Date Joined: 03/02/01
Pros: easy install no drain of speed on a pcie 3.0 ssd worth it ---to get out of messing with those TINY screws down in a crowded case
Cons: no real cons except it takes up a port on the MB
Overall Review: i think i like the full size version better, but this also works and is inexpensive solution for adding a ssd to your system.
Pros: excellent software, drive is quite fast. easy to install , fairly cool, and a great deal for the $$$ the only question of this drive is how long it will last. --so far excellent for a home PC.
Overall Review: outstanding
Pros: this q5 ssd seems pretty fast, easy to locate by the system, and seems to be a great choice for a home computer. in benchmarks is is right behind the samsung 980 with the power boost off. it may not be the hot ticket for moving huge files but for regular computing these things rock. just about any SSD is going to be a huge leap up from a mechanical drive and with the inexpensive add in cards even a slightly older system can get the speed of a SSD system.
Cons: the samsung 980 seems a tad faster though the difference is not noticable in the real world. samsung has better software. very few cons so far to this drive. i don't think you can go wrong with either drive--
Overall Review: would i buy another q5? maybe --though i am also tempted to try the crucial or WD 4.0 , i also like the samsung 970 evo
Pros: just plug in and go. installed this with a samsung 980 in a msi x570 tomahawk , seems to be full speed, the board id the drive right out of the gate. card came with screws another plus. better than installing a drive on the board as you don't have to pull a bunch of hardware and fiddle with TINY screws way down in the case.
Cons: this might be a con but i think the card is a 3.0 version. i suspect a 4.0 drive would work but it might be slowed maybe--
Overall Review: i might buy another in the future , the limitation is how many full size pcie slots---
Pros: lots of lighting options , solid but light clicking keys, its full size, it also has a little weight to it. so it seems solid. when i bought this i wasn't sure i would like it but they more i use it the better i like it. if it holds up i would say its a great deal. only had it for one day but liking it!!
Cons: comes with an extra part or two not to sure where they go.
Overall Review: best deal in a mechanical keyboard i've seen
Pros: seems to do a good job keeping my CPUs cool. on my test with a 3600 it kept the cpu 10C cooler at idle than the air cooler did. i would say its worth it for any 3600 and up to go with this unit.
Cons: the only con i can think of is the bracket that bracket on the back side of the MB is a pain. it could be simpler and not so "cobbled" it does work however. its just not as clean an install as i would prefer.
Overall Review: keeps CPU cool great with the multiple cores, running this with arctic mx4 TP and a 3900X 12 core and its cooler than a 3600 with the stock HSF. it will cool a 3890X with no problem.
Pros: i have an old asus monitor with the old style outlet. i have tries several other cheap adaptors and they were all no-gos. but this adaptor works like a charm!!
Cons: none really--
Overall Review: good product!
Pros: pretty decent, seems fast for a flash drive.
Overall Review: decent drive for the cost.
Pros: fairly quiet, quick reader, seems a solid unit. great value.
Cons: none for a basic dvd reader and burner.
Overall Review: good if you still run dvds and cds. good value for the price.
Pros: seems to have plenty of power for my use 2xDVD roms, 2HDs, asus x570 tuff MB, ryzen 3600, 2x6 ram,, 2xhdd, one radeon 570 , a few fans . cables seem long enough for my full tower case, the connections are a bit "tight" this is a good thing i think. some mild OC with this unit.. overall i think it is a solid unit.
Cons: stiff cables, tight connectors--although that is pretty much the same as other units.
Overall Review: if the price ir right this is a good unit--would buy another.
Pros: no problems with this and the b450 tomahawk board. g-skill ram, corsair PSU, seems quite stable @4,2G 7nm is hard to imagine--
Cons: none other than the 5000s are out supposedly a bit more advances.
Overall Review: this makes for a fast stable system a a reasonable cost.
Pros: these are a very good bang for buck speakers set up.
quality speakers and the well shielded wires.
the sound is very good and pretty good volume for such a modest priced set of speakers and amp.
Cons: no real cons. if your a true audio nut you may want more.
if your considering getting cheap speakers --get these instead!
Overall Review: if you thinking about getting the cheap speaker set, cough up the few extra $$$ and get these speakers.
the sound and volume is so much better and these only a few dollars more than the bare two speaker base set up.
Pros: decent storyline, plays well when patched, good voice acting, good graphics, good action. compares very well to ME1.
Cons: you really need to play ME1 first and import your player form ME1 for full effect.
some of the best NPC's from ME one have only cameo roles in ME2.
there are a few graphics glitches where the animations/movements are not 100% some MPCs don't walk like a real human would. sort of a gorilla like walk it is brief but just looks wrong. minor but annoying to watch.
you'll also need to patch up the game.
Overall Review: played fine on ati hd4870 and currently with a ge force 550 TI, win 7-64.
this value version is the best cause it don't have much in the way of DRM it logs in a number code and your done. no origin software to make a mess like me3.
it takes a good 30-40 hours to play through. it is quite the bang for buck in video games. i think you'll like it.
overall it is a good game with many hours of play, no stability problems or crashes on my set up .
Pros: cool, quite, enough power to run mass effects 1,2,3 full tilt on my 22" LCD.
this card has considerable overclocking headroom, probably 20%, though it runs well enough for me as is.
very low power draw on idle, it also draws less power than the HD 4870 it replaced when running a game.
Cons: can't really think of any. i guess my MSI 870S can't run these in SLI--
Overall Review: bought one of these "open box" to replace a fading and overheating asus HD 4870 i bought used from one of those online auction places last year.
i thought at first this would be one of those sideways deals and just hoped this card would do as well as the old HD 4870.
i am very happy to say it runs every bit as well, maybe even a bit better than the old card. and this is not overclocked at all!
this card also has a neat "old school" VGA port for the old CRT monitors. this works well for me cause the old asus VW221D LCD i have has that old port and not many modern cards have the old style port.
this is a very good card for mid-sized LCDs.
Pros: the lack of heat sinks allows them to fit the inside slots which would be blocked if they had the tall heat spreaders.
they work at 1.5v
booted right up. could be the ticket for a cheap 16 gig set up.
Cons: i can't think if any
Overall Review: they may or may not have a bunch of headroom. i haven't tested them to see if they overclock at all.
rock steady and stable. G-skill makes good ram.
i am running these on a MSI870 am3.
Pros: unlocked to quad core on second attempt. unlocked so an easy overclocker.
Cons: this is the slightly older core the C-2 so it uses a bit more power and runs slightly hotter than the current c-3 revisions.
some of the temp sensors don't show up when unlocked to a quad.
Overall Review: i picked up an open box version for a good price. i was not expecting it to open up the a quad core but it did on the second try with the MSI 870S.
it does use a bit more power than my 925 p2 x4 cpu it is pulling nearly 137.8W @ 3.2 gigs so i am going to run it at stock speeds while unlocked to a quad.
just as speedy as the 925 and only a bit warmer. a very good CPU!
Pros: a lot of cooler for a little $$, keeps my core-unlocked phenom 2 -720 quad cool. it clears all 4 ram slots on my MSI870s MB.
fairly quiet even on high, i am happy with the set up.
Cons: for it to clear the inside ram slots you can't have huge heat-sinks on the ram, esp on the inside slots.
the thermal paste does a good job getting rid of heat but beware if you have to remove the HS! it REALLY wants to stick to your CPU. if your not careful it will pull the CPU out of its socket! this thermal past is close to being thermal glue!
it is a big tall cooler! you should check to make sure you have the space to install this big cooler.
Overall Review: it seems to cool about as well as the 120mm AC unit on the other 870S MSI MB. the 720 opened up to quad core is running about 2-5 degrees more heat than the AC -120. the AC box has a C3 p2 925 cpu which run close to that much cooler--so their pretty close in overall cooling. this 720 black uses a lot more power than the 925 c-3. the 720 overclocked to 3.2g running quad is pulling 137w!
so far cool as a clam even overclocked with the 4 cores and pulling more juice than the other set up with the more efficient c3 core!
a pretty good cooler if you ask me!
Pros: very fast, very cool , lots of cache, seems very over-clockable, don't use much power only 95w, i got a C-3! about the same price as a black x2 cpu--
Cons: no heat sink as it is OEM, not a black edition so no unlocked multiplier, should have bought it a week ago and saved $10--
not a huge jump in processing power compared to my athlon 2-630 quad.
the new 35nm x4s,x6s and x8 CPUs are not that far off!
Overall Review: for the price this is a great CPU. you should be able to build a quad AMD for the price of a dual intel and upgrade later to the 35nm type cpus.
it seems AMD is giving the best upgrade paths these days.
Pros: lots of features for the price. generally a good over clock MB, very stable,fast, not too fussy about PSU's or RAM. excellent on board sound.
decently laid out. easy to set up and get running. easy to use bios.
Cons: some of the software and overclocking features are a disaster waiting to happen. the over-clock genie can be dangerous with some bios settings. it will often be way to overboard on cpu voltage, ram voltage , ram timings , FSB and so on to the point that it can break stuff.
if you going to overclock this board you better do it the old school way.
the ram slots are sort of close to the CPU. a big cooler can block the two inside ram slots.
some of that windows bios flashing stuff is a bit tiresome to work with--
Overall Review: i have two systems with this board one is a 630 quad core and the other is a phenom 2 925. one board is an open box from the egg.
they run great on win 7-64 & 32. they are air cooled with plenty of air on the north bridge, and around the VRMs. one of these days i am going to put coolers on the VRMs.
if you do your part there shouldn't be any problems running this board up to 125w CPUs
i know a lot of people that are running this board with a x6 cpu. so far none have had problems.
i can say though i wouldn't turn "overclock Genie " on if i had a x6 in mine!
i will put a x6 CPU in one of my 870s boards one day--
Pros: this thing really cools well! i have never seen temps so low on just an air cooling rig.
it seems well made, very sturdy and fits my phenom 2 CPU tightly.
Cons: it is BIG and it overhangs my ram slots on my MSI 870S-G54.
Overall Review: it does a very good job cooling my CPU and VRMs, i think it might be even helping to cool my north-bridge and my HD4870.
it is overhanging my two inner most ram slots. i don't know if i can get two more in there. even if there is enough space i'll have to pull the cooler to attempt it.
Pros: this referb drive has lots of space for a small price. seems fairly quiet and operates smoothly with win 7-64.
i had one episode with it and had to use WD tools to get it back up. the good thing is WD tools are pretty good.
Cons: only 16mb, so it ain't speedy. it is a better drive than the 500gb WD drive i bought last year i think. time will tell.
there are bigger and faster drives for close to the same price-
Overall Review: if you look around you'll see drives failing everywhere for a number or reasons.
it is good to have a few inexpensive spares!
Pros: was fast and stable. before the one stick started going bad.
asus m4a79 id it as 1600 ram.
low voltage of 1.5v
Cons: one stick died after just three days. i had a couple crashes in a video game. then i had some problems with the SATA, then i started having post freezes and BSOD's
i swapped everything around and found that one stick would run fine. the other would not even POST. much less past memtest.
Overall Review: i have never had a problem with Gskill ram before. i was just unlucky and got a bad stick.
new egg issued a RMA for refund. i had to send both sticks back and pay a small restock fee. so it is back to the ancient back up box till the new ram arrives!
good news is that the egg had some 2x4gig sticks on sale in 1300 so i am going to give g-skill another go. i really wanted 8gb anyway! LOL!
Pros: i dropped this in my open box asus m4a79XTD mb and it went right to work. rock stable.
fast for the money. seems to run my games OK though i have mostly old titles that i run on an old radeon 1950 pro.
looks to have some over clocking headroom. got this on a weekend sale for about the same price as a 2x. some of my software id it as a phenom i guess it is a phenom with a cut back cache.
Cons: not many. it would have been more fun had it had been an unlocked multiplier and some L3.
but i guess i'll get those when i move up to the 6x black!
Overall Review: you get a really good deal on these when their on sale. if i had to go regular price i think i would have went with a real 6mb phenom.
but these can do about as well when budget shopping.
Pros: reasonable fast,sata3, very quite, pretty vast amount of storage space, WD reliability very good @ sale price value.
Cons: the only con i can think of --you might buy two fro raid or hold out for a 1TB-64cach WD drive.
Overall Review: pretty much what you would expect from WD. a smooth running HD. don't know if it will hold up as long as my other WD drives but i certainly have no reason to think it won't do as well. is should run for many years.
newegg shipped the drive quickly for a good price and you have newweggs best in the biz CS. +1 for the egg!
Pros: good bios support, very good overclocking features,decent on board sound, good number of USB ports, very stable with core 2 wolfdale. seems very fast with 2x2g DDR2. modern pcie and sata set up. nice solid caps on the 6.2 version--
has two slots for DDR3 so don't get the slots mixed up!
Cons: the board is very small for full sized ATX and very thin. comes with sort of an econo package of software and cables.
could use an extra two ddr 2 slots--we will see how long it holds up-
Overall Review: i bought this to replace a tired abit pi-35. this mb went right to work out of the box and booted up the first try no issues and very stable with 45nm cpu,ddr2 ram on win xp64.
very good board for the money overall. biostar is breaking out of the econo MB's and going for the heavy duty users with all kinds of overclocking options for the pro user and software for those who want to just OC a little. the mb would be ideal had it had two more ddr 2 slots--but is very useable with just two.