Joined on 03/14/04
Pros: Rock-solid stable in my new build so far. Unlocked the two extra cores on my Phenom II 960T without a hitch plus running a mild overclock of 3.4ghz. Uses old style Award BIOS modded to allow booting from 3tb drives which I prefer over UEFI since I'm so used to the menus. Understated good looks with blue and black color scheme. High quality caps & PCB ... chipset heatsink secured with metal screws not cheap plastic pins.
Cons: No power/reset BIOS switch on the board and uses old fashioned jumper to clear cmos. (they don't even provide a jumper ... fortunately I have many) No power-on indicater light on board. Some odd configuration choices in the BIOS. Marvell SATA ports are in an awkward position when long GPU is installed and can be annoying to plug/unplug. Only 4 fan-headers on board.
Overall Review: Overall I'm very happy with this motherboard despite its imperfections but because of them I had to dock one egg. The last Gigabyte board I used was a Via KT-400 socket 462 so its been awhile but after the ease of this installation experience I'll be using more of them in the future.
Great card ... until it died
Pros: Ran most games at maximum quality settings despite being seriously bottle-necked by my Athlon X2 6400+ based system at consistantly higher FPS the the GTX-285 it replaced. Skyrim was completely playable on high settings @ 1920x1200 but a virtual slide-show with the 285 unless I lowered quality settings and/or resolution. Ran cool and quiet in my full-tower Coolermaster CM Stacker case in fact even after hours of gaming it was far less noisy then the GTX-285 it replaced or my backup 8800GTX.
Cons: Cooling fan was very quiet however from day-one I noticed a strange rattle at idle/2D speeds which seemed to be getting slowly worse but oddly didn't effect temp's. I had been considering RMA'ing the card just for this issue alone but then while playing Mass Effect 2 the card suddenly started artifacting and the display went black. All I could do was a hard reset and upon restart my PC refused to even POST with the card installed ... not good! Tried the card in my backup PC with the same result, then re-installed the 285 and everything was normal.
Overall Review: This is my 4th EVGA GPU (7900GT, 8800GTX, GTX-285) and the first one I've had a problem with, in fact I have no doubts that EVGA warranty/support would have taken good care of me but as far as I'm concerned a defective product should go back to the retailer after this short a time. 3 Eggs because the card was great when it worked and would have rated 5 if it hadn't kicked the bucket. Will update Will update when replacement card arrives & I have some time to test it out.
Top quality and works as advertised
Pros: Works effortlessly at CL14 XMP speeds and default vdimm Very attractive and well made all metal heat-spreader plus bright colorful ARGB lights. (fully compatible with iCUE software) Corsair warranty and support for complete confidence in case of any problems.
Cons: A bit on the "pricy" side but you do get what you pay for!
Overall Review: Plugged these in, powered up and enabled XMP in the BIOS. Done! Rock-solid stable, extremely fast AND nice looking too! Replaced a set of Corsair CL16 DDR4-3000 and my system is obviously snappier. Nice work Corsair! :)
Great RAM AND Works perfectly with Ryzen 3
Pros: Rock-solid stable Corsair warranty & support Low-profile heat-spreader Decent overclocker
Cons: No RGB? (of course for some this is a plus!)
Overall Review: I have had this ram running both at XMP rated 3000 and overclocked to 3200 at the identical timings in first a Gigabyte/Aorus B450 and now an ASUS B550 with total rock solid stability. I had originally intended to purchase DDR4-3600 of the same type but ordered 3000 by mistake. I didn't feel like waiting for an RMA so I kept it. Not sorry at all. 5 eggs for both the quality of the product and the security of Corsair backup.
Decent game ... BUT ... Requires YET ANOTHER bloatware install...
Pros: Fun game with a large open world and decent graphics. Also a great deal on-sale.
Cons: Does not use Steam for activation unlike nearly every other Bethesda game in recent memory. Instead it requires you to install the buggy and lame Bethesda private gaming network software.
Overall Review: Had I realized this game required the installation of yet another bloated and otherwise worthless network client I never would never have purchased it despite the good price on sale. Note however this is NOT on Newegg... just another money-grab by Bethesda. 3 Stars for the Egg ... 0 for Bethesda.
Typical unreliable marketplace seller
One star rating is for the merchant who couldn't be bothered to get back to me. Case would have rated 2.5 stars since aside from the defective kickstand since its pretty nice. I would have rated it seperately but that's not an option. Anyway stay away from these guys any problems and your on your own!