Date Joined: 08/25/07
Pros: Asus makes great first impressions...let me say they always have nice boxes for their boards and this is no exception. Open it up and and you get alot of accessories and a decent instruction manual. The riser for the case leads is a nice touch that everyone should include with their boards.
Bios is standard asus layout, easy to get around and a good deal of options for overclocking with automatic or manual settings.
The Board itself is really solid, nice mosfets just really good build quality all around.
Single ram 'lock' is nice, as is the surprisingly solid PCI-E locks.
Overclocks well for novice's and extremely well when you get adjusted to the more advanced settings.
Cons: No USb3 or Sata 6Gbit/s, I can live with that for the life of this system. Down the road that could become prohibitive....but thats a good bit down the road.
Limitations of the chipset running 2 video cards @ 8x pcie speeds. (not the boards fault)
Overall Review: Solid board, easily overclocked my i7 870, stable and comfortably.
Pros: After reading some of the reviews I was worried that I would receive my case in a less than pristine condition. When it arrived there was a small ding in the cardboard box, but no damage to the case or the power supply mount. If you've built computers before nothing here should come as a surprise, standard stuff full tower lots of room requires tools.
The case seems to have very good air flow and cools my more than adequately, and the power supply is stout supplying more than enough power for my OC and SLI gtx460's. Its not he most efficient though, bronze 80.
Cons: -The first immediate con for me is that you have to remove both side panels and 24 thumbscrews to get at the filters in front of the 3 intake fans for cleaning...pain in the rear.
-What makes that even worse is that the cable management is behind the right panel so removing that side isn't really enjoyable
-Power supply isn't completely modular. Not a huge issue but some might lie to know.
-Antec should really include a mount for a second 2.5" drive...the only one being on the bottom of the case I felt a litttle ripped having to but an extra $7 item for that
- I mentioned the cooling is good, the fans are pretty quiet on low setting but do get VERY loud on high. Some warmer climates with loaded systems might require medium to high fan settings
Overall Review: My System Specs:
i7 870 @ 3.9ghz
Asus Sabretooth 55i
2xMSI GTX460 1GC (self OC'ed)
2x OCZ Vertex II 60GB ssd
CoolerMaster V8 CPU cooler
4GB GSkill Ripjaw
Pros: I was very hesitant to buy this PSU at first, I generally look for a quality brand especially in the PSU department. But after scouring the net for MATX PSU's this one seemed to fit my needs perfectly and at a much better price than some others.
PSU has good connectivity with 4x sata and 3x molex.
Also has a 6/8pin PCI-E connecter which is a nice touch, but its only sporting 19amps so be careful what card you try to run on it.
Fan is Also relatively quiet.
Cons: None at this point, fits my size and power requirement needs.
Overall Review: Again I was hesitant to purchase a 'Diablotek' PSU, but so far build quality appears good. I'll revisit this review in a years time and if all is still well, will bump to 5 eggs.
MSI 785GM-E65 (integrated ati 4200HD)
AMD PII 545 (OC'ed to 3.6ghz)
2GB ddr3 1600
2x WD 160GB blue
Pros: Great ram, great price on it as well!
OCed to 1600 with no voltage bumps. (could potentially go higher).
Cons: Timings are on the higher side, but it runs fine if you tighten them to 8-8-8-24
Overall Review: Never Used mushkin before, and I will not hesitate to use them now.
I've normally gone with GSkill for the less expensive and OCZ for the pricey ram.
Will now put Mushkin up there with them (in my book!).
I'll update my review in 6 months - 1 year to see how they have held up.
Pros: Using this in a server, love the potential with this CPU.
Cons: none so far, could have gotten a lower TDP cpu, but needed the extra juice.
Overall Review: Slapped right into a MSI 785GM-E65 raised the cpu/fsb to 240 no voltage changes an instant stable 3.46ghz!
Pros: Board appears solid in construction.
Was a snap to put together, and booted the first time.
I've only had this board for 1 day so I will update my review after 6months to 1 year.
All drivers worked with Server 2008 64bit.
I think the BIOS layout is excellent.
Cons: None really so far. The backplate on the board might interfere with some high end cooling systems that require a metal backplate; but it can always be removed.
Overall Review: Running a PII 945, Mushkin 1333, 2 sata HDDs on a 380w Micro ATX power supply and win server 08.
Stock voltage the board booted up at 240mhz x15multi, or 3.46ghz. I am also using the stock AMD HSF and CPU temps are 31-33c.
Not using this as a gaming machine, but I did install L4D and it runs great @ 1680x1050 with high settings, and 512mmb set for sideport in the BIOS.
Cons: ?? you are not going to play Crysis on this lol
Overall Review: Replaced a dead card in my parents computer with this.
Pros: 2.66ghz-3.8ghz on stock voltage(for 10 months)
Temps 39c in a hot environment (watercooled)
Cons: CPU was fairly heavily pitted, after lapping temps dropped from 39c to 35c.
Overall Review: Very good OCing w/voltage raise it easily hit 4.2ghz but I prefer to run at stock voltage, slightly lower speeds.
This currently seems to be cometitive with AMDs PII955-965BE albiet at a very slightly lower pricepoint. The intel CPU's seem to have more OC headroom, but the AMDs are initially clocked higher to begin with. I purchased mine 10 months ago so that comparison wasn't valid for me at the time.
Pros: Have used this in multiple builds.
Easy to apply
Easy to remove
Good heat transfer
Works great in Watercooled and aircooled situations.
Cons: The last time build had been about 4-5 months.
I remembered having enough for 2 or 3 more applications, but the thermal paste had dried out.
Overall Review: Will continue to use and purchase, good product.
Also use ArcticSilver5 (have to at work), both have very close performance.
Pros: Has good airflow
More case fans can be added if needed
Cable Management is good with their backplate system
Toolles drive bays
Ports on top of the case are in a good position (for our setup)
Cons: Front maybe be to 'open' for some peoples tastes
Side fan clearance may be an issue for some larger HSF's, CHECK SPECS FIRST
Side fan is the most audible fan, its audible but not overwhelming
The plastic toolless drive bay covers are kind of cheap
Cable management system can be very difficult to if you are using lots of drives and multiple gfx cards.
Overall Review: Bought this case in January for an i7 Build.
i7 920, running @ 4.1ghz
2 GTX 260SP216s
Temps are good for an air cooled rig.
I tried this as an alternative to the antec900 which I have been using in a few builds and it worked out well.
Pros: First off this ram is beautiful, the heat spreaders look great and it feels solid.
Upon sliding the memory into the DIMM slots I noticed that contrary to other reviews 4 sticks will fit in my motherboard with no problem (Asus P5E-X38).
Opened Extreme tweak in the bios, set the Ram @ 1066mhz and timing was 5-5-5-15. Tightened the timings back to stock (4-4-4-12) bumped the voltage up to 2.2 and it is running perfectly so far in memtest.
Cons: I could DEFINITELY see someone pushing too hard on the heat spreader and having it possibly come right off of the ram. You have to be very careful when installing and push on the PCB sticking out slightly.
This is really not a con as the heatsink is part of why I bought this; but it is something to note for people who are going to install.
Overall Review: I had 2 x1GB sticks of D9MGH GSkill ram and it was awesome as well, purchased from newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231065).
I did not check to see if this is D9MGH but since I didn't need to OC very high; but in a way i hope it isn't as the life expectancy isn't as long.
Pros: I bought this ram just more than a year ago for my gaming pc and it has been wonderful.
I've had it operating @ 1066mhz, 5-5-5-15 timings running 2.1v and it HAS been completely stable for just over a year. With only 2GBs of ram an E6750 and an 8800gts my rig has taken every game I've thrown at it in the past year with no problems!!
About two days ago I purchased another 4GB of Gskill (2x 2GB sticks) to add to my Vista 64 system, because Crysis seems to use 100% of my 2GBs it is the only game that I have seen max out my memory usage.
Cons: After a year of use it seems like one of my sticks is going bad. Right after I placed an order for new ram I started BSODs frequently because of memory dumps.
I have run stress test on the sticks and one stick fails.
So when I get the new ram in it looks like I will only have 4GBs instead of 6...
Overall Review: I have had this for just over a year and it still works during normal windows operation; but I can rely on it BSODing during any long period of gaming.
I can't blame the memory as I do have it OCed, but my case is sufficiently cooled and the temps are fine; as is the voltage within manufacturers spec.