Date Joined: 06/21/05
Pros: Exceptional price to performance. That is the reason I bought AMD. World of Warcraft on high settings barely cracks 30% CPU and gets upwards of 160fps when my cable internet isn't lagging. I haven't had a chance to really tax the CPU but I will get around to it this week with some dual screen sessions I'm sure.
Cons: I don't know how to say this nicely. WOWSERS the stock cpu fan is loud!!! I came from an intel Core 2 E6600 and I couldn't even hear the fan in my antec case. Also, because of the variable rate of the fan speed depending on cpu load and heat it is even more annoying. It sounds like a blender muffled inside the case that gets louder and softer multiple times per minute. The cpu fan is the only reason I gave it 4 eggs as the performance is exactly what I expected. I did a lot of internet research, reading benchmark tech sites and decided on AMD because of the price/performance when compared to intel. I had no idea I was going to get a fan that sounds like the fury of a scorned woman inside my computer case. I will definitely be searching for a quiet aftermarket cooler. Keep this in mind if your computer is in proximity to you, as most are. I almost want to put it on the other side of the wall and run my cables through the wall to dampen the noise. I am not exaggerating.
Overall Review: Good performance, loud stock fan. Maybe that is the price you pay for top of the line processing power but it caught me off guard.
Pros: I installed this with the x4 965 and 8GB of Gskill memory. The motherboard is perfect for what I wanted (lots of power without the intel pricetag). I have no complaints. I haven't started tweaking it yet and I noticed that the 1600 memory was detected as 1333 so I am looking forward to finding the optimized settings and maybe do a little overclocking. I wanted the latest technologies and this motherboard delivered. I would recommend it.
Cons: Because the bios is SO customizable for overclocking there is a lot to research and tinker with if you want to set it up correctly. Don't read that the wrong way, the AUTO settings work just fine and it is still a very powerful board with stock settings but if you really want to get the most power out of it, be ready to tinker and lock your system up a couple of times while figuring out what will work with your setup.
Pros: I read the reviews and I am here to agree. This monitor is extremely bright, the colors are deep and World of Warcraft looks excellent on this monitor. It is HUGE on my desk and I love it. When I put it next to the HP L2245wg 22" monitor it makes it look silly in comparison. The 22" is dull and lifeless. Get this monitor, it is a great price and great quality.
Cons: The base is not adjustable. Because it is so big I would like to lower it on the desk so the middle of the monitor is at eye level and that isn't possible. So I will need to get a lower desk probably or look up to see the corners. It's a huge monitor which is exactly what I wanted.
Overall Review: Great monitor, excellent price. Highly recommended.
Pros: This card has great performance. I am getting 200+ FPS with all eye candy in Counterstrike Source. I got 245 with default settings! It is a beast in terms of performance and physical size. I have a Antec P180 case and wow was it a tight fit. It is so close to bumping into my hard-drive that the L style cable for SATA is a absolute must! I actually have to pull up on the power cables for the harddrive and video card so they will clear each other if I want to remove either component. That was surprising because it makes for a messy case when there isn't room to route cables.
Cons: Physical size is the only one. Heat is not a problem and the performance is the best on the market. It is somewhat future proof in that it is DX10 compatible but we all know the next mind blowing card is around the corner at all times. Make sure your case can fit this monster before being disappointed!
Overall Review: Buy it.
Pros: I did a lot of research before choosing a motherboard. I knew I wanted the 680i chipset despite everything I had read about problems with memory compatibility, and data corruption over the last month or so. I figured all of that was blown out of proportion and that bios updates would fix any problems and I was right. This board installed with ease and is runny very stable with the latest beta bios from Asus. I haven't done any overclocking and I am running 3GB of OCZ DDR2-1066 platinum memory and a Intel E6600 processor. I also got the nVidia 8800GTS and my games are screaming fast (200+ FPS Counterstirke Source with all eye candy turned on). I installed both Windows Vista and XP with no issues. Bottom line, all new chipsets have issues at launch and they are almost always resolved through bios updates. Don't be scared of the 680i based on feedback from November and December 2006. This board is stable and screaming fast (owned one week) when paired with quality components.
Cons: The only con so far is that when I do a restart of Windows rather than a shutdown the board will sometimes hang before the posting screen comes up. The monitor just stays black but the hardware and fans are running. If I hit the reset button or power button manually then everything is fine. It was a bit of a pain while updating Windows XP through Windows Update because you have to a lot of reboots in a row. I will report the problem to Asus and hopefully a bios update or some setting I don't know about will fix that issue. It's so simple but can be annoying. I'm not so sure there isn't a setting or something I am missing as I have done very little tweaking in the bios yet to know all of the options. I wouldn't let that influence you buying decision.
Overall Review: Great board so far other than the soft boot problem.