Joined on 03/30/05
mega real estate
Pros: I wanted more monitor real estate to go with my new card. At first i was overwhelmed and thought i'd made a mistake -- the visual area is so big that it seemed stylized 'big'. i got used to it very quickly and use it now as i'd use a multi-monitor setup, more than one app running side by side. works well. for games -- rail and flight sims, it's like inheriting texas.
Cons: bummed at first cause i couldn't get the stand to stay lowered enough to fit inside my desk/shelving limit. for some reason, it started to stay lowered though and everything else and the whole thing is con-free.
Overall Review: when impulse buying pays off.
does it really do anything for games?
Pros: well, it fit in the slot and the computer booted and it didn't seem unhappy about being on the machine... though it's kind of stand-offish... i mean, i can't really tell if it's interacting with the other components. i'm worried it might feel alienated or something? nothing in my dx9 or GL games seems changed. should i use a different flavor electricity?
Cons: i'm afraid to say cause the card might read this post and sulk.
cool and quiet
Pros: coming from one of the flat zalmans, this one is so quiet i keep thinking it's not on. seems to cool very well. high enough on the sides to fit ram easily even after it's installed. no radical overclock though -- though i used to run my 9550 at 4ghz with only the flat zalman. this one is keeping my 3930 i7 below 50C at 100% load at 4.1.
Cons: nothing to con.
Overall Review: con-less, though i'm clueless to what i'm not kenning as a con.
Pros: a good surprise -- fast and painless install -- about ten minutes onto a 7200. I'm coming from several years of xp and with installs going back to DOS. Seems to run whatever i need to run and nicely. i've had mac and have even gone through those days of o/s fantasy back when OS/2 may have been a good os but there was no way to really know that... and, so this win 8 interface isn't so mysterious at all -- and, i got one of the tricks books from the library and learned how to get buttons onto the task bar... no trouble getting around. i was concerned that i didn't have a touch screen, but the wheel mouse works as a lateral. also, since my keyboard at install was a ps2 and my new mother-board didn't have a ps2 input, the virtual keyboard with mouse entry saved my 11 at night/not even a radio shack open self getting this OS installed. no problem, except i don't like mouse keyboards, and clicking myself into an install seemed dumb for the first 30 seconds.
Cons: no cons.
Overall Review: stuck with windows for games and adobe -- hate macs -- piece of junk builds. really, everyone complaining about win 8 not being intuitive should have had to command line and overlay in DOS for a few years like we did. or, even better, submit punch cards and wait for a week to find you'd left out a brace. nothing about math or machine is intuitive except the user's intellect: you intuit that you need something; all else is algorithm and program. smart people like the challenge. annoys me f that i held off because of what poodles and slackers said about win 8.
solid and cache works
Pros: cache grabs data pretty quick -- next load is almost instantaneous. i'm keeping this as my boot drive - yes, i'm going to really be upset that i boot in 14 sec's instead of 10 -- and use too as s small program disk for things like winrar and then some other data storage space on a second partition. getting 2 250 SSD's for main adobe apps and games -- scratch disks, etc. win 8 pro. 64gb memory ( yes, but, your 10gig big files get split down onto your harddrive if there's not enough ram to hold them, so 64gigs of ram is practical in win 8 pro 64.)
Cons: not a full SSD, and sort of expensive for a disk drive.
Overall Review: very small and thin -- no need to mount in bay; i dangle it in front of a small fan.