Joined on 05/12/04
Excellent Value for The Money
Pros: Excellent Price/Performance ratio. ATI really came back with this card and is giving Nvidia a run for the money. This card can play almost any game on the market at 60+ FPS with all graphical effects at max, or near max settings at high resolutions. I run games like GRID, R6V2, Mass Effect, UT3 @ 1680x1050 (22" LCD) with everything turned up and they are silky smooth (vsync on). 512MB is an added plus and 800 stream processors literally kills any future competition for a very long time until the Green Team surpasses 1,000.
Cons: Stock card runs hot. One solution is to apply the "Profile "Hack" via Catalyst Control Center and increase fan speed to 35-45%. (Google it). Fan is not even audible at this level, but will decrease heat by 10, 15 degrees. Another minor con is the card is so new there aren't even official drivers released yet (Catalyst 8.7 will have HD 4800 series support). For this, use the Beta 8.7s. SKIP the 8.7 Hotfix posted on the ATI/AMD site. These drivers degrade performance on all multimedia apps like games and HD content viewing.
Overall Review: I upgraded from an Sapphire ATI X1950 Pro 256MB card. The difference is staggering. The 1950 Pro was a good card in its time, but the HD 4800 series is serious horsepower for high-end gamers and HD Content lovers. The HD 4870 has 512MB of DDR5 and faster clock speeds, but you still can't beat the price/performance ratio the HD 4850 offers gamers who want high-performance, but at mid-level prices.
Pros: Price/Performance ratio. I paired this motherboard with an Intel E5200 and have it O/Ced to a stable and cool 3.0 GHz on stock cooling with a minor voltage increase. I could probably go higher, but see no need to, right now. Has BIOS features more expensive boards have that allow Power User O/Cing. Energy efficient and small physical footprint in case = less heat.
Cons: Gigabyte decided to include a parallel printer port? This isn't needed because most peripherals like this are all attached via USB these days. Only two PCI slots which means if you have a dual-slot video card you are cutting off air flow if you also have a stand alone sound card installed. Also, only two DDR2 slots, but this is expected given the price.
Overall Review: This is my first Gigabyte motherboard. I was worried reading other reviews about getting a lemon (DOA boards, or boards that work for a while then gradually die). Mine booted right up the first time and the current F1 Bios that ships with it will recognize newer Intel Core 2 Dual and Core 2 Quads without an update (I updated to the latest BIOS just to be current, however). This board + E5200 is the bargain of the year for gamers on a budget and others who want top-tier performance at almost a third of the price.
The CPU of the Year is Here!
Pros: Price/Performance ratio. I picked this up on what was a one day deal for $72 one month ago today. I paired this with a Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 (Revision1) mobo and have the E5200 O/Ced to 3.0 GHz stable on STOCK COOLING. I could probably go higher, but see no need to... Yet. This processor is faster than a AMD 64 X2 6000+ (3.0 GHz) at stock speed (2.5 GHz), let alone O/Ced like this. Also, I increased voltage a mere ONE volt to achieve my current O/C from the stock voltage. Runs very cool under heavy load (Microsoft Flight Simulator X @1680x1050).
Cons: Possibly the 2 MB cache... And like all things in life, it may be the luck of the draw that some can O/C, while others cannot.
Overall Review: This is by far the best processor I have ever owned. It is not a Core 2 Quad, or a E8xxx series, but it comes very close to it in performance at almost a third of the cost. Be sure you have a good PSU (Power Supply Unit) around 600+ Watts with solid rails and good DDR2 RAM for a stable O/Cing. I highly recommend this for FSX users looking for improved performance, but at an affordable price.
Pros: Excellent RAM. Quality product. Can O/C like other well-known brands such as OCZ, Kingston, etc. Heatsinks do their job perfectly. Nice black finish vs. the crimson (pink) ADATA 2 Gigabyte kit is also a plus.
Overall Review: I've been using ADATA for the last two years in three system builds. Never had a bad (defective) stick yet. Will continue to use them well into the future. Highly recommend to anybody wanting quality RAM at reasonable prices.
True Quad Core, Excellent Overclocker
Pros: Low power consumption. Low heat. Unlocked multiplier. Can easily be over clocked to 2.8-3.0 GHz ON AIR with stock heatsink using AMD OverDrive Utility. This is HIGHER than any current stock Intel Quad. The Phenom is a true Quad Core design unlike Intel. Rock solid despite "TLB" bug. Once TLB patch is disabled (Google for fix) this CPU is more than enough for current games and video intensive applications. As more programs become multithreaded, this CPU should keep up nicely. Excels at multitasking. I can watch a movie, play a game all the while surfing the web with very good performance on each application.
Cons: Overclocking potential depends entirely on motherboard, PSU and RAM. Some motherboards OC better (or worse) than others. Stock values are not that fast, but this is why it is a "Black Edition". It is meant to be overclocked.
Overall Review: I wanted a true Quad Core that would scale nicely in speed (OC ability) and last me a few years as more games and applications become multithreaded. I multitask a lot and this CPU fits all my needs just fine. I bought this CPU in a combo deal with a Sapphire ATI HD 4850, for less than $350 combined. I consider this an "eggcellent" deal. I highly recommend PC enthusiasts pick up this CPU despite the over-hyped "TLB" bug and "low" stock speed. You are getting a lot of bang for your buck and you will not find a better price/performance deal anywhere.
Pros: -6800 Ultra Heatsink -Comes factory unlocked 16p, 16v -SM 3.0 Support -Gainwad PCB
Cons: -Fan is loud under load -Possibly not as powerful as new 6800GS that was just released (see more below)
Overall Review: This is a very good card. As mentioned, it is a repackaged Gainwad (label on PCB) -- Probably one of the Golden Samples of stock 6800s. It is able to reach core and clock speeds of 425/880+ with no artificats whatsoever. Scored 4228 in 3DMark05. Can play CoD 2, F.E.A.R., Quake IV, BF2 and other recent games at almost max settings with acceptable AA and AF. Highly recommend as last AGP upgrade if one cannot afford the 6800GS (maybe even better value if GS cannot be unlocked from 12 to 16 pipes). System Specs: -AMD64 3200+ -ZNF-250 Nforce 3 1024 MB PC 3200 DDRAM -500 Watt Enermax PSU
New Egg Customer for Over a Decade
All the items ordered (PC parts for a new AMD Ryzen 2020 build) arrived intact and on the specified delivery dates. Although staggered, everything was handled with care and fully functional once assembled into a new computer. I have been a New Egg customer for over a decade, and I will continue to be one as long as the service and quality of products offered is at the same level of this recent purchase.