Date Joined: 03/14/06
Pros: Price was good, blue color is nice, quick arrival, I even finally got it to work at advertised timings and speed.
Cons: No Cons with the 2133mhz CL-10 DDR3 Memory itself. I could not get it to work at first. See Other thoughts...
Overall Review: If you have trouble running @ the advertised speed and timings read this. So after two days of trying all kinds of different settings in the BIOS, I started to think I got a bad Ram kit. I just figured I got unlucky like some of the other bad reviews on here. I just couldn't really believe it since I have been buying G.Skill for a long time. Back in 2007 I started buying G.skill, probably about 12 dual channel kits all together and my first purchase was a single stick of DDR 400 for a socket 754 mobo lol. I used to be a huge 0 C Z fan but you don't see that ram anymore. I was ready to start a return with NewEgg but I kept tinkering with BIOS settings and I noticed something. I remembered a while back I went through my OC settings and got all my voltages as low as I could while still being stable in Prime for 12-16 hours. What I noticed was I had the CPU/NB Voltage pretty low. That specific voltage setting is for the On Chip Memory Controller. It was set around 1.12v so I set it to 1.23v and made sure the profile for the memory was still set correctly. I Did another quick check to make sure all my OC settings were the way I like them. I also verified the DRAM Voltage was @ 1.6 because my mobo likes to set it to auto which is 1.5v but actually 1.46 to be exact. So I then clicked Save and Exit BIOS, waited for a few seconds... My machine beeped and booted into WIN 7 -64bit. I was so happy and relieved that it finally worked. Two days of wracking my brain and it was just the CPU/NB Voltage setting. I tried so many different configurations. I ran Prime for an hour once I verified all the frequencies, timings, and 16gb size were all correct. Prime was stable right until I stopped the test because it was hot in the house and my PC is like a mini space heater during stress tests. I've ran memtest before but it takes a long time so I'll do that one of these days soon. Before I went to sleep on the night I was having trouble getting the memory to run correctly, I actually ran memtest on this 2133mhz memory when I could only get it stable @ 1600mhz CL9 and the test completed with no errors. I now think a lot of bad ram reviews are probably just one setting that's a little off in the bios . G.Skill does make a very good product, my first choice and I will always buy it as long as it's available.
Pros: Price was decent, I think it looks pretty good, it works with no problems, Had fun tinkering around in the bios.
Cons: I should of bought two, I can't really think of any, could of been a little less priced I suppose. I think I paid about 85 or 90 bucks with shipping.
Overall Review: When I bought this mobo I felt like it was gamble because there wasn't any reviews yet. For some reason the look of the board kept catching my eye. I spent more than a few days trying to decide which board to get. At the time I got this board there wasn't very many to choose from and most 970-A boards that were still available had a lot of bad reviews. I'm happy to say it all worked out good. I stuck a 6-core FX 6300 in there along with some Ripjaws 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333 and a 960GTX. I set the bios as needed to run the processor at 4.3 GHZ and made sure the ram timings were running at advertised speeds and it runs great. Plays some of the newer games nicely with no problems at all. I did install a cheapy aftermarket cpu cooler and I was surprised that it worked as good as it did. Idles temps are low and in pirme95 ( 7hrs stable) it maxed out 67c but it was a really hot day and it was hot in the house close to 90 degrees. I won't mention the cpu cooler because it looks like it's not available anymore and there are better ones for just a few bucks more. If I would of known these 970-A boards were going vanish I would of bought 1 or 2 extra. I would buy another one of these boards if they were still available. I'm not going to shell out for a Ryzen and AM-4 board just yet. I still miss the days of the Phenom II, that was a fun time modding computers for me. Anyhow the ASRock 970A-G/3.1 works just great for me. If there were any problems it would just be more fun for me to figure it out. I think some people just get mad real quick, say it's junk and act like they got ripped off. Some stuff is junk but not that much. I never mentioned the OS that I'm running, Win7 64bit. I ain't touching Win8, 8.1 and probably not windows 10, unless they force us to like they did with XP. I miss those good'ol WinXP days too lol.
Pros: It's been running everyday for nearly 4 years. Price was cheap at the time I bought it. Single rail, Still works, never had any issues with it.
Cons: I guess that it is a 80+ white, not so efficient as some others. My fault, I didn't pay attention at the time because I was just looking for single rail, wattage, and lowest price of a brand I kind of trusted.
Overall Review: The computer it was in was always on, my kids played video games on it probably about 8 - 12 hours a day. The system has a AMD Phenom II Quad core OC'd to 3.8ghz, 970-A mobo, single 7200rpm hard drive, 660 GTX, and about 6 or 7 120mm LED case fans lol. Not a real high power demand and I think that's why it still works. I don't know if I'd trust it to run both of my old GTX 660's. If it was on sale real cheap and I needed a PSU, I would buy this again. I think I paid about 35 bucks on sale and got free shipping too. So at the time, for that price there was nothing else that compared IMO. I like doing a little research to find out who really makes the PSU units, the oem company. I usually only buy Sesasonic now or units made by Seasonic as the oem. Or I might buy something that's made by another good oem company if it's on sale real cheap. Or if there is a popular model with tons of good reviews and not many bad reviews I'll buy it as long as it's priced much lower than a top quality model I usually go for. I can't believe how many hours I've spent trying to find the best PSU for lowest price.
Pros: Worked great for about 4 years of everyday use.
Cons: Nothing really...
Overall Review: I think my HD is acting strange but it might have been from the power outages we had every few days for the past week and a half. I have had about a dozen WD hard drives over the past 10 years and never had a problem. I going to buy a WD Black 1 TB to replace this one. I'll monkey around with the WD Blue 1 TB and really make sure if it has a problem or not.
Pros: Still works till this day, never had any problems, it's been running almost every day since 2008. I've ran some pretty hard stress tests for days at a time and this thing was pumping out a bit of heat and it just keeps on going strong. I hope I'm not going to jinx myself by writing this review but it's such a good power supply and I wish they still made them like this.
Cons: I don't think they make this PSU anymore. I think it was pretty expensive back when I bought it, not really a con because it's still running good.
Pros: Don't know yet... See other thoughts.
Cons: Doesn't let me add to wishlist... See other thoughts.
Overall Review: When I tried to add this motherboard to my wishlist it wouldn't add or show up, it was kind of weird. Then I started wondering if other people had the same problem and just ordered something else which is what I almost did. I also thought that might be why there isn't very many reviews on this motherboard. What I did to finally become able to buy the thing was just click add to cart. I wasn't sure if it was going to work but it did. Once I get it I will do a review on the actual motherboard. I didn't knock any eggs off because I didn't want give a bad rating for something that might not be bad.
Pros: Still going
Overall Review: Working over five years and overclocked to 3.6 ghz the whole time.
Pros: Looks good, price was fair... at least it was when I bought it back in Feb 2015, plenty of room for my needs.
Cons: I'm pretty sure the front USB ports are only for USB 3.0 and the mobo I have only has USB 3.0 built in to the rear connector where all the other hookups are. That's more of a motherboard issue not the cases fault, I just kind of realized that too lol...
Overall Review: The manual says something about using USB 2.0 for the front ports but I couldn't figure out what it meant. I guess I'll look at it again... I still think it's a pretty awesome case. I might buy another one eventually. I actually bought this for my sons computer and he loves it.
Pros: Price wasn't bad at all, free shipping and arrived quick too, decent quality but I can't judge it too much because it's my first real aftermarket cooler other than one of those Alpine hunks of aluminum with a slow fan. looks better in person than it does in the pictures not that it matters that much, theoretically simple to install... hehe!
Cons: I noticed the bottom of mine wasn't "perfectly" smooth so I laid a piece of 400 grit sandpaper over the bottom of an old CPU cooler (like a sanding block) because I knew it was a very flat surface and I lapped it in or basically sanded it smooth... Very smooth after I finished up with some 600 grit. Maybe I was being a perfectionist but I think everyone who says these type of coolers are junk may have had one where the bottom wasn't as smooth as it should of been.
Overall Review: I did a dry fit first and it was a little tiny bit loose but that's probably because I sanded it smooth lol. So I went to the garage and found a perfect little washer that was super thin and put it under where the clamp deal goes and it was super snug. If you read what I wrote in the Cons section I like to add that I'm sure the CPU cooler would of done great if the thermal paste was applied in a way where there was enough to fill any little tiny gaps. I am happy with it and my AMD 8320 doesn't overheat anymore. I was seeing 81c and freaking out before I got this cooler and now I only hit 65c during prime95 stress test with all eight cores enabled @ 4.0 ghz and no throttling. That was even on a hot day and it was about 85 in the house. I would buy another one but I like to try different parts and compare which is better. Don't be discouraged by my tinkering with the cooler, I like to modify and fabricate stuff. I guess it's kind of a hobby of mine.
Pros: It works, low price, good compatibility for older parts laying around.
Cons: Doesn't seem to like my new FX6300 six core AM3+ processor. Flashed bios to latest version, reinstalled Win7, installed latest mobo and video drivers and still cant get frame rates back to where they were.
Overall Review: The motherboard worked great when it had 89w Phenom II x2 555 callisto AM3. My processor upgrade turned into a downgrade lol. This mobo seems like a good choice for older parts like AM2 with DDR2 or AM3 with DDR2 / DDR3. Probably not a good choice for the new AM3+ processors. Spend an extra 10, 20 or 30 more bucks for a better board if your going to use the socket AM3+ FX processors.
Pros: Not too expensive, still works, Haven't had any problems.
Cons: Some of the heat sinks get hot to the touch. Probably best to stick with a 95w processor, even though I got a 125w Deneb Phenom xII 955 @ 3.7ghz OC'd.
Overall Review: I have a good amount of air going thru my case and a old 60 or 70mm cpu fan rigged up (nicely) to cool them hot heat sinks. I did that because all the reviews keep saying this board will fry. Maybe it's just a precaution I took but I have everything OC'd and It's been running that way for nearly a year. I bought this board because It seemed like the best one for the price at the time and I needed something quick and cheap because a bad bios flash killed my MSI NF980-G65. I have some trust in MSI because I have a another old socket 754 from 2004 that's been running overclocked and overvolted everyday for 10 years now.
Pros: Works fine, cheap, had all the connector I needed, doesn't look too bad.
Cons: Was unsure about it for a while.
Overall Review: My sons expensive name brand power supply went out, it filled up with dust and over heated I'm guessing. I was really tight on money and I used a logisys before that came in a case I bought and didn't have any trouble. So being very short on cash I bought this power supply because at the time it had the highest amperage on a single rail for the price. It was still working when I pulled it out to replace with something better. It's been running a lot of hours everyday for 1 year and 9 months. It was running a old nForce 4 sli mobo with a opty 165 and one 9800gt, single hard drive. Pretty basic system but it was more than decent back in 2006 when I built it. It worked out good for me and what I needed it for. I wouldn't use it for newer systems with higher wattage processors and big video cards or multiple vid cards. If you don't have nothing crazy for a system and are in a super tight financial bind like I was give it try.
Pros: It works just fine for me, price.
Cons: None really
Overall Review: For the price I doubt you'll find anything better. I'm going to buy 2 or 3 more for my kids computers.
Pros: Better than Vista and isn't a cell phone operating system.
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: Ordered on Tuesday and it arrived on Saturday. A little slower than usual but I was cheap on the shipping. I bought this same Windows7 twice before from New Egg and I luv it. I'm going to use Win7 until you just can't anymore just like Win XP. Unless M$ comes out with something way more awesome than Win7 and it actually works correctly lol
Pros: They work, price wasn't bad, look good, 1600mhz, good timings.
Cons: Not the rams fault but my processor just can't handle the higher speeds and low latency. See, "other thoughts".
Overall Review: I was using mushk*n 1333mhz 7-7-7-20 but thought I would get a little more performance with something that has a higher speed and similar timings to the mushk*n so I bought these. Wasn't impressed at first because I had to run at 8-8-7-24 but after two days of adjusting and testing I think I found the sweet spot. If anyone else has trouble getting 1600mhz and CL7 you might want to give these settings a whirl. Right now I have the voltage set to 1.67 and I might be able to lower it and still be stable. TCL-8, TRCD-8, TRP-7, TRAS-22, TRFC-110ns, TWR-12, TWTR-6, TRRD-5, TRTP-6, TRC-34, and 1T command rate or cycle time or whatever your mobo has it named. Not to mention they are stable in pr*m*95. My windows experience went from 7.6 to 7.7 it's a small jump but the new sticks were cheaper than my old 1333mhz sticks which are going into my sons rig along with other parts to upgrade from old DDR2 800mhz. So with a little effort and/or knowhow you can get great performance from these memory modules on systems that have older components. So basically for the price you aren't going to get anything better with these specs.
Pros: Quality, timings.
Overall Review: I figured out the timings and memtest ran overnight with out any errors. Win 7 rates it at 7.7 now. Alot of time getting it set just right to only see a .1 increase in Win 7 but at least benchmarks went up pretty good.
Pros: It works, low price, not wide screen, no dead/stuck pixles but I'm not sure yet if thats a issue with LED monitors or not. Doesn't get as warm as my other LCD monitors.
Overall Review: The color does look a little different from my other LCD monitors but it still looks good to me. I don't watch movies on my pc so can't say anything about that. I just browse internet and play video games. It does the job just fine. I turned up the digital vibrance on my Nv graphics software and thats probably why the color seems decent. For the price I paid I am happy. Hopefully it lasts four or five years. I bought this before there was any reviews and I was kinda nevous about it but I wanted a 19" non wide screen for cheap. I have another monitor of the same brand that I bought about five years ago and it's still going strong with 10-15 hours a day usage.
Pros: It works, looks cool, runs pretty cool to.
Overall Review: So mouch better than the 9800gt green edition I was using.
Pros: It works, looks awesome, bios is easy except for advanced mem timings, never heard of swizzle mode.
Cons: None yet...
Overall Review: I just wish mobo and memory manufacturers would shed a little more light on mem timings. I guess it's more the memory but all them settings in the bios under advanced sub categories takes a long time to figure out. I don't like leaving anything on auto unless it's the only way. 7-7-7-20 @ 1.65v just isn't enough info. Great Motherboard though, seems to be alot like my 780a sli diamond. I don't like cr*ssfire but I think the new amd chipset boards can do cr*ssfire or sli. I'll have to read more about it.
Pros: Not to pricey, still works, and no problems.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: I bought two of these and one has been going for a year all day everyday. The other has been running day and night for about six months. At the time I bought these power supplies you couldn't get a better single rail psu with the amperage this psu has unless you paid alot more. I haven't had any problems at all but I bet some geek somewhere will say these power supplies aren't any good.
Pros: Didn't cost much at all, it does seem to run at 7-7-7-18, the red looks nice with Bio-st*r mobo. Win Vista shows a 5.9 rating for memory.
Cons: Had to play with timings quite a bit but thats not really a con, I like doing that.
Overall Review: It's probably my motherboard or vista but I got alot of bsod for a while and thats when I went to 1.7v and put the timings a little more lose. There's alot settings on the mobo for timing so untill I get every last one figured out I set memory to 7-8-8-20 and that still gave the same 5.9 score in vista for memory. It's good ram but my mobo and vista isn't so great. I would buy this memory again.
Pros: It works, it's cheap.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I might buy a few more, or at least one more.
Pros: It works, very low price.
Overall Review: I guess I didn't see the details were it says it's a green edition video card. This card lost about a 1000 points in 3D Mark 06 compared to the 8800GT it replaced. I thought all 9800GT cards were a slight step up from the 8800GT, I should of read more about them. I still got a decent card for a great price.
Pros: None anymore...
Cons: It seems to have taken a dump out of nowhere. It lasted about a couple months.
Overall Review: It didn't last long but it ran 7 days a week for about 14 - 16 hours a day.
Pros: Price, performance, lasts long time.
Overall Review: I have had this stick for two and half years slightly overvolted and slightly OC'd with no problems. I've got it running at 2.8v and 410 mhz. Timmings are 2-2-3-5 or 2-3-2-5, I cant remember and the command rate is 1t. It's good memory, I should of bought two sticks.