Date Joined: 12/28/10
Pros: None so far
Cons: When I ordered this keyboard, I expected a Mini-Keyboard, not a Cell-Phone-Sized Keyboard. On top of that, there is no included software or drivers, so you can't disable tap-to-click, and you can't increase the sensitivity of the touchpad, which is like rubbing sandpaper and incredibly slow to respond.
Cons: Does not output 5.1 through SPDIF (optical).
Pros: NONE, since I can't even get past the BIOS splash screen.
Cons: The worst part about this board, is that it is NOT compatible with the GTX 7xx line of graphics cards. When I tried to start my computer for the first time, I got a B4 error. Upon research on EVGA's forums, I found that this is because the board is NOT compatible with my GTX 780 card. I have to buy an older card, start up the computer, then flash the BIOS, and then I can install my GTX 780. This is a complete outrage, and a disgrace to the PC community. If I bought this board AFTER the GTX 780 came out, there should have been a warning in the product description.
Secondly, the RAM slots are located too close to the CPU socket, causing intereference between the RAM cooling fins, and the CPU cooler. I had to remove the cooling fins from two of my RAM cards. Luckily, the CPU cooler is blowing cold air directly onto them.
Third, it doesn not have a USB 3.0 internal plug, therefore I am unable to connect my case's USB 3.0 to the motherboard.
Overall Review: I am very disappointed in EVGA, and am utterly disgusted that they did not feel the need to warm their customers that the GTX 7xx series cards are not compatible.
Pros: NVIDIA just came out with new drivers, as of June 1st. DO NOT install anything that comes with this card. I just doubled my previous benchmark with the new drivers, which actually un-installed all of ASUS' malware before the new drivers were installed. Everything runs 2-5x as fast. I went from 20FPS on Black Ops, to about 80FPS with everything on full quality at 720p.
Cons: ASUS forces their drivers and software onto you. Luckily, NVIDIA's new drivers counteract that!
Overall Review: GREAT CARD! The 3D is amazing! Video Games, Movies, Etc...
Pros: Great Response Time, Nice Lighting, Great Utilties
Cons: Utilities come without help files, RapidFire does not work correctly, and with no instructions, I cannot find out why.
Pros: Sounds Great, Works Perfect, Way More Quality Than Anyone Will Ever Need. I use a TOSLINK cable to connect it to my reciever, that then amplifies it to my speakers, and it sounds better than a PS3 with the same connection.
Cons: The utilities it comes with conflict with Windows and the motherboard's sound card. I had to disable evry output except for the one I use, and then I had to mess with things to get it to work right.
Overall Review: You might have some trouble getting it set up, but once you do, it'll be worth it.
Pros: Backlit Keyboard, Responsive, Nice Size And Texture, Good Slope
Cons: The configuration utility will not properly save my selection for lighting control. Every time I restart the computer, it turns the Tt logo back on, which is an eyesore when you are trying to play 3D games or watch a movie in the dark. Also, the "fan" for your hands is a gimmick, completely worthless.
Overall Review: I wish they would sell a model without the fan, but keep the backlight while eliminating the eyesore Tt logo.
Pros: I usually don't call something beautiful, but this thing deserves it. It has amazing clarity, the colors are better than my $800 TV. The 3D is perfect, especially if you keep it on the default 15% intensity. Also, the tilt and swivel and height features are solid and work great!
Cons: Needs a little bit more brightness for the 3D games.
Overall Review: The 3D feature will improve your game significantly. Just don't be an idiot and try to turn up the intensity. The default 15% looks great, and won't give you a headache or cause blurriness or focus issues.
Pros: If you want to get the highest value out of your processor and heatsink, you MUST use this.
Cons: Maybe a little overpriced...
Pros: This thing is amazing!!! It has a serious core, the fan on it is fast and quiet, and has an amazing RED glow!
Cons: Came with poor-quality thermal paste. Get a better compound if you want it to work to its fullest potential.
Overall Review: Make sure to install it before you place the motherboard in the case!!!
Cons: Doesn't work with overclocking software, the low fan speed is seen as a bad thing.
Pros: This thing is cool in four ways:
1. Keeps my PC cold
2. Has nice bright LED
3. Has crystal-clear plastic that looks like glass
Cons: Causes issues with overclocking software, becaue 1,000RPM is seen as a bad thing.
Pros: Its fun to throw at friends...
Cons: But why do I need this? And why is it included with the processor I bought, when I rather just get a discount of the processor's price?
Pros: Looks amazing, has plenty of fan ports, has bottom-mount for power supply, has cutouts for access to back of motherboard, has removeable cages for large graphics card. Comes with complete instructions for basic computer assembly.
Cons: You will need a screwdriver or two, or three. None of it is "easy" to remove or install.
Also, the fans it comes with are worthless, you'll need new fans, and a few extra ones.
Pros: Great instructions, easy to install, very high quality craftsmanship.
Cons: The north bridge heatsink touches the sound card if you try to install it in the top slot, had to move all compenents one slot lower, which put them closer to the power supply, which is very bad.
Pros: If you consider the price difference between the 570 and the 580, this card is 100% worth it. Runs even the newest games in full quality at 720p resolution.
Cons: It lags when using the 3D technology. Also, ASUS' utilities that are forced on you when installing the drivers for the card, are useless.
Overall Review: I should have gone with the EVGA card, but it has been out of stock for weeks.
Pros: Has a lot of power, quiet fan, plenty of connectors for all different types of components.
Cons: Not modular, I should have spent a little extra on a modular supply. Now I have lots of bulky wires coiled up at the bottom of my case.
Overall Review: I haven't checked to see if its truly SLI ready, I will update when I can.
Pros: This came with great packaging, well protected. This thing is fast enough to handle anything I trow at it, from video editing to 3D gaming. More than enough power.
Pros: Fast enough for everything I have thrown at it, from video editing to 3D gaming
Cons: None Yet
Pros: Quiet, Reliable
Cons: Too Slow For Gaming, Video Editing, or any kind of application that requires fast write/read response
Pros: Great Drive, Quiet, Fast, etc...
Cons: Has a large BLUE light for the eject button, completly ruined my color scheme. Would have been nice to know this before purchasing.
Pros: Red LED is bright, Fan is whisper quiet, Plastic is crystal clear
Cons: The low fan speed causing issues with overclocking software, the software sees only 1,000RPM as an error.