Date Joined: 01/03/08
Pros: - Inexpensive
- Connections fit well
- Does exactly what it's supposed to
Overall Review: This little adapter saved my older PSU from being mothballed. The PSU is a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w, and a few months back I had upgraded my GPU from a GTX 770 to an ASUS STRIX GTX 970. Within a couple weeks I was getting video signal crashes in some higher-end games like MechWarrior Online and Fallout 4. After going through a number of attempted solutions and considering doing an RMA on the card or getting a new PSU, I decided to give this adapter a try. At $4 USD, no big loss if it doesn't work, right? Well it did work! Been playing a number of different high-end games for the past few months and no more crashes, even during long hours of play time.
So if you have an aging PSU and are getting video crashes from a newer GPU, I'd suggest trying this little gem first.
Pros: I've been using this card for over 6 months now, and it is a solid performer. I bought it at the end of October '15, and have been using it ever since. Along with video game duties, the card has handled heavy use in graphics creation and video editing and encoding.
- Great step up from my older GTX 770.
- Game frame rates generally stay above 60 fps, except in a few extreme circumstances, but never dip below 30 fps, according to my logs. (playing games like Fallout 4, The Evil Within, Farcry 4, X-Com 2, MechWarrior Online, etc.)
- Handles graphics and video encoding and editing just fine.
- Stock fans and heat sink do a great job of keeping things cool.
- Good price point; got mine for about $308 USD at the time.
Cons: - Slight coil wine in some games, though my gtx 770 was worse. (will not be noticeable if you use headphones)
- Had a graphics crashing problem for about a month after I got it. (solved; see below)
Overall Review: First, here's the system the card is in
CPU: i7 4790k OCed to 4.6 GHz
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler
Mobo: Asus Z97-PRO
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
SSD: Silicon Power S80 SATA III 240 GB
SSD: Seagate 600 Series SATA III 240 GB
Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w (60A +12V)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Anyway, when I first installed the card in this system, everything seemed fine. But within a couple weeks I was getting what seemed like random video crashes in a couple games, most notably MechWarrior Online and Fallout 4. I checked everything, looked over logs at the crash times, and whatnot. There were no temperature spikes preceding the crashes. Suggested solutions online were all over the map. I was considering RMAing the card. Then I hypothesized that perhaps, for whatever reason, not enough power was getting to the card, and perhaps the cabling was at fault. My PSU, while old, was within the reqs of what was needed for the card. So I ordered a dual Molex to 8 pin PCI Express adapter. I plugged it in and proceeded to run the problem games. And voila! It worked and have had no crashes in the months following, even when I played games for extremely long periods of time. The adapter shipped was a little over $4 USD.
So, if you have an older PSU, and are experiencing the video crashes noted here and in other reviews, I suggest ordering the cabling adapter. At $4, it's not much if it doesn't work, and if it does, you have a cheap solution without the headache of an RMA procedure.
The specific adapter model is: Coboc 2LP4PCIE8-6 6" Dual 4-pin Molex LP4 to 8 Pin PCI Express Video Card Power Adapter Converter Cable
I got it right here on Newegg.
In conclusion, I think the advantages of this card outweigh the flaws, and I have to rate it as an overall solid performer. Though, given the problems, I do have to dock an egg. Would I buy it again? Sure would.
Pros: - Fairly easy to install and adjust
- everything fits together tightly
- does a decent job of cooling
- has continued to perform for over 9 months
- fan on radiator grill is quieter than my loudest case fan
Cons: See "other thoughts"
Overall Review: Let me start off by saying, this is a decent cooling solution. Its very simple for a water cooling solution. That said, it seems to be only marginally better than a comparably priced air cooling solution. And that's the major disappointment with this - I just expected more. I'll admit this was my first all-in-one water cooling heatsink, so I may have set my expectations too high for the price point.
Anyway, it's cooling a i7-4790k running at 4.6ghz, on a Asus Z97 Pro mb. Temps on all cores according to CoreTemp 1.0 RC6 idle between 36 C - 40 C and under taxing loads (3dMark, games with moderate to heavy CPU use, etc) it goes as high as the upper 60s C, though usually seems to stay in the upper 50s C. Prime95 can push it into the 70s C. I was honestly expecting it to max out 65 C in Prime95, but that is probably expecting too much.
So tl;dr is: At $60 or less, it's a decent solution even for one of the better CPUs, but don't expect miracles.
Pros: - Lots of features
- GUI BIOS
- Quick, easy overclocking - with plenty of customization depth
- As stable as a Kung Fu master
- Has M.2, if you want it (I haven't used it yet)
- Nice number of fan connectors
Cons: Been running 9+ months and none so far. Maybe that it doesn't have 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots? Wouldn't be interested in that anyway....
Overall Review: I wanted to wait to review this until I'd had it running for a little while. I have to say, it's been pretty Awesome! I'd previously used Gigabyte motherboards and was happy with them. However, I knew some people with Asus mbs, and they'd had good experiences with them. When I went looking for a new mb for a system upgrade, I couldn't find a Gigabyte that had the features I wanted at a decent price. This one fit the bill.
And I have to say, I am very pleased. It's paired with a i7 4790K, overclocked to 4.6 ghz, running 8gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600. Started out on Windows 7, then upgraded to Windows 10 when that became available. Not a single hiccup in 9 over months! I'll be upgrading the RAM soon, just to give some more headroom. But from now on, I will definitely consider Asus when upgrading motherboards.
Pros: - Fits older model mobos (in this case LGA 775)
- Provides great cooling, even for overclocked chips
- Fairly easy to put together
- Pre-applied thermal paste actually does well
- More quiet than case fans
Overall Review: I bought this for my son's computer, which has a Core 2 Q6600 Kentsfield for a cpu in an Abit P-35 mobo. The stock cooler was getting horribly high temps at the stock 2.4 GHz speed (roughly 50C idle and anywhere from 70C to 85C under load). I had used the earlier version of this cooler in my own Q6600 rig, which I'd been able to overclock to 3.3 GHz, stable, with decent temps, for roughly 6 years. So I figured, why not try the revised version?
Glad I did. This thing seems to do better than even my old cooler. Cut the stock temps nearly in 1/3. It worked so well, I decided to try and overclock his chip. Was able to get it to 3.15GHz fairly easily and with very good temp results (high 20sC/low 30s C idle; 60C - 65C under full load in Prime95). And the case on my son's computer doesn't even have that good of ventilation or airflow.
Finally, I did get this with a promo discount, so it was about $17. So it was a hell of a bargain. But even at the normal price of $25, it's still a good deal. No, it's not going to do as well as a water-cooling solution, but I'd say it still outperforms its price-point. Great for those wanting something better than the crummy Intel stock cooler. Good for stock speeds or a mid-range overclock.
Pros: - Better read/write speeds than advertised, according to CDM 3.0.2.
- At 240gb, plenty of space for OS, MS Office, and current games.
- SATA III.
- Slim profile (if you need it).
- Comes with mounting hardware, for those putting one in a desktop.
Cons: None so far!
Overall Review: Got this on sale for $90 - this was the 240gb version. I was a little anxious about buying it because this was a brand I was not familiar with and it only had a few reviews. That said, I decided to install it as my OS drive in my upgraded computer (i7 4790K, ASUS Z97-Pro motherboard, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600). And wow! It's worked flawlessly so far! Windows 7 installed without a hitch, and boots up very quickly.
And amazingly, this SSD performs better than advertised. I've run CDM 3.0.2 several times now and each time, it gets 510+ MB/s read 460+ MB/s write on the 1000MB 5 cycle test (latest scores were 513.4/463.6). And those speeds are with the drive now 65% full. Gotta say that totally blows me away, as the advertised scores for the 240gb version are "Max SR: up to 480MB/s" and "Max SW: up to 360MB/s." In fact, this little drive outperforms the advertised specs for the 960gb version! A company underselling their product? Who'da thunkit? With all that said, I did get this drive at $90 during a discount period; well worth it at that price.
Only thing left to see is if the drive will last. I've had a Seagate S600 SSD for over a year now and it's still going strong. Hopefully this one will, too.
Pros: - Gives you a USB 3.0 option for older cases.
- Plugs right into USB 3.0 connector on the motherboard.
- Fit right in my case's 3.5" floppy drive bay.
- It's black like my case!
Overall Review: This is a great option for folks who have older cases. I have a Cooler Master HAF 932 that I still like (mine is the pre-Advanced version). But I wanted some USB 3.0 ports for the front of my case as my new motherboard allowed for the option. So far, this one works great! Good speeds and plugged right in with no extra adapter needed. Fits in right where I used to have an old 3.5" floppy drive.
Pros: Four cores, plenty of cache, decent base speed, lots and lots of overclocking headroom, solid and well-tested design. Still at a very good price compared to other CPUs.
Cons: Ummm, it's not a "native" or "true" quad design (hahahah!)? Doesn't pay for dinner. Makes a poor conversational companion.
Overall Review: The q6600 is a classic it its own time. I have mine at 3.2 ghz on air, and I could probably go higher if my case had decent airflow. I'm also using a humble Arctic Freezer 7 aftermarket heatsink/fan. This CPU provides lots of power for all my needs, from gaming to photoshop. A huge improvement over the P4 3.2 ghz HTT I was using (which should go without saying). If Intel is smart, they will produce this for as long as they did their 486 chips. If you're smart, you'll buy this CPU. Excellent performance for the price.
Pros: 55 nm fab process, 216 cores, plenty of RAM (nearly 900 mbs), good clock speed, extra headroom for overclocking, EVGA software is excellent.
Cool red racing stripe on the side, which matches the red of my power supply. Has the 90-day step up program (might not use it; we'll see). Mine came with a coupon for Mirror's Edge, which was a nice bonus.
Cons: This card is long. There was plenty of room in my case, but I could see this being a problem with other folks with smaller cases. If you overclock, you should probably invest in a high-airflow case as well.
Overall Review: I bought this as part of an upgrade to the guts of my computer, and I'm fairly pleased with it. My previous card was an ATI X1650 pro AGP card, so the difference is pretty much night and day. I looked at the Radeon 4850 and 4870 with 1 GB memory, but decided to go back to NVIDIA. I'm running XP, and this card does well with all sorts of games. I had played Fallout 3 on my old card and had low FPS even on low settings. It now runs very smooth on the highest settings. Crysis and Far Cry 2 run well on High-Very High settings.
Most of the games I play (or want to play) are designed for NVIDIA graphics, another mark in its favor.
I bought it at $194 on newegg. It's a little cheaper as of this writing, but I still think it was an excellent value. With new and/or improved graphics cards coming out every three or four months these days it seems, you sort of have to pick your place and jump in. This card is an excellent place for the budget builder.