Date Joined: 12/28/06
Overall Review: works flawlessly, dual channel 3600mhz, 18-22-22-42, 1.35v. I set it in bios manually instead of XMP profile. I'm sure the XMP settings work too. stable. probably overclockable but this is plenty fast for my mild gaming.
Pros: Doesn't wake from sleep windows 10
Cons: Doesn't wake from sleep windows 10
Overall Review: Doesn't wake from sleep windows 10
Pros: -Got in on sale for $199
-60% utilization on full BF4 server
-Only Crysis franchise brings this beast anywhere near 100% utilization
-45c highest temp seen with Noctua NH-C14 and a 6 140mm case fan Fractal R4 (5 intake and 1 exhaust on the door by the GPU)
Cons: -is not the computer core of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (but it is close)
Pros: easy bios / uefi
VRM heatsink (1/2)
easily installed windows to an NVMe drive intel 660p from a bootable USB.
Worked the first time.
Cons: VRM heatsink is only on half
Overall Review: Edit 10/2018
Found that my DDR4 3000 Corsair DIMMS have to run at 2133 speed. Disappointing -2 eggs
Pros: I haven't experienced the coil whine that some of these units are supposedly afflicted with.
Enjoying the secure feeling of top notch build quality.
Cons: Edit 10/2018 unit is finally dead after 5 years.
Overall Review: 4670K
Gskill Ripjaws 1866 C8
Asus GTX 670
Will update if coilwhine suddenly starts
No dead pixels
Cons: Terrible stand, but not enough of a detractor to remove an egg. I'm not buying this for the stand, I'm buying it for the glorious 144hz and Korean street cred
Overall Review: Not sure why I didn't pickup a monitor from a retailer in the states. Just wanted 144hz, and other brands would be fine too. Pleasantly surprised at not having a single stuck or dead pixel. I also didn't realize when I purchased this that it was LED.
Pros: -C2 chipset
-SLI / Crossfire
-My Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB were compatible
-PS/2 which I like for my Cherry MX blacks keyboard
-First Asrock build and it went well
Cons: Reason for 4 eggs:
After building and rebuilding my own rigs since 2007 I can tell you the only injury I ever received was from a Zalman CPU cooler. Until This little beauty here arrived. I go open the box and find the board in an anti static bag as it should be, then I notice that inside this is a donut of foam attached with zipties through the standoff holes of the board. cool, I can understand overengineering things.. but packaging? I grab my box knife, go to cut the first ziptie, applied a little too much pressue.. lets just say my poor little left thumb is never going to forget this board or this build.
Asrock, why in the world would you attach the foam with zipties? where is it going to go, flying off out of static bag then out of the box magically Harry Potter style? I could understand if the foam donut was a different shape than the board.. but it fits like a glove. Obviously this is not an issue with the board itself, but come on, if you shed a fair amount of blood for a particular component you can't give it 5 eggs.
Asus, Gigabyte, ECS, they don't package like this last time I built rigs around their boards..
Overall Review: -Asinine ziptie secured packaging trolling me
Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB
Seasonic Platinum 660w
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU Mini
Pros: -Averages 1100Mhz depending on temperature and load
-Plays Crysis 3 on high, FXAA enabled 1080p ~50hz ~72c
-Plays Crysis on very high 1080p 60hz ~65c
-Plays BF4 on high 1080p 60hz ~60c
-Plays BF4 on Ultra with MSAA off 1080p 50hz ~70c
-Plays BF4 on full Ultra 1080p ~40hz ~72c
-Produces an unobtrusive amount of noise in my Fractal R4 with 6 case fans on low
-Got it on sale for $249, which is significantly less than launch price for both this version and the reference design
Cons: -Is not Ron Burgandy
Overall Review: I am impressed. Think about it like this, I got 7/8 of a GTX680 for under 1/2 the price... let that sink in for a moment. Couldn't be happier with it.
Radeon 4870 > Radeon 4890 > Radeon 5770 > GTX 550Ti > GTX 670 Mini
i5 4670K @ stock
Gskill 1866 8-9-9-24 8GB
Asrock z87m Extreme3
Seasonic Platinum 660w
Asus GTX 670 Direct CU Mini
Pros: Upgrading from a Phenom II x3 720 BE @3.5Ghz 1.45v
on the exact same platform, changing only to this processor, my minimum frame rates in SC2 went from 10 to 40.
Max frames on either setup was vsync capped at 60.
Gameplay on others games seems more fluid than on the phenom, never have to wait for the cpu to catchup (Crysis 1&2, fallout NV, MW3, for a few examples)
Cons: The only con in this arena is peoples' misconceptions and sheepishly following tom's and Anandtech without doing any testing of their own.
Overall Review: system specs:
Win 8 pro x86_64
Plextor M3 pro 128GB (C:)
WD black 640GB (D:)
16GB Gskill @1333
Lian Li firstknight
3 Noctua Fans
Coolermaster Gemini II
Interestingly, this cpu is sold as a quad, yet it is more like an i3 with hyperthreading. so really its a dual core. goes to show you that AMD is doing great things when their new dualcore (stock frequency) FAR outperforms their previous generation's triple core (overclocked)
Very pleased with this purchase. XD
Pros: Have three sets of this is Ram in 3 machines. no DOA Dimms. all recognized on first boot as 1333 9-9-9-24 doesn't waste raw materials on heat spreaders. cheap!
Cons: its not DDR5????
Overall Review: unless the only game you play is the original Crysis, or you are doing media intensive work, you'll never go above 4GB usage, even in the system resource hog known as windows. using linux I never go above 3GB.
Pros: Experienced system builder, I can tell you that as long as you install correctly you will not be disappointed. My old Phenom II 720Be idles AT ambient temp, which in my house is 25c. at load it only goes up to 35c!! and this is before the arctic silver five has even cured yet! very impressed.
Cons: Fall semester is about to start and the number of freshman at my school is Too d*** high!!
Overall Review: most of them will dropout anyways, so its all good.
price price price
Cons: doesnt have as good airflow as people make it sound. i mean, its not horrible, but the 23cm fans dont really move much air. the 12cm fans move alot more air than they do.
kind of disappointing.
i have never used tooless drive bays before. i dont think i ever will again. total garbage.
Overall Review: the 'smart' cable management for the HDD bays is not all that smart. the cables are routed nicely, however this case could have benefitted ALOT from an additional amount of width. maybe a half inch or so. i say this because the cables for the HDDs get smashed up against the side panel. i have three HDDs in this case and thats enough cables to make the side panel bow out noticably.
Pros: ....um its a 4870 1gb! and it slaps all my games around like crazy. clocked at 820/1050 for games and underclocked for desktop usage.
which reminds me, the profiles in CCC are a really nice bonus feature. plays all games at rock solid 60fps or above (UT3, all orange box, spore, far cry2)
Cons: one day i will be too old to move my fingers and play video games. hopefully ill be a cyborg by then
cant rate above 5eggs... =(
Overall Review: phenom II 720 @ 3.21
4GB mushkin 1600
WD raptor (OS)
WD black 640 (games)
WD black 640 (storage)
acer 22 inch
asus m4a79t deluxe
vigor monsoon III lt
all 5.9's for vista x64
Pros: huge, copper heat pipes, keeps my phenom icy cold (well not quite but cold enough for an air cooler)
i was really taken back my its sheer size, had to take the side fan off my thermaltake case.
Overall Review: when i first pulled it out of the box, i thought it was all black plastic on the outside, its not. its mostly black metal that looks awesome.
newegg shipping is the sh**!
there is some slight noise on the line, but i just turned the volume knob down, and the source volume up, and it sounds excellent now.
Overall Review: sounds awesome for two speakers and a sub, i mean, it sounds better than i thought it would. no distortion at high volume. i actually tried to blow these puppies. they wouldnt have that though.
Pros: i have a gaming rig im building
phenom 2 am3 720
i am considering either the 4870x2 CF or two gtx 285's in sli.
for a long time i thought that i wanted to go with ATI, but sli scales really well
and i am leaning towards the sli setup. i also understand that there are sli mobos out there. HOWEVER none with amd+ddr3 support.
Overall Review: .