Date Joined: 07/19/01
Pros: Would've had a lot of storage at a nice price.
Cons: Wasn't recognized by either of my computers, 1 running Vista, 1 running XP. Tried multiple USB ports and 3 different cables. My old 1TB drive works fine in all of the same ports so it's not the computers.
Overall Review: Should've listened to all of the negative reviews here and elsewhere about these drives. Ah, well, at least the return policy is easy.
Pros: Quiet and great power.
Cons: Burned out in a spectacular visual display of pyrotechnics after 18 months of use.
Overall Review: This is the second one I've had burn out in a week in separate, but identical systems. The other one died while I was sleeping. I got to see this one go. Gave great 24/7/365 service while it lasted. Here's hoping it didn't fry anything else when it went. BTW, took both apart and they both burned out in the exact same place, under the smaller heatsink on the vent end of the circuit card.
Pros: Still going strong a year later. Price/Performance ratio still extremely high. Decent features for the price.
Cons: Had a northbridge cooler fan die on one of my oldest boards a couple weeks ago. Don't know if they're still shipping with the non-dual core BIOS or not.
Overall Review: Not bad considering what these boards have been through in the last 18 months. They've been run 24/7/365 @ 100% CPU load and shipped halfway around the world with only the previously reported hiccups. Nothing a modified Zalman NB HS couldn't fix.
Pros: Easy to mount with even a basic mechanical ability. Keeps 3 of my Asus K8N-DL Northbridges cool enough even in a low airflow case. Hard to beat the price.
Cons: The tall profile can put some people off in some situations.
Overall Review: Where there's a will and an imagination there is a way.
Cons: Don't care much for their selection of what connectors to put on the modular cables. I always end up with at least two unused connectors on each cable.
Overall Review: I've been using one of these for ~9 months at 24/7 100% CPU load with no hiccups. The second one has been under the same usage for ~4 months. I wonder if I'm just lucky (several life experiences say NO!) or if some of these reviewers are just unlucky or inept.
Pros: Works in motherboards that are too finicky for at least two other brands that are slightly more exensive.
Cons: I've had one stick die after 3 months.
Overall Review: 1 stick out of 18 is actually pretty decent, especially since I'm known to abuse my electronics. All of my stuff runs at 100% load 24/7/365, usually with at least a 5% overclock. It's rough on the equipment so 1 failure after 3 months when most of the rest has been running non-stop for 9 months to over a year is pretty darn good.
Pros: Sept 06 will be my one year mark with this drive. During that time it has been hooked to main systems, laptops and work computers. Hasn't failed me yet even connected 24/7, 3/4 of the time. I completely erase the drive and backup my main system once a week. So far it's survived NC, VA, NJ, NY and Korea either by car, plane, bus or taxi. Gotta love it. B)
Overall Review: I'm starting to outgrow it. Who'd of thought that even 3 years ago? Of course when you have all of your DVD's and CD's ripped to the HD you're backing up on a weekly basis it no wonder. Show me anticipating Seagate making a version based on their 750GB drives.
Pros: Ran 24/7 (100% load) from Aug until late Oct with no problems. Got shipped halfway around the world in the case with the HSF's removed. The case got trashed. The PSU got trashed. New PSU, a repaired case and the HSF's re-installed and it powered right up and into Windows with both Opty 250's in all their glory. O/C's the 250's(2400MHz) to 2650MHz easily with Clockgen and Corsair PC3200 Reg ECC. Been running as such for the past month 24/7, 100% load (F@H)with no lockups.
Cons: I'm not fond of the chipset location/cooler solution. Video cards come way too close to the fan in this in this location.
Overall Review: Bang for the buck...easy winner.
You want a pure server board... pay the extra and get the board notorious for that purpose.
You want something that'll game while you have half a dozen things running in the background and want to save a couple hundred bucks...get this.
Pros: I've got 3 of these running in 3 different machines. The oldest has been in there since spring. The most recent was installed in Sept. They've survived 24/7 usage before and after they were shipped from NC to South Korea. That's more than I can say for an Antec NEO PSU and a Globalwin YCC-61 F1 case that one of them were bundled with during the move. The computer case ended up slightly oblong and minus 5 rivets. The PSU wouldn't power on at all. BUT, straighten out the case a bit and swap in a different PSU and the dual Opteron beauty powered right up, to include the Seagate 400GB HD. Timex ain't got nothin' on this HD. Debating on getting another of these or moving up to a 500GB SATA. Based on the price per GB differential and the fact that I'm 3 for 3 with these and I'm thinking I'll end up with a couple more of these 400GB as backup/HTPC drives.
Cons: 200 and 300GB drives seem to be the sweet spot right now for GB per $.
Overall Review: Don't under-estimate how much storage you're gonna need in the next 12 months. You'll just end up buying more HD's until you max out your connection abilities and then you'll move up in capacity anyways.
Pros: This thing puts the stock solution to shame, hands down. The sound is quieter and of better quality. The cooling is better as measured by the videocard's included software. Got lucky that Newegg had it in stock at the time. This item is constantly in and out of stock on just about every major site. Why? Because it works! Well worth the premium price it commands.
Cons: Install was fairly easy for someone that's done this a dozen times. Could be very intimidating for those that have not. My bud thought I was nuts tearing apart a brand new VC just to stick another cooler on it. He shut up when he heard it and saw the OC.
Overall Review: If the manufacturer's would handle cooling like this they'd put a few people out of business.
Comments: Have fun trying to track down a manual for this MB on Foxconn's own website. It's there, just not an easy find. Don't bother trying a search using the supplied part #. Sad thing is there're a few things you'd like a written manual for during initial setup.
Never could get it to boot/reboot clean without holding down the reset button after it hung up before the BIOS screen even came up. Tried a new CPU, different RAM, different PSU, different vid card, etc. Eventually gave up and told the person receiving this as a "gift" about it's quirks.
It's still working fine as long as they know how to "jump start" it.
Didn't have time/money to investigate beyond the above, much less attempt a RMA.
For the price, there are better solutions, some of which even include a CPU which this doesn't.
I'd give it one star but it does work, well, as long as you're willing to track down work arounds for its problems.
Comments: Got the DK8X and the DK8N, both with dual 246's and Thermalright XP-90 HSF's.
Both run awesome, but the DK8X is less finicky with RAM than the DK8N. The DK8X will run any DDR 184 pin Reg ECC RAM I throw at it while the DK8N won't run GigaRAM or Transcend.
The DK8N is a bit easier to setup since Iwill included all of the required drivers this time. The driver disk Iwill included for the initial run DK8X I received didn't have the correct drivers for the Marvel LAN chip. Luckily I was able to find them online using another computer and save them to floppy. I understand that now the problem has been addressed.
Zero hiccups in the 8+ months since. I run it 24/7/365 at 100% CPU usage doing distributed computing. It handles that, playing music and gaming at the same time with zero lockups, bogs or reboots. I'm very impressed.