Date Joined: 08/20/02
Pros: Received alert that these were finally back in stock. The manufacture date on my drive is dated in Feb 2017. So, fresh out of the circuit board warehouse.
I upgraded from a Samsung 850 EVO, replaced it with this 960 EVO and freshly reinstalled Win10 via flash drive. After Windows loaded, I installed the NVMe Samsung driver.
There is about 232GB free according to Windows, which is what I expected. No issues on physical installation, using a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3 with bios F20. The bios immediately saw the drive, I made sure UEFI was selected in the bios and adjusted boot priorities.
Regarding the speed, most reviews say you don't see any real world difference if coming from a good SSD. I disagree. System POST, Windows booting and general computing response have been noticeable.
On a cold boot, from the time my monitor receives a video signal (which is before I see the Gigabyte logo at POST), it takes Windows only 8 seconds to boot to the log-in screen. Quick Boot is disabled in the BIOS.
My drive only has about 50gb used between Windows, Office, general other utilities/programs, etc. I was able offload my 850 to a friend, to make this net upgrade a fraction of the price.
If you are building a new system, take the plunge.
Overall Review: System:
- Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3 rev 1.0, bios F20
- 16GB, Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000 (2x8gb), XMP-Enabled Profile 1
- Samung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe
- Seagate 2TB ST2000DM006 Barracuda 7200rpm
- MSI GeForce 960 GTX 2GB 2GD5T
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
- Windows 10 Home
Pros: ** See "Other" section below for a 11 month update **
- USB 3.1 Type-C
- Thunderbolt connector card add-on ready
- (2) M.2 slots
- DDR4 support
- SoundBlaster X-FI MB3 software
- Dual USB 3.0 internal headers
- More features then I plan to use, but great for future upgrades.
Cons: - I wish newer boards still had SPDIF Digital Input headers for onboard audio.
- Can't seem to figure out how to get CPU/Memory speed, bios revision, etc. to display during POST like old-fashion boards?
Overall Review: "Upgraded" from a 5 year old Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P (Socket 1156) with a Lynnfield i7-860 and 8gb of DDR3 1600 RAM to the below. What a difference. The fact that I can run my Samsung 850 EVO at full speed versus my old wanna-be Marvel 9128-based SATA III port is a huge plus alone.
i3-6100 (stock 3.7ghz)
Hyper 212 EVO cooler
16GB DDR4 3000mhz; Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB, CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 (on memory-approved list)
Windows 10 clean installed from a USB flash drive in what seemed like only 10 minutes. With BIOS at "ultra fast" post, Windows 10 is at sign-on screen in under 10 seconds.
I would buy another Gigabyte board again.
**** UPDATE ON 02/12/2017 **** -- Owned motherboard for about 11 months.
- I upgraded to the F20 bios and my Corsair DDR4 3000 became unstable at XMP Profile1 speeds. Not sure if it was a coincidence or perhaps I wasn't paying attention on the memory timing settings earlier. I was able to get the memory stable at 2666mhz. Gigabyte technical support was pretty responsive to my inquiries. They gave me a beta bios (F21a), but it didn't resolve the memory timing issues with the i3-6100.
- I upgraded to an i5-7600K and my memory speed instability issues went away. Corsair and Gigabyte support suggested it was possibly the IMC built into the i3-6100, as they were able to test the same memory on the same motherboard revision, same bios, etc., and run without any issues using an unlocked i7 Skylake CPU.
- It's been about 3 weeks since the CPU upgrade and have had no issues whatsoever with memory timings. Full 3000mhz speed via XMP.
- It's very easy to overclock with a K-chip, simply pick the pre-defined speed in the drop-down and see how the computer responds. I went with an overclock of 4.6ghz (100x46) with the i5-7600K with my Hyper 212 EVO and so far, no issues. Temps idle at around 28-30-30-32 with an ambient room temp of about 73f/22c.
Pros: ** 10 MONTH REVIEW UPDATE **
Keeps my i3-6100 at stock 3.7ghz at very cool 19c-20c at idle in an Antec 900 case with Arctic Silver 5 applied. I thought my Arctic Freezer Pro Rev 2 was large.
** UPDATE ** - I have since replaced my i3-6100 with an i5-7600K overclocked to 4.6ghz (100x46). After about 2-3 weeks of up time, according to Core Temp, the processor idles at 27c-29c-30c-32c. I did clean off and reapply Arctic Silver 5. With a room temp of 73f/22c and running about 10 minutes (20 Tests) of a blended test with Prime95 v26.6 only (not using newer versions due to online concerns about AVX stressing), the processor gets up to the 69-71c range for Cores 0-2 and about 73-74c for Core3, fluctuates a little based on room temp. The i5-7600K is a considerable wattage increase from my i3-6100, but this processor is on a different level.
Overall Review: "Upgraded" from a Lynnfield i7-860 2.8ghz overclocked to 3.5ghz (160x22) for the past several years running on an Arctic Freezer Pro Rev 2 with Arctic Silver 5 in the Antec 900 case. The processor would idle at 31c-33c. While not an apples-to-apples comparison by any stretch, I was pleasantly surprised to see sub-30c for the i5-7600K and the <20c when I had the i3-6100.
I was debating about a lower-end closed loop water cooler, but looking at some of the online video reviews, it doesn't make sense in my particular application.
Overall, great cooler. I'd buy it again.
Pros: This drive is considerably quieter than my 6 year old (yet still working) WD Caviar Black 640GB at SATA2 drive. Running at SATA3 speeds and pulling up a folder in Windows Explorer in "Details" view that contains about 175gb worth of movie files refreshes quickly, whereas I was listening to and waiting for my WD to display file size info.
I wanted to go for the newer DM006 model with that hopes that any DM001 kinks were fixed.
I use this drive primarily for DLNA storage. My OS and applications are on a SSD. I'm not concerned with HDD performance benchmarking numbers.
Overall Review: Windows Explorer reports 1.81 TB of formatted capacity space. Similar to most drives, I knew going into it, I wasn't going to get the full 2 TB.
I couldn't justify spending more than double on the 2TB WD Black drive. I would have opted for the 2TB WD Blue, however, they don't make it in 7200rpm. I purchased this on-sale for fifty-nine ninety-nine on-sale. Like my title says, "so far so good."
Pros: Upgraded from a Polk RM85 satellite package. I replaced the L/C/Rs to these M60IIs and a CS1, while moving the RM8s to my surrounds (from RM7s). The satellites bottomed out around 100Hz range. What a noticeable upgrade. I'm experiencing fuller/richer music rather than pushing frequencies below 100hz/120hz down to my PSW505. I can't wait for these to break-in.
Cons: Boxes arrived in pristine condition, but after opening them up, one of the grills was cracked. A quick phone call to Polk's customer service, and they shipped me out a new one within a few days.
Overall Review: Monitor60 II's in Front,
CS1 in Center,
RM8s as surrounds,
Pioneer VSX-1021-K receiver
Pros: Let's talk non-program Pros first.
1.) Was free after rebate.
2.) Came with free reg for WinZip 15.5 Pro.
3.) Once you register PSP, you get access to download the KPT filter plugins for free.
I have been using PSP since Jasc's v4, upgraded to v6 then eventually v9. Having been using v9 for about 6 years now, I was hesitant to upgrade.
The layout still feels the same. Under File->Preferences->General Program... There's an option to have it start automatically in the "Edit" portion of the program. Also, there have been many people on the net complaining about not being able to change the workspace color. Corel released SP1 patch on 12/01/11. It allows the change of color. Download the patch.
There are several new features compared to my outdated version, Smart Carver, various new picture frames, and Vignettes. If it wasn't ultimately for free, I would have liked to have upgraded anyway, but it would have been much lower on "to-do" list.
Cons: The program boots within the same amount of time as v9. However, even with an i7 processor and 12gb of DDR3 1600 memory, X4 takes a little longer for various tasks such as auto-proofing when adjusting curves, using the background eraser, etc.
Overall Review: Not sure if everyone is buying the downloadable version; however, when I ordered it, I was sent a retail boxed version. It came with an installation DVD. The serial/activation number is found in the inside jacket pocket, opposite of the DVD. The WinZip activation code was inserted on top of it. I had no issues activating or registering either product. Maybe you need an active internet connection?
Pros: This new set was an addition to my existing 4gb of G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ (2x2gb DDR3 1600) on a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P motherboard. Both the Ripjaw and existing set have identical timings and voltage... Motherboard accepted the memory without any issues, and no errors so far in Windows. Bought during Thanksgiving for $29.99.
Overall Review: I have no idea why I need 12gb of ram, but it was fun upgrading.
Pros: In-Laws were looking for an inexpensive HTIB system for a new home. Tried the wholesale clubs and chain stores, but couldn't resist this deal for 299 on-sale w/free shipping here at the egg. Sub is adequate and will be sufficient for their periodic use. Speakers are crisp. Lots of HDMI inputs and very customizable, current model receiver.
Cons: Nothing to lose any eggs over. I would not recommend at full price. If your house is pre-wired for surround, note that the subwoofer only has a mono sub-input. It comes with a decent length subwoofer cable. I ended up constructing my own cords to convert to/from banana plugs.
Overall Review: Over all, good package. The receiver alone is about 170, so do the math to see if you can find a better deal if purchased separately.
Pros: Memory works as described in my Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P board. Both sticks recognized on initial boot as 1333, easy slight tweak in the motherboard to make it work as 1600. Running on stock timings.
Overall Review: Will eventually buy another set in the future. I ended up RMA'ing a pair from A-DATA due to 1 faulty stick (23 errors from MemTest+). The next day, 23 turned into 3000+ errors within first minute of running tests. Should have bought G.SKILL initially.
Pros: Very quick processor. Upgraded from a Q9550 that was was also fast. I was able to see a difference. Running smooth on a Gigabyte UD4P.
Overall Review: Went with a Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, Rev. 2. Never gave the Intel hs/fan a try. In an Antec 900 case, the CPU stays cool -- around 33/34c.
Pros: Has more features then I really need in a motherboard - was an upgrade from a UD3P. Booted up on the first try. This upgrade will last me quite some time.
Overall Review: Fits fine in an Antec 900, Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, GTX 260. If you choose to stick with onboard sound and want Optical and Coaxial INPUTS, you can find the SPDIF IN Bracket on the internet (Newegg doesnt sell it). Do a search for 12CR1-1SPDIN-01R
Pros: All 4gb of Memory was automatically recognized by my Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P as 1333. Tweaked the BIOS to make it run at 1600.
Newegg's CSRs and Return Policy.
Cons: Here's the problem... Computer is off overnight or while at work, turn on the machine and, upon boot, Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium BSOD with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT. Reboot, get a SYSTEM SERVICE EXCEPTION error, and then reboot, MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error again. Finally after the 4th restart, it boots and runs.
Ran MemTest86+ 4.00 first thing in the morning and at least one stick had 23 errors after 1 hour of testing.
Memory and computer is running stock speeds.
Overall Review: RMA return process through Newegg was quick and easy. CSR provided a pre-paid label, and I ordered an equivalent set by G.SKILL immediately, if I am lucky enough, I'll have no downtime before I ship out. $5.00 difference, but stability is well worth the $5.00.
i7-860 at stock speeds
Arctic Cooling 7 Freezer Pro Rev. 2
PNY GTX 260 Core 216
WD Caviar Black 640gb
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Fresh Build, All Latest Drivers
Pros: Clean bass response, explosive. BASH amp, 360w continuous, 12"... Fills our large family room with ease and at only 40% gain. This thing replaced my 10 year old Aiwa TS-W9 8" 100w powered sub. There's no comparison. The sub's look is even "wife approved."
Cons: None... other than I missed the $229 price.
Overall Review: I have this sub paired with Polk's RM85 satellite package that I found on clearance at BB a month ago. Manual recommends connecting the sub using speaker line inputs. I figure I didn't want to go through the hassle and just use the receiver's sub pre-out and sub's LFE jack (note: this way bypasses the sub's low pass filter). The response was only "OK". I decided to try the recommended way, and use speaker line inputs. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.
Before purchasing, I was looking at the PSW10 (50w, 10") and PSW110 (100w, 10") at BB. After stumbling upon the PSW505 here on the Egg, I'm glad I went larger and more powerful. As many others have said, buy it now before they're gone. It's worth every penny.
Pros: I have this paired with a Q9550/E0, and boy, what an upgrade from a 4200+ and an Asus M2A-VM HDMI! More tweaking features and connections that I could ever want. With the Q9550 slightly overclocked to 3.0ghz, the CPU is running at 34c according to EasyTune 6, and Real Temp 3.0 shows 39c for Core 0. CPU cooled by an ACF7. I chose this pair over an i7 due to the price of the i7 motherboards.
Cons: If I had to gripe... Crossfile = YES; SLI = NO. But, I knew that going into it. Not worth losing an egg over!
Overall Review: Buy the AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Cooler for $4.99 if your motherboard is idling high! Before I added the slot cooler, Easy Tune had the board idling around 57c. I have an older eVGA 8800 GTS 320mb (G80) card that idled at 72c which was hovering over the southbridge's temp sensors. After installing the AOC Slot Cooler under the video card, my motherboard temp dropped to 46c/47c at idle, and my GPU dropped to 61c/62c.
Pros: Really inexpensive and works as advertised. Quiet!
I put the slot cooler directly under my video card (8800 GTS/320). I was thinking about spending $41 for the AC GPU cooler. I'm glad I didn't! My video card is hot by nature (was 72c at idle), but unfortunately, it is also sitting right on my motherboard chipset temp sensor. MB was idling at 57c at idle. Not anymore! See below....
Cons: Shipping was more than the slot cooler itself. The cheaper Thermatake unit has Egg Saver Shipping as an available option -- could have purchased 2 of those for the price of one of these.
Overall Review: Here are some numbers after 3 hours of use:
BEFORE (Idle Temps):
Intel Q9550 (95w/E0):
- Real Temp 3.00 - 41c (Core 1)
- Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 - 37c
- Note: Slight Overclock to 3.00ghz
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P 1.1:
- Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 - 57c
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320mb (G80):
- Real Temp 3.00 - 72c
AFTER (Idle Temps):
Intel Q9550 (95w/E0):
- Real Temp 3.00 - 39c (Core 1)
- Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 - 33c
- Note: Slight Overclock to 3.00ghz
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P 1.1:
- Gigabyte Easy Tune 6 - 47c
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320mb (G80):
- Real Temp 3.00 - 62c
Pros: Upgraded from an older WD 80gb SATA/150 8mb cache drive to this. Noticeably faster... What a great improvement!
Cons: Wish I would have ordered it when it was 10 bucks less a few weeks ago. However, it's still worth every penny I paid for it.
Pros: Purchased this when I bought my Q9550 (95w/E0). Never did test it against the stock Intel cooler. My computer is in a fairly warm room (78f-80f) and fairly poor ventilated case in Florida. RealTemp shows the cores ranging from 34c-37c at idle. Gigabyte EasyTune shows 31c-33c. This is with a slight overclock to 3.06ghz.
Compared to my old system, AMD stock cooler on a Windsor 4200+ (89w), this is at least 8-9c cooler.
Well worth the money.
Cons: Push-pins... Read the comments for installation suggestions.
Overall Review: To save some money, periodically check for this as an open box item. It usually goes for 13 plus 7 shipping.
Pros: Was free with the AC Freezer 7. It's still sitting in the plastic bag it came in.
Pros: Worked in upgrading an older Dell Inspiron 1300 from 512mb to 2gb. Booted first time. System + Windows XP recognized it immediately. Very inexpensive. Good brand.
Pros: Great timings, fast performance. The final price after rebate was the deciding factor. It does what it claims.
Cons: None... Although I wish the spreaders also had a mixture of blue as well (Go Gators!).
Overall Review: Upgraded from a P4-based system with PC3200 RAM. Mind blowing difference.
Pros: Replaced my P4 3.0ghz HT rig with a 4200+ cpu. Unbelievable difference in speed.
Cons: None.. Can't comment on overclocking.
Overall Review: Haven't used an AMD processor since the old 5x86/133mhz chip from way back... I'm glad I gave AMD a second look!
Pros: The price point and features make this board attractive. HDMI is good to have, but realistically, I'm not ever going to use it. Ditto on the onboard Audio. Again, great features, great company, great price.
Cons: Yes, as everyone stated, when you install the HDMI card, it will take up the PCIx16 slot. Won't pose a problem for me, but for some it might.
Overall Review: Was forced to upgrade from a P4-3.0ghz HT cpu and 2gb of PC3200 after a Gigabyte motherboard issue. I bought a AMD Athlon 4200+ processor and 2gb of DDR2 800 along with the board. Mindblowing performance increase.
Pros: Speed and capacity.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Bought this drive to bring some life back into my 4 year old Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. It replaced the stock Hitachi/IBM 30gb 4200rpm drive. Old drive had 1/3 capacity left and started slowing down considerably. Did a fresh install of Windows and reloaded all programs. Dreamweaver and Paint Shop Pro went from 30-35 seconds on initial load down to 8-10 seconds (like my desktop). Huge difference. Would definitely buy it again without question.