Date Joined: 06/23/05
Pros: -Good Construction.
-Everything worked out of the box. Just needed to finalize the Windows 10 install process with creating login credentials and setting preferences.
-RGB software was preinstalled and easy to use.
-Otherwise, it appears to be just a standard install of Windows 10 Home
Cons: It came with a basic Cool Master CPU cooler that's a bit weak for a Ryzen 3600, which is known to get pretty warm under load. I saw CPU temps hover around 85C while running Cinebench. It will probably be fine for most people though. If you plan to do a lot of CPU intensive work, you might want to swap the cooler out for something better at some point.
Overall Review: I've noticed the PC parts people are getting in these can vary from person to person, so keep that in mind when ordering. You should get a system with the specs that are advertised though.
Here's the significant parts that came with mine that might be different for someone else:
-Zotac RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC
-XPG DDR4 3000 CL 16-20-20
-WD Blue 1TB SATA SSD
FYI, the power button for the PC is on the bottom notch of the RGB In Win logo on the front of the case. (took me a minute or two to figure that out)
Pros: It works right out of the box. Just plug the home unit into the wall and connect it to your router or switch via ethernet cable. The software is easy to install and fairly easy to use. What is really great about this product is that you make any power outlet in your house a LAN port without the problem of running all that blue cable.
Cons: As others have mentioned, I couldn't get it to go anywhere near 100 Mbs either up or down. I tried putting the satellite unit on the other side of the house and I tried it in the next room and the result was the same. The upload and download speed was steady at around 20 Mbs (or 2.5 MBs). Also this speed isn't always steady so when I tried to stream HD video, there were issues with the smooth video playback.
Overall Review: It's a nice plug and play unit. If you are just using it as a network device, you don't have to install the software, as long as you know how to find new network attached devices and drives on your computer. It does take a few minutes for the network to find the satellite once you have plugged it in somewhere, but after that, it is always available. As far as streaming media, music works fine as does lower definition video. But if you want to regularly stream media with sampling rates much over 10,000 kbps, you may have problems.
Pros: This cable functions like any micro HDMI cable would. I didn't notice any signal issues with audio or video. It works!
Where it really shines is the much thinner design of the cable and cable heads. I did a bend test where I bent a length of the cable in half as tight as I felt comfortable doing so and measured the widest part of the loop. A standard HDMI loop was about 1/2 inch wide. This cables widest part of the loop was about 1/4 of an inch. What this means for the real world is that it can be run in much tighter spaces than your typical HDMI cable. When I hook up audio/video systems in a wood cabinet, I try to make the hole for all the cables to be as small as possible. This cable really helps with that.
Cons: None really. The packaging was just a labeled plastic bag so it didn't have much protection.
Overall Review: HDMI Cables are usually pretty thick for what they do. So hopefully this thinner style will become more of a trend, because it's a lot easier to deal with when hooking up audio/video systems.
Pros: Small but solid gigabit switch. It's case is made of sheet metal and weighs about a pound or so.
No need for software installation. Works right out of the box.
Fanless so it's silent.
The two mounting holes on the back have slots with vertical and horizontal notches for mounting in tight spaces.
As for performance, it has a sustained transfer rate of around 69MB/s across CAT5e cables from a 2TB hard drive on one computer to a 128GB SSD on the other.
Cons: I wish the power cable was a foot or two longer. It's about 6 feet long so plan accordingly if you are like me and have trouble finding open power plugs.
The other issue I had was that the power cable connection to the back of the unit came unplugged with less force than I was expecting. Twice when I was trying to connect the network cables, the power plug popped right out. Once you put the switch where you want it though, this probably wont be a problem for you. Just keep an eye out for pets and stray feet around this switch.
Overall Review: This is a great switch for the price. Just keep in mind if you are new to setting up wired networking, that you will need to also connect it to a router to manage the connections between computers.
Pros: I paired this card with an i7-3960x and scored a 26,000 on 3Dmark06 and P6300 on 3Dmark11. Impressive scores for a sub $200 card
Cons: I only had this card for a few hours before boxing it back up and returning it. It's a great card for gaming but I also need it to perform well in 3D Studio Max OpenGL viewports. I've done this for years with desktop cards and they have performed well enough for what I need. However, this video card is severely crippled in a 3D Studio OpenGL viewport. Maybe it's a new type of optimization with HD 7000 series cards but I find interesting that in a 3-4 million polygon scene, an HD 6670 has twice the frame rate as this HD 7850. I'm use to a certain level of crippled performance by using a desktop card instead professional card in exchange for more powerful hardware, but this time it's far more crippling than I'm willing to accept, so I returned it.
Overall Review: I only knocked off one egg because it's still a great video card for gaming. If you are using it for just that purpose, I highly recommend it. However, If you want to run an OpenGL viewport in professional graphics program, you may want to look elsewhere.
Pros: For a low end processor, it performs surprisingly well. I purchased this processor for my wifes computer but since I'm a computer nerd I had to run some benchmarks. It actually does about as well as my Q6600 quad core processor. Clearly Sandy Bridge blows away the old Core2 technology.
Cons: I still hate the Intel CPU fans, but I used it this time anyway since the processor stays really cool no matter what I throw at it. Never went above 39C on load so the fan stays quiet.
Pros: The tuner itself is great. The chanels come in clear and it works well with Windows Meadia Center.
Cons: The software that came with is awful. It 'looks' ok but it constantly crashes in Windows 7. I tried it on an Intel system with an ATI card and an AMD system with an Nvidia card and got the same results both times. So I don't think there is an issue with my hardware.
Overall Review: Just use Windows Media Center or some other 3rd party tuner software and it will probably work well for you.
Pros: Fast card. Paired with my Core i7 and 8GB DDR 1600 ram, I hit 20,000 in 3DMark06 in XP64
Overclocks surprisingly well. I have it currently set at 840Mhz GPU and 1140Mhz memory at stock voltage.
Very quite as well. I can't hear it over my case fans unless I manually push the card fan speed over 70%. While playing games, the fan never needs to go that fast. So even under load, the card stays quiet.
Cons: I got it for $162 (was $180 but got a 10% discount) right after it came out but price shot up to $210. To be honest, I love this card but I don't think I would pay $210 for it. I'm sure it won't stay at that price for long though.
It runs a little hotter than I expected. ~55C at idle but that doesn't appear to affect it though.
It's a double slot card but all the HD 6000s are at this point. Still, I can't crossfire 2 of them because one of the fan intakes would get completely blocked by the other card.
Drivers for this card are still very new. I'm using the drivers that came with the card which is something I haven't done in years.
Overall Review: It's a powerful midrange card. I would just recommend waiting until the price goes back down a bit and for AMD to get moving on more solid driver support. Also if you want crossfire a few of these, just keep in mind the spacing of the PCI Express slots of the mother board you are using.
Pros: There are many reviews out (that I now agree with) that say the Radeon HD 4670 is the most powerful video card that does not need external power. It's not a great card for high end gaming but it can handle almost anything else with ease. It's quiet, can't even hear it over the case fans. If I was building a media PC, this card would easily be my first choice.
Overall Review: I HIGHLY recommend downloading the 9.11 drivers or later. With that driver version comes OpenGL 3 support (for all HD 4000 series cards and newer) and it adds manual fan speed control which is really nice for a little overclocking.
Pros: Runs fast. almost as fast as my 74 Gb raptors with almost 9 times as much capacity.
Cons: newegg didn't accidentally give me two?
Overall Review: to some of the people that gave this drive a bad review:
If you wonder why this drive boots up with just under 600 Gb, why are you installing a hard drive yourself? the reason is, hard drive makers count storage size differently then Windows does. If you have to ask crazy questions like this, then you need to do your homework in how computers work before you start messing with them.
If you wonder why this drive doesn't come with sata cables or driver disks, then you're missing the concept of OEM. If you buy OEM parts, then it is assumed that you already have things like this, or at least already know that you will need to get them elsewhere.
Pros: Overall, a good card that performs well for the price.
Cons: Not a big con but the heatsink on mine was different then the one pictured. It came with the same heatsink that used with the Biostar 9600GSO.
Overall Review: I got mine as a "open box" The original person probably bought it didn't like the different heatsink and returned it. Like I said, aside for looking different, it still performes well as expected.
Pros: I could say lots of great things about this heatsink but I'll leave it at this:
I now own 3 of these.
Cons: Big...ish. There are bigger ones out there though.
Overall Review: Have these on two Q6600's and a QX9650. Keeps the Q6600's @ 3Ghz at ~25 C and the QX9650 @ 3.75Ghz at ~40 C at idle.
Pros: Nice board with great features. Supports the latest intel processors.
Cons: Location of the main power connector can be a problem if you have a short cable or a really big heatsink
Overall Review: To the person that said "Nice board, some nasty problems."
In the Bios, Make sure the "Memory Remap Feature" is set to [Enabled] when running 64-bit Windows XP or Vista. This allows the computer to see more then 3 Gigs of memory. By default it's set to [Disabled]
Pros: Very high end card for the money. I scored 12,250 on 3DMark06 and 18,800 on 3DMark05. The card is stable at 825 Mhz GPU and 1126 Mhz (2252 Ghz total) memory. The GPU temp is 32 Degrees C at idle and only up to 55 C at load.
Works great with 3D Studio Max if any of you out there are interested in that. It's about as good as my FireGL 7200 in viewport rendering speeds.
Cons: The memory will not overclock on mine at all. Even with only 5 extra Mhz, the card crashes the computer when 3Dmark or games like Crysis are running. Other people seem to have better luck with there cards in overclocking the memory so maybe I just got a picky one. I won't lower the the overall rating though because the GPU overclocks well and it runs perfectly at stock speeds.
Overall Review: The rest of my system (the revelant parts anyway):
Q6600 @ 3.06 Ghz
4 gigs of GSkill DDR2 800 Ram
74 gig raptor drive
Window XP 64-bit
Pros: Well lets see... On my Q6600, the stock fan had it idling at 50C. Put this thing on and now it idles at 25C. Unlike the stock fan I can't even hear it over the case fans. (so for all of you that say it's loud, you either got a bad one or it's not seated properly.)
I have some artic silver 5 but I decided to just use what was already on there and I still very happy with the results.
Cons: It's big. It's a little more then twice as tall as a stock intel fan, so make sure you have room in your case.
The mounting pins are odd but that's intels fault becuase they designed them. Other options require you to remove the motherboard to put in mounting plates so I don't mind dealing with the pins.
Overall Review: I now have two of these if that tells you anything.
Pros: It's a really cheap dvd player
Overall Review: Sure, it's missing some features and the power on/off between the remote and unit wasn't designed very well. Sometimes it even has problems playing certain DVD's. I would say that these are cons but for the price, you can't really complain. Between me and my immediate family, we have 5 of these units. If we needed add a simple/cheap DVD player to another TV, I wouldn't hesitate buying another one.
Pros: At this price... this is by far the best bang for the buck video card here. Performs between a X1600XT and a X1650XT
Cons: one, soon to be two, generations behind technology. Its recertified, although I've never had any problems with recertified stuff from newegg before.
Overall Review: I don't have this recertified version but I've had a x850xt for over a year and it was pretty powerful for its time.
If you are looking for something REALLY cheap that's pretty fast get this one before they run out.
Pros: Had this on an Pent. D 805 and an E6300 and in both cases it dropped my cpu temp 10-15 degrees over the stock coolers which let me get crazy overclocks on both processors. (up 800-900 mhz).
Very quiet as well. I can't hear it over my case fans and videocard... even at full cpu load.
Cons: OH MY #$@%@! THE PRICE! I got mine 9 months ago and it was 1/3 the price. I was looking to get another one but unless they have replaced the copper parts with gold, I'm going to wait until the price goes down or just go with something else.
Overall Review: Well 9 months and it's still running strong.
Pros: Fast and 4 cores
Cons: Yeah, it is a bit high in price
Overall Review: I'm getting a little tired of people knocking this processor because they say it's slow or it doesn't use all the cores for their programs. Let's lay it out here...
-FACT: If not all cores are being used by a program, that's the programs fault, not the processors'. Windows XP has no problems recognizing 4 cores so don't blame the opperating system either.
-FACT: This IS 2 E6700's in one socket. SO, in all aplications that aren't designed to use more then 1 or 2 cores, it will run just about the same speed as a single Conroe E6700.
If you're just interested in building a gaming maching for todays games, this processor is too much for you and you should just go with a X6800 or E6700. However, if you are using most modern multimedia programs such as video editing, content creation, or using 3D applications, this processor is the fastest single socket option available and it will be money well spent.
Pros: At stock speeds, it's faster than anything else out there in its price range.
Interesting thing about overclocking this one...
With a P5B-E mobo and G.Skill 667 ram I hit the wall at 2.3Ghz. I upgraded to G.Skill 800 ram and I've had it up 3.1Ghz. At that speed the CPU temp was 56 degrees at idle but it was totaly stable. With water cooling I know I could go well into the mid to upper 3Ghz range but I need stability and long life this CPU so I clocked it back to 2.7. At that speed it's still as fast or faster that anything the competition has to offer in a single socket format.
Cons: None accept the stock heatsink sucks. Of course I never installed it because I was well aware of that fact before I got this processor.
Overall Review: If you're going buy this processor and leave it at stock speeds. The stock heatsink does just fine. If you want to do more then a 10% overclock, just do a search for 775 heatsinks, sort by best rating, and pick a fairly cheap one. With that you should be able to clock this processor pretty high while keeping it cool and quiet.
Pros: With the latest Catalyst drivers (6.5) and 2 of these running in crossfire mode, I scored an amazing 9500 in 3Dmark05!
Cons: My cards seem to be locked against overclocking (ATITool just makes the computer freeze up)
...but oh well, (keep reading)
Overall Review: One thing I was able to do to get higher 3Dmark numbers was overclock the PCI-Express frequency in the MoBo bios. A 15% overclock shot my score up around 500 points. I keep it at that and the system runs very stable.
If you try this, just be careful not to clock it to high and fry the video cards or the motherboard. I can only imagine the numbers I could get if I could overclock the video cards as well.
Athlon X2 3800 @ 2.25Ghz
2 Sapphire X1600XT’s
2 Gigs of Ram
Pros: Solid card on its own. Great in Crossfire!
1 Sapphire X1600XT
2 Sapphire X1600XT in Crossfire
2 Sapphire X1600XT in Crossfire
For this series of cards, you just need to identical X1600XT's to run in crossfire and there are no external connection cables to worry about. It's nice, it's clean, and it's FAST!
Cons: only 128-bit memory interface
Overall Review: Two of these perform about the same as one X1800XT so do the math on price to see which way you want to go.
Tests done on:
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (OC to 2.2 Ghz)
2 gigs of ram