Date Joined: 05/12/04
Pros: The wheel feels good. you can change the wheel feel in the profiler, which gives you a great amount of control over the wheel itself through much trial and error, of course. If you like sim racing, you'll be participating in much trial and error anyhow. The sequential shift paddles feel great as well. The wheel takes a small amount of space on the desk, about as much as an average hard-cover book. Also, even at its stiffest settings, the wheel is quiet to turn, unlike some screaming Momos I've used in the past.
Cons: The gas pedal is way too light. What were they thinking when they made a feather-weight gas pedal? Is mine defective? Probably not. The gas pedal is way too easy to press. You might not be able to break an egg with the amount of pressure it takes to put this pedal to the floor. The brake pedal is much stiffer, enough to cramp your leg if you've never done left-foot braking before. unfortunately force feedback in all of these games is not good enough to give you a true feel for the appropriate amount of braking. The major thing this wheel and pedal set could benefit from, in my opinion, is force feedback in the pedals allowing you to instinctively recognize the point of wheel lock while braking. Remember that slowing a car down properly is perhaps more important than making it accelerate quickly.
Overall Review: People complain about the wires and mounting system. What the hell are they mounting it to? I mount it to my desk. I connected the pedals and power cords to the wheel, and took a 5 inch strip of electrical tape and taped the connecting wires in place so they don't fall out of the grooves underneath the wheel housing. I go from not using this wheel to using it in less than 15 seconds... unmount from the side of the desk, mount in front of the monitor and I'm good to go. The mounts are very good in my experience. I play Richard Burns rally which is notorious for ripping wheels off peoples desks... it will tip over your LCD monitor and desk before it unmounts itself from the desk. I also play GTR Evo/Race On with very stiff wheel settings which cause a lot of muscle to be used to turn the wheel... it's not coming off my desk. I don't bother to use the H-shifter yet... still in a bag.
Pros: Price and performance, low temperatures
Cons: It wasn't free
Overall Review: As soon as I installed the card I was interested to test the cooling. By default clocks and fan settings and using furmark to stress the GPU, after 20 minutes the highest temp I got on any of the 4 sensor was 85C, and the max automated fan speed was 63%.
After that I was interested to test the overclock a little. using catalyst control center only, no voltage mod, 935 core and 1,000 memory is about as high as I go without artifact in furmark. 935/1000 ran fine in games, so I leave it alone for now.
I set the fan to a manual speed of 80%, idle temps low 40C, gaming temp mid 60C with overclock.
Good buy for me so far
Pros: Value. Full-featured 680i chipset. Ease of overclocking as featured. A pretty decent community associated with EVGA.
Cons: 8 pin 12v power connector location turned out to be a nightmare. The chipset cooling solution works decent but is a pain to deal with, I used the provided fan but didn't bother to use the screws since the fan clips on anyway. Also the height of the northbridge cooler prevented me from having a choice of which way to position my Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme cooler, it HAS to be mounted horizontal if you want to use a fan on your Ultra-120 extreme. If you don't want to use the fan on the Ultra-120 extreme you can position it either way.
Overall Review: I switched from a 975x board and couldn't be more pleased. For the same price of a 975x board I get more features and a better overclock. In just a day I got this board to run my E6400 at 3.2ghz, my D9s at 800mhz 4-4-4-12-1T, and my RAID array running smooth. Of course I flashed to the latest BIOS (p28) before trying any of it. The lack of accessories was not a con because they provided everything I needed. Also, the 1 sheet manual was more than I needed to set this board up completely.
Pros: Easy installation. Looks good. Quiet. Lighter than my stock cooler. Above all, though, is great cooling.
Cons: Price may be a con for some. Dumb power connector.
Overall Review: Owned a VF700-Cu previously and loved it so on my new GPU i got this VF900... X850XT was going over 65C under full load before VF900, never even hits 50C under full load anymore since installing the VF900.. that's over 15C change which is huge, and that gives two possibilities, higher overclocking or longer life, depending upon what your needs are.
Pros: Overclocking, Features, support from www.DFI-Street.com
Cons: Large CPU heatsinks might block last memory slot.
Wildly inaccurate temperature monitoring.
Overall Review: Second DFI board I've bought, won't touch another brand right now. Been running this board with an opteron 148 (unsupported) at 2.8ghz with 1gb of OCZ TCCD ram and it's been solid for a month.
Pros: Multiplier unlocked from 4x to 11x.
Great memory controller from what I can tell.
Cons: Price is taking a jump lately (I assume at AMD's request)
Overall Review: ordered mine less than two weeks ago, received 0546DPMW. Have benchmarked it at 2800mhz (11x255), 2700mhz (9x300), and a few others all at 1.425v or less.
Also, the Newegg shipping on these is very poor as another person mentioned, and mine did come with bent pins but it wasn't bad enough to send it back.
Pros: Got the version 1.0 of these modules with TCCD chips. Running on a socket A ASUS board that doesn't like FSB overclocking but I have these running 2-2-2-5-1T at 208mhz, at only 2.6v. this ram rocks.
Cons: Yet to find any.