Date Joined: 11/19/09
Pros: it's quick - not SSD quick but still quick for a normal hard drive.
avg random read was 144MB/s.
most file transfers are between 100MB/s and 130MB/s
buffered reads were between 350MB/s and 515MB/s
it is noticeably quicker than the old WD hds I have.
This is in a desktop that almost never shuts down. No sleep mode or suspend, either.
In the many months since I bought the drive there haven't been any problems with it.
Cons: wish the price was a little lower.
Overall Review: Hope it lasts as long as the 2 WD drives also installed - 7yrs on one and 5yrs on the other.
Pros: Low CAS - runs at tigher timings than most other RAM at 1866Mhz. No problems getting it to run at advertised speeds with an ASUS P9X79 (LGA2011 quad channel mobo).
Lifetime warrany :)
Cons: Recent price jump of RAM. Only a few real-world applications/games will have a noticeable performance increase over 1600Mhz RAM.
Overall Review: Recently retired some Kingston hyperX 1600 in favor of this set. That RAM was good but this set is better.
The anodized blue of the heatsinks meld nicely with the blue used by ASUS.
First G.Skill RAM I've bought but I think I'm sold on G.Skill for the future unless Kingston comes out with some RAM that's inexpensive and a hundred times faster and just as reliable.
Pros: Inexpensive. Looks nice. Nice for a low budget build. The cables for the front panel are fairly long.
Cons: Only included 6 mounting posts for the motherboard. The ATX motherboard I used has 9 mounting holes.
The width of the expansion slots was just a hair too wide to be able to fully seat the graphics card in the mobo.
Overall Review: It's a decent cheap case.
The top front bay has a spring loaded door for a dvd drive -it could be either pro or con.
Pros: Works at advertised speeds on an Asus P9X79 under voltage (1.565) w/ I7-4820k.
Cons: Not officially supported for the motherboards I used them on. Made to run at 1.65v.
Overall Review: I knew going in that the RAM was unsupported.
I bought 2 kits to make 16GB, in 2011, and used them on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX w/ an AMD FX6100 and nothing I could do made it stable at advertised speeds - seemed more of a chipset/CPU issue.
Did run @ 8-8-8-24 1333mhz. at 1.5v.
Pros: USB BIOS updating. I've always had good luck with ASUS motherboards and this appears to be no exception.
Cons: If you plan on windows-only then this does not affect you: #1 Secureboot does not play well with linux and there's no obvious way to completely disable it. (took away 1 egg)
#2. Had to load a new BIOS before it would boot.
Overall Review: Paired with an I7-4820k and required a BIOS update before it would boot. Put ONLY the Converter BIOS .ROM and a new BIOS .CAP on the same USB flash drive (single FAT32 partition) before it would properly update to work with the new Ivybridge-E cpus.
Pros: Quad channel memory controller that supports 1866mhz RAM; Reasonable price; unlocked multiplier. It's fast and smooth.
Overall Review: Upgraded from an overclocked AMD FX-6100 (4.2Ghz) system and this blows that away even at stock speeds.
Pros: It performs its job well and only about half the weight of of some of the larger coolers from noctua or phanteks.
Installed an a P9X79. It can be mounted with a fan orientation vertical or horizontal.
i7-4820k @ stock speeds had a max temp of 43c(109F) w/ prime 95.
Cons: In an antec nine hundred two case, the top of the heatsink hits the side case fan. The rubber pieces to attach the fan to the heatsink can be a pain to try and remove.
Overall Review: The brackets work fine but a more elegant solution would be nice.
Cons: I bought this back in january and it has failed... now it won't even post and had the faint smell of burnt electronics in the case. Now to go through the RMA process. Have to buy a replacement in the mean time.
Overall Review: Up until this week it was running fine. never overclocked; never had any problems with on-board audio/video/usb.
Pros: The case looks good and everything fit together without any fuss or modification. Unlike my previous generic case, the Corsair H50 cooler fits nicely inside this case. External switches for the included case fans are nice Seems well developed in terms of finish and placement of components.
Cons: Lack of labels or any documentation regarding which way the front fan dials are which settings.
high = clockwise.
low = counter-clockwise.
The wires for the power switch, reset switch and HD LED were almost too short to reach the connectors on my motherboard. If those wires were about 6-8 inches longer they could go around my video card instead of over the edge of the pcb and heatsink.
No labels for the mic/headphone ports that are by the power switch.
Overall Review: Had to remove a plastic piece - that was just clipped on - in order to connect the power connections to an HiS 5850 based video card.
Pros: It's easy enough to set up and run that pretty much anyone can do it and allow the more technical to tweak whatever settings you want. The heatsinks are a nice touch.
Overall Review: I've never had any problems with any of the Asus motherboards I've bought in the last 14 years.