Joined on 04/29/03
Good Motherboard - a few flaws
Pros: Lots of features Supports 2133 RAM out of the box Typical Gigabyte quality (meaning great) I haven't upgraded in a while, and replaced my old workhorse, an overclocked to 2.93 Xeon X3120. WOO HOO! With 2133 RAM, I've maxed out memory in Windows 7, nearly maxed out CPU without a bit of OC'ing, and my graphics performance with just one card improved. This thing is smoking fast. When I get something other than stock cooling and SLI straightened out, not to mention an SSD for the hybrid caching it can do, this thing is going to ROCK. Well, honestly, it already rocks. It's just got room to rock even harder.
Cons: I ALMOST gave this MB a 3 Egg for one reason alone, so I decided that it was unfair - let's just say it's a 3.5 egg - FOR THE SATA Connectors! If you are some how able to plug in a drive in this this motherboard, let alone four of them without having to detach it from the case so you can get to the block of connectors at the very edge of the board facing away from it, you have more dexterity than I do, and my fingers are tiny. I have an CM RC690 tower - not a small case by any means! You have to see it to believe it. I thought people were just finding things to gripe about. NO. Whoever dreamed up stacking them on their side facing the drive cage so you can't even see them and barely get to them... ugh. Bad choice. Horrible, horrible placement of SATA connectors, and the fan connectors aren't exactly in convenient places, either. Still, once the case is closed, this MB is a winner. I absolutely dread ever having to hook up another drive to this thing, though.
Overall Review: SLI isn't working for me, either, but it's starting to look like that's an NVidia/Z68 chipset issue, not a Gigabyte one. Considering that the latest drivers from NVidia somehow blew away the USB 3.0 drivers and I had to install them again, I'm thinking it's not Gigabyte. To be on the safe side, I got a bigger power supply, but this one is going to come down to NVidia drivers, I'm sure, since there is an ocean of posts on the Nvidia site. Not exactly unexpected with a new MB chipset and NVidia/SLI/new drivers.
Much better than plain buds, but no replacement for canalphones
Pros: Better than Stock earbuds alone Fit on some other buds Fair isolation Not a lot of money
Cons: Very very difficult to get a seal because the width of the earbud Not the most comfortable in the world For not much more, you can get a decent pair of canalphones that will sound a heck of a lot better
Overall Review: Decent way to improve stock buds and cheaper than getting an amp (also less hassle than an amp). Of course if you are willing to buy an amp, then you wouldn't even consider using stock earbuds. This is a really good idea in my opinion, but Griffin didn't implement it as well as they could have. I think that if the stem that holds the silicon plug was a bit longer so that they fit deeper in the ears these would sound much better. Great idea, poor execution. For people that have trouble with standard canalphones, these are probably really good, because you can still get decent bass out of these without a seal (which it is doubtful that one could get a seal with these, but everyone's ears are different). These also work on some other buds besides stock Ipod buds, but there are no guarantees. Miracle seekers should look elsewhere, but I'd try these before getting something like a boosteroo amp. I'd definitely look in the 15 to 30 dollar range of canalphones before getting e
Works like a charm
Pros: great connection - it connects to more things than my internal one ever did before it decided that it wouldn't connect unless it was on top of the router. It's small, and doesn't get in the way - it's great for my netbook.
Cons: Don't really have any. It's small, connects great, just what you expect a network adapter to do.
Overall Review: I can't imagine why others are having trouble with it connecting. Mine picks up everything in the neighborhood, it seems.
Love this sound chipset
Pros: Have it in PCI. Sounds gorgeous, can't go back to anything else
Cons: SLI mode is bumping up against it and I'm out of PCI slots except that one. PCI-e version is so expensive.
Overall Review: Wish this would come down in price, or that motherboard makers would consider that not everyone wants on board sound anywhere near their ears. It has gotten better, but this chipset pretty much rules for audiophiles. EDIT: And for the person that said that CLabs sounds like trash for gaming after using this card, you are absolutely right. I wouldn't go back if they were giving them away. Tweak this card, and it makes CLabs hardware sound like mud.
Awesome - for 2 months
Pros: Great feel, buttons in all the right places, tilt wheel. This mouse would be *perfect* in my opinion if it hadn't...
Cons: ...Died after 2 months. I bought it anyway after seeing people complain about the quality control, hoping I would get lucky. Sadly, mine died, too. It's a real shame because this is such a great feeling mouse. That's not really helpful though if the product fails to work, though.
Overall Review: If Gigabyte could get their quality control issues worked out, this would be a fantastic mouse. It *is* a fantastic mouse until it randomly dies one you :(
HEC is a premium PSU maker
Pros: I've worked with several power supply manufacturers since I mostly work on servers, but for my personal system, I picked this up because HEC is a server PSU manufacturer. It's nice, and the fan isn't too loud. Powers 6 hard drives, an OC'd quad core, and 2 GTX 260's in SLI
Cons: Could be cheaper