Date Joined: 02/10/04
Pros: Looks nice. Light. Quiet. USB 3!!! Great size. Who really fills up terabyte drives anyway? That's A LOT of p**n boys!
Cons: Overall size is a tad larger than most drives in this category. But, that is being just a bit picky. Wish I could get it in a different color. Could also use 7200 RPM with a bit more cache, but, nothing is perfect is it? I guess the 12ms seek time is my only real gripe.
Overall Review: Just picked it up yesterday locally for the same price to back up my PS3 mainly for an HDD upgrade there as well. Works as advertised, and really, why would you buy the 500 GB version for $20 less when you can get that extra 250 GB for only $20 more? It looks sleek, runs less than whisper quiet, and I have always been a fan of Toshiba products. Just upgraded my desktop last October and I can finally put that USB 3 to work for me. A definite purchase for now, unless it craps out anytime soon.
Pros: Have had this board for almost a couple of weeks now, and I am almost completely happy. Great feature set. Love the LED's. AM3+ for that soon to be released 8 core! TONS of fan connections. Full Featured BIOS. More ports than you should possibly need. Some nice looking hardware all around.
Cons: - Don't really care for the SATA connection location.
- WEAK documentation.
- No case badge? (Is that really a con though?)
- My PCI X-Fi card seems not to work with this board??? Some staticy sound issues after a clean install of Vista 64, so I now am using the onboard sound. What a downgrade.
Overall Review: I picked up this board from a competitor when they had this paired with a 1055T 6 core during a sale for a GREAT price. For the most part, I couldn't be much happier. Would love to get my hands on the new 990 board, but, maybe next year. This will at least start me off in the OC game. Running at base settings right now. Stable as a rock! Put this in with 8 gigs of RipJaws X DDR 3 1600 8-8-8-24 memory, and an ASUS GTX-560Ti (Fermi) 1 GIG GDDR 5 video card. WHAT an upgrade from an Athlon II 6000+ Dual Core and Crosshair MB with DDR2 800. My games are like completely new experiences.
Pick it up if you can't spring for the 990 board. I'll wait for a combo price with an 8 core next year. Great choice either way. You should have all the features you could really need. Great board so far. Will update if I have any problems later.
Pros: Nice looking product. Matches my Cooler Master Scout red & black case. Great performance per dollar. Smaller than my 9800GTX+ it replaced. Will be throwing it into an MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3+ motherboard with a new (for me anyway) 1055T 2.8 Phenom II x6 & 8GB of Rip Jaws Cas 8 DDR3 1600 memory this weekend. Sticking with Vista 64 Ultimate for now though. I'll wait for Widows 8.
Cons: Still sitting in my AM2+ Crosshair with my 3000+ AMD 3ghz dual core and 4 gigs of DDR2 800. (Not for long though!)
Overall Review: What an upgrade from a 9800GTX card! I wish I could have done it sooner. Runs EVERYTHING on high or ultra without a hiccup. Rise of Flight, Witcher 2, Shogun 2, Bad company 2... They ALL look GORGEOUS with this card. Rise of Flight was the biggest improvement. I can't believe how bad it looked now that it is running on this card. It's like a new game! Looking forward to many hours of enjoyment with this card.
I probably should have just gone ALL AMD, but I have always preferred nVidia's image quality over ATI's. I am sure their cards are wonderful too, but I have had great luck with nVidia's cards so far. It would be a shame if AMD programmed their chipsets to get better performance when paired with their cards. Is AMD Vision really worth choosing their card over an nVidia card? Hope I don't run into any snags when setting up the new gear this weekend. Gotta love the free Arkham City game as well!
If you are on the fence, JUMP!