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Jeffrey S.

Jeffrey S.

Joined on 08/08/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent mid-range board

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Onboard speed and control of six fans (CPU, SYS, AUX1-4) instead of just CPU and SYS in the IP35 and IP35-E. Dual Gigabit LAN connections. All of the power, SATA, and fan connectors are found at the edges of the boards (save the one molex near the PCIe 8x) making cable management much easier. There is plenty of room around the socket for aftermarket coolers.

Cons: The dual Realtek Gigabit Ethernet ports are on the PCI bus, not the PCIe bus. This limits the available bandwidth because of the bandwidth of the PCI bus, but few people will ever find a way of running into that problem. The bigger concern is that using the PCI bus will increase CPU use (though its still quite minor). I would have also liked to drop another PCI slot for a PCIe slot.

Overall Review: This really seems to be an excellent board for building a quiet and cool computer. The uGuru system is basically a built-in fan controller and allows you to undervolt fans to balance noise and cooling. Its also an excellent overclocking board, capable well past the 400MHz FSB range.

EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Fast and powerful at a decent price. This is an excellent card for non-fanatical gamers who still want or need performance. Factory overclocked to increase performance without the need to fool around with tweaking apps. The stock cooler does a good job, manages to be surprisingly quiet for a stock VGA cooler, and exhausts most of the hot air to the outside of the case. EVGA has a history of excellent customer service.

Cons: The fan sounds like a hair dryer on startup, but it quickly spins down to a much more reasonable level. The card is large enough to pose some concerns in smaller cases. The power consumption is noticeably higher than the GT model, despite using the same G92 processor.

Overall Review: As stated, this card is factory overclocked. Don't be surprised or upset when you're not able to continue overclocking it. Also note that this is a dual slot card. You're not going to go Tri-SLI on this and even for SLI you're going to want to make sure you've got room for two dual slot cards on your motherboard.

Hassle-Free Speed

Intel EXPI9300PT Gigabit Performance to the Desktop 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Intel EXPI9300PT Gigabit Performance to the Desktop 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45

Pros: Excellent driver support in Vista, XP and Linux (vie e1000). With a crossover cable between two of these, I've managed to hit 50Mbyte/sec transfers with 20ns latency (yes, Mbyte and nanosec) an no major spikes in CPU utilization. Jumbo packets are supported in case you think they'll help.

Cons: No documentation?

Overall Review: For all those considering being duped into a Killer NIC, this NIC has almost all the same advantages. Vista and Linux both allow offloading a significant amount of work to the NIC, speeding up IP transfers and decreasing CPU utilization.

Modular, Cool, and Quiet

ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD525AWT 525W ATX12V  Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
ENERMAX MODU82+ EMD525AWT 525W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: This is one of the most efficient PSU's on the consumer market, especially at this price point. This is also the quietest (non-passive) PSU I've experienced. Even at load, the PSU stays cool with its fan running at 450rpm. It is essentially inaudible. The modular cables help reduce case clutter. The cables are of decent length, as well, and capable of reaching the ATX12V connector on a P182 behind the motherboard.

Cons: Modular cables have clusters of three connectors at the end with spacing that may make one of them impossible to use depending on configuration. Really. That's all I could find.

Overall Review: The other review shows some tragic misunderstandings about power supplies (tech level: high, of course) and electricity. This unit will only pull 500W if you have a system that needs it. It's much more likely that you're going to be pulling 150W-250W, and that's right at the modu82's peak efficiency. It's not going to save you tons of cash, though you'll probably make back the difference between this and a cheaper model in a year. The main point here is that high efficiency means less power lost to heat, and an overall cooler system.