Joined on 12/18/03
Best price/performance card on the market
Pros: This is the best price/performance ratio card for gamers right now. You get close to a 7800GTX in performance but much less in price. eVGA has the best quality amongs all the nVidia OEM makers. The copper heat sink has good heat dissipation, allowing you to overclock more. My card is clocked at 500/1150 for core/memory, runs 36C idle and 50+C loaded, but I did have it locked up once. Will try putting some Arctic Silver 5 on it to see what happens. Call of Duty 2 bundle is nice, but still haven't received it, may take a while.
Cons: Needs BIOS update, the default setting has the memroy clocked too high at 1200 Mhz. Only bad thing is: Newegg drops the price on this card too fast! If I only had waited a few weeks I could've saved 50 bucks! At this rate, I might even have to get another one for SLI!
Overall Review: You really need to get this card if you want to play the current and next generation games like F.E.A.R. and COD2.
Horrible, HORRIBLE TV image quality
Pros: The price seems attractive enough given the feature set. Although I'm crossing my fingers for the rebate check. If it doesn't come then it will be one of the worst purchases I've ever made on Newegg.
Cons: Where to begin? The one thing you need to know is this: the TV image quality is absolutely horrible, grainy, distorted, simply unwatchable. DO NOT get this if you want to watch TV on it, at any price. I don't much care about the software bundle, since I have other software that are better. But the included InterVideo TV software has no sound, using Snapstream's BeyondTV gets you sound, and little else.
Solid case with striking looks
Pros: This case is absolutely humongous, It dwarfs my Antec P160 mid tower. Build quality is top notch (except some minor paint scratch), it's built like a tank, a little heavy (see con below). Quiet enough to leave on in bedroom all night and not disturb my sleep. Cooling performance is decent. Cooler Master tech support was nice enough to send me for free the optional fan mount, which I use to mount a Scythe S-FLEX 1200rpm fan, now my 3 HDDs run from 30-35 C, not too bad. The newer Cosmos S design with a front fan blowing directly across the HDDs are probably better. But you sacrifice HDD capacity, 4 versus 6 in the original Cosmos. The only other things I may like to have from the S would be the side fan and the aluminum construction. The toolbox and thumbscrews are a nice touch. HDD mounting with rubber grommets keep them quiet. Tool-less 5.25 bay mounting is very well thought-out. Internal connector cables all work perfectly (include both 2 and 3 pin power status connector).
Cons: Not really a con, it's big and heavy, but you probably expected this when you bought it. The lack of a removable MB tray may seem like a con, but there's so much elbow room to work in there you don't really miss it. Cable management requires long cables (since the case is so big), if you use IDE HDD make sure you get long and slim IDE cables (I could barely reach my two IDE HDDs). Side panel closing requires some practice, I line it up from the bottom, run my fingers along the side then push on the top. Also the bottom filter slipped out when I lifted the case, should have some kind of latching mechanism.
Overall Review: Got this last Thanksgiving for a really good price, plus a large rebate. I was sweating for a while because the rebate was very late in coming. But it eventually came. Cooler Master is still a reputable vendor in my book. Unlike some vendors who promise rebates to lure you into the buy then rip you off.
Best bang for the buck
Pros: A lot of space (comes out to 696GB formatted capacity), 32MB cache, fast, quiet (did not even turn on AAM), nice performance. Best value currently for large HDD.
Cons: None so far. We'll see about reliability after a while. Initially the M.C. check ECC error in HUTIL had me a little concerned. Most likely a problem with HUTIL itself rather than the drive. Don't worry about it unless you get surface scan errors.
Overall Review: As always, test your HD thoroughly before transferring your precious data onto it. Dowdload HUTIL from Samsung (ignore the M.C. check error for now), or use HD Tune. Do an extended burn in test. Every production batch may have some bad ones, that's why testing is important. Keep it well ventilated (best to blow air directly across). And most importantly, make backups! Losing ~700GB of stuff could really hurt.
Outstanding picture quality for the price
Pros: Big, bright, beautiful display, text is crisp, pictures are vibrant. Truly an amazing value for a LCD at this size with a MVA panel. No dead/stuck pixels. Nice array of connectors (with one notable exception, see below).
Cons: DVI connectivity. Yes one can buy a HDMI-DVI cable for $6-10, but that's extra money I shouldn't have to spend. Considering most users will be driving this with the DVI port on their graphics cards, this is one oversight that prevents me from giving it 5 eggs. The other issues are minor cosmetic ones, side button placement a bit awkward, OSD non-intuitive, HDMI signal won't sleep, stand a little wobbly.
Overall Review: Don't let the minor issues stop you from getting this great monitor. Just be sure to drive it with digital input, get a HDMI-DVI cable or adapter. VGA output won't look as sharp.
a doormat masquerading as a mouse pad
Pros: All this talk about how big it is really didn't prepare me for the shock of seeing the actual size. This thing is twice the width and height of a normal mouse pad, for 4 times the size. Soft rubber surface provides good traction. Thin and easy to handle.
Cons: Takes up too much desk space.