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Michael H.

Michael H.

Joined on 11/30/03

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Most Favorable Review

Works fine for Windows 7

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I did a lot of research before picking this board. It has worked out well for me. I overclock a 920 using the stock heatsink and fan and a 1.25v vcore, and go up to 162 MHz for a 3.24 GHz overclock (3.4 GHz when Turbo is enabled). I ran this config through prime95 64 for eight hours on blend without errors. The core temps never went above 81 degrees C (which is acceptable for Core i7). It works fine in Windows 7. It can be hard to get the Intel INF updates to install, you have to follow the manual installation steps from the readme. The network driver and audio drivers both worked fine. I had to manually update the SATA drivers during setup.

Cons: I could not install Windows 7 when using the Intel SATA ports with either a WD 1 TB green drive or an Intel X-25M SSD, even after manually loading drivers, until I changed the SATA mode to AHCI. Then it worked fine, but unfortunately it causes the boot process to be slowed considerably. Hotswap does not work. Don't believe the hype; the ICH10R chipset from Intel DOES NOT HAVE DRIVERS THAT SUPPORT SATA HOTSWAP, so if you want to use eSATA drives be prepared to use the Gigabyte JMicron SATA ports on this motherboard. Intel needs to get their act together and get those drivers fixed. Support the features you advertise!

Most Critical Review

It works

RAZER Lycosa Keyboard
RAZER Lycosa Keyboard

Pros: If you own a Razer mouse then you know what the material of the keys feels like. It's a good grip and I like it.

Cons: This keyboard has no bells and whistles but its anti-ghosting features are welcomed. The touch-sensitive volume control is barely usable with no on-screen notification of its very slow volume control. The touch keys for the media player only work if it's the application that has focus. The keys are difficult to see in low-light situations.

Mouse emits electronic squeal

Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Very comfortable grip. Adjustable weights, but I'm not that big into the weights. I liked the tactile sensation of the plastic.

Cons: The device emits a loud electronic squeal when the mouse laser is inactive (mouse not being moved). It is a known issue documented online. As long as the mouse moves you can't hear it, so I bought a different mouse that doesn't make noise because seriously what kind of mouse makes sound? The thumb buttons are really, really small and up high. It may be uncomfortable for some to use them. The scroll wheel is also a tilt wheel, which is the stupidest invention for a mouse. It makes it wobbly in the socket and basically useless for twitch gaming. It comes with onerous software to alter the DPI. It can't be done just directly on the device.

Overall Review: Would not buy again, but maybe you won't hear the squealing sound. It's like old CRT monitors that had to be degaussed. It's the same kind of electronic noise that a lot of things make, except this is 24" from your ear with no shielding. How it ever made it past QA is beyond me. Never Forget. G9x/11.

WD delivers again

Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: WD continues to be a winner for me. I know everyone has different luck but I have great luck with them. These drives are quiet and fast and large enough to be useful but not so large as to be likely to fail just from the sheer number of sectors. This is my second (this is a 10EADS, the first was a 10EACS). Of course, I am obligated to buy WD because I'll never buy another Maxtor drive again after I was required to update the firmware of my hard drive to support the nForce4 chipset (which didn't work, and never did).

Cons: None

This CPU doesn't need a review

Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920
Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920

Pros: There's no review needed. If you're a system builder or a tweaker or are looking for the best overclocking CPU, this is it. Since Intel works on the Tick-Tock development cycle, and this is the "Tick" (where they change to a new socket), you can expect this socket to last for a while. And since the motherboards being offered right now for Core i7 CPUs support DDR3-2000 (twice what the 920 uses), the hardware that can be purchased today has longevity that will last through CPU upgrades.

Cons: The stock heatsink fan has kind of inappropriate-word-for-animal-excrement thermal paste. It is probably best to affix your own paste, and since you're there, you should install an aftermarket HSF.

Works great with Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Pros: Since it's DDR3-1600 and the Core i7 920 has a 1066 clock, this RAM is underclocked by default. That makes it the perfect RAM for overclocking your processor, because up to 1600 MHz you're guaranteed not to be limited by your memory. In my case, with a GA-EX58-UD5 and Core i7 920, I'm able to overclock with the stock cooler from 2.66 GHz to 3.24 GHz (and I leave Turbo enabled so it hits 3.4 GHz at the 21 multiplier), using a 162 MHz bus and a 1.25v vcore, and after eight hours of prime95 on blend testing the temperature of any of the four cores didn't exceed 81 degrees C.

Cons: None, it's six gigs. I paid twice as much for two gigs of DDR-400 a year ago, and this has four times the bandwidth with three times the capacity. This stuff is great!