Date Joined: 03/05/05
Pros: Can't compare to any other new tech. It runs great though, feels like a solid computer. New egg gave me a good 920.
Cons: If your an anti-overclocker then get the better chips. The way they are shipping d0 stepping the chips are the same quality as the 500+ dollar i7's.
Intel has provided an amazing overclocker but if you dont overclock then its a con, liken this to being full throttle on the banks of daytona because you can't take the restricter plate off from bristol.
Overall Review: Overclockers will buy it regardless to get into the 4Ghz club, though that is easy if you get a good one.
For the normal consumer I think buying this chip is just a safe bet that your going to have a decent rig for a while.
Pros: Every so often products make advancements that make it fun to look back. I am speaking about SSD in general. Intel from a brief amount of reading is one of the top drives for the money.
Cons: finite endurance on flash tech
Overall Review: reroute your cache files! Don't download to it. Decide what is the bottle neck and if you believe its your HDD then write it to the SSD. i don't recommend putting downloads, library materials(media). The real problem I ran into was antivirus ripping the ssd a new one. I installed 7 with the user directory and programdata to a raptor, I just can't stand watching my drive write non stop. Open for recommendations.
Pros: Performance and Subsequent Unlocked Potential after the drivers evolve
Cons: Drivers are slow to age....
Overall Review: Touchy to old drivers, just do a fresh install. Driver cleaner programs didn't work. Fan has to be manually controlled, the auto throttle is so reserved. The card makes my room so hot its really a pain (no joke). Even at idle the air coming out the back of the card is as hot as a car heater. Its big so you may need a new case. Its unnecessary unless your going high res or multi monitor. I personally have it on one monitor but in my case I just felt like wasting 600 bucks, which was a significant portion of my savings.
Pros: This is a magic cable, its incredible, I can't even describe how great it is
Cons: its perfect
Pros: cool swivel cord, good looking piece, name you can trust
Cons: shipping was kinda a rip
Overall Review: You can fit alot of junk into the holes
Pros: Big, cools, looks wicked, impresses everyone, makes it seam like your computer has a set of huge. easy to assemble. Its huge.
Cons: need a second person to assist in assembly, fits like junk, ruins the evga vreg cooler airflow, kinda sucks, wish it was a water cooler. Almost gets in the way of the ram, gets in the way of the ram fan. Blocks air circulation.
Overall Review: alot of the numbers people post don't seam very accurate, for instance I used speed fan for a while and it told my my cores sat at 26-27 c but thats bull because other programs claim they sit at 39 c, anyway I have put my cpu to 4 ghz and ran a little prime 95 and it was able to keep it around 82 c for what its worth
Pros: Modular, cheap, power, its a great power supply
Cons: thing runs hot, blows hot stink air out the back
Pros: hot swap is the best! Once you start using it you'll love it. The side panels remove like butter so its no trouble getting to your drives.
I only bought it because I got it for VERY cheap with a intel ssd combo, now that I own it, I would never buy a different brand.
Cons: The 2 optical options, wish I could have a third. The optical drives are $crewed (newegg found that word offensive) in, and a pain to get the cables to fit. Once you get it you won't want to mess with it. Wish there was more room for ssd's. (they shorted me 2 unique screws for my hot swaps) And I guess I was hoping they would have a cleaner cable setup and not a buncha cheap fan connectors laying loose.
Overall Review: Put your ssd where the floppy drive goes under the opticals. Label your sata's brackets with clear tape, once they are in you can't read the label so you end up pulling 4 drives before you get the one you wanted. Label your primary drive at least. Sometimes windows will identify the insert of a drive, if not use http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/mountvol.mspx?mfr=true
in cmd with escalated privileges tpye #> mountvol [Drive:]Path VolumeName . But you must stop it before you pull it just type #>mountvol j: /d just like the man page says. That is windows 7 ultimte 64 may work elsewhere.