Joined on 09/22/05
best P67 board
Pros: -The motherboard is a beast. -The NF200 gives this board the option for 3-way SLI. -The EFI has tons of adjustable settings to tweak. -No legacy ports -4 x 6Gb SATA ports -4 x USB headers for a total of 8 USB ports that can be added to the computer -Included software is nice -The motherboard itself is black -The board itself is laid out very well. Happy to see the power and restart button on the top right of the board instead of at the bottom where it might get blocked by a video card. -No problems at all on first boot.
Cons: I am nitpicking an awesome board. I wish there was a fan header a long the bottom of the board. The startup does take a while if you have everything enabled. If you aren't using the JMicron eSATA ports in the back, disabling them will save about five seconds to the startup. The same goes for the Marvell SATA 6Gb ports if you aren't using them. I wish the first PCI slot was a PCI-e 2.0 x1 so a sound card could go there.
Overall Review: the BIOS updates are getting better as time goes on. Install the bluetooth module before installing the motherboard to the case unless you want to do some damage to the I/O shield like I did.
It is as good as it gets (for now)
Pros: - beautiful screen - physical home button to get phone out of sleep - it is light and made of plastic but the phone feels SOLID - the phone is quick with no stalling like most Android phones - GPS actually works unlike the original Galaxy S - As much as I hate Touchwiz, 4.0 is actually pleasant to use - the camera is incredibly good - No carrier bloatware
Cons: - battery life is okay. It last me through the day but I wish it could be a little better but this is only after the first week. The phone does have power saving mode built in with Touchwiz but I have not used it yet. - if you have small hands the screen might be a bit hard to reach the top of the screen - the power button and volume rocker feels a bit low on the sides but that is a petty complaint - no NFC
Overall Review: I've been on AT&T for a while and finding out that this phone supported 3G out of the box was great. I have the original Galaxy S (Captivate) and that phone was a mess. The mess was due to the CARRIER and Samsung. Lack of updates and an odd file system made my first Android experience pretty terrible. Being the geek I am I began to tinker with it and learned how to root, ClockworkMod recovery, convert the file system to EXT4, and ROM. This phone, dare I say it, is the iPhone of Android. Out of the box it is a solid Android experience. No slowdowns, latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.4, and tethering without the carrier verification. This phone is the next best thing to the pure Android experience. I also have the Atrix 4G and the white Nexus S with AT&T 3G bands. The Atrix was pretty horrible until the 2.3.4 update and the Nexus lacks the horsepower that the Galaxy S II has but Android is finally getting good as iOS.
Looks good but. . . .
Pros: Looks good in my Thermaltake Level 10 GT Good job of cooling my Intel i7 2600K White fans are not sore on the eyes Fan controllers for each fan It is BIG
Cons: Fan controllers have to be attached The base could be lapped better Fan at 2500RPM is loud It is BIG
Overall Review: The difference between the low and high fan speeds is about 4C and benchmarking my i7 2600K @ 4.6GHz 1.32V it runs 75C at the low setting and 71C at high. I wish it would cool a bit better but it is good for the price.