Joined on 05/01/08
Nice card and Accessories
Pros: Very comparable to my other 8800GT EVGA. Everything looked and felt very durable and it is the only card that I've seen that came with an adapter to go DVI to HDMI. Makes it much better than going with a thick DVI cable to the TV then an adapter for going to HDMI.
Cons: nVidia's cards are just way too long lately. I thought the 9xxx models were supposed to be smaller dies or something? Last time I saw cards this long was in the modular Zenith PCs years ago and the last 3DFX card made before nVidia ate them and wasted a great technology...looks like the only idea they kept was long cards.
Overall Review: Metal plate didn't seem to reach all the way to the screw hold and put a bit of stress on the card and getting the screw in.
Pros: Got this free with a video card, so couldn't complain much. Nice sleak remote, receiver, and IRblaster. Packaged fairly well, only a small tear in the cardboard where it looks like the packing machines at Pinnacle put the receiver in offset a little and it tore.
Cons: I know Vista is all over the place, but the whole "MCE Remote" doesn't really bring Vista to mind. When I see that I think XP's Media Center. I may be missing something, but Vista never really advertises MCE or brings it to mind. So, saying "MCE Remote" makes me think and assume it will work out of the box with XP MCE. "Certified for Vista" to me is just the buzz phrase everyone is using to sell their stuff to people buying new PCs and assure them it will work with their PC, NOT that it is required.
Overall Review: The Con aside, although we aren't allowed to post the how's, this will work with XP and XP MCE and in fact works very well once the proper files are found. This thing comes with no disc whatsoever, so you have to do some searching.
Pros: Like many, I was an AMD fan for years, but with them falling behind in cache and such all my Desktops are now Intel. I got the E8400 Dual to try out the 45nm...been looking for 45nm Quad without luck and read the multipliers and everything are better on this anyway, so got it. Very impressed so far. I actually moved the E8400 in mine to my wife's and kept this badboy to myself. Even plain ole XP Pro seems to make use of all cores.
Cons: I don't care too much for the plastic peg fan mounts, but they do make installs easier. The heatsink on this was bigger and had a copper contact where the CPU hits when compared to my E8400 which was nice.
Overall Review: Would have been nice if there were better 45nm Quads, but for the price, you will like this.
Pros: I just love OCZ RAM, and as usual I wasn't disappointed here. Nice firmly mounted heat sinks/pipe. Very easy to install, and so far they appear pretty quick.
Cons: Packaging didn't seem all that great. Nothing really isolating them or protecting from static. I didn't really attempt to pull hard of push on the pipe, but hopefully no one thinks they are handles.
Overall Review: There is a clear plastic cover over the OCZ logo...I imagine it doesn't take much heat, so I removed mine to be safe. They may want to make that a little more obvious somehow.
Pretty Good So Far
Pros: Fairly easy to install. Memory slots were a little more durable and easy to use than my P5N-D. Love that it had 2 PATA slots allowing me to use my old system parts. Good spacing on video card and good placement of power connections. The little clip covering some of the holes on the one by the CPU is a little odd though.
Cons: Dual PATA were nice, but the placement of them wasn't. I had to move all my PATA Drives and it still stretched a bit. Rear fan plug and some of the positioning of the stuff in the row with Floppy/USB/Firewire was just wrong and made it cluttered. I used all slots but the 2 x8 PCIe that all documentation keeps saying are part of the 3 x16 PCIe??? Made it too cluttered down there, so I didn't even put in the USB/Firewire bracket and only used the front USB. Plenty of USB/Firewire already with what is in the back and my Audigy 2ZS Firewire.
Overall Review: All 750 boards need Dual PATA. And, probably more my case's fault since it seemed to gear more towards the Micro Motherboards, but I wish motherboards, especially the full size ones, came with mount parts like: 2-3 of the brass posts, 2 of each size of the clip mount posts, maybe a couple plastic peg risers, etc. When turning off the bios logo the bios is a little plain text and goes by quick. Maybe they took too much room up with the neat animated title bar in the bios settings?