Joined on 06/08/05
Pros: I replaced a GTX 260 with this. In terms of performance I was torn about it now providing enough of a jump in performance. However, now that I have it running... It's smaller, consumes slightly less power, runs 10 C cooler, and averages at least 30% faster than the 260. Getting like 9960 PPD on Folding@home, OC'd to the OC models settings immediately. Not sure why people pay extra money for something they can do for free in 1 minute using the precision tool. I've read some preliminary reviews that two of these in SLI smokes a GTX 480.
Cons: The fact that I had to sell my 260. It seems like a lot of people made a similar transition, auction sites are flooded with cheap GTX 260's right now. If your system is SLI capable and you already have a 260, this might be a possibility. Also, the cards fit & finish isn't as nice as the 200 series. Looks like a lower grade plastic than my GTX 260 had.
Overall Review: If you plan to use this for folding, you might need to uninstall Folding@home GPU, and reinstall the Beta 3 version of FAH. BUT, after you uninstall be sure to delete the FAH folder before installing the new version. When I installed the card FAH wouldn't work, it kept going to sleep. It turns out that Fermi cards can only run Core 15 projects. Something about the old folder was causing the program to download Core 11 projects, and of course these didn't work so it tried 4 projects or so and after failing to get one running just gave up.
Worried about Antec
Pros: Nice design, though most of my experience is with the original version of this product.
Cons: I built a PC for my cousin, and this is what I ordered, since I have had good experience with the Antec Earthwatts series. This was my first ever DOA component on a new build. My cousin was in a hurry, so I bought a Corsair TX650 locally and returned this one for a refund. The lack of cable wrappers on a product this pricey is also a little disappointing. The extra connectors, while appreciated, turn into a real eyesore.
Overall Review: As I said, I'm worried Antec's QA department is slipping, or they're cutting corners on core components... In another build I did in April, an Antec Earhtwatts 500 failed suddenly, taking the motherboard and CPU with it. VERY inconvenient for a client, and for me. I've given 3 stars only because of the unwavering performance my trusty Earthwatts 650 (again, original version) has given me. It will become my reference PSU for builds.
It just works
Pros: - Great for Mini ITX build - Logical Layout - Plenty of ports for an average user - Posted on the first try, nice BIOS options for the price point
Cons: None that I can find. Not really sure what everyone is complaining about. I love how most of the people who can't get it to work also claim to have a "High" level of technical competency. HA!
Overall Review: Booted up first time no issues. Paired it with a LIAN LI PC-Q07case, Intel i2-2125 CPU and 4 GB of Corsair XMS3 1333 RAM. Motherboard even started in AHCI mode, recognized all physical drives... I built it for someone else, but after 2 months they're still happy with it.
Pros: - Fantastic Mounting System, mounting screws have an outer barrel that meets up with the backing plate, preventing over-tightening - Powerful Fan - Good Mass for the application
Cons: The only thing I can thing of improving would be to add a copper core. I think people would be more than willing to pay the difference in money to have a small, low profile cooler that has a backing plate and is effective. Also, this is NOT recommended for overclocking the higher powered LGA-1155/1156 processors.
Overall Review: As a system builder I've been faced with the agony of worrying about stock intel coolers falling off during shipment (which actually happened once). The discovery of this unit means I'll never have to worry about that again. The rock-solid mounting system means that it has zero chance of being dislodged during shipment, while it's reasonably low center of gravity means it's unlikely to damage the motherboard. As mentioned in the "cons" section, this unit is best served as a replacement to the stock cooler with a better mounting system. I ran Intel Burn Test on the i5-2500k at high stress and it maxed out at 71C in a pretty warm room. Not terrible, but it's a sign that it wouldn't be suited to higher and higher clock speeds. This fact gave me an immense appreciation for my Cooler Master Hyper 212+, which for a $30 unit, provides unbelievable cooling ability. For a regular user running stock speeds, this thing is fantastic.
Pros: Booted no problems (that's always good), nice options, entered AHCI mode with no issues. Very fast boot once configured properly. Besides the strange PCI slot layout, it's configured well. Front panel terminal is in the front of the board where it belongs.
Cons: Seems somewhat quirky on entering bios, you need to hit delete at about the same pace that a hummingbird flaps its wings... Even then sometimes it skips right past the POST screen and proceeds to load the OS, at which point you have to reboot. Occasionally I got a screen where it seemed to have a brainfart, and some random spots of color would appear sparsely distributed on the screen, and then it would restart. This was only when tinkering with the BIOS however. Ran perfectly fine in the end.
Overall Review: Once you're done getting everything set up the way you want it I recommend disabling all boot devices beyond the primary boot drive. This will make start-up much faster. I do agree that the PCI slot is bizarrely located, it's hard to see how you could use the USB terminals with a large video card installed in that slot.
Pros: Bought this to go with a Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Motherboard and i3-2120 CPU. Made a great system, boots fast running in AHCI mode. Multitasking seemed good as well. Can't speak for longevity, but I guess we'll see.
Cons: I guess I was a little disappointed with the read/write speeds. This registered 120 MB/s read and about 99 MB/s write, which while good, still wasn't nearly as fast as my Samsung HD103SJ, which is still the fastest 7200 RPM drive I've ever used.