Joined on 06/17/08
Phenominal, sexy and still impressive!
Pros: Great looking board with nothing but top quality components inside. Runs like a dream and really is built to OC it's tail off! Upgraded this from my old gaming machine (Asus A8N32-SLI) which served me well and ran all 3 versions of Crysis as well as every other game i threw a it. Because of the potential crop of great games that are already out or coming out soon I wanted to be more than ready with the biggest and best system i could possibly afford and this board made it all possible. The onboard Creative x-fi audio chipset really does give you excellent sound reproduction even in blu-ray but really excels in gaming andmusic quality. Asus puts together a gorgeous package for you too which includes the BEST ever rear coverplate I've ever seen and goes on like a dream. So easy to build your dream system they should require you get a license to operate these boards lol. Overclocking is super simple especially if you've never done it before.
Cons: The dreaded NORTHBRIDGE! Heaven help the idiot at the Asus factory who somehow managed to put on the wrong size standoffs on the Northbridge assembly. I worked in heavy and delicate assembly manufacturing for 17 years and there is really no excuse for this. Be aware you may see your Northbridge temps skyrocket because some dumbcluck in the Asus factory put the wrong height standoffs on the Northbridge that will not allow the thermalpad or the heatsink to make contact like they should to disipate the heat correctly. You may not notice it in normal operations but as soon as you start gaming keep an eye on it. I recommend you load in Asus Probe II and monitor the northbridge and the southbridge closely. Not sure who made the error at the factory but i hope they were fired. This is completely unnacceptable for what was a perfectly designed board and somewhat costly too. This appears to have happened for well over half of the total run and not all of the bad ones have been sold yet.
Overall Review: Asus really needs to step up their QC and QA departments immediately. I build a lot and repair a lot of systems and I've noticed that they, along with Western Digital, have seriously been compromising their quality as of late which is a shame because they were two of only a handful of manufactures I had confidence in. Asus also needs to work on their customer service department which is one of the absolute worst I've ever had to deal with. Good luck actually reaching a person if and when they decide to respond which apparently means after their vacation. I'll still use their componenst for the time being but be on notice if the shabby quality continues i will have no trouble switching brands.
Iffy drive at best!
Pros: Nice looking faceplate. Easy to install the 1st time.
Cons: After about 1 year the player completely disappeared from my system. Worked great during that first year but then ...nothing. Not in Device Manager or anywhere else in the system despite the fact it's still getting power and opens as well as closes. Can't re-install Firmware since the computer no longer recognizes it :(.
Overall Review: It wasn't cheap when I bought it and I got 1 year out of it, not worth what I paid and won't be replacing it with Asus again.
Closed Loop Water Cooling
Pros: Low cost, fairly easy to install, provides stabile cooling once it's up and running. Push/Pull configurable by adding one more fan. Performed much better than I'd expected. NO Maintenance! Can run folding@home across all 6 cores @ 100% and still watch movies AND play games such as Crysis 2 all at the same time with no lag at all. Can be installed by beginners who have intelligence. I question some of the installation complaints on here by some of the other posters who make this sound like they're trying to split atoms, puhlease!
Cons: Won't beat top of the line open water cooling systems. Can be a little difficult to install if you don't read the instructions or rush it.
Overall Review: I have 2 of these in 2 different systems that have been running for over a year now 24/7 for folding@home. Both systems are running the AMD 6 core processors (1055t & 1090t) and both are Overclocked. The 1055t stock is 2.8Ghz and has been OC'd to 3.52 Ghz. The 1090t is 3.2Ghz stock OC'd to 3.76 Ghz. In both cases the Corsair H70 has proven to be much better than the stock cooling and for the money fairly close to open water cooling. What some on here don't realize is it takes a while for the temps to drop after the coolant has begun to thoroughly circulate. I removed the stock fans and went to CM Sickle blade fans which IMO are quieter and move more air. The only maintenenace is to blow the dust out of the radiator once in a while which is much easier than having to add coolant or replace coolant due to slime build up. These coolers have proven their worth by keeping my temps in the high 30C-low 40C range with both processors running all 6 cores at 100%.
Much bigger work in Folding now :)
Pros: This RAM replaced 2 - 2Gb Ripjaws sticks that were used to get some benchmarks on my new build. Dropped in the 4 - 4Gb sticks, fired it up and my newest build is running like a turbo-charged Lamborghini! Much bigger work units form Folding@Home now and they run so much faster as well. I swear by G.Skill RAM as it's all I use now!!! Packaging is ECO friendly which I like and is much friendlier for retailers as you can now actually see the RAM.
Cons: A fan would be nice but would also increase the price. Fortunately I still had another fan from my G.Skill FLARE RAM and used it. I would also like badges and stickers.
Overall Review: I've bought well in excess of 400Gb of RAM for myself and my customers with only 1 instance of 4 bad sticks (1Gb each PC3200) that G.Skill RMA'd for me immediately. Having used many other brands I can honestly say G.Skill is by far the most consistent performing RAM for high quality Overclocks by far!
The only fans I use!
Pros: Extremely low-cost, great performance, fairly quiet, easy to connect, long-life! The LED's are not ridiculously bright but give a soft glow and enhance the different areas instead of broadcasting cheesy and tacky looking light like some fans do. Work great with secondary fan controllers too.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Overall Review: For less than half the price of some "alleged" quiet fans you can have a truly great fan that will perform and do it consistently. I saw one review complaining about "a" failed fan which may or may not be true but my experience using them in my own system and installing them in over 20 builds has been nothing but stellar performance. I would highly recommend these and would have no trouble staking my reputation on their quality either!
Happily my 2nd Asus monitor!
Pros: This was purchased for a Christmas Wish build for an underpriveledged child. Color and clarity are excellent and the HDMI is incredible! Great performance for a budget price. Lightweight, portable and low on energy consumption. What's not to like? As a computer monitor it's superior and for video playback it's even better giving you excellent detail and great color rendering without any bleeding. I would have to say it's even better than my $400 LG monitor with similar features.
Cons: None at all!
Overall Review: Flat out this is a great monitor and well worth 1.5x's this price!