop out. 1-2 packets lost per 1000 pings on the computer in the guest house.(after 1 year of use.)
Cons: SPI firewall is OFF by default. You have to manually turn on. The setup software that came with this is HORRIBLE. Just don't use it, it will cause a headache. Use a search engine on how to setup this router manually and follow the tutorials, it's easier and more straight forward.
Overall Review: This replaced a $100 Wireless Gaming Router from a better known company that quit after 6 months and said company would not replace it, I will no longer purchase products from their residential side. I bought this to hold me over until I could afford something better...now I don't plan on replacing it.
Pros: Been working for over a year, never a problem. Has read every drive I have thrown at it, except ones I knew had trouble.
Cons: SATA connector is a little flimsy, so be careful.
PATA connector has gotten a little loose from repeated use, but still not have had a data error from it.
Overall Review: It took me a while to get this to work 100% of the time. The best method I have found is to, make sure everything is connected to the drive and the drive is powered up before you actually plug the USB cable into the computer.
Pros: - Device has been working flawlessly for over 2 years. The person I installed it for said they had a problem because they said it was no longer accepting their WEP key. Turns out they hit the reset button as per someone else's "troubleshooting" while I was out of town.
Overall Review: Excellent choice for an inexperienced user who just wants a simple use out of box product.
Pros: Very close thermal properties to the stock thermal paste you get on stock heat sinks for AMD and Intel processors. Inexpensive solution if you have to RMA a new board.
Cons: Very small amount in the tube. Not recommended if you are an OC'er.
Overall Review: A little bit goes a long way, so if you are not used applying paste yourself, keep this in mind.
3 Eggs for being an average product...5 Eggs for Newegg and UPS, Had my full order next day using 3 day ground.