Date Joined: 10/27/05
Pros: Great performance, stable at factory oc specs
Cons: Fan has irritating pitch when it ramps up, quirky power connector placement
Overall Review: Excellent performance, nice and stable.
Odd choice for directionality of power connectors. Probably done to accommodate people with shorter cases.
The fan runs at 30% at idle and is virtually silent. As the card heats up and the fan ramps up it gets very high pitched and irritating. It's not loud, but if you don't have a loud system to begin with you will probably notice it.
Pros: Rock solid, great layout, killer looks
Cons: Kind of spendy
Overall Review: It's a little expensive but you do get your money's worth. Lots of configuration options in the bios, great on-board fan control with software, killer good looks, runs nice and cool and is very stable. You'd be hard pressed to do better for X79. Excellent board layout is a bonus with all connections on the edges.
Pros: Plenty of juice, nice and quiet, plenty of connections (detachable), good looking
Overall Review: Here's a rock solid PSU with plenty of juice on those hungry 12v rails. Attractive, detachable braided cables as you would expect. Plenty of available connections. Nothing else to say.
Pros: Good cooling performance, east to install, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Serious pump design issues
Overall Review: I've gone through two of these units. The pump on the first unit died 30 seconds after startup resulting in my system doing an emergency shutdown to prevent overheating. The second unit worked but had the dreaded Corsair hydro series pump rattle. I tried the hacky solution of dropping the voltage but this only made things worse, not better. I contacted Corsair who was aware of the problem but had no idea how to resolve it. I returned to NewEgg and went with a different brand.
I've since been emailed by Corsair that they have units they claim will not develop the rattle, but you can only get them through Corsair via RMA so if you buy from NewEgg just beware you will probably have to go through this process with Corsair. No idea what kind of supply they have either.
Pros: Amazing cable management, sturdy construction, stunning good looks
Overall Review: I've actually been blown away by a computer case. I had no idea how awesome this case was when I ordered it. The cable management is awesome. Combine this case with a motherboard that has all its connections strategically placed around the edges and you'll have a system with absolutely no visible wires. It's incredible. It's also really, really, ridiculously good looking. The spacious head room for a water cooling setup is a nice bonus.
Pros: Rock Solid with XMP, runs at advertised speed without any issues.
Cons: Typical memory issues, see below.
Overall Review: Half of one dimm died after a week of ownership and was only detected as 2gb. Gskill confirmed memory was defective. NewEgg RMA'ed and new set works fine. For once I just wish I could buy memory without some part of it dying after a week. Seems to always be my luck.
Pros: Easy to install, good directions, very quiet, excellent cooling performance, software control
Overall Review: I went through two Corsair H100s before switching to this unit. The first H100 was DOA and the second had the pump rattle that Corsair doesn't have a fix for. Returned to NewEgg and bought this one instead. Install of this unit is virtually identical to the H100 and the unit has been problem free. The performance of this unit beats the H100 by a degree or two. Software control via the USB header is a bonus.
Pros: I have two of these bad boys in a RAID configuration and all I can say is "Wow!". Worlds faster then my old Ultra 160 drives both in terms of transfer rates and responsiveness. I'm always THE first one to have the map loaded in Battlefield 2.
They're also ultra quiet. I used to have a rig that sounded like a 747 at takeoff, so when I built my new rig, making it as quiet as possible was a priority. These drives don't disappoint. My sound meter won't even register my system's noise, so it's < 45 db. The only audible noise is coming from the video card fan. With as quiet as my system is, I rarely hear these drives at all, as they only make a very quiet clicking sound, and you really have to try to hear them. They are only audible when writing a large amount of data to the drive, and even then they're not that bad. During normal writes and normal and intensive read operations, they're whisper quiet.
Cons: I always try to think of something, but so far this drive has surpassed every expectation I had.
Overall Review: No reason NOT to buy this drive, unless you need more data. In that case, buy the same thing but with more density.
Pros: Fantastic cooler, even at low RPMs. Whisper quiet.
Cons: Big & Honkin'. Be prepared to transport your case on its side, or remove the HSF before transport. (as a precaution). Once installed you don't need to access the back of the mobo to remove and install the HSF, so it's not a huge deal.
Overall Review: You know you've done something right when the only sound coming from your case is the video card fan.
Pros: 2-3-2-5 guaranteed, which is pretty much the best you can do for 1 GB DIMMs these days, at least for any reasonable amount of money. I couldn't get it to run at 2-2-2-5, but this memory was actually able to run 1.5-3-2-5 with 2.7v. Since OCZ warrenties up to 2.8v, why not?
Cons: Um... might be too shiney for some people? Really no cons..
Overall Review: I have a Gigabyte K8N-SLI with very tight DIMM banks. This memory fits, but barely. I might be able to fit a business card between the heat sinks. I stress -might-. Just make sure you have clearance and you're fine.
Pros: Does the job! Plenty of connectors including specialty connectors. (2xSLI, 4xSATA) Provides plenty of juice, is whisper quiet and even helps cool the CPU. What else can you ask for?
Cons: Detachable cables. That's what you can ask for, cause you don't get them with this PSU.
Overall Review: All around, high quality PSU that people have come to expect from Antec.
Pros: After modifying the BIOS, this card ran fine at stock speed and even overclocked up to 471 without any artifacts. Looks like the hardware does the job just fine.
Cons: My card had lots of artifacts. I RMAed and new card had the same problem. Turns out Leadtek sets the geometric delta in the BIOS to 40 causing the geometric clock to run at 490 (causing artifacts). EVGA made the same mistake and corrected it with a BIOS flash. I modified my card's BIOS with a 0 geo delta setting and everything works great now, even overclocked beyond stock settings. Heat is NOT the issue, as mentioned below. My cards both ran under 50c under load.
Overall Review: I'd rather stick a nail in my foot then deal with the Leadtek tech support department (which consists of 1 guy, who doesn't speak English well at all). They're completely unaware of their BIOS problem even though EVGA made the same mistake and fixed it with a BIOS update. Good card, but you'll need to write your own BIOS to make it work at 100%.
Pros: Everything you need, nothing you don't, all in one high quality, well laid out, low price package.
Cons: The provided Gigabyte software is Terrible with a capital 'T'. The included drivers are also outdated. Not really a problem since new nVidia software and drivers from their website is great.
Overall Review: If you're planning on running SATA RAID, make sure you use the latest drivers from nVidia's website, and the latest BIOS for the MB with the RAID setting set to 0104. The older drivers were buggy. I lost my array after my initial install. No problems since the update.
Pros: Fantastic looking case with all the right features. The motherboard tray makes installation easy. I prefer the traditional drive mounting systems for additional security. Love the top mounted ports!
Cons: The top firewire port is 1394a.. and wouldn't work with my 1394b motherboard. Not so bad since you can disconnect the internal cables to reduce clutter.
Overall Review: Keep your fingers off the case. The paint job is great, but shows fingerprints.