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James S.

James S.

Joined on 05/13/06

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Most Favorable Review

Love EVGA boards

EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy setup, header location provided little cable mess. Full color ginormous foldout Install Guide.

Cons: USB 3.0 ports are rear only, no internal header. Have to snake front panel USB3 cables outside case to plug in. Still Using Legacy BIOS interface instead of EFI. Small complaint, but I had to buy a new Optical Drive as there are no IDE channels on board. Manual was not as detailed as I would like. The 8pin CPU power connector was mounted midway down the board and required me to buy an extender to keep the cable mess hidden behind the board.

Overall Review: My last EVGA board was an EVGA P55 F.T.W. (F.T.W. flagged as inappropriate by newegg lol) This is my new go to brand now that BFG is out of business.

Most Critical Review

Full of Win and Fail

Xigmatek Elysium Silver CCC-HSA0DS-U02 Black / Silver Aluminum / Steel ATX Super Tower Computer Case
Xigmatek Elysium Silver CCC-HSA0DS-U02 Black / Silver Aluminum / Steel ATX Super Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's Big. one of 3 cases available at the moment that can fit 2 ASUS Direct CU II 3 slot video cards. It has the largest internal dimensions for watercooling and will support a triple rad with out modding. Having a built in SATA Dock is nice. If your primary need is space and you don't mind gutting the case to make it a quality box, then this is the case for you.

Cons: First off the casters that are included are cheap plastic wheels and are way under sized for how heavy this case will be when full and often fail to swivel and just slide sideways on the floor. The bottom "foot" panels have to be removed or the wheels wont turn on the X axis. The toolless drive bay clips on mine were bowed out from the tension and wouldn't stick into the drive's mounting holes. The thumbscrews in the back are awkward to insert once removed. The stock fans are kind of weak (in light output as well as air) compared to Xigmatek's own Crystal CLF series. The only practical method of removing the 3.5" drive cages is to remove the front bezel. The stability straps they put on the back of the drive bays get in the way of drives unless you leave blank spots or remove them. Lightly pushing molex connectors through the grommets ripped off 3 of the covering flaps in different places in my case.

Overall Review: Lack of native SSD supporting brackets is also disappointing as we are going into 4th Gen Drives. There are no spare cable, or drive screw grommets.No method for ordering spare parts like you can get from a company like Antec or Thermaltake. A third drive cage would be a nice addon if only for the extra fan mount. There are strap cutouts on the back of the board plate for running cable ties, but only 4 tiny, single use, ties were included. The case itself is sturdy, but it is a steel box. (It's kind of hard to mess that part up.) The other features of the case are poorly designed, are made from substandard materials and were discarded very shortly after trying each one out(except the casters, still looking for a suitable replacement...) in my mind this case is about 2.5 eggs. The white LED fans are made from a smoky plastic that looks more purple or UV like than white. The side window is only secured with little rivets allowing the window to warp and leave air gaps which let in dust.

The R in Razer stands for Random Quality

RAZER Naga Hex Wired USB Gaming Mouse - Green
RAZER Naga Hex Wired USB Gaming Mouse - Green

Pros: shiny.

Cons: Mouse completely died just outside the NE return period.

Overall Review: I have never been a fan of bloated software packages in order to use programmable buttons.

Not Worth The Trouble

MSI Big Bang-XPower II LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Big Bang-XPower II LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: When I purchased it in 9/2012 it had the Most options of any X79 boards and the lowest Fail Rating on NE.

Cons: 9 months in, the board started continuously rebooting. I couldn't stay in BIOS long enough to change the SATA controller Back to RAID from AHCI after clearing CMOS. There is an issue with the MOS and the USB 3 ports never worked and would lock up any external drive or Thumb drive inserted into them.

Overall Review: After Paying $400 for this piece of junk and then finding out there is no Advanced RMA available and that I have to wait 3ish weeks to use my PC again, I will not be buying another MSI Product.

Buyer's Remorse

ASUS GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5

Pros: My previous review was 5 eggs.

Cons: After installing both cards and reloading the NVIDIA drivers one computer has tearing, pausing w/o a FPS drop, and has been hard locking while playing games. The issue is also intermittent enough to be a headache. I would rather have gotten a DOA card than deal with an intermittent issue that pops up once a day. -1 egg I just started looking into the rebate offer and ASUS is doing AMEX only. If there were a choice of gift cards(newegg, amzon, borders, apple, etc.) I wouldn't mind, but since most of the shopping I do is online and via PayPal, Amex cards are pretty much useless. I suppose I could use it to buy a GC for someplace else, but that is way more complicated than traditional "check in the mail" rebate programs and loses one egg for it.

Good Upgrade

ASUS GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5

Pros: Fast card. Not bad for being a generation behind the 590s. Newegg was fast with this, arrived the next day with 3-day ground shipping selected. Had to show wife the invoice to prove I didn't pay to have them overnight-ed.

Cons: Triple slot is a downer, but that is to be expected with the cooling on this monster. No way I can use 2 in SLI in 1 box. My Antec P-80 case can't fit the second card and it is a full tower case. Spring for the HAF-X tower if you intend to run 2 of these in SLI. Not sure it is even possible to run 3 way with this card. All of the boards I've seen run the PCI-E slot every other with a riser or PCI slot,meaning that if you start counting down from the 1st PCI-E slot, the 2nd is covered by the card, and you have to skip down to the 5th slot on the board for card #2. To run a 3rd card you would need either a board with 5 PCI-E slots (+4 PCI slots every other, Card 3 would go into the 9th slot from the top) or you would need to mod the cards and water cool them which is pointless when you could buy 2 slot cards to water cool and OC for less$.

Overall Review: Bought 2 to upgrade 4 9800GTX cards in 2 comps. Package weight was 10LBs! Wanted to buy a 6970 Lightning but they were out of stock everywhere, presumably due to bitcoin miners buying them all up. Plays WoW at 30-50+FPS with all settings maxed @ 1920x1200 in DX11 mode in Org.