Date Joined: 08/12/11
Pros: Speed is fine.
Cons: The plastic clips on top are poorly manufactured and they all got stuck in any Ethernet port I put them in. Stressful trying to get them out, requires sticking a small screwdriver in. In one case, had to destroy it to remove it.
Pros: Works fine out of the box.
Cons: Bought two units, one died after 16 months. Will return.
Pros: Small unit, solidly built, metal case. Works with PC, Xbox, Apple TV. Setup takes no time at all.
Cons: Front LEDs, especially the "Power" LED, are too bright and can't be dimmed.
Overall Review: Doesn't come with HDMI cables, which isn't a mark against it, just something to be aware of.
Pros: Mouse is good for large hands, adjustable, looks cool and works well...when it works.
Cons: I had problems with it from the beginning, resolved by unplugging and replugging it in when starting Windows. I emailed MadCatz about it, received a reply weeks later, sent my reply to them and three weeks after that have still heard nothing despite repeated requests. Their customer service is abysmal.
Overall Review: If it wasn't for the customer service, I would have given this mouse five stars.
Pros: This thing is completely silent and blazingly fast. Windows 7 starts up in less than 30 seconds (in fact, almost half of that is the BIOS POST). Apps load almost instantly. Installation is straightforward.
Overall Review: I didn't use the transfer software, so I can't comment on that.
Pros: This keyboard is a joy to use. Very nice feel to it, and the adjustable backlighting looks good.
Cons: Not worth dinging them an egg, but they should give it more than one USB port.
Overall Review: Works on a Mac as well, including the media keys. The only thing is that the Option key doesn't work for switching to Boot Camp on restart. So you'll have to do it via the Startup Disk control panel. Also, the backlighting stays on, even if the Mac is asleep (this doesn't happen with the PC).
Pros: This card smokes every game I throw at it, even at 2560x1440. It over clocks nicely, I got mine to 1238 Mhz without going over 83 C (using Furmark). The Displayport works perfectly with my 2009 iMac in Target Display Mode. It's very quiet, and even at load the fan is minimally distracting. That said, I only needed the fan for Furmark.
Cons: The documentation is very sparse, covering only installation. The included GPU Tweak software is fine but crashes sometimes, and you have to ensure it loads with Windows in order to use your over clocked settings (something it doesn't tell you). An ASUS-style auto tuning for over clocking would be nice.
Overall Review: I used this to connect my gaming PC with my 2009 27" iMac in Target Display Mode (i.e. using the iMac as a monitor) using the DisplayPort port. I simply had to buy a DisplayPort to Minidisplay Port adapter (already had the cable), and it worked flawlessly.
Also, if you're reading this, you already know how hard they are to get, which is a problem. The 670s might be worth looking at, as they are apparently only slightly slower but significantly cheaper.
Pros: Works very well, keeps my i5 Ivy Bridge nice and cool even at 4.4 Ghz (max temp running Prime95 on hottest test settings was 51 C). Installation instructions are easy to follow.
Overall Review: There has to be a less cumbersome way of installing the backplate mounting pegs to the motherboard. You have to hold the motherboard, backplate and each peg all at the same time to install it. Not a con, but maybe they could get together with the motherboard people to figure out something easier.
Pros: It works well and is easy to use. The online instructions are very clear. I've had great results in over clocking from it.
Overall Review: Be sure to read the online instructions (on their website) for the correct application to the CPU and heatsink.
Pros: You plug it in. It works. It's cheap.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to. Overclocked very nicely, to just over 4.4 Ghz (using Asus auto tuning set to Extreme). I've experienced none of the heat issues I've been reading about (it doesn't go over 51 C running Prime95 on the hottest test setting). The aftermarket CPU cooler obviously helps (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo).
Overall Review: Using the auto tuning to over clock, I effortlessly and safely got a 33% speed boost. This makes this chip highly worthwhile, even if you don't know anything about over clocking.
Pros: Installs easily, works fine, has a fancy LED light in the back in three different colours. Automatic dual voltage, if you ever plan on moving out of North America with it.
Cons: The fan is the noisiest part of my system. It's still fairly quiet, but couldn't they make it as quiet as the case fans?
Overall Review: It has lots of cables, which was a minor pain. Not a con, because I knew it wasn't modular, and after all it was a one-time hassle.
Pros: All the features you need if you're contemplating an eventual dual SLI or Crossfire setup but don't plan to go quad. Autotuning over clocking works like a charm; I got just over 4.4 Ghz on my i5 3570k using it. One click's worth of effort, 33% speed increase. BIOS and the in-OS bios software is easy to use.
Cons: It's a great board but they really need an editor for the documentation. The installation instructions could be a lot more step by step; I had to jump around the manual a fair bit. Also, automatic update of the OS bios software doesn't seem to work, you have to download the BIOS driver manually and then rename the file.
Pros: Plug it in, it works.
Overall Review: I used this to connect a gaming PC to my 2009 27" iMac in Target Display Mode, so I could use the screen. Worked like a charm.
Pros: Nice-looking case, very quiet and airflow is just fine for the kind of over clocking you get with motherboard auto tuning. The front door isn't a hassle, because the power button and USB ports (including one USB 3.0) are on the top, and these days how often do you need to put in a disc?
Cons: The rubber linings in the cable grommets can get pulled out when you push cables through. It's a minor pain to put it back in place, but they should have glued it. And one of the grommet holes is too close to the power supply, moving it a couple of CM to the front would be less cumbersome, cable-wise.
Overall Review: Overall, a great case and good value.