Date Joined: 09/20/02
Pros: Very very quiet. My oscillating fan, the hum of the AC unit outside and the whoosh of cars driving by on the freeway a mile away are quieter than this video card.
Awesome power. Can't say enough about its specs. I'm coming from an old GTX285 to this though so keep that in mind.
Did not have to modify my PSU or purchase a new one, my existing 6-pin + 8 pin being used were an exact one to one on the upgrade.
Cons: The Fan/Radiator assembly is huge. My case is a huge full tower ATX and I could not for the life of me find a suitable place to mount the fan without altering my case a little.My existing fans were 2 120mm in the rear, I had to remove both of them and bend the case a little to make this thing fit. Now my side door doesn't go on properly.
The card is long. About 25mm longer than my GTX285, I had to remove my floppy bays from my case for it to fit. Now how am I going to do a system restore of windows 2000 with my 7 3.5" disks!?!? /s
All of these cons are ridiculous and are a product of my own demise. I did not remove any stars for these cons and are only here for your own educational/entertainment purposes.
Overall Review: Would buy again. I do not understand for the life of me why people are saying this thing sounds like a mini fridge or how it's generating so much noise. I cannot relate, my previous GPU had two 40mm fans on it and they sounded like a vacuum cleaner duct taped to a cat. I cannot hear the water bubbling in the hoses or pump.
The Fan/Radiator thing is a serious problem though and does not appear to me to be standard sizing for many cases but with a little tweaking shouldn't be a show stopper for most.
Pros: Very good Thermal Dissipation.
Variable Speed fan switch with slot bracket
Very simple and easy installation, sort of idiot proof.
Very customizable for different CPU configs.
Highly compatible with the EVGA X58 LE Motherboard and an Intel I7 920.
Very quiet fan, even on high.
Cons: THIS THING IS FREAKING HUGE!!!!!! Ok, so it is the size of a Gamecube, I had to use bailing wire to secure it in my case so it wouldnt snap off of my motherboard.
This step is highly encouraged, especially if you move your chassis around a lot, like LAN party and such.
Overall Review: You can't go wrong with this guy, pick it up, it'll cool whatever you throw at it.
I have a 920 1366 and I am at 3.8GHz with this thing and average around 58c
Pros: Fairly Inexpensive for what it does do.
Very aesthetically pleasing. Black on Black
Good quality in the craftsmanship (not to be confused with the design).
Wonderfully programmed BIOS.
Easy of installation.
Very cool on-board Power Button,Reset Button and CMOS clear button, nice for bench testing.
Cons: LE does indeed stand for Lame Edition......
No IDE at all
No Floppy at all (I know most new rigs don't, but i'm old school)
Only one PCI slot that gets covered by SLI, only one PCIe1x slot gets covered immediately?? i really didn't understand this one, as long as you have a video card in.
No x16,x16 sli, only x16,x8,x4 so much for PhysX.
Poor overall design
Very poor quality and functionality for NB and SB heatsinks, no fans on them, I will definitley be replacing those soon.
Upon installation of my processor heatsink, there was a very serious and very noticeable bow to the board, i heard it stressing, after 15 years of computer experience, this was a first, a bit scary but did not immediately impact the perfomance.
Overall Review: Don't misinterpret me as being a hater, I like this board, i will use it until I can afford something better or the prices go down, I just want people to be informed.
If you are building your system on a budget, you can't go too wrong here, just heed all of the cons and you'll be fine.
One last thing, the BIOS has the neatest thing in the world, you can build custom profiles, save them and load them if you screw up with your timings. I loved that.
EVGA filled a marketable notch here with this board, congrats to them.
Pros: It didn't eat my head....
Aero is very pretty
Free 7 upgrade
Cons: Where do I begin, I have always been a Microsoft fan, but they really dropped the ball on vista. I have a top of the line system here, I7 950, 12GB 1600 Memory, NVIDIA 285 2GB Vid card, and it performs like windows 2k? seriously, i spent 30 minutes turning off all of the garbage that boots with vista. I hope 7 is better.....we can only wait and see.
Overall Review: You need a hardware hog to run this thing properly.....keep that in mind, other than that, enjoy your experience....
Pros: This thing is amazing! I can overclock the heck out of it, and it keeps going. I am at 3.8GHz right now on a coolermaster V8. I did get the D0 stepping, it is a crapshoot, but as soon as you get your package check to see if the Spec code says (SLBEJ), i talked to someone in tech support and they said that most of the old steps are gone by now, so your odds are good. This thing handles very nice on 64-Bit Vista with 3X2GB of Corsair Dominator.
Cons: Sad & Pathetic Fan/Heatsink . But to those who had to be told that, shame on you. Do yourself and This Proc a favor and invest at least $50 on a better one, I recommend the coolermaster V8, it is a beast!
Overall Review: If you can't afford the 950 like me, and the extreme is right out of the question, but you want the latest and greatest, get this proc. You can't go wrong. If you have to use the stock fan use it as long as it takes to get online and order a new one, lol.
Pros: This is one nice piece of equipment. In comparison (see other thoughts) this card uses approximately 210% more power than my previous and is very quiet, but in contrast does expel an exorbitant amount of heat into my case. I could probably afford to turn up the on-board fan but all that seems it would do would be to heat up my case faster. It takes anything I give it, I am only into hardcore flight simming, and anyone who knows, those are hardware hogs. I have FSX:Accel and X-Plane both maxed out. It seems to be pretty future proof, fast memory, lots of it, overclock-able.......not too shabby
Cons: The heat issue, In the future I will most likely replace the on-board fan/hs with a water cooled block, but for now, it seems to do the trick. It is very large and heavy, but was not an issue for me, they don't make my case anymore but you could host a monster truck rally inside of it, lol. Very power hungry
Overall Review: To any and all who buy this: As soon as you recieve your card, go to EVGA.com and register your product, you will recieve an additional top of the line video game for free in addition to one other game and a full version of 3dMark Vantage performance software, all in all, about $80 worth of stuff. Very cool.
My previous card was a XFX GForce6800XT overclocked on air, Currently, this card with an EVGA X58LE M/B, I7 920, ENERMAX 1250WATT P/S, CORSAIR 1600MHZ 3X2GB.
Pros: We took the camera to Universal Studios in Hollywood and there are a lot of water based rides there, while our camera was in the case it stayed completely dry! It even had enough space for my cell phone and plenty of padding to boot!
Cons: The included neckstrap hurts my neck, it cuts a little, I would recommend replacing the strap with a padded wider variant.
Overall Review: For the price you cant beat this for a point and shoot, it also works for any electronic device like ipod, mp3, cell phone, whatever......you cant go wrong, the inside lining is orange which i thought was a little wierd??
Pros: *Customizable lever knobs, including a 4 engine jet connector for dual quadrant setup, i liked that.
*Lots of different mounting options for different desk setups.
*Feels pretty rugged & durable, will provide many hours of fun.
*Not too expensive considering that i was planning on home brewing one and came up to around $100 in parts and 2-3 hours of labor.
*If you are really into rotorcraft you can flip it around and mount it to your mouse tray or tv tray and use the throttle lever as a collective lever, it works really well, you can even use the propeller as the collective and then assign the throttle as the literal throttle for a piston engine heli!!!!!
*Looks amazing sitting here on my desk, im glad they used the color scheme they did, black with red and white decals, "almost looks like a real throttle quadrant, would have been better if they angled them like in a beechcraft baron58, oh well.......
Cons: *Was sort of a pain to setup in FSX w/ Accel.
*Suffered from phantom key presses and random key assignments, there is a fix if you visit the saitek forums, but we shouldn't have to do that, DO NOT INSTALL THE SAITEK SOFTWARE!!!!!, Windows can recognize and use it just fine and FSX will work with it out of the box.
*I was able to purchase this at a local big box retailer for less than newegg had it for!? Come on newegg, what's the deal?
*It comes with a very short USB cord, i needed a few more feet so i had to go buy a 6' USB ext. cord.
Overall Review: If you are an avid FS gamer, you can't go without this. I fly mostly heli's and my order of purchase was 1.)High quality joystick, 2.) Saitek Pro Flight Rudder pedals, 3.) This item, 4.) Saitek Pro Flight switch panel. (very fun btw).
Good buy, would def. buy again
Highly recommend to others
Pros: Dear lord, where do I begin? the 45nm chip? the overclockability? the 6MB of L2 Cache? the 1333 FSB? THE PRICE!!??? This processor is hands down the best chip out there right now, for the money. If I had a grand burning a hole in my pocket then sure, i would get the extreme, but come on?
Cons: Availability due to supply and demand. I know this is a lame con, but it's the only one I can think of. I don't think Intel wants to flood the market with these things. Keep in mind, however, that the Intel Xeon E3110 Wolfdale 3.0GHz is the exact same processor so if this one is out, you can use the Xeon, it is a little more expensive though.
Overall Review: EVGA 790i Ultra, CORSAIR XMS3 (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333, EVGA GeForce 9800GX2 1GB. Running Proc. at stock speeds on a custom built air conditioned water cooled system. At Idle on die I got 12 degrees Cent. and after running MS Flight Sim X on full settings for three hours I got 28 degrees C. I'm not into OC'ing but I am into getting the most out of my equipment and with this chip, you will do just that, keep it cool and don't ask it to do the impossible and you will be very happy.
Pros: Very quick, runs pretty cool, flexible for overclocking (not my thing though)
Cons: the stock heatsink fan SUCKS! Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a nice aftermarket heatsink/fan setup you wont regret it in the end. Im having to do it after the fact now.
Overall Review: Buy this processor, not bad for under $200
Pros: Good price for all of the features and options, 4 DDR2 slots, Still supports Parallel and Serial (a big plus in my book), 4 SATAII ports.
Cons: Northbridge Heatsink gets extremely hot, please order a 40mm fan at time of order to install on it, front audio pinouts southbridge heatsink northbridge heatsink and ATA connectors all have horrible placements on board, in order to use the front audio pinouts you must install and use the realtek audio manager, they are enabled using software switches.
Overall Review: Overall this is an excellent board, the only problems it gave me was the front audio thing, neither the manual nor gigabyte's website provided support for this, i had to research this myself, Intel Core2 Duo E6750 1333MHz, Kingston ValueRAM 1GBX2 Dual Channel 800MHz, MSI GeForce 8500gt 512MB
Pros: If you are not ready for the Vista migration then this OS is perfect for you. I have almost always liked XP, and was not impressed by vista, so this was my next alternative and I can honestly that I couldn't have been more pleased with my decision.
Cons: The stupid installation of this thing. i followed all previous posters' guidelines but still boshed it the first two times, third times a charm. Here's what I did the third time. I have 2 DVD optical drives in my system, so I put Disk 1 in one and Disk 2 in the other so that when it asked for something it was already there.
Overall Review: Another word to the wise....HAVE ALL OF YOUR IDE, ATA, SATA, RAID and Motherboard drivers present and extracted on a CD or floppy, it WILL ask for them during the install. Other than that it went clean and I love the MCE console, very nice.
Pros: 1.) It is actually way better than the broken drive that I am replacing, 2.) It installed without a single hitch, no drivers required on XP pro, 3.) It looks pretty??
Cons: I was unable to swap out the old bezel so unfortunately there is now a depression on the side of the laptop, not a big deal though.
Overall Review: I picked this puppy up to replace a factory DVD burner that was damaged on a HP pavilion DV5000 series laptop. All pre-existing burning software worked flawlessly after the swap as well, so my customer was very excited.
Pros: Very very big, lot's of working space! Excellent color presentation. Tons of precision settings in the on screen menu. Absolutely no ghosting, blurring or bleeding of contrasts between black and white.
Cons: That annoying blue light on the power button. Has a hard time doing all black, and on an all black screen there is a slight halo effect on the very top and bottom, but not a big deal since I rarely have an all black screen. No vertical tilt so i had to prop a book under the back side :).
Overall Review: I did in fact receive the "C" model. And I love it. BUY THIS MONITOR, unless you are beyond spoiled and picky as hell, you will be very happy. Please not that this monitor can and will not do 1080i or 1080p when using the DVI as it's maximum V-sync is 1050.
Pros: It does it's job, plain and simple. It keeps my hard drives very cool even under extreme environments. Aesthetically they are very appealing as well, they have a sleek design and a slight blue glow. The are high quality design as well.
Cons: The little silver logo that says MACS, which stands for Monsoon Active Cooling System flaked off as I was installing them. The blue LED is not attached internally so it tends to float around causing inconsistent blue glows between several.
Overall Review: Bottom line, buy these coolers. They won't let you down. One other thought is that these were designed for full height devices, my HDD are Seagate half height so they don't make full contact to the cooler but they still do the trick anyway.
Cons: Poor gameplay, 2 dimensional world, point and click movement like mist which came out 10 years ago!, sorry excuse for a plot, interaction in world is very very lame and the audio bytes for the game sound like they were recorded by a 10 year old.
Overall Review: Had I known any of this I would not have purchased this title.
Pros: Thesedrives really fly along, i have 3 of them in a RAID 0 array and 2 more in another comp also in a RAID 0. Load times for WoW, FSX, and Doom3 are incredibly fast!
Cons: I wasn't kidding when i said they cooked. Average HDD surface temp is above 40C, it'll burn you to the touch after 5 seconds, i have active cooling on both and still....
Overall Review: Buy these drives, hands down, they are half the price of the eastern analog rappers and can match them in any benchtest!
Pros: Achieved stable 2-2-2-5 timings @ 2.85 volts at 440Mhz on a SOYO KT880 chipset, runs very cool, very attractive heat spreaders although i have a sealed system so no bling-bling to show off. Lifetime warranty and OCz fully endorses responsible overclocking!
Cons: They don't do the dishes for me!??! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I have no complaints here.
Overall Review: Look, I am the most cynical, pessimistic and critical computer hardware shopper out there. I am also an avid gamer and i want only the best hardware in my system. I have been a hardcore ki****on fan for
years now and have now recently decided to venture into new territory, looks like i hit a jackpot, ocz makes rock hard, reliable gear, hands down. And Newegg just plain kicks tail! Go Newegg!