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Adam E.

Adam E.

Joined on 07/29/09

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Most Favorable Review

Great way to add extra SATA ports

IOCrest SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card
IOCrest SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: -4 SATA ports on one small card -Cheap -PCI-E x1 (best that I had available) -Supports booting from an attached drive I bought this card to add SATA ports for storage drives. My aging P5Q-E motherboard does not support HDDs larger than 2TB; this card allows me to use 4TB HDDs.

Cons: -No RAID -Could be faster -Adds a few seconds to boot time This card does not support RAID; it is strictly JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Drives). That being said, this card is nearly 10x cheaper than a RAID card. PCI-E x1 v1.0 should allow for up to 250MB/s of bandwidth each way. I plugged my Vertex 4 SSD OS drive into the card and found (using ATTO) that it is slower than my motherboard's SATA II controller. (175MB/s vs. 270 MB/s).Transferring files from an onboard SATA II HDD to a SATA III HDD on this card yields 90MB/s. For file storage and HDD it is plenty fast enough (what I bought it for), however I was a little disappointed with its performance using my SSD. A couple of seconds are added to my boot up time when it displays the drives that are attached to the card. Not a big deal; could be worse.

Overall Review: This card met my needs perfectly. Allows me to add more storage drives, use 4TB HDDs, reasonably good transfer rates, and was cheap. Recommended product for anyone with similar requirements.

Most Critical Review

Defective

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Wouldn't know.... Solidly built board, much heavier than expected. Decent connector layout, graphics card does interfere with the IDE cable a little but is a very minor inconveinence.

Cons: No RAID. Booted from Vista disk, didn't recognize one of my hard drives so I restarted and checked connectors. Go to boot from disk again and says Operating System Missing. Tried another OS disk, same problem. Replaced DVD drive, same problem. RMA'd

Overall Review: Second time I've bought a Gigabyte board. First one was great, this one was supposed to be better quality but doesn't work. Recommend looking at the % of DOA and Failure rates when purchasing a new motherboard. This one was at ~5% which is quite good, I just got unlucky. RMA'd for refund as it does not support RAID.

Great SSD

OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXLE100G
OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXLE100G

Pros: Fast. The SandForce 1500 is fantastic. Blazing Random Reads and Writes. Sustained Writes are top notch too. Good price to performance ratio for high-end SSD; if you are looking at a building (or upgrading) a gaming rig and need a boot/program drive to match your CPU/RAM/GPU this is a good buy.

Cons: Would give it 5 eggs, but mine failed after just over 3 months. OCZ is RMA'ing it, but after delivering it to them myself I still didn't have a replacement after 2 weeks. I made a post on their forums and I was quickly informed that they no longer have replacement stock of this drive (as it's a Limited Edition). At first they said they'd give me a Vertex 2 100GB which is very comparable, but then changed their mind and are going to send me a Vertex 2 Pro (currently over $650). By the time I get my replacement it'll have been very very close to a month since my drive failed. Not too happy about the amount of time, but getting a Pro model which is nearly double what the LE costs now and is more reliable sorta makes up for it. Would have been nice if OCZ told me sooner that they had none left, rather than me having to inquire why I hadn't received my replacement.

Overall Review: I'm using a 780i motherboard which isn't very good for SSD's. The nForce boards are known to be a poor match for SSD's; I get slightly lower benches than what review sites achieve. By slightly lower I mean ~10%. Not at all the fault of the drive; it's still blazing fast even though I'm not getting 100% of what it has to offer. Can't wait to get onto a LGA 1366 board with SATA 6GB, but alas, being a student sucks.

Fast

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.83 GHz LGA 775 95W Desktop Processor - BX80569Q9550
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.83 GHz LGA 775 95W Desktop Processor - BX80569Q9550

Pros: Fast, so fast. OC's like a champ 45nm architecture means high speed, low voltage and low heat

Cons: Out performs my 780i motherboard when overclocking

Overall Review: Didn't boot when set to stock settings. Had to restart PC 3 times to get it to boot and then it would only run in safe mode. Reformatted and still had same problem. Got fed up so I overclocked it a bit and it worked perfectly. I guess the board had a dead spot at stock settings. I got the E0 stepping model (better overclocking). Completely stable at 3.6 GHz air cooled and temps only go above 55C when my room starts to heat up. Had it running at 3.8 GHz but it wasn't entirely stable. Replaced my q6600 for this chip, definitely a noticeable improvement. Only slightly more $ than the q6600 right now and is the FAR better deal. Maxes out my 2 8800GTX's so no need to go beyond 3.6 GHz. If you have a 775 socket board or don't want to spend the ridiculous $ to upgrade to the 1366, get this chip.

Good Chip

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600

Pros: - 4 Cores = awesome multi-tasking - overclocks very well: 100% stable at 3.3GHz and temps max at ~55C. Had it at 3.6GHz but occassionally crashed and temps started reaching 60C. Each chip is slightly different and may take some tinkering to find the right settings, but all will yield huge performance increases with good mobo and cooling.

Cons: Price: 65nm architecture is outdated. Requires higher voltage and more wattage than newer 45nm which equals more heat and less performance. The q9550 is only slightly more $ and significantly better, thus I currently don't recommend this CPU due only to the current price. Although there are 4 cores, their individual rates of computation are slower than other CPUs which can be noticeable when playing games that aren't optimized for multiple cores. Age of Empires and Sins of a Solar Empire are 2 such games where only 1 core is running the game and it often becomes swamped when lots of units are in play. At stock speeds this CPU is still good, but will bottleneck a high end video card. Overclocking to 3.0GHz or higher is highly recommended for gaming. I love my q6600, but now is not the time to buy it since the q9550 is only $20 more.

Overall Review: If gaming is what you have in mind go with an E8000 series dual-core which can compute operations faster, though not as many at once. They also overclock better due to less heat from 45nm and only 2 cores. If you have the $ and want a quad core the q9550 is what you want. q6600 -> upgrading to q9550 which is on it's way :) EVGA 780i 4GB OCZ 1066mhz 2x8800GTX SLI Corsair 1000W PSU (for future video card upgrades) 2x 250GB Seagates in Raid 0 2x 1.5TB Seagates Antec 900 II

Great Little Card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100265HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100265HDMI

Pros: Awesome card for people on a budget and still using 1280x1024 resolution (17" monitors). - Relatively small (fit's in a micro-ATX case) - low power consumption - easily overclocks: 700mhz gpu and 2.0ghz memory and temps stay cool with 100% fan speed which is surprisingly quiet. -barely hear fan under auto fan control even while gaming. -low price

Cons: 512 MB of memory is insufficient for higher resolutions.

Overall Review: Plays CODWAW with all settings maxed. 700 mhz is max overclock for gpu core from ATI control panel, likely could go higher. Worth the few extra $ to get the 4770 which is essentially a faster version of this card thanks to the 55nm architecture, but if $ is tight and you aren't a serious gamer this card is for you.