Joined on 08/09/06
Slew of inputs, extraordinary display
Pros: Treat yourself to the BEST! I went from a Dell 2408WFP to a HannsG H281 because I wanted the biggest monitor possible. The HannsG lasted less than two years. I purchased the Dell U2410 because I was tired of sacrificing quality for size of the display. I plugged it in and selected ADOBE RGB preset before I did anything else. This monitor is absolutely amazing. Red, pink, and orange are clearly visible. Any other monitor in this price range or less showed little difference in the three shades. Movies look wonderful and this display allows for 1920X1200, not simply 1900X1080. That extra space helps out in Photoshop for 100% image view and gaming. Aspect ratios look perfect everytime. If you have ever tried calibrating your monitor with web page tutorials that worked for web viewing and then were terrible for everything else, this monitor is the answer to all that. You can simply switch to the factory calibrated Adobe preset and be done.
Cons: Some people say the button touch panel is annoying with its beeps that signal key depresses. Just turn it off. Very simple. If you have a bargain 28" inch monitor and you think this one would be a step down because of its 24" specified size, you would be wrong. The 28" inch HannsG I compare to, display poor blacks and garrish hues. No amount of calibration will help. Some others reported in various forums that the a1 and a2 revisions of this monitor have bending and pink/green sections of the screen. The newest version available from Dell is A5. I have no dead pixels or pink/green mismatch
Overall Review: If you are trying to save a few bucks and buy a bargain monitor to simply have a big display, you are wasting your time. Those usually cost $280-360. Save your money for a few months more and buy something like this. The quality shows every time I look at the screen. I do not miss the extra 2-2 1/2 inches that the bargain brand gave me.
Pros: OCZ sent me a new unit when the first company recertified one failed. The company did send it, but NewEgg alerted them of my dissatisfaction first. My calls to the company resulted in many different answers as to the products' return. I wrote a negative review of the PSU, and amazingly, OCZ sent me a brand new unit. It should not be this hard to buy a new PSU and have it last longer than 1/5 of the warranty period.
Cons: The new unit I received has started "whining" under system load with the identical components in the machine that I had when the PSU was first installed a year ago. Games or anythng that put the system under heavy load causes my whole machine to shut down. I have one video card, one hard drive, and one burner. An 850 watt PSU should handle that no problem. I do not overclock anything in my system ever.
Overall Review: This PSU and the one before are awful. I would not recommend this model of PSU to anyone. I am glad a product has a warranty, but if you have two such identical units fail in one year, something is wrong with its design. I had an electrician check the wiring in my home, I bought a separate power supply for PC, monitor, printer, etc. to make sure my wall outlets were not overloaded. This OCZ power supply still did not last. I advise you to be wary of this model of PSU.
Great card, better than expected
Pros: three fan design. Beautiful graphics reproduction with all of the eye candy turned on. Fans are quiet even at 90%. They are quite bearable at 100%. My EVGA 570 had that distinct "hair dryer" sound under load.
Cons: No cooling/overclocking utility of any sort included with the card or posted on the website. Is it really hard to create a similar version of EVGA's Precision X or provide links on a leaflet included with the product for MSI Afterburner, etc? I had to read quite a few forums to find out that EVGA's Precision X (that I used with my EVGA 570) worked with this card.
Overall Review: This is a no frills card. The accessories are few, the driver disc is a generic burned TDK DVD with out of date drivers. The card performs beautifully though, and switching from a GTX 570 to this was as simple as uninstalling the older card and putting this one in and rebooting a few times.
Better than Expected!
Pros: The cooler is very easy to install. The rubber, rather than plastic, hoses are much more flexible and I think they will actually last longer than the stiff ones I have seen on competitors' products. My system at idle is running 78 degrees fahrenheit, and I have a six core Phenom processor. Under load, I have not surpassed 130. Running a Geforce 580 I thought I would have a lot of heat build up, but the system is literally unaffected.
Cons: I had to give up a USB header on my motherboard for temperature monitoring. This costs two of my eight ports. Boooo.......
Overall Review: This is an excellent product for everyone that has 1) room in the case to accomodate the massive radiator 2) patience to make sure everything is installed correctly 3) a need for your system components to last a bit longer. I wish Thermaltake would post a video tutorial for installation of the product. Amateur videos really helped, but a professionally made one like Corsair's would really encourage more folks with limited installation knowledge to give this product a try.
Pros: Support, support, support. I wrote several members of EVGA's product team. I expressed to each one what I wanted to do with my card (Photoshop extensively, but have a great gaming experience in between). I received detailed honest answers about what to expect from my card from each person I contacted. The notable thing about these contacts was that each person's answer mirrored the others. I am glad when a company's employees all share a similar belief and level of tech knowledge rather than a collection of waring factions spouting slogans and marketing speak. Matt responded to me personally as he does here on the Newegg feedback section. I am only one customer but he made me feel important, as if my one purchase meant something to EVGA
Cons: The card only has 1.2 gigs of memory. If this card had two, I am sure it would extend the card's life but a year or more.
Overall Review: This card provides beautiful in-game graphics. Batman Arkham City and Arkham Asylum both look tremendous. With my Radeon 5850, it looks more like water color painting, but with the EVGA 570, it has a more detailed appearance and depth. This card has given me ZERO issues. Read the EVGA forums, make a list of others' issues and the ensuing solutions and you could save yourself some configuration issues. Most are caused by people simply not reading the documentation included with the product and its utilities.
Great card, not loud
Pros: I upgraded from a Radeon 5850 and at first, I did not think there would be much difference. I simply wanted to try Nvidia after having used ATI for so long. Windows 7 64 bit loads quicker with this card and its software installed than my Radeon and the Catalyst package. It takes a few tries to master the software, but then it is smooth sailiing. I did not overclock the card. You do not need to. I thought the card would be loud when running under load, but it is not audible unless you crank the fan manually to its near full capacity. DeusEx and BF3 looked superb. I have not had one issue with this card and everything can be set to its maximum graphical settings with no hiccups.
Cons: The card only has 1.25 gigs of ram. I wish I had waited and bought a card with 2 gigs or more so it would last me two to three years rather than a year or so.
Overall Review: If you are looking for excellent visual quality at stock settings, then this is the card for you. Forget the overclocking, you are not going to get a major benefit beyond a frame or two by doing so.