Date Joined: 10/30/10
Pros: It’s got a good amount of I/O and features, a very good bios that’s easy to navigate and understand, plus it does what it’s supposed to and it looks pretty darn good doing it.
Cons: On board WiFi would be great, but at this price point it’s hard to gripe about too much. A ten dollar dongle will do the job nicely anyway for most applications. A third fan header (not counting the cpu fan header) would be kinda nice, or maybe include a pwm splitter.
Overall Review: So far I’m very happy with it and I don’t really have anything to complain about. I’d definitely recommend it.
Pros: It's very light weight and has a comfortable grip, just don't click too hard....
Cons: Poor construction, cheap components.
Overall Review: From day one the scroll wheel didn't function properly. As I try to scroll either up or down it jumps in the opposite direction I'm scrolling. The "back" button or "button 4" works only when it feels like it. The left button works much like the scroll wheel doing whatever it feels like, it will sometimes double click while I'm trying to drag things or just drop it as if i let go of the button. It's junk...
Pros: Lots of connectivity options, lots of settings and options to customize the image. Never had a single issue with it.
Cons: The buttons are slightly cheap feeling and there is a slight delay between the time you press the button and something actually happening but......I don't really consider this a con because I don't even use the buttons at this point except the volume and they all still work fine.
Overall Review: You want a nice big monitor for a good price? You found it.
Pros: It doesn't make much difference being in the case, but it does look cool. Expressgate is a really cool feature. Lots of extras like the core unlocker, SLI support, and turbo V. Pretty easy install and setup. Excellent price for the features and quality.
Cons: It seems that Expressgate requires a wired LAN connection to fully function, it doesn't load the drivers for wireless cards. I didn't really look into this though because I don't much care, I bought it for other reasons.
Overall Review: I used this in my first ground up build, and as yet I have no complaints. I paired it with the Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition and all my games and programs fly. It does NOT have an onboard GPU in case you are like me and skim through specs and reviews. I don't consider this a bad thing, because it keeps the price lower, and typically onboard graphics are poop anyway. Just be prepared to buy a graphics card if you don't already have one. For $100 I really don't think you can do much better. If you want a good board at a good price, this is it. ---Plus you don't have to pay out he nose for an awesome CPU to power it.
Pros: Good quality for the price. Nice case.
Cons: I pretty well destroyed one of the screwdrivers the first day out, although I did put some torque to it. The multi bit screwdriver uses a magnet to hold the bits in place like almost all similar screwdrivers, seeing that it is labeled as a "PC" tool kit, I did not expect that.
Overall Review: The only thing I didn't like was the multi bit screwdriver being magnetic, it seems like an oxymoron having a magnet in a PC tool kit. I didn't cause me any trouble as I didn't use it around any sensitive equipment, still I wonder why?
Pros: Good quality and value, does what it's supposed to.
Overall Review: Well worth the six bucks. Easily adjustable wrist strap, doesn't come loose while you work. It's a very good, and inexpensive way to protect your new build or upgrade from an untimely demise.
Pros: Monstrous side fan, tool-less drive bays, fan controller
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: Excellent case for the price, keeps everything nice and cool.
I would buy it again.
Pros: Cheap price for the performance, nice stock cooler, seems very stable.
Cons: Um... It didn't bring me breakfast in bed?
Overall Review: i7 975=about $1k @ 3.33GHz. Phenom II 970= less than $200 @ 3.5GHz??? If you have extra cash lying around that you decorate your house with then I invite you to do an in-depth comparison of the two. Personally, I have bills to pay and the price differential compared to the performance seems more than slightly out of whack. Admittedly, I went from an AMD 64 single core @ 2.2GHz to this beast, but come on. If you're shopping between brands there is no comparison. AMD completely owns Intel, save yourself a weeks paycheck or two and get better performance for WAY cheaper. If you're looking at different AMD chips, why bother. They all cost pretty much the same, unless you just want a Sempron for web surfing, go for the best. PS... Yes six cores is cool, but lower clock speeds still equals lower processing power. Unless you run twenty different programs at once for the sheer giggles of it, go for the speed. The x4 still has oodles of multitasking ability for the average user.