Date Joined: 01/02/07
Pros: Crucial brand, so you know what to expect.
Installed (physically) with no problems and no issues in the BIOS setup either.
Timings are exactly as advertised.
Overall Review: Satisfied with the product I received and the price I paid. Exactly what I've come to expect from Crucial over the years.
Pros: - 750w continuous output w/ peak over 800w.
- Lots of connectors..more than I'll ever need.
- Large fan is very quiet.
- Very stable output.
- Four +12v rails rated @ 40A each.
Cons: Cabling is a little long for my mid-tower but nothing a few cable ties can't fix. Might be the perfect length for someone with a full tower. Not really a "con", so I'm not deducting any eggs for it.
Overall Review: Bronze certification, plenty of power on the +12v rails for multi-GPU setups, and power output doesn't deviate very much from its rated specifications. Pretty efficient unit so there isn't a lot of excess power / heat generated either which helps keep case temps down.
Pros: - Unlocked multiplier makes for easy overclocking.
- Great out of the box performance.
- Better "bang for the buck" performance that the 3-letter competitor.
Cons: - Stock HSF is a little lackluster.
- Didn't sing and dance for me when I opened the package.*
- Refused to make me breakfast even when I asked nicely.*
* Not really "cons".
Overall Review: OK, joking aside, this CPU has no cons as far as I'm concerned. Sure, it doesn't have HyperThreading, but I knew that and I don't require HT otherwise I would've gone with a 2600K.
The last time I purchased an Intel CPU was back in the late 90's (1998 or so) when the Pentium 2 came out. From that point until now I've been a devout AMD follower. I was building a new system and was looking again at AMD products and couldn't decide of I wanted a Phenom II X6 or if I should wait for Bulldozer. While weighing those two options I decided to check out the current batch of Intel CPU's. Once I saw the benchmarks for the 2500k, I knew that was going to be my next CPU even if it did cost a little bit more.
VERY VERY satisfied with this purchase and Newegg made it fast and easy every step of the way as always.
Pros: - SLI & Crossfire capability.
- Dual 8x PCIe for multiple GPU setups.
- Z68 Chipset at a reasonable cost.
- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) allows the use of some Socket 775 HSF's if you have one laying around.
- UEFI BIOS.
- Debug readout on the board.
- CMOS reset button on rear.
- Color combination just plain looks cool.
Cons: - CPU socket is a little close to the RAM slots which limits your choices for aftermarket HSF's if you plan on populating all 4 RAM slots.
- USB mouse movement is backwards / upside down in UEFI BIOS...hopefully will be fixed in a future revision.
Overall Review: Overall, I am happy with my purchase of this board so far. It was easy to install, the included I/O shield is clearly marked making it easy to identify which ports is what.
Lots of included documentation that explains all the features and answers 99% of the questions most people would have.
My board also arrived with the packaging undamaged and the board in 100% working order from Newegg, so I don't know why there have been so many DOA reports lately.
Asrock puts out some very competitive boards and packs the features in at a reasonable cost.
Pros: - Small footprint saves desktop space.
- Preloaded with three fans.
- Fans are relatively quiet despite the "Hurricane" name.
- Front mount allows 80mm & 100mm fans while rear allows 80mm, 92mm, & 120mm fans.
- Side window for that "bling" factor.
- Ample length for front panel audio and USB.
- Internal LED and color shifting front LED give you a nice light show.
Cons: - Limited space inside the case. With the existing 80mm side fan, you're limited to a 5" tall aftermarket CPU heatsink / fan.
- 120mm case fan is mounted via a plastic adapter bracket because the case isn't quite wide enough to accommodate a 120mm fan attached directly to the case. The bracket pushes the rear fan at least 1/2" - 3/4" out over the motherboard.
- Cable management is virtually non-existent. The only available space for tucking cables is between the 3.5" drive cage and the side of the case.
- Motherboard tray doesn't have a cutout to allow access for mounting an aftermarket heatsink / fan backplate.
- Side window is held in place by a series of plastic push pins rather than being glued to the case resulting in small gaps around the window in various areas.
- Distance between the expansion slot mounting area and drive bay cage is exactly 10" requiring creative hard drive mounting if you have a long video card and multiple drives. Drives hang over the motherbo
Overall Review: I'm really torn on this case. My old case has seen better days and I wanted a new case for my new build so I went with the Hurricane due to its cost and free shipping.
Sure, it comes with 3 fans and you can change the configuration around a little bit, but the fact that the rear of the case doesn't allow for a standard 120mm fan is a little bothersome. You can attach a 80mm or 92mm directly to the case however. The dimensions of the case also mean that the front intake fan forces you to mount your 3.5" drives further back in the cage which causes them to hang out over the motherboard by several inches which could cause problems in some hardware configurations.
As other reviews have mentioned, there are only 6 stand-offs included though the board has holes for a standard ATX board - a minor annoyance.
The physical dimensions of the case severely limit choices of aftermarket CPU coolers, video cards, and case fans so take that into account when considering this case.
Pros: Almost tripled my 3DMark06 score over my 8500GT. Price : Performance ratio on this card is very good. Already overclocked from the factory, but can easily be overclocked further due to the massive heatsink / fan combination that is stock on this card.
Cons: Takes up a lot of real estate.
Overall Review: This card is rather large in both length and height.
A <b>guesstimate</b> would put this card somewhere around 9.5" long and approximately 4" tall at the heatsink.
I have a full tower case and I had to move one of my hard drives down two bays to make room for the card and the 6-pin power connector on the end of the card.
I also had to move my Sound Blaster Audigy 4 sound card down two PCI slots to make room for the HUGE heatsink / fan on this card.
Pros: Sturdy, adequate padding on the ear cups and the headband.
Excellent sound with my SB Audigy 4 Pro both in games.
As long as the Vibration feature is turned off while listening to music, it sounds fine to my non-audiophile ears.
Flexible mic that picks up my voice very well with little to no background noise.
Cons: Ear cups could be a little larger, maybe 1/2" - 3/4" added diameter. After 1 1/2 - 2 hours of wearing (think raids in World of Warcraft) the headphones, the top portion of my ears have some discomfort from being "mashed" against the ear cups.
Overall Review: Using the onboard USB ports on my Biostar TF560 A2+ motherboard, these headphones have some sort of electrical interference when the USB portion of the cable is plugged in to provide power for the LED's. Using the front panel USB which plugs into a header on the motherboard the interference is not there. The interference was only audible with the volume on the headphones past 3/4 and no sound playing from my system, so it's not a big deal.