Joined on 03/30/06
Pros: first motherboard that supports AM2, AM2+, and AM3 its gigabyte works well with other hardware.
Cons: hyper transport speed is 2000MHz vs the 2600MHz on AM2+ and AM3 boards.
Overall Review: this board PII X3 720 BE gskill DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15 Before changing hardware, I uninstalled old systems audio drivers, motherboard drivers and video card drivers. I changed out motherboard, cpu, ram, and sound card onto the same hard drive. I turned the computer on, windows vista 64 ultimate detects new hardware, I reboot, installed video card drivers, reboot into bios and set up my ram and disabled on board audio, load into windows, install sound driver, reboot and began benchmarking. Easiest upgrade I've ever done.
Pros: read below
Cons: read below
Overall Review: Dear Rosewill customer service, If you would fully read and understand my review you would realize the cooler is functioning properly and is not defective and I do NOT need a replacement (a refund would be nice). My review is not about a broken cooler but about a bad product.
Pros: Lifetime warranty Nice heatsink graphics
Overall Review: First order had one bad stick. Replacement order works great. Newegg got me my replacement in a few days after receiving my return. I went from 4 gigs to 8 gigs and I can really tell the difference in gaming. Especially when alt tabbing and exiting the games.
5 year review
Pros: good quality speaker parts
Cons: glue melts
Overall Review: I've had these bad boys for over 5 years until my dog ate them about a month ago. For 2 of years they sat in storage in a tiny area pack away in salt lake city where it gets freezing cold to 100+ hot outside. Over time the glue melted around the sides that hold the cushion/material to the plastic. It created sticky goo all around the edges but other that that these things rocked out of my computer for many many hours playing games, listening to music, watching movies. The quality is great and stayed great through the speakers and the cord is super long so it's ok to plug in the back of the tower.
Pros: This cpu is amazing, having owned only AMD cpus since my Pentium II died. I must say this is giant leap for them. The performance in games, the low temperatures, the unlocked multiplier, the L3 cache and some get a free working core.
Cons: The stock heatsink is terrible, it reminds me of heatsinks amd would ship 4-5 years ago. minus 1 egg for skimping on the heatsink.
Overall Review: I'm using the stock heatsink that came with my amd X2 6000+ and on stock 2.8 my temps are 25C idle and 35C load.
Only one problem
Pros: keeps my system cool and looks great.
Cons: the top fan would hit against the sides when it spun. I had to tie the fans support brackets up to wire mesh to hold it a bit higher, it was sagging because of the large fan and weak supports.
Overall Review: my old system only had a large exhaust fan in the back, coming to this case my HDD is 10C cooler, from 45C to 35C. the rest of the parts I changed out so I can't compare them.