Date Joined: 06/04/03
Pros: The last few previous versions Twin Frozr cards had been getting louder and louder because of the fans MSI were choosing to use, but thankfully they stepped up and used larger fans with their new gaming series cards and rectifies the noise issues that weren't supposed to be present with what was supposed to be a quiet open-air cooling solution.
I have my card overclocked and running at 1176mhz core / 7000mhz vram everyday 100% stable. Temps will ramp up to the mid 70's Celsius with fans hitting 62% out of the box when fully stressed (good but not great considering the pedigree). Like I said above, noise is not an issue - fans are BARELY audible at 60% and I value quiet operation over brute-force perfomance.
Cons: I was a little disappointed by the temps I was getting compared to others who purchased this same card. Curiosity got the best of me and I pulled the heatsink off to discover enough TIM application to cover multiple (more than 2) GK110 chips. It was way, way over applied. I cleaned it up the best I could, reapplied some good TIM, and now temps are stabilizing at 69 C with the same fan profile and overclock.
Overall Review: It's a great chip, great card, and great cooler, but MSI needs to do a better job of TIM application. Also, this card is VERY large - the biggest 2 slot card I have ever held in hand. If you have a tight case, be wary.
I got the card with the masterpass 10% discount plus a $20 MIR, plus it was on sale for $499 so I think I got a an outstanding deal for this kind of performance in 2013.
Pros: Rock solid board. Post and boot into Windows 7 is lightning fast (fastest I have ever seen). The bios screen is easy to navigate and has tons of tweaking options. My favorite thing about this board, though, is the CPU socket placement. You can use 120mm tower coolers with this board (which I prefer over closed water coolers due to pump noise).
Cons: Only two fan headers (not a deal breaker, IMO) and the auxiliary power connector is very close to the CPU socket, making it hard to work around if you are using a large CPU heatsink.
Overall Review: This was my first Asrock motherboard and I am pleasantly surprised. Currently running my 4770k undervolted and with a small overclock of 4.0ghz.
Pros: Worked flawlessly with ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboards. I also prefer typical / low profile and these sticks fit the bill
Cons: Did not work with Asrock Z87E-ITX board. Very frustrating.
Overall Review: Incompatibilities happen from time to time, but it's frustrating when supposed "high end" ram sticks are stil plagued with incompatibilities between different motherboards.
Pros: Very quiet (inaudible inside mITX case) up to 50% fan speed. 60% fan speed is still acceptably low noise, but that high of a fan speed should never be needed. My particular card hits a max stable overclock of 1202mhz on the core. At 50% fan speed, card maxes out at 67 degrees in Unigine Valley benchmark and runs in the low 60's during typical games.
Cons: This is a gimped gtx 650 ti boost. The memory on this model is only running at 5.0ghz out of the box, whereas reference gtx 650 ti boost vram runs at 6.0ghz. I was able to overclock the memory to 6.2ghz, but your overclocking experience may vary.
Overall Review: A good budget card if the price is right. Overclocks decently, low power, and very low noise.
Pros: Fits tower coolers.
*Fits full length graphics cards.
*3 fan settings to choose, none of which are annoyingly audible.
*Easy to work in.
Cons: *Fan power connecter is 4 pin molex. Almost all modern components are sata power. Would have been nice to have sata power connecter for less cable use with modular PSU's
*Cable length for case USB and power connectors are too long considering the length needed to hook up on motherboard.
Overall Review: There are some definite areas that could be improved, but the case as it stands is really nice, is easy to work in, has great ventilation, and looks fantastic. Do yourself a huge, huge favor and get a modular PSU, preferably one compatible with the Silverstone short cable kit.
Pros: Small, light weight.
Fan spin up is inaudible on startup. Have not put it under heavy load yet, but reports suggest that this particular version (v2) is near completely silent.
I am not going to do the legwork to verify this, but I am 98% sure this now comes with the short cable kit. Cables were very compact and still quality.
Cons: Price, but since this is the only modular SFX gold PSU the lack of competition allows Silverstone to charge a $15-20 premium. Still worth it, IMO.
Pros: I would order one of these costumes again if I was pressed for ideas for my baby / toddler. Costume worked great and was very cheap.
Cons: For the price, if it shows up and fits then I have nothing at all to complain about.
Overall Review: Would definitely order one of these again to save money and hassle of costume shopping.
Pros: It worked out of the box without issues. Was fairly quiet. Also very slim and light for an HDD.
Cons: Not very good mb/$ compared to terabyte drives. Still, if you want the least expensive quality drive, I think this is it.
Overall Review: If you cant afford the bigger drives, get this.
Pros: absolutely none
Overall Review: I took a chance, even after reading the few reviews this product has. Well I should have heeded the reviews. This HDD was DOA on arrival. Very frustrating, especially since newegg does not allow refunds for this product.
Pros: It works as intended.
Pros: Boosted to 1189 out of the box without any tweaking! GTX 680 PCB and cooler (better than the reference GTX 670 PCB and cooler). Fans silent under 60%, but even at 60% noise is minimal. Temps hover in the mid-70's (room temp around 75 Fahrenheit) when stress testing with Unigine Heaven benchmark.
Cons: None, besides the fact that Kepler GPU's will need special edition cards to allow voltage tweaking.
Overall Review: Great card at reasonable price from a great company.
Pros: It has the potential to be a good overclocking card
Cons: Afterburner current latest version 2.2.2 does not yet have support for voltage control on Kepler cards
Overall Review: Do a little investigation to be sure about what you are posting before you post it. Just because the slider for voltage control moves left or right does NOT mean it's actually adjusting the voltage. It's NOT - yet.
Pros: Case has plenty of room, especially for it's size. Noticeably smaller than Antec 900 and Fractal Design Define Mini. Fits an oversized ATX PSU, 12" graphics card, and mammoth NH-D14 noctua cpu cooler. Minimalist look is very nice.
Cons: A 5.25" desktop hard drive will fit in the swap bay but while in place the front cover cannot be put in place. I recommend using a 2.5" HDD or SSD.
Overall Review: Using this case will require some planning ahead as you build. Make sure to follow instructions (which are well done, btw) otherwise you may end missing a step that will require backtracking. A modular power supply is a near necessity. Route, bundle, and tie off smaller cables before routing bigger ones. I value a quiet PC so I am using Noctua low noise adapters on all the fans. With LNA adapters in place, case is fairly silent, but not as silent as I'd hoped. Overall, very happy.
Pros: It's corsair, it's quiet, it works great.
Cons: The only thing modular about this PSU is the two extra PCIe power cables if/when you run SLI or crossfire.
Overall Review: I thought it was more modular than it actually was. That is why I took an egg off.
Pros: Extremely elegant, minimalist exterior look. Power button has excellent feel to it. Enough fan holes to supply ample cooling. I added 3 Noctua fans
Cons: I broke the bottom dirt filter within 1 minute of having it out on the box. I simply pulled the case along the carpet to me, and it caught and snapped. One of the rubber legs fell off. Fan covers on front are cheap and unneeded. Absolutely zero room on backside of mother board for cable management. All thumb screws must have been machine fastened because a tool driver was required for initial removal. Mod-u-vent hard drive cage would have been much more useful if both cages could be removed. Motherboard CPU cutout is not very big and did not line up with my mATX board.
Overall Review: I really, really wanted to like this case. It looks fantastic from the outside. It does a good job keeping noise levels to a bare minimum. However, there is clearly cheap shortcuts made and the cable management is very poor. I modded my old Antec 900 case by cutting out holes on the motherboard tray, and had more cable management room behind the tray when it wasn't supposed to have any cable management features than the define mini.
Pros: i7 2600k @ 4.6 ghz Intel Burn Test, 5 passes at Very High maximum temps for all cores: 66, 73, 72, 72
Ambient room temperature 68-69 degrees Farenheit
Cons: see my installation review
Overall Review: It's an effective cooler, gives system inside case a very clean look, but overall I would not purchase this again based simply on the installation problems and low quality of the backplate and retention bracket.
Pros: Running 975mhz on the core, 2300mhz on the memory (4600mhz effective), at 1.037 volts. This is essentially gtx570 speeds. Will run stable at 1050mhz with 1.1 volts on the core. Idles between 26 and 29 degrees celsius (depending on room temperature) and maxes out at 69 degrees in Unigine Heaven 2.5 and Crysis Warhead with fan speed at 50%.
Cons: Anything above 50% fan speed is noticeable with my case.
Overall Review: The card came stock at 1.075 volts. I've lowered it 1.037, upped the core speed by 25mhz, and it's 100% stable. The card is 100% stable at 1050mhz and 1.1 volts, but the fans need to ramp up to 60-65% to keep the temps in the mid-70's. The performance difference isn't that much between 975 and 1050 so I'm very happy sticking with 975 and opting for a quieter experience.
Pros: Boots into the desktop 8 seconds after the bios finishes initializing. Internet browser loads up instantly. Games like Civilization V, which have notoriously long load times during the intro movie, are down to around 2 seconds. This is my first SSD, so I have no other SSD experience to compare it to, but it's by far the most noticeable upgrade I've ever done.
Cons: The cost - currentl $50 over MSRP.
Overall Review: Make sure 120 gigs is enough. I really wanted the 240 gig drive, but I just couldn't afford to spend over $500 for it.