Date Joined: 07/15/04
Pros: My BIOS defaulted to 533 and 5-5-5-18, but it was a quick and easy manual fix to make it run as advertised. If you want an overclocking champ, shell out the extra dough and get one of the low latency versions. If you want an absolutely rock-stable system, get this and run it at its intended settings.
Cons: None that I have found.
Overall Review: Don't let a few bad experiences sway your decision. Look at the reputation of Corsair and the overwhelming amount of positive reviews both here on the Egg and elsewhere on the web, and make your own decision. Personally, Corsair has always been worth the investment for me.
Pros: What a great way to set up a 500GB RAID system on the cheap! I have it connected to a SATA 1.5Gb connector and it has no issues scaling back.
Cons: None at this point.
Overall Review: This is an OEM drive, so that's all you get is the drive. Make sure you have an extra SATA cable, power connector, and drive screws.
Pros: This was by far the easiest upgrade I have ever performed. Unlike replacing a mobo, all I had to do was update BIOS (2.2 on ASRock website), change a few banks of jumpers, plug the card in, and turn the system on. No upgrading or repairing Windows and hoping it recognizes the new components without haveing to do a clean install. This was a seamless upgrade that was absolutely transparent to XP Pro.
Cons: None associated with the product; I have compatibility issues with the HSF bracket mounting holes and my waterblock, but that's not the fault of this board.
Overall Review: I have MANY things hooked up in my system - Four waterblocks (CPU, GPU, NB, SB), four HDDs, firewire and USB connectors, case lights, optical drives, etc. etc. etc. Unlike when replacing a mobo, this upgrade required me to disconnect ZERO components from the mobo (except for the 4-pin power lead, which gets plugged into the card). The only thing I had to do was pull my video card out for a few minutes while I changed the jumpers. This entire upgrade took me about ten minutes. Can't beat it!
Pros: This card comes factory overclocked with plenty of headroom for more. I'm running perfectly stable at 550/1600, which is what CoolBits determined to be my optimal settings. Running BF2, CoD2, F.E.A.R., etc. at max or nearly max settings. Looks AWESOME at this level of detail and has yet to exceed 39C even at full load. The shorter card is a welcomed improvement over previous nVidia offerings.
Cons: Some of the caps don't seem to be soldered very securely, so I can understand the common issue, but all of mine are still intact.
Overall Review: Make sure your PSU has plenty of spare juice if you plan to bump the overclock. This isn't a power-hungry GPU but it can be finicky at times if you don't have a lot to spare.