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Feiran Z.

Feiran Z.

Joined on 08/18/08

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Most Favorable Review

The Fermi We Were Waiting For

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N460D5-768I-B
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N460D5-768I-B

Pros: Nvidia definitely studied the feedback of GTX 480 and 470, this redesigned GF104 is just amazing. Cutting down Tessellation a little bit is smart. For $200 price, GTX 460 gives you DirectX 11, CUDA, PhysX and a performance of High-8300 of 3DMark Vantage GPU score. My previous HD 4890 only get High-5005. GTX 460 still has much better performance of Tessellation than ATi HD 5830. In addition, GTX 460 runs extremely cool both at idle and at full load. 31C idle and 60C after 3 min FurMark when RT=20C. Overclocking is my favorite part. Go to 763/1526/1900 so easily, 45% fan speed (really silent) kept this card below 40 at idle and below 70C at full load. Willing to run at 855/1710/2120 without increasing voltage!

Cons: The GPUs used for GTX 460 768M and 1G versions are not full-size GF104. I wish I can buy a GF104 based video card with 384 CUDA core. The mini-HDMI output is not convenient to use, because the min-HDMI to HDMI adaptor that Gigabyte gave to you will run into a clash with back left panel of your computer case. If you don't care the difference between 2-year and 3-year warranty, at the same price, EVGA's GTX 460 offers a more friendly mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

Overall Review: Intel Core i7-930@2.8GHz, OCZ 2x3G DDR3@1600MHz, ASUS P6X58D-E X58, Rosewill BRONZE series 1000W, WD 7200RPM Black 750G, Cooler Master CM690 case, Noctua 120mm CPU Cooler

Most Critical Review

Decent PSU, Terrible Rebate

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)

Pros: It works fine and it will be inexpensive if you can get your rebate back.

Cons: The $20 OCZ rebate card issued by Citi Bank was used by someone else in Union City, GA, even before I received it!

Overall Review: If you call Citi Prepaid to complain and ask them to send you a new prepaid card, they will request signature from a notary public! Although I have bought three sets of RAM and three PSU from OCZ in three years, I will not consider any OCZ rebate offer when I look for RAM/PSU/SSD/USB drive in the future. With no price advantage, similar products from CXXSXXX could win easily.

Much worse than a previous batch

Patriot LX Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF32GSDHC10
Patriot LX Series 32GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card Model PSF32GSDHC10

Pros: This batch (S632Q1207) is barely qualified for "Class 10" with a Max writing speed 11.5 MB/s. Max reading speed is 23 MB/s.

Cons: The previous one I owned (exactly the same model, PSF32GSDHC10-PC, but a different batch S632G1148) is much faster than this recently bought one with a Max writing speed 12.5 MB/s and a Max reading speed 39 MB/s!!! 23 MB/s Vs. 39 MB/s, seriously, not happy with Patriot this time!

Overall Review: Software: ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.46 USB 3.0 Card Reader: Transcend USB 3.0 Super Speed Multi-Card Reader for SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/CF Cards (TS-RDF8)

Do NOT believe the rebate from Xigmatek

XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 120mm Long Life CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 AMD compatible, w/ bracket ACK-I5361
XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 120mm Long Life CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 AMD compatible, w/ bracket ACK-I5361

Pros: A decent cooling solution for my LGA 1156 i7 on P55 MB with beautiful LED lights

Cons: When I decide to go with this particular brand, the $20 mail-in-rebate played an important role. Within 11 months after the submission of my rebate, I called their custom service twice. Every time they promised me that they will send me rebate right away, and they never did.

Overall Review: The bottom line is: Xigmatek produces good products. But with so many options of CPU coolers and case fans, I will never trust the mail-in-rebate from Xigmatek.

Rebate denied

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N460OC-768I
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N460OC-768I

Pros: The video card itself works as a GTX 460 768M.

Cons: 1. Compared to reference card, it is not easy to handle this card. The plastic cover is not strong enough, and the fan is fragile. 2. It is slightly OC. This doesn't improve the performance that much, but brings you trouble when setting SLI with a reference GTX 460 768M. You have to synchronize the freq. 3. Rebate was denied because "Item for which you are applying does not belong to offer GIG-5470". However, offer GIG-5470 clearly includes GV-N460OC-768I. Never trust gigabyte rebate (gigabyte.4myrebate.com).

Overall Review: Rebate Tracking Number: 3887900556890146

Great features, bad layout

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Incredible low price ($189), 16+2 phases, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, plenty room for CPU cooler, easy-to-use BIOS.

Cons: No onboard eSATA port. Bad layout. Can NOT use ANY PCI slot (e.g., for a sound card) when you cross-fire two double-slot video cards.

Overall Review: Not a good deal if it comes back to $2XX. Consider this MB instead: ASRock X58 Extreme 3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. The ASRock X58 Extreme 3 has a perfect layout for 2-way SLI or Cross-fire, and at the same time, one PCI slot is still available. Coolermaster 690 Asus P6X58D-E Intel i7 930 OCZ XMP DDR3 1600 WD 750G Caviar Black XFX HD 4890 CF Windows7 64bit Home Premium