Date Joined: 09/22/05
Pros: I saw a 10C decrease in processor temperature by using this as opposed to normal ceramic compound, and a 3C drop under load compared to Arctic silver.
Pros: Has all the ports I could ever want. Supports full x16 SLI/Crossfire. Lots of fan headers and very good build quality and layout. Nicely laid out graphical UEFI menu allows for meticulous control of overclocking features. If you mess up voltage and it won't boot, EFI will temporarily reset after repeated failure to allow you to fix it. Overall a good solid board.
Cons: Could use one more SATA port. This Realtek audio chipset does not support connector reassignment, my last board did and it was really useful for having headphones plugged in back along with speakers.
Overall Review: For it's price it's a VERY good and solid board. For $20-$30 extra you can do better though.
Pros: Six cores, 3.5GHz stock. Pretty solid little chip. Overclocks real well with sllight voltage increases, even with stock cooler it gets to 4GHz with turbocore disabled without going about 60C. Beats the roommates i5. Pair this with an EVO 212 cooler and it'll easily push 4.5GHz.
Cons: Really needs windows 8 to shine. Windows 7 still seems to have issues with the architecture of these chips. Single threaded performance could be better, but that's what they invented overclocking for.
Overall Review: As mentioned Windows 7 has issues with these chips. If you have doubts about them use Windows 8 or Linux and they shine. Of course in Windows 7 they are still really good, just have slight scheduling issues.
Pros: Best case I've ever owned. Lots of room, great cable management, doubly so if you have a modular PSU. Simple understated styling looks great but is not overly flashy or noticeable(big plus for me). I love the expandability, the fan placement(though tops fans use weird special screws included with case) and sheer flexibility of this case. Air flow is great, even without any added fans, room for EVO 212 cooler. HDD dock on top is more useful than I thought.
Cons: One little thing bothers me. The drive door, while extremely high quality, opens from the bottom only. That's a bit odd since most will keep this on the floor to use the drive dock. Not worth knocking an egg for though.
Overall Review: If you're considering this case you won't be disappointed.
Pros: This drive is really fast, on a SATA6 connection I'm getting averages of around 530MB/s. It's faster than my OCZ drive and seems more stable about it in testing too.
Cons: none of note
Overall Review: Highly recommended. I was going to go with the pro variant but settled on the EVO to meet a budget. I have no regrets.
Pros: This does exactly what I needed it to. I'm using it to control a Macbook Pro and Windows 8 desktop with one keyboard, mouse and monitor. I switch back and forth depending on task and it just works. No issues to speak of.
Overall Review: I did have to reboot the Macbook after hooking it through the KVM for it to see the resolution of the monitor beyond it.
Pros: It's faster than my SATA II bus. I'm limited by the bus speed. I regularly pull near 250MB/s speed and my laptop now boots up in 6 seconds from boot loader to desktop.
Cons: I have none really.
Overall Review: It's everything I could want in an SSD. Well worth the money IMO.
Pros: Works perfectly in my Dell mini 10v.
Not much to say about laptop ram otherwise, it gives me 2 gigs of ram.
Cons: None that I can yet see.