Date Joined: 07/09/05
Pros: Board works and works well. Core unlock feature worked on an older Phenom II x2 I had laying around, found two more cores and opened em up for x4. That one overclocks well with decent aftermarket air cooling. Waiting for main CPU to get here but in the meantime system is stable and running well. Setup was fast and easy with no problems. Love the BIOS. Fast and easy to navigate. Old Phenom II is also an older AM3 slot so backwards compatibility checkmark also hit.
Cons: System powers on slow. Hit power button and power light comes on... and then nothing for a second or two before everything starts coming to life and starts up. Never had that on any other board. Plugged this board in with all the parts of my old build and does the same thing, old build never did. All new parts does it as well. It's minor and doesn't concern me but is a definite negative.
Overall Review: I'll post more later after extended usage and CPU arrival. But so far so good.
Pros: Excellent game. Re-imagining of a great classic in a way that makes it a great game but not a clone of the original. The original and this both have their negatives and positives. In addition the expansion fills in a few weak spots from the original. Overall quite good with memorable and excellent gameplay.
Cons: Negatives... this game has had issues with installation. Both me and a friend have had to troubleshoot the game just to get it to work initially and reports online in various forums are filled with more of the same. Once you are in the game its great. Getting into it can be a serious headache of troubleshooting to find exactly why it doesn't want to work.
Pros: Small easy to use little mouse. Tough sucker. Battery life is decent the little micro usb plugin is tiny and fits in almost like a part of the netbook.
Cons: Small. If you drop it on the floor from a height the battery cover will pop off and the battery might go flying out.
Overall Review: Bought this for my mom to go with her new netbook since she didn't like the touchpad. Works great for her without a mouse pad just using it on the arm of the chair she sits in and tracks just fine. Tough little sucker as she drops it on the floor at least 4 or 5 times a day. The battery cover pops off and rarely the battery itself pops out but there is no damage done and the little thing keeps working away. Had it for several months with a few hours use every day and haven't had to change the batteries once. She uses it mostly for web browsing and playing games like Solitaire so couldn't say how well it tracks for a more intensive application. But if you want a gaming mouse get a Razor or equivalent. This works great as a small portable Netbook mouse as the optics read on just about every surface I've tried and it's really quite tough. It is very small though. I have big hands and it's a little uncomfortable for me but not much. The micro usb plugin is perfect for netbooks.
Pros: Works great. No problems with install or use. Passed memtest no problems. Used in MSI 890GXM-G65 AMD motherboard. Have used G. Skill exclusively for several years now across multiple builds and haven't been disappointed yet.
Cons: It's not 16 GB for $54? Suppose I'll just have to wait a few years for that.
Overall Review: The memory from this company has always worked simply and reliably for me.
Only issue I ever had with G. Skill was having to manually set timings on a few motherboards to get it to work and post without errors in memtest or BSOD in Windows XP. But this was years ago and I'm fairly certain the Motherboard was the issue as those gave me several other headaches to deal with. (Sorry no longer remember the brand but they were reviewed at the time.)
Pros: Installed easily and without problems. Sturdy with all the features I was looking for. Started up and ran just fine with AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition unlocked to 4 cores with minor issue in other thoughts. 4 Sata HDs and an older IDE all worked up fine Windows 7 installed without a hitch all drivers on first bootup except for USB3. Those installed from download without a problem.
RAM worked without a hitch G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333.
Cons: The SATA port angle is a little difficult to work with. It's nothing major and I was able to get everything plugged in but not as easily as with a more standard layout for them.
Also note that the Hybrid Crossfire does not work with higher end graphics cards in the ATI lineup (3850 for example). If you want to use that feature then make sure that your card will work with it.
Overall Review: The core unlocked initially seemed not to work. Both windows and the Bios showed a dual core for a full day after I used it went through the process and used all the steps it stipulated. Then reset everything, shrugged and turned the core unlocker back on in the bios and called it a night and went to bed. Next morning it's unlocked to quad core on boot-up. Not sure what to make of that behavior.
Pros: Great value for this processor. Easily overclocks, works great as a dual core and in most instances easily unlocks (with proper motherboard) into a quad core.
Cons: It's not even cheaper?
Overall Review: Doesn't always unlock but even then you get what you payed for a great dual core BE processor. Fan is good for basic package but will want to upgrade for overclocking.
Pros: One of the best mp3 players that I've ever used. Better than the ipod nano.
Cons: None that I can think about.
Overall Review: A very good present.