Joined on 12/25/08
LGA775 motherboard owners please take note!
Pros: I have two sticks of the old configuration (16 128MBx8 chips) that have run flawlessly so far in an Intel DP45SG motherboard (which is notoriously finicky WRT RAM, among other things that it decides to rot eggs over)
Cons: Crucial changed the density configuration from 16 128MBx8 chips to 8 256MBx8 chips sometime in the not-so-distant past WITHOUT changing the P/N. This renders this memory incompatible with LGA775 motherboards; if you have an LGA775 motherboard, you will need to order P/N CT25664BA1339A (directly from Crucial, as Newegg does not carry it it seems.)
Overall Review: I am RMAing the two sticks I ordered that had the new configuration through Crucial; they understand my confusion (thankfully, delsol on Freenode's ##hardware channel informed me about the change the day before I wrote this, otherwise I'd still be baffled) and are being quite gracious about handling the return so far. I will post another review once I get the A-suffix modules installed.
Mediocre at best; won't be buying Intel boards for a while
Pros: LGA775 45nm + DDR3. POSTed first try with Crucial DDR3-1333 (probably is running it at 1066, but the build flies anyway, so it doesn't really matter). BIOS update from bootable CD went smoothly. Practically legacy-free (has internal COM port header, but that's it).
Cons: * ACPI S3 simply fails to work; the machine seems to "power down" and won't wake up. This appears to be a common issue with these boards. Get your game together Intel, how come you can't make ACPI work? (Using Linux Mint 7 btw, although others have reported that these problems occur with Windows as well). * Random crashiness under heavy CPU & GPU load. May be a cooling issue though; will try redoing the cooling setup. * Not enough fan headers for an enthusiast-class machine. * Off-brand (Andigilog) hardware monitoring chip requires a 2.6.34 kernel to work (keep in mind that at the time of this review, no distro I know of is shipping a 2.6.34 kernel) * Lousy docs. No manual in the box, just a quickstart guide; the PDF manual available online is remarkably unhelpful for some things too.
Overall Review: Would not buy this board again, and this is making me leery of Intel boards for the future. -2 eggs for the S3 failure alone. -1 more egg for the other troubles. Build specs: * E8400 C2D (3GHz, stock cooler) * Intel BOXDP45SG mobo * 4GB Crucial DDR3-1333 RAM * Antec Three Hundred case * Antec EA650 PSU * 2 Thermaltake 120mm ball-bearing fans atm (one in front, one in back). Will be replacing those with a set of Scythe 120mm sleeve bearing fans for front and side and an Arctic Cooling 120mm PWM fan for the back. * WD RE3 1TB HDD (may add a 2nd in RAID 1) * eVGA GF9800GTX+ 512MB GPU * LG W2353V 23" LCD monitor connected via DVI * Logitech G11 keyboard * Microsoft SideWinder X8 mouse * Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers * HT Omega Claro+ sound card * Linksys WMP54G WLAN card
Pros: Nice, well-behaved keyboard for general purpose use. Wrist rest is fairly comfortable. Calculator button is handy. Has a good combination of media keys. Keys themselves seem well built.
Cons: Labels seem to like to wear off of some keycaps. Ghosting problems make it not particularly suited for gaming, which is a shame because I have not seen a split gaming keyboard. Programmable buttons lag somewhat when I'm in Halo PC, which makes using one to start an MP3 timer hard. Programmable buttons also can't be programmed to do completely arbitrary actions. Split layout can be slightly awkward for gaming.
Overall Review: A little big for the desk space I have. My parents don't like split keyboards at all. So, I'd buy this for someone who's used to split 'boards.
Get this mouse. End of story.
Pros: Got this mouse a while ago, and boy oh boy, it makes a world of difference. It fits my hand quite nicely, has enough buttons for everything I need, and has wicked response and sensitivity when set to 1800dpi. Oh, and it doesn't mind being used on a messed-up computer desk surface either.
Cons: Nothing inherent.
Overall Review: I need to reconfigure it so that the back button on the left side of the mouse doesn't send me back in web browsers (I use it as a VoIP PTT switch and it's annoying when I'm in TS/Vent but not ingame). I will be getting this mouse with every build, it's that good.