Date Joined: 04/16/09
Pros: Freaking blazing fast! For the money, it cannot be beat. Paired with an ASUS M4A88T-V motherboard, OC'd to 3.2Ghz, no problem with the stock cooler. Runs amazingly fast.
Cons: Doesn't come with a free toaster.
Overall Review: I know this doesn't mean a lot to most people but, Windows 7 gave the processor a 7.5 out of 7.9 score on the Windows Experience Index. Freaking awesome.
Pros: Beautiful styling. Love the LED fans and the plexi-glass side. Easy to work with; almost everything is thumb screws. Great cooling because of all the fans. Fairly quite, even with all the fans on high.
Cons: Cost. Quality gamer cases are expensive! Also the front USB ports aren't powered so I couldn't use my portable HDD up front. One thing that really ticked me off though is that 2 of the motherboard screws did not thread into the standoffs!!! All I had to do was use a bigger screw but it was frustrating that 2 of the standoffs were messed up.
Overall Review: Overall, if you have the dough, go ahead and treat yourself. Otherwise, invest the money in some more RAM or something.
Pros: Great feature set for the price. USB 3.0, HDMI out, Gigabit LAN, decent onboard graphics. Can't beat ASUS as far as reliability goes as well. Highly recommended. The OC tools are also very user friendly. Easily OC'd my AMD 1055T 2.8 X6 AUTOMATICALLY to 3.2Ghz without a hiccup. It also looks amazing in my Antec 900 with blue LED fans.
Cons: The onboard graphics leave something to be desired for to the gamer in all of us. Light, casual gaming works fine (my wife plays the Sims 3 and it's perfect) but anything more intensive than that just works inefficiently or not at all.
Overall Review: Like I said, can't beat the value. Great feature set. I would've liked SATA III but honestly unless you have an SSD setup I think you'd bottleneck at your HDD anyway.
Pros: Great range for having internal antennas, decent speed on a wireless 'G' network. Full signal with all devices in my apartment. Haven't tested N yet for lack of hardware. Nice features such as static DHCP and QoS. Recommended to anyone who isn't addicted to dd-wrt as it is not supported as of this review.
Cons: I have had to reset it once in a while due to the DHCP server not working properly. And no dd-wrt support for those who are interested. Other than that no issues.
Overall Review: Toss the CD if you've ever setup a wireless router, or if you have half a brain for that matter.